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Fancy Goods Design operated by owner Katy Bell Hamnes

Q: IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY IMMEDIATELY?

A: Definitely a chalky gray-blue Swedish clock with layers of chipped paint and raw edges. Or maybe an incredible antique Turkish rug faded from years in the sun. Or a pair of beautiful, slightly rusty, French garden urns.

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

A: Honestly, I have to say a museum or private collection doesn't thrill me nearly as much as the adventure of finding a treasure on a crisp morning at a local estate sale or perusing "antique row" at the local Nashville flea market. I love the hunt and the stories of the people I meet almost as much as finding the perfect piece!

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: Many years before I was born, my pioneer grandmother took all her "leftover jewelry" – single earrings, broken bracelets and rhinestone brooches with missing stones – and asked my grandfather to cut her a piece of wood in the shape of the Christmas tree she had drawn. Then she "decorated the tree" with all her broken jewels. Once she had layered and glued and arranged in her very artistic way, my grandfather decided to do what he did every Christmas - add lights to her tree. He drilled holes in the wood tree, and stuck tiny light bulbs up through all the jewels. That jeweled Christmas tree now hangs in our foyer every year at Christmas. Hands down, it's my favorite antique!

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: Campaign chests, long wooden benches for chairs at the dining table, French laundry wicker baskets for storage, and trunks – metal or wood – painted. And I love the mix of primitive and modern – the rusty and clean, the simple and ornate. I find it dramatic and very, very interesting!  

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

A: Yes! Garage sale mirrors, huge jars, tapestries, old art, maps – you name it, I've "upcycled" it!

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