Q: IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT, SAY YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY IMMEDIATELY?
A: It would be estate jewelry. I'm talking 1800s-era jewelry with the fine, fine chains, and also the costume jewelry that was set with semi-precious stones.
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST GORGEOUS ANTIQUE YOU EVER SAW, IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION, OR EVEN A MUSEUM?
A: It was in a private, estate sale collection in New Orleans, and it was a French table with pearl inlay and gilt all over. That was my first lesson that there was such a thing as a $25,000 table. I was stunned. I was young. It was breathtaking. It was covered in carving. Oh gosh, it was grand!
Q: WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING STORY YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY OF THE ANTIQUES YOU HAVE EVER OWNED?
A: One of the funniest stories was about a piece I sold at GasLamp. I had gone to this hole in the wall in East Nashville and there was a wonderful inlay breakfront, six feet long with triple doors. I asked the guy how much it was. He said he'd call in the morning and tell me. I said, "Promise me you won't let anything happen to it; I'll bring back a check in the morning." I went back the next day and it was gone. I was told that they called the original owner, a drunk, and said they were going to sell it, and believe it or not he came and picked it up. I didn't buy that for three seconds, but what can I say? I went to a yard sale about two years later and there I saw it, the same one. Then, do you believe that four months later the original guy called me back asked if I wanted it? There were years between my original sight of it then my buying it! I don't know where all it went, but it obviously took a cruise around East Nashville! But I did buy it and I did sell it.
Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?
A: French has always been my favorite and I guess it still is. I love the French. They have such a romance to everything they do. Tuscan is another favorite of mine.
Q: HAVE YOU EVER RECYCLED OR UPCYCLED AN ANTIQUE/VINTAGE ITEM?
A: Everything I touch gets recycled, almost. My son says I was a picker before it was cool to be one.