4th of July DVD Giveaway – American Pickers!

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In honor of 4th of July, we’re hosting an American-themed giveaway for our US-based readers!!!

It’s your lucky day – well, at least for one of you it is! A&E; Home Entertainment wants me to choose one of you to receive a FREE gift! They just released AMERICAN PICKERS – The Complete Season One on DVD and one of you lucky US-based readers will win The Complete Season One this week right here on the The Antiques Diva™ site! To enter, all you have to do is leave a patriotic comment on this blog post. At the end of the week I’ll put your name in my cowboy hat and draw a winner!

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Not familiar with the show? tonpost.com/reyne-haines/reyne-gauge-american-pick_b_554347.html”>Read what Reyne Haines of Huffington Post has to say about it!

Good Luck! Happy Independence Day!

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Sorry European dwellers – this contest is only open to US residents as DVD’s are zone specific!

The Better To See You With, My Dear…

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Katia, my hair colorist – the woman who is credited with hiding every last inch of gray hair on my head – has recently started wearing these great funky glasses into “ la laboratory” (aka, the Aveda salon on Berlin’s famed Ku’damm.) She looks down-right adorable in her over-sized, slightly quirky spectacles and when I asked where she got her new frames, she responded,
“They are vintage… don’t you just love them? I figured if I had to wear glasses, I might as well wear frames with personality!”

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Next time you’re at a flea market and see a basket blooming with frames why don’t you take a gander and see if you can find a pair that you could bring your ophthalmologist to fit with new lenses!? And by the way, doing so might just save you a bundle – most of the frames in this pot were marked around 2 – 5 Euro!

If you want to save money & create your own one-of-kind style, going vintage is the way to go! Of course – I think my husband, The Wine Guy, and I are taking the “vintage spectacle thing” a tad too far….

Seeing is believing,

The Antiques Diva™

P.S. Stay tuned to “The Better To See You With, Part Deux” later this week….