Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money Giveaway


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!




 

24 comments:

Lisa D. said...

The Crowed House is the bain of the existance of those of us who live for the HUNT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo Lisa

Tamra said...

As an avid reader, treasure hunter, refinisher and seller, I would love to read this book!

Mystica said...

Would be delighted to read this book!

Olive Cooper said...

This book is on my summer reading list.

dogsmom said...

Oh pick me, please.
You know I have read every (watch for lightening strike) book in my house.

vignette design said...

I would love to read this book. The subject matter is right up my ally!

cjsullivan133 said...

Cool cover on the book. There is an element of what I will call "memory" that you hit on, be it about this book or the job you have created for yourself collecting treasures. When I studied at CCA this was a big topic in our photography classes. Like the beautiful garage you recently photographed, and Alice's' house- you are the heartbeat, or the conduit so to speak for bringing past and present together. That is what I think when I experience your ability to photograph objects and hear your passion. It is very rich and very deep. I relate to it.

Stitchfork said...

Sounds like a fun read! I need some hints on how to spot the Killer Stuff.
xo Cathy

Kathysue said...

Terri what a perfect book for your to read. I think someone needs to shadow you and write about your adventures!!KS

Jean said...

Would love to read this book. I am trying to curtail my accumulation of things but it is so much fun.
Found a Rotary Grater at Goodwill last weekend for $2. Saw it on-line for sale for $20. And it cleaned up great in the dishwasher!

Anonymous said...

read the review of this in the WSJ. fascinating! quirkfarms

Carla said...

Would love to read this book...it sounds delightful. A way to live vicariously through the author's treasure hunts and learn what to look for.

molly- See you downtown said...

Looks fascinating. Crossing fingers. Thanks so much for sharing!

sydney85 said...

Finding those one of a kind treasures is pure pleasure. This would be a fun read.

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

me, me, me, me, me, me, please!

Lumo said...

I should read this, we re heading all the way from Finland to East Coast in a month for some treasure hunting in mind...

lvroftiques said...

I'm dying to read this! It's soooo up my alley! Including the downside I'm afraid...I haven't parked both my cars in the garage in years....I'd love to win a copy! *winks* Vanna

lisa golightly said...

They picked the perfect girl for this book tour ! And how do I relate to the crowded house part ... no fun when it comes time to move ! Ay yi yi ! Gotta a little giveaway myself ... think you'll like it ! XO
http://lisagolightly.blogspot.com/2011/06/10000-shopbop-shopping-spree-giveaway.html

lisa golightly said...

They picked the perfect girl for this book tour ! And how do I relate to the crowded house part ... no fun when it comes time to move ! Ay yi yi ! Gotta a little giveaway myself ... think you'll like it ! XO
http://lisagolightly.blogspot.com/2011/06/10000-shopbop-shopping-spree-giveaway.html

classic • casual • home said...

Sounds interesting...I will have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

heathertlc said...

I'm glad you decided to be a part of the book tour - it sounds like this was the PERFECT book for you!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Wow, you write a great review! I actually think YOU should write a book about your natural gift of treasure hunting. Nobody does it better than you! I can certainly identify with the crowded house part...that's the downside of "the hunt".
Have a great Happy Anniversary weekend! And, Happy Father's Day to your cute hubby!

Splendid Sass said...

I spent a great deal of time finding and fixing great treasures. I would love to have a go to book on the hunt.
Love your review.
Teresa
xoxo

Renia said...

Great giveaway..! I'd love to have that book it sounds very interesting