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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Collectors pot-pourri candle holders, old locks, plates, vases Is it antique or just old? Young people turn to antiques By JOAXNA MORGAN Herald Staff Writer It's the young people of Lethbridge who are most in- terested in old things and an- tiques, says Jeanne Koszia of Trifles and Treasures. Tha owner operator of the store at 428 13th St. X. told The Herald that the rea- sons are many A wish for a feeling of per- manence, or "'roots" com- bines with an expression of individualism. Young people, Mrs. Koszta said, show prac- ticality too New furniture today for ex- ample does not have the quality of the old. Furnish- ing a house with refinished furniture is an investment lhat appreciates in value as time goss on, a reversal of the usual process. The former Salt Lake City dealer operates her shop in conjunction with the one njxl door where her husband runs a cabinet making business. After 2J2 years in Leth- bridge, she said only a small number of her local custom- ers bought antiques. Collec- tors from larger cities or tra- vellers are the mainstay of her trade. A slow buf small apprecia- tion of antiques is beginning in the city, Mrs Koszta said. There are a lot of beautiful things in L-sthbridge homes, brought over in the house- holds of early settlers, but their inheritors are not al- aware of the impor- tance these items have A Georgian silverware cut- lery set was one of Mrs Koszia's recent finds withis the city Education should go hand- in-hand with the growth of local interest, she said. In the excitement of "auc- tion and disinclined to go home empty-handed, many people buy a piece that turns out to be "early auction" and not Mrs. Koszta said that often the same people who visit her store and dicker about the price of a piece will buy outright at an auction paying more than the store price, and often getting less value. For this reason the use of an antique dealer is a fl'ise choice. His reputation is on the line with every piece he sells. Mrs. Koszta said a scrupu- lous antique dealer will use official price guides and re- ferences. She said it was un- fortunate Alberta does not have an association for anti que dealers, to ensure unifor- mity of standards and prices. Though dealers can regist- er with Ontario or British Columbia associations this decision is personal, based on the volume of business they do. She doe? use price guides from trade manuals to set Oil lifei antiques. Most of these ara china or glass pie- ces, of English. Chinese. Jap- anese and Bohemian origin. Prices serve as a kind of Guarantee from dealer to cus- tomer. Price guides ensure tnat. costs are competitive sjid that quality is denoted, in the shop of an honest deal- er, she says. Mrs. Koszta pointed out in her showcase a piece of Bo- hemian glass, over 150 years old priced at It has been on the shelf for sale since the store opened in 1970. She said that she has been asked why its price has not been lowered. Her answer is that such a piece is an in- vestment. Someone who knows antiques will recognize it for its quality. The price will seem reasonable and it will be purchased. The word does get around, about even a small shop. Last year when she went on vaca- tion. Mrs. Koszta left the key to her shop with a neighbor- ing merchant. After her re- turn to Lethbridge she dis- covsred that a collector of Royal Doulton china had seen her window display, learned v.ho had the key and out all Mrs. Koszta's stock m the china. "Antique collectors" she said, "are willing to pay for the things that they love.'1 A trifle here, n treasure there ;