September 12, 2018

I liken selling antiques to fostering stray dogs, which is how I got the name for my business. As a seller, i get very attached to my antiques and to my customers--even my online customers whom I rarely meet though we often exchange emails for years after their purchas...

June 1, 2018

People often ask me how it is that my inventory doesn't end up in my house. The truth is, I have a very small house and I hate clutter. But it's not true things don't end up mine to keep: everything that is broken or damaged in some way that makes it not suitable for s...

May 27, 2018

I am not the best recycler in the world--nor am I even the best one in Ashfield, the tiny town where I live. But I like to think that being an antiques dealer puts me in good stead with those who care deeply about being green. After all, what is greener than an object...

April 28, 2018

Stray Dog Antiques is a humble shop: set in two barns on a side road in Ashfield, it takes determination to get here, but once you are here, it is nearly impossible not to relax. The goal is an escape from modernity, from stress, from regular life. The inventory change...

April 17, 2018

I've been reading a book of essays by Jeanette Winterson called Art Objects. The first essay describes the day she discovered painting. Having always been literary--books everywhere in her home--she had never paid any attention to art--none at all. Suddenly she finds h...

December 24, 2017

Antiques are already old, so it would be nice if when we got them, they were as dilapidated as they were going to get. Unfortunately, aging never stops--not with us, not with them (I realize, for different reasons). Sometimes antiques seem to age just during the trip f...

December 10, 2017

Not surprisingly, my favorite gifts have always been antiques. And now that I sell and repair them for a living, I understand why: How often do we clean out our homes and throw away what has become constituted as junk? Old furniture and lamps, purchased because of the...

November 29, 2017

I am an early riser--really early. The antiques shop is half of the first floor of an old barn next to my house. The other half of the first floor is my workshop where I do restoration and repairs. Sometimes I do other things in there--make birdhouses or mobiles, reorg...

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