When did you know that you wanted to pursue a career in the antiques and art world?
I was born to appraise — I love history, and at a young age I was always examining objects in the attic looking for treasures from the past. I would play dress up in my grandmother’s vintage clothing and costume jewelry, and I managed to purchase and buy objects and build collections at a young age. Some of my collections included dolls, costume jewelry, hats, boxes, seashells, paperweights, and silk fans.
What was the "A-ha!" moment that led to your career?
I thought I wanted to work in politics and dabbled with the idea of law school, but after starting out in that field, I decided that I wanted to follow my passion and interest in art and antiques. I have always liked business — making deals and seeing ideas come to life and grow — so I decided to work in the business side of the art world and to learn about all aspects of the art world. I worked on various sides of the industry — an auction house, art gallery, art magazine, and art information providers — and always saw the need and importance of appraisers providing critical and educated decisions on value. I felt particularly strongly about this after my grandmother’s diamond ring, which was not properly insured, was stolen in a burglary. This sparked my interest in getting my appraisal certification.
To whom do you credit your interest in art and antiques?
I credit my parents who exposed me to beautiful art and antiques, took me to art museums, and took me traveling. They exposed my sister and I to different cities, cultures and environments in the U.S. and internationally.
If you could collect only one thing, what would it be?
If I could collect only one thing, it would be blue and white porcelain.
Do you have a favorite antique or flea market find that you've incorporated into your own home?
One of my favorite finds in my home is a Mid-Century Modern Lucite coffee table that I purchased at an estate sale.
Outside of art and antiques what are your interests?
I enjoy cooking, traveling, entertaining, horseback riding, and collecting. Travel is the most inspirational aspect of life.
If you could give a flea market novice one tip, what would it be?
If I could give a flea market novice one tip, it would be to always open your eyes and search for the beautiful and unusual objects. If something speaks to you, buy it!