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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011

 (photo by Kris Mack)

Artemis Grand Opening 

Take one Air Force kid with a Moroccan mother, mix travel, careers in nursing and graphic design, stir in a big romance and a love of antiques and you have the story of Kris Mack. After graduating from Eastern Washington University, a stint in nursing,...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

A Little Saturday Junking on Trent 

Our list of Saturday errands took us out to Big R in Spokane Valley. Always the opportunist, I took advantage of the fact that we were in the neighborhood to make a quick stop at three side-by-side shops on Trent. I peeked into All That...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011

Spring Opening Sale by Shabby Stems

Admit it. All this gray-skies-and-rainy-weather atmosphere has gotten to you. Wouldn’t it be nice to do a little shopping and bring home a pretty vintage treasure? You bet it would. I feel the same way. That’s why I’m looking forward to Fielding Chelf’s Spring Opening...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011

Designer Kris Mack stands beside the vintage locker she will transform into an armoire for the master bedroom. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Designer has an eye for Industrial Chic

(photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap) Each week I record my Home Planet column for my Sunday Morning Essay program on Spokane Public Radio. After my studio time I always try to stop by The Vintage Rabbit, which is located on the street level of the same...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Treasure Hunting women on the loose

Snow may be in the forecast, but collectors are getting spring fever. They want new vintage finds to chase away the winter blahs. I got the note below from a reader north of Spokane. She and some friends are going to be in Spokane in...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 19, 2011

Vintage garden table gets a new look

There are finds and then there are the finds you find all over again. In 2006, I was invited by a Treasure Hunting reader to join her for a day of antiquing. I met her at Apple Annie Antique Gallery in Cashmere, Washington and joined...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Vintage linen for the Thanksgiving table

This Thanksgiving, as I usually do, I'll decorate the table simply with a few favorite items: a carved wooden pheasant, a vintage table cloth, the family china and silver. We'll sit down together to eat favorite foods, celebrate and enjoy one another's company. But this...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Back to School: Lunchbox redux

This morning I packed yet another lunch. I've been getting school lunches ready for more than 20 years so it's second nature to me now. My first child started school in 1991. Three more followed. Now, the oldest is out of grad school and part...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11, 2010

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Digging up old words

Dear Cheryl-Ann,I have read everything you’ve written since I moved to Spokane in 2002. I especially love your pieces on antiques. I’m a true collector and find myself drawn to flea markets and thrift stores. I can spend hours looking and imagining how I would...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 7, 2010

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010

A deep-seated love

Often, for those of us who are drawn to ordinary objects that have been used and loved, the things we rescue become part of the family. This is especially true of Gladys Hanning. “I have collected and brought home many pieces of furniture, paintings, books,”...

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010

 (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Finding inspiration in old ornaments

Continuing my Treasure Hunting series on what sparked a life-long love of vintage in local collectors and dealers, this week’s profile features Hollie Jantz Eastman. Eastman is one of the co-owners of Funky Junk Antique Show. Like so many of us, Hollie Jantz Eastman’s love...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010

Interior of the farmhouse being remodeled by Jana Roach (Jana Roach / Photo courtesy of Jana Roach)

Montana Memories

Continuing my Treasure Hunting series featuring noteworthy collectors, creative types and entrepreneurs, I’m introducing Jana Roach. Roach lives near Kalispell, Montana in the beautiful Flathead Valley, and as one of the creators of Montana’s Vintage Whites Market, she spends a lot of time searching for...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010

Kathleen Cavender sale

Those of us who love old things, ordinary objects that show the wear of many hands, are the curators. We gather and collect and admire our finds. We bring them out for others to admire. We hold onto our treasures. And when those pieces have...

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010

Boutiques and Blooms

I got up early to get started on what promises to be a busy day. My first stop was the Boutiques and Blooms sale at the home of Holly Dalke. The sale is part of the Inland Empire Gardener's Club Spokane in Bloom Tour. Dalke's...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Saturday Flea Market At Moran Vista

So, if you're looking for something fun to do before heading down to the Arena for the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, here's a little treasure hunting tip:Moran Vista Senior Living is hosting their 3rd annual Flea Market.Here are the details:What: Moran Vista...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010

Antique canning jars in a vintage shopping basket at the 2010 Farm Chicks Show in Spokane. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

The Treasure Hunting Calendar 

The predictable thing about spring and summer is that it's the time of year that treasure-hunters are out in full force. And all that shopping and prepping and months of hard work done by dealers pays off in a big way. This is the season...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010

Vintage books on organic farming. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Armchair Farming with Vintage Books 

Some people read thrillers. They like high-flying espionage and doomsday scenarios or murder mysteries with gory homicide cases solved by little old ladies or wise-cracking private detectives. This is the polar opposite of their ordinary life, but then that’s what makes the plots so exciting....

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TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010

Handmade notebooks by Clothespin Cards were featured at the 2010 Farm Chicks Show. (Cheryl-Anne Millsap / Photo by Cheryl-Anne Millsap)

Clothespin Cards

You know there's a diamond in the sandbox. Somewhere. All you have to do is find it. That's what it feels like to shop for one small thing in a crowded market or antiques show. There are so many things to look at, there is...

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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010

SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010

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."