I guess I need to make a plan...

I guess I need to make a plan...
Yikes. I don't know. The Ohio Governor says we can open May 12th. I never got the St Patrick's Day things out, or the Easter things this year. I've been so lucky to be busy and able to digitally sell items and keep my business "open". I've also been lucky...

Are you ready for an estate/tag sale?

Are you ready for an estate/tag sale?
It's that time of year. The basement, the garage and the back bedroom have become war zones during the winter months. Stacks of "what the heck do i do with that?" items are stacked and ready for a good ol' purge. Consider mkat's when selling the family home, moving to...

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...