So you love your family heirlooms, stop at yard sales, walk flea markets, attend auctions, scourantique shops, cruise ebay, watch Antiques Roadshow, treasure Martha, and want to do Brimfield before your hips give out. You are addicted to the next best thing to sex in America–antiquing. When Pier 1 is soft porn compared to your collecting passions, you are ready for Killer Stuff And Tons Of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America by Maureen Stanton.
The author follows the career arch of a mid-level antique dealer along the East Coast. You learn through his struggles how the market works and sometimes fails. You learn when and where to shop even if you don’t really know what you are looking for. You learn the scholarly antique books are worth bullion, and the price guides iffy.
There is something in this book for everyone, regardless of their level of expertise or experience in the field. Only the know-it-alls, and there are plenty of those, should pass on the book. Buy it now as your birthday gift to yourself. You certainly are worth it. Charles Marlin