I was asked several months ago to be a part of something I had never heard of... a virtual book tour!
The title of the book grabbed me immediately and I was thrilled to get an advance copy to read and review.
Being a self-proclaimed treasure hunter and now treasure merchant, I figured this book would be right up my alley as it's pretty much about what I've been doing and blogging about here on La Dolfina.
The author, Maureen Stanton, spends several years basically shadowing her friend, Curt Avery, who makes a living and supports his family by seeking treasure and selling it through his connections with other dealers, auctions houses, and at shows and markets like Brimfield.
The book focuses on the east coast antique market and Curt Avery, a self-taught historian, spends an inordinate amount of time educating the author on the history of the American past and the odd, fascinating, and beautiful objects that have survived it.
The parts of the book that I found most fascinating, especially since I, on a much smaller scale am trying to do the same thing, is the journey and the lessons learned along the way.
Just like blogging brings people with similar passions together, treasure seekers are birds of a feather who flock together. We are impassioned collectors, and the chapters in this book on why we collect were absolutely fascinating.
Another part of the book that hit home for me was titled Crowded House where he owns up to the downside of too much stuff and how it inevitably takes over your life and your space and can become a lifelong monkey on your back.
So, for all you fellow treasure hunters out there in blogland I recommend Killer Stuff and Tons of Money.
It's a good summer read when garage sales and flea markets are in full swing!
And if you leave me a comment telling me whether or not you would be interested in reading Killer Stuff and Tons of Money I will randomly choose a name to pass my copy on to!