Monday, October 28, 2019

Autumn Treasure Hunt

It was a busy, busy weekend for me...had to paint the new molding in the guest bedroom as I had the existing carpet removed and new flooring laid.  Of course, that meant I could not return the furniture to the room until the painting was completed.  Additionally, they did not have enough molding to complete the walk in closet so I have to wait until Wednesday for them to complete it.  So I live with bedroom pieces all around me until the job is and the paint fully dried.  The present inconvenience will be worth it, though.

I am also partaking in a Minimalist Game at my job.  Beginning on Oct 1st, you find at least one item to remove from your home...donate it, toss it, sell it.  As you progress through the month of October, each day you add that amount of removing items from your home. This is a great way to "push" you into getting rid of items you have squirreled away and no longer need.  Well, this weekend, I finally tackled the 20 bins of high end clothing I had that I had as part of my consignment space in Atlanta.  Where I live in Florida there are no high end consignment shops so these items have sat for nearly 3 years   I pulled out bins and had 366 items to donate to a Women in Transition organization that will give these lovely clothes rather then sell them.  I am so excited to pass these on to women who can use them.

Finally, the Lyon's Head Antique Mall held their first Sidewalk Sale of the season and I had to take pictures and live video for the facebook page.  Well, this really isn't a chore and I always look forward to it.

A weekend find at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall Sidewalk Sale this Saturday. My antique gal pals know I am weak in the knees for Victorian quadruple plate and I sprinted to the table of a favorite dealer to see this stunning set up close. Rogers silverplate in marvelous condition and a price that I couldn't walk away from. This is now in my personal collection and I will use it to serve tea when my grandchildren come to visit.  

From the sidewalk sale I stopped in at my favorite shop for all things chippy, rusty, crusty and unique, Junk Co.  

Junk Co. never disappoints and I came home with a prize for my antique, tine egg/creamer hand crank whipper by Fries.  Circa 1890, this is a great piece and in perfect working (whipping) condition.  I also found this nifty miniature horn with seven leadpipes (one is missing).  Would love to know what type of pocket horn this is.

From here, I stopped for a bone dry cappuccino at Starbucks and then headed out to my local Goodwill.  This thrift store is always a field trip of finds and you truly new know what will pop up...this one had interesting things call me.

A pair of charming, Queen Anne seats for the American Girl, Felicity, Dolls.  These are so delightful and they are now in my booth space at a price way below what AG is asking for them on their website.

This has been a month of finding beautiful Madonna and Child vintage figurines.  This is a lovely 1960 ART by Japan figurine.  In perfect condition.

Though not my decorating elements, I adore Capidomonte pieces.  These were also found at Goodwill this weekend.  Stunning pair of vintage candlesticks with hand pressed roses.

Found another pair of doll sized chairs.  Smaller than the AG Queen Anne chairs, these are heavy cast iron.  Oh, how I wish they were lifesize...they would be in my front foyer as you come to the front door.
 I was delighted to find this marvelous EAPG cake plate.  Love this glass and I have never seen this pattern before the pattern is called Aurora, circa 1880.

Antique Majolica has a marvelous look and feel and this pretty piece has a lovely color palette.

Vintage, Royal Staffordshire, England by Clarice Cliff is always in demand.  Never came across this color palette before, brown transferware with hand painted blue highlights.

 Who doesn't love Fitz and Floyd pieces?  From the elegant to the whimsical, this lovely teat pot is straight from the sea and called Oceana.  Discontinued pattern.

These charming vintage, Stangl creamers have a sweet holly design.  

Pretty vintage Indiana glass biscuit jar has a pretty ruby flash band.  

 I have had luck these past few weeks finding interesting Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) pieces and this creamer and sugar set was a great find.  By Atterbury & Co., the pattern is Ceres Cameo and from 1870.    

A sweet pair of EAPG cordials.  Pattern is called Bullseye and Daisy, US Glass Co., 1900.   

These boots were made for walkin' and that's just what they do...well they will walk on over to my shelf and I will decorate them for Christmas.  Just a unique find, a proud mother or father took their child's first cowboy boots and had them copper clad just like other baby shoes from the 1930s-50s.  First time I have ever come across baby cowboy boots in copper. 

With a few days left of this month, the year is coming to a close faster than I like.  Days are shorter and I miss playing outside now that it is dark so soon.   Hope your days are filled with love and pleasant moments and blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Days are getting shorter

 The shadows lay taller as the sun sets earlier each day and the evening weighs heavy with darkness by 7:30pm.  I live for the long, summer days and with the sun taking leave earlier these days I often forget what time it truly is.  

Even the sunlight on the pool takes on a different look as the sun moves around the yard at a different time and is lower in the sky.

Saturday and Sunday were beautiful days to do a little treasure hunting and some neat pieces were found.  Love antique and vintage copper and this charming little, single cup percolator has its coffee inserts and a sassy little glass top.  A weekend find, I'm just crazy about it and it makes terrific coffee.

