Booth # W410

Suzanne Gaudette Way of THE WAY Gallery & Art Studio, Booth W-410 and Showcase S-547

Q: What inspired you to get into the antiques and decorating business?

A: I got the idea about 3 years ago that I would like to have a place to display my original art in more places, and particularly in places where people care about quality and decorating. I have always decorated for friends having babies or moving into new houses, including the planning, painting, wallpapering and painting of murals. I have also sewn drapes, pillows, chair cushions and baby crib bumper pads. I knew a friend who had an antique booth and I started thinking that it would be a good combination, so I jumped in, got my first booth and started learning more about antiques.

Q: How would you describe your booth's style?

A: We tend to have unusual and one- of-a-kind items.

Q: What is the most interesting item you have found for your booth lately?

A: The one-of-a-kind giant paper dolls decoupage with added hair, ribbons and incredible details that my husband Eddie and I found together on a trip. But we also love the 1920s chalk Kewpie Doll who still has her beautiful long wavy hair. I just brought in a 1943 postcard of Hitler with three stamps and message on the back ... it’s not pretty or charming, but it’s highly unusual and interesting. I wish I knew what the German message says.

Q: What antiques or collectibles would be in your fantasy collection, if money were no object?

A: If money were no object we would not be offering the exquisite pair of Bohemian crystal cut-to-clear ruby lamps that are sitting on top of our showcase in the front room.

Q: What is your biggest indulgence when it comes to collecting for yourself?

A: My biggest indulgence is usually the things that remind me of my mother and grandmother. My mother taught me to sew on my grandmother's ancient but immaculate Singer treadle machine. So I like sewing items, old yard goods and I also collect buttons, scissors and ribbon. I remember the colored aluminum cups that the milk man brought filled with cottage cheese, so I pick those up from time to time. And the laundry soap that contained the wheat patterned china pieces that were so exciting (when you grow up in a poor family, the free items were such a treat!). Of course, Mom and I both loved sparkly things; we window shopped outside the jewelry stores especially, so I do love the beautifully colored older pieces. I love glitz but I want the quality stuff.

Q: What are the biggest challenges and the greatest joys of being in the antiques and decorating business?

A: For me, the biggest challenge is staying organized and processing items I get right away and get them into one of the booths.

Q: What dream home would match your personal collection of antiques and vintage items?

A: I am definitely a Victorian type when it comes to housing. I'd even say I would go back to Antebellum architecture. I went to Natchez two years ago to have an artsy/antique hunting vacation. I ended up being pressed into action when friends were short a dress-up hostess for the tour of their home. I felt perfectly at home in the beautiful blue antebellum gown with the lace and hoop skirts that had been belonged to the previous owner of the mansion. I felt like a princess as I floated down the curving staircase to the front door, until … well, I guess I got a little overconfident, tripped on the front of the gown and landed in a heap at the bottom of the stairs. Miraculously, I suffered no ill effects except being unable to stop laughing and blushing.

Print this page