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Broadcast Date: 5/19/16Tobacciana
The collecting of manufctured tobacco related products and memoribilia is called ‘tobacciana.’ And folks enjoy relating stories of bygone days when tobacco was ‘king’ in North Carolina. From old snuff pouches, to tobacco tins, rolling paper, cigarette cards, signs and cigar lables, the history of these collectables harken back to a past era. One unique story found among our discoveires, was that of Lucky Strike. The brand's packaging was originally green in color. Then along came World War II, and the military demanded all the green dye available, so the Lucky Strike packaging went to white and remains to this day. And if you ever wondered why men smoke cigars when a baby is born, you'll find this answer and more fun facts in this segment, as we explore the old timey store Davis and Son in Wilmington.
Governor’s Western Residence
The Governor’s Western Residence is a second home to our sitting Governors, and is located on a ridge top in Asheville. It is a picturesque retreat that is made available for Governors and their families, and members of the Council of State. The home contains a unique collection of Western North Carolina arts, crafts and furniture. The first thing you will notice are the magnificent views. To the North, you can look out towards Mount Mitchell, and to the South, you can see across Asheville towards Mount Pisgah. The house has an interesting history, and architecture, and was built in the early 1930s. The property was acquired in 1963 by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, with the purpose of attracting then Governor Terry Sanford to come and visit Asheville to promote commerce and industry to the region. Only open twice a year to the public, but available for non-profit organization events, this is a unique opportunity to see inside one of our state’s fine properties.
With over 400 dealers from more than 25 states, this is one of North Carolina’s best antiques festivals. Held only twice a year in Liberty, Randolph County, this is a collector’s must shop opportunity. You will find all types and kinds of collectables including furniture, pottery, glass, clocks, country and farming collectables, dolls, toys, military items, advertising memorabilia, decoys, jewelry, quilts, folk art, and more. People travel from all over the country to look for that special item to add to their collection, and you are sure to find it here.
Replacements, Ltd. Greensboro
For over 35 years, Bob Page has fulfilled his passion for antiques and collectables by shopping flea markets and antique shows. He is now the world’s largest reseller of old and new china, crystal, silver ,and collectibles. His massive store, in Greensboro is just off Highway 40, is roughly the size of eight football fields. Here he has over 12 million pieces of inventory and over 10 million customers in the online database. With annual sales that run between 70 and 80 million dollars a year, this is without a doubt the largest operation of its kind. The show room is a feast for your eyes, and collectors flock here to find that special item to complete a set, start a new set, or just to browse. Come and visit with us as we get a behind-the-scenes look into a remarkable and fascinating establishment.
Broadcast Date: 12/10/15
Mordecai House and Historic Park, Raleigh
‘Collecting Carolina,’ is visiting the Mordecai House and Historic Park in Raleigh. For collectors of early 1800’s decorative arts, quilts, china, books and furniture, this site displays a family’s unique personal collection from the period. The rooms are well preserved and decorated to reflect the early 1800’s. The Mordecai House is one of the few homes still on its original foundation and there are tours and special events throughout the year. Once the largest pre-civil war plantation in the area, today it also houses several historic buildings including the birthplace of 17th President Andrew Johnson. It is also a City of Raleigh Park, and the grounds are open seven days a week for visiting. With a fascinating past well preserved by educators and docents, this is a great stop any time of year.
Broadcast Date: 12/3/15
Mark Hewitt, Master Potter, Pittsboro
If you collect pots, or just fascinated by their shape, texture and form, Mark Hewitt’s work is something to be seen and experienced. Mark Hewitt is 2015’s United States Artist Fellow, an award winning modern day potter, who’s known for making big beautiful pots. Marks pots are displayed in museums, hotels, restaurants and private collections around the world. His experience and passion for the North Carolina clay, his technical mastery, and his understanding of ceramic history come together in each pot he makes. Join us as we travel to Pittsboro to see Mark prepare his pots for an upcoming kiln opening, ever popular with collectors.