Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Back to the Booths: An Update on Marietta and Riverbend Antique Malls

Now that the storytelling rush is over for a bit, I can turn my attention back to my booths. Not to painting yet, because I cannot get inspired to paint just yet. Maybe soon. First I need to take care of things like housework, putting up garden produce, working on my booths, and catching up on paperwork.

We did get some booth work done this week. Not a lot, just a few change-ups with some new items and some moving around of current items.

First, Marietta: we added a nice oak dresser here, which necessitated some shifting about to make space. Fortunately the treadle table was sold so we could move it to the storage area of the antique mall. That opened up some space.

I did a grouping of most of the clocks I had in the booths on top, and added the two milk glass lamps that were not in ideal locations before.

The old phonograph moved to a new spot; this is really a unique piece. The "guts" are really old, and they work. The cabinet was handmade of American Chestnut by a West Virginia craftsman, probably in the 1940's. It's a beautiful piece.

In the corner cabinet, a new Hall "Aladdin" teapot was added, along with a Thomas Kinkade "cottage" teapot and a small made-in-Japan (so pre-1990, probably) porcelain teapot on the bottom shelf.

A medley of kitchen items on a tabletop including a set of Pyrex in sunny shades, some Hall mugs, a mid-century snack set, a couple reproduction coffee grinders, and two vintage sifters--one large, one smaller Androck with pretty red tulip trim.

and in a cabinet, a big green coffeepot,  and an amethyst Pyrex bowl.

On another shelf, blues and greens, whites and a touch of pink. The cobalt vase is Fenton, and we found it on the muddy, filthy floor of a garage (!). It cleaned up nicely. The blue pottery piece is RimRill, a Redwing pottery piece. It's lovely but has a few tiny chips on the rim. The little pink vase in the middle I have not identified. The cobalt bowl is a Blenko "sunflower" bowl, and the milk glass candleholders are Imperial diamond point, which I've also seen called English hobnail. I don't know the maker of the cobalt bookends or the plain white salt and pepper shakers. The green mug of course is Fire-King jadeite, and the green pitcher and tumblers is Morgantown Crinkle or Seneca Driftwood. Those two are very similar, and I'd have to do some research again to tell you the difference.

On this shelf, you can see part of a yellow Blendo pitcher with 6 juice glasses, two Fenton barber bottles, some MacBeth-Evans dishes in Monax--this glass has that glowing "fire" inside when held to the light. That's a Viking amberina dish on the right, and a corner of a Jeannette set of two platters, a pitcher and juice glasses.

The ruby shelf! Well, mostly amberina and amber, actually.

The old Hoosier-style cabinet is still there, not sold yet. These cabinets do sell, but slowly. It takes someone with some space to buy one of these.

I added a silverplate service, just for contrast, to the items on the Hoosier.

Not quite as many photos of Ravenswood this time, but I will be back over there later this week so I'll get more.

I think my favorite add was this church pew. It was an adventure getting it home, and then to the booth because it's over 8 feet long. So it went from the very back of the van all the way to the front, but the passenger seat had to scoot all the way up to get it in! That meant one of us sitting in the back on whatever we could find. But I love it--the man we bought it from originally planned to put it out by his firepit, which would have ruined it in a short time. That's why he agreed to sell it to us. It will be awesome on someone's porch, or in a big family room. It's all oak, heavy and sturdy.

We brought this little table in to replace the small rustic washstand we'd brought in to replace the washtubs we'd brought in to replace the Tappan range--this corner has had a lot of sales recently!

I needed more shelf space, so these stacked apple crates are filling in.

On the Hoosier, a bright yellow scale, Pyrex "Primary Colors" bowls, and some American PresCut glass from mid-century, around 1960-1970's. Some mushroom mugs stacked in the center, a set of six.

A little bit of a French theme here, with Eiffel Tower lamp, votive holder, and plate.

Another cool find was this big battery jar. These were used to hold batteries for home electrical systems prior to the establishment of a national power grid. You can read about how these worked here. A jar with its lid intact (this one is a crockery lid) is a pretty rare find.

That's a bit of what's new in the booths!

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Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Thank you Sue, I love seeing your booths, your groupings, your additions and the way that you create beauty from your finds.

Granny Sue said...

Joy, mine aren't a patch on your displays! You truly are a mater of the art. I'm pretty homespun in comparison. I sure appreciate your kind words though :) I love doing this!

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