November 2018 VADA News
We have been enjoying a lovely fall in New England and here in Vermont the maples have been especially glorious.
Vermont Antiques Week 2018 is now a memory, but you can mark your calendars for 2019 Vermont Antiques Week—October 3rd through October 6th.
As a reminder, there will not be a November meeting of the VADA membership. At the spring meeting it was voted that in the future we would have only one annual meeting to be held in the spring.
Janice Goodwin and Goodwin’s Antiques probably need no introduction to many of you but for those who haven’t met Janice, she has been buying and selling antiques for 29 years. She deals primarily in quilts and other textiles and Victorian and Edwardian clothing and accessories in addition to items related to sewing and needlework. She also buys and sells primitive and country items.
Janice started out as many dealers have by joining a group shop while still working. After retiring from the working world to try something different, she opened her own multi-dealer shop, Victorian House Antiques, in Johnson, Vermont. When her husband, Gordon (Gordie), retired he joined her in the business doing furniture restoration and repair. They had the shop for 10 years. After closing their shop, Janice maintained a space in the Middlebury Antiques Center while doing shows mainly in New England and New York.
Janice now does about 7-9 shows a year and sells online on ebay and Facebook. She also shares a website www.antiquesvt.com with two dealer/friends and has recently taken space at Five Corners Antiques in Essex Junction.
Janice likes every aspect of the antiques business from meeting people to finding unusual antiques to research and sell while also doing some restoration of textiles. She finds that every day dealing with antiques and customers offers a new and often unusual experience. She related a funny story from when she owned her shop in Johnson. Janice and her husband were in the driveway talking to some friends when a car from New Jersey drove in. A woman stepped out of the car and she was literally trimmed in yellow feathers from her shoes, ankle socks, shorts, shirt, and drawstring bag up to her hat and earrings! Janice says that the woman looked like a huge “chicken” and it wasn’t even Halloween! Janice never found out what her “story” was, and I forgot to ask if she bought anything!
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!