From the Editor: Home improvement

This is what the spring is all about.

Grabbing a rake, a broom and whatever else we could find in the garage, my wife and daughter and I took to the garden last weekend and started moving the ground.

Our plan is to plant vegetables in one place and flowers in another. We’ll take our daughter through it step by step and help her make sense of the growing plants, especially as we transform it from a pile of mud, grass and rock. This mud is much-beloved by my toddler girl, but not half as much as will be her flower bed.

The winter has been cold here this year, and even a hint of 60 degrees – as I write this in early April – is enough to make people stir, put on shorts and sandals and run around like it’s the tropics. No kidding.

Here at Antique Trader, too, we’re doing a little spring work. We have a lot going on online that will become evident in the coming weeks and, as you can see by the paper you hold in your hand, we’ve changed our look.

Trader will still bring you the variety of experts you’ve come to expect, and the variety of content. You’ll find the same precise information on these pages, and the features, news, auctions and shows that you’ve come to expect, but we’re also going to integrate our Web work and our print work. We hope they will feed each other seamlessly, but just like the garden in my backyard, it will take some tending and a little patience. Eventually, though, there’ll be more than enough tasty vegetables to go around.

In the meantime, just as you will do with your own gardens and, dare I say it, your collections, we’ll prune where we need to and let some other things grow until it feels like the right mix.

While antiques themselves are static things, witnesses to specific times, places and events in history, the business of antiques, and the day-in day-out energy of collecting and its myriad subsets, is anything but static.

We’re doing our best to follow that fluid motion, through as many channels and collectors – both online and in print – as time and space allow.

Just as I would want anyone that came into my backyard to admire the garden that will be flourishing there in June and July, speaking for the staff of Antique Trader, we would like to know your thoughts and opinions on our work, and welcome civil and constructive advice from our readers.

Drop me a line at and let me know what you think. Include an address and I may just send you a box of tomatoes in July…