Have you seen our antiques on Facebook?

We’re trying something new! When we post our latest Antiques, we’ll be posting them as photo galleries in Facebook which feed into the website. So like our page, Facebook if you would like to make comments on the pieces we share!

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Did You See the Beautiful Flowers in Our Garden Shoppe?

We have some outstandingly beautiful hanging flower baskets in our green house in the Garden Center! Come look! Take a small stroll through the grounds. Everything is a bloom and our wooden walkways will guide you through our shoppes and the shoppes down the hill from us!

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Forest Friends Are Made in America!

These critters make lovely decorations around your garden or patio!

Check out the Forest Friends Made In America

Forest Friends

Hand crafted by Jack & Pat Koval from North Carolina. How cool would these be hiding in your yard or garden!

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Have You Seen Our New Spring Summer 2013 Menu?

Click here to take a look at the great selections we prepare for you this spring and summer!

Our newest sandwich creation? Turkey Gone Wild Wrap 7.95: Turkey, Swiss Cheese, Red Onion, Tomato, Lettuce, Apple Cranberry Chutney with Ranch Dressing
It’s perfect for your lighter summer appetite!

Download and print off a copy of the menu for your fridge door! Don’t forget to try some of Sarah’s Sweet Tea when you come out for lunch!

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Have You Seen this Umbrella Stand with Butler’s Gong?

If you are looking for a unique piece, take a look at this Umbrella Stand!

– Butler’s Gong
– English Red Oak
– c Early 1900s

Oak Umbrella Stand

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Antiques vs. Collectibles

Antiques vs. Collectibles

Submitted by: Sharon Stajda

Finding a definitive definition for both an antique and a collectible is not possible. Just what constitutes an antique and what constitutes a collectible is determined by each individual antique dealer. Many times, the dealers will give varied answers to the seemingly simple question, “What is a collectible and what is an antique?”

Most dealers will agree that historically an antique is any crafted or manufactured item that is at least 100 years old. Collectibles are items less than 100 years old. Antiques generally are rare and worth a higher amount, while collectibles’ values are more speculative and can change at a moment’s notice. (This can be seen with items centered around popular television shows or movies. Some may become antiques, but normally they are collectibles that will only have value so long as that show or movie remains popular.)

Some dealers are attempting to lower the standard of an antique. They believe that items over 50 years old should be considered an antique. Those who are reputable antique dealers say the 50 years definition lowers the standard to a point that dealers can sell collectibles under the name of antiques.

However, it should be noted that the label “antique” or “collectible” has no real effect on the worth of an item. The price of an item is determined more by whether there is a demand for it. There are very rare antiques which are sold for much less than a newer collectible, but this is because there is no demand for the former and a high demand for the latter.

When it comes to purchasing items on the antique or collectible market, the buyer should do a lot of research before handing over any money. Flea markets with antique stands, antique shops, and antique malls are plentiful, so dealers have a lot of competition in stocking their shops. This can lead them to price their items much higher than their true value, which is a bad investment for you. Why buy an antique or a collectible for more than it is worth?

So, when you compare antiques to collectibles, antiques stand the test of time. Their value remains constant. Collectibles, however, are priced more on a whim and their long term value is highly speculative. Exercise caution when investing in collectibles as opposed to antiques.

About the Author: For more information about antiques and collectibles, please visit Old And Sold Antiques.

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Make the most of Antique Shops by Antique Furnitures

It is very prominent that the design and style of our homes precisely replicate our personalities and character. Everything we purchase and keep in our homes describes something about us. So, it is very important that we should pay attention to everything we purchase. Antiques, antique furniture, retro furniture, vintage furniture, French furniture, outdoor furniture, antique tables, bookcases, candelabra, chaise and chest of drawers are in fashion currently as well as it is a good investment also, so more and more people are exploring antique shops in their area.

Antique furniture brings certain luxury, style, elegance and class to your home. Anyone who wants to have a look at antique shops is possibly to get something to meet their liking and discovering around various antique shops will facilitate you to decide what type of item you are actually searching for.

Prior to even selecting a particular style, you should classify what type of era and place of source you wish in your antique furniture. Antiques come from throughout the world. Retro furniture and antique furniture shops normally have an area specialization and so exploring some shops may assist you to make a decision, although it is not possible to browse the variety of eras in one place. While dealing with antique dealer, practice a good amount of caution. This business draws a huge amount of money so you should be aware of fake deals. Before purchasing any antique item check out the shop background and the information about the antique dealer. If you find yourself just unable to do this and you are not completely satisfied with, then it is suggested to just turn your back to find your item elsewhere.

Having antique furniture, retro furniture, French furniture or outdoor furniture is most certainly an asset. Anybody having an item of antique might be capable to obtain thousands of dollars, if it is well maintained. The value of antique item depends upon how ancient it is, where it was prepared, the intensity of craftsmanship and the current condition. If you are not getting sure about the item you are about to purchase, it would be better to postpone your plan of buying antique item than moving ahead with the risk of making an ignorant selection. Antiques are highly in demand, and this is the reason they are very expensive. And due to lack of correct knowledge about antique furniture, French furniture or retro furniture, many smart antique dealers get it simple and easy to fool people by offering them fraudulent and cheap items by the name of antiques.

Collecting antique items are considered as one of the most costly hobbies. In that case, it is very essential for them to take the basic required steps that can facilitate them preserve and care for their investments. One should also know very well the methods of cleaning and handling antique furniture, antique table, Bookcases, Candelabra, Chaise, chest of drawers. Apart from knowing the handling and cleaning people should also know factors that may reason damage or scratch to furniture or any other item. They should understand things to avoid the situations turning their furniture weak to damage.

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What do You Know of Garden Gnomes by Allaric Saltzman

Garden is indeed one of the best places in the house that can provide you so many beautiful and treasurable moments. It is not only that children love to play in the garden; there are also adults who love to spend time in the garden to relax. Moreover, this is one area of the house that can ad a great environment to the house in addition to leaving a great impression on the visitors. With all these things in mind, it really makes sense to take enough steps to ensure a beautiful and well maintained garden. There are in fact various things people do to add beauty to their garden including the use of garden gnomes.

A garden gnome is basically a model of the different creatures that can be easily hung around at different places in the garden. Although the concept of using garden gnomes originated in Germany long time back, it is recently that the use of garden gnomes is gaining a wide popularity among the people. There are a lot of people today ho love to add these beautiful creatures around their garden to add to the beauty of the garden. The garden can indeed become more appealing and have the visitors attracted to it. Moreover, there are a lot of great memorable evenings that you can enjoy in the beautiful garden.

There are in fact various beliefs people have with regard to using the garden gnomes. While there are people who believe that having these beautiful creatures in the house bring good luck to the house, there are also people who ad these creatures to the garden in an attempt to bring back their childhood memories. After all garden is the place where they to spend hours thinking about all those fairy creatures. Now having all those creatures there in the garden is indeed a great way to remember all those childhood days once again. No matter what reason you choose the garden gnomes for, these are going to be some of the best additions to your garden.

There are various kinds of garden gnomes available today in the market differing in the size and shape that you can choose based on your interest. Online store is in fact one of the best destinations to find the wide range of garden gnomes available at a very affordable price. In fact the range is so vast that you can t resist buying a few for you.

Garden gnomes for sale here at Home Yard & Garden. Save big on your garden gnome with our free shipping offer!

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Jumpstart The Spring Garden – Gardening Tips For March & April by John Conti

Snowdrops stand guard over tiny daffodil buds. Daylight is lingering a bit longer. The snow is receding and the robins are returning. The big thaw has begun. There’s no denying the signs. Spring is right around the corner.

If you’re like me, you can’t wait to get your hands into the soil. While you’re holding out for higher temperatures, there’s plenty you can do today to jumpstart the spring gardening season.

Sow Seeds Indoors

Take a trip to your local nursery or home store and buy seeds to start indoors.
In March I like to start annual flowers for my pots and containers. Currently, I have Coleus, Zinnias,
Impatiens, Petunias and Marigolds germinating. Follow the seed packet instructions and you’ll get excellent
results. Some plants will take longer than others to bloom or bear fruit, so plan accordingly. This is also a great time for starting culinary herbs and vegetables. If you’re looking for something new this year, try moonflower vine or cathedral bells to climb your fence or trellis. Both can be started from seed. If you have children, get them involved. Many children have a natural affinity for gardening. It’s a great quality to encourage and nurture in them.

Dust Off The Birdhouses

I put my birdhouses out in early March. Small birds like chickadees will be actively searching for appropriate homes to raise their families. Mine were up for less than 24 hours before the home tours began.

Give Your Garden Tools A Checkup

Take your pruning shears and other cutting tools to your local hardware store for cleaning, oiling and a good sharpening. On a warm day you may want to assess your lawnmower. Take it in for servicing or a tune up now-while you can. Many lawnmower repair centers are swamped shortly after the season starts. It’s one tool you don’t want to be without.

Get Inspired

Order your garden catalogs. Purchase your favorite garden magazines. Here in the northeast, there’s nothing like winter time to remind me how valuable my summer garden space is. Create a wish list of new plants, design features and outdoor furniture. With a little planning, you won’t be overwhelmed when May rolls around.

Seek Out Indoor Gardening Events

In March there are countless indoor garden, flower and landscaping expos. If you can’t find anything in your local area, a day or weekend trip to a flower show might be just what you need. Look for a botanical garden or arboretum with indoor facilities. In my area we have Longwood Gardens. It has year round indoor gardens and the displays are fantastic.

Clean Out Your Beds

As soon as the snow has melted and the weather permits, you can clean out your beds. It’s a good time to rake and clear your planting areas of dead branches, leaves and debris. I like to mulch as soon as possible in the spring, while there’s still plenty of space between the emerging bedding plants.

Learn A Landscape Design Software Program

There are so many inexpensive landscaping software programs available today, many of them under $50.00US. During the winter months you’ll have plenty of time to learn how to operate the system.
Create and sample new designs before digging. Take advantage of the overhead and 360 degree views. Many of the programs now offer a 3D walk through feature. It simulates the experience of walking through an actual garden. You can also advance the garden timeline into the future to see what it will look like when the plants and trees mature. It’s a wonderful creative tool to beat the winter blues!

Call Your Landscaper Now

If you’re planning to use a professional landscaper this year, make sure to schedule your work as far in advance as possible. When the ground is soft enough for digging, landscapers will be working overtime to keep up with the volume.

Book Your Garden Tours Now

Scour the internet for local and regional garden tours. Find out when tickets go on sale and plan ahead.
I’ve often read announcement lists in the newspaper after I’ve already made other plans. There’s nothing like
visiting other people’s gardens for encouragement and inspiration.

I hope these suggestions get you motivated to take action. The sooner you get started on your garden plans-the more time you’ll have to enjoy the rest of the season. Happy Gardening!

© 2007 John Conti

John Conti is a landscaper and publisher of http://Stellasyard.com | The Soulful Garden. Visit his web
site for how to articles, advice and free design plans. Beginners are welcome.

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