Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is Manischewitz Downsizing Their Passover Desserts: Honey They Shrunk My Macaroons And Mandel Cuts

Oy Vey: Manischewitz Is Downsizing Their Mandel Cuts and Macaroons 

You've heard about downsizing a home, but have you read much about downsizing Passover? Imagine my surprise Monday evening when I opened a box of Kosher for Passover Manischewitz Mandel Cuts ( biscotti like cookies)  and found that these favorite desserts of mine had shrunk in size. Then, I opened up a container of Macaroons and oy vey, these delights also were smaller than I have ever remembered.

Be Careful About Dipping Your Downsized Mandel Cut Cookies In Hot Tea

After I poured my guests a cup of tea, I took my seat at the table, but I was still ruminating about the  downsized look of my Passover desserts. Truthfully,  I was consumed with laughter and nearly fell off my chair when I had to point out to my friends that they should be careful about dipping the Mandel cuts into the hot tea, because there wasn't much of a cookie to hold onto! 

How Small Is Small For These Passover Manischewitz Cookies ?
 After calming down from my shock after seeing these itsy bitsy cookies, I sprung out of my chair, and wondered aloud... just how small exactly had these Passover goodies gotten ?   My dear friend Larry and I decided we needed to set the record straight and get a scientific answer.

Measuring Passover Mandel Cut Cookies With A Ruler 

So Larry and I decided to reach for a ruler in a nearby kitchen drawer to capture the exact dimensions of these miniscule but tasty products. Larry carefully held the ruler close up to these downsized sweets, while I focused in on their petit presence. The news is not good, our ruler measured just about two inches long.

Downsized Passover Macaroons: The News Is Not Good

And don't get me started on the Macaroons. Yes, we also photographed these dwarfed desserts as well. I'm embarassed to report that these babies came in measuring about one inch in diameter.  I know times are bad and every business is taking a hit. But next year if this downsizing contines I'll need a magnifying glass to serve dessert.

 QUESTION FOR MY READERS 
Does anyone have any vintage (past season) Macaroons or Mandel Cuts hanging around that they could measure so we can keep tabs on the severity of this matter?

As usual, I ask my readers to leave comments, schmooze and enjoy your holidays.

Teacup image with tea courtesy of  http://teawithfriends.blogspot.com/2010/10/pink-glass-discoveries-old-and-new.html

Other photos taken by C. Dianne Zweig

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shabby Chic Featured at Antiques On the Farmington, Collinsville, CT

Vintage Cottage Style Decor at
  Antiques On The Farmington 


"Antiques On The Farmington", a huge Multi-dealer shop in Collinsville, CT now has a delightful Shabby Chic dealer on the second floor. Her booth is simply darling and cottage style lovers are keeping her busy. You will find sweet accessories, pillows, shelves, lamps, dressers,  vanities,  textiles and more. The booth is meticulously arranged so that you will get great ideas of how to display and decorate cottage style collelctibles in your home.
For more information visit  http://antiquesonfarmington.com/ .


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Story of The Junk Life Cycle

How Old Receipts, Memorabilia and Paper Junk Lives On

This is how the JUNK LIFE CYCLE works. You save decades of folders, envelopes, shoe boxes, suitcases and shoppings bags filled with old receipts, invoices, statements, photographs and memorabilia. To get them out of your way, initially you hide all this paper junk into old desk drawers, bureaus, cupboards and closets. If you are lucky enough to own your own home, you eventually transfer all this stuff  into larger boxes which find their way into an attic, basement or garage.

Liquidating Saved Receipts and Old Papers 

Next, you call upon your adult children, grandchildren and perhaps even great-grandchildren to come visit and look through the boxes and bags of stuff you have saved in the basement, garage and attic. Unable to part with too much at this stage, you cut a deal with family members to take all this paper junk back to their own homes.

