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 Does your shop or market have any silhouettes?
                                                                                                                                                     Sihouettes are lovely, collectible antiques that can be used in almost any home! Silhouettes can be quite stark with strong black and white designs or the more elaborate ones can seem rather frilly and feminine. Silhouettes can be a keepsake of your children when they were small and can blend in easily with older antiques from many years ago.

                              Photo by Marcia Arnold
     Silhouettes first became popular in the mid 18th century.  Artists would cut the images from thick black paper or they would paint the outline and fill it in.  This became a inexpensive way to record the image of a loved one. In the days of before photography, only the wealthy could afford the price of a painted portrait and it took many hours sitting for the artist for the portrait to be finished. For those who were short on time and money, silhouettes were the easy choice!  

     The word silhouette come from the name of the French Finance Minister, Etienne de Silhouette. Monsieur Silhouette had the misfortune to have to instill strict financial reforms on the wealthy in France in 1759 after the Seven Years' War so his name was forever associated with things that were cheaply made!

Photo by Marcia Arnold


     If you are artsy or adventurous, there are many different websites and kits available to make your own silhouettes. A silhouette of your loved ones would go nicely in a grouping with antique silhouettes. 

     I know that some of our shops and malls on have silhouettes available for purchase.  If your shop has some, let us know and we will put them on our Facebook page and our roller. Send your photos, along with the name of your store, domain name of the store and the price to

     The silhouettes featured in this article are of our founder, Marcia Arnold's son and the other is of Marcia's business partner, Bruce Pate!



The fourth annual brochure/map will be printed in June; the deadline for inclusion is May 1.
The first brochure/map and the first brochure/map will be printed in June;  the deadline for shops to be included is May 1.
The fifth annual brochure/map will be printed in June; the deadline for inclusion is May 15. 
The sixth annual brochure/map will be printed in June; the deadline for inclusion is June 1.

Store News/ Classifieds

Gigi's Antiques Griffin in Griffin, GA are holding their annual Kentucky Derby Party on May 7th.  Take advantage of their great selection of hats and enjoy the Derby along with food and prizes!

Beautiful Coastal Georgia has small multi-dealer Antique Mall for sale. Great area for retirement! Contact


Photo by Pattie Miller
Even though an associate of attempts to call each store three times a year to check if the store need brochures/maps or other help, we have enhanced the website so that the stores can easily order brochures at any time by logging into their accounts and click on the Order Brochure button. It defaults to your state but you can order other states as well and if you don't need a whole box, you may choose from different amounts.  Individual/non members  may order brochure/maps from the Brochure page. 

As Pattie has made the spring calls, it is exciting to hear feedback that business is picking up for SPRING!!!

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A Letter from an Antique Lover - Who recognizes this disease?

Marcia wanted to share this letter from her friend, Mr. Jackson Burwell.  Jack is an antique lover, attorney and author from Huntsville, Alabama.  Enjoy!

