Sunday, August 6, 2017

Junk Co.

I am so excited.  A fantastic architectural salvage shop, Junk Co.,  just opened a few doors down from the Lyon's Head Antique Mall.  It is a shabby, crusty, rusty, chippy, industrial treasure trove!

Pretty bulb lighting shines through the windows that are pure eye candy with marvelous pieces inside.

Junk Co. has lots of space that is filled with industrial pieces, furniture, lighting, you name it.

Fantastic vintage signage and lockers everywhere.

These lockers make a great closet for a kids room.

Nice barrel, scale and signage.

Fabulous metal cabinets with glass doors would be perfect for an urban look in a modern kitchen.

Really nice sized bird cage for parrots or unruly children.

Mad love for this vehicle grill, wouldn't it be a terrific firescreen?

Huge industry lighting.

If I had larger space in my liani area, this would have come home with me.  I would fill it with towels, sarongs, pool toys, sunscreens, you name it.

In addition to big pieces, there are lots of smaller decorative elements and items you can repurpose into lighting, vases, or whatever.

Junk Co also sells chalk paint products.

Stunning pair of chippy barn doors.  So love these.

Love CSI, then this gurney needs a place in your kitchen.

Crib side repurposed into a towel rack.  This would be great for the pool area for drying towels.

Love the colors of these industrial lights and the vintage suitcases.

These huge safety bumpers just called to me. If I had much bigger digs, all three of these bad boys would have come home with me. They were priced to steal at $12.00 each.  Yup, $12.00 each.  They would make unique shelving with heavy glass shelves on top of them.

Salvage? Yea, they got it.  Lots of antique and vintage doors to choose from.

Windows, lots of windows in every size and style.

My favorite, wood scrap from antique homes. So much treasure to select from.

Shutters everywhere in all sizes.  Crushing on those tool ones next to the big, white window.  
Just walking through Junk Co., I get ideas for my home and I know you will too.  They are open three days a week, with normal business hours of Thursday, Friday  and Saturday from 10:30am to 5:00 pm. Other time by appointment.  Their grand opening is next weekend and they will be grilling hotdogs and sausages for all visitors.  If you are in the Port Richey/Hudson Florida area, do not miss visiting Junk Co.

Wishing them much success and blessings to all and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, July 30, 2017


a new space.  I have wanted to have a booth dedicated to antique and vintage Christmas for years now.  A small space came up at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall where I have my main space and if luck would have it, just across from my present space.  I wanted something small so I could keep the space fresh but also looking like a Victorian parlor.

 So I was hanging wallpaper again but it went quickly as it was a small wall area.

Brought in a stunning, Victorian pump organ in pressed walnut.  The best thing about this beauty is it still works and sounds great. This will be a lovely backdrop for antique Christmas items.

Lovely Chromolithograph of two girls singing in church.  Nice companion piece to the pump organ.

Flocked garland and an antique book look so good on the organ.

Lovely Victorian lady looks right at home.

 Sweet antique, mustard yellow child's rocker.

Wouldn't ya know it, half the lights on the tree do not work, sigh.  Well, I can't complain, I've had the tree for 17 years now. I may have to replace as I cannot find the issue with the top portion of the lights.  Once I have the tree lit I will decorate it with antique and vintage items.  Want to hang light garland across the top of the space as well.  Loving my new space, Romancing Christmas, and I can't wait to bring in the antique holiday pieces.

Still had time to make a quick run to my local Salvation Army Store, they had a 50% off of everything in the store and it was a mad house.  Everyone was here to find a score or two and I made a few myself.

Never used Towle silverplated server.  Perfect for the holidays.

Lovely Revere Ware silverplated bowl with clear liner.  Another holiday piece.

I can't get enough quality silverplate and this is beautiful Reed and Barton Chippendale server.

Pretty Victorian, small water pitcher by Warwick.  

Vintage West German stein with pewter top.  This is a small one and in marvelous condition.

Pretty Wedgwood gravy boat.  Can't have too many boats on your Thanksgiving table.

1920s french jet faceted mourning beads.  These are a keeper for me for a while before I decide to sell them.

Sweet West Germany Hummel figurine.  I know these are not in demand right now but for 99 cents and then half price, I couldn't walk away from it.

Stunning vintage Orrefors signed crystal art glass bowl. This baby is heavy and throws rainbows when the sun or light hits it.

Charming vintage sled with ghost images of its original color, I will decorate with sea stars and pretty ribbon and put in my new space.

Lovely fireplace screen looks like an iron gate. Another piece that will find it's was into my new space.

And finally, drinking glasses that a Sea Witch needs, a mermaid tail and a shark's head.  How hilarious are these?  

It was a fun but very busy weekend.  I finished painting the guest bedroom, put the furniture back in place, measured for cellular shades for the window and now am on the hunt for an old media armoire to upcycle. Tackled the new space with wallpaper and then moving the Victorian pump organ and other pieces in.  And of course, treasure hunting at the Salvation Army.  Can't believe that July will be gone after tomorrow.  My day job begins it's new fiscal year and I'm hammered with work there.  So, it's off to bed, dream sweetly, everyone and blessings to you and those you love.   Sea Witch

Monday, July 24, 2017

4 Months and it's Thanksgiving

Can you believe it, we are already half way through the year and fall holidays will be upon us soon.  What brought me to that realization was a Salvation Army find over the weekend.  I'm on a search for a mid century dresser, nothing fussy, clean lines and it can be beat to snot as I am going to do a total renovation. 

No furniture that I liked but did find this lovely, big turkey platter.  Circa 1950s big transferware piece with hand painted details.  It does have a big flake on the right side, but this is still a marvelous piece for either serving your bird or holiday display.  You can bet that four months from now, it will be in demand.  

From the Salvation Army I visited a local thrift shop and found this lovely and in perfect condition, Red Cliff Ironstone pitcher.  From their Heritage line, this was also has the hand applied bands of copper lustre along the edges and pretty flourishes on the handle.

 Haven't come across depression salt and pepper shakers in years at a thrift shop. Will clean the tops and put in my booth space.

Pair of lovely needle engraved champagne goblets.  Thistle pattern.

 Really cool 1960s West German pottery lamp.  This is a small, study lamp size and now I'm on the hunt for the long, cone shade it would originally have.

Gentle bisque figurine of a sheep and lamb.  

Waiting in line to check out and this gets left behind by the person in front of me. She decided she didn't want it.  Her decision was my gain as it as a lovely 1930s piano scarf with white embroidery on blue gro-grain fabric with long fringe.  

Have you noticed that local shops are slowly changing their summer look to fall?  Pretty golds, coppers and bronzes are appearing along with comfy quilts.  I am already missing this marvelous change over you find at Vintage Village, one of my favorite haunts in Snellville, GA.  Oh, how I miss that shop. These talented dealers, under the tutelage of Debbie, "The Vintage Hag"  offer up some of the best vintage eye candy anywhere.  Thankfully, I can still visit via the facebook page and occasionally do a little cyber shopping.  So as we move into a new month in a few days, I wish blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch. 

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