Now the folders, cartons, bags filled with old papers, photographs, memorabilia end up in a new house, landing first in closets, empty desk drawers and spare bedrooms. Eventually however, the piles and collections will get re-located to a new basement, attic or garage so that "in the future" additional sifting and purging might occur.

Waiting For A Rainy Day To Unload Saved Papers 

The day of liquidation never really comes. But the stuff does get shuffled again and again when a new keeper of the old papers wants to downsize to a smaller place and unload the load.

How The Junk Story Ends

One more time, all the stuff once in closets and desk drawers, comes out of the basement, attic and garage and finds its way into the hands of a new generation of  hoarders who are happy to take custody of the paper STUFF and pack away into more drawers, corners and hiding places before transferring all this junk down to a basement or stuffing into an attic or garage.      
Readers if this sounds familiar or you wish to add your experiences to this blog, pleae feel free to leave a comment. 

Photographs taken by C. Dianne Zweig at Stratford Antique Center in Stratford, CT and Seymour Antique Center, Seymour, CT

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hop Along Over To The I Antique Online.com Facebook Page

Have You Landed On I Antique Online.com's FACEBOOK PAGE Yet ?

A funny thing happened on the way to trying to tell people about my site I Antique Online.com....I build a Facebook page for I Antique Online.com to get the word out about I Antique Online.com and now the Facebook page is catching on and people are landing there and getting cozy. Wait to see the photos on that  page.....you will LOVE LOVE LOVE the eye candy!

Antique Social Networks For Clueless Collectors

Now, you may think that because I run the largest FREE social network on antiques and collectibles that I know something about social media. Nope...nope...nope. I am so behind it is seriously ridiculous. Yesterday my son caught me up on Instagram. I haven't even tackled Twitter yet.

I'm still learning the ropes on our  Facebook I Antique Online.com fan page. But oane thing is ceertain ...there is a great crowd forming on the Facebook page. If you haven't dicovered the our FB page yet hop along over and LIKE us at  https://www.facebook.com/iantiqueonline 

Readers, when you stop over and LIKE us tell me yu saw this blog....Ill try to take some time and schmooze with you.

Photographs by C. Dianne Zweig. Taken at The Stratford Antique Center, Stratford, CT

Visit www.facebook.com/iantiqueonlineand "LIKE" our page

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Antique Therapy: Shopping at The Stratford Antique Center, Stratford, CT

Do You Feel Better When You Are Out Antiquing?  
 
We have all heard of retail therapy when you feel better shopping. I feel better antiquing. Don't get me wrong, I can always use a whopper dose of shopping, but for me the best medicine is not found  in a clothing store but in a junk shop or outrageoulsy large and stuffed antique center with 100-200 dealers.

Multi-Dealer Antique Centers

Multi-dealer Antique Malls are heaven for me. When I step into the door of these antique palaces, I get lost in my hunt and all the crazy preoccupations I had before entering this zone seem to melt away. My thoughts shift to looking for Mid-Century pottery or another attractive set of 1950s kitchen canisters or a colorful tablecloth without stains.

Visiting The Stratford Antique Center, Stratford, CT 

One of my primary mood boosting, cure all maladies and escape from crazy life type of places to visit and enjoy is The Stratford Antique Center in Stratford, CT.  This 16,500 square ft. building with approximately 200 dealers according to their website is AMAZING.

If you are in need of some serious antique therapy, let me suggest that you plan a trip to this popular Multi-Dealer Antique Center located off I-95 in Stratford, CT.  

More Multi-Deale Antique Centers in Connecticut

Other great LARGE Multi-Dealer centers to visit in Connecticut are The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT  and Antiques On The Farmington in Collinsville, CT

Readers, if you can suggest other great places to visit in Connecticut for some great antique retail therapy, please be sure to leave a comment. 

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Easter Bunny Needs To Wear Boots With Traction Before Going Antique Picking

Antique Dealers with Frostbite



The problem with a cold and long winter is that the Antique shops and Multi-Dealer stores in colder climates are picked over for longer than usual. Dealers in these shops are known to rely on goods from outdoor sales and markets. You just can't set up a tag sale or garage sale on icy patches and left over snow on your driveway.


