Booth # T194
 


Lauren Wright Turcotte of Apron Strings Vintage

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

A: If I won the lottery, I would buy a fully-restored 1936 Magic Chef 6300 stove. I'm restoring a kitchen in a Tudor cottage that my husband and I recently purchased in Green Hills. The house was built in 1936, and a vintage stove would be the crown jewel of my remodel!

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: The antique trend I'm crazy about these days is vintage Pyrex kitchenware. There's a lot of it out there, and it can be found at accessible price points, so it appeals to younger collectors. And I see it pop up on my favorite kitchen shows – Paula Deen has some great old Pyrex!

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

A: I love the concept of "upcycling". I have an enamel-topped cabinet on wheels that started out as half of a Hoosier cabinet. Over the years, I've used it as a TV stand, kitchen island, laundry-folding table, child's toy cabinet and outdoor bar.

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 several things, but my current obsession is what I call "grandma" handbags from the 1960s. I collect both faux gem-encrusted wooden box bags from Enid Collins of Texas and hand-painted basket purses by the Mississippi-based company Caro-Nan. My granny gave me my first Enid Collins bag when I was a kid, and I started searching them out in earnest a few years ago. I carry my "grandma" handbags all the time, and people frequently stop me and tell me about someone special in their life who used to carry a similar bag.

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