At 4, I began collecting rocks.
At 5, I bought my first gold pan.
At 6, I bought my first painting. I grew up in my grandfathers’ furniture store and loved searching the old storage rooms and attics. After graduating UC Berkeley and a few less than interesting jobs I spent a year in Asia and Africa with a couple of weeks is Europe. On my return while working for a friend in his antiques shop for the first time I sold $80k in a few hours. My life was changed.
The next few years were spent studying an extensive antique library and dusting. Keith and I met at this shop while he was looking for a gift. The dealer closed his shop after moving to Atlanta and starting a new business. about 3 weeks later, Keith and I opened our store in the same space. We started Antique & Art Exchange in 1995 on Sacramento Street in Presidio Heights, San Francisco. A short time later "Town & Country" wrote a article about how wonderful shopping Sacramento Street is and included a couple of important nods to our shop. Dianne Saek's, the International design Doyenne, wrote a story for the San Francisco Chronicle giving the nod to collecting and Antique & Art Exchange. She has cited us a source in her several of her books. Our good fortune translated to success.
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