Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Never Too Tired for an Antique Fix

I had a table at a two day craft fair this past weekend.  Because of the limited space (one 6 foot table) I only brought jewelry and a few other small items.  My mom had the table next to me and she brought along her beautiful purses and dolls made from vintage fabric.  She also had some gorgeous Christmas trees made from all the vintage jewelry she's been collecting.  I kept eyeing her trees and mentally picturing what all the little jewels would look like on a necklace...bad Betsy, bad!  This picture really doesn't do them justice....much more sparkly and shiny in person.

There was a good steady crowd all weekend, but definitely more lookers than buyers.  When the 3:00 closing time came around we were more than ready for a few hours in the antique mall.

If you live in the area and haven't been to the Antique Trove in Roseville, or if you haven't been for a while, it is SO worth the trip.  I don't know anyone with a booth there, but I have noticed a huge transformation since the last time I visited.  No empty spaces and no thrift store merchandise.  Love those thrift stores, but not in an antique mall.  So many drool worthy treasures.

Garrett from Platanitis was working on his fabulous booth.  Look at all these goodies......

It all needs to come home with me....the storage, nooks and crannies, color, texture, and two of those fabulous chairs.  I'm imagining my jewelry supplies in all these drawers.

I spotted some fun and unusual items in a few other booths also.....

Get a load of those little pasties.

What the?????  This picture is about 3' tall.  Who are these guys?  Are they a singing duo from the 70's?  I can't think of their names.  Looks like the guy on the left is about to pop a few buttons.

Early 1900's Clown Piano...weird.  It was much smaller than a standard piano, but bigger than a toy.

So many lockers and fabulous storage containers.  Oh, how I love this stuff.   Who needs dressers, cabinets, or drawers when you can have these. 


I love the way these glove molds are displayed.

These drawers were about 3 feet deep!

This huge library card catalog cabinet greets you as you walk in the front door.
What would you do with all these drawers?  All 130 of them?

I've been noticing lockers all over the place.  Love 'em!  I'm going to have to splurge on a set one of these days. Maybe then I'll stop having that recurring dream where I'm back in high school and I can't find my locker.

I'm linking up with these fun parties:

The Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday,
A Little Knick Knack for Everything but the Kitchen Sink,
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday


  1. Glenda/MidSouthNovember 9, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    I would have been dreaming about necklaces made from the jewels on those trees also. :-D

  2. Courtney ~ French Country CottageNovember 9, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Hey there Betsy~ I haven't been to the trove in awhile either... I know just what you mean about empty spaces and lots of thrifty junk at way too high prices... I will have to go check out the revamped trove for sure!! I love those trees - they are so pretty!! How fun to be selling right next to your mom!! :)

  3. The Polka Dot ClosetNovember 9, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Wow, that was fun. I would love 130 drawers full of buttons, jewelry, lace and other goodies. What a great shop. Your Mom's jewelry trees are gorgeous!!!


  4. G. PlatanitisNovember 9, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    What a great post with all sorts of fun treasures! It was nice meeting you Betsy!

  5. kpaintsNovember 10, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Oh my gosh, to die for cabinets, cubby holes and lockers! I can feel your desire, pouring out of this post! lol What jewelry gal wouldn't give her eyeteeth for one of those!

  6. Michelle L.November 10, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    Your mom's trees are stunning. Stunning, I say!!! So this is where you got your artistic eye. It all makes sense now.

  7. LisaNovember 10, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Hi, Betsy! Your mother's trees are beautiful and I don't blame you for that silent re-creating session you had with them! :) I also want to thank you for visiting my blog, my jewelry blog, and my daughter's blog! You are too sweet. I did, after your comment, post two more jewelry items. Would love for you to go take a look. Going to post more, but it is basketball season for my daughter and we are certainly keeping the roads 'hot' now! Have a great day!

  8. A Cottage MuseNovember 10, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Absolutely love those lovely trees! Thanks for sharing all the photos .... lots of great treasures!!

  9. SusanneNovember 10, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Oh, man, such a cool post, so much to see. I love your mom's trees but ya, I'd be lusting over the bits and pieces too. And the storage pieces, you got me drooling. The middle school closest to me is getting rid of their lockers, just not having lockers any more. Not sure what the logic is behind that but I need to see about nabbing some of them, they are less than 10 years old. Better than the beat up ones I have that I keep meaning to repaint.

  10. PamNovember 10, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Those lockers are so cool. I don't know where I would put them, but I feel like I need them now.

  11. MaureenNovember 10, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    It would be a treat to spend an afternoon in there - so many interesting things.

    Yours mom's blinged up trees are so nice.

  12. Blue Ridge Altered ArtNovember 11, 2010 at 6:24 AM

    I love the trees. I have been saving my vintage jewelry to make a framed jewelry tree. I bought my Mom one many years ago on ebay that lights up and have been wanting to make one for myself with all clear jewelry. I have almost collected enough. Thanks for sharing especially the tour thru the antique mall. ~~Sherry~~

  13. Gail @ Faithfulness FarmNovember 11, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    So many interesting treasures! I would love a card catalog cabinet...I'd fill it with embroidery threads and ribbons and whatnots....don't ask where I'd put it because there is no room, lol!


  14. TammyNovember 11, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Loved browsing all of your photos. I could take home every single piece!

  15. P.November 11, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Lots of neat stuff! I'm drawn to the old card catalog drawers. Must be the bookworm in me!

  16. ColoradoladyNovember 11, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Wow, what great things today!! I love those trees. Happy VTT!

  17. AnnaNovember 11, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Your mom's trees are beautiful. Thanks for the trip to the antique mall, good thing I wasn't there in person, the rent would never get paid!!

  18. Debra@Common GroundNovember 11, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    What great displays, love all the nooks and crannies and great imagination!!
    Thanks for linking up with VIF!

  19. kathyNovember 11, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    I love those burlap chairs - they're to die for.. and such wonderful creativity in selecting all of those wonderful finds. I have to go see his space...

  20. AnnieNovember 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    I want to shop there! Love all the storage treasures!

  21. JennyNovember 13, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    So much eye candy....

    I've chosen you for the Stylish Blogger Award. Come by if you'd like to accept!
    Your friend,

  22. moNovember 16, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Hi Betsy, I love your mom's sparkly trees. Oh how beautiful to have them year around. I adore library catalog cabinets. They are just beautiful. *hugs*

  23. MegNovember 17, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Oh my gosh--I want it all! What fun finds! I love the card catalogs and the old signs! Some of my favorite stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  24. PleasantGirlsNovember 23, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Hi Betsy, Thanks for sharing a great trip with us. So fun that you were in Roseville!!!! Have a great holiday to you and your Moms...give her my love.
    Sandy - The Tattered House

  25. DeniseNovember 23, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    what a fun bunch o stuff!! That picture of the two guys cracks me up! The guy on the right looks really familiar, but I have no idea who they are either. Too funny.

  26. Into VintageFebruary 7, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Thanks for all the peeks into The Trove -- I really want to get out to Roseville during my visit next week. I think I can fit one only one of those sets of drawers in my car!

  27. Brambleberry CottageJune 16, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    I could use several of the multi-drawer storage units. A girl can never have enough space to store all here JUNK! Am I right? ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  28. SherriJuly 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    My mother told me once that I am notorious for making something out of nothing and my mother in law refers to it as my junk, but she continues to give me garage sale treasures for xmas and my BD! Which pleases both of us! I love all things vintage! And have all my life! I also take new stuff and make it look old, because thats how I roll! I was instantly captured by your storage units, when I saw them while doing a search for (old dresser, cabinet, with lots of drawers for sale)! You rock! :)


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