Killer Stuff and Tons of Money - Maureen Stanton

If you like your history in the form of bandboxes, Shepherd glass, and redware, Killer Stuff and Tons of Money (Penguin, $16) is for you. A tribute to material culture, craftsmanship, and the skill of discerning the authentic from the schlock, Maureen Stanton’s fascinating foray into the world of antiques is a trove of unusual bits of Americana. It’s also a brief history of collecting, considering why we do it and why we can’t stop, even when the stuff is overrunning the house. And it’s a vivid look at the white-knuckle tension of auctions and the grueling labor of hauling hundreds of objects—from marbles to six-board chests—to weekend shows, setting up under tents, then packing it all up again. Stanton accompanied “Curt Avery,” the pseudonym of an itinerant antiques dealer, observing the thrill of finding rarities, the heartbreak of losing them, and the phenomenal mix of research, luck, timing, and the errors of others that allow a dealer to buy an overlooked gem for a little, then sell it at something closer to its true value.
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider's Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting By Maureen Stanton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143121053
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012