Monday, November 16, 2020

The season is upon us

 November is half over, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then Christmas will follow quickly after.  2020 continues to confound and I'm not sure if I'm ready for the holidays or want to jump in whole hog.  I am grateful that in spite of COVID, sales at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall have been the best in three years.  I suspect that antique/vintage shops have become the new entertainment with conversations around the history of things we offer.  I have noticed more and more families coming to visit and the conversations are around, "Dad, did you have this when you were a kid?" or "Mom, what is this?"  This makes me happy as a new generation is being introduced to what their parents and grandparents lived with and it generates a love and interest in the vintage and antique pieces of tomorrow.  

Saturday errands morphed into a quick stop at two of my favorite haunts for treasure and I came home with an eclectic mix of interesting items.

I have a weakness for antique books and this Tarzan, the Untamed, by Edgar Rice Burroughs published by Grosset & Dunlap, 1920 was a surprise sleeper.  Has a much higher value than I thought but I still have it priced below book value for the antique book collector.

One Hundred and One  Famous Poems is another find.

Lovely impressed leather bound binding. Dated 1929.

Sweet little, Armetell ware bicentennial commemorative mug by Wilton.  Circa 1970s

Found a pair of these lovely needle and petite point canvaswork pieces beautifully set in gilt wooden frames.  Very 1970s

Nifty vintage wrought iron shelf unit with hooks to hold hats, towels, bathrobes, etc.

I adore vintage and antique instruments as holiday decor.  This is an antique violin that has seen much better days and someone painted gold leaf.  This would look lovely on a mantle with pine boughs and bright red ribbons.

I sold one of these 1960s small toy accordians about 20 years ago and was delighted to come across another one.  This one is in great condition with the paper intact.

I'm selling a lot of antique and vintage clothing these days so I pulled this one out of my 1960s closet and brought it into my booth space.  Groovy princess cut shift dress with a teaser neckline.  Brilliant psychedelic purple barkcloth.

These vintage beer taps just called to me and I can't explain why.  I just like them and I hope a collector will enjoy them as well.

I love these fussy little Victorian pieces.  
Pretty holly transferware with gold lustre trim nappy.  Circa 1890s

Mid century import, marigold carnival glass decanter is a pretty thing.

Vintage tin tinsel from Germany. Heavy and in original package, never opened.

Sweet, vintage "Light of the World" child Jesus print by Charles Bosseron Chambers in original frame.  This is a small piece 5 x 5 inches.  Circa 1940s.

My mother had Christmas Lefton holly pieces and I always remember them on the family living room center table.  She had candlesticks, nutmeat and candy servers, a teapot and creamer and sugar and we used them throughout December.  Finding these brought all of those memories back but still, these will be in my Romancing Christmas space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall.

Found a bag full of items that were part of a VFW grouping.  Need to do a little research on two of the pieces before I put them in the display case.

Terrific pair of chalkware Holy Mother and Passion of Christ statues.  I remember seeing these in Catholic homes all over northern New Jersey as a little girl.

A weekend of finding a lot variety of nifty items is a great way to start the week before Thanksgiving.  My sister and I will get together and have a great time eating, relaxing, forgetting about our day jobs and binge watching Hallmark Christmas movies and a few on Pure Flix.  

So my wish for you is continued health and a gentle Thanksgiving.  Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Fall back and forge ahead

 So far 2020 has been a bitch and with everything we have had to endure I was so hoping that the time change would be dumped and nature would be allowed to reign.  Nope, that wouldn't fit the 2020 narrative so here we are with the clocks turned back an hour again and natures biorhythms thrown out of whack.  Still, we forge ahead and November begins the big holiday season for those whose celebrate Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas and I think everyone is looking forward to a new year.

Busy at home, busy at work and in between I have found a few  items for my space in the Lyon's Head Antique Mall.

Charming little cotton floss embroidery of an owl in frame.  Sweet little thing and so 1970s when owls were king.

Antique cranberry rake in in marvelous condition and already decorated for fall.

Everyone loves a nativity scene for Christmas and this one may not have a lot of pieces but it is lovely.

