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Dave and Juaune Horton

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

A: A half-tester bed. My grandmother had one and when she died, I was going to buy it, but the family didn't want to part with it (for the amount of money), and it ended up in a Louisiana museum. Half-tester beds are beautiful.

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

A: A Wooten desk. From the late 1800s, it has all the drawers, it has the slots for the letters, it has all the compartments. In the early day the only people who had these were presidents. We bought it when we had an antique store in business. To me, every time I saw a dark walnut piece of furniture I loved it. That's the kind of furniture we like to live with.

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OF THE ANTIQUES YOU HAVE EVER OWNED, OR EVEN A COMPELLING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT AN ANTIQUE YOU DON’T OWN?

A: From my great-great grandmother I now have something that hangs on a wall, it's a shadowbox of Mary holding Jesus while he's dying, and the lower part you open the drawer and you have the candle and the holy water and the rosary.

Q: WHAT GENRE OF ANTIQUES DO YOU HAVE AS A COLLECTION?

A: My husband David has a collection of carnival glass, we have a few pieces of that in our showcase. We have a big, big collection of that. When I was very little, when you went to a carnival, the bowls, especially ones that would hold a coin, were put in a fenced in ring and you had to toss a coin. If your coin stayed in the bowl, or cup, it was yours! That was fun. I went to the carnival and I played that game and we won some pieces. And of course my husband has old, old clocks that we collect. Very old, we have three grandfather clocks that are running here now. They make a pretty bonging sound. And Dave, has a 300-piece perfume collection from the '20s and '30s.

Q: WHY DID YOU GET INTO ANTIQUE COLLECTING?

A: Because I was raised around them. My grandmother had them. And David liked them also. When we met and married we started collecting and then we got into it so much that we opened an antique shop. It was in a little town between New Orleans and Baton Rouge called Ponchatoula, Louisina.

Q: WHAT ANTIQUES DO YOU THINK ARE A GOOD INVESTMENT RIGHT NOW AND WHY?

A: Certain ones are ... the kids now, they like the '50s and '60s furniture.

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