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Treasure Hunting

March Treasure Hunting Calendar

Note: Good news! Brian Gallagher, of Junk Nation Review, will be providing a monthly Treasure Hunting calendar of antiques shows and sales around the region. Happy Junkin'!

 


MARCH 2013
Antique and Collectible Show and Sale calendar provided by Junk Nation Review:



Portland Expo Center Antique Show
March 2 - 9:00am - 6:00pm $7 entrance
March 3 - 10:00am - 5:00pm $7 entrance
Portland Expo Center
2060 North Marine Dr. Portland, OR

Custer's 36th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Show
March 8th - 10am - 8pm $7 entrance good all weekend
March 9th - 10am - 6pm. $7 entrance good all weekend
March 10th - 10am - 4pm $7 entrance good all weekend
Fair and Expo Center
404 North Havana St, Ste 1
Spokane Valley, WA

Tri-Cities Spring Antique Show with a Twist of Vintage
March 8th - 4pm to 8pm $6 entrance
March 9th - 9am to 5pm $6 entrance
TRAC Center
6600 Burden Blvd Pasco, WA

The Vintage Whites Market
March 9th - 10am- 5pm $5 entrance
Utah State Fairgrounds
155 N 1000 W Salt Lake City UT

2nd Saturdayz
March 9th - 9am - 4pm $5 entrance
The Old Post Office
1102 A Street Tacoma, WA
 
Salem Collectors & Flea Market

March 17th - 6:30am - 9:30am $6
March 17th - 9:30am - 2:30am $2
Salem Armory
2320 17th ST NE Salem, OR>

Spring Fling Junk Fest
March 23rd - 5pm - 9pm $10 entrance
March 24th - 9am - 4pm $5 entrance
Portland Airport Embassy Suit
7900 NE 82nd Ave Portland, OR>

Groovy Girlfriends - A VERY Vintage Market
March 25th - 10am -4pm Free entrance
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE Seattle, WA

More Than a Century of Winter Fun at Manito Park



   The morning after the season’s first snowfall, as I worked at my computer I could look out the window and see a steady parade of people heading down my street toward Manito Park.
Parents towed toddlers on sleds and teenagers laughed and pushed and punched one another as they trudged to the traditional sledding hill at the edge of the park. I couldn’t help myself. I had to smile. Welcome to winter in the heart of Spokane.
   

   I stopped typing and watched another family as they walked past my window and, not for the first time, I appreciated the direct link to the past this park provides. Each winter, for more than 100 years, the view has been essentially the same. Snow falls and people come out to play.
   

   I moved to Spokane in 1999 and for several years we lived outside of the city, north toward Green Bluff and near the shallow, curving Little Spokane River. But in 2006, when I realized we were spending a big part of each day driving to and from the city, we sold the big house with the big yard and moved into a little cottage around the corner from Duncan Gardens. My surroundings changed from sprawling suburbia to the intimacy of an old neighborhood with a big park next door.
   

   We’d visited Manito Park from time to time, but after the move the 90-acre oasis became more than a place to visit. It became a seasonal marker for my days. In the spring we watch the tender green buds unfurl and dress the gardens. In the heat of summer I walk through the rose garden at the end of the day and the air is sweet with the scent of a million blooms. In the fall, the park glows with golden leaves.
   

    Every day, in every season, people come to the park. But there is a subtle shift in winter. This time of year Manito is a more solitary place. Icy mornings bring out only the most diehard walkers. And night comes too fast.
  

    But after a fresh snowfall, it’s as if the park sends an invitation to a party. Just as it has been since 1903, the sledding hill is crowded with people and laughter fills the air.
   

    Several years ago, after recording my weekly public radio program in the studio upstairs, I stopped by Vintage Rabbit Antiques on Monroe.  One of the dealers had a box filled with vintage postcards and I pulled out one that showed a crowd ice skating on the pond at Manito Park. I loved the slice of life captured in the photograph, with men, women and children celebrating the simple pleasure of  skimming over a frozen pond, cold air biting at faces, the wind stinging hands and ears.
   

   I bought the postcard, scanned the card and keep it on my computer; a wintery moment frozen in time, linking me to both the past and the present in a place I’ve grown to love.

