What a fabulous weekend I had. I drove 3 hours from Summerville, SC to Belmont, NC. on Friday the 1st! If you haven’t been to Belmont it has turned out to be a darling small town filled with specialty stores including antiques and lots of good restaurants. My husband and I both went to college in Belmont, he to Belmont Abbey and me to Sacred Heart. We used to go to the Belmont Grill which is no longer there, to sit and “spoon”. Oh those 60′s were fun!
Only one mile from the town is the newly opened, (Catawba River Antiques Mall). Belmont like lots of other small towns in the South had mills and that’s where this new shop is. There will be 372 vendor booths in the 67,000 sq. ft. building. They will be adding a cafe and offer two customer lounges with WiFi and flat screen TV’s. They are going to have live auctions and special events coming up. As of now, they have 230 booths rented out. We saw a lot of vintage, antique and specialty “unique items” on display. I scored a silver tin “soap dish” for only $5.00. I have a collection of over 30 soap containers and they look great all clustered together outside of our bathroom in Maine. My sister Leslie also got a book on WWII for a Christmas gift for her husband. Jacque was searching for a “rooster print” and found one, but didn’t want to part with $40.00. We had lunch at “Sammy’s” which is a local rustic place with great food! Fun!
On Saturday morning, we left at 9:00 am for the (Metrolina) in Charlotte, NC. They say that all of the good stuff is “snatched up” at the crack of dawn, but it couldn’t have been because it was packed to the rafters at the open flea market section. It did cost us $10.00 each, but we justified it because there were no parking fees and there were plenty of clean places to eat! There must have been over 300 vendors outside. Then there were around 10 “Specialty Stores” which had Americana, mixed with vintage and home goods. It was in one of these stores that Jacque finally scored and got a reproduction tin of roosters with all of the colors she liked! I also found a Martini Shaker for $10.00 that worked instead just looking good!
We had no sooner got there and started strolling down “Piccadilly Lane” and I met Janet who had a 1950′s high chair with a “celluloid top” that was in pristine condition and only cost $28.00. The high chair was on my priority list as baby Logan, our new grandson is coming for Thanksgiving from NJ and he’ll be 10 months old, perfect for this seat! The next items I bought, not on my priority list, but it was “love at first sight”. A regency style coffee table painted turquoise with a mirrored art deco top. Be still my heart. Jacque said, Tina where will you put it? I could not justify it, but knew “I had to have it”. As you can see from the picture, it fits perfectly in our bedroom between our wing chairs where we sit in to have our morning coffee every day that we can.
My husband Frank would have loved this flea market as it had some great “junk” displayed. Old pieces of cars, containers that could be made into lamps, tools and lots of rustic “man stuff”! He would have been digging deep into all of the bins. One booth just had hardware including metal finials, hinges, knobs and you name it they had it! It was a “do it your selfers” paradise. Great prices at the flea market as the venders don’t have to pay a lot for their space. The shops had higher prices and the large building at the end of the flea market that housed all of the “fine antiques” was top dollar, but the pieces were in pristine condition and some were “one of a kind”.
What a great weekend, and then home to Jacque’s where her husband was prepping for “crab cakes” and made us fabulous “Bloody Mary’s”. I am fortunate to have my sister and good friends that live in Matthews, NC right outside of Charlotte & Belmont. I’m looking forward to the next “Metrolina Extravaganza” and hope that Les & Frank have room for us!
It’s been fun sharing my recent travels with you and can’t wait to write about my next adventure.
Until we meet again!
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment October 29, 2013
The pictures above are of a mahogany chair that I bought at a yard sale over 15 years ago. I thought I would always be in love with dark wood, but now that we are in 2014, I thought I would try to lighten up the look. The story will enfold after my adventure with “Shades Of Grey”!
After 4 years of living in this new home, we decided it was time to paint. The color which was a neutral tan was nice at first, but after a while after the “new smell” wears off, the color dims as well and in my decorating vocabulary spells “boring”!
