A special species of shopper finds thrills from scouring auction houses, antiques shops and flea markets for finds laden with history, charm,
craftsmanship and value.
As a newlywed, in the 1970s, Judy Frankel would often grab a good friend and make a day or weekend of visiting antiques shows throughout Michigan and the Midwest. But when the couple’s two children came along, the full-time catering manager’s outings took a back seat.
As the kids got older, Frankel and her husband, Stanley, purchased a 19th-century farmhouse in Metamora Township. With it, her passion for hunting for treasures was rekindled, and soon the farmhouse brimmed with primitive whirligigs, weathervanes, hand-hooked rugs and other American folk art, as well as a collection of French majolica, the organic-themed tin-glazed Victorian earthenware. This time, she was hooked.Read More