Personal treasures can last a lifetime
PRESCOTT - Dan Morris began growing his fan base more than 30 years ago.
Morris was at a farm auction in Nebraska when he bought a circa-1915 Westinghouse table fan for $9.
"They kind of grabbed my attention, it just caught my eye," he said.
That fateful purchase was the start of a hobby for Morris as he averages more than 25 hours to restore each fan.
"I enjoy it or I wouldn't be doing it," he said.
The antique fans Morris restores can fetch around $400 and people who collect them can buy Morris' work at Keystone Antiques in Prescott.
Morris also restores vintage light fixtures, chandeliers, floor lamps and sconces from the 1920s and 1930s.
Morris and others who spend their days restoring antiques say people can follow easy steps to keep their valuables in good condition.
The owners of Svoboda's Custom Furniture Finishing & Repair say people should take care of their antiques so that they can enjoy them.
Leona Svoboda said antiques that people leave sitting in their attics or garages are not lost.
"When repaired correctly, I would imagine they would regain some value," she said.
Leona and her husband, Steve, have more than 20 years experience restoring old dining room tables, chairs and other furniture.
Leona recommends that people do not use lemon or orange oils because it can get into cracks and undermine finishes.
She suggests people use a quality bees wax polish on their antique furniture.
Mike D. Morris, who specializes in antique repair and conservation, said antique owners should research their item online to find out how to care for their furniture and avoid costly mistakes like using the wrong adhesive, nail or screws.
"A lot of times, people do really weird stuff," he said. "It's not that bad as long as they can reverse the damage they've done."
Morris said people who have items or knickknacks sitting on an antique near a window, should move them roughly every six weeks to prevent the sun's rays from damaging the finish.
Steve Svoboda said antique owners should visit a professional if they find a problem with their item.
"Damage, once it starts, it can keep going," he said.
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