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IN 1990 EACH OF US HAD REACHED A CROSSROAD IN OUR LIVES, PROMPTING US TO LEAVE BEHIND OUR HIGH PRESSURE CAREERS IN AEROSPACE AND THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. WE HELD HANDS WITH THE MAXIM OF ‘NOW OR NEVER’ AND TOGETHER, WE JUMPED INTO THE UNKNOWN.

 

WE TOOK OUR LOVE OF COLLECTING AMERICANA AND TURNED IT INTO A
LIVELIHOOD AS WELL AS A WAY OF LIFE.
IN ALL OUR TRAVELS FAR AND WIDE THESE PAST THIRTY YEARS, WE CRISSCROSSED THE UNITED STATES HUNDREDS OF TIMES OVER. NO DEALER THEN OR NOW HAS TRAVELED FROM END TO END OF THE USA AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN AS OFTEN AS WE DID. OUR TRAVELS GAVE US THE UNPRECEDENTED ABILITY TO SEARCH OUT AND FIND ONE OF A KIND ITEMS THAT HAD NEVER BEEN OUT ON THE OPEN MARKET.

 

WE EXPERIENCED AMERICA FROM THE GROUND UP AS WE SEARCHED FOR AND FOUND FOLK ART, SIGNS AND WEATHERVANES FROM LONG AGO THAT WE OURSELVES LOVED. IN TURN, WE BROUGHT BEAUTY, WARMTH AND JOY BY PLACING THOSE PIECES IN THE HOMES AND OFFICES OF OUR CLIENTS, ALL THE WHILE EDUCATING THEM ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE ACQUIRING. ALONG THE WAY WE MET SOME OF THE MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO CALL FRIENDS AND CLIENTS.

 

SINCE WE BEGAN IN 1990 MUCH HAS CHANGED INSOFAR AS WHAT AND HOW PEOPLE COLLECT AND CONNECT. WHAT HAS NOT CHANGED IS OUR BASIC BELIEF THAT FORM, SURFACE, TRUTH AND INTEGRITY NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE. THAT CREDO IS THE BEDROCK OF OUR BUSINESS MODEL, THEN AND NOW.


 ALONG THE WAY OF THIS AMAZING PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY OF OURS, WE FELL IN LOVE AND MARRIED ONE ANOTHER, COMPLETING THE FULL CIRCLE OF THIS LIFE OF OURS.

 

IN 2019 WE PERMANENTLY MOVED TO MICHIGAN TO ENJOY THE HOME WE BUILT ON OUR BEAUTIFUL LAKE HEAVEN. NOTHING COMPARES TO HAVING OUR MORNING COFFEE WHILE WATCHING AND LISTENING TO THE DUCKS AND GEESE FLOAT ALONG THE LAKE JUST OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW.

NOT MANY PEOPLE GET TO DO WHAT THEY LOVE FOR A LIVING AND TO DO IT AS SUCCESSFULLY AND FOR AS LONG AS WE HAVE. INDEED WE COUNT OURSELVES AS LUCKY AND TRULY BLESSED.

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING DOWN THE ROAD OF OUR CONTINUED TRAVELS.

                                                                                                                                             

MICHAEL OGLE 

DIANA DOUGLAS