Repurposing Antiques: HoneyBee Hives

It took me a little while to find the article I saw about this because I first heard about it a month ago and wondered if I just imagined the whole thing. Artist Aganetha Dyck uses antique porcelain figures and bees to make some stunning works of art.

Bees have been a major topic of conversation lately, since the bee population has been dropping. Whether it is honey, beeswax, or pollinating flowers, humans rely a lot on bees.

I love this idea of connecting nature with our tangible past. The result creates a haunting effect of hives wrapping around porcelain faces and reminding us that though they are small, they are integrated into our lives.

What antique related story or repurposed idea have you come across? Leave it in the comments below or email us at pasadenaantiquewarehouse@gmail.com and we will do a write up on it.

Antique Theo A Kochs Company Barber Chair

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If you follow us on Instagram, I’ve shared a barber chair that we had in stock before. It attracted a lot of attention. When it was sold, we knew we had to get our hands on another one. While bigger items like this take longer to sell, the payoff is worth it.

This week, we have a early 1900’s Theo A. Kochs’ Barber chair with suede chair and cast iron fixtures. While the hydraulics no longer work on this chair, the rest of the chair is in wonderful condition. Even the headrest is suede.

Can you imagine getting a haircut in something like this?

5 of the Weirdest Antiques in Our Store

I decided to do a fun post today. We get many fascinating pieces, and it is always a joy to learn about their place in history. Sometimes, we get the odd antique that makes us do a double take. Not all antiques are beautiful porcelain and fine furniture.

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First off, this espresso machine isn’t actually all that odd. However, I’m including it because no one seems to know what it is at first glance. All the valves, knobs, and uncommon shape seem to confuse people. One person guessed it was an ice cream maker. Usually, they just stare at until I tell them what it is. I think that’s why it has a special place in my heart because, sometimes, I feel like I’m the only one who knows it’s secret purpose.

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What could be better for children than a monkey, a weasel, and a clown?… In my opinion, almost anything else. I think the toy company combined some of the worst things (including vinegar in the nursery rhyme on the front cover) for children and hoped that it would somehow work out… I don’t think they succeeded.

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What looks like a painted stone portrait is actually lightweight movie foam prop from the era of black and white film. It feels reminiscent of an old monster movie. The trouble is that we still haven’t figured out what movie it’s from, despite being told it is from an old movie. If you recognize it, tell us in a comment below.

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Blame it on the fact that I used to be a vegetarian.

Blame it on my lifelong hatred of taxidermy.

This alligator head is my least favorite item in the store. Why does the head just end? Why is there no brain? Why would someone want this in there house?

These are the items that haunt me.

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Lastly, if any of our readers have read Paper Towns by John Green, you will understand why I grin every time I pass by this item. I keep wondering if it plays music, but I have yet to explore since it is placed on a higher shelf.

What weird items have you seen in our store? Or any other store? Send us a picture to pasadenaantiquewarehouse@gmail.com and we will feature it on the blog.

C. Jere Metal Sculpture Wall Art

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Hello! Long time, no post.

The team at Pasadena Antique Warehouse have been traveling and taking some time off, but we are back with some awesome new C. Jere wall and decorative sculptures.

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From the moment we saw these, we were hooked. The fluidity, the curiosity, and the whimsy in each piece were such a breath of fresh air from some of the art we typically see in our store. Especially this sculpture that looks like a twirling ribbon. Believe me, this picture does not do this piece justice.

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My biggest take away from C. Jere’s artwork is to look at the things around me in a new way. Everything is inspiration. This roofing nails inspired piece has been a huge favorite, even among those who aren’t a fan of art usually.

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This piece has been my favorite. It reminiscent of a tree, but I like the idea of the orange circles bringing a sense of movement from the center outward to something stagnant like a tree stump.

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What are some of your favorite pieces of C. Jere? Leave them in a comment below.

Why Antiques Stores Should Have Instagram

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While I used Instagram everyday, I was skeptical on starting an account for the antique store. Perhaps it was a lack of confidence, and perhaps it was not believing in our product enough. However, I think Instagram is the most important marketing tool that an antique store could ever need.

If you haven’t heard of Instagram by now, I’m here to walk you through it. Instagram is a picture-centric social media network that runs on your smartphone, rather than a website like Facebook or Twitter. With its simple formatting and easy premise, you can upload and edit pictures to share with your friends.

In the antique, prop rental, or location businesses, your business is based on the visual appeal of your product. How nice the item is, what marks are on an item, or even if the look of the space matches the renter’s vision for the project all determine your sales. Often times, the potential customer wants pictures or to see for themselves the item or location they are interested in.

