Antiquing, New Friends, and Great Finds!
April 25, 2010
Well, top of the mornin’ to ya folks, hope your weekend was fabulous ! Mine was exceptionally great, especially since I had the opportunity to go to the Antique Faire here in town, the one I mentioned here that was written up in Country Living a few short months ago.
The weather was perfect and so was the company – check out these lovely ladies who drove from all over the Bay Area to pay a visit to our Antique Faire !
The group split up to hunt for treasures but met up later for a fantastic lunch. Here’s a glimpse at some of the cool antiques I spotted.
This gorgeous bow front chest with bonnet top hutch. It was a soft gray, I loved it !
These throne chairs had the coolest weathered wood detail. They needed reupholstering but they were tempting ! Hope they went to a good home.
I spy a lot of end tables like this in thrift stores – these look especially cheerful redone in a mustard yellow. How wonderful in a gray and white master suite would these be ? Just that perfect pop of yellow.
These vintage tin canisters are fantastic. They’d be swell behind glass cabinet doors in a kitchen or up on open shelves. Great bookends for cookbooks too !
I love this idea – a helm revamped into a wine rack ! So great on a kitchen or dinette counter !
More end tables, the perfect shade of blue gray. This dealer had an amazing collection of coral too. I need to learn more about selective harvesting and sustainability before buying though.
They were really beautiful to look at and they make stunning decor.
A gorgeous secretary – loved this detail.
One of my favorite vendors sells furniture, mirrors and coat racks made from reclaimed wood.
Do you love these vintage knobs on a coat rack ?
He makes these original mirrors too – you can see how one could customize a similar version with some framing, a split leg glued to the framing, some finials, a mirror and some decorative trim.
How sweet is this garden cart ? Such a great outdoor end table !
I loved this pretty display of vintage silver bud vases in this painted box.
Here’s a clever idea to bend old forks or spoons into napkin rings:
I love how old gin, rye, and whiskey bottles glisten in the sunlight.
Lots of pretty blue Ball jars to choose from:
A large burlap bulletin board, classically good looking.
Another beautifully painted bureau for $135 ! Such a great price for this piece.
I hunted high and low for some botanicals for my living room with one dealer, but then decided to skip them and perhaps attempt some pressed flower art instead.
I’m soooo in the market for a potting bench, but I’m planning to build one myself someday soon. This one is so perfect !
And this was my favorite part – the drawer handle fashioned from a spade !
Then I found this vendor Randy Foster who makes shelves and hanging art out of reclaimed turn of the century ceiling tins. He came all the way from Ashland, Oregon. You can see his Flickr page featuring all of his work right here.
We took a break and met up with the gals for lunch. Delicious pumpkin ravioli in butter sage walnut sauce, yum !
After five hours of antiquing and lunching, I grabbed my goodies and we headed home. What did I find ? So glad you asked !! :-)
From the ceiling tin guy, I bought some vintage tins of my own for a super cool art project I have planned.
Aren’t these completely fabulous ?
I also found this beautiful terrarium – the dealer gave me a small discount so I picked it up for $40 dollars. For now, it sits in our foyer – I love the patina, the shape, everything about it !
Finally, I found this stunning Alfred Meakin Ironstone pitcher from England, such a beautiful shape and a great size too. I filled it with some flowers just blooming in the yard – floribunda roses and gorgeous viburnum.
What a day – my feet ache !!! I never should have worn my wedges, will I ever learn ? Antiquing must be done in comfortable footwear, duh !
Many thanks to the ladies who joined me on this fun excursion, I simply cannot wait till next year !