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Around Town : New York City Antique Show 2012

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2012 New York City Art & Antiques Show

1 2012 New York City Art & Antiques Show

A pristine metal watchmakers bench—could be a jeweler's bench as well.

2 A pristine metal watchmakers bench—could be a jeweler's bench as well.

A collection of Louis Vuitton luggage.

3 A collection of Louis Vuitton luggage.

A grand set of drawers for little findings.

4 A grand set of drawers for little findings.

A retro pink metal cabinet that I wish I had room for in my apartment.

5 A retro pink metal cabinet that I wish I had room for in my apartment.

A vintage scientific mushroom poster.

6 A vintage scientific mushroom poster.

A framed poster of mountain mammals.

7 A framed poster of mountain mammals.

Bakelite prison rings—originally made out of toothbrushes by inmates.

8 Bakelite prison rings—originally made out of toothbrushes by inmates.

Canes can be found in endless styles. Here are two dogs.

9 Canes can be found in endless styles. Here are two dogs.

These cane handles are a little more macabre—carved out of bone or ivory, here is an intricate skeleton and one with a snake resting on a curled tusk.

10 These cane handles are a little more macabre—carved out of bone or ivory, here is an intricate skeleton and one with a snake resting on a curled tusk.

These I found interesting—furniture illustrations silhouetted and glued to black paper.

11 These I found interesting—furniture illustrations silhouetted and glued to black paper.

It's just a bed in a frame.

12 It's just a bed in a frame.

Giant cluster of quartz crystals.

13 Giant cluster of quartz crystals.

I guess its not odd to find a dealer with a big mineral collection. These rocks are more antique than anything else!

14 I guess its not odd to find a dealer with a big mineral collection. These rocks are more antique than anything else!

This past weekend was the spring Antique Show at the Piers here in New York City.  I try to go every year to get inspired by what's been made in the past (and to shop a little bit). Before I started clicking my camera, I made sure to ask permission from each vendor to shoot their booth. Everyone I asked was pleased and delighted to let me photograph their collections, so I was able to keep a record of some of the interesting things I saw.

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Piles of Fire King Anchor Hocking Jadeite dinnerware.

1 Piles of Fire King Anchor Hocking Jadeite dinnerware.

Colorful mid-century Dansk enamel kitchen/ovenware.

2 Colorful mid-century Dansk enamel kitchen/ovenware.

Beautifully preserved kitchen items.

3 Beautifully preserved kitchen items.

Sometimes I wish I still had a land line.

4 Sometimes I wish I still had a land line.

Stacked trays of cuff links.

5 Stacked trays of cuff links.

Ties covered with tie clips.

6 Ties covered with tie clips.

Racks of vintage clothing.

7 Racks of vintage clothing.

Collecting is an addiction. I've been sucked in on a few occasions before being maxed out and losing hope that I could ever have it all. I have never acquired enough of one thing though, to claim I have a "big" collection.  Sure there are things I like and have accumulated, but there is not just one thing. Do any of you have BIG collections? I would look to hear what everyone collects!

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Toys!

1 Toys!

Old Christmas decor. Santa Collectibles: http://www.marthastewart.com/274534/santa-collectibles/@center/307035/santas-workshop

2 Old Christmas decor. Santa Collectibles: http://www.marthastewart.com/274534/santa-collectibles/@center/307035/santas-workshop

This snowman looks like he was made out of a toilet paper roll! craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/yule-log-favor-boxes

3 This snowman looks like he was made out of a toilet paper roll! craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/yule-log-favor-boxes

Vintage Easter bunny and friends. Bunny crafts: http://www.marthastewart.com/335007/bunny-craft-ideas/@center/276968/easter#/272644

4 Vintage Easter bunny and friends. Bunny crafts: http://www.marthastewart.com/335007/bunny-craft-ideas/@center/276968/easter#/272644

Little Red Riding Hood on a wolf. What is that scary little yellow man doing next to her? craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/268173/hoodie-costumes-little-red-riding-hood-a

5 Little Red Riding Hood on a wolf. What is that scary little yellow man doing next to her? craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/268173/hoodie-costumes-little-red-riding-hood-a

How cute is that funny bunny?!

6 How cute is that funny bunny?!

Dolls playing dress-up for Easter.

7 Dolls playing dress-up for Easter.

Awkward baby doll.

8 Awkward baby doll.

Eerie doll lying in bed.

9 Eerie doll lying in bed.

Small flocked animals.

10 Small flocked animals.

Little stuffed bird ready for take off.

11 Little stuffed bird ready for take off.

Pom-pom ladybugs. craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/269722/pom-pom-animals

12 Pom-pom ladybugs. craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/269722/pom-pom-animals

Pom-pom ducks! craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/251415/pom-pom-bunnies-pt-1

13 Pom-pom ducks! craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/251415/pom-pom-bunnies-pt-1

Pom-pom birds. craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/246467/pom-pom-animals

14 Pom-pom birds. craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/246467/pom-pom-animals

I love the pom-pom chicken...

15 I love the pom-pom chicken...

And these strange black crows!

16 And these strange black crows!

Snail. craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/272494/visions-of-sugar-creatures-candy-snails

17 Snail. craft project: http://www.marthastewart.com/272494/visions-of-sugar-creatures-candy-snails

Shell art and miniature shell furniture set. craft projects: http://www.marthastewart.com/search/apachesolr_search/sailor%20valentines

18 Shell art and miniature shell furniture set. craft projects: http://www.marthastewart.com/search/apachesolr_search/sailor%20valentines

Shell art. The vendor said that shell art isn't as popular for collectors this year as it's been in the past.

19 Shell art. The vendor said that shell art isn't as popular for collectors this year as it's been in the past.

Pretty metal flowers.

20 Pretty metal flowers.

Awesome dog cardigan.

21 Awesome dog cardigan.

The maker really captured each breed of dog.

22 The maker really captured each breed of dog.

Dolls, vintage toys, figurines and antique holiday decorations aren't even a sliver into the odds and ends of what some people collect. I am always drawn to cases full of small things when I go antiquing. My eyes scan the shelves back and forth hoping to spot something different. Often you overlook something, but what you don't see, you don't miss, right? When you do find that special something (especially when it's a good deal) the thrill is almost better than the object itself!

 

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