Friday, September 21, 2012
Come find your treasure this weekend at the annual sale!
The Lake Bluff History Museum's Trinkets and Treasures sale is filled with everything from antique serving dishes for the chef in your family to exquisit jewelry for the fashionista in your life - and just about everything in between. The sale - held at the Museum (127 E. Scranton Ave. in Lake Bluff) - runs on Friday (from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturday (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Still a little unsure if the sale has something for you? Never fear - we at Patch took the challenge to uncover the 10 best items at the sale. But if you see something you can't live without, get over there as fast as you can - items tend to go quicky!
Friday, August 24, 2012
David Lee shares the meaning behind a dying art
“I get to work with a piece of history,” David Lee, owner of The Clockworks, Lake Bluff's timepiece shop, said. “Some clocks are 200 or 300 years old. The frustration is that you can’t talk to them and find out where they’ve been and what they’ve seen.” Fortunately, Lee, almost 70, can sometimes learn those stories from patrons who bring in their grandfather clocks, watches and music boxes for maintenance and repair. “Sometimes their stories are tenuous, relative to what they know about clocks,” He said. “Someone told me they had a clock that was their grandfather’s, brought over from Holland. Well, I looked at it and told them it was made in Connecticut. It must have been brought to Holland where their grandfather purchased it and …
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Lake Forest native's user-friendly website serves as a portal for antique dealers, potential buyers
Some may find the thought of starting a new business amidst the ‘Great Recession’ a bit overwhelming – especially in the antique industry. Fortunately, for the players in this particular field, Lake Forest native Shepard Swift isn’t like most visionaries. Swift currently serves as the vice president for his family’s multi-generational business John S. Swift, Co. Originally based in Lake Forest, John S. Swift Co. is a full-service printing company that offers products to a national client base comprised of publishers, schools and associations. He has also published the Taylor’s Guide to Antique Shops for Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1998. As such, Swift is knowledgeable about many aspects of the business, particularly when it comes…