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Saturday, October 29, 2011


I just want to take a moment to give hugs,kisses,and thanks to all who sponsored,honored,and participated in all of, or even part of, all the things that were happening in downtown New Albany Last night.
In case you missed out here is what all was happening.
Importance of Localism with AMIBA's Jeff Milchen
Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance
(AMIBA) and a leading advocate for community-based businesses, will
speak at the River City Winery, 321 Pearl Street on Friday and
Saturday, October 28th and 29th in New Albany.

Strength in Numbers Workshop with AMIBA's Jeff Milchen
Milchen will offer a
provocative presentation illustrating the economic and civic
importance of sustaining a strong base of local, independently-owned
business. He’ll provide numerous success stories of programs developed
to support community-based businesses and keep them thriving in the

Enjoy a New Albany Evening of Art, Music, Localism and Sustainability!
*Opening Reception for "Powering Creativity: Air, Fuel, Heat", 6:00-8:00 pm at the Carnegie Center, presented with Ohio Valley Creative Energy

*Deinstallation Celebration for "Brew History: All Bottled Up", 6:00-8:00 pm, New Albanian Brewing Company Bank Street Brewhouse, across Bank St. from the Carnegie Center

*Unveiling of NABC's IX – Ninth Anniversary Ale, an Imperial Smoked Chocolate Port Barrel Stout, in honor of their 9th anniversary of brewing

*New book "Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass" available, featuring "Brew History: All Bottled Up". For sale courtesy of Destinations Booksellers, which is celebrating 7 years in New Albany in October 2011

*Presentation and Discussion on Localism and Independent Businesses, 7:00 pm, River City Winery, 321 Pearl St.

*After Party in the NABC Parking Lot, Featuring Music by Toledo Bend (courtesy of The Dandy Lion) 8:00 pm

On Oct. 28, you can help NABC say goodbye to Leticia Bajuyo’s “Brew History: All Bottled Up.”

It’s time for NABC to bid a fond farewell to Leticia Bajuyo’s “Brew History: All Bottled Up,” the New Albany Public Art Project Bicentennial Series installation commemorating New Albany’s breweries and taverns.
It’ll be no ordinary wake, because in the process of honoring Leticia and her creation, we’ll be weaving together elements of art, recycling, alternative energy, localism … and plenty of beer.
I have been a believer in the concepts and beliefs of the benefits of buying local in an individuals local community for just over a year now. I have made many postings on our facebook page and here on this blog about such matters. The posts on this blog are still here to read for any understanding or benefits thereof of this national trend to come back to the importance of our own individual communities for strength and growth. SOOOOO I will not chatter about the benefits of BUY LOCAL today but share what occured and was a successful evening.

I just recently became a board member of New Albany First but have supported it from the day of conception because I so strongly know and believe in what it is trying to accomplish. Here is a copy of the letter New Albany First's Director Andy Terrell wrote;

by New Albany First on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6:30am

New Albany is a city of entrepreneurs. That's the base idea that New Albany First, New Albany's Independent Business Alliance, uses as our foundation. An independent business alliance is not just a "buy local" organization although educating the public on the benefits of supporting locally-owned, independent businesses is a primary goal. An IBA is an organized group of entrepreneurs banding together to raise awareness, promote education and foster an atmosphere of working together to make their community better.

As New Albany First organized, we realized that one way we could help was by hosting seminars and speakers that could promote the importance of localism and encourage prospective independent business owners. In recent weeks, we've started a seminar series with local business owners telling their stories, good and bad, and explaining their passion for what they do. The conversation has been fascinating and we will continue that conversation in the coming months.

We're also bringing in Jeff Milchen, the co-founder of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA). Jeff will be giving a talk on Friday night, October 28th starting at 7 pm at the River City Winery in New Albany. He'll be speaking about the importance of localism with a question and answer session to follow. Then, on Saturday morning the 29th at 10:00 am, Milchen will present his workshop "Strength in Numbers" which will look at how organized IBA's and other groups can work in their community. If you intend to come to the workshop, we urge you to also attend Friday night's talk as both events work in conjunction. Both events are free and open to the public.

On behalf of the board of directors for New Albany First, we're very pleased to be able to bring Jeff to New Albany, especially now when localism has become such a hot topic in our area. We hope to see many of our fellow southern Indiana residents attend. New Albany is a city of entrepreneurs. We at New Albany First urge you to think about that and to "be local.".

