Saturday, February 28, 2015

...And Tables and Dressers and Such Too: The Spencer Booth

More booth updates! We sold a few pieces of furniture this week at our Spencer booth, so yesterday we loaded up and headed over there to restock. Given how slow February was for sales until the past few days, we were right happy to hear things were moving again.

We sold that sweet little red wood kitchen table with 2 chairs; I almost hated to see it go. So we brought in this red-trimmed kitchen utility table and two primitive chairs that we'd actually been using in our kitchen. We seem to be playing musical chairs--we keep selling the ones we're using and digging a couple more out of the storage building. Yeah, we have a lot of chairs around here.

We brought in the Hoosier-style cabinet a few weeks ago. I still have not found he name of the maker of this unique cabinet with its central mirror.

And this is the dresser I've been working on for the past few weeks. I love the way it turned out. We also brought in the two mirrors above it, and the little marble-topped table beside it on the right.

The milk glass display continues. I know it's not a popular glass right now, but I think it's gorgeous when it's grouped, and has such a serene look to it. A few pieces have sold from this display, 2 to members of a Facebook group of milk glass lovers. I have found that listing photos in online groups has resulted in sales that could not have happened otherwise.

In the pink! There's a nice sized set of this pink china in my booth, and reasonably priced too. Maybe someone will love it for their spring table. The pink depression glass is

A mixture of all kinds of cool things on this shelf! Some Pyrex, Smiley Pig pitcher, watering can, Poppies teapot, soup tureen, herb name it, it's probably here.

I need to do something different here, just ran out of time last night. Next trip!

I've been considering bringing this china cabinet home for my own china. I have mine in an old flatwall cabinet right now that doesn't really showcase it very well. So maybe I'll swap them out if this one doesn't sell soon. Notice a different use for the magazine table--storage for pretty plates.

Tabletop display. I sell my County Living magazines when I'm finished with them.

I painted this little teacup shelf, and decoupaged the back of it with rose and teacup prints. And can you even see all that work? Nope. But that's okay, I know it's there,

Notice the rake head with the pink wineglasses--I wish I had room somewhere in my own kitchen to do this! So many cool ideas, so little space. It's a problem all of us lovers of old things deal with.

That's a quick tour of this small booth. It's been a good place for us, and we really enjoy being in this mall, as we do in all our other places. Good stock and helpful staff really make a store successful and the people who run these places are among the very best.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Trunks and Quilts and Door Knobs: The Ravenswood Booth

We took a load of new items to our booth at the Riverbend Antique Mall in Ravenswood, WV this week. Here's a peak at some of it:

Vintage suitcases and old trunks are in demand these days so I did some scouting to find a few for our booth. The blue one is called "Amelia Earhart" and has a colorful red and yellow stripe around one end. The brown one was probably hugely inventive for its time: It has wheels and a pull-up handle! Both are very clean inside and out. 

The trunk was repainted before we got it, and a nice job too. The inside is also redone and looks awesome. I'll have to take photos of that next time.

I painted the little blue teacup shelf, and just love its vintage look. In front is treadle sewing machine cast iron base with a marble top. Marble tops are the very best for rolling out dough. This one is not attached so it could easily be removed and a wood top put on the table.

Looking inside this area of the booth, it strikes me how light and bright it is. Perfect for spring.

 Here is the big airing cabinet we bought last week. Look how much it holds! I filled it with quilts and linens. A lot of cutter quilts in there, and some old quilt tops too.

This basket is full of hardware--doorknobs and valve handles for the crafters.

We plan some changes to this ares in the next few weeks; it's time to change it up and give it a new look. A lot of the glass will be packed up and stored or taken to a different location. Glass, much as I love it, is a slow seller so I need to downsize how much I have for sale, and what kind. Art glass is the slowest, kitchenware moves more quickly. It's all part of the learning curve in this business.

The fun of doing this is arranging it all--well, the most fun is finding it in the first place, but arranging it to be eye-catching is certainly a close second!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kitchen Work

 The snowy weather got me started on a long-overdue project--redoing some things in the kitchen. I talked about it a while back, but the work has been creeping forward in between working on my taxes, painting furniture, pricing things for the booths and dealing with keeping things going in general in this cold, snowy weather.

Sunlight makes some interesting patterns!

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But it is coming along. The base cabinets are painted, the doors are refinished and the insides are painted and reorganized. We will start on the countertops next week. All the tile will come off and be replaced. We bought the new tile last week and I'm excited about how it will look.

I took everything down and dusted! Yay me!
But before we get into that, we have to finish the big pantry cupboard. It was an old white when I got it about 5 years ago, and much abused. I put it straight into use because we just needed it that badly. I've wanted to paint it but never got around to it. You know how that goes. But the other day I noticed that under the old white paint was some pretty wood, the doors are off and Larry is stripping them, and I will be painting the outside of the big cabinet the same red as the base cabinets. I organized the inside a few weeks back, and amazingly it's still like that. Just wait til summer though...all that will change, I'm sure.

And when that's done, and the countertop is done, we'll move on to the new pantry cabinet. Right now it's an odd green color which I actually like okay, but I think we're going to make it the same as the others and refinish the door to its original oak color and paint the outside Tuscan Red. The funny thing about this cabinet is that someone put the door on backwards! The inside of it is lovely wood, beveled. I think they were trying to make it look more modern.

I am really enjoying the changes in the kitchen. It might not look like much is different to anyone else but I am just loving being able to find things, and have been cooking and baking more just because it's more fun.

Can't wait to get it all finished--then it's on to the bathroom!

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