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Bob Richter

Among Santa Fe's Many Virtues? History, Art, Culture, Hospitality and Killer Vintage Clothing

Bob Richter | Posted 01.20.2015 | Travel
Bob Richter

It's also safe to say that I've never visited a city as friendly as Santa Fe. From the cab drivers to the staff at the hotel, to retailers to strangers on the street, this town is populated by people who clearly love it -- and love sharing it with others.

For Comfort and Joy This Holiday Season, Think Vintage for Gifts, Entertaining, Décor and More

Bob Richter | Posted 12.11.2014 | HuffPost Home
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Vintage ornaments, lights and decorations add that nostalgic, sentimental vibe to a home, and people respond to it -- especially at this time of the year.

Grand Architecture, Epic History, Lush Accommodations and Fine Antiques Await in Budapest

Bob Richter | Posted 01.18.2015 | Travel
Bob Richter

The way I see it, a place that creates beauty, must also have a lot of beauty to behold. That theory prompted me to add Budapest to my travel plans, and within minutes of arriving, I knew that I would not be disappointed.

Love Antiques, Vintage Clothing, Classic Films and Letter Writing? You Might Be a "Vintage Lifer"

Bob Richter | Posted 12.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
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By now it's certainly no secret to anyone who reads my pieces that I have lifelong love affair with flea markets, auctions, thrift shops and antiques stores.

NYC Gets a New Flea Market Where a Dollar Paves the Way for Great Treasure Hunting

Bob Richter | Posted 12.14.2014 | New York
Bob Richter

Happily, since July the new market has been gaining momentum. It has also given those of us who mourn the loss of The Garage a place to shop and gather.

What Drives Most Flea Market Purchases? Even More Than Deals, It's the Sentimentality of Stuff

Bob Richter | Posted 12.03.2014 | HuffPost Home
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The truth is sometimes we don't know how good the good times were until they are long gone. Toys are outgrown. Clothing goes out of style. Kitchen gadgets become obsolete. Then one day we see these same items years later at a flea market, and all of a sudden they seem almost irresistible.

Who Says You Can't Choose Your Relatives? Instant Ancestors Can Be Found At Any Flea Market

Bob Richter | Posted 11.19.2014 | HuffPost Home
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I have a soft spot for vintage photographs of people I don't know. In fact, I refer to them as my 'instant ancestors.' While I may not have their names or any biographical information about them, I buy or 'adopt' ones that strike an emotional chord.

War, Remembrance, Five Star Accommodations and Great Flea Markets are Hallmarks of Berlin

Bob Richter | Posted 10.28.2014 | Travel
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The movie won Best Picture that year, and the lavish sets designed by the great Cedric Gibbons perfectly depicted a Five Star hotel in all its grandeur.

A Gold Mine of Antiques and Vintage Finds Await at This East Coast Flea Market

Bob Richter | Posted 10.21.2014 | HuffPost Home
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As the name connotes, it is a treasure trove, and unlike a visit to the famous casino with the same name, you won't risk losing your shirt. In fact, you might come back with a vintage one.

As Real Estate Developers Swoop In, NYC Says Farewell to the Antiques Garage Flea Market

Bob Richter | Posted 08.31.2014 | New York
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A vintage flag flew at half-mast in Chelsea this past Sunday, as The Antiques Garage Flea Market closed its doors permanently. The gritty, eccentric, treasure trove was a popular haunt for die-hard collectors, designers, tourists and celebrities.

Design on a Dime Raises Over $1.1M as Tastemakers Envision, Create and Inspire for Charity

Bob Richter | Posted 07.11.2014 | New York
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Most New Yorkers know Housing Works because their stores dot our city and offer up a treasure trove of donated merchandise. The infamous windows are immensely popular and the items featured in them are sold via online auction where they often spark bidding wars.

Fabulous Fictional Females Once Framed in Retail Window Find Permanent Home Between Pages Of Clever New Book

Bob Richter | Posted 07.09.2014 | HuffPost Home
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Many decorators have a list of dream clients. Some are lucky enough to work with those people, while some ... just keep dreaming. Painter, Designer, Curator and Bon Vivant Deborah Buck didn't sit around and wait for her dream clients. Instead she invented them, decorated for them and sold all of their home furnishings at a profit.

