August 15, 2009
Sonoma County, California is most famous for its wineries. Within its borders there is a town called Sebastopol that is more famous for its orchards and antiques. Weekend treasure hunters can visit the flea market, a dozen antique shops, and find great salvage, all within a three mile radius on a Saturday morning.
I go looking for great finds in Sebastopol at least once a month. One of my favorite stops is Ray’s Trading Company, offering some of the best salvage and vintage finds around, as well as great reproductions. The proprietors can answer any question about anything in their warehouse, and they are never shy about telling you if something is a reproduction or a true antique. I ask a lot of questions and I always get an education.
My apologies in advance for the quality of these photos – they were taken with my iPhone since my camera battery died.
Inside Ray’s, you can find all sorts of antique knobs, pulls, keys, crystals, and doorknockers.
Ray has claw foot tubs, pedestal sinks, and a great selection of table legs, balusters and columns.
Salvaged windows of all shapes and sizes! So much possibility here. Imagine what you could create with decorative paper, paint made for glass, or even chalkboard paint. I would add some knobs to the bottom, and make a coat rack for my mudroom, or display one horizontally on top of a hutch for added interest.
These reproduction decorative washers were originally designed to prevent bolt heads and nuts from pulling apart from brick or concrete walls. I think they make such interesting decor. I’d love to fashion them into bookends, or display them in a series.
I thought this vintage spritzer bottle was fabulous.
These washbasins would make great planters or creative storage displays.
These brightly colored buckets are so great for a kitchen, bathroom, kid’s room, anywhere.
Several choices of iron beds:
I was fascinated by these vintage American made glass insulators, used in the good old days on top of telegraph and telephone poles, and electric power lines. Apparently, there’s a whole organization of collectors dedicated just to glass insulators. Who knew? Place them on a windowsill, in your garden, or turn them upside down and create a hanging candle holder with some wire. For a history on insulators, look here and here.
Here was my favorite item I discovered today: vintage springerle cookie molds, dating back to a German tradition. Functional, decorative, and just plain cool. For a history, look here.
I had such a great day exploring the flea market and Ray’s Trading. I picked up some very special finds for my limited edition Etsy ‘Home for the Holidays’ Shop, coming this October.
And there is still time to enter the HouseHold Wall Words Giveaway – it ends Sunday August 16th at 8 p.m. PST, so don’t miss out.