Andy Terrell
Director, New Albany First
For more information please visit their link and go to the info page for details of the mission.

This is not just about local independent businesses or the growth of downtown New Albany. It is so much more. It is about the Vitality of our Community as a whole. The Richness of being a successful community for all of us who choose to live and prosper here. The Benefits to all of us,
the Businesses,Your Family,Friends,and Neighbors.

Once again a BIG THANK YOU for the businesses involved,the sponsors,and the local community itself for embracing and participating to a successful evening in HISTORIC DOWNTOWN NEW ALBANY!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

This Halloween Don’t Be Afraid of Local Businesses

You may be frightened by how much our nation will spend this Halloween season on costumes, candy and decorations ($6.9 billion*), but what’s really spooky is how little is going back to local economies. Had this money been spent at local grocers, garden centers, candy stores,art supplies stores,costume shops, or on Vintage Halloween from your Local Antique Shop,
$4.7 billion would be reinvested into local economies.
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Lets put to good use the Ghouls,Goblins,and all things scary to the advantage of our own local communities

Spend your hard earned money in a way that benefits your neighbors,friends,and community

Get your spook on, Buy LOCAL , really give the scary creepers to WALL STREET

Friday, October 21, 2011


Another new trend in home use and decoration is any vintage galvanized item.
Most sheet metal galvanized pieces were produced for practical commercial uses, mainly because of its durability and flexibility. Later it was also found as useful for home uses such as buckets,farm equipment,and of course watering cans.

I was a fan long before it became a trend again. I always saw a glow and warmth in the metal after applying paste wax and buffing. If you have not tried that I highly recommend.

Here is some brief history;
Since its conception in the early 1900's, galvanized metal has offered a durability other steels and metals do not, a durability that lasts for decades.
Galvanized metal was named after the Italian scientist, Luigi Galvani. In 1783 he had a dissected frog on the same table he was using while conducting an experiment on static electricity. When he touched the sciatic nerve of the dead frog with his metal scalpel, the frog's leg moved. He called it "animal electricity," but his fellow scientists referred to it as galvanizing. It was in 1923 that the first piece of galvanized metal was used by the Baldwin brothers. They constructed the Gleaner Combine Harvester, the first harvester to be self-propelled. It was also the first time galvanized metal was used in construction.

It has been shown that galvanized metal can be recycled and re-used, even after sixty years or more of prior use.

Galvanized metal goes through a processing which involves a piece of steel or metal being submerged in melted zinc. It is during this process of galvanizing that the zinc chemically reacts to the molecules in the metal, permanently bonding it to the metal. The zinc provides protection against rust and corrosion that the natural elements. Galvanized metal comes in many forms: Sheet metal examples are what are shown in photos and being used in homes as decor today.

Galvanized metal can be painted, but it requires a primer made especially for it. You need to be sure that the surface of the metal is free of alkaline build-up and then add the metal primer. You can then paint it with latex paint. Any oil or alkyd based paints should not be used; they do not mix well with the chemicals found in galvanized metal. Also, any product containing galvanized metal should not be used for any form of food preparation or storage. The acids found in food could dissolve in the zinc, making the person eating the food extremely ill.

Folks are now seeing both practical uses and decorating properties. These items look great mixed with a country,modern,or architectural home decor style.

Monday, October 17, 2011

EARTH DAY--The 4 R's Repurpose,Rethink,Reuse,Recycle

Earth Day Celebrations encourage us to go "Green" which is great.

We collectors have been doing that as long as we have collected Antiques and Collectibles. How you say?!! We recycle furniture saving trees and power, and we use old potter...y, silver, jewelry, cookie jars, wood doors, clothing,fireplace mantels etc etc etc. We also repurpose some items in a way not intended originally, but what works for us today. Some artists take old and create something wonderful by reusing discarded bits and pieces. We are ahead of the "Green Movement" and deserve to pat each other on the back. Come join us, your welcome, and know if you love collecting it can be a lifetime committment of being "Green".
I have posted in the past articles about going green with antiques and also about thinking outside the box and using antiques and collectibles in ways other than originally intended.
Here are some additional ideas people have had. Makes for an eclectic mix in your home showing off some of your personality and love,
instead of having a TRENDY COOKIE CUTTER decorated home.
Plus the benefits of knowing you are doing your share in being green.








Thursday, October 13, 2011

Antique China ETC--Holiday-Birthday-Anniversary-Just a special thoughtful Gift

With Christmas and Hanukkah just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about your gift-giving needs. Instead of patronizing the crowded malls and box stores and paying top dollar for quite ordinary mass-produced trinkets and home accessories, why not be remembered this year for your spectacular, unique and antique gifts?


One area of interest is antique china. In that niche you will find everything you need to fit all taste levels on your gift list. You can make your shopping easy and a delight by patronizing our Antique Shop. Of course we would like for you to visit us first and say "hello" to your neighbors here in Historic Downtown New Albany, but you also have a unique variety of other type shops here to check out also. Have fun getting out and about while crossing off the names on your gift list.


Everyone loves vintage tea cups. Why not purchase several? Tea cup sets are items of enduring beauty that will get you through your holiday gift list and on to birthdays, get well or hostess gifts. Fill the cup with an assortment of individually packaged tea bags. Place the cup and saucer on a large square of colored wrapping paper,vintage hankerchief,etc,use your imaginaion. Bring whatever you use up around the cup and saucer and wrap with a long colorful piece of fabric ribbon. What a welcome gift!


Try the same with butter pats/or small plates! Place one large wrapped chocolate on a pat and surround it. Don’t forget to set one of these delightful treasures at each guest’s place setting at your next luncheon or dinner party and enjoy your guests’ complimentary remarks.

They are also great candle holders. Buy several votive candles to accompany your bounty of antique plates. Voilá! You now have several inexpensive but delightful gifts for your special girlfriends, not only for this holiday season but throughout the year ahead.


For the mustachioed man in your life, a mustache cup is a must! These relics of Victoriana will be treasured for years ahead. Antique shaving mugs are another terrific present. Pack up a gift bag of shaving creams and lotions and you will be able to present a gift that you are proud of and one that won’t cost you a bundle! Add a brush to the mug and you will surely please the special man in your life.

A day of snooping around antique shops can find a number of small glass and china dishes or trays which should provide you with the opportunity to pick up several inexpensive soap dishes. Make a side trip to your local discount store for a variety of decorative soaps. Pack a bar of soap with each dish and wrap the ensemble in vintage hankies tied up with big red ribbon.


The possibilities for great gifts are endless when you go antiquing. Add your own touches to create truly memorable holiday gifts. Why not bake up a storm and artfully arrange the goodies on a 19th-century Haviland dessert plate? Surely someone on your gift list would love a matching sugar and creamer. Do you have a dog-lover on your gift list? Fido certainly would appreciate some doggy treats presented on a 19th-century Staffordshire bone dish!

Always remember, it is the thought that counts. Gifts of antique china are packed with memories, and by adding your own special touches, you will relay the message that your gifts have been packaged with careful thought and love.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Very Old does not always mean Very Expensive

There’s a special, nostalgic feeling that comes from holding a piece of glass from the 1930s, a vase from the reign of Queen Victoria, or a coin that was in circulation when Lincoln was president. But many collectors are surprised to learn that it’s possible to purchase inexpensive antiques that pre-date the era of Abraham Lincoln, or even George Washington. As any collector of antiquities will tell you, there is something truly intoxicating about owning an object that is hundreds or even thousands of years old.
Many times I have heard statements or been told by someone trying to sell me something, "I know its very very old so it must be worth alot." "I know its old because it belonged to grandma."
Sorry,not always true.
I knew I had a find—the pages were printed in German with Gothic lettering. When I looked at the bottom of the title page my eyes grew wide. There, clearly printed, was the publication date—1760. My discovery turned out to be a German Bible, printed before the American Revolution. At the time, I thought this piece was ancient, but I discovered later that it was practically new compared with some of the antiquities that could be had for very reasonable prices. That 1760 Bible was only the beginning.
Most collectors believe that anything hundreds or thousands of years old will be found only in museums or the collections of the very wealthy. Antiquities certainly are found in these places, but they can also be a part of the collections of individuals like you and me. An item may only be worth $30 dollars and be centuries old. An example can be many ancient coins,books,stone oil lamps and so on.
Why is something so old so inexpensive?
Many reasons---
Demand or Desireability of the item
How readily available
Lastly, everything old is not desireable, therefore many things old can be worthless to everyone except the person that wants to sell such item.