Great antique book for boys called The World Adventure.

A gorgeous, vintage, Rodney Kent, hand wrought aluminum tray with hand engraved tulips. Decorative handles circa 1950s.  This is a really nice sized tray and would look marvelous on a kitchen wall.

Selection of saltwater rods from the 1950s.  

Lovely watercolor painting, signed and dated 1939.

Charming bisque cathedral with stained glass windows that light up.

And now, the queen of finds this week.  When England swings like a pendulum do and Carnaby Street was the place to be seen.  A great, abstract London Bridge skyline painting produced in the style of the Vangaard Studios in the late 1960s.  This is a big, sofa width size depiction of the well known London Bridge is done in true vintage form with the brutalist drips so popular in the late 1950s through the 1960s.  Original frame.

Just a short video of my space as I just refilled it this weekend.  November begins the busiest time for us and I've got lots of items to bring in for all of the upcoming holidays.  Wishing everyone a gentle November and blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

October Surprise

 October is here and it's no political surprise for me but I did have an unplanned surprise this month.  I've been saving to have the huge but outdated, energy hog sliding doors that give entrance to my outdoor atrium.  

I finally had enough saved to have them installed and I'm head over teakettle in love with the finished look.

Before the changeout.  The sliders were single pane and not energy efficient.  They let lots of hot and cold air come and go and were always falling off the track.

The former sliders were so big that I had to add a pair of sidelights to each side and then we could install the french doors.

Love, love, love the way it turned out.  So now I have to paint the inside and outside of the doors and sidelights.  We are in the middle of a very humid week so I will have to wait until the air changes so I can begin the paint job.

And before the doors were installed, I was cleaning and then updating my outdoor ceiling fans.  I really didn't care for them as they were dated and not really pretty but they worked beautifully and I didn't want to spend a couple of hundred to replace them.  
So I grabbed some spray paint with colors that are in my outdoor rung and got busy.

Love these colors and so easy to apply, really fast drying too.

Oh yes!!!   Exactly what I wanted.  A few cans of spray paint turned those dated fan paddles into a fun and updated look.  

And they match my outdoor rug as I wanted to tie in that color pallette with the fan paddles.

In between all of the house upgrading I was doing, I made a quick trip to my favorite place for unique architectural salvage at the Junk Co. in Port Richey.  I was looking for an odd size door to replace the bifolds to my guest hallway linen closet.  It is a small door and I despise the present bifolds. Finally, a door that measured 18" by 80" came in and it is like a french door layout.  My next home project is to bleach the wood and do a faux mercury glass mirror finish on the clear windows.  That will come in the next few weeks so you will have to wait to see it.  But, I did find some treasure while I was there.

Vintage cast metal crucifix insert.  Most likely part of a Last Rites kit where this would fit into a stand.  Circa 1930s

I sold a table and needed another one quickly and found this neat marriage of antique meets mid century table.  Who would have thought that a crate made from antique tongue and groove flooring would look so at home with mid century, atomic iron legs.  Original paint on the crate and the top lifts up for storage, circa 1880s and the iron legs are from the 1950s.

Another great piece from the Junk Co., a faboosh, heavy slate, vintage chalkboard with original wood frame.  Nice size and perfect for a kitchen.

I'm crazy for antique books and have a special weakness for school readers.  
This was a thrift store find.

I don't come across much vintage Stangl here in Florida like I did when I lived in the mid-west but this Granada Gold, double candy dish is too cha cha for words.


Another Lefton turkey found me at my local Thrift haunt.  Oh how I love the Lefton turkeys.  This planter is in excellent condition, but I use mine to serve hot breadsticks.

Marvelous antique Halloween clacker.  Tin litho has wooden clackers and it makes a lot of noise.  M B Co. copyrighted.  Neat pumpkin face.  Circa 1920s

and finally, this charming, mid century, plump, glass piggy bank. This one is larger than the typical smaller piggy that fits in your hand.  

