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Busy bees over here.  Would you believe we are about knee-deep in Christmas inventory and decor for the shop?  True story.  But I’m not ready to jump the gun and share photos of Christmas just yet.  We are, however, stocking more books this time of year as they make the perfect gift.  I am very excited about the selection of garden to table books we have at The West End Garage in Cape May.

garden to table book inventory at West End Garage-4717

The newest release is the The Kitchn Cookbook from Apartment Therapy’s sister website, The Kitchn.  I’ve been paging through it the last couple of days.  This isn’t just a cookbook but more of a textbook with some really practical lessons like knife skills and kitchen layout.  The Kitchn Cookbook

I truly enjoy all of these gardening, cooking and cocktail books and reference them in my own home.  They live right in the kitchen.  We recently picked up a potting bench that we’re using as a microwave cart.  It is a fantastic addition to our kitchen.  Check out that zinc top!  The drawer holds linens and the shelf neatly organizes those books.  In addition, the pegs on the side allow tea towels to hang.

zinc top potting bench as microwave cart

We also started stocking Philadelphia-made diagram tea towels from Girls Can Tell.  I love their quirky designs and am especially drawn to the garden themes.  The evergreens are new in store.

Girls Can Tell for sale at West End Garage-4719

And while we’re making the rounds of new inventory, I must tell you about my latest obsession.  P.F. Candle Co. has the most delightful scents.  We’ve got some seasonal scents such as apple picking and pumpkin spice.  I can’t decide which is my favorite.  The simple packaging and branding make me very happy.  Check out the cute little amber jars.

autumn soy candle at West End Garage

We pulled the trigger and got these adorable ceramic egg crates in as well.  I’ve been using mine for years and am glad to share this novelty in the shop.  The egg crate makes a perfect gift paired with The Fresh Egg Cookbook for under $25!  Just sayin.

egg crate

So that about covers the “new” inventory we are stocking.  We are rolling out more and more vintage pieces every week.  In fact, we are running a sale on select furniture currently at The West End Garage.  Come in and check it out!

Fall Furniture Sale

I’ll leave you with this image.  Our popular autumn wreath on my favorite old chippy door.  Love the contrast in colors!  How about you?

autumn wreath at West End Garage-4747

hello september

Oh September!  How did you sneak up so quickly?  Quite bittersweet.  I do love fall however so I’m sure I’ll be ok. We’ve been catching some fantastic sunsets lately, a bit earlier than I’m comfortable with but they sure are stunning.

harvest sunset

Cape May celebrated Labor Day weekend with the annual Tomato Festival.  We had an impromptu tomato festival of our own at home after coming into 25 pounds of ripe, locally-grown tomatoes for a steal at a farm stand.

roasted tomato prep

We made pasta sauce, roasted tomatoes, tomato polenta, tomato salad and tomato omelets.   We’re a bit tomato-ed out here but we’ve got enough to last us into the winter, I think.  Nothing like seasoning each dish with complementary garden fresh herbs.

garden fresh herbs

I’m also enjoying our newest book that we just introduced to the inventory for harvest season.  Drink the Harvest has fantastic recipes for drinks made with more of your fruits, vegetables and herbs.  I think mint may be up next on the chopping block over here!  The new book is available at The West End Garage.

DrinktheHarvest

Let me also introduce this little guy.  He has a bit of a moody warmth about him…just in time for the changing season.  Kind of like your favorite slouchy sweater.

MMS typewriter, boxwood & brass mid-century nightstand

I love, love, love the unique brass hardware.  The bottom was painted in MMS milk paint boxwood and the rest is MMS milk paint typewriter with shutter gray peeking through.  I applied antiquing wax over the typewriter to really darken the color.  This nightstand is available at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.

guess who’s coming to town

Yes, yes Santa Claus is coming to town!

But just a few days prior to Santa’s arrival we’ll be receiving a visit from…drum roll… Miss Mustard Seed!

Marian Parsons will be joining us at our Brick & Mortar shop for a book signing on

Saturday, December 22nd from 1-3 pm.

Have you read Marian’s new book yet?  Inspired You is filled with tons of gorgeous images, plenty of DIY tutorials and encouragement on how to create a warm home on a budget.

I read this book cover to cover by flashlight when our power was out during the hurricane.  I was hooked and couldn’t put it down!  Her sewing tutorials are very approachable for a non-sewer like me.  The book has me convinced to bite the bullet and learn how to sew – my new year’s resolution.

In addition, there are many inside tips on refinishing & painting furniture and shopping for vintage and antique treasures.  The images show you how to put it all together to create a livable yet stylish home.

Miss Mustard Seed has been a huge inspiration to the blogging & DIY community.  I had the pleasure of first meeting Marian last year.  Her business was growing rapidly and I had the opportunity to source some vintage treasures for her.  I was thrilled to see some of those Circa Dee finds show up in the gorgeous photos in her book!  It’s kind of like 7 degrees of vintage separation or something.

As you probably know, Marian’s business has continued to grow with the development of her milk paint line and now the release of her book.  I am happy to stock her book and milk paint in the shop as she’s been such an encouragement and muse.

You haven’t read the book yet?  You’re in luck because I am giving away a copy of it here on the blog!  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post by Saturday, December 1st at midnight EST.  That’s it!

You want to come to the book signing?  Great!  Bring your friends!  Again, it is on December 22nd from 1-3 pm at our Brick & Mortar shop located at Center Point Pond in Worcester, PA Montgomery county – outside of Philadelphia near Skippack, Collegeville, Lansdale & Blue Bell to name a few!  1814 Valley Forge Road Worcester, PA

Please RSVP for the FREE book signing on the Facebook event page or by email.

tis the season

I couldn’t be happier about the arrival of Spring. Afterall, it means the arrival of all of the really, really ridiculously good junking. I am totally in my element when uncovering long forgotten vintage goodies in the back of someone’s barn like on Saturday when I scored all of this and some…

Remember what I said last week about only making strategic purchases and buying less blah blah?  Well, forget it!  I was just kidding but thank god I cleaned out the garage to make room for everyone else’s junk.  Woo hoo!

And by the way, I don’t know if I could have timed it better but my long-awaited copy of I Brake for Yard Sales: and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster is supposed to drop today in my mailbox!  The book is authored by Good Morning America correspondent Lara Spencer who  shares her secrets for bargain hunting, restoring, and decorating.  Sounds like my kind of girl.  She knows a thing or two from her work on Antiques Roadshow.  I can’t wait to read it! 

Let’s review the weekend loot, shall we?  I’ve been on a trunk/foot locker kick lately.  Remember my World War II one?  I’m still obsessed with it.   This one is smaller than most because it is a boy scout locker.  It would be the perfect addition in a little boy’s room at the foot of his bed filled with toys or blankets. 

Next up are a few pieces of luggage…one fab and one not so fab but I went for it anyway.  Irresistible.  Yes, I am describing luggage as irresistible.  It is vintage.

I may regret this one later because it is not leather but something about the CLUB sticker was appealing at the time.

Scale love in a perfectly rusty green.

I hit all of the main food groups in the junking pyramid…luggage, scales and fans!

I always love a few good half aprons.

Never have I ever picked up an old whisk broom but there’s a first time for everything. I kind of like him.  I think I’ll keep him.

Amongst all of this junk, I was surprised to find a perfect mid-century clutch unharmed. As much as I love it, I posted it on etsy already if you’re interested.

Did you find any good vintage this weekend?

Linking to:  Her Library Adventures