Booth # B118
 


AMY MILLS

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

A: Probably some outrageous piece of art because I am an art nut. I do not know what piece or what artist, but that is what pops in my mind. I love Peter Max and then I love the classics, like Chagall, I love his paintings. I love a lot of stuff, I am all over the board with things that I love and collect and sell. I like 5 million different things. That is why I have said, God forbid if I won the lottery, it would be horrible. It would be a mis-mash of everything. Of course I would have to hire a decorator, like Jason Parker Counce, to make it look cohesive. He just did my booth at GasLamp recently, and he did a fabulous job.

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

A: At the Cleveland Museum I went to see the Fabergé eggs and that was probably the most outstanding thing I have every seen.

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: Well, two things pop to mind. I took a lamp that I inherited from my mother to the Antiques Roadshow program when it was in Chattanooga. I thought it might be worth $1,000, and it was worth between $5,000 and $10,000. And the other was a story about some customers who took home a Busy Bee magazine from GasLamp and saw a picture of some big clock that had just sold for $40,000 or $50,000. And the wife said it looked like the clock they had had sitting in front of the fireplace for all these years. But it was a different maker. But just in case they called whoever wrote the article, they left the house, and when they got back, they had two or three messages with the guy calling them back. They ended up selling their clock at auction for around $40,000.

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: Shabby. Rustic. Mid-century Modern.

Q: WHAT ERA OR SORT OF ANTIQUES DO YOU NOT LIKE?

A: I do not particularly care for the Victorian era; it is just so prim and proper. But what I do love is the Deco era and the Nouveau era, and I love the Mid-century Modern era. So again, I am all over the board.

Q: WHAT GENRE OF ANTIQUES DO YOU HAVE AS A COLLECTION, OR WOULD YOU LIKE TO COLLECT IN THE FUTURE?

A: I have always collected art glass, and I would just like to continue to add to my collections. I would like to have a piece of Loetz.

Q: WHAT SELLS BEST IN YOUR BOOTH?

A: Smalls, rather than furniture. That is how I have always made money in this business. And you can justify buying more because there is always some nook or cranny where you can justify stuffing more. And I love to pass a bargain along; I know very little about antiques, per se. I price my stuff low, and I like the idea that someone would walk in and get a bargain. I am just passionate about this phase in my life. I have found where my passion lies.

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