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Rod and Kathy Gifford of Gifford & Co. Vintage, Antiques & Collectibles

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

A: We would buy a mahogany Philadelphia highboy. We saw one on "Antiques Roadshow" and it was valued at about $250,000.

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

A: The Chippendale dining room suite at the Biltmore Mansion.

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

A: We sold a set of Calyx Ware Wedgewood china to a lady who purchased it from one of our booths. Turns out she had been engaged 40 years ago and broke off the engagement after she and her fiancé had already had their wedding showers. Her fiancé was so angry that he wanted her to pay him for half of the china. She ended up giving him half of it and then she returned her half to the store and got credit for it. She had always loved that pattern and always regretted not getting to keep it. She had looked for it online and at reproductions.com and couldn't find all of it — and the pieces she did find were much too expensive. She was thrilled when, 40 years later, she found a whole set in our booth!

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: Shabby chic/refurbishing/upcycling.

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: We like to collect primitive pieces. In the future we would like to collect some nice oil on canvas art.

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

A: Yes, we like to buy items such as mirrors and add pulls, hooks, etc., to make them more useful and unusual looking. Those pieces tend to sell well.

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