Man, if I lived in FL I would most definitely take part in this! Being immersed in antiques and sitting in your lounge chair getting some sun all day sounds just about perfect!
And inside the store, of course I found an endless amount of goodies. All of which wouldn't fit in my suitcase so instead I took some snapshots for inspiration. These small brass snails are adorable. I love the use of nature in decorating, and these guys on a shelf I thought would be charming! If you're not a fan of the brass, another neat idea would be to use primer to paint them white and give them a bisque-like pottery look.
I also am a huge fan of almost anything ethnic & tribal looking. This basket would be great as a magazine bin or even small waste basket.
These are vintage mirrored buttons I could kick myself for not buying. Especially at $0.25 each! And I'm sure had I bought a ton I could have negotiated a little too. I can't stop thinking about them and how much I would have loved to string them in a clustered effect on a necklace or bracelet. The coolest part is the story behind them too...they were purchased from a circus family in Sarasota!
Check out how different and fun is this vintage cow creamer is below. I love when dishes are mis-matched and thought this would be a fun addition to anyone's china collection.
This is a vintage piece of luggage but what I loved was it's size. It's a bit bigger than a sewing or cosmetic case, and taller than a hat box but it's smaller than an actual suitcase. I wish I could remember what it's real purpose was now. I think it's so great when beautiful vintage luggage is stacked in a room, on the side of a sofa or underneath an open-base entry way table. This guy is really the perfect size for the top of the stack. And also more than anything I love that it's covered in a tartan plaid wool (something different to mix with leather) and has those super industrial brass hinges. I really should have used it as a toiletry case just to bring it back on the plane with me ;).
As you can see, I never lack finding something while antiquing. So there's still lots more finds to go ;).
I recently decorated an apartment and the concept the owner and I came up with was a chic nautical vibe. The next few pieces would have totally worked, too bad that project's complete! This was a beautiful large piece of natural coral in a really nice dusty purple hue.
These are brass anchor book ends. Again, painted in a bisque white they would read super modern on a book shelf!
I love these fireplace end irons. I would either leave these as-is in the brass color for a vintage look or paint a high-gloss blue or red for a great modern lacquer effect.
I'm a huge sucker for conversation pieces. This hoof I believe was from a water buffalo. Actually I may be making that up, it's been almost a month since I first saw this thing, but hey that'll do, right?! ;). So this vintage water buffalo hoof was turned into an ash tray but easily could be used as a catchall on your entryway for keys, a match book holder, etc. It's so neat!
I do believe these homeowners were actually in the process of refinishing the door, probably getting it stripped and just hadn't let it go (which is what I initially thought ;). I loved how castle-like and old this crackling and chipping effect made the door feel and would absolutely love to recreate this look on a more modern home or even a barn. This is definitely one to add to my archives for the future!
Stay tuned for the rest of our trip and the local market we came across. I'm hoping this puts warm thoughts in your head...thinking about the beach and the sun wherever you are. I know even Florida's cold right now!