Out Antiquing: Looking For Some Good Egg Deals 

Antique pickers are not the only ones I am concerned about. For example,  I hope that the Easter bunny wears boots with traction when out there looking for some good egg deals because it is going to be a mightly slippery holiday.

Weeds Are Freezing Their Buds Off 

Usually by this time of the year, my mailbox is stuffed with companies trying to sell me crab grass control packages. Not this year.....the weeds are staying underground...they are freezing their buds off.

Stay Warm On I Antique Online.com

There are however a couple of enjoyable activities compulsive junkers can do during this long winter. You can head over to my social network called I Antique Online.com and enjoy the company of others. After that... say hello to the great people who are regulars on  our Facebook page .  Be sure to "LIKE" our page...it warms my heart on these cold days!

Top photo courtesy of  http://www.travelwestukraine.net/2012/04/beaded-easter-eggs-from-ukraine.html

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Should You Take Freebies From A Friend's Loved One's Estate?

Addicted To Rummaging Through Boxes at Estate Liquidations

This weekend I relapsed and agreed to rummage through the contents of a large box of STUFF my friends brought back from a family member's Florida estate. This relative traveled all over the world and liked to collect things from every country she visited.  The "box" was in my friend's  basement with my name scribbled on it "FOR
DIANNE". My first feelings and thoughts upon seeing "the box" was a mixture of nervous anticipation and  s u s p i c i o n. Why is there a huge box with my name on it? O.K.....they got my number...they knew that I could not pass up a possible "mother load". But what exactly was in this box, I wondered to myself?

Unwrapping The Contents of Famile Estates

I peaked into the box and saw that everything was wrapped
very carefully in heavy mover paper. Perhaps there really is something worthwhile in "the  box"... at least I was hoping. So I started to unwrap a few items at the top of the box and decided that it would be far better to wait until I got home to do a more careful unwrapping job. The box was very large and very heavy, so I figured that the "good stuff" must be in the middle or towards the bottom of the box.

Is The Good Stuff Packed Into The Middle or Bottom Of The Box ?

Stay with me.....because the box was large and heavy and  I was delighted when my friend offered to ask his son to put this HEAVY BOX into my car. While opening my car trunk, my friend said...oh there are two bags in the garage you should also take. Sure I said, throw the bags in the trunk.

Stop The Blog: The Suspense Is Just Too Much

I got home and in freezing cold weather (in the dark), I started to poke through the bags and "THE BOX".  S T O P  T H E   B L O G

Readers tell me what you think was in the box and the bags........also have you ever been invited to take home freebies from a friend's family member's estate? What were your experiences?



C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Let It Go...Let It Go...Let All Your Junk Go

"Let It Go".......Getting Rid Of Stuff We Hang Onto

"Let it go", "let it go"....oh I'm not speaking about the lyrics to Idina Menzel's song from Disney's "Frozen"....I'm talking about LET IT GO....of all the stuff  that all of us hang onto. At least that is what I thought about when I first heard this song.

What's Stuffed In Your Drawers And Cupboards That Your Can Let Go Of ?

I thought about the plastic bags of socks I have stuffed into my drawers. I'm talking about so many T-shirts accumulated over the years that I could truly cut them
into strips and make enough rag rugs to last a century.  I'm talking about closets filled with so many old blankets that the entire town could sleep over in a power outage.

De-Junking Your Junk 

I'm not done yet. Let it go...let it go.....how about purging spices in my kitchen closet that have no fragrance whatsoever. Or isn't it time to toss the containers of Matzah meal that should have been let go five Passover's ago?  While I am on that subject......when you have lived in the same house for so many decades.....you probably have to go no further than your very own kitchen to find all the collectibles you could ever want!

