Booth # T161
Caldwell Collection


Ellen Caldwell

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your GasLamp Too booth?

A: My booth is newer merchandise with some antique items.  The inventory is from my Green Hills store, Caldwell Collection, which I closed at the end of April.  When I first opened, I bought almost everything in the Tuscany region of Italy.  I love the design aesthetic of Italy, France and the U.K. 

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

A: I'm a total Anglophile at heart.  If I won the lottery, I'd buy a second home in England, fill it with antiques, and spend half the year there.  I also like the industrial reclaimed look.  I'm not crazy about Asian or Mid-Century Modern.

Q: Do you have any collections of your own?

A: One thing I collect and frame is multiples of an object.  One I did recently is a collection of enamel apothecary drawer plaques (see photo).  I bought the drawers in Italy.  The plaques are gone, but the 16 drawers are for sale in my booth. 

Q: ARE ANTIQUES A GOOD INVESTMENT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

A: I believe museum-quality antiques are a good investment.  Much of what we sell at the mall is for decorative purposes, and isn't a particularly good investment.

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

A: One of my favorite booth display pieces is a blue general store counter, which is not for sale.  Everyone loves it.  I bought it from Genia Gilchrist when she combined her two Berry Hill stores (Gilchrist & Gilchrist) into one about three years ago.  The crusty old Victorian étagère, another display piece that is not for sale, belonged to fellow dealer, Tom Delcambre.  I purchased that from him at a sale back in June. His booth is one of my favorites in the mall.

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