 

Note: This column was featured in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Nostalgia Magazine

Cheryl-Anne Millsap blogs about antiques and collectibles at The Spokesman-Review. Her audio essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com
  

Vintage Shopping on Etsy

On a recent trip to Paris, I did everything I wanted to do except one thing. I didn't get a chance to scour the flea market for the vintage linens I love to collect. The days were too packed with museums, monuments and sightseeing and I was there with my 17-year-old daughter who has no interest in spending hours shopping for “junk.”.

However, a few nights after my return, I did the next best thing. I logged onto Etsy and selected the “Vintage” shops. Immediately, items listed by sellers from all over the world filled my screen. One particular vendor, located in a small town in France, quickly caught my interest and sure enough, I made a purchase. Soon a package from France arrived in my mailbox and I unwrapped the beautiful old monogrammed linen bolster I'd ordered. It was exactly what I would have chosen if I'd found it in a flea market stall and even with international shipping, the price was comparable to what I would have paid in Paris.

Etsy gets a lot of attention for its endless selection of handmade and handcrafted items, but more and more the vintage side of the online marketplace is making the news. There are sellers who specialize in new items made from vintage materials. (the latest issue of Country Living Magazine features an iPod charger crafted out of repurposed vintage books) and it's worth noting that there are quite a few Spokane sellers listed on Etsy.

It's a cliche to talk about how small the world seems to be these days. But it's not always a negative thing. I loved every minute of another visit to Paris. And the quiet moments I spent shopping another corner of France from the comfort of my favorite chair in my own living room, were just as much fun.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a travel writer and antiques lover based in Spokane, Washington. Her audio essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com

Making Good Use of Vintage Hammered Alumium Pieces

In the year since my granddaughter was born, we've added a variety of toys to my house. The rolling wood box that used to hold Kilim pillows now serves as a toybox. And, a stack of sturdy picture books has replaced the magazines beside my favorite chair in the living room. But what has turned out to be baby's favorite plaything was already on the coffee table.

I picked up a set of vintage hammered aluminum coasters at a thrift store years ago and they move from one table to another. The six coasters nest in a small carrier with an elaborately pressed handle. They are well-made, sufficiently neutral to fit with my decorating style and, best of all, virtually indestructible. This is a good thing because baby likes to take them out and toss them into a pile on the floor. To her delight, the clang of metal on metal is satisfyingly loud. She will navigate across the the table and fling them one by one. Then, practicing her balancing and other skills, she'll pick them up and do it all over again.

When I was raising my four children, our house was filled with vintage objects that had served other families before finding their way to ours. Including the set of coasters. It pleases me to think the tradition continues with new little hands..

Hammered aluminum serving pieces have been around since the 1930s but they are still popular with collectors and I've written about that in previous columns.  But you don't have to be a collector to appreciate the practicality of these uniquely American objects.

 

 

1930s Depression Glass juicer still has a place in the kitchen

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)  

 

   Each morning I put bananas, blueberries, oranges or clementines, yogurt and a big handful of spinach in my blender and whip up smoothies for our breakfast. Last week I noticed the clementines were just old enough to be difficult to peel in a hurry, so over the weekend, when I had a free moment, I stood at the counter, peeled them all and then reached into the counter for one of my most low-tech pieces of kitchen equipment.

    The green Depression-era juicer was my grandmothers and I’ve carried it with me from kitchen to kitchen for more than 30 years. The glass juicer fits on top of a measuring cup—I also have a larger cup found at an estate sale—and all it takes is a twist of the wrist for fresh juice.

    I sliced the clementines and twisted each half around the grooved top of the juicer until they were all done and the cup was filled with sweet tangerine juice. I gave each an extra twist or two in order to get as much pulp as I could.
    For a moment, as I worked, I was able to connect to my grandmother’s kitchen, a place I spent so many happy hours as a child

    I put the juice in the refrigerator to be ready for the morning’s breakfast smoothies, washed the glass juicer and measuring cup and put them both away.

    It occurred to me again how much sentimental weight the old objects we treasure can carry. And how sometimes the simplest tools can remain relevant and useful in our harried and hectic modern lives.
  

Travel: Carol Hicks Bolton ‘Antiquities’ in Fredericksburg, TX

The first time I read about Carol Hicks Bolton, in a magazine in the late 1980s, was the first time I’d really heard anything about Fredericksburg, Texas. The description of the German heritage of the historic small town, and the photos of the architecture of the soft, white, limestone buildings of the area, intrigued me. And Carol’s work, her flair for creating personal, elegant interiors with what was, at the time, an almost unheard of combination of fine antiques and rustic and tattered objects and materials, was unique. 