Set Yourself  Free...Let It Go...Let It Go

Moses commanded by G-d said to Pharaoh..."let my people go"..... and I say to you.....you will be set free if "you let it go" .......if you let all your old socks, old T-shirts, old blankets go......LET IT GO...LET IT GO!

Readers please share your confessions about what you need to let go of......junk stuff that is!

 Photos taken at Never Say Goodbye Antiques, Middletown, CT

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Is This The Last Shabbat For The Crown Kosher Market In West Hartford, CT ?

Can We Save The Best Of The Crown Market....The Crown Jewels....Kosher Meat....Appetizing....Bakery  


It's taken me days to absorb the news that The Crown Market has announced their closing. I visited the Crown on Friday and wondered if this was indeed the last Shabbat for The Crown Market .

Shopping At "The Crown Market" Is An Experience...   

Going to The Crown Market in West Hartford, CT is never a quick in and out visit because you seem to bump into the world at The Crown. In fact at times it is easier to track down someone you are looking for in front of the appetizing section ordering Patrami than via email. And it is always lovely to catch up with members of the community that  you haven't seen in years as you reach for a challah.

Mourning The Old Crown Market

I have heard members of our community say that they are in essence "sitting Shiva for The Crown", expressing just how profoundly this announced closing will affect each of us.
Perhaps like with other significant losses we experience in life, one can never go back and re-create what we had.  We can only hold onto our favorite and dear memories but we can never really replace again what was.

Let's Be Honest...The Crown Is Aging

Let's be honest, The Crown is aging...  the equipment is failing, the fixtures are old and plenty of beloved staff have moved on. But is there still enough spirit left to revitalize the exisitng Crown or build again and create a new version of The Crown Market?        

Can There Be A New Crown Market: A New Independent Kosher Market In West Hartford? 

What we might hope for is that there might be a new Crown, perhaps one that I might call "Crown Jewels" which might keep offering the community the best of Kosher foods and Israeil products in a Haimish environment. I envision a store   with a Kosher butcher, deli, bakery, prepared foods and   speciality products.

Let's Preserve An Independent Kosher Market In Connecticut 

I prayed this Shabbat that The Crown... in some form... is saved. I hope as many of us as possible will continue to support the efforts to preserve an independent Kosher market in our community where we can bump into each other and ask "so how are the kids...where are they now?"


Readers please share this post with others and feel free to add your suggestions and comments.  

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Introducing Modish.Net: Online Social-Networking Community For Mid Century Modern Design Antiques and Collectibles

Mid-Century Ceramics and Design Found On Modish.Net:    

If you love Mid Century pottery, dishes and design you will LOVE an online social-networking community called "Modish". This beautifully designed site is an amazing  resource for 20th century modern design. You need to join the community and you will then be able to view thousands of pages of collections of ceramics, pottery, glassware, tabletop accessories, flatware, home decor and more.
I can tell you that if you are a fan of Mid Century, you will get lost on this very well organized site. This is my gift to you today...let me know how you enjoyed your visit.

Photo courtesy of http://modish.net/gallery/ceramics-15030

Be sure to also vist Mid Century Pottery and Ceramics Group Forum on I Antique Online.com


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Is It Bric a Brac Or Collectibles? Where Have All The Good Vintage Kitchenwares Gone?

In Search Of Vintage Kitchen Collectibles: Getting Hard To Find

One of my absolute favorite pastimes is to go out antiquing and to buy more kitchen collectibles and other favorite collectibles for my shop Kitsch n Stuff, located in The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT. Thank goodness I hoarded a lot of great vintage kitchenwares for years and years.

Is It Bric a Brac Or Quality Vintage Collectibles?

I have written about this topic before so forgive me for kvetching again about this matter. It is just painful for me to see so much bric a brac being passed as "collectibles" both in shops and online. Now that I think of it, what I am finding is that bric a brac is showing up in lovely Antique stores and good stuff is showing up at Flea Markets. The problem is that dealers are selling the "junk" for the same price as the collectibles and the asking price of the collectibles is for the retail market!

