Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Terrific Scandinavian Trunk

I waited all day at an auction earlier this summer.  An estate auction in Town With No Name Illinois that was a true estate--wagons and wagons of "stuff" and rows upon rows of furniture in all manner of condition.  Ok furniture--but nothing special still I saw THIS.

Dated 1867.  Beautiful grain painting and super decoration--you can see the condition of the paint--and there were touches of the most terrific royal blue--you can't see these flourishes in the photo.  And pristine.  The inside of the trunk was clean, no musty fusty odors--and--drum roll please--the original lock and key.  You just never find them with the key.

We took this trunk to Odana Antique Mall in Madison--a beautiful mall with delicious quality room ready antiques.  The trunk did not last a New York Minute!  Thank you happy buyer,

Did I tell you I got TWO trunks at that auction?  To be continued...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our New Space at Lauren's Antiques Delavan Wisconsin

My Dear Husbola is a master in the art of diversification.

Ever since I have know him--he preaches "don't put your eggs in one basket" and he means it.  Whether it is picking stocks or planting in the yard or ordering his packages of honey bees--he believes in picking things that are very different from each other. You may not know or care--but each of our hives has a different nationality of bees.  Who knew there was a choice?  But I digress.

We are now selling in THREE shops--Odana Antiques in Madison,  On the Square Antiques in Walworth and our newest venture Lauren's Antiques and Art in Delavan Wisconsin.  Yes--the antiques and vintage trade is rough these days--trying to sell people things they do not need--but it remains a challenge and is in our blood.  Dear Husbola says we should not just count on one place to sell--what if one shop goes out of business?  SOOO, diversify we did.

Lauren's place has been around for many years--I might guess 15-ish.  She was the manager for many years and had the opportunity to purchase it a few years ago and took the plunge.  She runs a very friendly, laid back shop--and when you meet her--you get the impression nothing could surprise her or anger her.  But she is a shrew business woman with an easy laugh and smile- the shop works--and has a loyal following.  The rent is reasonable and the lease is month to month.  She has few rules--but you better follow them.

Lauren's Antiques and Art is in an old five and dime store--so it has large bright windows and a wide floor plan.  Our space is on the first floor--and "somewhere in the middle",  across from a large coin selling booth.  We took the space on July 1--and since it was so hot here these days--we made a quick trip up to put come things in--to be fine tuned later next week.  We are going to focus on vintage--and affordable--and colorful--with an uncluttered fresh look.  The shop is pretty jammed full generally--and we hope to make our statement by not being so full--so you can actually see what you are buying.  Delavan has a busy downtown--a wide brick street, cafes and close proximity to the lakes that tourists love.

You can't miss it.  Main Drag Delavan--Hwy 11-middle of the block.  South side.  A great pick around kind of shop.  Two levels.

And say Hi to Lauren.

Sad Farewell Beautiful Lady of Paris

Adieu Belle Dame.... View from the beautiful blooming park behind the cathedral.