Here are even more pics of our fabulous antique adventures:
The best part about shopping with Beans and Mi Madre, is that we just walk around mocking all the horrible things we find. We love to pick out hideous things to traumatize each other with. We’re constantly asking each other “Who would make this? How on Earth did this object actually get mass-produced?” (aside from the Fonz puzzle. Who WOULDN’T want one of those??) When we find bizarre ceramic animals we give them names, like Sarcastic Deer and Skeptical Puppy. The snark is the entertainment, and it is endless. If we could be drinking at the same time, it would be so awesome the time-space continuum would rip apart from too much awesome being in one location. Which is why we stay sober. For the benefit of the Universe. YOU ARE WELCOME.
I just want to leave you with one final image. When I was uploading all these photos, the computer froze on this image for a good 20 seconds, and it was slightly disturbing. It is hypnotic, yet frightening, alluring, yet repellent. I give you:
I went antiquing with my sister, Beans, and our mom a couple weekends ago. In order to restrain myself from buying all the adorable, frightening, weird things I find, I’ve started taking pictures instead. Here are a whole bunch of them:
So, I apparently took a crap-ton of pictures, so now this is a 2 part blog post! Hooray, me!
My sis Beans just bought a house. Yes, she’s a real grown up now! I had the chance to go visit her, and of course, drink a lot, but while it was still early in the day, and socially unacceptable to drink, we had to pass the time somehow. We decided to go dig through the block of antique shops in Richmond, outside of Houston. That place has always been a gem of weird, and affordable antiques, and we both love going there. Here are some pics of the things that would be filling my house right now, if my car hadn’t broken down. AGAIN.
This is a tiny, dollhouse-sized, Japanese privacy screen. The detail is amazing, and it’s double sided! It was hard to leave this behind. I wonder if I can make my own at some point??
This is a tiny pitcher, similar to a child’s tea set. It’s designed to look like Fiesta Ware, but it was not authentic. It was only $2, and I fell in love with the vivid orange color. Sadly, I have zero orange stuff in the house, so I avoided one more piece of clutter. It’s a really good thing I didn’t buy this, because I kept seeing other things that were this shade of orange and thinking, “That will go with my new tiny pitcher! I should get that too!” I’m sure all the orange would look great under the bridge we’d have to move to.
This is an old, closed down, art-deco movie theater in town. I hope someone restores it at some point.
Who doesn’t need a giant harpy shelf?
This is basically a fancy paper doll. Her dress is fabric, and her hair is thread. She’s just really gorgeous.
This type of glassware is very popular and very common, but the prices can be a bit steep. I love the colors, and they come in a variety of patterns.
This was really hard to pass up; it’s a Hindu goddess the size of a dinner plate!
I love this tiny, google-eyed deer. Sorry the picture isn’t great.
Here is Beans posing with what is probably the best antique shop find of all time. Those are naked lady salt and pepper shakers!! They were just too expensive for something you’d have to hide when grown-ups come over.
I just love the artwork on this. It’s in great shape.
Doubtful puppy is doubtful.
Startled baby is startled.
I didn’t open this book, but I wish I had. It was put out by Imperial Sugar, the company my hometown, Sugar Land, is named for.
Look at the freaky poodle twins next to the creepy boots!
I love the color and design of this old Easy Bake Oven. It would be so cute in a real kitchen!
This was the creepiest thing we saw the whole day.
I’ll just leave you with that image.
As you guys are soon going to notice, I’ve been spending a lot of time on Re-Nest.com. I have a love/hate relationship with this site. First of all, they are one of those purveyors of the buy-this-super-expensive-thing-or-you-will-kill-the-planet philosophy. On the other hand, they do have some cool articles, pretty pictures, and good DIY ideas. Then again, many of their “articles” are simply links to other websites, which makes me crazy.
They have one regular article where they show “scavenged” items from around the country. Of the few I looked at, the cost was at least $100. How is that scavenged?? Someone else scavenged it, and is charging you a ridiculous price!
I saw this article yesterday, and I was traumatized. Here’s how my thought process went – see this picture:
“Hey that’s a gorgeous antique chair! Wait a sec, “Before”? What does that mean?”
I’m sorry, but what the hell was this person thinking? They ruined an antique chair, AND vintage mail bags to do this. The worst part in my opinion? The faux aging, where the new white paint is slightly sanded off to show the darker, original paint. You already had an aged chair!! Why would you stoop to this cheap looking, over-used style??
I’m completely exasperated. That previous chair was damn gorgeous, and I would feel lucky to have it. AND you could have had a cool purse/gift bag/remote holder/grocery bag/crochet bag/anything holder, but you cut it up to be upholstery.
FYI: most of the comments on this article agree with me, so I’m not completely bat-poo crazy.
The line in the article I most despise is “Taking an old chair from her parent’s home that were destined for the dumpster, Marianne was able to use old mail bags to make this chair look fresh and new”. Destined for the DUMPSTER? No wonder Marianne doesn’t value antiques. Her parents were going to throw it in the garbage. She was obviously raised by idiots. Have they never heard of freecycle or craig’s list? Or even goodwill? Uck, I need chocolate and a time machine. The chocolate is to distract Marianne when I go back in time to rescue the chair from her evil intentions.
Antiqueing is one of those things I think everyone should try at least once. I think some people have the mistaken idea that there are just a bunch of overprices doilies you have to fight old ladies for. That is definitely not the case. I have found some awesome treasures and deals at antique stores over the years, and I have fun hunting through all the random stuff they have. I took all of these pictures at Out of the Past, on Burnet here in Austin.
I just randomly found this guy sitting there like that:
I totally wanted this, but it was a bit out of my price range. Gorgeous though, right?
I love Dia de los Muertos stuff!
You can see why Hubby and I like this place:
At this particular store, you are possibly taking your life in your hands. There is crap piled everywhere, and nothing has a price on it. I hate asking for prices on every little thing I’m interested in. Overall, the place is worth at least one trip. Most antique shops are WAY more organized than this, and most even have everything priced.
The advice I would give is don’t buy something just because you think it might be valuable. If you aren’t an antique dealer, the odds of you selling it for what it’s “worth” is kind of low. I only ever buy stuff I really love and can easily afford.
UPDATE: I have been informed, by Yard Dog themselves (itself? Is it a sentient being??) that these pics are in fact from Heritage Boots. They were super polite about it, which I appreciate. My apologies to Heritage Boots for being so unobservant. I can only blame my eyeballs and faulty genetics.
We definitely try to keep it weird here in Austin. One of my favorite weird areas, especially to take friends to, is the South Congress area. The shops sell crafts, artwork, food, and all kinds of random stuff. We’re going to start off with Yard Dog.
This is a two story neon pin up girl. You know I wanted to drag this home with me!
This place has tons of old signs and antiques decorating it, but it is still so bad ass. It’s the look I attempt for our place. Yes, attempt.
On a side note, these have been brought back! I saw them the other day, and I was oddly excited, considering I never owned one.
I just love collections of things, and these brightly colored boots caught my eye. They look so awesome all together like that.
All I know is, I WANT THIS. That is so gorgeous, I can hardly stand it!! I must find some way to replicate it!