I'm finding it hard to accept that it is mid October and the year will be over way too soon.  The days are slowly getting shorter with sunsets so much earlier these days.  I already miss the long summer nights with daylight to play outdoors.  Wishing everyone blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Monday, September 14, 2020

September Roles In

 September is here and 2020 continues to wind down; and I'm hoping that the last of this year will be a gentle one.   Sis came to visit over Labor Day weekend and we had five lovely, sunny days just lazing in the pool, having food delivered, read books, talked like teenagers at a sleepover and laughed until our stomachs hurt.  It was a perfect weekend.  Back to work on Tuesday and I have to say, I love the four day work week following a Monday holiday, but my heart was still not ready for business so four days felt like 10 days of Mondays.  

This weekend it poured both days so I ran errands and hit a few of my local haunts to find treasure.  It was a banner weekend with some nifty finds.

Hit my favorite local thrift shop and found a variety of antique and vintage pieces like this 1940s salt box.  

The wooden top is missing but it has a marvelous margarita green glaze and this is perfect for holding kitchen tools.

Always crazy for American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) and I found a small plate and a nappy server.
This little sweetheart throws rainbows like crazy.

This little item is so beautifully cut and detailed and I'm now researching the maker.

Christmas is not that far away so I'm adding to my Romancing Christmas space with this lovely Woodland Santa figurine.  He has a marvelous face.

This was a unique find, a heavy and hand forged fireplace tools stand.  
I have stockings hanging from it now but it has so many uses.

This antique geometry book is copyrighted 1928.  

Another item I doing research on.  Pretty little Depression glass ice bucket but unusual in its floral details.  Trying to determine the maker and pattern.

Tall, mid century religious print.  Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane in original frame.

1900s small swung vase with gold lustre trim and hand painted daisies.

A fantastic antique primitive butchers paper roll dispenser.  This looks like a handmade item for a small butcher shop.  Original paper still on it.

Antique Dinner plate size transwer wae flowers plate.  These pretty late Victorian plates are enjoying a nice popularity in my area again.

Vintage, stretch glass low bowl in that popular caribbean blue.  I adore stretch glass, there is something so joyful with it and I crazy about the caribbean blues and the irisdencent whites.

Kenjutso Soden by Frederick J. Lovret with signed autograph by Mr. Lovret. 

Dated Mar 22, 1978 by Frederick J. Lovret.

Inside this soft bound book is a list of items that were sold by Mr. Lovret with his signature and the date 6/11/80.

From my favorite haunt I moved on to one that deals mostly in consignment furniture and quality yard sale items.  Not usually a good resource for me but everyone once in a while you find a treasure.

Well, this time I went home with two treasures.  First, this marvelous 1940s Skookum doll and papoose.  I used to find these when I lived out west and found only one in the sixteen years I lived in Atlanta.  They are often found with a lot of issues, but this one is in marvelous condition.  

Second, this fun, pull back tin toy cable car.  Has a few issues but it still works and I adore the Christmas green and reds. This will make a sweet Christmas decoration.

Had one more stop to make at my favorite place for all things rusty, crusty, chippy and primitive, Junk Co, Port Richey, Florida.  

I have a sweet spot for Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) cake stands and this one took one look at me and practically lept into my arms. I can't wait to use it over the holidays.  Circa 1880s pattern: Lace Edge.

Sweet, mid century door stop with handle is just too cha cha for words.  Heavy cast brass with lovely details, this little kitty is a charmer.

And now, the piece that stopped in in my tracks as I walked the the door at Junk Co.   A lovely little specimen cabinet with six drawers and locks at the top.  Be still my heart.  

I've been blessed with finding a lovely spool cabinet that I purchased in 1985 on a road trip through Micanopy, Florida on my way to visit my mom in Deerfield Beach.  The little antique shop had it marked way down in price and I had to make the purchase. I still have it and love the piece and when I saw this beauty, I was just as excited.  Two of the drawer trays have slotted squares for tiny items and the remaining four are open.  I'm thinking of filling them with my bone and ivory crochet hooks. I have nearly 100 and this will be a perfect place for them all.

It was a wonderful weekend albeit a rainy one but as long as water is involved that this seawitch is happy. Stay healthy and blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch