Booth # B228
Q&A with Carolyn Rando, owner of Finds & Designs, Booth B228
Q: How long have you been in the antique business?
A: Five years.
Q: What is your favorite antique era and why?
A: I don't have a favorite yet. I like unique items from any era.
Q: What are your favorite things to buy and sell?
A: Antique "laundry" items like washboards and irons; vintage New England items like lobster traps, buoys and weathervanes; old, rusty ironwork. Really, anything that catches my eye.
Q: Do you have any personal collections? What are they?
A: Having an Irish heritage, I love and collect Belleek, especially the pieces with the green clover leaves.
Q: Without giving away any "family secrets", where are your favorite places to treasure hunt?
A: My favorite places are chockfull antique barns where you have to literally dig to find treasures. The best ones I have found are in Maine.
Q: What is your booth known for having?
A: I have a variety of vintage and new laundry items and many New England decorative accessories. I rotate a "Kid's Zone" in and out with old and new decorative items.
Q: What is your most prized antique possession and where is it from?
A: I have a wonderful, bright orange carnival glass decanter that came from my grandmother's estate. I remember loving it when I was a very small child spending Thanksgiving at "Grammy's" house in Maine
Q: What’s something you passed on at the time but now wish you’d bought – the “one that got away”, so to speak.
A: There was a wonderful cupola and weather vane set at the Brimfield Antique Show that I passed up. I should have rented a truck.
Q: What items do you never pass up when shopping for your booth? What do you walk past?
A: I never pass up old, rusty ironwork – it has such character. I rarely buy jewelry to resell because I know so little about it.
Q: Can you give our readers an antique shopping tip?
A: Always ask for a better price – you don't get anything if you don't at least ask for it!