Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
- Theodore Roosevelt
It's the fifth weekend of the year and our first weekend without an antique show to host in 2018. We hit the ground running in January, with our debut show in Bryan, Texas, followed by consecutive weekend events in New Braunfels, Texas, and Bossier City, Louisiana. Then, back home to Colorado to host our gigantic "Indoor Garage Sale" in Colorado Springs. The Winter Antique Show Season is definitely our busiest time of the year. I have to admit it's nice to finally have a weekend free before we head out to start the next leg of events in New Orleans & Tulsa.
I've found if I don't have a weekend break in between the shows every so often, I start to feel like my head is spinning. Were our minds designed to constantly have a large variety of human interactions? I think not. It can become overwhelming, after a certain period of time, to engage in conversations with so many different people and I confess I do find myself seeking refuge occasionally from those who would thoughtfully propose novel ideas I have heard countless times before.
I have a certain admiration, and simultaneous sympathy for actors and politicians who successful endure the constant scrutiny of the public eye. I'm not sure how they are able to maintain their sanity, carrying the burden of fame along with the imminent expectation to remain genuinely fresh, authentic and sincere in their response to every inquiry and critique set before them. Was there a class on this skill that I missed somewhere?
The odd thing is, if I take too much time off, I actually start to miss all these interactions and begin feeling very anxious for the next event to start. I become anxious to be put in "the game" again. The antique show circuit is like extended family gatherings in a lot of ways.... I'll let you fill in the blanks on that observation!
See where HEC will be next: NOLA Antique Festival, February 10 & 11 & The Vintage Tulsa Show, February 16-18.
One perk of being an Antique Show Promoter is getting first pick of items available at the event. Unfortunately, I often find myself so busy with show operations on set-up days that it's hard for me to find the time to browse for my own pleasure. A short window of time did open up for me at our recent event this past October in Springfield, Missouri, the Antique Festival of the Ozarks.
Destiny has already allotted to me the fate of being captivated by felines. I like to keep an eye out for pieces that accentuate my love of kitties, and was delighted to find a few treasures in the booth of Jack & Lila Christensen, from Decorah, Illinois. They always have a great variety of whimsical pieces, with a speciality in vintage children's items and vintage treasures with animal themes.
The Christensens usually display a shelf typically filled with various TV lamps and this time they were offering one I had never seen before. Shown below is a California Pottery Leland Claes Siamese Cat TV Lamp from the 1950s that I could not pass up! How many of you remember mom warning not too watch television without a light burning, in order to avoid eye damage? I was always defiant on this point but still think these lamps are charming, and they actually came in a wide variety of styles at the time. You can learn more about them and see several examples in this Collector's Weekly article.
Another irresistible treasure found in their booth were these two hand-tinted Bradley Currey Cat Photos. There are apparently a huge variety of these 1940s-era photos waiting to be found by antique-loving cat collectors! I look forward to expanding my collection in the future.
Do you love vintage kitties too? Tell us about your collection in the comments section below.