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  • 16 Jul 2017
    We have 2 very different tourist seasons in Colorado, but for antique dealers in Denver one clearly outshines the other--Summer is best. In this week's show, which will run in a little less than 3 hours from now, we'll look at some of the strategies that dealers at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall use to sell to the tourists (and how we love them!) Most of us will have collectibles from Colorado & the West, because we think that people who visit here come to see the sights--the Rocky Mountains, the National Parks, etc. Some will try to appeal to visitors from other states by having collectibles from those other states. Some will have items that are inexpensive to acquire in Colorado but that are more expensive elsewhere. Please join us as we look at specific examples of how the dealers at the Brass attack the tourist market! Today, July 16, 2017 at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Gary
    21 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • We have 2 very different tourist seasons in Colorado, but for antique dealers in Denver one clearly outshines the other--Summer is best. In this week's show, which will run in a little less than 3 hours from now, we'll look at some of the strategies that dealers at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall use to sell to the tourists (and how we love them!) Most of us will have collectibles from Colorado & the West, because we think that people who visit here come to see the sights--the Rocky Mountains, the National Parks, etc. Some will try to appeal to visitors from other states by having collectibles from those other states. Some will have items that are inexpensive to acquire in Colorado but that are more expensive elsewhere. Please join us as we look at specific examples of how the dealers at the Brass attack the tourist market! Today, July 16, 2017 at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Gary
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  • 16 Jul 2017
    If you’ve ever taken note of the watercolor paintings of Native American children by Ted DeGrazia, you probably will not forget his unique southwestern perspective of native cultures. He had a wonderful appreciation of the Sonoran desert and the lives of native cultures. He was born in Arizona in 1909 to immigrant Italian parents. He literally started with nothing yet he managed to explore so many venues in his career from bronze sculpting, lithographs, enamel on copper paintings, oil paintings, watercolors, and on and on. “DeGrazia: The Man and the Myths” is a wonderful book full of details about his life and the struggles he encountered in becoming a prominent impressionist painter. The DeGrazia Foundation “Gallery in the Sun” is located in Tucson, AZ where you will find his work on display. You should stop by when you can and see his carefully preserved art kept in a simple adobe house which he built himself in 1944 - that in itself says so much about the man. When you see it, you’ll know what I mean. Before I forget, I’ve managed to pick up several pieces of his art at The Brass Armadillo in Denver and you will probably find even more examples of his work at The Brass Armadillo stores in Phoenix and Goodyear, Arizona.  
    10 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • If you’ve ever taken note of the watercolor paintings of Native American children by Ted DeGrazia, you probably will not forget his unique southwestern perspective of native cultures. He had a wonderful appreciation of the Sonoran desert and the lives of native cultures. He was born in Arizona in 1909 to immigrant Italian parents. He literally started with nothing yet he managed to explore so many venues in his career from bronze sculpting, lithographs, enamel on copper paintings, oil paintings, watercolors, and on and on. “DeGrazia: The Man and the Myths” is a wonderful book full of details about his life and the struggles he encountered in becoming a prominent impressionist painter. The DeGrazia Foundation “Gallery in the Sun” is located in Tucson, AZ where you will find his work on display. You should stop by when you can and see his carefully preserved art kept in a simple adobe house which he built himself in 1944 - that in itself says so much about the man. When you see it, you’ll know what I mean. Before I forget, I’ve managed to pick up several pieces of his art at The Brass Armadillo in Denver and you will probably find even more examples of his work at The Brass Armadillo stores in Phoenix and Goodyear, Arizona.  
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  • 10 Jul 2017
    RINGLING BROTHERS – THE END OF AN ERA  The closing of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is a double-edged sword. It’s sad that this wonderful family entertainment is at an end; however, a benefit resulting from the closing is that the animals we came to watch and love will now be placed in a natural environment where they will enjoy a much better life. No matter how you feel about the end of Ringling Brothers, there are so many ways to remember the days when children were captivated at the sights and their parents just as joyous to see the children smiling and excited. Want to keep these circus memories alive? You can find a wide range of vintage circus memorabilia including cast-iron circus toys, stuffed animals, posters, circus tickets, photos, banks, circus souvenirs, stationary, postcards, photographs, and the list just goes on and on. There’s no better way to remember “The Greatest Show on Earth” than memorabilia you can find at the Brass Armadillo!    