In the Footsteps of Martha Stewart: Kip's Bay Decorator Show House Is A Good Thing

Bob Richter | Posted 07.02.2014 | New York
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The domestic diva had a dewy glow and a warm smile as she took in all of the delicious interiors at this year's event. I know because I was literally behind her most of the night as I walked through the lushly decorated mansion.

The Biggest Bargains at Auctions and Flea Markets? People Are Walking All Over Them

Bob Richter | Posted 06.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
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Even if a rug doesn't look dirty, moths could have laid eggs in the rug, and you don't want to bring that into your house.

Where Lucy Became a Redhead and Marilyn Became a Blonde: Historic Max Factor Building Chronicles Hollywood Beauty Biz

Bob Richter | Posted 06.14.2014 | Style
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The Max Factor Building holds much more than the history of beauty that unfolded underneath its roof.

Why Flea Markets Aren't Just for Early Birds: Arrive Late, and Get Great Deals on Vintage Treasures

Bob Richter | Posted 05.27.2014 | HuffPost Home
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Bargaining at flea markets is just part of the language and culture, and it's been going on for centuries. For those who are still uneasy, I offer these six easy tips:

Prague Wows With a Cornucopia of Stunning 20th-Century Architecture and Design Gems

Bob Richter | Posted 04.10.2014 | Travel
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It's impossible to nail down my favorite parts of Prague in one post, so I thought I'd focus on my favorite examples of architecture and design in the city: Cubist, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

The Gentleman's Vintage Show Delivers Carefully Curated Clothing Culled From Around The Country

Bob Richter | Posted 03.04.2014 | Style
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I am grateful this show exists, since men often get the fuzzy end of the lollipop where vintage is concerned.

The Baubles of the Elite

Bob Richter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Style
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Like all good history lessons, there's a lot of insight on these pages that feels very relevant today. It paints a pretty fascinating portrait of those few in riches while so many more were in rags.

Spirituality, a New Biography and a Rogue Butterfly: A Conversation With Pop Culture Icon Peter Max

Bob Richter | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
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I recently bumped into Peter Max in a vegetarian restaurant on the Upper West Side of New York City. After a friendly wave, Max invited me over to his table and generously asked if I'd like to share his corn on the cob.

Home to Mt. Rushmore, Rapid City, S.D., Serves Up Hospitality, History... and a Hearty Meal

Bob Richter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
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Only now after standing in front of it can I say that seeing this monument in real life is pretty mind-blowing. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that Mt. Rushmore is a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring experience that you really have to see in person to understand.

From Jazz Age Model to WWII Fashion Photographer, Lee Miller Sought Out Style and Adventure on Both Sides of The Lens

Bob Richter | Posted 11.06.2013 | Style
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After finishing the new book on the life and work of trailblazing model and photographer Lee Miller, I feel confident in saying the only thing ordinary about this woman was her last name.

Rich In History, Land and Architecture, Butte, Montana Stands Proudly As Big Sky Country's Vintage Jewel

Bob Richter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
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Truth be told, as an East Coast guy, I still see Montana as the proverbial Wild West -- and that's why it has so much appeal. There are miles and miles of land and sky without so much as a glimpse of civilization, and the ranch where I stayed was historic and right out of a movie set.

Boston MFA's Hippie Chic Exhibit Spotlights Sophisticated Side of Flower Power Fashion

Bob Richter | Posted 11.08.2013 | Style
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Most fashion mavens will be the first to tell you that while always looking forward, top designers also look to the past for inspiration in their design work. I was transported in a fashion time capsule to the late 60s and early 70s for a trippy, fun, inspiring exhibit aptly titled "Hippie Chic."

Looking for High Quality, Inexpensive, Gorgeous Picture Frames? Here's an Off the Wall Idea: Head to a Flea Market

Bob Richter | Posted 09.08.2013 | HuffPost Home
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Sometimes the art or photo is still in the frame. That's when it really takes a visionary to see that frame take on a new life. The art might be bad, but the frame could be great.