Readers: Are You Finding Kitchen Collectibles Easily?

Readers, please take a moment to share yur experiences? Are you able to find genuine kitchen collectibles from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s? Or do you get frustrated having to sift through a lot of bric a brac when you out shopping or surfing online?

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, February 17, 2014

Downton Abbey Countess Violet Invited To Visit "My Cup Of Tea: Tea Antiques and Collectibles Group"

Violet, Dowager Countness of Grantham would visit "My Cup of Tea Antiques and Collectibles Group"  on I Antique Online.com if she wasn't so busy helping granddaughter Edith Crawley pack for Switzerland 

This post is for all our Downton Abbey fans. I can't believe there is only one remaining episode for this fourth season. Where did the time go? Perhaps you would like to join others  and chat about our fondness for Downton over a cup of tea?  We can meet in a wonderful online group called  "My Cup Of Tea: Tea Antiques and Collectibles Group"  which you will find on my site I Antique Online.com.

Invitation To Violet Dowager  Countness For Tea This Afternoon

I have invited Violet, Dowager Countness of Grantham but her schedule is just so busy that I can't be sure when she will arrive she. I imagine that she is just so busy figuring out what to do about all the comings and goings in her family.   I'm almost certain she is terribly preoccupied with her granddaughter Edith Crawley. It looks like poor Edith is off to Switzerland with her Aunt Rosamund. But if she could, I know she would want to try to stop by and visit with the members of our Tea Group if not today than during the week.

Vintage Tea Related Articles On I Antique Online.com

Before I forget, I have heard from others that Violet is quite impressed with all the forum posts in  "My Cup of Tea Antiques and Collectibles Group"   a group for collectors of teacups, teapots and tea accessories. I know she would want to reserve some time for this charming collectors group if she could. My sense is that now that Robert is back at the castle, she has a lot to do to mend all the family dramas before he catches on. Violet sends her regards to all and hopes to see you soon either in the group or at Downton.  


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

"Lovely Ladies: Vintage Head Vases" Popular Group Forum On I Antique Online.com

Delightful Group Forum On Vintage Head Vases

One of my favorite group forums on my site I Antique Online.com is "Lovely Ladies: Vintage Head Vases". In fact we have a lot of obsessed collectors of these lovely ceramic gals who share lots of   images, information.


and resources on this popular collectible.
Collectors of these popular planters will find great forum posts by Marlin Martin (Forum Moderator) such as "Cleaning Head Vases"  ; "Plastic Flowers And Vintage Head Vases" ; "Golden Rules for Collecting Head Vases" and so much more. We welcome new members to this delightful group.

Photo source:
http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/photo/the-beautiful-jeannie
http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/lovelyladies/forum/topics/children-and-teen-head-vases

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Using A Small Painted Table Top Vintage Shelf Unit With Cubbies In Your Antique Booth


Antique Booth Display Ideas

I love finding cute smaller vintage
shelves to add to a table top to display glassware or other small objects. Finding suitable mini-cabinets in an attractive color with lots of cubbies is not that easy to find. My suggestion is to visit a large Antique Mall or poke around on Etsy.com or other online sources.  sooner or later you will discover just the right display unit for your antique booth.


C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Best Blogs About Antiques And Collectibles Are Now Featured on I Antique Online.com

 Blogs About Antiques And Collectibles Listed On I Antique Online.com

I Antique Online.com is what I would call a super-sized Antique blog. Think of I Antique Online.com as the BIG BOX of the best antique blogs. As a social network dedicated to folks who buy, sell and collect antiques, collectibles and art, I Antique Online.com is the place to find every imaginable blog out there related to antiques and collectibles.

Antique Blogs Is Where To Find Articles, News,

As you know, blogging is where the action is. More and more print newspapers are switching to online websites to feature news, articles and information. And I Antique Online.com is now the premiere place for collectors in every area to get the scoop on what is hot and what is not.

