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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Meet Bobbie Pries

Bobbie Pries is a 35 year veteran of the antiques business. During this time, she’ll tell you, she’s seen plenty of changes in the business. One thing however, has remained constant and that’s the extraordinary quality of her inventory. Bobbie is known for offering the best in 18th and 19th century American antique furniture in original paint or original finish as well as appropriate “smalls” from the same period. She and her husband Roger currently do only six shows a year. Doing so allows her to always have “fresh inventory and new things for each show”. Customers must agree because she’s certainly developed a following.
Bobbie feels strongly that “Hunting antiques is physical. You need to be able to touch them”. Unlike museums, antique shows allow her customers to touch and pick up items that strike their fancy. “If they pick it up, they’re less likely to put it down”. You just can’t get that buying on line. One of the things she most enjoys about doing antique shows is visiting with old friends. This includes fellow dealers and long- time customers. She graciously gives credit to those who taught her the finer points of antiques and helped her hone her eye for quality back in the early years. “I learned from wonderful dealers”, and she certainly joined their ranks. Bobbie believes that when it comes to learning about antiques, books are great, but visiting an antique show is best.

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