Saturday, May 7, 2011

Vintage Treasures

If you have ever read my profile, 
you might know
that one of the hats I wear 
is an antique dealer.
My friend and I share a booth 
at a local antique mall.

Well, spring is here and there are deals to be found!

I have a hard time selling what I find a LOT of the time.
(The only downfall of my job, 
according to my dear husband.)
Here are some things I am currently struggling with....
I want to keep most of these things.

What do you think?

Sweetie pie cute little alabaster lamp.....$22. (I had the shade in the closet!)

Set of brass bookends....$65.

Heavy carved 1" thick wooden frame..... $10! (This is 14" tall.... very large!)

Plaster pigeon with hole for candle or plant, $2  and another marble lamp with shade   $33.
Two pewter pitchers.... 6-8" tall. $20. and $22 each.

Ceramic top hat, a lidded box. Have never seen anything like it.

I can hide chocolates in here maybe? Or keys.... I guess. $28.

Cool vintage handmade roulette wheel kind of game.

Little bird with beak ticks off the winning spin. $29  Anyone know what game this might have been?
Cutie patootie Steiff kitty without tags. $12...he "made" me buy him. :)

Close-ups of lidded urn..... $45.

There is still more stuff in the car I have yet to unpack!
Three days of shopping. Furniture too.

What should I keep?


Connie the crafterbug said...

I really love those pewter pitchers. I also really love the song you have on your blog.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the lamps and the pewter. You did find some great treasures, I would be in big trouble if I had to choose. Hugs, Marty

Karen said...

You HAVE to keep the book-ends. They're made for your house! I think you should also keep the little alabaster lamp. So adorable! And the top hat would look good in your house also. I think you should sell that gorgeous carved frame to me! The other things are lovely and unique, but could probably be sold in your booth. For what it's worth, that's my opinion...

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I would definitely keep the little alabaster lamp. It is adorable, and you can always find a small, dark corner for it :D

Karena said...

I love it all, especially the pewter pitchers and bookends, oh an the alabaster lamp!

You can always host a giveaway!!


Art by Karena

Janette - The2Seasons said...

I vote for the alabaster lamp. It is very sweet.

Janette - The2Seasons said...

I vote for the alabaster lamp. It is very sweet.

Rebecca said...

I think you'd better keep the brass bookends!

Rebecca said...

I think you'd better keep the brass bookends!

AntiqueChase said...

The bookends of course!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love the top hat, Alison! That would be so great at the holidays with some greenery and berries ~ as if Frosty just happened to leave it there. : ) I know you weren't showing them, but I love your transferware pieces. Love how you put a little plant in the one cup and saucer.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Love all your goodies! I think you should keep that black lidded hat! You will NEVER see another one of those!

Happy PS and Happy Mother's Day!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Kathy said...

I don't think you need that beautiful turkey platter do you? If you decide it should go let me know what you want for that. Beautiful stuff to drool over on this post!

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Save the lamps until I make it to your shop. Then sell them to me :) Where is your booth located? I'd love to visit next time I'm in the area!

Toad said...

Keep the urn in the first photo and the top hat.

Blondie's Journal said...

I could never be a dealer...everything would stay in my home!! I love the brass bookends, they really fit The Polohouse!!

BTW, I took a look at our weather vane after one of your posts and it is a horse and carriage. Hubby found it at an antique store in Michigan.


Suzanne said...

It would be impossible for me to be an antique dealers, that's for sure.

You should keep everything except that heavy wooden frame.

Suzanne said...

P.S. Then you need to let us know where your antique place is located so that we can go and snatch up all the other stuff.

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

the alabaster lamp and the kitty! where's the shop?


Sarah said...

Alison, I'd love to be close enough to show your booth. Great finds! I think I'd have the same difficulty. I wouldn't want to sell any of these. That said, you have to keep the book ends. They are perfect for Polohouse.
Hope you are having a delightful weekend. Happy Mother's Day! ~ Sarah

A Hint of Home said...

You have some treasures there! It would be hard to pick which ones to keep and which ones to sell.
That hat is special and I really love that frame!
Have a fun weekend! Would love to visit your shop!

Babs said...

Alison, If I had to choose... I'd keep the alabaster lamp, the brass bookends and the pewter pitchers... oh, and the frame.
You find the most perfect pieces and I wish you had a booth near Atlanta.
I hope you have a very Happy Mother's Day.

Cozy Little House said...

Well, that little lamp with the shade you had in storage is adorable! The shade just makes that one. This is precisely why I do not have a booth somewhere. I would never be able to part with anything!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Alison, I have the same problem with selling things. The good thing is you can keep some of these for a while and then sale them when you find something to replace it. I love the lamps and the top hat is really unique.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Just wanted to respond to those of you asking where the shop is, we are in a 6,000+ sq.ft. building, an antique mall called Anna's Mostly Mahogany in Highwood, Illinois. (Her other location in in San Francisco).
You can read about and see the shop at the blog site:

Check it out!
Thanks for your questions.

Cindy said...

Oh, I have the same problem...I want to keep everything I should be taking to the shop also! I'm with Ricki Jill...I would keep the alabaster lamp...adorable!

waveney said...

I have many bookends and they do somtimes get lost and unappreciated on the sides of books....repurpose??? I have used some to prop tilted art prints or black and white etchings in a bookcase.
2. urn
3. frame

waveney said...

I am a sucker for bookends but they can get lost on the sides of books.....repurpose???
I have used some as a a prop for tilted echings or prints in a bookcase or on a mantel.
2. urn

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Well, it looks like these treasures have already found a good home!
Beautiful things!!!! I would have troble letting go too!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Keep it all! How can you get rid of such pretty treasures? lol Maybe just sell everything and go on another shopping spree.

AshTreeCottage said...

I am the last person who should answer that question. I love antiques, I crave vintage and would have such a hard time parting with any of your treasures.

Susan and Bentley

Debra@Common Ground said...

I have this same problem. My solution is to live with what you don't think you can sell for awhile, then I later can let them go. It works most of the time. LOL!
I agree, those bookends were made for you, xo Debra

The Tablescaper said...


I'm new to your blog and so enjoying it. Looks like you found some amazing things. That top hat box is so unique, I don't think I could part with it.

- The Tablescaper

Linda said...

Alison, It's hard to part with treasures you find. Can you tell me about that turkey plate. Is it Japan.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Linda!
That turkey plate in my kitchen hutch is unmarked. Not sure where it came from but I do know I bought it on Etsy two Thanksgivings ago!
Thanks for your question!