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Selena Cate
Sebastopol, Calif
Antique Curator
Interests: Antiques, Mid Century Modern, Retro
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Antique Book Plate from a 1916 German Anatomy Book If you asked me what was one of my favorite things on this earth, my answer would probably include Books. I'm one of those people that will never ever own a e-reader of any kind. I adore the smell of books,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Antique Curators
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One of the conflicts I have with ReSelling is whether to bother about the little things that I love. I see a lot of dealers every week and I watch what they buy. There are those that focus on high end items like paintings, sets of sterling flatware, jewelry and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Antique Curators
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Sometimes my son Keiran will grab my Nikon D60 to take photos. For most of those moments I inwardly cringe. I love that camera more than I probably should. Yet, he took this photo above at my daughter's 15th birthday celebration and took the best photo ever. Note to self;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Antique Curators
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I woke up this morning and decided it was a good day to tidy my pricing desk. Believe me, the image above is not how it usually looks. Like any Resolution, I aim to keep it this way for the year. I realize how much much time I waste looking... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Antique Curators
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I spent the morning in San Francisco with my two children and still had the camera conveniently in the van when I went to the Antique Society this afternoon. I have been promising photos of my nearly decorated space for some time and thought that it was the perfect opportunity.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at Antique Curators
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My goal in 2015 is dedicate so much more time to you my sweet little, much neglected blog. As I shared on my facebook page, in November I left Mid Century Modern behind. Mostly in business but over the last year I had been slowly phasing it out of my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Antique Curators
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I think I must have the start of school on my mind as I seem to be buying a lot of vintage school supplies. I found this sweet little box on Friday at an estate sale. This set is complete with chalk and a little eraser. One thing that I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Many of us that sell Antiques & Vintage wares often dream of having our own brick and mortar storefront. Some of you actually are living your dream. There are moments when this longing is so strong that my stomach does little somersaults when I close my eyes and begin to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Antique Oak Drawer Cabinet Although rather worn at this point, this is probably one of my favorite furniture finds ever. Those that know me, understand that I have a complete weakness for anything with drawers. It can be a tiny hardware metal drawer cabinet for the garage or a rolling... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Addison Studio Sale Does anyone remember my first visit to the Addison Studio Sale? I still recall the feeling of walking into the back room and needing to pinch myself. It felt like I was in a little boutique in France. Now a few years later when I walked into... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Antique Gravenstein Apple Rubber Stamp I'll admit that Mike & Frank are my idols. I watch American Pickers every chance that I get and each episode I'm sitting there wishing that I could squeeze in between Mike & Frank to travel the countryside in search of antique and vintage finds.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Worley & Co Lockers from the 1930's Last Friday I was up early and heading to the lovely town of Orinda in the Bay Area to attend an estate sale. It appeared to be a time capsule home, built in the 60's and filed with vintage wares. I didn't see... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Today is my birthday. I'm a year older and I hope as far as a thrifter goes, a year more wiser. When I was 13 years old my father and I started a tradition where we would head over to our local "big city" of Chico, Calif for the day... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Antique Curators
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The French Market - San Rafael, Calif San Rafael is home to The French Market every second Sunday of the month from April until October. This was my first visit to the market after hearing a lot about it while standing in line at Estate Sales. We usually have a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Antique Curators
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I use vintage maps every chance I that get for decor, for crafting, furniture make-overs as well as selling maps and map related items as inventory. Last week I came up with an idea to create some paper map flowers using a Martha Stewart Paper Punch. I thought this might... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Canvas Work Jennifer Gray Mid Century Modern art & design can be found in the least expected places. This craft book was discovered at a local Thrift Store in Sebastopol on one of their half price sale days. The book was 75¢. The author, Jennifer Gray has created many of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Revolving Coddingtown Sign at the Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa This mall was originally built in 1961 as an outdoor shopping center. It was later enclosed and would be one of the first modern malls on the west coast. Macy's East Side Entrance You can take a look at a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Vintage wall paper from a bedroom in a house in Olympia Washington. I attended an estate sale in a time capsule home. Nothing had been altered since the 1960's. This tiki/tribal paper was too fabulous to not take a photo of it. Follow my blog with Bloglovin Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Antique Curators began as an idea in January 2014 and was offically launched on April 1st, 2014 by Selena Cate. She is the writer and owner behind the Thrifting blog Apron Thrift Girl that she began in 2006 and wrote until the end of 2013. Apron Thrift Girl grew out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Vintage wall paper from a bedroom in a house in Olympia Washington. I attended an estate sale in a time capsule home. Nothing had been altered since the 1960's. This tiki/tribal paper was too fabulous to not take a photo of it. Follow my blog with Bloglovin Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Canvas Work Jennifer Gray Mid Century Modern art & design can be found in the least expected places. This craft book was discovered at a local Thrift Store in Sebastopol on one of their half price sale days. The book was 75¢. The author, Jennifer Gray has created many of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Revolving Coddingtown Sign at the Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa This mall was originally built in 1961 as an outdoor shopping center. It was later enclosed and would be one of the first modern malls on the west coast. Macy's East Side Entrance You can take a look at a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Eames Design - The Guest Host Relationship (photo from pacificstandardtime.org) In 2011 my friend Teresa and I headed south to Los Angeles for a weekend packed with visits to museums, exhibits and mid century modern design. We attended many offerings from Pacific Standard Time. "Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Antique Curators
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California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way" From the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: "This exhibition is the first major study of California midcentury modern design. With more than 300 objects—furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Antique Curators
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Our homes and collections tell a story about us. If you walked into my home you would know after the first step across my threshold that I adore owls. And dala horses. And Curtis Jere sculptures. And many other collectibles from the Danish Modern era of the 1960's. Not only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at Antique Curators