I have a new “love affair” with grey which every designer is saying is the new neutral so I chose a color from Lowe’s and then fingers crossed we forged ahead. We have a very large living room in the middle of our one floor house and it doesn’t have any windows in it. We get light from the kitchen and den that surround it, so using grey even though its light is a risk. I’m convinced that it’s all in the lighting. Frank added small pin lights above which made a big difference. This house was a big tease as the builders only put molding in the foyer and the dining room, but when you walked into the living room, no molding. The design of the molding in the dining room was top molding and then painting under that with another layer of molding under the paint. We call it “faux molding” as it tricks the eye into thinking that the whole thing is wood.
We finished the painting and found that the grey we picked shows so many moods, depending what time of day it is. It can be a little dark with shadows, but it can also look like, I imagine a Paris morning would look like. I like the sound of that, “Paris Grey”. I bought “Paris Grey” (Annie Sloan paints) from Marigolds a wonderful store here in Summerville, SC and I already had a darker grey, compliments of my son Jerry, who knows I had projects in mind. I knew that once we had finished painting the walls I would need to spiff up our furniture. This is where my husband, Frank always says, decorating is a “hoax” as you do one thing and it leads to another. Isn’t it true then whenever you try to change one thing everything else just doesn’t measure up.
Of course, I really want some new furniture, but I’m trying to be frugal and make do with what I have. My chairs and love seat were purchased in the mid 90′s. Hello! I don’t think it’s unreasonable to want something new after 18 years. I painted a mahogany chair that I had purchased at a yard sale in NJ years ago, white which turned out to be too stark. I covered it with the “dark grey” Annie Sloan paint and it was too dark, then I added the Paris grey and the clear wax. Now it’s just right! See the pictures above. Hope you like the finished product as much as I do. My next project will be to paint our living room chairs the same color and then get them slipcovered! I know a great source here in Summerville, SC if anyone is interested!
We have two walls flanking our fireplace. On one side, I have a grouping of things that I’ve collected over the years and the other side we created a gallery wall and the grey that we used really makes the black & white photography pop! Frank made the shelves himself and we staggered them. The top shelves are for art work and photographs taken by our son and the bottom for family photos. I inherited my Mom’s black piano and small black bookcase and they look fabulous against the wall. Black really does “ground” a room.
Our children and families will be joining us at Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to show them all that we’ve done. One of my daughter-in-laws used to refer to our house as “Grandma’s house and now I’m hoping that she sees our new look as a little “glammed up”! Our next project will be the den, but that will have to be another story.
Hope you’ve enjoyed our painting and decorating journey and look forward to writing again soon. This weekend I am off to Charlotte, NC where I am going to a brand new antiques mall called “The Catawba River Antiques Mall” in Belmont, NC and the Metrolina Flea Market in Charlotte. I will be taking lots of pictures so stay tuned.
Until we meet again!
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment October 10, 2013
Hi you all! Happy Fall to all of my friends that like to decorate for the changing seasons.
I don’t know where you store your seasonal themed items, but I have a pantry that does
not hold any food and I call it my “prop” room. This is the room that I can pull from
when I want to stage a room according to whatever time a year it is. Everything but Christmas is in the room as I needed a whole closet for that holiday. I have all of my beachy, summer things in a box, my fall items which include Halloween and Thanksgiving, winter which includes my red and silver pop items, Valentine’s Day and then of course, I can’t skip St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and it starts up all over again.
I have edited a lot through the years, but I’m a collector so you know how that story goes. It’s something that you can’t stop! In fact I’m going to the Charlotte Metrolina” Extravaganza” this November, but that’s a story for another time.
I’m looking at my fireplace mantle and it just won’t cut it for fall. It’s also a stretch, as it’s still in the 80′s most days, but I am used to four seasons and I’m going to trick our house into it. I’m going to show you a picture of what the mantle looks like in the summer. It’s very driftwood, beachy as we are fairly near the beach and I love that look. I have a large apothecary glass jar filled with sand, shells and star fish. I have an old tin painted in the Turquoise family up on the wall as my focal point. I purchased the “tin piece” at “The Squirrel’s Nest” in Summerville, SC Here is Summer.
When I think of fall, I think of burnt oranges, reds and browns. I packed my summer away and started anew! I decided to use my silver Champagne bucket and filled it with gourds and my long bird feathers that I’ve been collecting for ages. Then I decided my focal point on the wall would be a print by the Maine Artist Bjorn Runquist. I love the look of propping art up against the wall, but I had already drilled holes for my “summer installation”, so I was stuck on that one. Since I had decided not to buy anything new, I had to rely on what I already had. I needed a pop of red so I hung a small plate with a touch of gold and red on it and I anchored one end with two sisal covered jugs that I had scored at a previous yard sale. We are going into Halloween and I do have a 6 yr. old Grandson that may come over, so I had to put a pumpkin on as well.
The funny thing is that my husband is putting up molding all around our great room and we are going to be painting the walls a light grey. Will I have to re-decorate after painting? Hope so, as it’s so much fun coming up with different combinations.
I am no HGTV Design Star but, at least I stick my neck out and try new things! So if you are doing the same old thing, I am challenging you to change it up! Put away all of those old Thanksgiving table cloths and get out the burlap and use it as a runner! This is also the time of year that I shine what silver I have. It always makes a room glisten when you trot out your pieces to put on your buffet and I can remember my Mom doing it. Memories! Bring on the company and holidays!
Happy Halloween and until we meet again….
Tina Cahalan, Charleston Antique Stores
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment October 7, 2013
Hello my friends. I’m excited to be blogging about all things Park Circle! Above is a picture of the new kid on the block in Park Circle!
In July of 2013, the “Park Circle Antiques Mall” opened its doors on the corner of East Montague and Virginia Avenue. This is just what Park Circle needed, new blood coming in, giving jobs to lots of antiques vendors as well as stimulating the growing popularity of the Park Circle area. When you enter Park Circle Antiques Mall it is broken up into small “shop’s” and you can find Vintage, Antiques, Repurposed, new & unique gift items which is a perfect combination of something for everyone. My first visit had me buying “Kentucky Derby” glasses at a great price and because we always go to a Kentucky Derby Party every year, I now have a cool gift to bring! Remember when you buy used, old, vintage, antique you are “buying a story”. All of the great designers of old and new always put “stories” into the rooms that they design by layering in pieces from different era’s. That is how my own mother became a collector. She bought one “transferware plate” in the 40′s and then saw another and another. Our house was filled with little collections and vignettes that told a story. It had personality and I thank her for her unerring taste that has helped me to achieve the look that I love, collected and eclectic!
Park Circle which was once a “blue-collar” neighborhood is giving birth to a younger population who are coming in to fix up old houses, to shop on the circle and frequent the restaurants.
“Park Circle” was mostly covered by plantations before the Civil War. Then the Charleston Navy Yard was expanded in the 1940′s and carried strong until it closed in the mid 90′s. Park Circle suffered a decline in retail businesses, restaurants and home ownership because of so many people losing their jobs. The Noisette Company, which owns 32 acres within a planned development district on North Charleston’s Navy Yard helped to renovate the parts of Park Circle that had fallen into disrepair by investing in the community that they were a part of.
Now you will find several ball fields, picnic tables, a gazebos and a playground. There is a Farmer’s Market at the Davis Community Center as well as other events. The restaurants in Park Circle are very good and include Cork (a hip Bistro), Madra Rua (an Irish Pub), Evo (specialty Pizzas) and Fratello’s Italian (Comfort Food). Whenever we eat at Park Circle, we are struck by how many people know each other. That’s what is so “cool” about a small community.
In 2012, “ This Old House magazine” named Park Circle as a “Best Old-House Neighborhood.” The people who were purchasing the old homes were updating the inside but keeping the integrity of the outside and the era that they were built. They also went on to say, that it was a very “affordable neighborhood” and only 15 minutes away from downtown Charleston and 20 minutes from the beaches in Mt. Pleasant!
When my daughter Regan (who lives in NYC) announced that she was moving to the Charleston area and wanted to buy a small Bungalow with a yard, trees, and a part of a close-knit community, I immediately thought of Park Circle! She is an AVP with a large insurance company, but she is also an artist and that’s the vibe that Park Circle is giving off these days!
