Sunday, July 1, 2018

It's July!?!?

It's July?  Anyone else still feel like it's March? I don't know where the first half of 2018 has gone to but then my last post was in April so time is moving faster than I can keep up with these days.  I'm slammed at my "day" job and it's not gonna let up and I'm doing a lot of yard work around my home but it takes time with these hot and humid days.  I'm only good for about 40 minutes when I just have to stop digging in the dirt because of the heat.  Still, I love the way my landscaping is beginning to come together and hopefully it will all be completed in another few months.

Saturdays are my treasure hunt day and I have been finding some really nifty pieces these last few weeks.

A stunning, Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) pedestal celery called Adams but more popularly known as Square Panes, 1880s.

Oh, my knees are weak, found a marvelous antique brass oil lamp from France.  

Two for two?  This beauty has been electrified but I don't mind, I adore the decorative brass and will use this in my home.

Mid Century Holmegaard smoke glass decanter designed by Jacob Bang of Denmark.  Known as a Kluk Kluk (pinched) glass decanter. Originally held Holmegaard Danish brandy, these decanters are in demand with the Ikea generation.  

Vintage, seagreen, blow out glass grape cluster decanter. These are so much fun to decorate with or fill with your favorite wine.

Love these mid century silverplated champagne buckets. This was is by Sheridan and in marvelous condition. I love to use these as Christmas tree stands.

Stunning EAPG gold and ruby flash large, oval bowl. US Glass, this is called Delaware and was produced in 1899.

 Lovely 1890s, Riverside Glass Co., EAPG spooner.  Pattern:  Empress, clear with gold lustre trim.

Heisey Glass Pinwheel and Fan basket.  This bad boy is big and in perfect condition.


Be still my heart, my favorite colors are calling me.

This delightful 1960s pottery ashtray is too cha cha for words.  I've never been a smoker and have no use for ash trays but the colors are as seawitchy as you can get so I had to bring it home and use it to store my remotes.  

Can these little birds me anymore charming?  I will fill them with lavender talc and place in the guest bedroom for guests to sprinkle on their sheets.

And finally, a beautiful red and white embroidered on feed sack cloth quilt. This 1930s beauty is all hand pieced and embroidered. She has a faded section but I love it anyway.  

It's always fascinating to see what shows up in my area.  I can honestly say Florida is a grab bag of finds like no other state I have ever lived in.  This, of course, makes the hunt always interesting.  

So until my next post, wishing everyone a gentle Fourth of July and as always, blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Monday, April 23, 2018

April showers bring thrifting and flowers

 A lovely and busy weekend filled with planting hibiscus and hydrangeas and preparing beds for landscaping.  I lost every shrub and plant from the winter double frost we had and had to pull up everything and start anew.  Still, this was an opportunity to replace what was originally planted, which were non indigenous flora, with native tropical plants like hibiscus.  The only non native item I added were hydrangeas.  I adore these mopheads and had to plant them under the front window.

Replaced the heavy, white plastic blinds with cellular shades.  Love these for their black out capabilities and they are light in weight and easy in lifting and closing.  In between my household tasks I did a little junkin in my local haunts.

A fantastic, retro nine piece set of vintage mid-century silver rimmed glass tumblers with glass coasters in caddy. Queens Lustreware Set by Kimiko. The set was a hostess gift for early Guardianware home parties. Circa 1970s  Looks like it was never used.

Fell in love with these vintage Taylor Smith Taylor, Bread and Butter plates and berry bowls.   Pattern is called Conversation and they are a marvelous green border edge with a Jack in the Pulpit in the center.  Circa early 1950's.  You don't see this pattern too often.

Mid century stretch and swung glass vases are hot hot hot.  I can't keep them in my booth spaces long and the warm colors like this amber footed bud vase sell quickly.

Always crazy for anything Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) and this pretty footed server with handle.  It's hard to see but there is lovely floral etchings on it.  This will be added to my personal collection.  EAPG is often priced for pennies on their value and this one was marked at $1.99.  Lucky me.

I have never come across a hat stand with a vintage dollhead with bobbed hair.  Nice art deco stand.

How fun is this Cologne bottle embossed with western motifs and the word Stampede? This amber bottle is a cologne called Stampede for Sears and Roebuck.  Next to it is a small Wheaton bottle of a fish that says Doctor Fisch's Bitters, Millerville, New Jersey.  Both are from the 1970s.

Lovely pair of cut crystal sherbet goblets.  These are gorgeous.

And my last find is this Charming child's cup with the word sweetheart. CHERRY W/ THUMBPRINT aka Paneled Cherry ca. 1904. Another EAPG piece that I may hold for a while before I bring it into my space.

Wishing everyone a marvelous week and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It's Done and Thrifting

It's done.  I finally finished my new sewing storage station.  As much as I adore my little Florida home, it is lacking in storage space and I needed a place to store my sewing machine, fabric, notations, iron, patterns and trims.  The piece also needed to have easy access as I use my sewing machine a lot.  

I've been wanting to do a decoupage/chalk paint piece for a while now and I love the way this turned out.

The two bottom drawers hold lots of fabric and the top portion my machine, iron, patterns, threads and other sewing accessories and supplies.

I purchased the media armoire from a local consignment shop.  You can pick them up cheap these days and I wanted a piece that had smooth, clean lines.  Well made and heavy, it is a massive piece and thankfully, it separated into two pieces.  I gave it a few coats of pale, coastal blue paint. 

I then decoupaged a poster over the two drawers.  This fit beautifully as I did not have to to trim it down at all, just center it over the split between the two drawers.

Decoupaged the mermaid poster to the large doors and then went back and painted the top sky and the bottom ocean to match the poster.  A nice Kona stain and wax finish and new knobs and I am head over teakettle crazy for my new storage piece.  I'm always fascinated the way a little paint and stained wax finish can so change a piece.

In between finishing up my sewing armoire, I visited a few haunts for treasure.

Pretty vintage frame with a mirror in it.  Not a large piece but perfect from a dresser or table.

Lovely little transferware sugar bowl.  This was a goodwill find.

Everyone loves popular paneled grape milkglass and this lidded candy or powder dish is a charmer.

Lovely stretch glass footed compote has the palest shade of iridescence.  Do I keep or do I sell?  The struggle is real.

Always delighted to find Victorian whites and this parlor cloth is in excellent condition.

Three, late Victorian, cut glass salt cellars are a Goodwill find.

A lovely selection of mid century pins and a bracelet.  All of the rhinestones are clear and full of color and sparkle.

Three necklace, the famous Krementz rose, a Brooks Brothers chain link choker and a light chain link in silver.  

And finally, a nice selection of mid century rosaries.  These always sell well for me.  The snowbird season is nearly over and most have begun their trek up north.  Hard to believe that school is nearly out for kids and the summer season will be upon us shortly.  Sis is coming up to see me in May. We always have a great time and laugh so hard it hurts.  

Wishing all a great April and blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

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.

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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