Booth # W430
 


DEBRA BIBB

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

A: Jewelry! Especially from the Edwardian and Art Deco eras.

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

A: My family still has the old butter churn that was my great-great grandmother's. I think it is fascinating that she used it on a regular basis and my mother has memories of her using it. To me, it is a piece of my family history and it reminds me of my rural Alabama roots.

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: I love that it is en vogue to decorate with vintage "upcycled" furniture. I love the idea that a piece has been saved from the trash and has been given a new life in another person's home. It is the ultimate in recycling! And, it seems like so many manufacturers are trying to knock off the unique look that can be easily achieved from a good treasure hunt through an antique mall like Gaslamp. 

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

A: I collect vintage etched mirrors from the '40s to the '60s and I also collect vintage hand-cut silhouettes. I have several husband and wife pairs that I especially treasure.

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE ERA DO YOU NOT LIKE?

A: I am not a fan of "untouchable" antiques from any era. I like things that are beautiful and have purpose.

Q: ARE ANTIQUES A GOOD INVESTMENT?

A: Definitely! I would rather invest in a piece of furniture that is well made and has character. I enjoy having pieces that I know are one of a kind and are not being currently mass produced. 

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

A: All the time! Our living room sofa is a beautiful 1950s Ethan Allen sofa that has been recovered in a modern natural linen. It is just as sturdy today as the day it was made. I love to discover something that has been discarded as trash and then turn it into an unrecognizable treasure. It is hard to pass up a good "project," but finding the time to turn my vision into a reality is a challenge. I usually have a few too many items waiting for a makeover! Currently, I have a gorgeous French style dresser and set of 40s dining room chairs.

Print this page