Lancashire residents looking for something to read on the beach could do worse than pack a copy of ‘Killer Stuff & Tons of Money’, which takes a light-hearted look at the life of an American antique dealer, as seen through the eyes of novice collector Maureen Stanton.
A Penguin book that is now available in paperback, Killer Stuff follows dealer Curt Avery (a pseudonym) as he tours flea markets and antiques sales looking for collectibles to buy and sell. Although the book is written from an American perspective, it will strike a chord with anyone who has ever bought – or sold – a Victorian dining chair at a Cumbrian antiques fair.
Maureen spent four years in the company of her old school friend, travelling the auctions and antique fairs of New England in search of the elusive gems which could be sold for a profit. In the process, she discovered a side of the trade which the public don’t normally see – the frustration of Restoring an antique chest-of-drawers to its former glory, only to see it remain unsold; the “Victorian dining chairs” which turn out to be fakes, the gruelling uncertainty of rising at the crack of dawn for an auction where you might come away empty-handed. The list goes on.
Killer Stuff & Tons of Money both entertains and informs, with valuable information on collectibles like Shaker Arts & Crafts furniture . There are also countless revealing insights into the dedication driving antiques dealers – like the ones selling antique desks in Preston – to succeed.
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