March 5, 1999
Last night John Bruno and I appeared on a local New York City cable station called the Metro Learning Channel. We did a show called "Metro Home", with Robert Vero, a completely charming host. The show was about garage sales, something John and I both know quite a bit about. As do you, I'm sure.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THEY COULDN'T COME UP WITH
Remember the Tamagochi? It was that little electronic pet that you had to feed, play with and clean up after. And if you neglected its frequent demands, it just might die. Scores of parents dragged the annoying little things to work every day, caring for them so their kids could go to school and not come home to the guilt and sorrow of a dead pet (don't get me started on the mental capacity of parents who would do this). And the noise! Thank goodness our frantic consumer culture grew bored with them in just a few months. But now something even stupider has hit the market, and it just might be the next big novelty pet fad. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...The ExploraToy Sea-Monkey Watch. Seriously. It's a Swatch-type digital watch that is also a habitat for brine shrimp, better known through the magic of pulp comic book advertising as the sea monkey. So now your kid can wear his pets to school. They do almost everything the Tamagotchis did: they sleep, they eat, they even die. But they don't beep. Thanks goodness!
BRING THAT BACK HERE! DEPARTMENT
During the past several months, several stories about theft of outdoor sculptures and cemetery items have surfaced, and at least one large art theft ring has been exposed. There's a website that deals exclusively with art theft, from holocaust-era paintings to outdoor statuary. It's the Art Loss Register, at http://www.artloss.com/intro.htm. ALR is a place to search for your lost treasures, to see what's been recovered, to report a theft or to follow the progress of more than one story reported right here in the newsletter. I recommend it highly for keeping your finger on the pulse.
Metal furniture - there was some magnificent stuff on the show with us last night, including a funeral casket gurney that had been made into a coffee table.
Arts and Crafts purses - saw a great selection at Antiques Connection in Albuquerque (505) 296-2300.
Jadeite - I don't understand it, but there's Martha Stewart shopping for it
all over the place.
HITTING THE ROAD
I'm leaving on a bit of a tour today. If you're in the vicinity of any of these places, please come by and say "hi":
Saturday and Sunday, March 6 -7,Greensboro, NC - I'll be at Superflea, at the Coliseum, doing a seminar and free verbal appraisals each day.
Monday through Wednesday, March 8-10, Las Vegas, NV - I'll be at the ACDA Convention at the Imperial Palace Hotel, giving a speech with a title so long I would be violating my pledge of a short newsletter if I listed it here.
Wednesday through Sunday, March 8 - 14, San Diego, CA - I'll be at my
brother's house, worshipping the delectable Miranda Lauren, who is now a
whopping six months old. But, I'll also be shopping. If you own a shop or
are holding a garage sale during that period, look out!
Needless to say, Accumulators, there will be no newsletter next week. I
toyed with the idea of bringing the laptop along on this trip....Naaah.
You have to cut the cord sometime! Artie will be going to Greensboro with
me, but he'll be all alone next week, batching it, so send him a casserole
or something. See you in two, Accumulators. Happy Hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #75
U.S. Library of Congress
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