Friday, July 22, 2011


Wedding gifts are always a problem for some people.
In 30 yrs of Galleria's existence ,I, have, heard it all but I'm sure there is room for more.

He's Jewish- she is not

She's Jewish- he is not

I want to give them something they can both use.

I do not know what their new place looks like
I don't want to carry anything on the plane -train-or subway
They have everything -already.

The registry is boring-too expensive$$$ - or, from a place I do not like

Do Same Sex couples get the same kinda stuff I get my hetro friends?

She's my best friend and I hate him.

Is it tacky to share a gift with someone else?

I'm unemployed but don't want my gift to express that.

Can they return it without knowing how much I spent?

How long do they have to return this gift ? and do they need the receipt?

Can I pay 1/2 in cash and 1/2 by credit card so my spouse does not know how much I'm really spending????

I wish people who have come here for my wedding gift ,rather, than some on-line service.

Do you gift wrap & ship?????

Will you gift wrap some items I did not buy here? and put it in the same box??

At Galleria J.Antonio I have managed to solve most of all those concerns , with a smile , with systems that get all that stuff done .

I always recommend shipping their gift to the "Mother of the Bride" , if possible.( are we talking to each other durning the wedding stuff)
The couple, take off ,even, if its for a week-end and your gift will reach them.
Thank God for those over organized mothers.

I know that the gift that is being given at a wedding represents Galleria J.Antonio and the eyes of many of the people that will be surrounding the "Opening of the Gifts"
In private or in public its all the same .

THEY GAVE YOU WHAT !!!!!!!!!!!


Sunday, July 10, 2011


I was at Pride Shabbat-@Congregation Beit Simchat Torah on 28th street to hear Cynthia Nixon give a message of love and accomplishment to all the organizations that stopped fighting long enough to pull together and help Gov. Cuomo get MARRIAGE EQUALITY passed.
I was so moved that I found myself crying, singing, and then crying some more.
I got home just in time to hear the words " The billed has passed"

Jesus and I ran over to the west village and were met by 300 dancing and cheering straight and gay people.
Standing in front of STONEWALL where it all began was where I wanted to be.

While I hugged Jesus tightly I noticed--- 39 Christopher street . That was where the first J.Antonio was for 10 yrs.
As a, very, tall, young, man handed us a flower each, the memories of all the years (1979-1989) flew by me. The opening of THE MONSTER-Shasha, Marsha the STREET DRAG, Rollerrina, Greetings- the card shop, New York Leather, The Pink Tea Cup, etc etc.

Jose Antonio & I (20yrs together) did not get to that night together but Jesus & I did.

New York 1--- mini cam ---was there and before we knew it Michael Herzenberg had Jesus and I on camera asking what it meant to us. Jesus said he was from Venezuela- we already had our immigration fight to keep Jesus here on the FEDERAL level.

I, of course said "RINGS" lets -----shop,----- buy -----, and wear our rings !!!!!

I got calls from Fla. and California that saw my clip on NIGHTLY NEWS.

The locals would give me the heads up that they saw me on NEW YORK 1.

Galleria J.Antonio sells silver, non-traditional wedding rings. They are for the couple that do not want that 47th ST gold band look but need bands that can be worn everyday without fanfare.

Lots more thought will be put into that department. Stop by and look.

Oh yes -- Jesus and I have not set a date for our wedding but we will!!!!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

MADE IN U.S.A. ????????????

I continue to sell, showcase, and encourage American Crafter
to show work to my friends and customers @ Galleria J. Antonio-
Does it sell? Will it fit ? Will someone steal my idea?

What's important is to regurgitate the idea and project.
Put it out there and don't worry about the results.
Move through it and onto the next creation of your creativity

This 4Th of July 2011--I had tourist that were glad to obtain an American made product.
Or a product designed by an American Artist and mass produced to meet the Wal-Mart mentality of clients.

I say that with an idea of affordability- rather than sarcasm . It is a tough economy and clients want to be able to afford items , rather , than overreach their budgets.

I enjoy knowing that this week-end visitor's from- Germany, Thailand, and Australia
bought Sandy Baker earrings N.Y.C. ,
Donald M. (Boston) Stained glass mini-mirrors -
and a Galleria J.Antonio WATCH . NYC

The made in U.S.A. products are always going to be up against an uphill financial and distribution battle.
I am determined to keep my lights on and always promote and sell crafts from small crafters.
Its more rewarding and all I have ever done-so-why change now?

Thus - my mantra - always helps me say focused when $$$$ is hard to come by