What Antique Blogs Interest You?

So if you are looking to learn more about a particular antique or collectible, check out the BLOGS on I Antique Online.com.

Feature Your Antique Blog On The Main Page of I Antique Online.com

When you join I Antique Online.com (FREE) you can add your business or personal blog to the blog directory on the Main page of the I Antique Online.com website.

Members of the site have linked all kinds of interesting and informative blogs about antiques, collectibles and art in a variety of places on the I Antique Online.com social network site.

Target Your Antique Blog To Collector Groups

Besides blogs featured on the main page, members can add their blog feeds to their member profile pages and in any of the over 200  collector groups. You will find antique blogs on jewelry, Pyrex, toys, kitchen collectibles, pottery, cottage collectibles, vintage clothing, business, snow domes, junk, ephemera, textiles, antiquing, auctions, ceramics, kitsch. retro, Mid Century, Victorian ETC.
Readers,  BTW...if you would like to be on my  blog roll for this blog C. Dianne Zweig Kitsch n Stuff which also feeds onto the main page of my site I Antique online.com, please send me an email at Dianne@cdiannezweig.com with a link to your blog and we can exchange blog links. I would love to share the information. 

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Go Antiquing Online: I Antique Online.com Is Like "Arrested Development for Antique Lovers"










Confessions Of A Social Media Manager 

 I have often thought that if my social network  I Antique Online.com was a T.V. show what would they call it.?

Am I being too sassy, how about "Going To Jail Yard Sale" or  "Don't Ever Curb Your Enthusiam For A Juicy Tag Sale?"

Social Networks Are Like T.V. Dramas

If you want to know the truth...sometimes I Antique Online.com, the largest social netowork for antiques and collelctibles is not at all like a T.V. comedy, but more like a dramatic T.V. series.  There are some days that when I sit at my computer managing the site, that I'm thinking to myself.... who has more drama queens, my family or the site?  And I mean, with over 14, 500  members you can get a lot of sub-plots going on. The winter is still here ......are you hooked on I Antique Online.com yet? Stay warm.....pull up a chair and go antiquing online, it's better than T.V.
!

Are you a member of I Antique Online.com yet? You can join us right now click here: http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Rules About Junking Mom and Dad's Stuff

Sifting Through Mom's and Dad's Accumulated Piles of Stuff 

Antique Dealers Are Waiting For Your Junk


I get really antsy when I hear about making "piles".  Often what is in the "garbage" pile is not exactly garabage! At times I want to leap out of my chair and go rescue some of the things that I hear people throwing out. No, no, please readers, do not be so quick to unload that which you think is "garbage".  

Did you know that a lot of antique dealers regularly replenish their inventory by combing through the piles of "junk" that end up at the dump?

Are You Trashing Treasures?

 I have created a beginning list of items to hold onto and not toss. Over and over again I hear of people who trash some wonderful treasures because they do not think anyone would want them.
Please readers add to this list.  

 Do Not Throw It Out Because:

1. You never liked mom's 1960ish tablecloth with big bold flowers...STOP
2. You are are not a smoker and have no use for an artist signed ashtray from the Mid Century..STOP.
3. You can't see who would want old advertising coffee tins with nuts and bolts in them...STOP
4. You never liked the way grandma smelled so you want to toss out an old talc tin...STOP.
5. You are afraid your grandchildren will get into an old jar of marbles so you want to toss them..STOP
6. You have no use for 1930s magazines stuffed into an old trunk...STOP
7. You never liked mom's souvenir tumblers....STOP
8. You can't stand dad's 1950s barware collection.
9. You have no use for grandma's sewing notions.
10. You see no reason to save grandpa's tools.

That's enough for now. Readers feel free to add to this list.

 Read More: 
 http://cdiannezweig.blogspot.com/2013/01/helping-mom-and-dad-price-collectibles.html

Visit:  http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/group/estatemavenshelpwithestateliquidation

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Downsizing Your Home: Delay Tactics We Use To Hold Onto Stuff

Do You Save Old Things In Hiding Places To Avoid Parting With Your Collections?  

How can I be writing about downsizing a home when I am one of the biggest savers on the planet.
Besides collections of  this and that, I also am a bookaholic. I suppose I should be proud of my extensive collection of books since I hated reading in grade school. But it really is time to unload some of my "diet books" and "cookbooks" . I can't even believe I bought a book about how to convert every recipe by cooking with TOFU.

Are Your Closets Stuffed With Home Decorating Magazines? 

Oh and before I forget, I also buy way too many magazines and have stacks of  "Country Living", "Martha Stewart Living" and the once popular Mary Engelbreit "Home" piled up in one of my bedroom closets. I won't even go into the
discussion of how many old ski jackets I have hanging around or turtleneck tops I keep stored in plastic boxes. The turtlenecks went out in style for me when I no longer needed to keep my neck WARM because my hormones took over than job!

Why do we buy so much and save so much? Some people like ME....have what I call delay tactics which result in moving saved stuff around  instead of dumping old stuff.

Ways To Delay Dumping Stuff You Own That Needs To Be Gotten Rid Of

1. Open up an antique booth and move some of your collection to a new space (cheap storage).

2. Hide your old clothes that you don't wear anymore in plastic boxes instead of giving to others.

3. Bury boxes of children's toys in places in your home that you can't get to.

4. Schelp ridicuous memorabilia and junk (i.e. rusty road sign
your kid came home with in High School) up to your attic and hope the A/C mechanic doesn't kill himself when he is up there.

5. Pretend to be cleaning out stuff when in truth you are just organizing stuff to accomodate more stuff.

6. Keeping multiple refrigerators and freezers so that you can buy six loaves on bread and freeze and then decide the bread is too old to use.

Readers please add your delay tactics to this list on how you hold onto to stuff instead of throwing out.  








C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Common Excuses We Use To Save Old Or Outdated Vintage Stuff

Are You A Saver of Old Vintage Stuff? 

Do you save the winter time to organize your clutter? If the answer is is not exactly "yes",  then we are in the same club. I tell myself in the warmer months that I'll have plenty of indoor time during the winter months to straighten out
my piles of STUFF. I convince myself to save the big clean out projects for a nice snowy day.

Are You In The Mood To Visit Your Basement ?


Every now and then, I actually venture down to my basement and take a looky around and think.....I'm not in the mood today, maybe next week. And as you might imagine, weeks creep by and I'm back to Spring time and the last thing I want to do is stay indoors and clean out my basement when the weather is warm and the birds are chirping.

Common Excuses We Use To Save Old Or Outdated Vintage Stuff

I have developed a list of the common excuses we use why we do not throw out clutter that accumulates in our basment. Please feel free to add to this list.

1. You never know when you might need birthday plates with fire engines on them.

2. Graduation paper cups.....2011 can become 2014 or 2021very easily.

3. You might need children's boots in case some stray children show up at your door and want to build a snowman in your front yard.

4. In case your GPS fails you can choose one of the 768 tattered and torn maps you are saving.

5. They may call a Retro day at the beach this summer and your boom box radio will be fabulous!

6. It might be fun to have a Halloween picnic this summer and set the table with black and orange plastic forks and knives from a 1982 Halloween fest.

7. You can re-gift all the coffee mugs that your kids gave you that say Happy 40th, 50th, 60th etc. birthday. You can give them back to your kids!

8. Harvesting old jigsaw puzzle down in the basement is not such a bad idea...  you may one day find the missing pieces in your kitchen drawer,

READERS, please add to this list!!!!!!!!!!

Airplane and puzzle  photos are courtesy of House of Young http://houseofyoung.bigcartel.com/products 

Elephant image courtesy of Chock-A-Block on Etsy.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChockaBlock?ref=l2-shopheader-name

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.com Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

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