Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vintage Thursday: A Peek at the Booth

Here's a look at some of my new booth at the antique mall. It's not a complete look because I left my camera behind. I am so worried that it will be gone when I go back tomorrow. I sure hope someone honest finds it and turns it in. I have loved this camera and will be very sad if it's gone.

As it turned out, the memory card got full as I was snapping photos so I changed it out and that is how I happen to have a few photos to show you even though the camera (and the bulk of my photos) is AWOL. So here's at least a peek at what it looks like.

This is Shelf Unit 1. I tried to arrange like with like as much as possible, keeping colored glass and white glass grouped--but the yellow honey pitcher had to go beside the Pfaltzgraf bee-themed pitcher and went okay with the flowered retro plates too. I don't like the color of these shelving units; we'd intended to paint them but the weather turned too cold for that so we opted to use them as they were. I'd like to replace these one day with white wood shelves. On the plus side, the shelves are adjustable and they have a baked-on enamel on steel finish that is pretty tough. Maybe I'll learn to live with them as they are.

Second shelf is green and clear glass alone with a little amber. There was some Capri dot glasses on this shelf that must have sold. I noticed several things were gone so that was good. This has some retro 70's glass, a Pyrex casserole, some English hobnail grill plates, some fan-shaped snack plates and some other odds and ends. We took another full tote over today and still have space to fill. I'd like more light on these shelves, another future project.

Lots of room on shelf 3! I do believe some things were missing here. As my friend Joy said, take pictures on each visit so you can see what's not there when you come back! I need to work on this shelf, and will bring more things to better stock it later this week, I hope. The English soup tureen and matching underplate is pretty nice; there's a large cobalt glass bowl not showing to good advantage here. The bottom shelf has mostly metal trays and tins, along with some Oriental-look items and that random basket that had so other place to go.

Shelf Unit 2: on the top is a set of wood nesting boxes (handpainted fruit designs on the lids), baskets, a HUGE beer stein and a tall glass Blenko vase, along with a set of 6 black and white checked woven placemats. This shelf is mainly kitchenware, and mostly 30's to 80's vintage. Green handled Coke glasses, a coffee grinder that works but is really for decoration I think, Hazel Atlas Ovide cream and sugar, a stovetop toaster, French mustard pot with a wooden spoon, a Pyrex bowl full of kitchen gadgets, a square mirror clock and a chrome clock, salt and peppers, egg cups, and a huge glass fish platter made in France, among other things.
Shelf 2 holds a small graniteware roaster, juice set, a metal bucket with red-checked napkin filled with kitchen gadgets, a beanpot and a few assorted items.
The bottom two shelves are still kitchen items, a lot of metal things, like stainless pots, icetrays, etc. Some nice syrup pitchers too.

Then there is the "lady" corner! Lots of pink and pretties here.
Hankies! I remember buying these for my mother when I was a girl--they were sheer, beautiful and useless really as a hankie. But so pretty! Back then they cost 59 or 69 cents; that was 50 years ago.
I used a garland of pearls as decoration in the booth, stringing it across and around this feminine area. The lighted lamp adds a soft glow through a flowered shade.

Aprons hang on wood ladders above the "primitive" table. I took more photos of this area but alas, they are on my camera, wherever it is :(  I hope it is in safekeeping and that I will be able to share more photos with you tomorrow. So far I have not covered half of the booth, so there is a lot more to show.

Send good thoughts to my camera and tell it to come home safely!

Linking to these friends today: A Vintage Green, Colorado Lady, Apron Thrift Girl, Her Library Adventures and A Coastal Charm. Check them out to see lots of great thrifting finds and vintage items!

17 comments:

Mary said...

Lovely work! Here's hoping someone is keeping your camera safe. My watch fell off at our library, and when I got home, ready to call around, there was already a message "we have a watch and think it's yours . . ."

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Looks like you have been running a booth for a long time. Sure hope your camera got turned in to the front desk - did you phone or were they closed when you noticed? The full shelf look works. Congratulations indeed.
Joy

Granny Sue said...

Joy, I had good advice :) Thank you! I checked the other booths and noticed that many just had a few things on their shelves. The ones I spent time in were full with lots to look at. I'll go back tomorrow with more stuff.

Granny Sue said...

Thank you, Mary! By the time I noticed my camera wasn't here, the mall was closed :/ So I'll be at their doors first thing in the morning. The good thing is that the camera is insured--when we changed to USAA insurance we could get this "incidental" insurance that covered such losses. So if it's not there, at least I can get something back on its value although probably not the full amount. I would not have taken that insurance but by doing so we actually dropped our rate on the other policies! It costs like $2 a month and saved us almost $20 a month on our rate. USAA is a great, great company.

Andi said...

Your booth is beautiful...sure to be the favorite of shoppers there!

Andi

Anonymous said...

Beautiful displays. My downfall is glassware. We started collecting a few years ago. Johnson Brothers, Friendly Village, with the red school house on the dinner plates. I have enough to give each of our daughters a complete set. We've ordered all the special pieces, china coffee pot, tea pot, etc etc. I have a bunch of odds and ends plates that I love as well. And I like Jadite. However at this point I don't have one bit of space anywhere for more dishes. In fact, I've had to pack some away.
Love them so much. your stuff is lovely.
Blessings, Barb

c. Joy said...

You do good work. In fact, you're making it look easy... beautiful. Makes me want to try and do this - in Texas, of course. Hope your camera is back with you.

Nance said...

Hoping your camera is "held" safe and sound and enjoying your full shelves and your less than . . . lol. You have an artist's eys (and poet's tongue! lol) I always enjoy your posts.

Ronda said...

Nice! Your groupings are beautiful! Having fun? Please email prices to me if you can. The cobalt vase, the Shaker boxes, and do you ever run into pieces of Blue Ridge Pottery?

JJM said...

Actually, I think having a piece or two that are of a contrasting colour on the shelves, especially if there's some other reason for them to be there (the yellow pitcher with the bee-themed pitcher, say) is a good move. Too much all-of-one colour tends to look dull, and too much colour variation makes for a jumbled appearance. Your shelves are aesthetically pleasing, to me. --Mario

Amy said...

I was doing pretty good, until I saw the vintage linen. I'm addicted.

Looks really good. How about setting one nesting box on its side so that buyers can see the handpainted fruit design on the top?

Awesome Susanne!

Anonymous said...

it looks really pretty. cheap lighting solution is little white Christmas tree lights - especially on shelves with glassware, or around the edges of the shelves....

Kimberley King

Granny Sue said...

Kimberley, today we took some twinkle lights to the booth but didn't hook them up yet. That's a next step! I love it that you're thinking the same way. Great minds, right?

And Amy, that's a great suggestion. I'll do they when we go back on Saturday.

Good point, Mario. One to keep in mind for the future.

ELLOUISESTORY said...

Love the booth set up. So glad you posted the pictures. Just the place I would love to browse - and be so tempted I would buy something. Hope it is wonderfully successful.

Granny Sue said...

Thank you, Ellouise. Maybe when your life settles down, a visit here is in order :) Wouldn't we have fun?

Rowan said...

Looks like a really interesting booth to browse round - glad to hear that you've already sold some stuff. I really like the pink corner - those hankies reminded me that I used to buy boxes of hankies as presents for my mum too. No-one seems to use them these days though - except me:)

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Love, love, LOVE! :)

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