When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in antiques?
I grew up in a tract development on Long Island and all the kids in my neighborhood collected the classic comics of the late 1950s and early 1960s. We would wait for the weekend when they were delivered to the one stationery store in town and ride our bikes down to buy them. One day I got the idea to approach the storeowner and offered to buy every comic that came in at a nickel above the marked selling price. He agreed and then I would sell them to the neighborhood kids at 10 to 15 cents above the marked price. This worked for quite a while and gave me insight into buying & selling — plus I bankrolled a very tidy profit!