    32 Posted by Betty Jean Shearin
  • RINGLING BROTHERS – THE END OF AN ERA  The closing of Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is a double-edged sword. It’s sad that this wonderful family entertainment is at an end; however, a benefit resulting from the closing is that the animals we came to watch and love will now be placed in a natural environment where they will enjoy a much better life. No matter how you feel about the end of Ringling Brothers, there are so many ways to remember the days when children were captivated at the sights and their parents just as joyous to see the children smiling and excited. Want to keep these circus memories alive? You can find a wide range of vintage circus memorabilia including cast-iron circus toys, stuffed animals, posters, circus tickets, photos, banks, circus souvenirs, stationary, postcards, photographs, and the list just goes on and on. There’s no better way to remember “The Greatest Show on Earth” than memorabilia you can find at the Brass Armadillo!    
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  • 08 Jul 2017
    Please join us tomorrow evening, July 9, 2017 at the usual time for this week's program entitled, "Antiques for a Cabin in the Mountains." In earlier programs we've featured furnishings & furniture for loft conversions, Victorian homes, Arts & Crafts houses, Mid-Century, etc., but we've never looked specifically at decor appropriate for second home mountain retreats. It's big business here in Colorado, and the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall always has some great examples (which tend to fly out the door, especially as ski season approaches!) But I guess dealers are gearing up early this year, as there are some great items now out for sale that will definitely appeal to the people who spend part of the year in the Rockies. We'll profile many of them on Sunday at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope you can tune in. Gary
    32 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • Please join us tomorrow evening, July 9, 2017 at the usual time for this week's program entitled, "Antiques for a Cabin in the Mountains." In earlier programs we've featured furnishings & furniture for loft conversions, Victorian homes, Arts & Crafts houses, Mid-Century, etc., but we've never looked specifically at decor appropriate for second home mountain retreats. It's big business here in Colorado, and the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall always has some great examples (which tend to fly out the door, especially as ski season approaches!) But I guess dealers are gearing up early this year, as there are some great items now out for sale that will definitely appeal to the people who spend part of the year in the Rockies. We'll profile many of them on Sunday at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope you can tune in. Gary
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  • 30 Jun 2017
    A few years ago I did a show on Great Inexpensive Design, and it proved popular, so I'll revisit that theme in this week's show, profiling a variety of pieces now for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We've come to expect to pay up for quality design in antiques & vintage items, but sometimes bargains can be found. I found quite a few bargains among pieces that incorporate great design in their manufacture. There's a pink shell chair made by Brunswick, a stylish Timex watch, vintage clothes, a brass mailbox, a huge 6' sign, and even an old wash tub! Please join us this coming Sunday evening for this week's program on Great Inexpensive Design. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. 
    51 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • A few years ago I did a show on Great Inexpensive Design, and it proved popular, so I'll revisit that theme in this week's show, profiling a variety of pieces now for sale at the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall in Denver. We've come to expect to pay up for quality design in antiques & vintage items, but sometimes bargains can be found. I found quite a few bargains among pieces that incorporate great design in their manufacture. There's a pink shell chair made by Brunswick, a stylish Timex watch, vintage clothes, a brass mailbox, a huge 6' sign, and even an old wash tub! Please join us this coming Sunday evening for this week's program on Great Inexpensive Design. We're on at the usual time: 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. 
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  • 21 Jun 2017
    On the Vintage Antiques Roadshow program that aired this week one of the appraisals taken from an Antiques Roadshow event in Albuquerque in 2002 was for the pearwood tea caddy, c.1810, that is shown with this blog. In 2002 it was appraised for $7,000-8,000. They now appraise it in 2017 for $1,200-1,800, a decline in value of 80%. But is that real?? We'll explore the issues this raises in this week's show. Hint: it's not an apples to apples comparison even though it's the same tea caddy! I'll take a few examples of pieces in other categories to do the same sort of comparison with. The problem with this kind of sensationalism is that people who don't follow the market for antiques closely might think that prices across the board (or even if they think it's just for tea caddies) are declining in value. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, June 25, 2017, for this week's program. We're on at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope you can tune in. Gary
    70 Posted by Gary & Carol Stover
  • On the Vintage Antiques Roadshow program that aired this week one of the appraisals taken from an Antiques Roadshow event in Albuquerque in 2002 was for the pearwood tea caddy, c.1810, that is shown with this blog. In 2002 it was appraised for $7,000-8,000. They now appraise it in 2017 for $1,200-1,800, a decline in value of 80%. But is that real?? We'll explore the issues this raises in this week's show. Hint: it's not an apples to apples comparison even though it's the same tea caddy! I'll take a few examples of pieces in other categories to do the same sort of comparison with. The problem with this kind of sensationalism is that people who don't follow the market for antiques closely might think that prices across the board (or even if they think it's just for tea caddies) are declining in value. Please join us this coming Sunday evening, June 25, 2017, for this week's program. We're on at 5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT. Hope you can tune in. Gary
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