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.