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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lenox White Linen China

When you are traveling what do you like to shop for? Is it shoes and clothing? Or jewelry and souvenirs?
 Me, I head to the local thrift stores.  

I set out for the local Goodwill yesterday in search of a couple of things and look what I found! Two lovely bone china covered vegetable bowls. I spied the smaller one first and thought it was quite charming so into my basket it went. Around the corner on another shelf was a very large covered dish equally charming. Wait, could these two go together?  I flipped them over and very clearly on the bottom they were stamped LENOX.

You're familiar with the Lenox china company aren't you? It is considered America's premier bone china manufacturer. The company was founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox and is still thriving today. No less than 6 Presidents have chosen Lenox china to grace the tables at the White House.

This pattern is called White Linen and features flowers and vines trailing up a basket weave design. 

The smaller bowl has fluted sides interspersed with flowers.

 Oh, and here is the original price tag on the smaller of the two. Let me just say, I paid WAY less than that! I've seen the larger dish on Replacements Ltd. for $279.00!

My daughter chose a Lenox pattern when she got married  four years ago. The classic Federal Platinum is a favorite and I know she uses it often for holidays and other special occasions.

I've said it before and I repeat - white dishes are my favorite!! They are so versatile, can be dressed up or down, used every day or for special occasions. But I do believe in quality. Look for well known manufacturers whose products have stood the test of time and you won't be sorry.
I haven't decided yet whether to keep these. They might be a bit challenging to take home to Arizona, so if you have any interest email me at

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Urban Relics Consignment

I'm back in Georgia and had to stop in at one of my favorite consignment stores
Urban Relics.

What exactly is a consignment store and how does it differ from a thrift shop or antique store? Well, a consignment store takes items from clients on approval to do the selling for them. So if you are moving or remodeling and don't want the hassle of having your own garage sale or using ebay or craigslist, that's where a consignment store steps in . They can tell you what your item is worth and how much you might get for it. Most consignment stores take 50% of the sale price. Consignment stores are a great place to shop for gently used items. They will NOT take all of your broken, cast off and outdated items. 

So, back to Urban Relics...

 Debbie Greene has had her shop for about 5 years now.Consignment stores are very eclectic but she does an amazing job of making everything look put together.

The front of the shop has some great displays, 
very Farmhouse Chic

 and Martha's Vineyard Nautical .

In a consignment store you can find anything from charming sets of vintage children classic books, 

to gleaming copper, 

 and my favorite, ironstone!

There were lots of baskets,  

a wonderful antique tiger oak  sideboard,  

and a contemporary mirrored dresser. 

At Urban Relics you won't find clothing, but there are gently used designer handbags, 

and lots of fun jewelry. 

 Of course, I found a couple of fun things to take home with me. I know I'll wear this beaded necklace with my lavender and turquoise t-shirts. And I love these new aqua tumblers from Pottery Barn at a fraction of the original price.
It's well worth a stop in to Urban Relics whether you're redecorating or just browsing!
Located at 4651 Sandy Plains Rd, Roswell, GA

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Antiques at the Midway Mercantile

An historic building houses the Midway Mercantile Antique Store up in the Utah mountains. This shop is both a delight and a source of frustration.

First, the good news. If you like poking around a shop crammed full of every variety of antique this is the shop for you. There is room after room to explore.

 Furniture is literally piled on top of each other! But, it's all good furniture. I found everything from Country French, to Mission, to Scandinavian to  ornate Victorian  pieces.


And I'm always on the lookout for dishes,

  especially ironstone.

There are some truly lovely pieces of art, 

as well as vintage clothing.
Yes, Lynette, the owner has a good eye and lots of quality merchandise.

Now for the bad news. The store is hardly ever open, not even when the hours are clearly posted. I have driven over multiple times to browse yet found the place locked and deserted.

My other complaint is that the merchandise is not priced. When I finally got inside, nearly everything that I looked at had no price tag. That is a red flag to me.  The shop owner can then make up any price right on the spot! Having been in the antique business myself for 15 years I know it's hard to keep price tags on everything. They do fall off or customers pull them off. But this store had fully 50% of things not marked. When I jokingly mentioned this to the owner, she said they had fallen off. Hmm. 

So, if you find yourself on Main Street in Midway AND you happen to find the Midway Mercantile open take a peek inside. You may find a real treasure, just be prepared to ask about prices.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Beehive Centerpieces

 I'm lucky enough to get to spend my summers in the mountains of Utah. I also get to be involved with a charity function while I'm here.  Senator Orrin Hatch  hosts a golf challenge fundraiser each year in Park City and part of the event is a ladies luncheon hosted by his sweet wife Elaine. Elaine Hatch is one of my mother's dearest friends and Mom and I have been asked the last couple of years to help with the luncheon. 

This year we chose "Utah the Beehive State" as our theme. The industrious honey bee has long been the symbol of Utah and we thought that would make for some fun centerpieces. 

Did you know that the little straw or wicker baskets that honey bees call home are actually called bee skeps? Skeps have been in use for about 2000 years but they actually are not the best for the bees and these days are just decorative.

I found several skeps at the Las Vegas Gift Show last winter and embellished them with a hang tag and some cute honey bee ribbon.

The tables are long and rectangular so we'll run some woven burlap ribbon and sunflowers down the length of the tables.

The attendees receive a gift bag that I decorated with a vintage beehive graphic. 

Among other things the gift bags contain some local Utah chocolates from Utah Truffles located in South Jordan, Utah

and some jars of honey from Layton, Utah. 

Here are the graphics I used on the tags and bags.

The Utah Family Foundation helps families in need and they are the recipient of the proceeds. 

I'm honored to be a small part of this fun event!

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