I would also like to give a “nod” to my Chiropractor, Dr. Jay Schwartz who has a business called “Park Circle Chiropractic Center” which is located on North Rhett Avenue, in Park Circle. Dr. Schwartz specializes in Deflexology.
Ok, every one, let’s all go over to Park Circle and do some exploring! See you at Park Circle Antiques Mall!
Tina Cahalan, www.charlestonantiquestores.
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment October 1, 2013
Hello my fellow antique & vintage lovers!
Last year after doing a lot of research, I talked about Emerald Green as being the “it” color. It won’t
be holding steadfast for 2014, but you will be seeing green in the form of “acid green” It will be more of an accent color, but the real stars will be blues. Teal, Turquoise, navy. Pantone Colors have released
their new fashion colors which is always a precursor to how designers for both interiors and the fashion
world will folow. They named their two blues “Placid Blue” which they are saying is a true neutral as it
denotes calmness. They also named one “Dazzling” Blue which they feel can be mixed with all of the blues for a big pop!
HGTV explains that: “Color forecasters are part designer, part sociologist and part predictor. They draw information from the runway, auto manufacturers and the housewares industry; they scour showrooms, trade shows and magazines for trends; they consider what’s happening culturally and how this impacts our national mood. Then they take all of that information and translate it into what colors we’ll be wearing and decorating with in the next year.”
“The housing crisis, ongoing war, historic election and economic downturn have combined to shape Americans’ color tastes. We’re searching for the color equivalent of mac and cheese: safe, traditional and comforting. But the pops of bright colors, from crimson to acid yellow, suggest that we’re ultimately hopeful about the future.”
Neutrals are always in, especially in larger purchases like cars, sofas or carpet. “For those big-ticket items, we’ll make the safer choice such as neutrals, from rich gray to camel,” says Emily Kiker Morrow, Director of Color, Style and Design at Shaw Industries. And, she continues, “We’re using trendier colors, like acid green or amethyst, as accent pieces.”
Both color forecasters see chocolate brown on the wane, though Turner notes that brown is still the go-to color in nearly every industry, from auto manufacturing to fashion to home. The guard is changing, however, as lighter browns begin to make an appearance. Morrow says, “We’re seeing browns shift to the colors of spices and beverages. Think mocha and cinnamon.”
Which neutral might just surpass brown as the favorite? Gray. And it covers a wide range of hues, which span soft gray to charcoal to hematite, and gain interest from metallic and pearlescent accents.
Green continues to gain strength from its association with the growing shift toward eco-consciousness. It will show up in everything from fabrics to accessories to countertops.
Pink and red are “the colors of causes.” and they are popping up in rooms everywhere.
You’ll see red as a bold accent in black-and-white designs; and look for pink in romantic bedrooms, the modern girl’s living room or even in the kitchen, from cabinetry to appliances.
Violet came in through the back door, catching fire in the goth trend in high schools (think purple-black T-shirts, eyeliner and fingernail polish). From there it made its way to the runway and now it’s lightening as it crosses into the home; popular variations include violet, wine and true purple. Pantone has released a Violet hue called “Violet Tulip” which they say evokes a Vintage Nostalgia.
Hot Color Combos
Just as the popularity of single colors waxes and wanes, so does the popularity of color combinations.
Brown and blue has been a favorite for several years turning up in designs for chairs and showing a little nod to “Mid Century” but the browns will be changing from Chocolate to tans, camel and caramel.
For the last few years, black and white has been a popular combination in the European market, but Turner has noticed that it’s making its way across the pond. While Morrow has seen it more in accent pieces, like textiles and wallpaper, Turner suggests it will take over entire rooms and recommends pairing it with hot accent colors like red or acid green for the latest look.
What’s Not Selling?
While you’ll see elegant gold in designs from traditional to Tuscan, don’t look for sunny true yellows in American homes (though Europeans love them).
Orange is another color that’s getting little love, unless you choose corals or an earthy, deep orange. But even then, these are used only as accents. Pantone has released their orange called “Celosia Orange” and it was love at first sight when I saw it. No, I would paint a room in it, but for accents new or old it’s in! Again a nod to Mid Century when orange was really in.
The trend toward violet, wine and amethyst is edging out soft lavenders or true purples. These colors, which were so popular in the 1980s, have taken a back seat to their bolder cousins.
The decorating trends have shifted. For the first time in several years I did not hear the word “Global” as a reference. We will still be seeing chevrons, zig zag, and stripes on rugs. Contemporary and playful wallpaper is still being shown on a “signature” wall. Mid Century is strong and although it spells “spare” the accents are almost always vintage! Decorating rustic paired with white slipcovers is still hot anything that is made with “reclaimed wood” is everywhere.
We are changing out our tan walls for a pale grey and I’m so excited. I have a ledge in my great room with black & white pictures that I think will look more dramatic against grey. Maybe a little Hollywood! The grey is the only contemporary thing that I own, still love my mahogony round coffee table filled with my collection of Match Book covers on a mirrored tray. I’ll post a icture when we’re done and she what you think!
Let’s get some new colors on our walls, pillows and accents! The holidays are coming! Happy decorating!
Emily Kiker Morrow, Director of Style& Design for Shaw Industries
Pantone Color “Leatrice Eiseman
Hello my friends!
Had a wonderful day yesterday with my daughter-in-law Paula! Went to my Grandson’s football game and then we were off to hunt up new and old stores! That’s right, there is a new kid on the block that I just discovered! It’s called Hoardin’ Helen’s and they are everything about Reclaimed & Upcycle finds! They also have a few “new” cool things sprinkled in as well. Most things look like one of a kind and very “hipster”! They are located on Clements Ferry Rd, next the Tailgators! They had a lot of metal letters both large and medium sized. Lots of things made from galvanized tin married with very unique and unexpected things! If you are looking for a one of kind look to “jazz” up your home this is the place to shop! Let’s go shopping!
We also stopped to see Glenda at “FYND” which is off of 17N. She showcases a lot of mid-century lamps and one of a kind light fixtures as well as books, original art, furniture, jewelry and more! Everything has a story and patina. Just love this store. Prices are very reasonable and she has lots of sales.
On the way back we stopped at SC Thrift which looks like it houses over 100 vendors. Although there were some cool
things to see, it was very large and nothing really “popped” out at us. I think the problem was that there are no inner walls so the “shops” seemed to be floating with no backdrop so they were hard to stage. One of the vendors has a very large collection of “33 records” for anyone who is a collector!
Got to run! We’re having company come to stay with us this coming weekend and that means I get to “stage” their
rooms! I should be cleaning, but decorating is more fun! I took off all of the covers of my books and grouped them by color! Paula has done this in her bookcase and your eye is drawn to the “like” colors! Brilliant idea! Thanks Paula and Emily Henderson who does this when she styles her rooms for clients!
Until we meet again!
Charleston Antique Stores
Here I am again! I never knew one town could have so many things going on! Summerville, SC is just one big celebration and I am happy to be a part of it!
September 19th is “Third Thursday” where all of the downtown stores open their doors from 5:00 – 8:00 with special
savings! Let’s support our local business owners!
Congratulations goes to Summervile Antique Gallery located at: 901 North Main Street, Summerville, SC who will be celebrating being one year’s old tomorrow, Friday, Spetember 20th! There will be a party going on from 6:00 – 9:00 with music, wine & treats! Summerville Antique Gallery is made up on 90 vendors, each with their own personalized shops! Many of the vendors will be having “special savings sales” so watch for signs! 90% of the store is vintage and antiques with the rest being specialty and unique items! They have a large selection of furniture, some primitive, some painted and some in its orginal wood including cherry, mahogany, oak, birch and maple! Art, old fans, books, bottles, bar items, records, china, glass, retro and repurposed pieces abound! Enamel & porcelain topped tables, diner stools, vintage & antique chairs, advertising boxes & signs, seltzer bottles, silverware, copper, tin, pewter, jewelry, record players, decorative door stops, boats and more! Many of the “shops” are decorated for the fall! There are owls, frogs, dogs, horses, tigers and cats! Old salvage; including doors, mantels, shutters and stained glass windows. Let’s join them tomorrow night for a good time!
The Squirrels Nest at 110 west 9th North St., Summerville, SC 29483 will be having a huge yard sale outside of their store. The sale starts at: 9:00 am and all day! This is a “warehouse clean out” of furniture, and collectibles including a bicycle built for two. The store which includes an eclectic mix of re-purposed, painted, distresssed, primitive pieces as well as “polished” antiques.
The Tea Farm is joining Simply Vintage at 213 N. Cedar St. on October 1st. You will now be able to shop for vintage, antiques and locally crafted gifts all under one roof! They have antique and re-purpose painted furniture including bureaus, tables, cabinets, armoires and chairs. Estate and one of a kind jewelry is showcased. Local artists will have their art work as well as specialty crafted items. Put this on your October calendar as a “must do” for holiday shopping! Simply Vintage also accepts consignment pieces!
Main Street Antiques located at: 200 North Main St., Summerville, SC continues to have a red dot sale and has brought in lots of new “old” merchandise! The have a lot of wrought iron chairs, stools, old pallets with wheels, retro, vintage and antique pieces. Lots of art, sewing notions, ladders and “smalls”! Something for everyone!Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment September 19, 2013
Hello my friends,
My last blog was on the top 10 cottage collectibles as reported by the magazine “Cottages & Bungalow’s”. I was determined to see if the antique stores in Summerville had any of these collectibles.
I walked the streets of Summerville and found out that every store had something unique and different to offer. Summerville Antique Stores had examples of 9 out of the ten so they are officially the winner! Main Street Antiques was the only store to have an example of a “cabin blanket” and this one looked like it was “American Indian” made. The Tea Farm had the most Vintage Silver and Simply Vintage had the most in the “Vintage Millinery” category. Main Street Antiques & The Squirrel’s Nest had wonderful treasures in the “Notions” category. Main Street had a Vintage Spool Holder with advertising. The Squirrel’s Nest had a “Vintage Needle Holder” with advertising. How much fun did I have doing my own little scavenger hunt.
Then I was off to Maine for two months where I work on our house that was built in 1849. The floors are all slanted and you can put a cue ball down in the dining room and in a second it will be in the living room. Our big project this year was sanding and redoing our bedroom floor. The men behind the desk at Spears (which is like a large Ace Hardware) had very grim faces when I came into their department early one morning to rent a large sander. The man helping me must have said to me at least 7 times and who is going to get this out of the truck when you get home and are you sure you can do this? Just goes to show how other people perceive us and how we all still think we can do everything. Not true. We should have listened to him. After hauling this monster up the stairs that are narrow and steep we literally became a slave to it for over 12 hours. The clean up last over two days and I’m sure that we didn’t get all of the dust out. The boards had been covered with a large piece of linoleum which they used like a rug. The linoleum was stuck in clumps to the floor and I thought we’d never be finished. I wish I had taken a before and after picture to show you, but it looks wonderful now that it’s behind us! Another project was started by one of our sons in the back yard and turned over to the rest of us when he left. He carved out a path in the woods behind our house. The two owners before us used the woods as a graveyard for anything glass and tin. He must have found 100′s of little blue glass Noxema jars and bottles of every color. Pots, pans, collenders, you name it and we found it! My other son Dennis found an old toy gun and part of a truck that were rusted, but still looked cool. I saw lots of broken jadite which broke my heart. Unfortunately, this will be an ongoing project as we ran out of time.
I hope everyone had a great summer and I’m looking forward to “falling” into Autumn and will be reporting about more adventures soon.
Until we meet again,
Charleston Antique Stores
Hello there my fellow collectors! This blog is going to be all about collectibles.
When you read about “Top Ten Collectibles” in current magazines, this might just mean what is currently trending and popular. The word “hot” does not mean valuable, but merely, what people are buying and sometimes because it is more affordable. I’ve been doing a lot of research on this and it’s always fun to see certain things continue to shine! Especially things that I am collecting. Who wouldn’t want to be in the “winner’s circle”! Ha! I am going to talk about these collections and then tell you what stores in the Greater Charleston, SC area have them! Stay tuned for my next blog!
If you want the farmhouse, cottage look these things are affordable and popular right now per the magazine Cottage & Bungalows!
1. Brown Transferware - Different colors of transferware have been in and out of popularity for over 150 years. England get the credit for developing the technique of transfer printing in the 18th century, but it was actually an Irish engraver working for an English Pottery, who stumbled onto the way of printing that was to be copied by all. The scenes were typically pastoral scenes of the countryside and the plates, cups and platters would usually have a small flower design along the edges! When French furniture, toile fabrics and shabby chic became vogue, suddenly there was a resurgence in transferware pottery as they all marry together very well. The English patterns appealed to the Americans and the artists came over to our country and started making designs depicting our countryside as well as flags and liberty bells etc. There are many colors of transferware to collect with hundreds of different potters responsible for these patterns. I collect pink, red, green and brown and everyone is by a different company some of them American as well! Johnson Bros., Enoch Wood, Palissy Pottery, Royal TudorWare, Royal Staffordshire and J&C Meakin are some of the English Potters that I know, and our very own Homer Laughlin China Co., made a transferware pattern as well. The neat thing about decorating is that you can mix patterns and colors. You know, I bring out my red and green at the holidays and I always get ooh’s and aah’s. They look great when you put out a few silver bowls and it’s a “finely laid table” as the Irish would say! I’m including a picture of a two tired shelf with my small collection of brown & white. They are diminutive and dainty and I actually have them on my bedroom wall instead of my dining room.
2. Vintage Millinery – Fun & fancy millinery bits, like velvet leaves, satin flowers, pearlized pins and other decorative trinkets used to decorate hats from the turn of the century to the 1950′s and ’60s, are a girly girls collectible. You can use them to embellish housewares, to decorate presents or to wear for a bit of retro fashion. If you are in NYC, the best place ever to buy any of above is the “Tinsel Trading Co.”. I can’t wait to find sources right here in SC.
3. Vintage Sports Equipment – Who doesn’t love old tennis rackets, colorful sets of Croquet including the many-colored balls and old baseballs and gloves are fun as well! Lacrosse sticks (invented by the American Indians) are fun to put crisscross on a wall. Even the uniforms are collectible. I have a pair of my husband’s basketball shorts that were popular in the late 50′s through early 70′s and I keep meaning to frame them. Not saying which era that he was in! Ha!
4. Vintage Silverware – they are still cheap to buy, fun to mix and match and can be used and repurposed.
5. Vintage sewing notions – from antique pin cushions, scissors, advertising packets that hold needles, spools of ribbon and trim! I have a white cabinet with glass doors where I keep all of my buttons in jars, spools of thread and thimbles. The fact that I don’t even sew does not deter me from this collection! Ha!
6. Medals, prize ribbons and badges – In the Charleston, SC and surrounding towns, I’ve seen a lot of “horseback riding ribbons, prizes, lots of military medals and political badges. They look great displayed all together!
7. White Stoneware – You can find this aplenty at flea markets. You can mix and match eras or style and always works well in vignettes. I’ve heard this called “a poor man’s Ironstone”, but don’t let that deter you! It’s affordable and very collectible now.
8. Camp Blankets – Nothing like re-creating that cabin look in your cottage with folded, colorful camp blankets that immediately conjure up that “warm” look! Some are Native-American rugs, woven serapes and of course, our very own Pendleton blankets.
9. Vintage Electronics – Yes, retro is very in thanks to “Mad Men” and going back as far as the 40′s you can find fans, radios and clocks that have the mid-century look that is so popular now. We have old fans and radios thanks to our brother-in-law, Sal Lentine who has been a serious collector for years. Outboard motors, fans, radios, and anything that is American made would be his mantra! He’s very generous with his collectibles and my young adult children always say, “everyone should have an Uncle Sal”!
10. Pewter – I was surprised that this was back again. I shouldn’t be as I’m starting to see some “Colonial looks” in stores like mirrors with eagles on them. I received a lot of pewter when I got married in the early 70′s and gave most of it away. It reminded me of old pubs because pewter is very sturdy and durable! I still have a pewter ashtray of my Dad’s somewhere, or maybe I gave it to one of my children. Hope it’s not lost.
