Joe Ley Antiques – Louisville, Kentucky


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In business here for 37 years, he buys and sells all over the U. S. though about one-third of his calls are from the Louisville area. He said 100,000 people come through in a year on a recent Saturday, 600 people stopped to look through his crammed rooms of stuff. He said he gets 40 to 50 calls a day to buy things. Sometimes he buys a whole estate, selects what he wants and disposes of the rest. He has bought salvage rights on buildings about to be torn down.
House Beautiful, Travel and Leisure and Southern Living magazines recommend Joe Ley Antiques as a source of unique and special items for a home or garden.
 “You could call me a “buyaholic,” he said. “It’s like surrounding yourself with beautiful things.”

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About Me Staff writer, Lillie Suburban newspapers Free-lance writer Member, Midwest Travel Writers Association I’ve been a writer for over 20 years at Lillie Suburban Newspapers in St. Paul. I’ve also done free-lance writing – for 3M business and health publications and for a running club and a speech therapy group. My special interest and focus for over a decade has been travel writing – about my trips and those of others in the United States and abroad, and I am a 10-year member of Midwest Travel Writers Association. I have a bachelor’s degree in English from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Michigan. I was an English teacher for almost three years before having kids. Life is good! Writing awards for Pam O’Meara 2015 Minnesota Newspaper Association -- Second place for columns on Selfridge’s in London, Missouri prison, mother’s death 2014 Midwest Travel writers Mark Twain – honorable mention for story on Hemingway in Pamplona, Spain 2013 MTWA – first place – recent travel sites – Fort Bragg and father 2008 MTWA – third place – newspaper story on Hawaii: the Big Island 2006—MTWA – second place – recent sites – South Korea – DMZ