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Jackie Loos column: Hometown 'American Pickers' experience yields new treasures for shop

11:36 PM, Feb. 20, 2013  |  Comments
Kiel Furniture in Milwaukee made this table.
Kiel Furniture in Milwaukee made this table.
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At Jackie's Attique, we understand how important it is to keep our shop fresh with new treasures. We do this through consignment, but I think the shop also needs to reflect us and include items that represent who we are. Recently, we were invited to do some real live picking in the south central Wisconsin area just like "American Pickers" on the History Channel.

Jackie's Attique was able to snag several pieces for the shop, including an entryway table made by Kiel Furniture Co. in the Great Depression era. Kiel made oak, mahogany and walnut furniture in Milwaukee from 1910 until it closed in 1932. In 1929, Kiel davenport tables sold for $14 to $100. Having Wisconsin furniture pieces to share creates a special bond between us and our customers, and the intricate design shows how craftsmen loved their work back in the day.

On the trip, I also picked up some dark wood shutters that came from an old Victorian home. Wood shutters can be transformed into many things, such as magazine racks, card or mail organizers, headboards and tables. Each would have the same old-world feel.

Back at the at the shop, a Vietnam veteran brought in a Hollywood regency elephant garden stool. This darling elephant was picked up in Okinawa before the veteran returned home from the war in 1968. The elephant is heavy and has a polychrome glaze.

What treasure have you found lately and do you know the history of it? I would love to hear it, and I know others would too.

Jackie Loos owns Jackie's Attique, a home consignment store featuring an assortment of timeless pieces. The gallery is at 20 Brown Blvd. in Rothschild and features antiques, home decor and furniture.

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