I have the best boyfriend.
We were talking about how we both wanted to get a typewriter, and I told him that I saw a nice one at a local antique store.
So he found it and bought it for me and I’m keeping him.
Vintage / antique Schoenhut wooden circus toys (circa 1930s). The doll on horseback has the same malevolent grin as the Schoenhut clowns. The rusty nail sticking out of his bald head adds a certain je ne sais quoi.
Photo credit: eBay seller ID “girltoyinternational”
Along the way to Branson, we stopped by an antique shop with (allegedly) $1 million dollars in inventory.
Chatting with the owner, we discovered that he distributes to 80% of the USA’s antique stores, and until the recession was averaging $10million gross sales a year.
Most of his inventory comes from housing closures in Europe and massive estate auctions that he completely buys out.
One of the most expensive units was an old cabinet at $35,000. It was handcrafted in 1820, and the cabinet-maker had engraved his signature on the inside of the cabinet. He was the main cabinet-maker for French royalty; it was purchased by this “picker” from a castle just north of Paris.
He was having a sale (up to 50% off) to clear out his 8 warehouses to have 6 more transport trucks unload upon their imminent arrival.