Monday, July 17, 2017

Rainy season treasure hunt

We are deep in Florida's rainy season which means it is hot throughout the day until the clouds roll in and the lightning begins to fork bringing the pouring rain.  Can't think of a better time to hit my local Goodwill.  It's also an opportunity to drop off more donations as well.  Since moving here in December, I have found that the majority of clothes such as jackets, blazers, long sleeve shirts, sweaters, regular shoes and boots have no use here.   I unloaded what I thought was a lot of items before I moved here but I continue to empty out my closets monthly these days.    So after dropping off a Honda full of items, I went inside to see what I could find.

Always love the opalescent look of Monex petalware.  Nice dinner plate but these make a lovely server for holiday cookies.

I don't usually pick up mid-century pieces but Blenko glass is hot right now and this lovely Amber, crackle glass decanter was too good to walk away from.  Next to it, is a pretty Egyptian candlestick.

Head over tea kettle crazy about this marvelous Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) celery vase.  Beautifully, hand engraved songbird in a branch along with the name Mrs. Sculley, Saratoga, 1891.  This is going into my personal collection.

Pretty little EAPG spooner, also hand engraved.

Lovely, 19th century, Art Nouveau, majolica pottery wall or cabinet plate. Villeroy & Boch, Germany. This pretty piece has a crack repair but still holds value.  Who says you can't find treasure at Goodwill?

Lovely set of four Tiffen wine goblets in the Rambler Rose pattern.

Pair of Johnson Bros. egg coddlers, pattern:  English Countryside.   My mother used to serve soft boiled eggs in coddlers every Saturday morning with crisp bacon and peculator coffee.  (I got milk as I was still a little girl)  I still remember the tap, tap, tap sound of the spoon cracking the shell and peeling it back to dive into the steaming hot yolk surrounded by the cooked egg white.  Toasted rye bread was sliced into long thin rows and we dunked "soldiers" into the egg.  I have no idea why we called them soldiers, but it stuck and I passed it down to my sons who passed it onto my grandchildren.  So, I googled it and found on wikipedia that this is a 1960s term.  

soldier is a thin strip of toast; the strips that a slice is cut into are reminiscent of soldiers on parade. The toast is sliced in this manner so that it can be dipped into a soft boiled egg that has had the top of its shell removed. Many people also enjoy "marmite soldiers" in the UK or "vegemite soldiers" in Australia which follow the same principle and are spread with Marmite or Vegemite respectively.  The specific term "eggs with soldiers" appears to date only from the 1960s.

Stunning Winkleman's vintage mink caplet with collar.  Lovely satin lining with embroidered initials inside, this mink is in perfect condition.

Unique find, Catholic priest's vintage, white vestment chasubal.  Crushed velvet with embroidered front and back.

Last but not least, a marvelous cast metal frame.  I am converting all of my family pictures from various modern frames into a grouping of these antique ones. Once I get them all mounted I will take a photo of the grouping and share it with you.

The summer is flying by and I am still moving in. LOL  Started to remove the window treatment and filling holes in the guest room bedroom in order to prep it for a complete repaint. Looking forward to seeing this room change from its purple and pink with hearts and flowers into coastal spa decor.  Until my next post, blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Dade City Day Trip

Hello dear readers.  It has been 5 months since my last post and I've closed on a house, had two PODs delivered with my household goods, unpacked 260 boxes, continued pricing and setting up my space at the Lyon's Head Antiques mall; slammed, oh so slammed at work with my new department ... but loving the creativity and assignments and finally, spending the week with grandchildren while their mom and dad take a much needed vacation.  



Whew, got that all out.  I am loving my new Florida digs and having a little pool out back, everything a Sea Witch could hope for in a living space. 

 I have missed blogging and my need to begin exploring the local communities around me, so I told myself it was time to take a break from all of the above and start exploring.  
Several of my new neighbors kept telling me that I must visit Dade City, a small, north central community about 30 miles away from my home and known for its small town charm and quaint antique shops.  


Dade City is a pretty little community with Victorian and Arts and Crafts homes, rolling green lawns, and a downtown area that reminded me of Monroe, Georgia...where I used to shop often for treasure.

It was beginning to rain as I pulled into my first stop, Makers and Shakers, a new antique and artisan mall filled with antiques, vintage, kitsch, and art pieces from the floor to the ceiling.


Great tin signs greet you as your enter the shop.

Crazy about the Standard Oil Pegasus.  I swear I could find a place for it if brought it home, but I had to pace myself. 

This too Cha Cha for words apron is one of the many hand sewn items you will find here.

Everyone needs a huge Mardi Gras head and this bad boy would be the focal point of your outdoor living space.

My first purchases of the day was this lovely silverplated champagne bucket and vintage lace panel.

Always love to find Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) pieces and I couldn't resist this pretty little syrup server.  

From Makes and Shakers I moved on to American Eagle Antique Mall. Another marvelous antique mall filled with antiques, lovely glassware and unique pieces.  However, the first thing that hits you when you enter are the marvelous smells that emanate from the cafe that is located inside.  O. M. G.!!! 

 Tables set with different vintage plates, flatware and glasses and homemade crab soup that looked amazing.  Oh, and they had jumbo size, fresh out of the oven peanut butter cookies and fresh peanut butter fudge.

Lots of vintage and antique glassware.  If you are a collector, this is the place to stop, especially for depression and EAPG.   Prices are all over the boards here as there are different dealers so you can find some good bargains. 

