July 05, 2016

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Transformation Tuesday - Wall Decor Letters

Transformation Tuesday with Kramer's Best Antique Improver and RoofTop Antiques
There are actual vintage relics hanging on the walls of long-closed shops or hiding in the back of someone's garage, just waiting to be discovered by the right person. But how do you get them wall-ready? 
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May 06, 2016

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A New Perspective for Today: An Eloquent Monkey

A New Perspective for Today: An Eloquent Monkey

Frankly, I am not fond of monkeys. They affect me the way spiders and snakes affect other people. The flying monkeys in “The Wizard of Oz” and the rogue monkeys in Robin Williams’s “Jumanji” were menacing to me, and I closed my eyes so I wouldn’t have to see them.

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April 22, 2016

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One Day, One Mall, Four Booths

One Day, One Mall & Four Booths
I love when passion and persistence give birth to inspiration and fulfillment. That’s the experience I had this weekend at my favorite antique mall, Artichoke Annie’s, near Columbia, Missouri.

We headed to Columbia on Saturday morning to meet a new online acquaintance for a furniture trade. I didn't realize it at the time, but the Willett Mid-Century Modern end table she placed in our hands would become the centerpiece for a collection of untold treasures. View full article →
April 09, 2016

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A New Perspective for Today: From Our Perspective

A New Perspective for Today with RoofTop Antiques
My cat just broke my grandmother’s orange glass boat tonight. For many years I have put it out in the fall as a candy dish. She passed away from cancer a few years ago. This dish reminds me of hers and I was happy to find yours online.

We hear stories like this on a regular basis. Sometimes they make us laugh. Occasionally, they bring tears to our eyes. These stories always serve as a reminder: at RoofTop Antiques, we sell more than just things.
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March 26, 2016

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A New Perspective for Today: Paid in Full

A New Perspective for Today: Paid in Full

I may have witnessed the highest price ever paid for a needlepoint work of an unrecognized maker, and it made me weep. But that is where this story ends. To begin, we travel back to 1921.

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March 08, 2016

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Art Mystery of the Moment III

Art Mystery of the Moment III with RoofTop Antiques
Some of our followers enjoy a good artwork mystery, so I have officially made Art Mystery of the Moment a regular part of the blog. When a moment arises, as one did today, I will share a piece of art that has simply left the RoofTop Antiques crew bewildered.
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February 10, 2016

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What is this worth? And how can I sell it?

What is it worth and how can I sell it?
We are frequently asked “what is my item worth?” or “what is the best way for me to sell my item?” Despite what the boy’s on American Pickers would have you believe, the antique world is not cut-and-dried. Our response depends heavily on the item itself, and rarely comes without a lengthy process of research and thought.
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January 06, 2016

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It's a NEW YEAR!

It's a NEW YEAR!

About a month ago, I came to the stark realization that 2015 was coming to an end. The year went faster than any other I can remember. At least, that's what I thought until I started going back over everything that has happened since January 1st, 2015. 

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December 07, 2015

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Life, Love and the American Civil War - Part IV

Life, Love and the American Civil War - Part IV

One-hundred-fifty-three years ago, just after the Thanksgiving holiday, Jasper Newton Smith sat to write a letter to his beloved, Elizabeth Lee. When we last heard from him, Jasper was in Bolivar, Tennessee following the Battle of Hatchie's Bridge. He, along with the other members of the 53rd Regiment of the Indiana Infantry, were taking part in General Grant's Central Mississippi campaign.

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November 12, 2015

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Life, Love and the American Civil War - The Civil War Letters Part III

Life, Love and the American Civil War by RoofTop Antiques
When we last heard from Jasper, he was surrounded by blooming peach trees in Savannah, Tennessee. When the Battle of Shiloh came to an end, Jasper and other members of the 53rd Regiment of the Indiana Infantry were still active members of Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Tennessee.
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