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!

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 267px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcTb8DnPVW4/TChbE1mJffI/AAAAAAAAE8g/jkGKPztC5X0/s400/american-flag.jpg” border=”0″ />American Pickers follows highly skilled ‘pickers’ Mike Wolfe, owner of Antique Archaeology in Iowa, and his business partner Frank Fritz, as they hunt down objects with historical, collectible and pop culture value that have been long forgotten by their owners. Reyne Haines, of the Huffington Post calls the two main characters “down to earth, every day kind of guys – who are completely old skool”. These manly-men are “pickers” and in trade talk that means they are the dealers – to the dealers. They scavenge the countryside visiting barns and country homes, junk piles and stacks in garages finding the proverbial needle in the haystack, turning rust to riches.

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!

Diva News Network: Today’s Episode – Vintage Fur

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So why then is today’s blog post about Vintage Fur just as we’re wanting to shed our coats in hopes of warmer days? Because the prices on vintage fur are dropping by the day – consider it sale season at the flea markets around the world!

While I wouldn’t buy a new fur coat, propagating the current supply chain, I’m gaga over vintage fur – and the best time to buy vintage fur is not in the brrrr of winter when prices are at a high and people have coats on the mind, but rather when everyone else is thinking thoughts of warmer days. Just like in the stores when inventory changes from one season to the next, vintage fur vendors at flea markets want to sell their winter inventory and prices are being slashed by the week!

Of course, why read about vintage fur shopping when you can watch another exciting episode of the todays-episode.html” target=”_blank”>Diva News Network on The Antiques Diva’s YouTube Channel!


Happy Viewing!

The Antiques Diva™

Think Outside the Decorating Box

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You might remember a couple months ago I did a blog post on ton-usa-edition.html” target=”_blank”>The Urban Market’s November 8 antiques fair in Houston. On that post I included a picture of a darling wagon, calling it “the Find of the Day” and claiming it would make a sensational, eclectic coffee table for those who are interested in using fun finds in unique and interesting ways as home décor!

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The text on the feature photo reads:

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Until next time, think outside the decorating box!

The Antiques Diva ™