Ok, wish me well in finding local sources for the above collectibles. I will be posting them soon.
My next blog will be Hipster Mad Men (mid-century) collectibles that are hot, hot, hot.
Please comment on what you are currently collecting and if you have any of the collectibles mentioned above!
Until we meet again, Tina!
2. “White Stoneware” can be all white or come banded as in bowls. Who wouldn’t like a yellow mixing bowl with a band of white, or a white bowl with a band of green! They are out there in all sizes and prices. When you use white stoneware you can mix & match all of the varieties together for a charming cottage look!
Brown and white transferware is hot right now. It is much harder to find then the red or green version. I’m posting a picture of my small collection of the brown & whites!
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Hi there my friends.
Mother’s Day was very special this year as my daughter Regan who lives in NYC flew here to Charleston and whisked me away to a B&B in Savannah, GA where our plan was to conquer good vintage, antique and specialty stores in a short period of time!
I had googled stores prior to coming, but many of the small off beat consignment stores, I had seen online had gone out of business. Good tip for the next time, as I will always follow-up with a call prior to driving around in circles trying to find these hidden in the wall gems.
Cutting to the chase, I wanted to mention the stores that we liked:
In the boutique category, outside of the city, Matty’s (trash & treasures, antiques & gifts) won hands down. The owner knew how to merchandise her old and new and every twist & turn in her store revealed a treasure. Her “new” light fixtures were incredible as were all of her antiques that offered storage solutions and could also be repurposed. Fun! Parking was very easy at a park nearby. You can find her at: Matty’s, 3107 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404, (912) 349-7197.
Inside the city, was a great treat called “The Paris Market” where I scored an old textile book in French from Brussels and my daughter found a linen tote bag with their logo as a gift to her friend Katie (who was watching the animals at home). This boutique combined new and old and the lower level just drew you in with their vignettes. Old postcards and black & white photographs, silver trays, vases, lighting fixtures, pillows and more. The young woman behind the register was from France and we were truly charmed by her knowledge of the merchandise and her outgoing manner. She imparted that the French live simply but well. Flowers on the table, beautiful linens, bread and wine and the windows open. I asked her if she could beam me up, but we know the answer to that. Ah the French and that accent! The Paris Market & Brocante, 36 Broughton St., Savannah, GA 31401, (912) 232-1500 (Be prepared to part with some money as your will power will not work in this store).
In the Shabby Chic & Vintage category, we found a great store called “Two Women & a Warehouse” that housed individual vendors with a mixture of old and repainted and repurposed furniture. I got a lot of inspiration in this store that I’m definitely going to copy. One of the vendors had hung a small chair on the wall with books on top of it. Vertical storage is huge for people like Regan who lives in Manhattan and is space challenged and I thought that this was a clever way to show off your books. We also loved the different colors on the furniture. A lot of shades of blues & greens which made us smile. Two Women & A Warehouse, 2819 Bull St., Savannah, GA, (912) 351-5040
Our very favorite vintage & antique store was “Wright Square Antique Mall”. We knew it the moment we stepped in, as a matter of fact, we knew it, looking into the windows. They had over 30 vendors with a great variety of vintage and antique treasures as well as re-purposed collectibles. I am always looking for “men” things for my husband and sons and I had my pick of things from old flashlights, cameras, maps, paperweights, doorstops and 50′s glassware. The prices were excellent which we appreciated and you can find things from both the low and high-end of the spectrum. There were pieces of historical pieces like iron, salvage, advertising signs mid-century and ephemera and lots of ladies collectibles like, gloves (I almost bought a pair of orange leather vintage gloves) hats, jewelry, belts, purses (my daughter bought one from the 60′s), handkerchiefs and more! Wright Square Antique Mall, 14 West State St., Savannah, GA (912) 234-6700.
Like all things happen, our trip had to end, but we have a list of more stores to conquer when we return! When we got home to Summerville, SC, we watched the movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” and we felt transported back again. Ah, the mystery of Savannah!
Happy visiting & shopping in a great city!
Until we meet again!
Tina Cahalan, Charleston Antique Stores
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