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  • 16 Aug 2010
    From Jennifer Thornson - Original Blog posted here My good buddy, Scoobie, is a vista chick. She loves the idea of a bright orange Western mesa, a handsome cowboy, and a beautiful sunset. The budding decor in her new home reflects this. So it stands on the precipice of Victoriana, arts and crafts, and merry Western kitsch. She is still finding her way. But one collection she has continued via the power of thrifting and antiquing is her Western-themed decanter collection... Something fans of the unique, inexpensive and fun, will recognize as easy-to-find vintage collectibles at thrift stores, flea markets, antique malls, and yard sales! Scoobie has kindly let me showcase her collection-to-date for you today-- for which I'd like to thank her. (She's very kind about letting me take photos of whatever she's up to for the ol' blog. Hugs to her!) I know The Thrift Shop Romantic does have some indulgent male readers, and this might just pique the interest. Think of the rugged pulp fiction of Louis L'Amour... And Zane Gray... And the artist Remington... And bourbon! Oh, lots of bourbon! Like these fun, in-the-box bottles of Jim Beam Kentucky Bourbon, flocked in blue velvet and flecked in gold... They're covered in Remington prints and generally quite inexpensive in both antique malls and thrift stores, if you're willing to shop around. I understand, the trick is remembering which ones you already have. Scoobie has also gotten for just a few dollars a piece, a couple of bottles that reflect the retro travel souvenir style that was popular in the 50s and 60s. Like this fun Yosemite map bottle she uncovered. Others, take on the shape of a real item... Like this stagecoach Kentucky bourbon bottle. Or an Arizona bottle shaped like a mesa I believe (if my memory serves me correctly, because I was there at the time of purchase) she bought for only $3 or so at the Pottery City Antique Mall in, Ohio... (Correct me if I'm wrong, Scoobie!) Also, Jim Beam came out with a brown-bottled wildlife series. I got her the chipmunk bottle at the Salvation Army on the South Side of Pittsburgh last year, but she found the other two herself. As for value, on the whole, don't expect to make a mint off your decorative bottles, but there are collectors' societies who do specialize in certain types of decanters. I enjoyed perusing the following decanter-related sites (click the links to learn more):   The Jim Beam Club Check out the bottle pictures here!:   Jim Beam Pictorials Page And don't forget:   Collectors Net Me, I have to go. I need to round-up some dinner. Can I get a "yeeeee-hawwwww"?" :) For more info or the blogs from Jennifer, go to:  
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  • 27 Dec 2010
    LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - They began with little things. A couple of rusty old train lanterns, some farm implements, a device called a "toe-toaster" that let its users brown slices of bread in the kitchen fireplace and flip them with their feet. Eventually, their collectors' ardor wasn't satisfied by garage sales and flea markets and Patricia Anne "Annie" Salvatore and her husband, Joseph, began to scout "antique" buildings. Their passion led to 26 acquisitions - including a blacksmith shed, carpentry shop, and carriage house - at what is now Cold Spring Village, a 30-acre living-history museum on Route 9 about three miles north of Cape May. Read more:  
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  • 30 Nov 2010
    KEARNEY NE- A married couple who moved back to Nebraska from Colorado opened an antique store in Downtown Kearney: The Bricks recently. Evelyn and Matthew Seip opened Home Thyme at 2217 Central Ave. Oct. 29. Home Thyme sells antiques, home decor, furniture and collectibles. Evelyn, originally from Lexington, worked in her mother's antique shop, Antiques and More, in Overton before managing floral shops in Colorado. "I've helped my mother on and off for years," Evelyn said. "I've been a picker for her for years. It's always been kind of a hobby. I like mixing the old with the new."   Read the entire store here:
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NEWS: Big Daddy's Antiques expands to S.F.

SF - CA  Sometimes big things come in small packages. Other times, well, nature dictates that big things just have to come in even bigger packages. And it's those large-scale, leftover wonders of the world that occasionally find their way into an artful landscape of salvage at Big Daddy's Antiques.

The 18-year-old Los Angeles shop spread to San Francisco in late fall. Adjacent to Thee Parkside in Potrero Hill, it anchors the ever-widening eastern design district.

Famed for his business' substantial real estate at the Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire, owner Shane Brown had wanted to make the move for years. "We do extremely well there, and everyone was bummed out that we weren't in San Francisco full time," says Brown. The right space - a 13,000-square-foot warehouse spaciously crafted in the 1920s to build ships - was the final lure.

Big Daddy's lives up to the name with a catchall of outsize pieces - from rusted old store signage to 7-foot-tall wood birdcages and perhaps even, yes, a model schooner (actually a Treasure Island movie prop).

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