We caught up with Lisa McQueen this week, of Queenie Tin & Mirror Company, who is one of Marburger Farm’s favorite vendors, to give you an insider’s peek at what goes on with her behind the scenes!
MF: Tell us a little about yourself.
Q: I was born in Minnesota but have lived in Indiana for 24 years. I have 2 children, both in college. I love to fish, entertain friends, cook, garden and watch good film.
MF: How long have you been dealing antiques and how did you get started?
Q: I’ve been dealing antiques for 23 years. I got started by attending auctions. My former husband and I just started buying too much. The impetus was we bought a salt and pepper shaker collection. 150! That’s when we started doing tiny flea markets. The merchandise continued to improve over the years as I learned more of what interested customers and what I was good at buying.
MF: Do you have a particular specialty or do you deal in all types of antiques?
Q: I specialize in vintage mirrors and frames that I distress. You could say I have a signature look. People know me for my lovely, soft colors, My mirrors have an old world feeling about them. I deal in mirrors mainly from USA., circa 1870 thru the 1940′s. I also work with antique ceiling and create home accessories out if that using my plasma cutter. Though I’m finding less and less beautiful tin to work with so that part of my business has taken a back seat to my beautiful mirrors and frames.
MF: What is your favorite thing about what you do?
Q: The favorite thing about my business is the people I meet. Wonderful, mainly women, but I get the occasional hubby or boyfriend – ha! Anyhoo, it’s the peeps I meet. Also the other dealers I’ve met thru the years who have become like family to me. They are smart, funny and kind. They make time away from home less lonely.
MF: What is your least favorite thing about what you do?
Q: DEFINATELY the loading and unloading. I hate it!! I dread it when doing a show!!
MF: What has been your favorite “find”?
Q: My favorite find? I hopefully have a few each month! This month I found an incredible, fat , chunky frame while in Brimfield.
MF: Have you ever sold a piece you wish you’d kept?
Q: No, I’ve never regretted selling anything. Not really. I do have things in my home that would be painful to part with. Special mirrors and paintings mainly. Of, and my turquoise jewelry. I’m NEVER parting with that nor my fav cowboy boots!
MF: How long have you been coming to Marburger Farm Antique Show?
Q: I’ve been doing Marburger Farms since it’s second year of operation. Quite frankly I don’t know how many years that is!!
MF: How have you seen Marburger Farm Antique Show change over the years?
Q: Of course, Marburger has grown from just 4 big tents to the charming village it’s become. It now has turned into a premier antiquating event, thanks to the excellent team that owns the show. I feel lucky to be part of such a beautiful, well run show. I tell all my customers I meet in New England as well as Atlanta, that Marburger Farm Show needs to be first on their bucket list.
MF: What would you like to tell the shoppers at MFAS?
Q: There are a few things I wish to tell shoppers. First of all, bring clothes for any kind of weather. Comfy boots. The whole, While In Rome thing applies. I ALWAYS have a cowboy hat and cowboy boots on. Next, buy what you love when you see it. Marburger is not the kind of show to browse around and then cone back to buy. Most likely, the item you looked at will be gone when you come back. Can’t tell u how many times I’ve had disappointed women come back to buy a mirror and it was gone. Gotta learn to pull the trigger fast! Also, bring packing blankets, bubble wrap. Dealers do not usually have those items to give away.
MF: Do you have any tips for young collectors, just starting out in furnishing a home or developing their style?
Q: Advice to young collectors? Buy what you love within your budget. Buy an antique that will have some value years from now instead of some trendy piece from Pottery Barn or Ikea that won’t be worth squat as soon as you’ve paid for it.
We are so excited for the show to start next week and are looking forward to seeing the incredible finds from Queenie Tin & Mirror. Below are a few photo previews of what she’s got in store for us! Thanks, Queenie, for taking the time out of your incredibly busy week before the start of the show next week to chat with us. See you next week!