Sunday, April 3, 2011

Clarksville, GA road trip

It was my honey's birthday on Friday (He's my handsome April fool) and so I took the day off from work and we spent the day driving  to Clarksville, GA.  This was our first sunny day after nearly 12 days of rain, a little windy and everything is coated yellow thanks to the popping Georgia pines. 

The dogwoods are in full bloom.  Splashes of white and pink everywhere.

We are outside of Gainesville and my honey saw this sign.  This is how I spell my name so I had to snap a photo of it.  We were just outside of Cleveland, GA when we found an antique store.  Had to stop in to see if I could find any treasure. 

Found this sweet little pair of fairings made in Germany.  Pink lustreware baskets that say "from New York".   A lovely Victorian silverplated hair mirror. Heavy piece with architectural mirror.

A huge, late Victorian buffet runner.  Pretty gold bullion lace edging.

My favorite piece. A marvelous Victorian print in original frame with bubbled glass.  Just look at this sweet face.  Such a great print for anyone who adores the sea.  I may keep this a while as I have already hung it in my home. LOL

Following lunch, we headed out to Clarksville.  Pretty little town on a small city square so typically found in these small southern towns.  They are charming to see.  Immediately saw a few antique stores so my honey pulled into a parking space, grabbed his book to read and I hit the streets to find more treasure.  Love the brick walkways.

This lovely window display caught my eye immediately.  I adore soft paste pieces and these two center platters are marvelous examples of this utilitarian ware.  I entered the door and discovered it was a basement location, so down the stairs I went.  I come upon workman and empty space other then the center check out counters.  Seems that "Parker Place Antiques" was undergoing renovations.  A mother and son operation, they apologized for the "mess" but said if I went out the back door, took a right and just past the restaurant, I would find where they temporarily located everything until the shop renovations were completed. 

I love a good treasure hunt, so out the back door I went, a right turn and walked past the restaurant and a left and then the second door on the left and I found it.

The temporary location and I couldn't wait to walk in.

This lovely cupboard filled with American pieces greeted me as I crossed the threshhold and I knew that this was going to be a wonderful place.  I adore 18th and 19th century American pieces. 

I am surrounded by beautiful pieces.  I could take home most of what I see.  If you are one of those people who loves to live with American antiques, then a trip to Parker Place Antiques is a must. 


I settled on three items to take back with me.  Found this lovely, antique carnival glass piece.  The lustre is fantastic.
Purchased a sweet little Victorian secretary's desk.  Learned that it belonging to a Clarksville judge's secretary.  Will be removing the alligatored finish next weekend and will hand rub it with oil and beeswax to restore the golden oak patina.  Photos will be forthcoming next week.

As I was returning to the main shop to check out, I spied a huge basket full of antique hooked rugs.  This jewel insisted I take it home.  I will return to this lovely shop again before the year is out.  Parkers had so many lovely things.

My honey and I had a lovely time roadtripping.  Hit a couple of yard sales the rest of the weekend and found treasure there as well. 

 A wonderful bust of the peaceful Buddha for a garden or patio. 

This crystal chandelier for your patio or deck holds a votive.  Nothing like candlelight and crystal prisms to set a mood. (the vintage panties can't hurt either)
Had to bring in more vintage photos in frames as the first group sold out.  I added some pretty pieced log cabin quilt blocks from the 1930s for color.
I hope everyone else had a lovely weekend.  Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch


Bettyann said...

What a sweetie you have, it's his birthday and he reads a book in the car will you shop!! love your purchases..look forward to seeing what you do with the desk..

Jacque said...

Hi Witch,

Wow, you did have a great weekend! Best wishes to your hubbie for his birthday.

Have a great productive week!

Robin Larkspur said...

So many treasures, so little time! The Parker place looks absolutely fab!! Love your roadtrips!

just call me jo said...

What a fun weekend! You are lucky your husband will support your "habit." I love all the finds. What fun places you discover.

Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Happy Birthday Dari's hubs! What a wonderful trip you guys went on! That little town is so cozy I wish I was there right now...
Have a wonderful day!
Tina xo

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

What a cool looking shop, albeit temporary! I could get lost in there! I love the first cabinet you showed... right up my alley! There's nothing quite like searching for treasure at a new antiqe shop. I also love the dogwoods. We don't have enough of those up this way! :-)


Petit Coterie said...

Thank you so much for your comment about Martha Stewart. I promise I won't let my "arrival" go to my head! Great finds...sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! I hope your week is going just as well!


Anonymous said...

Dari, I hope you went by the Clarksville Antique Mall while you were there,great shopping lots of booths and a large discount book store in the back. On the old 441Hwy heading north.C.P. from V.V.

Candy said...

Thanks for swimming by my place. I need to go pack for my weekend with KC Willis collage camp but I do want to read more about flat Stanley and everything else.
Blessings ;-)

Patty said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I wanted to comment to let you know how beautiful it is. I will be back