Sunday, March 18, 2018

Doesn't seem like a year...

but it was one year ago Saturday that I closed on my home in Florida and began moving in.  I am so happy here that it feels like I've been here for years.  Additionally, I have made a home at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall and have grown from one space to two and will be moving into a display case as well next month.  The owners are lovely people and I so enjoy my association with them.  I'd like to say that my unpacking is completed but, alas, it is not. Still have some things to open and arrange or rearrange but that's okay.  I'll get to when I get to it. LOL   The double freeze we had killed off all of my flowering shrubs so I had everything removed this weekend and all of the flower beds raked.  Since the sides of the house are not accessible I decided to have a power wash and exterior painting done as it had been almost ten years since it was last painted and it was beginning to show wear and flaking of the paint.  Looking forward to seeing the transformation and the new planting.

I have been transforming my main space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall as well. Found a stunning vintage free standing, fireplace mantle that is perfect for displaying pieces and doesn't take up a lot of space evening though it is a large mantle.  It opened up my booth and still allowed me to keep all of the furniture I had in the space.  Now everything looks so much more open and it is easier for customers to move around in it.

Finding interesting items at my favorite haunts but have noticed an uptick in Carnival Glass interest.    Every piece I have had in my spaces has sold and the new pieces I brought in last week are already gone.  Something is going on with Carnival Glass.  More folks are asking for it and it is also being purchased by millennials.  I suspect they remember seeing these pieces on their parents or grandparents tables and cabinets and they look well on the Ikea furniture they love so well.  
Found this lovely little Smith creamer with a rich iridescence at my local Goodwill.  

Found this marigold carnival basket in my unpacking of more inventory last week and is lovely to put an Easter egg or two in it.

Another weekend Goodwill find, a pretty vintage Carnival Glass blue iridescent pedestal covered candy dish by Indiana Glass (one of their most popular and sought after pieces). Beautiful ice blue iridescence in the open lace pattern. Circa 1970-80s 

Satin finish Fenton is another popular seller for me.  This sea blue is rich in color and the Jim Shore quilt egg looks happy in it.

Charming Depression glass juice pitcher in the open rose pattern.  Another thrift store find. 

Nice vintage mesh egg basket are always fun decorating pieces.

Saw the title of this book and had to have it for my space.  The Strange Woman, copyright 1941, reads like bodice ripper tales.

Sweet little creamer from the 1930s is too cha cha for words.  The little velveteen rabbit looks happy next to it.

Nice Candlewick twin server was a thrift store find along with the silverplate pieces.  

Brought in a lot of vintage 1950s faceted choker necklaces in poppy red and American blue.  These are fun to wear and are great colors.

My main space is packed with treasure so now it was time to see what my fellow dealers had to offer.

Be still my heart, I go weak in the knees for vintage and antique silverplate, especially when it is in this great condition.  Add in a low price and you can shout, "SOLD," because it is coming home with me.

Lovely set of Wallace, serving spoons with monogram W.

Set of Reed & Barton tablespoons are also in lovely condition but just need a little polishing.

Nice set of Rogers monogrammed teaspoons. I really scored with this find and will use when I entertain.

On my way home and decided to stop in Treasure Trove, a sales and consignment shop in Port Richey/Hudson.  They advertise they sell antiques but only two dealers there really deal in such pieces with the other dealers selling a wide variety of pop culture, dolls, clothing and large pieces of furniture often consigned.  You never know what you are going to find there so it is always an interesting stop.  

Well look what I found there...

A stunning, antique wicker lamp that has been rewired.  OMG I practically cartwheeled to where it was sitting.  I have been looking for a lamp for my guest room and I wanted to keep the beach vibe without looking like a Home Goods.  (nothing against Home Goods, I shop there all of the time, just wanted an authentic piece)  Has layers of paint and will need to give it a good cleaning but oh, man, am I in love with this lamp.   

Always love when the time change kicks in as the days are so much longer and full of sunshine and wishing blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Monday, January 29, 2018

Loves me some sidewalk sale.

Greetings dear readers.  The country's weather patterns are all over the boards these last few weeks but Mother Nature finally cut us a break and we had a chamber of commerce Florida day on Saturday.  Perfect for the Lyon's Head Antique Mall sidewalk sale and our dealers were out in full force.   Tables on either side of the shopping center sidewalk, you were surrounded by treasure.

My first acquisition of the day was this faded Rolling Rock Beer advertising sign with working thermometer.  The dark, pine green color has long faded to a muted seafoam green.  I tried taking a picture of just the thermometer, but my little girl kept getting in the picture. I gave up and have decided she provides scale to the size. LOL

One of our dealers ladedi her sidewalk tables with baskets filled with vintage linens and all were priced at one dollar.  ONE DOLLAR - yea I hollered and then purchased eight lovely tablecloths.  I can't wait to wash, starch and iron these beauties.

Depression glass is slowly making a return in demand for those millennials who want to have a few pieces they remember their grandmothers or great grandmothers using.  I'm finding that they are not looking for complete sets as was popular years go but unique serving pieces and table items like candlesticks and condiment servers.  

Ditto with these Art Deco sandwich servers.  Couldn't give these away a few years ago but now I am moving them like mad.  Especially the amber color.

From the sidewalk sale, I headed out to my local Goodwill and found some nifty pieces.

Looks like Elegant Depression glass is Saturday's watchword, because these two stunning pieces were priced to steal.  Both are New Martinsville etched large cake servers.  One has the flat edge while the other has the upturned edge and in Prelude pattern.   

