For the past 35 years, Van Antwerp has been digging for treasure through every estate, garage and tag sale he could find. He will describe what he has to show for his efforts.
In 2009, he began blogging about his discoveries by creating hundreds of posts with photos, videos and stories documenting the "best of" what he has discovered in his journeys. His approach is unique in that he not only asks readers for their assistance in helping him understand what he has found, but invites them to share stories of their finds as well. With more than 40,000 hits and almost 75,000 page views, his blog has benefited from the community of the curious who have stopped by to read, comment or contribute.
In 2011, Van Antwerp began contributing to Patch.com with regular articles and videos about his discoveries. "The Urban Archeologist" has been featured in New Canaan, Stamford, Greenwich, and an average of 10 different Connecticut Patch "towns" each week.
"I have always enjoyed tag sale-ing, to search and research local history and dig up old paper, odd gadgets, and rare items along with a good story," he said. "The true joy is in learning about the stories of those who have left behind these treasures, as well as the people who search and sell these estates. I look forward to sharing some of my discoveries as well as my insights as to why we keep what we keep and toss what we toss."
The Senior Men's Club of New Canaan is open for new members. Applicants are welcome to attend the Feb. 1 meeting. For information, visit www.smcnc.org or call Membership Chairman Jerry Transue at 203-966-6050.