Killer Stuff and Tons of Money
June's selection for the
I was asked to review this book by TLC Book Tours and it was sent to me to preview.
I agreed, thinking it sounded interesting.
But I will admit when it arrived and there were no pictures, I wasn't that excited about reading it.
Now, I am not a person that must have pictures in my books to enjoy them but I thought a book about antiques
and flea markets would surely need them.
I was wrong.
This book reads like a novel. I've been reading a bit at bedtime each night and find that I can't wait to get
back to it to find out what is the next thing the book's hero is going to buy or sell.
The book's author, Maureen Stanton, follows Curt Avery, the books central character around from show to show, even
camping out with him in his pickup at the major antique shows.
For anyone that thinks the antique business is glamorous, this book lets you know it's not.
But it is exciting, risk taking and lots of hard work.
Curt Avery is a gambler. A well educated gambler.
In the antique world, its all about what you know.
If you know an items value but the seller doesn't, then you have the advantage.
I was trying to hurriedly finish this book for I was schedule to review it today, but then I had a revelation.
I'm well over half way through...but I don't want to rush it and read it all in one sitting.
Because I'm enjoying it too much.
So I decided to review it half way done.
Like I said, this book is non fiction but it reads like a novel and anyone interested
in the antique business will be fascinated by it.
This book talks about the ups and downs of the antique business...much is said
about big retailers ruining it by buying antiques, copying them and then having them mass produced.
The popularity for true antiques has waned because of this.
People are buying the copies instead of searching for the real thing.
The book is full of interesting characters and situations.
The descriptions of the big back east antique shows and auctions have made me feel like I've been there.
These are places I've always wanted to go.
Fascinating stories are included of fake antiques being sold for thousands as real, fooling even those who curate museums.
Another thing this book points out - it doesn't matter how much a thing is worth...
if you can't find a seller for it.
The excitement of the business is that your next buy might be that thing worth thousands
and that you'll have a buyer for it.
But the main character in this book, Curt, obviously just loves the business.
He travels tirelessly and educates himself on as many facets of it as he can.
It's more than money driving this man.
So....my conclusion on this book is that its a great read.
So many of you enjoy the things I enjoy and I'm guessing you will enjoy this book also.
And I will say, I was fully prepared to give it a less than stellar review but nope, I truly am enjoying it very very much.
It's available right now on Amazon.
author: Maureen Stanton
I'll talk about it some more after I finish reading it.
I can't wait to find out if Curt Avery scores the big find!
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