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Fran Timson

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

A: A jeweled Fabergé egg. I would also buy English tea caddies, and French and American quilts.

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

A: With all the antiquing I have done it is difficult to choose one thing, but there was a solid, hand-painted porcelain table in a collection several years ago that I must admit took my breath away. It was worth about $10,000.

Q: What sells the best in your booth?

A: Furniture – especially smaller tables and unusual pieces.

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: My mother passed down a china pitcher that her great-great-grandmother carried with her when she went West as a new bride in the early 1800s, leaving her family behind. She stayed in Texas and never saw her mother or father again. Many years later, in her old age, she moved back East and brought the pitcher with her. It ultimately came down to my Mom and then to me. From the late 1800s till now it was very carefully taken care of by the women in my family.

Q: What antique trend do you love right now?

A: Repurposing things. People are starting to use items in ways that are so different from their original purpose. The new decorating look using some industrial items is great. Reusing things instead of throwing them away or buying new is the ultimate “green.”

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 collect Heisey glass (lots of it), antique wooden boxes and chests, tea infuser spoons (English and American), hand-painted porcelain, and for some reason I have this current eye for unusual old wire baskets and Bakelite kitchen utensils. If I had the space at home I would buy more English pieces of furniture and quilts.

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

A: Victorian era furniture. Too ornate.

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

A: I personally believe they still are a great investment because they were not mass produced, and the older things get the rarer they become. There will always be people who respect and enjoy our history. That appreciation should continue to create value.

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

A: I use an antique library table in my kitchen as an island and an old wooden, upright shopping cart as a clothes hamper. My coffee table is an antique hope chest, my potting table on the deck is an old double washtub, and so it goes on and on in my house. If it is old and cool, I will find a way to use it!

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