If you serve baby boomers, retirees, or senior citizens, a Connie Sue event could provide a distinctive and memorable occasion. Many people want to downsize their
personal property and antiques. They are seeking the knowledge and tools to move forward with their lives after inheriting even more 'stuff'. And everyone enjoys learning about
family treasures - how to protect them, store them, or sell them.
Attorneys, financial planners, civic and socials groups, small businesses, employers, healthcare agencies, and the insurance industry all want to show that they are innovators who
are looking out for the details that competitors ignore. Who knew
antique appraising would become a spectator sport? Imagine the fun - smiling clients and friends with
heirlooms in hand at YOUR event. Events have ranged in size from 15 nurses at a health department to 175 investor/clients of a community bank. Adaptable and easy to arrange, a It's Just Stuff! event could be your answer to program planning needs. The cost for appraisal events and seminars is between $150 (special rate for working with a non-profit) to $250 an hour, plus travel.
Help for Heirs & Hoarders
If your Mother had a front room you were not allowed to sit in, or if collecting things has been your family’s favorite pastime for decades you may need some light hearted intervention. Many of us have inherited family history, furniture, and dishes from generations of matriarchs. Too much stuff can be paralyzing. Do not despair. The seminar, Help for Heirs & Hoarders, presents a variety of plans for you!
With the guidance of a well seasoned antique appraiser, you’ll learn which items are selling now, and how to access the correct markets for better value. Learn to cope with your Mother’s Hummel’s, Lillian Russell, Fostoria, table linens, and silver plated tea trays. With a plan of action, you can respectfully organize and manage your heirlooms.
Categories of discussion include: textiles, furniture, china, crystal, ephemera (paper, maps, letters, etc.) glass, toys, tools, prints, art, jewelry, collectibles, books, and even the vintage Tupperware. Rooms and areas to be addressed include: kitchen, dining room, parlor, bedrooms, the bath, shed, basement, attic, closets, den, patio, garage, and yard ornaments. We’ll look under the bed, tops of the closet, and inside those boxes you haven’t opened in years. Laugh, learn, and take control of your possessions before they consume more of your space and time.
This information can be adapted to fit into a short talk for meetings,
or expanded for interactive instruction.
Fees range from $150 to $500, plus travel.
If you or your group can benefit from this information,
we will make it work.
Downsize or Liquidate: The How-To Course ~
At some point in your life, you'll probably have to dispose of someone's
estate. Whether that estate is a lavish home filled with thousands of dollars of antiques and fine furnishings or a modest home and furnishings, it will almost certainly require more work - and knowledge - than you expect. Through an engaging mix of lecture, activities, and group interaction, our workshop can be customized to meet the needs of a variety of audiences.
Learn about the items found in estates, including furniture, silver, glassware, books, linens, tools, clothing and antiques. Find out what you need to do in each room of the house and learn about the tools you'll need to get the job done. With her trademark wit and wisdom,
Ms. Davenport covers everything from pricing, advertising, displays, supply lists, and sale-day logistics to crowd control and legal liabilities. Best of all, this course prepares you for the event's inevitable impact on all your senses and gives you time-tested strategies to deal with the emotional aspects of the experience, including memories, family conflicts, and emotional encounters with the past.
American Antiques ~
No matter what your antique passion,
Ms. Davenport's American Antiques seminar offers the information you need to do what you want. This popular course has been offered as part of the Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin, TN) Continuing Education program since 1981 and is now available through Connie Sue, Inc., in workshops held throughout the southeast. Featuring lectures on a wide range of topics, including the
periods of American antique furniture, porcelain,
pottery, glass, prints, books,
metals, glass lighting and collectibles and often with field trips to antique malls, American Antiques appeals to a varied audience who share a common goal: to learn more about antiques. Students are encouraged to bring their own collectibles and antiques to class.
Ms. Davenport's experience as an
antique dealer and appraiser, museum interpreter, administrator and craftsperson brings real life knowledge to each seminar. No matter what your goal may be - to collect, sell or restore antiques, or simply to recognize what is, in fact, an antique -
her personal approach will deepen your interest and whet your appetite for more.
- Have you inherited antiques and you're not sure what you have?
- Are you a novice antique buyer who wants to make informed purchases?
- Are you an experienced collector or antique lover who wants to deepen your knowledge and connect with other like-minded individuals?
- Are you interested in selling antiques - maybe even opening your own shop one day?
