Booth # B114

Tricia LeTempt The Red Door Antiques

Q: if money was no object, what antique or collectible would you buy right now?

A: I would be buying some fine jewelry to add to my current inventory, and also adding some larger architectural pieces to my inventory, as well. I think it would be a smart adjustment and an added bonus for my current inventory.

Q: What is the most gorgeous antique you ever saw, in a private collection, or even a museum?

A: I am not drawn to pristine or museum-quality pieces; they don't fit my style. So a great piece of country, with a patina to die for, or a piece of garden art with some peeling paint probably would be something that would draw my eye more quickly.

Q: What is the most interesting story you know about any of the antiques you have ever had, or even a compelling story you know about an antique you don’t own?

A: I currently own a sign that is in my inventory that I purchased at an auction. The house was a boys’ college (dormitory) back in the 1880s, and Vice President Alben Barkley from Kentucky attended the college (Marvin College, Clinton, Kentucky). In the 1920s the college was closed and the building was turned into a hotel. I purchased several signs from the estate and I love them. They were unearthed from the coal bin of the three-story brick building, now a private residence, and I now call them mine! The hotel was named The Hotel Jewel.

Q: What antique trend do you love right now?

A: Industrial with a splash of country.

Q: What genre of antiques do you have as a collection? Is there a genre of antiques or collectibles you would like to collect in the future?

A: I've been in the business for such a long time, even though I am young. I find myself not getting attached to as much as I used to, and you might be surprised to know that I really don't cart a ton of things home anymore. I do have a quite a large collection of Ironstone, and I probably will always collect that. I think it's timeless, classic, can go with any décor, and will never go out of style. As a dealer, you know when you see something that is unusual, and you know when you see something that is common. So the only items I tend to want to keep these days are ones that only come around once in a lifetime ... and then you just have to snap them up!

Q: What era or sort of antiques do you not like?

A: I'm not into glassware; it just doesn't fit my personality. The same for fine furniture; it's just not my style!

Q: Are antiques a good investment? Why or why not?

A: As a dealer, I think there is not anything that would be smarter to invest in. As a consumer I feel the same. Buy as high of quality of item that your budget allows, and try not to get carried away with trends. But most important, buy what you love. It's better than money in the bank!

Q: Have you ever repurposed or “up-cycled” an antique item, or used an item in a fresh way?

A: Yes, every day! That is pretty much what I do! One thing that quickly comes to mind is an old rusty garden table that had lost its legs. Now it is a beautiful, large, round mirror hanging in the garden booth in the front of the shop. I think that the antique business has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and if we (the dealers) don't roll with the changes, we will be left behind. Antiques, going green … what a concept!

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