Decorating Smart....and trends

Decorating Smart....and trends
i recently had a little "fight" on facebook with a client and very good friend about the barn-fresh trend of decorating.  When I lived with my first husband he declared that our house should be decorated using the color BEIGE....i'm not kidding. everything was beige. the color of my skin...

2020 Mkat's Antiques: a brand new shop! again.

2020 Mkat's Antiques: a brand new shop! again.
I have been thinking about the change since the shop's 10th Anniversary. In just ten short years, the nature and business of my shop has changed much. I opened my shop in September of 2009, at the height of an economy crisis. The gas prices across the street reached well...

2020....Changes for another New Year for Mkat's

2020....Changes for another New Year for Mkat's
Mkat's Antiques has been open for over ten years. There is not a morning, as I'm walking in with my laptop, my tote and personal effects bag, that i don't praise the Lord above for giving me this space. My Space!  It is my first coffee in the morning, the...

Estate Planning.....you've got to get rid of the STUFF

Estate Planning.....you've got to get rid of the STUFF
Change. debilitating. earth-shaking. fright. UGH! I get to talk with the most interesting people. Because I sell antiques, they marvel at the "trip down memory lane". In almost all conversations, the talk turns to the job of disassembling a grandparents' home, moving mom to the nursing home. The job of...

Antique Businesses taking a hit...

Antique Businesses taking a hit...
  This past week, I spent about three hours in my favorite antique mall in Ohio. After the first hour, I began to sense something I had not noticed before. Lots of REPRODUCTIONS. These days, the woman who is decorating her house is no longer an antique purist. She loves...

Beginning a Business...the wonder of it all.

Beginning a Business...the wonder of it all.
When I was younger, shopping was a huge deal. Getting into the car and going to huge malls and strip shopping centers were the thing. The variety was overwhelming....and it was not in my own town. My own community had a 5 and dime store, a pharmacy with a soda...

September? the holidays are appoaching...

September? the holidays are appoaching...
I don't know if you wonder this....but when September rolls around, i start thinking about the holidays. Fall nights are probably the best thing that happens in the world. Not only do we get to get our sweaters, socks and boots out again, we also lounge more on the couch...

The BIG word: downsizing...

The BIG word: downsizing...
I have great estate sale customers. They can provide you references if you wish. We always post your sale on estatesale.net....

The Stuff you've got in the basement....the attic!

The Stuff you've got in the basement....the attic!
It is so funny. Some of you have these things in your possession and just don't know what to do with them. The tags that were left on items by your grandmother that said "under any circumstance, do not sell this. this belonged to Aunt Millie....." and so you have...