Over the years, Stanton’s longtime friend Curt Avery occasionally has taken her along when he goes to work in the morning. What makes that a rewarding experience for both of them is that Avery’s workplace is the multitude of flea-markets, estate sales, antique shows, and auction houses to be found on the East Coast. He tries to pass on some of the knowledge with which his years of experience have rewarded him, and Stanton provides a little bit of free labor toward unpacking, re-packing, and setting-up his sales area. Killer Stuff and Tons of Money is very much Avery’s life story.
Although it does a remarkable job of educating the reader via valuable tips on how to judge the authenticity and value of particular types of antiques, this is not an antique guide. It is, rather, a portrayal of what one man goes through 52 weeks of the year as he tries to pay his family’s bills and put food on the table by hustling from one flea-market or antique show to the next. It is a dose of reality for the dreamers that believe this is going to be easy.
Maureen Stanton has written a painlessly educational book that at times reads more like a novel. Following Avery’s ups and downs through the years and meeting some of the regulars with whom he competes is great fun. As one would expect, those who make their living in the world of antique hunting and reselling are a separate breed. Killer Stuff and Tons of Money allows the rest of us safe access to that world for a little while.
Rated at: 5.0