Booth # B303

Jennifer Murray

Q: How long have you been in the antique business?

A: I’ve always loved collecting, or “pilfering,” as my aunt so eloquently likes to put it. I still consider myself a “newbie” on the business end, about two years.

Q: What are your favorite things to buy and sell?

A: Aged or worn pieces of furniture that I am able to “shabby chic,” and vintage suitcases.

Q: What is your booth known for having?

A: Initially I had mostly “smalls” – vintage items like dishes, mirrors/frames, suitcases, and home décor. Now I include shabby chic pieces of furniture – tables, desks, trunks, silver items, and artwork.

Q: Do you have any personal collections? What are they?

A: I tend to gravitate toward kitchen items – bowls, serving pieces, plates, and linens. Since my education is in entomology, I buy any bug item I find. I’ve gotten better, but I still have to look at an item several times before passing it up.

Q: What is your most prized antique possession and where is it from?

A: A cookie jar my grandmother gave me that her favorite aunt had given her – nothing fancy, but sentimental.

Q: What items do you never pass up when shopping for your booth? What do you walk by?

A: Mostly the same things that I find interesting – which is why it’s hard to let go of them – kitchen items, silver, small but unique pieces of furniture, unique bug items. I pass up Art Deco and mid-century modern items – too clean lined for me.

Q: What's something you passed on at the time, but now wish you'd bought – the "one that got away", so to speak?

A: An old entomology book; it had tons of color plates that were perfect for framing.

Q: What is your favorite antique era and why?

A: Definitely the Victorian era – I love ornately carved furniture, the rich fabrics, and elaborate serving pieces!

Q: What items do you look for when shopping for your booth?

A: Anything unique and a bargain, and furniture ready to be “shabby chic’d.”

Q: Can you give our readers an antique shopping tip?

A: If it speaks to you, buy it, and worry about finding a place for it later … spoken like a true hoarder!

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