 Pretty little Dresden and Dresden like figurines.  These are enjoying a nice popularity these days and the lovely gals were priced to take home more than one.

This dealer had beautiful hummels with a lot of uncommon pieces.  Hummels have dropped in demand so now is the time to acquire those unique figurines while the prices are low, as these will become popular again and prices will reflect that interest.  

American Eagle is filled with treasure and I did not leave empty handed.

Found two more pieces of EAPG that I can add to my collection.

American Sweetheart, Depression Glass, dessert plates and dinner plate; oh how I adore the opalescent quality of these pieces.

Early 1900s silverplated hand mirror.

This marvelous Victorian tin head doll with original clothes.  Love her sweet face.

From American Eagle Antique Mall I moved on to a string of small shops on Main Street. 

 My first stop was at a darling, American Primitives shop called "The Shabby Hen's Nest."
I'm a huge fan of American Primitives but so much is mass produced out of China that I tend to shy away from those offerings.  

 
Not so at the Shabby Hen's Nest.  Much of her pieces are beautifully produced by local artists and owners, Chris and Judy, upcycle antique and vintage pieces into contemporary furniture and decor like this darling display for a pretty selection of comfy clothing.

Warm Americana pieces and Christmas fill the back space of the Shabby Hen's Nest.  So much to choose from. 

My purchases from the "Shabby Hen's Nest" were this marvelous, hand turned rolling pin.  I can't wait to make pies with this.

 How adorable is this tiny, burnt ivory candle that, with a pair of AA batteries, is a timer.  It will burn for six hours and than automatically shutoff.  It will then turn on again 24 hours later at the original start time.  

The last antique shop that I visited made me weak in the knees.  Everything that I love about the 18th and early 19th century was in this wonderful store.

Oh, be still my heart, "Antiques on the Main Street" wooed me the minute I crossed her threshold.

Incredible pieces, early 19th century dry sink, buckets, quilts and antique, children's clothing.

Gorgeous ovoid jug, dough bowls and spice boxes.

 Stunning pair of oils, high button shoes and authentic rug beaters.

 I gasped when I came upon this wall of early painted portraits.  The last time I saw pieces like this were in local museums in New England.  I was in awe and could have moved right into this shop and lived within.

 Had to have this pair of silk socks and stockings.  Never used, they still had their tags on them.  As I was preparing to leave, something stopped me in my tracks.

I was so overwhelmed by all of the beauty in this shop that I missed the "niddy noddy" hanging from the wall.   I have been searching for an early niddy noddy to use to wind off the freshly spun fiber from my spinning wheel bobbins.

I can't wait to use it when I spin fiber off my wheels.  Antiques on the Main Street is a must stop if you want to see living history pieces.

Made one more stop before I headed home and that was to Quilts on Plum Lane, known as Florida's friendliest quilt shop.   They certainly live up to their moniker as it was filled with customers who were greeted by friendly staff.   I wanted to pick up some fat quarters for the lovely woman who does my lawn each week.  She is a quilter and as I have learned, quilters can never, ever have too much fabric.  Interspersed between rows and rows of stunning fabrics were also antique pieces.

 This pretty little oil signed and dated 1907 leaped into my hands so I had to bring it home.

It was a marvelous day and I so enjoyed my day of treasure hunting and visiting Dade City.  I will be making frequent trips here as there are other shops I want to visit and I want to try out the local restaurants.  

I hope everyone is having a marvelous summer and life has been treating you kindly.  So glad to be blogging again and wishing blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Short post

Hello dear readers.   This will be a short blog post as the countdown to my home closing is getting short and I have been busy preparing for the signing and then moving what I have in my temporary digs to the new place.  I want to repaint as much as I can inside before the household goods arrive and then begin the  arduous  task of unpacking two POD units and setting up my home; of course I also am working full time with a new team at my job so it goes without saying...I'm a little over worked. LOL

It has been a spectacular Florida weekend, cool nights and crisp, blue sky days with temps in the high 70s.  I took the time to spend a hour at the apartment complex pool on Saturday and Sunday to soak up some of that marvelous vitamin D.  

This little guy was curious about my sweet Gynness when she started to bark at him.  He ran across, in front of her, and jumped on the fence and into the palm, turned around and gave her the stink eye.  It was hilarious.

On Saturday, I dropped off donations to a local hospice thrift store and and since it was so close to one of my "new" haunts I stopped in.

Found this great sifter basket trimmed in leather.  Not an old piece but perfect to take to the beach to sift sand through and see what treasures you find.

Can this sweet little red tin box with handle be any more cha cha?  I wonder what homemade goodies were carried in it by a child to school.

I don't come across genuine hat pin holders often.  They are quickly purchased by collectors and always at a premium price. This beauty is a RS Prussia blank, from the Victorian era.  Usually painted with roses or other flowers, this artist just outlined the top and the bottom in a gold stripe.  I like the simplicity of that and can't wait to put some of my hat pins in it.

Couldn't resist this charming pin cushion "half-doll.  These were so popular from the 1900s to the 1950s. 

 This needlewoman embroidered around the bottom to hide the gathered seam. 

Marry up a Victorian Eastlake table base with a Victorian frame and mirror and you have Romantic Farmhouse at its best.  

Pretty red transferware pieces were a purchase from a gal pal dealer in Georgia, My Vintage Heart.

Hope your week is a delightful as this little bear.  Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch