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Discover Vintage America — June 2011

Something old, something new

Welcome to Discover Vintage America.

With the June issue, we unveil our new name and new look, as well as introduce our first decorating column.

This column will be written by two Kansas City writers, Amy Kay Wildermuth and Durwin Rice, who will alternate each month. Both will offer their own vision on how to incorporate antique and vintage finds into modern home and garden décor.

Amy is an enthusiastic writer from Santa Monica, CA, with a self-professed passion for “all things eclectic, antique and unique.” She studied English and film at Ohio University, in Athens, and worked in advertising as an account executive in charge of design development, before coming to Kansas City to pen her great-grandmother’s life story.

In her column – “Flea Market Fab” featured this month - she shows how to repurpose vintage finds on a budget. You can see her creations on page 19.

Durwin Rice is the author of New Decoupage (Clarkson Potter Publishers, NY). An English graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he has appeared as a guest on HGTV and other television lifestyle programs. His decorative work has been featured in fine retail stores around the world and includes special commissions for The New York Public Library, The Pierpont Morgan Library and The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum.

His column, “The Artistic Antique,” which will launch in July, will feature how to incorporate higher-end antique and vintage finds in the modern home.

We also encourage readers to submit photos of items they’ve repurposed on our blog and to possibly be featured in future design columns.

We also will showcase trends – hot-selling items – in the vintage market in our cover stories. Based upon feedback from some of our dealers, this month’s feature showcases the growing popularity of graniteware (page 14-15). We’d love to hear feedback from readers about items that are selling well in your malls and booths for future stories.

Along with the new, we will still offer the expertise of our regular columnists.

This month, Peggy Whiteneck shares merchandising advice on how the right tag can make the difference between a sale and non-sale (page 12); Anne Gilbert offers insight into the history and value of items readers have asked about (page 13); Fred Taylor shares the nuts and bolts, literally, of furniture salvage (page 6); and Ken Weyand takes us on an interesting journey to his hometown of Keokuk, Iowa (page 5). And cartoonist John Stinger, ‘Collecting Classics,’ (page 20) entertains us with his biting, insider commentary on the antiques and collectibles trade.

DVA also will remain your source for regional show listings (page 7), as well as information on festivals, new store openings, and other vintage-related events featured in Mid-America News (page 10).

We will continue to tweak our format in future issues, always with the goal of providing you with a publication that informs, educates and entertains you about vintage America.

We hope you like what you see and read. Let us know!

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