Time Will Tell, 3/30/14: Antiques: Something for everybody

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Gypsy’s Two Cents: At only 12 inches high, I see and smell a lot of shoes. Some sniffs are helpful, others I regret. I also have a list of favorite customers who pick me up and walk around the shop. Since I am in charge of security, which includes inventory control, this heightened perspective allows me to check on everything. Thanks, Margaret!

Are you looking for that special or unique gift? It could be for any event, or even a “just because.” Your local antiques shop carries such a wide variety that you will likely find it there.

Citrus County has been a retirement community for decades, and the result is an abundance of quality items at reasonable prices. There is a wide range of pricing, from a few dollars to hundreds and even thousands. Every day, dealers from out of county or even the state come in looking for those very deals. For example, a 1960 Hess toy truck No. 1 with the box may seem costly at $495, but do your research and you will discover this is a great deal.

For the person who has everything, how about a gold plated toothpick?

When it comes to furniture, I accept antiques shops may not satisfy personal taste or style, but quality is hard to beat. Solid wood with dovetail joints made in the USA? Or veneers with staples made somewhere else? Let’s see …  easy choice. Even if you don’t find THE gift, I’m sure you will come away with great ideas. For your pleasure, there are a dozen or more antiques shops in Citrus County.

Here’s a story from Dick Lewis. To those people who think their items are not valuable enough to consider selling them, remember that bargains are found almost everywhere.

Let’s consider Martin, a retired postal worker who likes to dabble in antiques and haunts thrift stores looking for that something special. Just recently, he and his wife visited a local thrift store, where his wife was attracted to a unique-looking wood bowl.

Martin wasn’t impressed by his wife’s find. However, she made the purchase and brought it home. After a couple of days, he decided to give this bowl a closer look. After researching online and locally, much to his surprise, this wood bowl his wife purchased for $7 had a value of $5,500. In fact, one identical to their find sold at a Chicago auction for $9,300.

What happened to the bowl? I believe it made a trip to Chicago.


Steve Barnes owns and, along with his shop dog Gypsy, operates Olde Inverness Antiques.