Make-do’s go mainstream

Looks like antiques with inventive repairs, aka “make-do’s,” have finally made it into the collective consciousness of the mainstream antiques world.

In the 2016 edition of the venerable Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide it states in the introduction: “And there is a surprising…interest in repaired pieces from years ago, like stapled export porcelain, ‘do-withs’ (sic) like broken goblet stems made into candleholders or damaged 18th century porcelain teapots with silver spouts added as replacements. It may be just part of the way being ‘green’ has influenced sales of antiques.”

Do-withs?! I kinda like it, in a sort of dyslexic way.


2 Responses to “Make-do’s go mainstream”

  1. BB says:

    As in …. what does one “do-with” this now that it is broken? repaired? Love this! You have created such a movement Mr. Baseman!

  2. Steve says:

    LOL Terry has a wonderful way of reassembling some bits of information in her head through the filter of her own idiosyncratic syntax. Perhaps you and she could compromise and update the traditional label to “make-do-with”.

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