Sunday, September 13, 2009


The antiques/vintage landscape has been my "home" for 24 years. I've evolved from a neophyte vintage plunderer to a full-time, antiques professional today. When I was younger, it was less expensive to buy vintage items for my home than retail furniture shopping . . . with my first venture into second-hand and antiques shops, I was hooked! This was loooong before it was as popular as it is today!!!

For those of you who know me, I've sold all up and down the I-5 corridor for many years--way before we had the wonderful shows and flea markets that exist today!

Selling retail in this economic environment is difficult at best, and the sign of the times has created customers of an entirely new genre in the marketplace . . . reuse, restore, repurpose, etc., is front and center in most merchandising publications.

This has left a tough challenge for dealers who are "old school" antique proprietors, as interest in the fine items has waned a bit . . . or, maybe, moved into more creative uses of these incredibly well-made but maybe not so functional-for-today items.

I personally walk the line between really fabulous, antique items that scream quality from a scholarly past . . . to the new, hip usage of oddities and vintage curiosities. Nobody wants to be boring, and nobody wants a strictly "Pottery Barn" or "Ikea" living room (yawn!).

To survive the test of time, an antique today must be up to "coolness" standards that are as unique and difficult to understand as our current political climate!

My dilemma has been, how to properly market these gorgeous desirables (to me at least) from the perspective of today's hip buyers? Answer: PACIFIC GALLERIES in Seattle, Washington!!

Truly, there is no panacea for solving the constantly evolving question about "what does the customer want"? If you haven't been to Pacific Galleries lately, you deserve the treat! Don't assume you "can't afford" what is there. Dealers have evolved to capture your attention. But don't assume a "sale" is a reason for buying! Buy what you know you love at a price you can be comfortable with. ALWAYS feel free to contact the dealer through Pac Gal to discuss what will work for you!!

For everything, there is a season . . . and as autumn approaches and you examine your interior spaces, take a look at your options from a recharged perspective. The addition of one carefully curated item in your room--even if above your normal budget--can add surprise and depth that will truly stand the test of time (and not fall apart after four years)!!

I don't know where this path is taking me, but I'm glad to be here . . . aren't you?! We all share a common passion for fabulous stuff and friendship that links us together in the pursuit of something that is way beyond ourselves--the true nature of desire comes from something deep inside, and that is our ultimate bond.

Welcome to Madison Park 14 at Pacific Galleries . . . this is my best, and I hope you enjoy!!

xoxo Debi


AuroraSuzette said...

Good for you! I swear, Pac Gallery is one of my all-time favorite places to dream, get lost, drool, and even shop!

Gayle said...

Wow Debi--great photos....and I've heard all about how wonderful Pacific Gallery......


Linda Q said...

Great post Debi and welcome to Pacific Gallery. One of my fav places to drool, get ideas, sometimes shop and just linger.
Right down the street from hubby's love job, his baseball instructing, so I get there occasionally.
Love it, good luck!
Linda Q