I put Fredericksburg, and Carol’s store on my list of places to visit and finally made the trip to the Texas Hill Country in early December of this year. The first stop I made as I pulled into town was at Carol Hicks Bolton’s Antiquities, her newest retail venture. I’d just read about the new store in Jo Packham’s Where Women Create magazine and that had once again piqued my interest.

Antiquities is big. The 15,000 square-foot interior is spare and elegant, filled with an eclectic collection of antiques and linens, with furnishings, books, ephemera, natural objects like bones and rocks and antlers all beautifully displayed. Sunlight streams through the windows and the open door.

I could have happily spent the rest of the day looking at every little thing in the store but unfortunately I was on a schedule, with more stops to make before checking into my guest house.

Since Carol home-schools her children, she wasn’t there. But I was able to talk to her husband Tim, who’s been by her side as she built the business. He gave me plenty of room to explore and shop, but any time I had a question he was there with an answer.

Since time, and space in my suitcase, were limited, I decided to focus on the rows of iron shelves filled with old books. And almost immediately I found my prize: a 1929 'Les Guides Bleu' guidebook to Paris. The small book is filled with maps, delicate little works of art all on their own, and when I opened it the pages fell almost immediately to a map of the neighborhood where my favorite hotel, also built in 1929, still sits.  I’ll be at that hotel in a few weeks, celebrating the new year in Paris with my youngest daughter.

I closed the book already knowing it was mine.

Treasure hunting, when done right, is like eating dessert. It’s sweetest when you have only enough to leave you wanting just a bit more. That’s just how I felt when I walked out, the vintage book in my hand.

Just as I suspected I would when I first read about it, I loved everything about Fredericksburg and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. And the time I spent exploring the objects Carol Hicks Bolton and Tim Bolton have gathered and brought back to Texas was memorable, as well.

I have the feeling this was only the first trip. I’d like a little more, please.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a freelance travel journalist based in Spokane, Washington. Her audio essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com


  

Shopping: Catching Sunlight in an Old Jar

One recent afternoon in Chappell Hill, Texas, touring the area around that antiques Holy Ground, Round Top, I stopped by Heritage Garden and Mercantile on the town's main street, looked around for a few minutes and was on my way back out the door when a display of lids meant to fit old canning jars caught my eye. The neat thing about the lids was that each one held a tiny solar light. They could turn any jar into a lantern.

I loved the idea and bought two, dropping them in my suitcase. Later, when I got home I put the lids in the big English armoire I use as a china closet, filling it with linens, dishes, serving pieces and candles.

When I pulled out candles for the Thanksgiving table, I saw the lids and a few days later I put one on a jar from the pantry. I left it on the table to charge and then forgot about it again. Very early in the morning, when I got up to get ready to catch an early flight, I walked into the dark kitchen and the room was lit by the glowing jar.

I went online and discovered there are several brands of solar jar lid lights at various price points. And, if you're particularly crafty, I found instructions for making your own. I used the solar lid on a clear Kerr jar but it would be just as pretty with a vintage blue Mason jar.

I may be late to the party, but I'm happy to have found the little lights. They give new purpose to empty, unused jars and bring a beautiful new glow to lovely old glass. And, it's a good reminder that we never know what we'll find as we travel.

 

Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a travel writer based in Spokane, Washington. Her audio essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com

Travel: Feathering My Nest at Montana’s Vintage Whites Market



   I’ve followed Jana Roach’s Vintage Whites Market for several years and have written about her before, but I’d never been to one of her sales. There was always something on my calendar. So, when a planned trip to Whitefish and Kalispell, Montana coincided with the dates for her Christmas Market, I boarded the Eastbound Empire Builder at 12:45 am and dozed until we arrived in Whitefish just as the sun was coming up. I’d booked a room at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell (Red Lion Hotels is headquartered in Spokane so I think of it as a way to travel and still support a Spokane business) and the hotel shuttle was waiting for me at the Whitefish station.

   After checking in, I made a beeline for the Kalispell Fairgrounds and the Vintage Whites Christmas Market.

   I got there about an hour after the doors opened to early-sale ticket holders and the floor was crowded with shoppers. The  Christmas market is Roach's largest show and the 50-or-so dealers had filled their spaces with a variety of vintage items and I took my time at each display. I picked up a tall wood candlestick, a flat candle holder, a glass cloche, some old deer antlers, a few pieces of linen and a faded old wood sign with the word “Pie” painted on it.

   I finally got to meet Jana and we chatted a few minutes before I left. I dropped my treasures off at my hotel room and explored Kalispell on foot, doing some research and a little more shopping at some of the downtown stores. The next morning, after a big breakfast at the hotel, I had time for more Christmas shopping at the Kalispell Mall, which is adjacent to the Red Lion.

   When I was ready to go, the shuttle drove me back to the Whitefish Station. I was able to check my luggage early and spend the afternoon on Whitefish's wonderful Main Street before meeting a friend for dinner. The train had a weather delay so we were able to linger over our meal and catch up on one another’s lives before she dropped me back at the station.

   The next day, after unpacking, I pulled out the things I’d picked up at the Christmas Market. I put the candlestick on the mantel with the one I already had. I’d intended to put the glass cloche over a favorite bird's nest, something else I've written about before, to protect it and, although it hadn’t occurred to me when I bought it, I realized the flat candle holder was the perfect base, just the right size to hold the glass bell over the fragile nest.

   All in all, it was a great weekend. I got a train ride, a trip to Montana, a chance to do some treasure hunting and a chance to catch up with a friend. And just as important, I now have a safe place for the little bird’s nest that reminds me so much of my own little home.


Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a travel writer based in Spokane, Washington. Her audio essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com
  

Shopping: It’s beginning to look…

Over the weekend, there was a big change in display windows in Spokane's downtown Carnegie Square and West End Shopping District. Several stores, including Two Women Vintage Goods and the just-opened Amby Designs, decorated their big front windows in traditional and vintage holiday style.

From all accounts, the first annual Shop Hop was a success, and individual stores are planning open houses and holiday hours. So, enjoy a big plate of turkey and fixings on Thursday because it's already beginning to look a lot like Christmas around town.

Downtown Vintage ‘Shop Hop’ Today

   Oh, sure. You could take care of those Saturday chores. You could go to the grocery store. You might even get a little laundry done. Or, you could head downtown and have a little fun

   Seven unique shops that specialize in vintage goods are holding a special Shop Hop today from 10 am to 6 pm.

   Carousel Vintage, Two Women Vintage Goods, Amby Designs, Fringe and Fray, Pink Salvage Gallery-Deja Neu Furnishings, Artemis and Isabelle Paris Maison, all located dowtown between First and Second Avenues and Cedar and Lincoln Streets, will offer special promotions or discounts to shoppers who drop by.

   If the vintage Christmas decorations, one-of-a-kind fashions, unique re-purposed furniture or creative home decor ideas don't get you, the energy of the shopkeepers and owners will. This is an excellent chance to get to know some of the area's newest businesses. Kris Mack has just opened Artemis at the new location, Fielding Chelf has been busy bringing in fantastic finds for Two Women Vintage Goods. Amby Designs and Isabelle Paris Maison have only been open a month. 

   If you like vintage items, antiques, upcycled and repurposed furniture and accessories, take an hour or so and hop from shop to shop. What better way to meet the new neighbors, support local entrepreneurs, get a head start on your holiday shopping by treasure hunting in the heart of the city.

Travel: Seeing the world with 1940s Wollensak Rambler field glasses

(Photo by R. B. Millsap) 

 

    When I’m traveling and working I usually have a big digital camera slung on my shoulder and, more often than not, my iPhone in my hand. I know it probably looks odd to have what seems to be a child’s toy hanging around my neck when the rest of my tools are expensive and modern, but I’d put my shabby old Wollensak Rambler field glasses against just about anything I could buy today.

    The Wollensak Optical Company originated in Rochester, New York, in the late 1880s and made precision camera lenses and shutters until it closed in the mid-1970s. During WWII, Wollensak manufactured optical equipment for the US military. The company also produced a series of small binoculars for sportsmen and opera lovers. My aluminum glasses were made in 1940 and were fairly expensive—for the time—at $9.95. I love them because they are small and lightweight and easy to pack—slipping neatly into my purse or my suitcase—but they focus easily and the view is crystal clear.

    I picked up the little Rambler glasses at an estate sale in Spokane more than 10 years ago and I’ve taken them all over the world with me since that day. The original leather strap was brittle so I fastened a lanyard that allows me to hang them securely around my neck.

    Recently, on an InnerSea Discoveries small-boat voyage to Southeast Alaska, although there were plenty of binoculars around for passengers to use, the Rambler binoculars were my constant companion. As we sailed along the beautiful wild coast, I scanned the beaches for bears and the waves for Humpback whales and Orcas. When I spotted something, and it seemed as though every time I lifted them to my eyes I was rewarded, the focus was sharp and instant.

    I spent many contented hours either standing on the deck or sitting on my bed in our stateroom, gazing out at the beautiful scenery. I brought them along when we left the boat and paddled a kayak through crystal-clear and ice-filled water. When I wasn’t taking photos, I was getting a closer look through the lenses of my old field glasses.

     I will admit to a certain romantic attraction to the back-story of the ordinary old objects that find their way to me. And when I look at the worn exterior of the glasses I do like to imagine who else might have gazed at the distant horizon through the lenses.
    It pleases me that even with the most modern equipment, when I pick up my Rambler field glasses and put them to my eyes, I have a clear (and vintage) view of the world around me.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a travel writer based in Spokane, Washington. Her audio essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com
  

Shopping: This One’s For the Girls

Life can be cruel. Erin Broughton Hughes and her mother, Claire, are both undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of breast cancer. Erin, a single mother of two young boys, has a heart condition as do both of her sons.

As you can imagine, medical costs and bills are already piling up, so a group of local vintage vendors is putting together a tag sale tomorrow at the Bigelow Gulch Grange, north of Spokane.

Donations have poured in and the organizers have been busy gathering and pricing hundreds of items that will be for sale. In addition to gently used and household goods, toys, furniture, accessories and vintage items, raffle baskets will also be available.

By all accounts, tomorrow is going to be cold. But the sale, spearheaded by Unexpected Necessities' Jennifer Walker, offers a chance to do something that will leave you feeling a warmer and at the same time do some real good.

 

Note: If you are not able to make the sale, please consider making a donation to the Erin Broughton Hughes Benefit Fund. Drop by any Spokane Teachers Credit Union location and ask to donate money to the Erin or send a check to Kim Leighty at 3228 W Alice, Spokane WA 99205. Make the checks out to the “Erin Broughton Hughes Benefit fund.”

Details:

Where: Bigelow Gulch Grange, 7001 E. Bigelow Gulch.

When:  Saturday, (Tomorrow) Nov. 10 9am-4pm

 

Shopping: Time for the annual Vintage Finds & Handmade Treasures Market

 This Saturday, Vintage Finds and Handmade Treasures Market will bring more than 20 vendors, including some of Spokane's most popular shopkeepers, to Nine Mile Falls Elementary School. As always they will fill the school's gym with antiques, jewelry, handcrafted candles and soaps, painted furniture and all sorts of vintage goodies.

This annual “junker's delight” is sponsored by Nine Mile Falls Elementary PTG and organized by the always-clever Kathy and Jennifer Walker of Unexpected Necessities.

I love this sale and the beautiful little carved mirror hanging in my daughter's room is one of my favorite Vintage Finds and Handmade Treasures discoveries. This year, for all you book-lovers, there will also be a used book sale.

Here are the details:

Where: Nine Mile Falls Elementary School, 10102 W. Charles Rd, Nine Mile Falls, wa 99026

When: November 3rd, 2012 from 9am~4pm

Travel: Black Dog Salvage on DIY Network

(Robert Kulp, co-owner of Salvage Dogs, is one of DIY Network's latest reality stars. Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)   

 

   While traveling through Southwest Virginia recently, I stopped by Black Dog Salvage in Roanoke. I’d read about the architectural salvage and design company in Garden and Gun Magazine’s profile of the Roanoke area and I knew I couldn’t get that close without stopping by.


    Black Dog owners Mike Whiteside and Robert Kulp have filled a rambling 40,000 sq.ft. Roanoke warehouse on the edge of the hip Grandin Village with a treasure trove of interesting architectural pieces, antiques and one-of-a-kind designs made onsite in their wood and metalwork shops. Select dealers occupy one end of the building and regularly bring in antiques and collectibles to fill their spaces.


    The minute I walked in the place I knew there was no way I’d be able to take it all in with a quick visit. Most of what caught my eye was too big to bring home ( but I need that 10-foot MAZAWATTEE TEA sign!) so I spent almost an hour walking through taking photos with my iPhone thinking I could follow up online.


    While I was there I met Sally, the laid back black Labrador retriever who is the business namesake and talked to Kulp who told me Black Dog Salvage will be the focus of Salvage Dogs, a new DIY Network reality show.  Beginning early next month, cameras will follow Whiteside and Kulp as they explore and dismantle old buildings and find new ways to use old objects. In the first episode the pair will salvage an 1890’s farmhouse that served as both post office and school house.


    I loved Roanoke and I’m already scheming to get back. And next time I’ll set aside a full day for shopping at Black Dog. But, until then, at least I can follow the action on DIY’s Salvage Dogs.
    
    
Salvage Dawgs is set to air on the DIY Network, Thursday, Nov. 8 at 11pm EST. and again Friday, Nov. 9 at 9pm EST. Check your local provider for updated information.
    


Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a travel writer based in Spokane, Washington. Her audio essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com
  

Shopping: Haystack Antiques, Bellevue, WA.

The more I travel, the busier my life gets, the more I downsize, the more I like a neutral interior in my home. I keep fabrics light and natural and I feel the same way about most accessories.

For years I've collected alabaster lamps. I love the natural look and feel of the stone and I especially love the way they fit in my house, providing light and interest without competing with the art on the walls.

In a recent Treasure Hunt column in Spokane Cd'A Woman magazine I wrote about a weekend trip to Bellevue, WA. I spent an afternoon browsing at Haystack Antiques and came home with a “new” old lamp.

Here's a reprint of the column:

SCWoman: July/August 2012

Cheryl-Anne Millsap


    Treasure Hunting is all about vintage finds and I do have one to share. But it  came at the end of a day of shopping.
    My husband and daughter and I drove over to Bellevue, Washington for a getaway. After checking into the Bellevue Hotel ( a club hotel which offers reciprocal rates with the Spokane Club, by the way) we split up after breakfast the next morning. They went their way and I went shopping. I’m usually rushed, dashing in and out of stores in between errands or appointments, but this time I had the day to myself.
    One benefit of staying at the Bellevue Hotel is the complimentary town car service. I was dropped off at The Bravern (with instructions to call when I was ready to return to the hotel.)  I strolled through high-end luxury stores like Neiman Marcus and Chanel for inspiration and shopped Anthropologie for gifts for my daughters. I picked up cupcakes at Trophy Cakes and stopped for dim sum at Wild Ginger (Can we start a petition to have them open a restaurant in Spokane? Please?)
    After walking through the current exhibits at the Bellevue Arts Museum, I looked for stocking-stuffers and birthday gifts at the museum store and then walked across the street to the Bellevue Collection (formerly Bellevue Square.) Armed with a gift certificate, I headed straight to Tiffany for perfume. It’s the only fragrance I’ve worn since I was in my 20s and was first introduced to it at the New York store. A bottle will last a long time and when I need more I usually hint and hint and hint some more for my birthday. This time I gifted myself.
    By early afternoon I had a collection of shopping bags, plus a box of cupcakes, and I’d spent more time in upscale shops than I have in years. But I had one more stop within walking distance: Haystack Antiques. If I’m going to spend an entire day hunting and gathering, I want to do what I like best: stroll through a place filled with antiques.    Haystack carries everything from fine antiques to shabby chic re-dos. I walked through the shop, still enjoying the luxury of taking my time and I hadn’t been there long when I spotted my find: a petite Alabaster lamp.
    I’ve collected marble and alabaster lamps for years. No matter where I live or what colors I’m using in my house, the clean white lamps always look good. I have them on occasional tables in the living room, beside my bed, in the guest room. I have one on my writing desk.
    The price was right so I bought it. The thing is, alabaster lamps are not lightweight things and by that time I was tired. That’s when I remembered the offer of the town car ride back to the hotel. I made the call and felt like a celebrity when the car rolled up and I hopped inside.
    Later we all met up at Koral, a new restaurant located in the downtown Hyatt and my son and nephew joined us. A fine day was made even better by good food, good wine and good company.
    The quick trip to Bellevue was a real treat. I don’t know when I’ll get the luxury of spending that much time on myself again. And whenever I look at the lamp on the vintage wrought-iron table in my living room, a table that used to sit in my grandmother’s garden, I’ll remember the fun.

  

Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market this Fri. and Sat.

I can't think of a more beautiful weekend for treasure hunting. There's just a hint of fall in the air and the forcast promises a perfect time for prowling the Mad Hatter Vintage Flea Market by the Junebug Furniture and Design mother/daughter team of Gladys Hanning and Celia Hanning Therens.

Held Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 28, the Five Mile Grange will be filled with vendors who've saved their best vintage merchandise for the sale. Of course, shoppers can also indulge in specialty foods and other treats.

Find more information at the Junebug blog here.

Shopping: Vintage plaster Madonna figure

(Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Although I can look for hours, poking around one antique shop after another, and I often find some little something I can't resist, there are only a few things I actually collect. Fortunately, the speical things I love are not always easy to find so I enjoy the hunt as much as the treasure when I bring it home.

Last week I had an hour or so to myself and was in the mood to prowl. I always enjoy looking around Roost, on the corner of Main Avenue and Division Street downtown and often pick up something special there.

Sure enough, I'd only been in the store a few minutes when I spotted the large plaster Madonna figure. I have a small collection of similar figures and this one was perfect. I had to bring her home. Such relics are popular with collectors and prices have risen in recent years. While not a steal, I thought this large statue was reasonably priced and the neutral colors are perfect for my home.

So, she's on my desk now. Waiting to be placed in the perfect niche.

I may not find another vintage “Our Lady” figure for months or even years, but whenever I do I remember exactly when and where I was when I made the discovery. That's what makes each one special.

Shopping: Rejuvenations in Reardan

My friend Kati took me on a road trip recently.

Following Highway 2 west of Spokane, we pulled into the little town of Reardan. First stop was lunch at the Red Rooster. (Kati's tip: Order the potato salad. She's right.) Full and happy, we headed around the corner to the new location of Rejuvenations to do some shopping.

The new storefront is the first clue that the interior is more than a hodgepodge of any old thing.  Upscale corrugated metal trim and stylized lettering lead inside to a surprisingly roomy space. With old and new items side by side, it's easy to spend an hour or so poking into corners and investigating the loft. I especially loved the new-and-improved burlap sewn into pillow covers and the exclusive line of ruffled curtains and bed linens.

Instead of the junking-only shopping I'd expected to do, I found a couple of new items I couldn't leave behind. The lightweight fleece-lined leggings will keep me warm this winter and my new granddaughter scored a pair of ruffled pants.

I've been traveling so much lately, I'm a bit behind so it was a treat to get out of town and catch up on what Rejevenations owner, Coni Tanninen, has done with the business. This is a beautiful time of year for a drive. Head west, stop in Reardan and rejuvenate. Oh, and don't forget to look up at the ceiling while you're shopping. The big burlap covered light fixture is one of the most creative things I've seen in a while.

Check out the store's facebook page for more photos and information.

This weekend brings Pickin’ on the Prairie

It's so nice to see a proliferation of good antique sales popping up around Spokane. For a while we had one or two each year with a few smallers sales here and there to tide us over. Antiquing, like most other activities, is a social activity. A time to gather, shop, talk, shop some more and then come together to talk about what you found. It's not just fun. It's a lifestyle.

This weekend is Pickin' on the Prairie, held at Brenda Buckingham's Past Blessings Farm, on Orchard Prairie, north of Spokane.

Buckingham has 35 vendors bringing vintage finds and the farm will be decorated with plenty of the chippy, shabby and rusted goodies Spokane just can't get enough of.

The sale will be Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm.

Be prepared for a $4 admission but children 12 and under are free.  For more information go to PastBlessings.blogspot.com

Junk Salvation rolls into Cd’A

Today's the day for those seeking a little Junk Salvation.

The Funky Junk sisters, Dixie and Linda, have put together a rollicking sale today from 8am to 4pm at the Kootenai Fairgrounds. If it's rusted, ruffled, chipped and charming, you'll find it there.

Can I get an Amen?

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Cheryl-Anne Millsap writes about antiques and collectibles and the love of all things vintage. Millsap's Home Planet column appears each week in the Wednesday "Pinch" supplement, and she is The Spokesman-Review's female automobile reviewer. She is a regular contributor to Spokane Public Radio and her essays can be heard on Public Radio stations across the country. Cheryl-Anne is the author of "Home Planet: A Life in Four Seasons."

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