Bring Your Drawers and Sketch Your Legs ~
Give your group a great way to interact with a workshop featuring
Ms. Davenport's skill as a furniture detective. Your participants will be delighted and amazed as
she discerns the age, wood, style and value of furniture simply by looking at the drawers from the furniture along with sketches of the furniture's legs. Put
Ms. Davenport in a roomful of curious people toting dresser drawers, wash stands and sideboards - and drawings of chair legs - and you've got a recipe for fun!
BUILD YOUR OWN SEMINAR
No matter what topics you choose to create your custom-built seminar, your participants can always bring their treasures to the seminar for verbal appraisals. Modules range in length from one to four hours. We customize the modules you select to fit your timeframe and needs.
Furniture ~ Treat your group to a guided tour through America's rich and storied
furniture history. The journey begins with a look at the
historical periods of American furniture, including
Pilgrim, Cromwellian, William and Mary, Queen Anne,
Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Duncan Phyphe, Sheraton,
Federal, Empire, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Art Modern - and ends at Target and Rooms-to- Go. You'll learn about woods and hardware used in antiques, along with tips that will help you discern the real thing from the reproduction.
Items covered may include: Davis Cabinet
furniture, dining room suite appraisals, Victorian
furniture, oak furniture, walnut furniture, Eastlake
Victorian furniture, Rococo furniture, Renaissance
Victorian furniture, antique country furniture, antique
The Linen Closet: Textiles ~ Discover the history of the fabrics that frame our lives in this presentation, which includes a live demonstration by a master, natural fiber spinner. Learn how textiles move from the earth to the finished product and experience the fragrance and feel of natural fibers.
Items covered may include: vintage linens,
vintage textiles, vintage clothing, antique sewing
machines, Singer sewing machines
Glass/Porcelain/Pottery ~ Learn about materials, methods, trends, and styles in this module, which also explores the broader social and cultural influences that affected the things our ancestors used when they cooked, ate and drank. You'll learn about European and Japanese contributions to American decorative arts and discover how the Industrial Revolution transformed the way we eat today. You'll find out how to identify items, how they were made, where they came from, and how they ended up in granny's house.
Items covered may include: American Glass,
Antique Glassware, Fenton glass, art glass, milk glass,
cake platforms, cut glass, Tiffany art glass, slag
glass, antique dishes, antique china, Haviland china, Lenox china
The Bookcase: Books ~ Find out in this interesting module whether or not that box of books for .99 cents is a good deal. Discover how to care for and conserve
antique books, learn valuable tips for collecting and find out what to look for on a book's title page. In addition to learning more about the books of your childhood, you'll find out why people collect books - which may inspire you to start collecting yourself!
Items covered may include: antique book
appraisals, magazine appraisals, antique maps
The Silver Chest: Metals ~ Learn about silver, brass, bronze, copper and aluminum, including identifying marks, construction and conservation. You'll hear how the Industrial Revolution affected collecting patterns and created widespread opportunities for a growing middle class to acquire items like silver and copper, once reserved for only the wealthy.
Items covered may include: antique sterling
silver, flatware appraisals, silverplated flatware
Your Childhood Revealed: Dolls, Toys & Collectibles ~ Your childhood toys could be collector's items! This module opens up the wide world of collectibles, giving novice and experienced collectors alike the insight needed to become informed buyers and sellers. Learn how to time your purchases to maximize your investment. Get the information you need to keep track of the constantly-changing market value of collectibles. We'll study the difference between what's truly valuable-and what's merely fun.
Items covered may include: antique dolls,
bisque dolls, china dolls, Madam Alexander dolls, Barbie
Framed: Prints and Print-Making ~ Understand how prints are made, preserved and restored in this module, which also shows how the emergence of digital technology has changed print-making forever. Find out how prints were made in eras gone by and how to tell if a print is an antique or a reproduction.
Items covered may include: antique cameras,
Victorian Decorative Arts
~ Uncover what makes this period of American decorative history unique. Explore the often-overlooked role of England's revered Queen Victoria, whose obsession with rules, propriety, and formality influenced styles and behavior on both sides of the Atlantic. Investigate how the Victorian approach to decorative arts found its way to America and how the Industrial Revolution brought the opportunity for a new affluence - and access to more possessions - to an emerging middle class.
Businesses, industries and organizations of every kind have discovered the benefits of partnering with Connie Sue,
Inc., whose informative seminars, unbiased appraisals and personal consulting services make it easy for you to attract and retain the clients you need to make your business even more successful.