I recently learned a really cool fact about old farm tables. When I bought a particularly old farm table the elderly gentleman, whom I purchased it from, gave me a history lesson in pest controll. Yep! Pest control.
Bet ya didn't know furniture can get married... No, not really... But, when you find a piece of furniture, maybe a hooiser cabinet, and the base doesn't exactly look like the top, it might just be a base from one cabinet and the top to another. Sometimes sets of furniture lose their mates somewhere along the way. When you have two lonely pieces that are still good and functional... They deserve a second chance at life. So, in the Antique business we marry them together and create a new life for them.
Like this table top and this sewing machine base...
If you run across this it might be a good negotiating point for you. Usually the dealer will have it priced based on this fact but ya may earn yourself another 10% off if you ask.
Our first fun fact involves Blue Ridge Pottery. Blue Ridge pottery began during the depression in Erwin Tenn. and continued to manufacture affordable hand painted dishes thru the 1950's. Each piece was hand painted by mountain women who were recruited and taught the art of basic folk painting. Most people who enjoy Blue Ridge Pottery already know these facts.
But I bet ya didn't know that many these artist would leave their special mark on the world by intergrating their initials somewhere in the design. So a fun way to collect Blue Ridge may not be to collect a certain pattern or style but look for pieces with your own initials in it. Next time you are wandering thru an antiques store and you spot that vibrant piece of Blue Ridge Pottery, look closely, is that your family initials woven into that design?