Booth # S625
In Vintage


Colleen Whitver

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

A: I am looking with great interest at the gorgeous vintage and antique jewelry in several cases at Gas Lamp.   

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

A: I'm not sure if "gorgeous" is the right word, but no collection of antiques has ever affected me as much as the Brontë family pieces in the Haworth Parsonage in North Yorkshire, UK.  

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: We own an inordinate number of antique family photographs going back six generations in my husband's family and five generations on my side. We have the originals in dark hallways and protected from sunlight, and framed copies where we can enjoy them daily. I love the reminders of family history and continuity. They have no value to anyone else but us, but they are are among our most valued possessions.  

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: I love the resurgence of interest in Art Deco and Art Nouveau jewelry.  

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  linens and needlework from the Victorian era, but generally pieces that are usable, including the linen handkerchiefs which I carry daily. I love finding antique crystal and glassware that is not too precious be used. What we use every day should be beautiful.

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

A: Part of my InVintage collection is made up of re-purposed pieces of antique and vintage jewelry that is broken or otherwise unusable.  I re-purpose screw earrings and reconfigure them for pierced ears. A single "orphan" earring sometimes makes a beautiful lavaliere. I redesign new necklaces from vintage and antique jet, crystal or semi-precious beads. Sometimes I find a necklace clasp spectacular enough to use as the center of a redesigned piece whose components are all vintage or antique. Brooches that have lost their pin-backs make lovely pendants. (I always disclose the components as redesigned when I offer a re-purposed piece for sale.)    

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