Sunday, December 14, 2014

We met over daffodils...


and then he handed me a million bucks.

Let me start at the beginning.  I was doing a little treasure hunting at a favorite haunt when I came across a set of Bavarian, daffodil dishes.  Usually Cabbage Roses are the theme on these pieces but daffodils, not common. So I brought them to the counter where I had a small pile forming.  I was at the far end of the shop when a distinguished man approached me in a brilliant, Christmas red shirt.  He asked if I was "need this" as that is how I am known by the owners.  I concurred and he asked if he could purchase the daffodil plates from me.  He shared that daffodils were his favorite flower and wanted to make an offer worth my while.  
Well, it's Christmas, and sometimes we are the carrier for items, I said, absolutely not, you cannot pay me extra for these delightful plates.  Let's just have the front desk move them from my pile into yours instead.  Well, Stephan introduced himself and asked if he could give me a hug and then handed me a million dollars.  

Seems that special bill was Stephan's calling card for the shop he owned called, "Gone to the Dogs."  I was in the area so I decided to make a stop there.

Gone to the Dogs is located inside "Simple Finds", a beautiful consignment shop housing gorgeous furniture, fur coats, jewelry, antiques and lighting.
Not far from the entrance and to the left, you will find Gone to the Dogs and when you stand at the entrance, you will feel transformed into a Christmas ornament wonderland.  

The color and the sparkle of the thousands of ornaments will leave you breathless.  I truly stopped at the entrance to take it all in.

Beautiful antiques can be found through out.  How clever to utilize glass tree toppers as candlesticks in this gorgeous silverplate candelabra. 

If you are looking for the dogs, well they are showcased the entire length of the wall and filled with needlepoint pillows, socks, hangers, pins, bows, and you name it and with every breed imaginable.  Beautiful dog themed pieces.

Fell in love with this magnificent candelabra.  It is calling my name, I may need to start saving pennies for it.

Tinsel trees, goosefeather look trees, vintage look and fir abound and all are filled to capacity with every imaginable ornament you could want and yards and yards of glass garland.

  Stephan will take any photo you have of your favorite fur baby and turn the image into a Christmas ornament.   

Vintage ornaments are everywhere.

Color themed ornaments sparkle.

Sequined ornaments are perfect for little ones to put on the tree.  They have the fire and sparkle that little ones love but will not break if dropped.

Laughed out loud with this clever sign.  If you are looking for an "odd ball" you can't beat the price or the selection.

The wall of beautiful, glass ornaments reminded me of the German Christkindl Markets.

 You will find the largest selection of vintage Christmas postcards I have ever seen.

Beautiful Nativity scenes are in a large display case.

Nope, these are not vintage boxes of Shiny Brite ornaments but miniature versions lovingly handcrafted by Stephan.  He has turned them in to delightful pins and all proceeds go to Animal Rescue.  I bought three of them, one to send to my baby sister and two for me as I couldn't decide which I liked best. I'll be wearing mine through the Christmas season.

The antique business has afforded me the opportunity to meet the kindest and most interesting of people under so many different circumstances.  I would never have known about Gone to the Dogs or have met Stephan had I not stumbled upon a set of daffodil plates at a local shop.  In the words of my people, it was "bashert"... destiny or fate.  

Blessings to you and those you love -- Sea Witch

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Weeks are Flying By

Thanksgiving came and went and we are already entering the middle of December.  I'm afraid to blink these days because January may be in my lap before I know it.

Spent Thanksgiving week in Aurora, Colorado with my youngest son and his family.  It was a perfect week with gorgeous weather.  We walked around historical farm homes, had High Tea a the gorgeous Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, and family Thanksgiving in Golden.  
The beautiful chandelier in the atrium of the Brown Palace.  This baby is huge.

 Every corner had highly decorated lanterns. 

The atrium is breathtaking.

Closeup of the massive ceiling stained glass.

 Gorgeous ironwork balconies.

 Lots of folks enjoy Thanksgiving week High Teas.

Looking out the walkway to the city.

