clover preview & lucketts green

Do you want to see the haul of treasures we’re bringing to Clover Market on Sunday in Chestnut Hill?

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Well this is merely a sneak peek of what I could fit into one frame. I feel a bit of a Robin Hood theme going on between the emerald-green trench, the arrows and antlers. Right?

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There are lots of outdoorsy spring items like the large and in charge rear bike basket, plenty of McCoy planters and some beachy accents as well like wooden and glass buoys.

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So the question is, are you going to the season opener of Clover Market on Sunday? This one is located in Chestnut Hill. All the logistics and details can be found here.

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Let’s zone in on a few of my favorites items here, shall we?  Check out this fantastic champagne bucket.

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When I found this it was extremely tarnished.  Like completely black.  I like a little tarnish on my silver but it was so far gone that the beautiful detail around the rim couldn’t be appreciated.  Gorgeous, right?

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It needs a swanky mcswankerson new home.

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Did you notice the table it is on?  That cute little side table was in need of some TLC and a pop of color.  First, it received a base coat of MMSMP Trophy and a 2nd coat of MMSMP Lucketts Green.

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The gray is producing such a subtle sliver of silver poking out.  After some light chipping, it was finished with antiquing wax and a bit of white wax.  This too is on the truck for Clover.

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Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

P.S. Follow these tips from Philly Mag’s Shoppist on how to tackle Clover.  We certainly agree that you should stop by Circa Dee first :)

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dreaming about brimfield

Surely you have these dreams too.  Fields and fields of dusty old junk, rusty metal, chipping paint,worn in seats and glimmering glassware.

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Where could this fairytale vintage-land be?  My heart pitter patters with anticipation of what we might find this year at Brimfield – the motherland of antiques.  The vintage mecca of the Northeast.

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I suppose the trip is a tradition for us now.  Last year we honeymooned in Brimfield.  Laugh if you must but it was amazing!

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We had a blast and both agree that the dirty fields of antiques and concessions of junk food topped the second leg of our trip in Nantucket, believe it or not.  Nantucket was amazing too – just a bit predictable.

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So we’re celebrating our first anniversary at Brimfield this May and I can barely wait to see what we’ll find this time.

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I lose sleep making mental lists of supplies we should pack like carts, dollies, bags, tissue, bungee cords and so on!  Maybe some healthier snacks than what’s offered.  Is anyone going this May?

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Ah, market season is upon us for sure.  Our southern friends will be shopping Round Top in Texas next weekend.  Scott’s in Georgia also opens soon.  And of course we have Clover Market’s opening day in Philly in just a couple of weeks.  Tell me, what is the hot market in your region that you’ll be shopping?

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You know it’s a good year when you honeymoon in Brimfield and celebrate your birthday in Adamstown.  That’s like the Disney World and Disney Land equivalent to us east coast antiquers.  Side note, I have never been to Disney and I don’t really care as long as I can continue to jaunt to Brimfield and Adamstown annually.

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Yep, I turned the big 3-1 last weekend.  On Small Business Saturday no less.  It was no circus like my 30th.  (Maybe you recall the circus themed party we threw last year.  Good times.)

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However, it was perfect.  Just about a mile stretch of antique shop after antique shop and no real agenda but to meander the aisles and look for treasures!

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I brought home a couple of keepers including a double-sided rear bike basket.  I actually passed up the opportunity to buy one of these a few months ago and was kicking myself.  It was the “one that got away” for sure.  Lo and behold, I found it again and this time for 1/3 less!  It is already stationed on a junky bike in the newly excavated garden bursting with holiday greens.  Now I am on a quest to find an equally cagey basket for the front of the bike by spring.

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I also scored a few new-to-me frocks including a retro plaid Pendleton dress that I will be wearing this Christmas.  #lumberjack

vintage Pendleton plaid dress

And a cute US Navy cardigan.  It was probably part of a suit.  Perhaps a lady administrator wore it with a navy pencil skirt. So cute.

It was a good day!

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pumpkin-spiration

Friends, it’s time!  Fall is officially here.  Yay!  I am ready to do some pumpkin picking and jack-o-lantern carving!  And I’m waiting for the leaves to change colors right before my eyes!  Yahoo!  How about you?

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon visiting several fab antique shops.  The trip to Western MD/Northern VA was somewhat spontaneous however I’ve long anticipated stepping foot in these shops…Chartreuse & Co., Sweet Clover and The Old Lucketts Store.  Sometimes you just need a good ol’ fashioned road trip!  My excursion has definitely given me the inspiration and kick in the pants I needed.

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I love this simple, spooky vignette at Lucketts…I might have to put something similar together.

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I also had the pleasure of meeting Cassie at Sweet Clover.  What a doll!  I’ve been following her blog for years and feel like I know her life story so it was fun to meet her in person.  Plus, she and her partners curated a great barn sale full of vintage goodness.  Yes, I found some new treasures!  Bonus, Cassie schooled me on how to take a decent selfie…

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Sometimes some new scenery is just the right dose of inspiration!  I’m headed to a milk paint workshop for the next two days.  I’m sure even more inspiration will strike.  Can’t wait to share.

With that said, let me share a few pumpkin projects today that may inspire you…

Stocking Pumpkin: Even easier than carving a pumpkin – just pop it into a fishnet or graphic stocking for instant spooktackular impact.

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Safety in Numbers: There’s something so simply appealing about an abundance of mini pumpkins or gourds.  It looks great with reindeer moss, pinecones, acorns and other natural elements too.  Start filling a dough bowl or harvest basket!

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Pumpkin Tea Lights: Easy!  Just carve out the top and pop a tea light candle in.