My favorite place for finding treasure for my home is Junk Co. in Port Richey.  Owners, Jennifer and Brad find the niftiest pieces and this American Primitive snow shovel had to come home with me.  I'm gonna put a big, fat, red bow on it and lean it against my front door for the Christmas holidays as a reminder that I will never, EVER, have to shovel snow again.

A Goodwill find, three watercolors by GUIS.  Robert Guis was born in France and had a special love for Spanish villages.  These three watercolors are representative of that love.  Have a little more homework to do with these and once I find the information I am seeking I will bring into my booth space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall.

Ahh, be still my heart, I adore antique transferware and these tiny, butter pats are pure joy. 

Pretty Imperial Hobstar, Marigold Carnival Glass open sugar is a charmer.  I use these as votive holders and the light they throw is amazing through this lovely glass
Antique sock stretcher will be decorated for the holidays.

 A lovely reproduction of a vintage, bottle brush tree.  Not old, but still a great decorative element.

An antique quilt piece was a cutter and I love using these as background for photos.  My little girl likes it too and she spent the afternoon taking a snooze in it.

Vintage Johnson Bros. china is known for their Thanksgiving and Christmas themed pieces.  These oversized butter pats. coasters or nut dishes are the Merry Christmas theme.

Antique bone dishes are no longer used these days but they still have marvelous other uses.  They are perfect for holding jewelry, change or even pretty little soaps.

 A very lucky find, a small group of charming rhinestone pins and one set of earrings.  I love the scissors as this is such an unusual theme.

Always love those antique/vintage books.  The Rubens masterpieces, in color, is terrific.

When starlets of the 1930s and 40s were big on the silver screen and featured in books as the heroines of mystery stories.  

And last, but not least, a precious hand made ram that will find it's way into my personal collection of sheepies.

Wishing everyone a lovely fall and blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Monday, September 23, 2019

Autumn Antique Market - Black Oak Antiques

Fall came to Florida this weekend and it was gorgeous.  Little to no humidity, lower temps at night, clear blue skies and other than the pesky "love bugs" we couldn't have asked for a more lovely weekend.  One of my favorite "true" antique shops, Black Oak Antiques, Weeki Wachee, was having their annual Fall Antique Market and it is always filled with sales, antiques, repurposed pieces and home baked goods.

Antiques and tables filled with vintage items were inside and out.

Father and son played live music through out the day.  It was marvelous and added to the already terrific vibe of the event.

A basket filled with vintage copper molds shouts fall decorating.

The barn was filled with treasure from top to bottom.  You can easily get lost in all of this goodness and forget there is still a shop just off from the barn to visit as well.

Charming vintage baby carrier basket was filled with bits and bobs of fun.

This was probably the most unique offering inside the shop.  An original, radio controlled Godzilla. Oh how I wanted to see it in action.

I couldn't resist these vintage bank bags from New Jersey.  It was like Tony Soprano was channeling me to obtain them. Yeah, they came home with me.

This tobacco lathe star followed me home as well.

My most favorite item at Black Oak Antiques, this amazing sperm whale weather vane. Oh, if I ever win the lottery in a big way, this will be the first item I splurge on.  I just adore this in every way but it is so far from my budget I just have to dream.  Ahhh, but it is good to dream.  From here I moved on to my usual haunts for treasure hunting and I found some goodness to bring home.

I don't usually pick up dolls as this is not my area of expertise, but when you come across a vintage Madame Alexander doll in the limited run Peter Pan you buy it.  This little charmer is in marvelous condition.

Everyone likes to pull out mom's or grandma's cook books when the holiday seasons arrive.  This Mrs. Rorer's New Cook Book, from 1901 is filled with marvelous recipes.  

Creamed baked macaroni is just one of the many tasty recipes in this great cookbook.

...and now, the find of the season...a stunning, late Victorian, lidded beer stein.  Porcelain lithophane with lovely pewter lid, the hand applied transfer commemorating the German Workmans Association. 

 Detailed transferware of commerce and cherubs with hand painted details.  

Gorgeous lithophane is the portrait of a German woman in traditional garb.  

Nice, small serving platter designed by Clarice Cliff for Royal Staffordshire.  Pattern is "Rural Scenes".  Circa 1940s

Matching square serving bowl.  Both pieces are perfect for a Thanksgiving table.

Vintage Rolling Rock thermometer sign has weathered to that coveted seafoam color.  Thermometer still gives accurate temps and is perfect for an outdoor living space.

Love antique medicine bottles and this pretty set of small to even smaller are perfect for Halloween decorating.

I hit the mother lode at my local thrift store with these five, antique miniature oil lamps.  I'm head over teakettle in love with the Goofus cabbage roses base.  The gold and red, cold paint is long gone and the glass has turned that lovely sun purple.  The small milk glass one also has my heart...what to do, what to do?  Oh, the struggle is real.

I truly hated to see the weekend end, it was so perfect in weather, chatting with friends, finding treasure to both keep and to sell.  My life may seem small to many but it is a gentle one and I am a happy girl so with that I wish blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch