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What is an antique? This elementary question is one of the most debated in the antiques world today. There are as many answers to this question as there are people asking it. An antique must have been made prior to 100 yr before the date of entry. This definition is generally accepted by the public at large.

Quality plus age are considerations to the connoisseur. Museum curators, scholars, writers, and elite dealers generally agree that an antique is a piece made prior to 1820 or 1830 at the latest. Fine hand craftsmanship ended at this time when consumer goods could be mass produced with power driven tools.

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Collectible (0)

Collectible (aka collector's item) is a catch-all word, and there are many distinctions between collectibles. Similar to the definition of antique, quality (hand crafted) versus machine made objects are the distinction. This term covers items made after 1890. Tiffany glass is a collectible, but so too are Mickey Mouse objects, Cartier ones....

All collectibles have 2 characteristics. They are no longer being made and people are collecting them.

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Vinatge (0)

Vintage, as related to decor, are 20th century pieces. Quality, nostalgia,great eye appeal and inflation are the hallmarks of this style. Almost every fashion has a rebirth at one time or another.

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Modern history, or the modern era, describes the historical timeline after the Middle Ages. Modern history can be further broken down into the early modern period and the late modern period after the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. Contemporary history describes the span of historic events that are immediately relevant to the present time.

The modern era began approximately in the 16th century. Many major events caused Europe to change around the turn of the 16th century, starting with the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, the fall of Muslim Spain and the discovery of the Americas in 1492, and Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation in 1517. In England the modern period is often dated to the start of the Tudor period with the victory of Henry VII over Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Early modern European history is usually seen to span from the turn of the 15th century, through the Age of Reason and the Age of Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries, until the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century.

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Macon Riddle, in the 1980's, turned her passion for history, antiques and the decorative arts into a consulting business, Let's Go Antiquing! Over the years as life styles for many have changed and the appreciation of modernism has evolved, Macon does as much shopping as antiquing. She says, "the beauty is in the mix."

New Orleans is a maze of shops and galleries. It is ever changing and not for the faint-hearted! Knowing of new shipments, art openings and new favorites on the market are all Macon's job.

Her advance work done, Riddle plunges in, guiding individuals through the labyrinth of shops. "The response has been continuous over the years. We get referrals from people who have been here," she says.

Clients have streamed in from well beyond the deep South. Whether one is looking for a specific piece or wants an overview of the riches here, time is saved and" a good time passed by all!"

Most opt for a half day or full day of exploration. Designers often need more time. Riddle usually works with one or two at a time, but she doesn't hesitate to take a mini bus on Magazine Street. "They are happy to let someone else take care of the parking.

Let's Go Antiquing has been featured in many major publications, including Fodor's Guide, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Accents and House and Garden.