I had a few minutes to kill last week while waiting to meet a friend for lunch in Homewood, my favorite area of town to shop. Naturally, I headed into one of my favorite antique shops to browse away a little time.
"Shop" doesn't really do this place justice. It's more like a warehouse filled to the brim with ... pretty much everything you can imagine. A lot of the stuff needs to be repurposed or cleaned up, but the hunt is half of the fun, right?
Benches all stacked up and waiting for an new upholstery job.
Mmmmm it was all I could do to make it out of the door without dropping $185 for this set of 12 (12!) knives with mother of pearl handles. I thought it was a little steep until I found this
Gilded mirrors and silver tea sets galore.
There are always plenty of beautiful marble lamps (this is only half) -- including several pairs. They range from $120-$170 each. Love them.
Vintage wooden bowling pins -- so fun!
Love this Chinoiserie-esque tole chandelier.
How pretty would this have been on a Thanksgiving table?
The main room is surrounded by smaller rooms. This one is packed with architectural salvage pieces like doors, windows and shutters.
Red transferware of every shape, size and pedigree. There was also blue, purple, and a few green pieces, of which I haven't seen many.
I loved this English chest. It was in an out-of-the-way corner, which is typical of this shop. Furniture is literally stacked on top of other pieces.
There were ten of these French-inspired dining chairs. I don't think they are antiques, but would look fabulous with new fabric, and maybe a little paint.
Hundreds of empty frames and tole trays. If you collect something, odds are you'll find some pieces to add to your collection here.
I've had my eye on this set of nesting tables for more than a year (a third is out of the picture). And, once again, I've always considered the $125 price tag a little more than I would want to spend (especially for something I have no real place for), but here
is a similar set for much more!
Beautiful old lanterns that just need a little love (and probably some new wiring).
Gorgeous copper cookware. Just imagine what Eddie Ross
could do with these!
Just so you can get a sense of the place, I snapped this photo from the top of the stairs that lead to the second floor. It's definitely a little overwhelming, but it's definitely fun, too.
2700 19th Place South
Homewood, Alabama 35209