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Vomiting Pumpkin Salsa: So gross but so good!  Seriously, this carved pumpkin face makes such a conversation piece at a Halloween party.

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If you missed it, check out my farmers market roundup for more simple, fall decor!  What’s inspiring you this fall?

part 2: the haul

Did you catch my last post about our romantique Brimfield honeymoon?  It was fate that our wedding was the Saturday before the spring antique market.  Honestly, I didn’t plan it that way.  With such timing, how could we not take the opportunity to honeymoon at the largest antique show in the country?  Don’t worry we also hit Nantucket and other New England sites such as Plymouth.

But let’s talk about what we bought!  These pictures don’t show all of the haul but the majority.  Although we could’ve fit more in the truck, I was trying not to make this a crazy Circa Dee buying trip since that isn’t exactly why we were there.  We had a lot of fun picking out things for our home including a set of andirons for our fireplace that aren’t pictured.  Overall, it was 50/50 in terms of what we bought for us versus what we bought to sell.

Ok I’ll stop talking for a minute so you can feast your eyes…

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Have you ever seen a Tom Thumb?  It is a kid’s size typewriter.  I hadn’t seen one before but then ran into a few of them.  It is from the 1950′s and comes with a metal cover.  I love the color.  I am bringing it to Brooklyn Flea Philly this weekend so maybe someone will be just as amazed as I am by the Tom Thumb.

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And this Lazy Lake sign…it is most likely a reproduction made maybe 30 years ago but it is still fabulous.  The swim cap, the graphics, the bum in the air!vintage treasures May (9 of 28)

Oh there were so many fun vintage ship wares.  I have a thing for crotchety old ship captain figurines these days, especially the old peg leg one.  And check out the brass plaques used which came from a ship.  I had such a hard time picking out which ones I wanted.  We’ll definitely be hanging the Cert. Private Lavatory plaque in the bathroom.  I haven’t made a decision on the others although they’re all quite punny.

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More nautical swag.  I never pass up a minnow bucket.  Those orange graphics!

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Vintage glass fishing buoys are so beautiful.  They tend to vary a little bit in green and blue colors and their shapes are imperfect.  The glass was usually blown right on the ship.  The buoys still float.  Ryan tested it…  We kept one and put a few for sale in West End Garage because they really make an awesome coffee table piece in a beach house.

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I found so much humor in this sign.  I wanted to keep and display it but decided it would give customers the wrong idea because yeah, we do take credit.

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The credit sign is laying on a vintage apple press.  At least part of the apple press.  The wood has the most beautiful patina to it most likely from the acid of the apples.  I love the age of the wood so we’re planning to create something with the press piece.  Stay tuned on that front.

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This little birdhouse was also made by the nice couple that we met that shares our anniversary.  They were selling these birdhouses like hotcakes so we had to grab one for ourselves!

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We selected a neon letter R to represent our last name.  You can also see there that we found lots of mason jars.

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And crates.  I chose ones with graphics that I liked.  I especially liked the Buckeye crate for all of my friends with Ohio roots.  vintage treasures May (25 of 28)

We scored a few pieces of small furniture that I’ve already put in my space at West End Garage.  It was pretty bare there when we got back so I was happy to add this white Empire chest.  It is also perfect for a beach cottage.  I was drawn to it for its crackle finish.

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So what were our favorite finds you ask?

Ryan’s was definitely this carved wooden eagle.  The day we found it he mentioned something about wanting a “totem pole”.  And then he spotted this.  And suddenly totem pole type things were everywhere.  I’m so glad he selected the eagle though because some were not nearly as awesome.vintage carved eagle

I’ve always wanted to find a leather doctor’s bag.  Then I came across one with my initials on it!  The guy practically gave it away when he heard they were my initials.  I didn’t mention that they’ll be changing any day now as soon as I get around to completing the paperwork.

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So what is your favorite find from our Brimfiled stash?

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Seriously, I have the best husband ever.  Not only did he agree to spend a good portion of our honeymoon antiquing our way through Brimfield but he actually loved it as much as I did!

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I had to laugh the first day when we parked at 9 am and the guy told us the lot closed at 7 pm.  Yes, I actually laughed because I thought we’d never spend that long at the market.  Well, here we are returning to our truck at 6 pm.  The last vehicle in our area.  Yup, we spent about 9 hours shopping that day!  My kind of romance.

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Let me just tell you, this trip was everything I’ve always dreamed of.  Ok, I guess I imagined a honeymoon in a Tuscan villa at some point in my life but in reality Brimfield was better.  Way better.

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How you ask?  Loads and loads of vintage, antiques, junk and just down right cool people hauling tons of old junk.

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We had zero agenda and that was the best plan we could’ve made.  Everyone we met led us to a great restaurant, park or shop.  A dealer named Tracy from Fresh Vintage Mercantile gave us her dinner reservation that she couldn’t attend at a fabulous (and booked) sushi restaurant in town which we were clueless about.  We also got this great sign from her that I posted on facebook last week.

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We met dealers, Sherry and Paul, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the same day we got married.  They even gave us a little vintage gift!  We purchased these handmade grapevine trellises from them.  That’s Sherry and me…and a random photo bomber.

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As we pulled into town the first day, I was basically hyperventilating, shrieking “Stop the car! Stop the car!” when I saw all of the goodness that Brimfield had to offer.

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And the food…omigoodness the food is pure fair food heaven.  Actually, there’s nothing pure about it.  All junk.

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I could keep going with the stories but I’m sure you’d rather see the eye candy!

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Some couples spend their honeymoon in an all inclusive tropical island.  Not us.

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