Pamela Keech has been addicted to flea markets and auctions ever since she watched her father buy a nineteenth-century Steinway piano for $15. She is an artist, writer, and expert in the material culture of the working classes. In 1993 she began working as the curator of furnishings at the Tenement Museum in New York City and has since furnished the entire museum with flea market finds. She is the author of The Curious Shopperandrsquo;s Guide to New York City and the co-author, with Margaret Brucia, of The Civilized Shopperandrsquo;s Guide to Rome. She lives in New York City and Bloomington, Indiana.