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Meet Antiques Aficionado Debra Queen

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Yesterday I mentioned one of my favorite vendors from the Trade Secrets show, and today I want to introduce you to another business owner  I am always pleased to see there year after year. Debra Queen has been working in garden antiques and collectibles for 25 years, and Martha and I are always impressed by her unique and stylish pieces, most of which she refurbishes herself. A graphic designer and garden antique aficionado, Debra is a pro at spotting older pieces with potential. She favors small sculptural objects, cast-iron urns and tables, and other industrial pieces that she can brush, wax, and give new style and life. I loved exploring her collection at the show this year, and found quite a few pieces I wanted to take home with me.

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Miniatures seemed to be a theme in Debra's collection, as shown in these water hoses...

1 Miniatures seemed to be a theme in Debra's collection, as shown in these water hoses...

and these small flower pots

2 and these small flower pots

These vintage root beer bottles filled with miniature gerber daisies caught my eye.

3 These vintage root beer bottles filled with miniature gerber daisies caught my eye.

As did this bucket filled with baby's breath. It is one of my favorite flowers and I love the way it's arranged.

4 As did this bucket filled with baby's breath. It is one of my favorite flowers and I love the way it's arranged.

The red beaded fruit was the perfect match for this black wrought iron cornucopia.

5 The red beaded fruit was the perfect match for this black wrought iron cornucopia.

This pair of outdoor sofas gets my vote for best-in-show. I wished desperately that I had a backyard to put them in.

6 This pair of outdoor sofas gets my vote for best-in-show. I wished desperately that I had a backyard to put them in.

Debra is a regular at the Trade Secrets show, as well the Concord Armory, near her hometown of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Her collection is available for view by appointment in South Dartmouth, MA, by calling 508-542-4868.

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