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Connie Swaim
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  • Carmel, IN
  • United States

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Are you a collector?
What do you collect?
German Shepherd items (the more it looks like my dog the better); stick horses; anything from Parke County, Ind.
Where do you buy?
Online, Brick and mortar shop/mall, Brick and mortar auction, Yard sale, Estate sales

About me

I have been with Antiqueweek since 1987. My parents became antique dealers when I was a teenager, so I grew up in the industry. I have collected numerous things over the years, but the main collections right now are Parke County memorabilia, German Shepherd items and stick horses.

I grew up in Parke County, Indiana, and now have more than 1,000 postcards from the county. I prefer real photo cards. Parke County is also the Covered Bridge Capital of the World and every October there is a big Covered Bridge Festival. So there is a lot of souvenir stuff from the county. There were also several stoneware companies in the county, and I have some examples of that.

The German Shepherd collectibles because I have a shepherd and the stick horses because I love them.

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Suggestions for a vintage wedding

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 12:34pm 4 Comments

On March 26, Curt and I are getting married. It will just be a small ceremony with family. But we want some traditional elements. Since both Curt's parents and my parents are deceased, I would like to somehow incorporate them into the ceremony. We will have photos of both of our parents on their wedding days. Sadly, there is no way I can use my Mom's wedding dress. She must have been a size 2 when she got married! Any other thoughts?

We will be getting married in the last house my dad… Continue

A video tour of my Christmas tree

Posted on December 11, 2009 at 12:54pm 0 Comments

I did a video tour of my Christmas tree to share with you. It is too large of a file to upload directly to this site, so I put it up on You Tube.

Happy Holidays!

End of an era: Atlantique City show closes

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:19am 3 Comments

One of the most amazing memories I have from my years working at AntiqueWeek is the very first time I walked into the Miss America Hall and saw the aisles of merchandise spread out at the Atlantique City antique show. I was in awe. The Miss America Hall was historic; I was on the Boardwalk of Atlantic City; and there were hundreds and hundreds of dealers.

This week we got a press release from F + W, the current owners of Atlantique City, annoucing the show would not be produced in… Continue

Be Thankful you weren't named Thankful

Posted on May 19, 2009 at 11:17am 0 Comments

We have a story in the May 25 issue on how what were once considered old fashioned names are now popular again. For example: Emma and Emily are popular now and they were also popular in 1880, but during the 1920s/30s they weren't so popular.

Here is part of the story on names that aren't on any popularity lists.

Unique names found in Early Massachusetts Marriages Pre-1800 by Frederick W. Bailey, are: Thankful Dexter, Thankful Griffith, Patience Alger, Silence Alger,… Continue

Yard sale vase sells for $1.2 million; what's your best find?

Posted on May 14, 2009 at 2:00pm 5 Comments

I evidently don’t go to the right yard sales. Seven years ago a woman bought a famille rose vase at a yard sale. It appeared to be a 20th century copy of a Qianlong dynasty piece. It was valued at under $800.

Then she consigned it to Robert Brunk auctions in Ashville, N.C., and bidding opened at $2,000. The piece eventually sold for $1,075,000. It is pictured below.

The best thing I ever found at a yard sale was a Weller scenic vase priced $2. I ended up giving the seller… Continue

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At 9:01am on October 23, 2009, Bindy Bitterman said…
I don't want to go thru all this picture/friend stuff -- I just want to express my sincere condolences to Connie on the loss of her beloved mother. Her recent columns were moving and, as someone who has interacted with both of them at the Parke Co. fair a few years ago, it had special meaning for me, but I'm sure most of her readers, who've come to love Connie's work over the years, feel much the same way.
Bindy Bitterman, Eureka! Antiques, Evanston Il.
At 3:18pm on October 8, 2009, Katherine McKerrow said…
Thinking about you!
At 5:48pm on July 13, 2009, Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium said…
Connie, got my t-shirt today thanks again
Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium
At 4:41pm on May 22, 2009, Phyllis Thompson said…
Hi Connie..tried to contact Lewis Jaffe about a Carusoe bookplate..went to "community" ..then what??? thanks, Phyllis Thompson
At 1:31pm on May 19, 2009, Dave Dubé said…
Thanks, Connie! That's one of the reasons I'm here. I also look forward to obtaining images of products that I'm having a hard time locating, so from time to time I may ask you or all the other members if they have certain of these products that I can have a photo taken or scanned.
At 5:22pm on May 15, 2009, Dave Dubé said…
Do you have duplicates, or are you willing to part with any of them?
At 8:02pm on April 27, 2009, Mike Schwimmer said…
Can I get the Central edition on the website? I'd like to see the California match collector convention mention. Was it past; i.e., the Sierra-Diablo Swapmeet in Roseville on April 4-5, or is it the upcoming AMCAL Convention in Fresno in May? I was actually at the S-D Swap as I have kids/grandkids in Chico which is only about an hour and a half away. So I saw family and met new collector friends at the same time.
At 2:43pm on April 24, 2009, Mike Schwimmer said…
Hi Connie -- I used to write a few letters to the Editor and also sent you some stuff for your collections some years back when I lived in Chicago and later in Minneapolis. I've now retired to Cape Cod and miss the Midwest, antique-wise, but not in any other ways -- it's great here. I just joined the Community today and also the World's Fair group (see my discussion today). I've become a matchbook cover collector, and I see very little about these little gems in antique publications or websites. Fortunately, there is a very active national group, the Rathkamp Matchcover Society, and many regional groups as well. Also many conventions and swapmeets. If you or any of the other World's Fair group members would like a few 1939-40 NYWF matchbook covers, I have some dupes to give away. Just ask.
Best, Mike Schwimmer
At 7:57pm on April 2, 2009, Ellen Rubell said…
Hi, Connie - yes, Simon is a great cat. I will be posting pictures of his sister, Mirabelle, named after a Wedgwood china pattern. Lately I have been buying cat pictures that appeal to me. I have a small collection of large cat figurines. I'm trying to buy only "good" ones like Goebel, Royal Copenhagen and Royal Doulton. We'll see how long that lasts! Thanks for your interest.

At 2:51pm on April 2, 2009, Craig Phillips / B & C Emporium said…
Connie, I have never seen or heard about a real german shepard doorknob, there are lost of differnt dog doorknobs, but none with a german shepard.
Take care
Craig Phillips
B & C Emporium

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