Reflection of the setting sun against the old church made for an interesting shot.

Now back home, I was fortunate to find treasure at a local auction and Vintage Village.

Stunning Italian gilt, wrought iron drink cart.  Very heavy with a tassel design.  Circa 1950s, this was an auction win.

Three fantastic  19th century American whiskey jugs and a pickle crock.  Perfect for the American Primitive collector.

Love it when I find antique transfer ware.  This set of plates is called Lara and from the late 1800s.

Pretty vintage Armetell Ware mugs and gravy boats and a great selection of Elegant Depression, etched crystal servers.

Festive Santas, snowmen and knitted trees have a homespun warmth.

Sweet rocker with little elf is waiting to hand out caroling booklets.  What is that wooden piece you may ask?  It's a rare 1900s warming rack.

Filled this glass, gallon milk bottle with glass ornaments and white lights.  It makes a pretty Christmas light decoration.

Lovely, four cup pewter candelabra is of German origin.  Circa 1950s

Honor the New Born King with a crown this season.  Vintage champagne cooler was spraypainted silver by a previous owner.  Would make a great stand for a favorite artificial tree.

Sweet, small silverplated footed tray is too cute for words.

This vintage, child's velvet bonnet and muff remind me of what Natalie Wood, as a child, wore in Miracle on 34th street.

 My main space is packed with Christmas decor and lots of gift ideas.

 Victorian space looking pretty good too.

 Now, a little Happy Christmas for me courtesy of one of the talented dealers at Vintage Village. Went to pick up a great Victorian rocker they were holding for me and so I did a little shopping as well.

This box of vintage mercury glass bird were in their original box.  I looked for the price tag, couldn't find one, but found this message on the back.

"Sad Birds!  The have lost their clips and tail feathers, but still so sweet.  Free! (to a good Home)" OMG. Is this real?  I brought the box to the front desk and YES, not only was it real but the dealer was there to confirm. Sweet!  This is one of the many reasons why I so enjoy finding treasure at Vintage Village.  I went home with a free box of Christmas birds along with other treasure, life is good.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.  Sea Witch

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fun Saturday Auction

The weekends are getting shorter as we begin to prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I managed to squeeze in a Saturday auction and came home with some nifty treasure.  It was one of the auctions where tables full of items were sold as lots so you acquired more than you bargained for.  This could either be fun or you had lots to drop off at your local Goodwill.   Turned out it was fun as many other winning bidders had items they didn't want and we all ended up swapping with each other.  It was a good time seeing what was trash to one and treasure to another and truly is a part of what makes this business so much fun.

So below are some of the items I won or swapped for.
I swapped portable lawn chairs for a box lot of vintage flower frogs which make festive candy cane holders.
Large selection of Wedgwood dinner ware was a winning bid.  These are now in my main space at the Buford Queen of Hearts.

I won six, mid century punch bowls and kept three and swapped the others.  

One of my swapped items was this marvelous, mid century lucite ice bucket and tongs.

Heavy, ship's decanter has pretty etched and cut roses into it.  

Found these darling, Art Deco era brushed bronze Gazelle knife rests from France in the bottom of one of my winning auction boxlots.

Heavy, Waterford Crystal short vase and a sweet creamer and sugar.

More Wedgwood, this group has gold striping on the pieces.

Pretty sterling silver overlay on crystal cake platter.  Lovely shape.

Nice, mid century Italian Claret (wine) pitcher is in beautiful condition with pewter top and handle.

Hard-To-Find, Vintage NY-LINT R.G.  Le Tourneau TOURNAROCKER, made by NY-LINT Tool & Mfg. Co. in Rockford, Illinois. 

Terrific flapper era celluloid travel kit.

My Victorian space is packed with festive items.

So is my main booth and there is lots to select from to make the holidays festive.

It's fun to see how lovely everyone's spaces are during this holiday season.  I have another Open House on Wednesday and can't wait as it is a favorite shop, Vintage Village in Snellville. There will be photos.  So stay warm and enjoy the week and as always, blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch.