Saturday, January 8, 2011
Joanne, The Bottle Lady!
Joanne is one of our most successful dealers, and one of the coolest people you could know. She has four booths and 2 cabinet units here packed with awesome treasures. If you're a Coop Shopper, odds are you've perused these spots many times.
Proud mother to three daughters and grandmother to 6 lovely granddaughters, Joanne has been dealing antiques on a professional level for decades. She has the eye and the know-how to provide you with some of the finest antiques you could want.
This is just one great example of the kinds of terrific pieces Joanne sells.
Where does she find her wares? She says most come from estate sales. She said she tried buying storage units at auction but didn't care for it. Joanne sells a lot of nice antique furniture at The Coop, although according to her, furniture seems to sell faster in better weather. Hmm... maybe that means now is the time to go shopping for the best deals on antique furniture!
Also at Treasure Map Location you'll find this wicker carriage for $165.00 and this wicker chair for $90.00. Both are from the 1930's, and would be adorable with a doll or teddy bear collection.
One of her favorite sales happened not long ago; a gentlemen purchased a coffee tin (with coffee still in it!) that Joanne discovered at a house sale. The man told her he'd been looking for that very tin for 40 years!
She enjoys acquiring people's collections because she can appreciate the time and effort it took for them to assemble. Joanne says people like the idea that the things they appreciated will go on to find their way into the homes of more people that will also appreciate them. This is the real draw of antique shopping. The items have a history, and they strike certain chords of memory with collectors. This gives them meaning, and lends a shared experience to all.
2 more of Joanne's booths can be found at Treasure Map Locations 72 & 97. Some of the treasures may be familiar to you, like this Bessie Pease Gutmann artwork. Other items may be hand made, one of a kind, something you didn't even know you had to have until you saw it.
Treasure Map Location #145 is also Joanne's, as well as a small display case at the front registers (Location #0) and display case #145.
And there's bottles. Lots and lots of bottles!
Antique Bottles and Glass Collectors Magazine community, auctions, and she advertises the unique bottles she has in their publication. Through this she's invited many collectors to the Coop to shop her bottles, and to check out the rest of the Coop's dealers as well.
Joanne's been our featured dealer before, there's so much going on in her booths that we'll just have to keep highlighting them. In addition to these articles on the website, you'll see many of Joanne's items posted daily on our Facebook page.