Dear Antiques Study Group Members,
Was God smiling at me that day I picked up the phone or was this just another temptation I should avoid?  Lance Britt was on the line.  Lance and I met over a year ago and soon realized we both belong to the antiques and arts brother and sisterhood.  In other words, we each have a big problem that we share.  We are antique and art addicts.  Only a monthly buy or more can keep us going.  Fortunately, this is not an illegal activity although our ministers preach against it all the time.  They imply this disease has an ugly word attached to it - Materialism!  That word makes some grown men teary eyed.  I personally prefer to think of it as helping honest and deserving antique dealers make a living.  Actually, it is so bad for Lance and me that we have both become antique dealers.  Preachers shouldn't condemn us for trying to be employed.
Lance told me he had made a major discovery on Craig's List.  That's right, Craig's List!  A gentleman had listed a Nicola Marschall oil portrait of a young man, circa 1870.  The painting came with a beautiful original frame.  And then the gentleman said, "Oh, by the way, I have two oil portraits of Mobile young ladies by C.R. Parker."
Lance asked me, "Didn't you say you and Emily have an interest in C.R. Parker?"  Do I have an interest in C.R. Parker?  Does the sun set in the west?  Are igloos made of ice and snow?  Emily and I learned about the Englishman, C.R. Parker, about thirty years ago and we have been trying to acquire a portrait by him ever since.  We have William Fryes, Philip RĊmers, a Joseph Thoirt Moore and even a portrait by the elusive William Halsey but ne'er a C.R. Parker.  Twenty-five years ago I almost dropped everything to drive to New Orleans to preview an auction with an unillustrated catalogue that was said to include a C.R. Parker.  Unfortunately, I was covered up with work and instead put in absentee bids.  I ended up with a painting by Thomas Trevor Fowler of a man who looked a little bit like Henry Clay without a nose and an Adolph Rinck of a lady who waited a little too late in life to get her portrait done as a Louisiana belle.  Rinck could have been a little more kind.  Someone else outbid me for the unseen C.R. Parker.  I will never know what I missed, but ladies did not regret being painted by Parker.
Twenty- five years later, the number of C.R. Parkers I have had a chance to buy is an even number, zero.  But now Lance breathed new life into the quest.  However, Lance said the gentleman thoroughly understood what he had.  These paintings had descended in his family.  He knew the girls' names and their complete histories, ancestors and descendants.  Also, one portrait was signed "CRP."  It was a good thing I was sitting down.  Alabama portraits with names of lovely girls and the artist's signature are extremely rare.  These paintings are also in the Alabama portrait book.  For an antique addict living in Alabama, it doesn't get any better than this.
Now it was time to talk about the price.  Did the gentleman want me to take out a mortgage or just sell a car?  Was Emily going to start crying again if I told her I spent all the food money for the year on pieces of art?  Poor Emily.  When she married me, she didn't know about "my problem."  Actually, I didn't have my problem when we married.  It came  two years later.  But, the good thing is, she loves C.R. Parkers just about as much as I do.  And besides, there is nothing wrong with eating a lot of collard greens, cornbread and pinto beans.  "They are good for you and tasty too," I tell her.  Also we usually keep a three month supply of Vondie Johnson's rattlesnake green beans under a bed.  There will be something to eat.  Sometimes, Emily's eyes will tell me, being married to Jack Burwell can be a challenge.  Obsessive-compulsive disorders in a mate can be difficult to live with at times.
Finally, a price was agreed to and I began to plan on how I could start work at six a.m. and finish at ten p.m. six days a week.  On Sundays, we would still go to  Sunday school and during the sermon I would ignore the part about having too much stuff.  I'm sure our visiting minister has too much stuff.  But my amount of stuff is just right after getting the C.R. Parkers.  I'm feeling great until next month.  I am sure God understands, I hope.
Sincerely from Antique Land,
Jack Burwell

    Upcoming Shows

Scott Antique Market
Atlanta, GA
April 7-10, 2016
May 12-15, 2016

Market at the Mill Spring Show
New Roads, LA
April 8-10, 2016

Southern Junkers Vintage Market
Memphis, TN
April 8-9, 2016

Dade City Antique Fair and Market
Dade City, FL
April 9-10, 2016

Historic Bardstown Antiques Show
Bardstown, KY
April 9-10, 2016

Lakewood 400 Antiques Market
Cumming, GA
April 15-17, 2016
May 20-22, 2016

Covington Antiques and Uniques Festival
Covington, LA 
April 16-17, 2016

St. Louis Antique Festival
Bellville, IN
April 23-24, 2016

Slidell Historical Antique Show
Slidell, LA
April 23-24, 2016

Antique Association of Arcadia
Arcadia, FL
April 23, 2016
May 28, 2016

Canton Civic Center First Monday Trade Days
Canton, TX
April 28- May 1, 2016

Montgomery Antiques Festival
Montgomery, TX
April 29-May1, 2016

Junkinista Vintage Market
Hattiesburg, MS
April 30-May 1, 2016

Metrolina Expo Vintage and Antiques Show
Charlotte, NC
May 5-8, 2016

West Palm Beach Antiques Festival
West Palm Beach, FL
May 6-8, 2016

Clinch River Antiques Festival
Clinton, TN
May 6-7, 2016

Antique Attalla Vintage Market
Attalla, AL
May 12-14, 2016

Boom at the Barns
Cookeville, TN
May 27-28, 2016

Firecracker Flea Market
Cookeville, TN
July 1-3, 2016 



Who is Wendy Wayman?

Wendy Wayman, Sales Associate, was the owner of an antique shop in Dickson, Tennessee. She was a member shop when she started working as a sales associate with She still has booths, but she now works full time with  She collects spice boxes and likes primitives. Wendy has been an extremely prolific associate and has introduced so many of our members to Watch for her in our section of the newsletter called "Where's Wendy" to see what state she is visiting this month!  She LOVES to travel.  Another little known fact about Wendy, she drew one hundred kindergarten student silhouettes every year for fifteen years for their kindergarten graduation!

Phone: 228-331-0241

Where's Wendy?
Wendy was in Arkansas for this photo at the lovely Garvan Gardens.  Lori has been in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Betty is in  Texas, Pattie is in Alabama, Marcia is in South Carolina, and Kay is in Tennessee! These ladies are helping AntiqueTrail bloom across the country!
Photo by Wendy Wayman


Marcia's Favorite Treasures

Marcia found this piece of lovely antique cloth with the appropriate April theme at Olde Faithful Antiques Mall in Taylors, SC.
Photo by Marcia Arnold

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Happy Trails!
Kristin Hicks, Newsletter Editor
Marcia Arnold 
Bruce Pate 

and the team