Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Very Vintage Morning

Very Vintage in Litchfield, Mn  is one of my favorite shops to visit.  Susan is always gracious and enthusiastic whenever we have stopped.  This was our road trip for the winter, even though there isn't any snow to keep us house bound.....it's always nice to have something to look forward to.  Susan has a lovely shop with a beautiful little cafe next door, all in two buildings that have been carefully refurbished to bring out the original design elements.  The tin on ceiling and walls is awesome and in stunning condition.  The mix of new retail and interesting vintage furniture and accessories is so attractive.  For stoneware and advertising collectors there is lots to choose from.  I always come away with treasures and look forward to the next time we travel "south".  If you've never been, this is a grand little shop.

Unfortunately, Susan had to dismantle her lovely staging when I
bought the door that was painted aqua on the other side.  Oh, well!


Charming setting at Crickit Meadow.

Cricket Meadow tea room has stunning orininal tin walls and ceiling.
Thanks Susan for a wonderful morning!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

event planners R US

     Now and then we get requests from various individuals or committees to borrow something "old."  We have provided props for school plays, church dinners or luncheons, various workshops, community theater, parades and family get togethers to name a few.  Often young people will arrive with list in hand and permission slips from adult supervisors asking very sincerely if they can borrow items for a special project.  Usually, by the time they're ready to leave, they have fallen into infatuation with particular items they've seen.  We as dealers, should be jumping for joy that another generation has discovered the uniqueness of  collectibles and antiques!  We even provided a complete 1940s outfit for a competition for Miss Something:  head to toe she looked fabulous.  AND she won!
      We also have many brides-to-be who frequently look for vintage dresses, jewelry or other treasures that will make their wedding day even more memorable.  One young woman shopped for months for anything with lillies of the valley, another found a mink stole for her winter wedding, and just recently a girl came in and spent over an hour looking for things she liked for the wedding as well as things she might like for her new home.  How fun is that!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Yesterday's Rustiques

Stopped at Yesterdays in Alexandria to check on sales and straighten the booth----I should spend as much time cleaning my house as I do organizing our spaces!  Gail had some new things to show me and as usual she has created absolutely stunning pieces.  Once again, rusty relics/gears etc. have been reused and repurposed to make a statement in  any home, cabin, office, or retail business.   It makes me want to redo my whole house, but since we've already added on twice since moving to the lake, I don't think it's in the cards.  Hope you love these ideas and be sure to call Yesterdays if you'd like more information.
This unique cistern cover topped table originally had a glass top!

Several sizes of gears make up this interesting display. 

Furnace grates become the frames for mirrors.

Large iron machine used to showcase various sizes of gears, plus
the large grate has been transformed with clock works.

Vintage bottle with ivy twined around the gear.  A few spring
flowers to brighten up the display.