Friday, April 25, 2008

Pretty Good Goods

Our newest Mother's Day window with aprons, floral arrangements and laundry products.

I have learned when I post a few photos of new antique pieces on this little blog, it can really bring the customers (and phone calls) into the store. And why not? Who doesn't want one-of-a-kind goods? I know my house is full of them (as only my TV is new).

A new/old slatted lawn chair painted rusty red.

Business was great again this weekend because the weather is starting to cooperate and look more like Spring- which means people are sweeping the porch and getting their yards ready for a few things: arbors, lawn chairs, pots and urns have sold this week to get people in the gardening spirit. See below, some of the new and old goods that are featured this week.

My favorite style of lawn chair above, we have a pair of these.

Giant, lightweight garden pots.

Another indoor/outdoor style.

Concrete patio table.

Our growing and replenished collection of matte white McCoy, Hull and odd planters.

Majolica inspired vases.

A new/old bucket bench with scalloped edge.

Three sizes of hand carved wooded birds.

Votivo's Purple Basil and Lime candles- a real kick of Spring fragrance.

A fun collection for the garden shed or office shelf: painted oil cans.

...and another collection, faucet handles. Why not frame them all to add importance.

Button collections on old paper plates.

Bingo cards in all colors and styles, great for collage.

A partial view of our vintage globe collection.

I love the shades of green on this vintage office chair.

Last week a photo shoot took place at my house which is fine for me as long as it is a still-shoot. Look out when the moving picture crews come in, it can look like the east lot of Paramount up and down the block, but still-cameras are usually a piece of cake. Seems my old production friends were scouting for a background for the newest Silpada catalog. (A local K.C. phenomenon business- thank you.) I made the bed, said hello to all nine of the crew members and headed out the door. I trusted them to do their job and be on their way. This may be the last time my current paint colors and wallpaper will be seen as I am ready for an extreme makeover. More on that in future blogs.

More neutral colored rayon ribbon has arrived.

Now selling good burlap by the yard.

A painted white trunk. We love these for coffee tables.

Full size iron bed.

I don't know what the attraction is, but I love the simplicity of rural prints and paintings.

Our third set of zebra chairs shown with a brown transfer bowl, vintage cross stitch quilt and iron birds.

This painted table is perfect for the porch or a nice height for the side of the bed.

I love this giant humpback trunk for the end of the bed. (I used to have one on my porch I would store the weekly trash in!)

Linen embroidered shams from Matteo.

I love these hippie Kalamakari throws and buy them in all colors whenever I can- a perfect dog proof cover for the sofa.

New pendant mercury lights.

Vintage brass coat rack.

Vintage scarves in the Curious palette.

Metal side table and red and white vintage quilt.

Odd but cool 'ribbon' trimmed wooden side tables.

Birds-eye maple serpentine dresser with ivory knobs.

I love the mix of painted and raw wood like this one above.

My favorite style vintage dresser.

Our next door neighbor here in the center, Natural Wear, went out of business this month and had an estate sale to clear out their final display pieces and last bits of merchandise. Frenzy ran amuck for about three hours Thursday morning as the usual suspects lined up outside to be the first to buy the leftovers. We opened early to take advantage of the crowds and it was a good thing. Although items were not priced to resell, I did manage to grab this great shopping cart and some iron hangers. There were many fantastic antique clothing racks and dress forms sold for over $350 each.

And other goods:
Painted laundry signs. (please read the fine print).

Painted tole tray.

Frenchy style side chair.

I am on a mission to collect lots of old lamps. Our back room is full of bases and shades but rarely do any work together- the above was one set that did. Watch for many interesting styles coming soon. Always rewired and ready to use.

Lots of new books and paper items arrived this week.

Kraft journals and silver letter clip.

Vintage animal images as new postcards.

And ON SALE this week:
This fabulous Lola, french grey tufted chenille sofa was $3,100 Now $1,750.

Golden quilted coverlets and one pair or Bella Notte embroidered curtain panels in brown.

Our last cotton utility jacket.

A wonderful framed print on canvas board.

Our final sets of navy Bella Notte pillows: Tennyson print and velvet satin.

Paper mache crowned birds with nest on cardboard box from Bethany Lowe.

Now on the silly side, Sunday night, after our staff meeting, the gals and I went bowling! What a hoot for all of us as we striked and guttered out way through the First Curious Sofa International Bowling Tournament. And, as expected, the vintage bowling gal trophy I had found went to Angie as she was the only one of us who has bowled within the last 10 years!

As May approaches we are preparing for our Art Show May 30, 31 and June 1. I am excited to share more of that in the coming weeks. May also means the antique flags and seashells start to make an appearance as we prepare for Memorial Day and the warm summer months. Stay tuned.