Hardly had Mary Pat Andrea put the finishing touches on one new gift and accessories shop in Hampden than she opened another one in the Village of Cross Keys.
Andrea jokingly refers to her latest venture as "NightGoods Express." Located in the kiosk in the village square, NightGoods is a miniature version of her successful shop downtown. The same categories of accessories are represented at the new NightGoods -- linens, wedding and anniversary gifts, holiday ornaments, note papers, toys. There are just fewer examples of each one. "But eventually we'll be moving to a larger space," says Andrea confidently, already looking ahead to her next project.
When is a champagne glass not a champagne glass? When you turn it upside down and it's a liqueur glass.
This week's find comes in clear or fluted hand-blown glass, low lead so it's less brittle. The artist's signature (D. Costea) is etched near the base. The price is $36. From Glass Menagerie at Pendulum Home Goods Inc., 330 N. Charles St., (410) 727-0355.
If any other company were celebrated in a book like "A Tiffany Christmas" (Doubleday, $60), it would strike us as a 166-page advertisement with beautiful photographs. But Tiffany & Co. is such an American tradition, and so linked with the Good Life, that we have no qualms. The more than 100 photographs of glorious table settings combined with glimpses into the lives of famous people, tips on entertaining and holiday stories make this an inspiring showcase of seasonal decorations. John Loring, Tiffany's design director and author of several books on style and entertaining, is the creator of the opulent holiday tables.
Ever thought you could make a fortune if you could just figure out what the next collecting craze will be? This may help: "Elvin's Small Fortune," a newsletter for collectors, has come out with its predictions of hot collectibles for 1997. Snap them up while you have the chance.
Smoking-related collectibles: tabletop lighters, ash trays, pipe stands. The trend started on the West Coast and is sweeping East.
"Clunkies": early cellular phones, calculators, computers.
Tennis collectibles: Christie's held its first "tennis only" auction in 1995, and a new price guide is due out in 1997 for rackets, advertisements, items with tennis motifs and other related collectibles.
Glass swizzle sticks: Look for swirled glass or sticks with novelty items on their ends.
Hawaiiana: postcards, jewelry, original Hawaiian shirts.
Anything related to the Adirondacks: from the Olympics ('32 and '80) to the summer residences of the wealthy.
Novelty lamps: expanding from the demand for '50s lava lamps.
Medical and dental equipment: such as tools with mother-of-pearl handles. The opening of the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore is boosting this specialized area of collecting, already popular with doctors and dentists.
West Indian furniture: mahogany beds, caned chairs and "cupping tables" -- the West Indies version of a bar table -- in particular.
Environmental ephemera: A Woodsy Owl poster in mint condition is a very hot collectible; a first edition of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" sells for about $100.
Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or fax to (410) 783-2519.
Pub Date: 12/01/96