Like a superhero punching through a brick wall, here comes Instagram to help you do that. Whether you have an intricate Dslr camera or an iPhone, Instagram allows you to show your perspective clientele your products as well as grow your connections with others in your field and area.

When using Instagram, utilize the basic editing tools as well as hashtags or your growth will be slower than a turtle. Hashtags allow users to search for specific topics or content, and only help you get more views from new people.

If you are using your smartphone’s camera, don’t fret that you won’t have fancy pictures. Most Instagram accounts feature smartphone pictures, and, with a little bit of effort, you can still make a worthwhile picture to share with your customers.

The Six-16 Brownie Camera

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At just over 4 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide, the Kodak Brownie camera is one of my favorite antiques in our store. The Six-16 Brownie camera was introduced in March 1933 with a lightweight design and a beautiful art deco front panel. While it only had an eight year run, the Brownie camera has found a special place in the heart of collectors and enthusiasts. My father-in-law still raves about how he used his almost 40 years after it was discontinued.

The Six-16 camera takes after its name, using 616 film. With a rollfilm box, a rotary shutter, and two finders, this camera is sure to please.

A huge thanks to the Brownie Camera page for the information.

Antique Hunting Around Texas

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You may have noticed that our doors haven’t been open the past week. We regret not seeing all of you, but we are back from exciting adventures in Texas.

We are back to report that we didn’t just go antique hunting, we visited the legendary Antique Alley in Texas.

What is Antique Alley Texas?

Antique Alley Texas is a 37-mile fare stretching across multiple cities and featuring more antiques than was good for us. We stared, we gazed longingly, we did it all.

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And while we did a great deal of looking, we also did a great deal of purchasing. We loved what so many vendors had to offer that we brought a trailer to hold all the items that we picked up for our customers.

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We have steer horns, signs, and much more from our trip that you have to come see for yourself. Need a Lonestar fix? Come in to Pasadena Antique Warehouse and we will hook you up.

A special thank you to Bee at Faith Meadows and Barbara Standefer for their hospitality and for their contributions in setting up the event. We had a wonderful time and hope to come again.

Antique vs Thrift

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It’s a rainy day here at Pasadena Antique Warehouse, and I thought that I would take the opportunity to explain a common misconception that I have heard tossed around lately.

Whether it is from customers or friends, I hear people using “antique store” and “thrift store” interchangeably. While the ideas are similar, both stores are based on a different premise.

A thrift store is a donation based store that takes items that are donated to them to sell, often times for a charity or cause. They sift through mounds of donated items and sell the best of whatever is given to them. Most items in a thrift store are used but modern, which is why you will hear people squeal when they find popular brands like Forever 21 or Abercrombe and Fitch clothing for a good price. While finding a valuable item isn’t unheard of in thrift stores, most items are donated because they are average household or wardrobe items.

An antique store is built on the idea that an older item is valuable, and the business owner would like to sell it to someone who will appreciate it. While I don’t know of anyone who will pass up a donation of a great item, the usual antique store has been stocked with items found in estate sales, bought from collectors, or certain items are on consignment. The owner, with a trained eye, searches out antiques that he believes would cater to the interest of his customers. Each item is researched and combed for individual history, and is sold because of that unique history.

For example, let’s say you are looking for a couch. At a thrift store, you may find a previously owned couch. It’s leather, with some cracks but, overall, a decent couch for a dorm room or average living room. Meanwhile, if you go to an antique store, you may find a couch from 1910 that has been expertly restored with antique upholstery fabric with the original tufted design. It is triple the price of the leather couch from the thrift store but it will be going inside a hotel lobby or snatched up by an interior decorator for a client.

Both couches serve a purpose, but you probably would not find either item in the opposite store. It would be like ordering a hamburger at a sushi restaurant.

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Welcome to Pasadena Antique Warehouse

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We are a 3000 sq. ft. store in the East Washington village of Pasadena, California. Just off the 210 freeway and near the Metro Gold Line, Pasadena Antique Warehouse is an antique store with as rich a history as the area that we live in. Started by two partners, Dr. Dov, based in New Jersey, and Chris Agazaryan, from Southern California. We believe that collecting antiques preserves history and builds a connection to our forefathers. Our collection grows every day, currently spanning over 3000 items, and the price ranges from a dollar to $35,000.

We try to maintain a healthy relationship between business and museum, where each of our items are thoroughly researched but can be displayed in a home or office. Our relation to our items and their history is connected to our relationship with our geographic location.

We are located in Pasadena, a city of Los Angeles county known for the Rose Bowl, the Rose Parade, and an eclectic mix of artisanal restaurants. The people and the prevalent film and arts industry that thrives in Southern California informs what we stock in out store. We take inspiration from cities like Pasadena, Hollywood, and Los Angeles in finding items that will please our diverse clients.