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Antiques and Collectibles
At Mink's Emporium we love the unique and intricate details abundant in antiques and collectibles. Antique furniture is generally made with superior craftsmanship and constructed from solid wood. As antiques age they tend to dry; it is important to routinely give your wooden antique pieces a drink of quality furniture oil. The oil can prevent the wood from cracking and having a weathered appearance. Select oil that does not contribute to buildup. We like a blend of beeswax, carnauba wax and orange oil.
As antique chairs age, the glued joints dry requiring them to be tightened to restore sturdiness. If you are lucky enough to have joints attached with screws usually visible from the back at the seat level, tightening is a fairly easy task with a screwdriver. Many antique chairs have dowel rods that are held in position with glue. This type of chair can be tightened by removing the old glue from the joint. We recommend using wood glue that is non-foaming. Some wood working aficionados insist upon the use of hide glue for restoring your piece. With just a little care and occasional maintenance, antiques can span generations.
It's fun to learn about the history of a treasured find or an heirloom. We found a coffee grinder manufactured by Peugeot before they evolved to producing cars. That made an interesting antique collectible for a coffee lover!
Mink's Emporium offers display accessories for your collectibles as well as restoration hardware. As we grew, we added unique gifts like Mosser Glass, Poo Pourri and Cowhide products.