If you are a smart cookie, you will put these four antiques & vintage-related books on your own wish list this holiday season. Or, if you aren't a selfish wench like me, I guess you could buy them for your favorite collector, dealer or hoarder. I've read and loved the first two, and last two are books I am hoping Santa will bring me.
1. Found, Free & Flea by Tereasa Surratt
This book is filled with photographs and stories of the vintage collections from the camp that Tereasa bought with her husband in Wisconsin: Camp Wandawega. She gradually expanded those collections by buying new pieces at flea markets (or getting them free with a little negotiation). I could go on and on about this book, but the bottom line is: if you like my blog, then you will love this book.
2. Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen Stanton
This reads more like a fast-paced novel then a staid book about life as a high-end antiques dealer. Maureen Stanton writes about her long-time friend, Curt Avery, as he wheels and deals his way through antique shows and flea markets along the east coast. And that's not even his real name! So, as you can imagine, this book divulges some of his secrets and tips for buying and selling antiques. A must buy!
3. Fresh American Spaces by Annie Selke
I took a "Peek Inside" on Amazon, saw all of the brightly colored furniture and textiles and immediately added it to my Wish List. The author, Annie Selke, is the founder of Dash & Albert Rug Company (I have a little one in front of my kitchen sink), which explains why I was drawn to all of the colors in the preview pages. There is also a Fresh American blog to accompany the book. Have you read this book?
4. Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas by Susan Waggoner
This just looks damn cute. And so do Susan's other Christmas-related books. I even saw three of her books at the gift shop in the Smithsonian Museum of American History last weekend when my family visited Washington, DC. If that's not a testament to her uncanny knowledge of vintage holiday pop culture, then I don't know what is!
Well, I was browsing Amazon today and came across this book that is set to be released in April 2012: I Brake for Yard Sales by Lara Spencer with a foreward by Kathy Griffin. I hope it's a good one! (Even if you hate Kathy Griffin, which I know a lot of people do, but I don't.)
Read the whole list of fresh gifts.