Tuesday, February 10, 2015

So Much Has Been Going On, A Brief Update

Howdy All,

It has been quite awhile since I have posted to the blog. Gosh, there has been so much going on lately I don't know where to start.

I think I had told y'all about my Q&A column for Discover Vintage America I am really having a great time writing the column and some of the questions that come in are amazing.

About the middle of last year I began going out to antique shops who advertise in the publication and doing on site appraisals. It has been a blast! I have also made appearances at several antique shows. The downside to this is that it has taken a lot of restraint to keep from making purchases wherever I go.

In March I will be in Grapevine, Texas at an antique show.

You can visit my new antique appraisal page Michelle Knows Antiques to see when and where I will be appearing and you can also get an appraisal online for a nominal fee.

If you would like for me to come to your location for an appraisal event please let us know. There is no cost for my appearance, unless I have to travel outside of the KC metro area.

Having on site appraisal events is a BIG customer draw, especially with the prices I charge, people come in for an appraisal and then spend time in your shop. It is also good for fund raising events, festivals and any other event where you need and want high attendance.

As you know, I have been around for quite a few years but you may not know that I still love what I do and spend a great deal of time researching market for trends and values. Finding an appraiser who you can trust is a difficult task and finding one with great people skills and good at what they do is almost impossible..... that's where I come in.

Drop me a note to say hi or better yet attend one of the events that I will be appearing at or have me come to your event.

Thanks to all,
Michelle aka Granny

Friday, February 07, 2014

50 Years Ago The Beatles Changed American Music and Changed Us

Granted, I was only 4-years-old the night The Beatles stepped on the stage for the first time on the Ed Sullivan show but I do remember watching that evening.

I became a Beatles fan on the spot. I was in love with Ringo and wanted to own every song they put out.

John Lennon's music has always touched me. He had such passion for peace and love. I still tear-up when I think that this beautiful man had his life cut short because of one sick person with a gun.

Eventually I did have all of their music and many wonderful Beatles memorabilia items. It was one of those "who knew" situations when my mom sold it all at a garage sale before me moved to Singapore.

I do still have a couple of albums and a few 45s left and I have always said that if my some chance I win the lottery I will get another Beatles lunch box and the nodder dolls.

Please enjoy my most recent article for WorthPoint.com on The Beatles.

Share with us your memories of the Beatles and whether or not you still have any of the early memorabilia.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Holiday Season Can Be Painful for Many Reasons

For many the holidays are the best time of the year. They look forward to all the cooking, baking, family time and finally gift giving. Not me so much anymore. If I had my way we would just straight from October to January.

I see my family once a week a family dinner. When it comes to baking, well my family would rather that I didn't. I am not much of a shopper unless it is an antique shop or flea market.

Things weren't so bad until my mom passed away 4 years ago this coming January and that just seemed to have sucked a lot of joy out of Christmas. Mom loved Christmas. She loved everything about it. Some years ago my brother and his family quit coming up to spend Christmas with us and that took a toll on her but otherwise she was jolly and ho, ho, ho.

My recent article for WorthPoint.com was written in memory of my mom.

Christmas Memories of my Mom; Antique Dealer, Collector and Family Historian

I hope that you enjoy it.

Merry Christmas to All

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Looking For a Reasonably Priced Antique Appraisal?

All collectors of antiques, collectibles and other vintage wares are curious as to the value of their items.

Antique appraisals can get very expensive so one of the companies that I write for has made it possible to get a low cost personal appraisal on just about anything you can think of and I will be doing the appraisal.

It is a very simple process, just go to "Ask Michelle" on the Discover Vintage America Website, follow the simple instructions and within a week or less you will receive an email from me with all of the information you are requesting.

Since you and I are in direct email communication you can ask for additional information on your item, clarification on the information I have given you or anything else that comes to mind in regards to the item.

Here is my online video debut telling you how simple it is to get a low cost personal appraisal. Yep, this is me in the video. Enjoy!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Share Your Halloween Memories With Us

Vintage home made halloween costumes
My mom always spent months crafting Halloween costumes for my brother and I but one year something went terribly wrong. We ended up looking something like this photo, except he had a tie around his neck.

It was all good. We had a great time as usual.

I would love to see your Halloween costumes both past and present so please be sure to share photos or stories.

Enjoy my Halloween article for WorthPoint.com


Monday, October 21, 2013

A Great Gift Idea or Extra Income

Jewelry Candles, yes there is an actual piece of jewelry inside each candle and the neat thing is that when you order your candle you specify the ring size that you want. 

The candles smell amazing and you get the added bonus of a beautiful piece of jewelry.

If you are looking for an extra source of income I highly recommend the Jewelry Candle Co. I am not one that gets involved in selling items through companies such as this. 

The main reason I joined the Jewelry Candle Co. is because I LOVE quality candles and IT COSTS YOU NOTHING TO BECOME A DISTRIBUTOR. Let me repeat that, there is no start-up costs to you. You get your own website, free of charge and there is no out-of -pocket expense.

I am an antique dealer and have family obligations. Money is tight too but I saw this as the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income... at no cost to me and enjoy wonderful candles in the process.

If you are looking for a great gift or need extra income I highly recommend these guys.