THE COLLECTIVE: Harvey Ferdschneider & Bill Carney

Photography By CHICHI UBIÑA

The Collective and Fairfield County LOOK present the curators at The Collective.  The Collective is a group of exceptional dealers of both vintage and antique finds.  Visit their 13,000 sq.ft space located at 50 John Street in the antiques district of Stamford, CT.  Just south of I-95.

 

Names:  Harvey Ferdschneider & Bill Carney

 

Company name:  No company name, though we are TwoGuysAndADog on Etsy and Instagram, where we post about our ever changing inventory and booth at The Collective.

 

2017-11-29 The Collective dealers4705Where are you from?  Harvey Ferdschneider: Hicksville/Ithaca, NY.  Bill Carney: Monroe, CT

 

Describe your personal style:  Eclectic/Fabulist!

 

When did you start collecting?  We each started at birth!  We’ve both always gathered and kept things we thought were wonderful, special, and piqued our interests.

 

What might we find at your booth in The Collective?   Our inventory changes but is always varied- from antique to contemporary, stylish and timeless.  Our broad range in purchases seems disparate, but the parts always go together.

 


Have your life experiences affected how and what you collect?  
Harvey traveled the world extensively in his youth and during his career as a photographer, working for Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson museum, cataloguing their permanent collection.  Bill has a BFA with a concentration in Art History and Photography.  Together, we started Skid Photography in 1992.  We collaborated on an extensive documentary project covering the New York City nightlife/club scene, which was written about in a half page article in the original Style section of the NY Times in 1994 and included in several gallery shows.  The photography career also covered commercial and editorial jobs concentrated in the music industry, doing portraits of various musicians.  The ability to edit/focus in photography is a helpful skill when out buying and being able to “see” what’s in front of you…a little like Where’s Waldo.

 

2017-11-29 The Collective dealers4599If you won the lottery, how would you go about enhancing your collection?  Travel, buy, and put an addition(s) on a house for all the new treasures!

 

What are the pros and cons in your business that people don’t realize?  A big pro is the thrill of the hunt, which can be immensely satisfying, especially when you acquire a real treasure.  By the same token, selling can be an equally thrilling experience. 

Another plus that relates to The Collective specifically is the sense of community and camaraderie.  The dealers want each other to succeed and are happy to help one another.  Our intimate group size is an asset to the business.
 
A con is that you can never really stop.  Like a shark, you have to keep moving, buying, and feeding the machine.  The cycle is constant and you find yourself logging a lot of miles, sometimes without buying anything.
 
 
Name a character in fiction or reality who would feel most at home with your personal style/collection:  Mame Dennis (Auntie Mame).  She had a sense of adventure and wonderment combined with intellectual curiosity.  Her most notable quote, says it all: “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!
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