On one hand, Gift Cards give a person a greater degree of choice because they get to choose anything they want from a particular store. On the other hand, Gift Cards do limit that person to one store in particular, so what are the options if you want to give them a greater degree of choice?
From the Latin word antiquus, an antique is usually described as an object at least a hundred years old, which somehow represents a different period of history and which is desirable to own. There could be many factors that make an antique desirable, such as its beauty, or its provenance. It could be desirable for its sheer ugliness, or it could be a totally utilitarian object once in everyday use and previously owned by thousands, but now relatively impossible to find. Here, we consider where and how best to find antiques for sale.
Every so often, a story runs in the press telling of rare examples of a famous artist’s work being discovered by someone in their loft. Chance discoveries like this are rare. Other variants on such stories tell of lucky purchases at jumble sales, bought for a matter of pence, which turn out to be stunningly valuable antiques. Like the dusty, priceless Grand Master in the attic, such occasions are also few and far between. Most collectors find the best antiques using more conventional and less sensational approaches.
Many people attend auctions held by antique dealers. Auctions are an ideal place to find antiques, regardless of whether or not you know just what you are looking for. If you do bid at an auction, bear in mind that it is likely to be an open ascending price auction, where prospective purchasers bid openly against each other and each subsequent bid is higher than the last. For a perhaps less costly alternative to an auction, visiting an antique shop is another way to source decent antique pieces. Antique shops of one form or another can be found in many large towns or cities.
Antique shops usually fall into two categories, either stockists of general antiques or specialist shops that contain either antiques from a certain period, or of a specific category of antique. An example of a specialist antique shop would be one who dealt in only military antiques. A general antiques shop might, for example, contain a range of antique china, silverware, paintings and furniture. With the exception of major conurbations, there tend not be many antique shops in any one given location and the prices asked may reflect the relative absence of competition in the local marketplace.
An alternative means of purchasing antiques has been created, one that may be more convenient for you, which operates in a global, competitive market place. The rise of the Internet has led to the development of web-based antique shops. Such outlets have been in existence since at least the mid 1990s but recent technological developments, like fast broadband connections and secure payment systems, have lead to a subsequent rise in the popularity of visiting a virtual antiques boutique.
Collector Jeff Marks is looking for antiques for sale in the London area and is considering the different retail options available to him.
Buying your first pair of ballet shoes is one of those moments that stay with you for life. We took our daughter for a pair of Ballet Shoes at the weekend and she was giddy with excitement. Now I have, to be honest here, I knew nothing about Ballet Shoes up until a few weeks ago when our daughter expressed an interest in taking up ballet so I had to learn fast. We knew we would have to buy ballet leotards and would have to purchase Ballet Shoes at the same time so wanted to make sure we got the right pair. I could have taken the easy route and simply bought the first pair of Ballet Shoes I came across but that seemed wrong so I did a bit of research and raised a few pointers that would help up pick the perfect set of shoes.
A couple of decades ago, the phrase, ‘maternity wear’ used to conjure up images of dowdy, oversized shirts and baggy jeans. Thankfully, fashion has long since caught up with the times and most brands pride themselves on a maternity section that takes the very best styles from the current catwalk crop, transforming them into flattering threads for every stage of pregnancy. This year, there’s an abundance of maternity friendly styles out there and one of the most popular is the midi dress. Trendy and easy-on-the-eye, this spring-summer staple is taking the high street by storm.
Midi length revival
Whilst the length might not convince everyone immediately, this year’s key trend for midi skirts comes with numerous ways to wear them and wear them well. Teaming with ankle boots for the daytime and switching to wedges or heels at night, the midi length can take you from work to party with a few simple tweaks, which goes a long way to explaining its popularity with buyers.
With many high street names getting in on the action, you can shop for a range of prints from nautical stripes to hot coral colours and floral motifs. For those who are looking for a bit more zing when it comes to their spring collection, tribal patterns in shades of yellow and turquoise are big, whilst the winter’s Baroque trend continues with many styles of midi dress.
Add to this the celebrity endorsements, with everyone from Jessica Alba to Nicole Scherzinger rocking the mid-calf look and it’s not hard to see what’s making this style a hit at the moment.
So how do you wear this trend when you’re expecting? The good news is, the midi dresses filling the racks of every high street shop have built-in design features that make them perfectly suited to a pregnant figure. Most are what’s known as ‘bodycon’. This is a slimline, curve-hugging cut, usually made of supple and soft fabric to fit a range of figure, shapes and sizes.
Many maternity dresses for spring / summer are emulating the matt colours and geometric design of the Sixties, a great low-key look for the day. Casual jersey dresses in monochrome tones also work well in a maternity wardrobe, with many expectant mothers preferring understated shades of black and grey for workwear.
Tube dresses and sleeveless styles are also ideal for the upcoming warmer months, as well as key items for a holiday in the sun, whilst the ethnic trend translates well to maternity wear, with black and white Aztec prints and tie-dye finishes flattering your bump without overstating it. Even, during pregnancy women likes to prefer maternity swimwear to cover up or accentuate their baby bumps.
With styles this fashion conscious and flattering to choose from, it’s easy to wave goodbye to that frumpy image of pregnancies past. Whether it’s a jersey dress for your mid-week shopping treat or a glamorous bodycon in black for the evening, midi maternity dresses look set to remain for the season.
Sarah Haynes is a freelance fashion writer for several online and print publications, looking at everything from costume jewellery trends to celebrity style picks. Her research into the best maternity dresses for spring / summer have made her a favourite among pregnant pals in recent months.
It can be a really exciting ride when you decide to open up your first e-commerce store. Regardless of whether you’re selling goods on behalf of other suppliers, or have your own range of items that you want to bring to the market, the web is a great place to make it happen. You don’t need a physical shop where people come in to look at what you’re selling, but you will need space to store these goods and an efficient process for selling and dispatching them.
Flowers have been the expression of our feelings from ancient times. Sometimes they tell about our love and care while other times they are the symbol of our grief. They are ether most special creations of nature may be because ether is very beautiful. The sight of fresh flowers is pleasing to the eyes and mesmerising. There is no one who cannot feel happy after receiving a bouquet of flowers. [Read more…] about The Tradition Of Gifting Flowers