November 16, 2011 |
Bookcases of shoe boxes filled with barely worn pairs of embroidered Manolo Blahniks, platform Christian Louboutins, and chunky Prada boots line Janet Weitz's garage. In her Plymouth Meeting basement are 20-plus rolling racks filled with Chanel suits, puffy Moncler coats, and almost-brand-spanking-new striped Etro shirts. And let's not forget the packing table. On this particular afternoon, Weitz is planning to ship a vintage black Hermés alligator bag, a pair of Balenciaga pumps, and an Oscar de la Renta-inspired autumnal plaid taffeta dress to shoppers of her eBay-based boutique, Rodeo Drive Deals (stores.ebay.com/Rodeo-Drive-Deals)
November 16, 1991 |
In the world of collectibles there are some that have a populist image - baseball cards, for instance - and some that do not - like vinaigrettes. Vinaigrettes are small perforated lockets that, decades ago, could be filled with smelling salts or similar aromatic contents. Usually they were worn by the upper classes, according to Charles A. Whitaker, who will be selling a collection of more than a dozen next Saturday in an auction beginning at 10 a.m. at the New Hope Eagle Fire Company on Route 202. "They would take a whiff or two if they had been standing in a group of peasants for too long," Whitaker said yesterday.
September 22, 2001 |
Augmented by several sales postponed because of last week's terrorist attacks, auctions next week will offer bidders an unusually wide variety of objects big and small, new and old, pricey and inexpensive. The big items are two crystal chandeliers from the officers' club at the former Philadelphia Naval Base. They will be offered tomorrow by Barry Slosberg Auctioneers & Appraisers at the first session of the Port Richmond gallery's two-day fall catalog auction. Each chandelier is 6 feet in diameter and has 48 lights, and is expected to fetch $3,000 to $6,000, Slosberg said.
April 7, 1990 |
The Freeman/Fine Arts April gallery sale, timed to coincide with the Philadelphia Antiques Show and featuring a previously unpublished illustration by N.C. Wyeth, will be the firm's biggest to date. With a single consignment of 82 paintings listed in a separate catalogue, the sale, on April 19, 20 and 21, actually will consist of two auctions. "It would really take two or three trips here to see it all," said Richard DeWyngaert, head of the Freeman/ Fine Arts painting department, as he toured the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St. yesterday.
August 26, 1989 |
There are those who see Sharon Weiner's proposed business venture in their Rittenhouse Square neighborhood as nothing more than a little shop of - horrors - "used clothes. " No, no, no, cherie. "It will be a very, very, very high-quality consignment shop," she says, "with very, very lovely things worn once or twice and a lot of bread-and- butter things that girls can wear to work. " Weiner, a widow and Philadelphia native who has just moved back home after 20 years in New York, has applied to the Zoning Board for a variance to open her high-class shop at 1953 Locust St., just off very, very lovely Rittenhouse Square.
May 30, 2010 |
Karen Pierce was examining two hand-painted wine glasses in the Wayne Woman's Exchange when the manager gave her the bad news: The shop was closing at the end of June. "Oooh, you're leaving?" asked Pierce, a regular customer, sounding genuinely sad. "How long have you been here?" Since the height of the Great Depression - 1932 - when the Lancaster Avenue gift store opened as part of the Federation of Woman's Exchanges, places where women could sell handwork and homemade goodies to earn extra cash.
March 16, 2012 |
Once upon a time, furniture purchases, like marriages, were supposed to last forever. You know what's happened to the latter. As to the former, a growing movement's afoot to breathe new life into tables, chairs, and breakfronts that were once landfill-bound, or destined for eternity beneath a sheet in Aunt Ethel's attic. If cynics think these pieces land in flea markets waiting for the down and out, think again. Jeffrey Cofsky, owner of Consignment Furniture Gallery in Cherry Hill, says his customers have high incomes.
October 19, 1995 |
The white oak tree on Newark-New London Road in southern Chester County has spread its branches near the New London Presbyterian Church for about 200 years. It survived a lightning strike. It struggled on after horses and buggies and cars parked on its roots, which run underneath the church parking lot. But now, the tree is finally dying - of lightning scars, root compaction and just plain old age - and church trustees have arranged for it to be cut down tomorrow. "Certainly, nobody's happy about doing this," said the Rev. Jeffrey Lampl.
September 9, 1993 |
Last week, the Borough Council decided to write an ordinance wiping New Street off the maps and out of existence. The council held a hearing during its regular Sept. 1 meeting on the pros and cons of getting rid of the street. There were no cons. "The borough has no use in keeping it," said council member Jay Silber. "The street is a disservice to the borough. " New Street is described by officials as a 300-yard, dead-end, unpaved path going nowhere. It is behind the houses on the south side of the 400 block of Chestnut Street.
January 11, 1990 |
For months, some city officials have been pushing to remove what they call "a blight" from city streets. Yesterday, at Broad and Spruce Streets, the campaign surged ahead with the might of two front-end loaders, a small dump truck, a big trash truck and a van. The target of all this might: 2-foot by 5-foot signs bolted to 80-pound hunks of concrete. The whole contraption is commonly known as an advertising bench. Several thousand advertising benches dot the city, and most, if not all, are illegal, according to city officials.