"Market Warriors" -- the latest TV program to join the increasing ranks of reality-style shows that focus on antiques and collectibles -- will premiere on KQED Channel 9 at 9 p.m. July 16. It's lively, fast-paced and great fun.
The premise of the new PBS series is as follows: Take four antiques experts, or "pickers," give each one $1,000 and assign these pros a goal. Let them run loose, see if they spend the loot wisely, and watch who comes out on top.
Viewers may be amazed, as I was, at the lightning-quick pace so much great information is presented. I've got a hunch we all may need to tune in to each show twice.
In the episode filmed at the legendary Renniger's Antiques Market in Adamstown, Pa., we are treated to on-screen captions and pop-ups about midcentury modern style and Tiffany glass.
At the same time we're all learning, or maybe refining, our individual methods of dickering for better prices. I was impressed with antiques master Kevin Bruneau, who is one fierce bargain hunter.
I have just one pet peeve. The pickers overuse the word "cool" to describe, well, almost everything. That got a bit irritating. Come on, folks. Get out your thesaurus.
There are 20 one-hour episodes for our viewing pleasure. Please drop me a note to share your thoughts about the show.
The last Sunday of every July, the tiny fishing village of Moss Landing, between
At least a couple of hundred sellers set up temporary shop to hawk furniture, glass, china, paintings, toys, kitchen wares, books and much more. Besides the visiting dealers, there are several antiques stores worth checking out in this charming community.
Over the years, I've discovered good deals on sterling silver flatware, postcards and pottery. A few ladies I know often locate a luscious piece of jewelry. Perhaps it'll be your turn to hit pay dirt this year.
In between browsing, rest up and sample the nifty food. My choice is the fried artichokes brought in from nearby Castroville. Popular eateries such as Phil's Fish Market at 7600 Sandholdt Road and the Whole Enchilada at 7990 Highway 1 are favorites of many showgoers.
Please swing by to see me. I'll be on hand from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for appraisals. At 2:30 p.m. I'll deliver a program of interest to antiques hobbyists.
This year's bash is July 29. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $5. Parking is free, as are the evaluations and the lecture. For specifics, call 831-633-4501.
A tribute and a tip
South Bay collector Gerry DeRose, my cherished pal, passed away -- or "graduated," as she would have said -- three months ago. She was 88.
DeRose was the epitome of a true collector; Christmas ornaments and related items were her passion. In her perennial search for holiday goodies, she scoured rummage sales, antiques collectives, thrift stores, estate liquidations and auction houses across the nation.
The San Jose native belonged to study groups, antiques clubs and was a longtime member of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past, an organization she would want you to know about.
Founded in 1980, Golden Glow has more than 1,000 members. The group sponsors a national convention and publishes an entertaining bimonthly newsletter. Annual membership runs $50. For details, go to www.goldenglow.org or get in touch with Lillie Ghidiu, 7 Tunbridge Drive, Bridgeton, NJ 08302.
Contact Steven Wayne Yvaska at email@example.com or 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95190.