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December 24, 1992 | KATHIE BOZANICH, Kathie Bozanich is a member of The Times Orange County Edition staff. and
If you talk to most collectors, they'll tell you they just happened into their hobby, something along the lines of "My mom gave me five snow domes, and it just snowballed from there." But once you've decided to collect a particular item, how do you know where to find it? You have five options: garage sales, auctions, antique and collectible malls and shops, collectors swap meets and collectors shows.
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August 24, 1989 | KATHRYN BOLD, Kathryn Bold is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
South Coast Auction in Santa Ana on a Wednesday night is no place for children. "There's a lot of pushing and shoving," cautions auctioneer Billy Humphries. "It's action-packed. Leave the kids at home." Humphries sounds as if he could be talking about mud wrestling, but the reason for his advice soon becomes evident. As 6 p.m. approaches, more than 500 treasure hunters are jamming the three warehouse-size auction rooms at 2202 Main St.
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 1993 | KATHY BRYANT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For many people, the word "antiques" suggests fussy, expensive pieces viewed from behind a silken cord at a museum. The reality is that antiques--a term generally reserved for items more than 100 years old--can be serviceable, fun and affordable. Well-designed and -crafted pieces can fit comfortably in a small condo or a large Mediterranean-style house.
HOME & GARDEN
May 3, 1997 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Claudia Strasser can re-create the Old World charm of a Paris apartment almost anywhere, even in Orange County with its master-planned communities and tract houses. The New Jersey author of a new book on decorating called "The Paris Apartment" (Regan Books, $25) proved it recently at a visit to Rizzoli Bookstore in South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2008 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
If you're willing to wade through the remnants of another person's life, you can find bargains at an estate sale. You just may have to knock a dealer out of the way to get to them. Antique sellers, book collectors and EBay users show up to these events early. Often they're armed, with magnifying loupes to scrutinize figurines, research books on vintage furniture or an iPhone to check price comparisons. The professionals are looking for the same things you are: deals.
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