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Jason Parker Counce

Q: IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY RIGHT NOW?

A: I have a weakness for antique oil paintings. They're always in style and always collectible from a designer's standpoint.

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST GORGEOUS ANTIQUE YOU EVER SAW, IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION, OR EVEN A MUSEUM?

A: I went to the Frist Center when the Museum of American Folk Art showed and my mouth dropped open. I loved it all, especially the very patriotic red, white and blue quilt.

Q: WHAT SELLS THE BEST IN YOUR BOOTH?

A: My handmade folk art figures, lavender-filled sachets, and old toys.

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OF THE ANTIQUES YOU HAVE EVER HAD?

A: My favorite piece I found was in the upstairs in an old home off 8th Avenue. The entire floor was covered in soot. Then I found an old framed painting that I couldn't tell what it was. I smudged some of the dirt off and said, "I'll take it." I took it to be professionally cleaned and what was unearthed was my favorite of all folk art paintings. It was similar to Grandma Moses, with the iconic rainbow, ships, trees, people, animals, and a cloudy sky.

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: I love the re-purposed wood furniture with a white-grey wash. I think it's so clean and fresh for everyone's style or taste. It's like a good pair of jeans, you can dress it up or down.

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 would say eclectic designer style. I have everything from tortoise boxes to retro pottery, quilts, and paintings old and new. I'm not sure what to start collecting next; I think it might be vintage Gucci or Louis Vuitton items. I bought a 1970s Gucci belt from GasLamp and it has made me think that's next for me.

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE ERA DO YOU NOT LIKE?

A: I'm not fond of Victorian or Depression eras.

Q: ARE ANTIQUES A GOOD INVESTMENT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

A: Antiques are a great investment. It doesn't matter what you buy, it is always worth something to someone. It just depends on the timing. As in fashion, one day you're in and one day you're out. Then in 10 to 20 years, you're right back bigger than ever.

Q: HAVE YOU EVER RECYCLED OR UPCYCLED AN ANTIQUE/VINTAGE ITEM?

A: Yes, believe me. I am the one to look at something and see how you can use it in many ways. One thing I am so glad I bought was an old storefront display cabinet. It now is in the kitchen used as my island, holding all my dish ware and serving pieces. I rotate it out each season. This way I can display, see it all, and enjoy as well.

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