First Birthday Celebration!!

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Collectibles: When its Over, It’s OVER!

Collectibles: When its Over, It’s OVER!

Everyday here at Alley Kats we get inquiries from folks–looking to downsize or just cash in–as to the value of some of their Collectibles. We always have to take a deep breath and measure our words carefully because we certainly don’t want to offend anybody.  Or crash their dream of selling off some Collectibles and […]

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How Do You Paint A Bridge?  With CLASS!

How Do You Paint A Bridge? With CLASS!

More than six weeks ago an entire crew of guys from Three-Star Painting from Indiana pulled into our lot here at Alley Kats and proceeded to amaze us as they carefully and expertly tarped-off, sand-blasted  and painted our beloved Bridge.  All of it. From  Kentucky Alley to W. Oakland Avenue! Six days a week for […]

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New Show:  HUMMELS GALORE!

New Show: HUMMELS GALORE!

Opening Sunday August 10, thru September 13 will be a “Humm”-dinger of a new show at Alley Kats, the Lorrayne Fern Collection of 150 Vintage Hummel figurines! Visitors and shoppers will be able to enjoy this lady’s wonderful and extensive collection of valuable (and some rare) Hummels which she enjoyed gathering during her lifetime.  Mrs. Fern passed […]

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Video: Why Fiesta IS Fiesta!

Video: Why Fiesta IS Fiesta!

Update: Our special Wayne Kelly Fiestaware Show is now over but we still have Fiestaware available. If you’re looking for a particular piece, let us know! We thoroughly enjoyed having this collection and in fact we kind of miss our wonderful Dining Room display. But here’s a wonderful video, produced in 2013, about the development […]

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How To FLUFF Your STUFF

How To FLUFF Your STUFF

Those of us who are in the business of buying and selling Antiques, and who sell in Antique Malls, are constantly at work honing our fine art of creating an attractive and effective display of our wares. Building a Display is a lot of fun–sorta.  At least once all the lifting and carrying and hauling and lifting […]

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How Do You Paint A Bridge? We’ll Find Out!

How Do You Paint A Bridge? We’ll Find Out!

If you’re a regular down here at Alley Kats, you know that part of our “Specialness” has to do with this wonderful, big ol’ hulking BRIDGE that spans over our front door. I remember this bridge when it was first built in the early 1960s–caused a traffic backup on Center Street that was unbelievable I’m […]

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Summertime And The Pickin’ Is Easy

Summertime And The Pickin’ Is Easy

It’s finally Summer in Central Illinois. The corn has exceeded “knee high by 4th of July” thanks to all the rain.  No drought this year. And so far no horrible tornado activity either.  In fact, the weather has been darn near perfect lately, especially for Pickin’ at all the garage sales! It seems like there […]

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