Wednesday, September 25, 2013

PICTURE PERFECT... CHECK OUT THE OCTOBER NEW CENTURY COLLECTOR

PICTURE THE ENTIRE UTAH COLLECTING SCENE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS!

ANTIQUES - COLLECTIBLES - VINTAGE -RETRO
SHOPS - SHOWS - MARKETS
AUCTIONS - SALES & ARTICLES
 
THAT'S THE
NEW CENTURY COLLECTOR
CLICK ON THE FRONT COVER
TO GET AN EARLY PEEK AT THE OCTOBER ISSUE
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

$3 BUCK ANTIQUE APPRAISALS....... THATS THE TICKET

WANNA KNOW HOW
MUCH IT'S WORTH?
 
Spend a little - find out a lot!
THIS IS THE EVENT
YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS
TOUR THE MUSEUM & ATTEND A FREE ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW.   And, have your antiques & collectibles appraised by Utah's foremost authorities on antiques, antiquarian books and collectibles for only
$3.00 PER ITEM!
 
ALL PROCEEDS
GO TO SUPPORT THE
SANDY CITY HISTORIC MUSEUM

Saturday, September 14, 2013

VINTAGE VINYL......... PULL UP A CHAIR & SIT A WHILE!

Occasionally, Lyn & I like to spend a few hours on Saturday mornings lurking around Salt Lake estates sales. And, as Lyn wanders the house, bedazzled by all the goodies, and wondering if today is the day the universe will reveal the identity of her next collection, I usually search out the seller to make my stock inquiry; "Any old records kickin' around here?" I stand there holding my breath, hoping that the gods will be with me, and that the heavens will open to reveal an old cardboard box or two containing the dusty old black platters that are the source of my amusement. If I'm lucky, I'll find myself squatting on the floor, sorting through a couple of dozen old albums, continuing a 30 year quest to reclaim the soundtrack from my teen years one or two records at a time. Imagine my amazement when I walked into the Salt Lake Vintage Flea Market, and found my friend Will Dator sitting in the middle of tens of thousands of records. The record mother lode. I was truly breathless.
 
I knew two things: "I'd need a chair, and I'd need some food", I was going to be there a while.  As I looked around, I noticed that the area was not only filled with old record albums, but thousands of 45's, as well as an old juke, some vintage sound equipment and rock & roll paraphernalia. I was salivating.  My only disappointment was pallet after pallet of unboxed and unsorted potential treasures still stacked up in the back. 

I began searching through hundreds of albums, and even payed a little attention the the 45's (which I think of as sort of like a backup girlfriend; a nice diversion in a pinch, but your not taking her home to mom for Sunday dinner). 
Still, I just couldn't take my eyes off all of those pallets of records in the back. I was haunted by the idea that someone might get to them first.  But,  I salved my disappointment with the knowledge that there were plenty of records for everybody, and I was going to be back often. 

If the hunt for old records keeps you awake at night, get yourself down to the Salt Lake Vintage Flea Market and check out VINTAGE VINYL.  Stop and say hello, I'll be the guy in corner with the glazed eyes and five o'clock shadow.

THE VINTAGE FLEA MARKET IS LOCATED
AT 550 WEST 300 SOUTH
OPEN EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
10:00 AM UNTIL 4:00 PM
 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

THREE'S THE CHARM..... Salt Lake Urban Flea Market

If you're a collector, chances are, you love antiques flea markets.  Sunday mornings filled with sunshine, fresh air and antiques & collectibles at bargain prices. Unfortunately, the Salt Lake area has had little to offer vintage & antiques collectors for a long long time.  The once dominant Redwood Drive-in swap meet long ago digressed into little more than an ethic market, offering new & used low cost merchandise, and the on again off again Salt Lake fair park flea market was never  more than a pretender, offering mostly a cacophony of dismal yard sale merchandise.
 
Well, things are are definately looking up for those of us in search a little sunday morning diversion. It seems Walt Disney had it wrong, on every second Sunday throughout summer & fall, the happiest place on earth is actually the Salt Lake Urban Flea Market. 
 
If you're sick of wandering through a wasteland of chipped dishes, broken toys and kids clothing, the Urban Flea Market, sprawling under the trees on the south side of 600 South Main Street, offers a dose of just the right kind of medicine. 
 
 
In it's third year, promoted by Michael Sanders of Now & Again, and Kate Wheadon from KRCL 90.9 Radio, the Urban market is "the" open air bazaar Salt Lakers have been waiting for.  You couldn't ask more from a Sunday morning antiquing excursion; a cadre of antiques, vintage, craft and art dealers mixed with food sellers, a little music and a farmers market.  You can feed your soul with everything from an old lamp to Navjo tacos. And, best of all for us misers, not only is the sunshine and fresh air free, we can walk in without leaving that obligatory buck at door. 
 

So for me, there's just no choice.  I'll be skipping sunday school and taking communion under the tents at the Urban Flea Market.  If that's just not an option, don't worry, The market is open until 3:00 in the afternoon for late sleepers and church goer's.
 
DON'T MISS IT!
 
SALT LAKE URBAN FLEA MARKET
600 SOUTH MAIN STREET
SALT LAKE CITY UTAH
 
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH
9:00 UNTIL 3:00 PM
 
FREE ADMISSION, FREE SUNSHINE, FREE FRESH AIR

 (You'll have to pay for the taco's)
 
 
 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

LIBERTY PARK EMPORIUM: check out one of Salt Lakes classiest shops


 
While driving over to Liberty Park Emporium the other day, to meet with shop owner Monica Zoltanski and take a couple pictures for this profile, ideas for the articles title seemed to be ricocheting around my head like pinballs against a set of new bumpers. However, by the time I pulled into the stores parking lot, I had pretty much settled on the moniker “CHICK MAGNET” around which to build the profile. 
 
Last November, when Lyn and I dropped by Liberty Park Emporium for their grand opening celebration, I had barely eased past the front door before I began to sense the estrogen.  The shop, described by Monica as a mix of selected antiques, home d├ęcor, trendy accessories and unusual gifts, was all of that. LPE was a terrific little shop, visually enticing, with lavish displays and stylish hand picked merchandise. However, I couldn’t help but feel like the cases, shelves and racks all seemed to be sending out a furtive whisper, “come on in girls”.
 
Almost a year later, all I can say is “hey guys, pull up a comfortable chair and relax”.  It seems that shop owner Monica Zoltanski has been busy weaving a little magic. I wouldn’t call the place a man-cave, there’s still plenty for the ladies to salivate over,  but you’re also going to find enough old wood, brass and patina to bring on a smile. I found a few old cameras, crates, vintage sporting goods, industrial objects, old bottles, watches and antique furniture among what has become a diverse inventory.
 
Along with antiques & collectibles, the shop also offers a nice selection of local art. Of  particular interest were a small LeConte Stewart painting, a pair of Mahonri Young brass “Elephant” bookends, and a collection of particularly clever robots created from old gages and industrial odds and ends by Salt Lake artist Billy Wells. 
 
Evolution, seems like an apt description.  Liberty Park Emporium has evolved into a very nice, well rounded upscale shop. If “survival of the fittest” is any gauge of   endurance,  It looks like we’ll be shopping at LPE for a good long time.  Stop by and see this great shop again, for the very first time.
LIBERTY PARK EMPORIUM is located at 1465 So. 700 E., in SLC. Open Tues. through Sat. 11:00 to 6:00. Happy hunting!