Our 10th anniversary fall Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show is THIS weekend, September 30 and October 1, at the Paso Robles Event Center! Tickets are still on sale on our website until Friday, September 29, and will also be available to purchase at the gate.
As the show approaches, we closing out our Dealer Spotlight series with one final dealer: Three Cats Collectibles. Let Gary and Cynthia Icardo give you a sneak peek into their collections and what to expect this weekend at the show!
How did you first catch the antiquing bug?
I started this hobby around 25 years ago. My mother, grandmother and I used to go on antiquing excursions on the weekends. When my dear grandmother passed away in the fall of 1991, we had two homes full of lovely antique furniture and Victorian housewares. I knew this was just the beginning of a future in antiques.
What inspired you to start selling antiques?
A few months after my grandmother passed away, my son was getting ready to graduate from high school and go off to college. That’s when my mother suggested I take a mall spot in one of our local Bakersfield antique malls to start selling certain pieces of my grandmother’s collection.
How did you come up with the name “Three Cats Collectibles?”
Through the years, whenever my mom, grandmother and I went on our girls antiquing excursions, my grandmother always said, ”Aren’t we three cats having fun?” Thus, I chose the name “Three Cats Collectibles” in honor of my grandmother.
What do you enjoy most about owning your own antique shop?
Once we set up our areas in the local mall, I realized I was hooked on selling. There was the dilemma of what to charge for my treasures, especially since most of my original inventory had been inherited from my grandmother. I went to Barnes & Noble and spent $300.00 on antique pricing and guide books to help me learn. I wasn’t looking to earn a huge profit. I just wanted to have fun and develop my creativity in staging my merchandise.
Does your husband join you in your passion for antiquing?
My husband, who has always had a wonderful personal collection of Civil War, American cowboy and Native American artifacts, decided to join me as I began attending estate sales, second-hand stores and antique markets. We visited a ton of vintage markets at the Rose Bowl and in Long Beach and Ventura to build our inventory. When he tires of something in his collection or acquires too many similar items, our mall shop and shows become great places to sell pieces of his collection so the treasures can find a new home.
What is the best part of working with your husband?
We can both easily agree that the hunt is the best part! When we travel, often in our motorhome, we always seek out local flea markets. One time, we returned home with three antique stoves—we couldn’t pass them up! They had to be carefully placed down the middle of our motorhome like a game of Tetris, but we made it work!
How would you describe your antiquing style?
I would have to say our style is very eclectic. Since farming is our livelihood, we have always leaned towards country and folk antiques. These pieces can include cabin décor, farm primitives, and even Americana, which covers quite a lot. We seek the unusual and select items we would want in our own home and yard. We often like to gather merchandise that we can set up in a certain vignette. For example, I’ll create a display around children’s items and nursery décor. Among the items this year will be a wonderful metal baby cradle.
How did you get involved with the Hens’ Antiques and Old Stuff shows?
We discovered the Three Speckled Hens Shows by chance the year it moved from Templeton to the Paso Robles Event Center. That first year, we attended just as buyers. We were immediately taken in by the type of merchandise and overall environment of the show. Everything was such top quality. We learned the meaning of the word “juried” as we asked for an application to participate in the next show. Our mission was to immediately return home, stage our merchandise and submit pictures to the Hens for evaluation. Needless to say, we were excited to be accepted as dealers and have looked forward to participating in almost every show since.
Be sure to check out the Three Cats Collectibles at booth #201 on September 30 and October 1 at our fall show, and don’t forget to follow the Three Speckled Hens on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for more dealer interviews, contests, and the latest Hen happenings. Want the insider scoop on the Antiques and Old Stuff Shows? Join our email list today!