Deanna Dahlsad was raised in a family of antique collectors and dealers. Her childhood was filled with the obligation to wake early on weekends and dig through the tossed-away bits of other peoples’ lives. Happily, she was able to use these skills in the service of her own collecting interests.
The only thing she loves more than collecting -- and her family -- is talking-err, writing; in the guise of antique dealer and author, she has found a way to justify both her obsessions with objects and her unnatural appreciation for discussing them.
Any rumors that she found her husband, Derek, at a thrift shoppe are unfounded.
Along with other gigs and projects
, she runs Inherited Values
, a site dedicated to antiques and vintage collectibles.Notable Notes:
Featured in Collectors News
: "Dahlsad is a touchstone of where women have been, what they wore, and how they carried themselves to get there. She is a historian of how powder puffs and nail polish have both ensnared and enshrined the image of womankind."
Presenter at the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM
) and Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA
) Joint Annual Conference, 2008: Museums & Web 2.0: Slaying Dragons or Titlting at Windmills? Blogs, YouTube, MySpace - Using Social Networks for Museums.
October, 2009 interview on The Ephemera Show
Scheduled presenter at the Bookmark Collectors Virtual Convention
(February 20 and 21, 2010).
Items from her collection appear in such places as the Virtue, Vice, and Contraband: A History of Contraception in America
exhibit at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum (at Case Western Reserve University) and The Hingham Shipyard Historical Exhibit