Three dinner plates of McBeth-Evans, American Sweetheart in the palest shade of pink.

 Six vintage, hand cut, engraved and applied sterling silver over glass tequila shot glasses.  They have a Taxco hallmark that I am now searching info on.

 Heavy, mid century mirrored dresser tray with cabbage roses handles.

Vintage or new, I love these glass terrariums in any size.  They are marvelous to fill with found treasures or tiny lights.

Set of four, vintage, crystal with silverplated tops, salt and pepper shakers.   

Valentines Day is just around the corner and touches of spring are hitting my spaces.  Wishing everyone a gentle week and blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Monday, January 22, 2018

In Plain Site

It's been a while since I posted, dear friends.  My day job is killer and takes up way too much of my times these days but I am grateful that I have one. Still, I do miss road tripping and finding nifty little shops.  I was doing some shopping in Spring Hill/Weeki Wachee as there is a great Hobby Lobby and Marshall's in the area.  As I was waiting in line to check out, I was doing a google search when a message popped up about an antiques in my area.  My kind of click bait so a quick click and Black Oak Antiques shows up and it is " behind" the Marshall's.  Holy gotta go there now, Batman.  Sometimes the most amazing little shops are hiding in plain site.  So a quick 2 minutes trip out of the shopping center and into the Black Oak Antiques parking area.

13168 Jacqueline Rd 
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34613

They were also having an outside yard sale with lots of treasure to be found.  Black Oak Antiques is housed in a small home with the rooms filled to the brim with goodness.  When I entered the shop, this magnificent, copper weather vane of a sperm whale greeted me.  

 Oh, be still my heart, my favorite whale species and a weather vane.  If I had been the big lottery winner last week, this beauty would have come home with me.

Antique nautical lighting, another passion offered here.  Black Oak Antiques is an antique store in the truest sense and the rooms are filled with great vintage pieces and genuine antiques.

Antique crocks, treanware, and American primitives.

Sweet antique teddy bear nested on a vintage shelf.

 Gorgeous wooden fireplace mantle, oak desks and shelving units.

The kitchen room was filled with vintage kitchen pieces and this nice, soft pine, mid century dry sink.

Not only are their "Honeymooner" type frigidaires but they also have a genuine "ice box". 

Sun yellow coffee tin.

Stacks of wood boxes and lots of unique lighting.

Steampunk lovers, this is one of few of the coolest lighting pieces I have seen in a long time.  Hand crafted by an artisan, each piece is different.  

A hallway shelf was filled with antique and vintage glass, sterling and silverplate.

Next to the house is a detached garage that is filled with rusty, crusty, chippy, painty and just cool pieces.  From spindles, metal bed frames, machinery and whatever, this is a place for ones creative juices to see found objects and transform them into something different.

A stunning genuine coca Cola cooler in amazing condition.

A Sun Tune up Tester with dials and cords and wouldn't this be fun to turn into sometime of lighting fixture?  

I am so delighted to have found this lovely antique shop and I will be back again soon.  Oh, and did walk away with some treasure...a bag full of vintage tea towels and a newspaper dated January 17, 1849.  Yup, pre civil war...once I carefully open it up I will snap photos and post as I love the style of language used in the articles.

Wishing blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

We need a little Christmas

right this very minute. We need a little Sidewalk too!  The Lyon's Head Antique Mall, where I have two spaces, holds a monthly sidewalk sale from October through March (our winter season where the humidity is low and the temps heavenly).  Although I have yet to participate as a seller, I have found some marvelous pieces each time I went to take photos for their website and facebook page.  I've been loading up my spaces each weekend with antique and vintage Christmas pieces as well as popular items for gift giving.

Antique Christmas framed prints, St. Nicks, vintage ornaments, snow babies, and stockings are of what's moving out of my spaces.

These vintage glass ornaments did not last 2 days in my space. The unique orange color was pure 1960s.

Avon's Cape Code series is still in demand by collectors for the holiday tables.  

Everyone loves the vintage Lefton sleigh and holly server. Brilliant Christmas green with red berries, these continue to be sought after holiday items. Original label still on sleigh.

Pears for the partridge and an I Believe star for the children. 

The famous Houzz, "Season's Greetings" stained glass drinking glasses. These were first offered in the early 1970s and continue to be a hot seller.  

Believe it or not, I am still unpacking boxes.  My day job has been a bear this year and I have never put in more hours in a day like a do these days.  I have been remiss in finishing up my home and pulling out so many of the Christmas inventory only reinforces my desire to get my home in order.  I took a vehicle load of items I thought I would use when I moved here to Goodwill, and of course, stopped in for a quick look to see if I could find anything.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this lovely, Victorian silverplated hand mirror.  
Yea, it came home with me.

Surprisingly, the mirror itself was in amazing condition as these tend to lose their silvering from water or perfumes over the decades of use.

Stunning vintage cut glass piece.  Not AMCG, but still lovely.

 Lovely shaped bowl.

I don't know about you, but I never have enough serving spoons come the holidays so I nearly squealed with delight when I came across this set of six large tablespoons.   Now I need to polish them and look up the pattern name and date them. 

Lovely late Victorian silverplate pieces.

My most recent Lyon's Head Antique Mall sidewalk sale was this pair of hand carved duck decoys.  Signed by the carver and dated 1909 and 1935.  

The last purchase at my local Goodwill was this unusual shredded money wreath.  Actual shredded American paper currency has been turned into a holiday wreath.  Makes ya wanna go out and buy a lottery ticket. LOL  

Wishing everyone a good final month of the year and blessings to you and those you love.