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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: Antiques to fill former Stein Mart location

Lafayette, IN  -  Vacant for four years, things are finally buzzing again in a large anchor location at Market Square shopping center in Lafayette.


After occupying space in Eastway Plaza, Raven's Roost Antiques is moving its consignment business of antique, vintage and collectible items into the former Stein Mart store. It will open there on July 5.

"We basically outgrew the (current) location. We couldn't grow and bring in people on the waiting list," said Tammie Williams, Raven's Roost Antiques owner. "We're expanding our line of products. We'll have more variety and be open longer hours."

Raven's Roost will use part of the building to conduct auction sales and rent the space to auctioneers.

Citing an inability to meet "expectations for profitability," Stein Mart closed its store at Market Square in mid-2006 -- 10 years after it opened.

"It's been one of those 'black holes' we've been trying to fill," said Jennie Kirby of Kirby Realty, who handled the leasing of the nearly 50,000 square feet of retail space to Raven's Roost. "We think it will be a great draw. It's going to be kind of neat to see the kind of traffic they will get on the city's north end."

With the economy showing some improvement, Raven's Roost is the latest merchant to occupy previously vacant space at Market Square.

Last fall, Pro Resources Staffing Services, an employment services company; Snapperz Family Fun & Sports, an indoor fun and party center; and Cattails to Roses by Eve, a flower shop, opened in Market Square.

"We're 92 percent occupied. We're constantly talking to people," said Kirby, who recently was involved in renewing the lease of nearly 7,300 square feet at the shopping center for Arni's Restaurant.

Williams opened Raven's Roost Antiques a year ago in Eastway Plaza, after a history of buying and selling antiques on a private basis.

"We've done really well in our current space and will miss that. But we need to meet the demand of what we're getting, with calls and consignments daily," said Williams.

"We do turn over a lot of antique furniture. People are looking for good quality wood products."


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