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A vintage shopping morning

 

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Today dawned gray and drizzly. But this did not stop a group of us from joining Loren Weiner in her Vintage Shopping Tour.  Loren is a great guide as she is passionate about vintage and more importantly, the design possibilities it offers.  She has a keen eye for pieces that are not necessarily the most expensive but, are interesting and adaptable to modern living.  If you are interested in learning more about Loren’s work, check out her site.

Essentially this morning’s activity revolved around two specially chosen places that are full of interesting treasures and trinkets that make vintage shopping so much fun.  As we walked around the stores, Loren talked to us about some standout pieces and what could be done with them.

Our first stop was Vintage Vogue.  You’d never guess it from the outside, but it is crammed full of furniture,light fixtures, paintings, clothes and jewelry. There is so much to see and I’m told that they have an even bigger warehouse full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. I’m going to have to make another trip just to see that!! I did snap a few photos of some things that caught my eye.  Here are a few of them…

A wonderful selection of antique and vintage needlepoint and beaded bags…

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A 60s era table lamp that I thought was wonderful.  I love the idea of a three in one lamp! This way you’re sure to have ample light to read by..

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And because I adore trinkets, I thought this lipstick holder was pretty awesome. Who can tell that its a mere lipstick holder?20140327-165616.jpg

 

Time passed all too quickly but luckily we still had a second stop to look forward to. Oddfellows is actually an antique mall serendipitously located inside one of  downtown Berkley’s oldest buildings—the Oddfellows Hall.  The hall was constructed in 1920.   According to Wikipedia, the OddFellows is actually a benevolent and altruistic fraternal organization that was derived from the British OddFellows service organizations of the 17th century.  I thought it quite fitting that antiques and vintage pieces would be housed in such a building.

There are about 50 different vendors in the Oddfellows antique mall.  It was an interesting experience to browse the different booths as they had very interesting and varied selections.  Some pieces stood out for me.

I loved this French vanity table with its gorgeous wood inlay work.

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And because I love Murano glass, this chandelier was a stand out for me.  It dates back to the 1920s/30s.  20140327-165745.jpg

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and I’m still thinking of this cute set of place holders from the 40s.20140327-165903.jpg

It was an altogether enjoyable morning and I’m quite sure that I’ll be visiting those two stores again in the near future!!

 

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Throwback Thursday:Gone antiquing

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Hello friends, for today’s Throwback Thursday post, I thought I’d write about a recent antique show we visited.  I was pretty happy with the show as it was a very good show full of nice furniture, interesting curios and some beautiful jewelry.  As always  my main focus is jewelry but I have to admit that some pieces of furniture caught my eye.  One dealer had this cool vintage red piece (pictured above) that was actually used to store hardware tools.  It was really nice and for awhile there, I could see it as a new home for my beads.  But did I really need another piece of furniture for my beads?

Another dealer was himself a cabinet maker and restaurer of old furniture.  He salvages old glass window frames and builds new cabinets and bookshelves around them.   One example is the bookshelf pictured below.  I love the idea of being able to save these glass frames and doing something completely different with them!

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Of course, I lingered longest over the stands with the most interesting jewelry and curios. One stand had a gorgeous collection of buckles from the Victorian times,

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as well as pretty miniature frames.

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Another person had gorgeous Victorian era bangles and my favorites were the ones with the unusual black enameling.  Aren’t they pretty?

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But my favorite was this complete children’s tea set from the James W. Tufts company from Boston. I love tea sets and this set of 6 teacups came complete with all the little tea spoons along with the teapot, creamer and sugar bowl.  The Tufts company was founded in 1875 in Boston where it quickly became a successful business in silver plated tableware.    This set is quite rare because of it is still complete and is in fine condition.  I still can’t believe that this tea set was made for children!  IMG_4020

It was such a nice afternoon spent among lovely things.  Hopefully with the arrival of spring (though winter seems to be lingering given the below freezing temperatures we are still experiencing!) there will be other equally interesting antique shows!