Wow, what a weekend! In three days, I hit the gift and home furnishings market, all of the cool shops in Atlanta (or at least most of them!) and Scott Antique Market
with Eddie Ross
. I've been dying to investigate Scott's for some time, and getting to hit the aisles with Eddie was just the be-all end-all!
And for those of you who are curious about what he's really like in person (let's just get that out of the way), I found him to be very relaxed and open, warm and quite entertaining. I'm sure that all 35-plus (!!) who met with us on Sunday morning felt like he was an old friend by the time we parted ways.
And it helped that we were all totally in our element surrounded by such eye candy! Have a look for yourself ...
I claim to not like Victorian furniture, but I just cannot resist running my hands over a beautiful bowfront chest like this. This would be the perfect beginning to a wonderful chest-mirror-lamp combination
in any room in a house. And check out the detail of the hardware above -- gorgeous! AND this dealer had about 15 to choose from.
Oh, this piece made me a little sick. Remember that antiques auction
my mom and I found? We saw a piece that looked just like this at the end of the night and thought it was so interesting. Unfortunately, we'd both already spent our limit and we passed it up at $75. I've thought about it several times since and wished I would have broken out the credit card and brought it home.
So when I saw this tag I about lost it. I can't believe I let the first one go! Baker! Ah.
Here's Eddie in action talking about something we know he loves, vintage tabletop. He talked about the differences in manufacturing and how to distinguish markings, etc. Unfortunately I was little ADD that morning and I'm afraid I didn't retain much useful information. Ha. I brought something home out of this booth and I can't wait to show you.
Lovely blue and white delftware and transferware (which I unfortunately probably cannot tell apart!). I almost think it looks more beautiful stacked like this than hung on a wall.
Here he is talking about another of his favorite things, vintage prints and lithographs. This dealer had everything but maps -- she said she had to draw the line somewhere, which I can totally understand, and thought was funny. I actually didn't buy anything here, given the total backlog
of things that need to be framed at our house. But, I thought the prices were pretty good on the whole, and would go back if we needed something.
After lunch, my friend Kim
and I headed into what I called the "eye candy section," meaning, all the gorgeous things that I cannot even come close to being able to afford. But it sure was fun to look!
These French commodes were, oh. So beautiful. I loved the one in the foreground, and the dealer said that she hasn't had many people intrested in it because it doesn't have drawer pulls. That was exactly what attracted me to it in the first place! I could have taken it home for $1500, she said. I said knock off a zero and you have a deal (okay, of course I did not! that would have been totally rude!).
This iron daybed is so fabulous! I imagine it piled high with pillows in a pretty sunroom (or really any room, for that matter).
Back in the "real people section," this little bench caught my eye. I loved the bench
in Chaffee Braithwaite's bedroom that appeared in Cottage Living
last spring, and thought it was along those lines. I think it was marked at $125.
Wes loves these little tags for his liquor decanters, and there was at least one for every drink imaginable.
I just love mother-of-pearl-handled flatware. This set was especially pretty.
And the dealer was so kind to show us how to tell English from American (most of the English makers have a crown in their logo), and what to look for in a good set.
This is barely skimming the surface of what we saw, and of course I can't wait to show you my goods! In the mean time, here's what a couple of other bloggers thought of the trip:Layers of MeaningSouthern HospitalityThe Confetti Chronicles
Let me know if you'd like to be included in the round-up. And a big, heartfelt thank-you to Eddie and Jaithan for coming down South to spend the weekend with some totally crazed fans! We all had a great time!