Killer Stuff and Tons of Revenue by Maureen Stanton is a superb book to study and a difficult book to categorize. It really is element biography, element memoir, element history, and element philosophy. This lively nonfiction book follows Stanton as she reconnects with a college buddy, “”Curt Avery,”” who has turn into an independent antique dealer. She identifies Avery and quite a few other persons in the book with pseudonyms to guard their privacy and their company interests. Avery tends to make his living via his potential to spot worthwhile objects as a outcome of his years of hands-on education in antiques, gained by operating at auction homes, listening to other dealers, going to shows, and, most of all, carrying out comprehensive reading and investigation in just about every spare moment he can locate. The book follows Avery on his quest to locate and resell things, and as the book progresses, we watch him turn into a lot more specialized as a dealer, focusing on things with a greater return. But a lot more critical than Avery’s monetary life, we study about the intrinsic worth Avery locations upon the history and beauty of the several one of a kind and usually forgotten pieces of our previous that dealers and collectors support bring to light.
In this sense, the book is a biography of Avery, and we study about his loved ones, how he got into antiques by digging for bottles as a young man, and his private investment in preserving early American things. But the book is also a memoir of Stanton’s personal journeys to accompany Avery on extended days and nights operating at antique shows, and weekend purchasing trips to significant markets and tiny yard sales. We study as she learns about the inside of the company. Stanton also contains extended sections on the history of specific antique and collectible things, and she contains some context about the current popularization of antiques via Television shows like Antiques Roadshow and celebrities like Leigh and Leslie Keno. Her personal reading and investigation is evident, and she quotes from a selection of fascinating sources, delivering the reader with a strong list of books for additional study. The writing in Killer Stuff and Tons of Revenue is clear, descriptive, and vivid. I enjoyed following Stanton and Avery via the planet of one of a kind objects and the persons who gather and sell them. I would advocate this book not only to these with an interest in antiques, but to any one with an interest in the work it requires to succeed solo entrepreneur, be it at higher-finish antique shows or on eBay.