We have recently added several antique
quilts, tops, antique collars, doilies, over 100 vintage handkerchiefs to the website, lace,
linens, towels, and more! If you've been a follower of Material
Pleasures, LLC, you may have noticed that over the summer, we kick
it into high gear. We do not schedule shows during the summer so we
are able to add lots and lots of textiles to the website. In the
upcoming weeks we will be adding tons more, including some rare
fabrics and embroideries.
Material Pleasures, LLC now offers Gift
Certificates for $25, $50, and $100.
To visit newly added inventory, go to the What's New page.
Pleasures, LLC has closed its Store on TIAS. TIAS was a wonderful
venue for us when we were starting out, but it was time to move on and
dedicate 100% to www.MaterialPleasures.com.
17-20 The PA Quilt Extravanza is moving back to the Philadelphia
Area! See me in Booth 1011 at the Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks,
PA. Visit www.quiltfest.com
for more information.
can also email us with your snail mail address to receive postcard
reminders by mail of all our shows and events...you'll even get a
special coupon code to use online!
Feature: The Future of Quilts as a
With ten years in the antiques
business, I still consider myself young in the industry. But I have
noticed changes over the past decade, in antiques in general, and in
antique quilts more specifically.
The internet has changed the face
of collecting forever. Ten years ago, what we might have thought was
rare, can now be found on eBay by the dozens. We've become more
educated buyers...and sellers. It's now easier for a collector to
find what they are looking for, the hunt is easier.
Easy access is not the only reason why
supply seems plentiful...it's timing, too. Between a down economy,
and people trying to cash in their family antiques, and Baby Boomers
downsizing, there is a huge selection available. Not only is supply
high, demand is low...discretionary income is lower, younger
generations are not as enthusiastic about antiques, preferring: new,
shiny, and disposable.
What does this mean for your present
collection, and what you might want to collect in the future? I have
always said “collect what you love”. It is almost impossible
for the average person to rely on the antiques market for investment
purposes. But if you collect what you love, you can't go wrong. I
never buy anything I wouldn't mind keeping. It makes the business of
selling a little harder, but the consolation that selling one will
buy me more is a great incentive.
In today's quilt market, condition is
key, but other factors are involved. Even the most perfect Dresden
Plate quilts are having their values fall. But the Dresden Plate
with the finest hand quilting, perfect hand applique, graphically
balanced, ice cream cone border, and excellent condition, are still
holding their values. Quilts that are different and rare, whether in
design, provenance, or age, are still holding their values, if not
commanding higher prices.
Antique quilts are still worth buying.
Buy what you love, and buy the best you can afford. Don't be
discouraged because the more common Depression Era Quilts seem to
coming down in price.
Other textiles that are holding their
values: banquet sized linen tablecloths, political textiles, anything
different from the norm...I recently sold a doily for $40 at
show...why did this piece command such a higher than normal price?
Typical crocheted doilies sell for between $2 and $12. It was
crocheted with a thin thread and the colors were very
contemporary...not your typical grandma doily...bright blue, pink,
yellow, green, red, orange, and purple granny squares. And it was in
Antiques are cyclical, just like
everything else, there are trends. Who is say that in the next
decade or so, Depression Era Quilts won't bounce back! They just
might! Or maybe the polyester double knit Biscuit Quilts! Who would have thought primitive improvisational quilts would
become collectible...they might not have been, if not for the Gee's
Bend Quilt Exhibits.
But truly, anything can happen!
Thanks for reading!
Material Pleasures, LLC