Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Girls Night out at Antique Store Open House

Here we are out for a night at our favorite local (I'm talking 5 minutes from home) antique store, Hidden Treasures.  Not to be confused with "Hidden Treasures" which is what we call all the stuff in the back of my van right now. How ironic? lol  From the left - Kelley, Jodi, Kim and me. All of these ladies are very talented and treasured friends.  Our strategy for this open house was to hit our two favorite booths and score some of our favorite primitive and rustic handmade holiday ornaments. Mission accomplished. I'll have to do a post on the purchases for you this weekend.  You see, I was too busy fighting the crowds to get my ornaments to snap pictures. They sell out fast. So, we made our purchases first then ate and enjoyed taking pics.  Here is one thing that I managed to take a photo of before I purchased -
I'd been admiring this green (hard to tell with the florescent lighting) chippy scale for some time.  Even half way through the open house she was still sitting there...calling me. The price was right and I pulled the trigger.  The prices here in this small town store are always very, very reasonable. We have larger antique stores that are better staged in downtown Orlando, but you'll pay the price.  The "holiday" open house tonight was not filled with breathtaking vignettes like I see in blog land, but there were some great bargains to be found. After all, it is the hunt I like the most!  I do wish there were more vintage Christmas items. There were plenty of handmade primitive items but I was hoping for beautiful trees filled with Christmas past.  Not tonight. Here are a few highlights though...

I love the altered mason jar.  It is now a votive holder. One of these came home with me too!  This adorable tractor and trailer were so cute. I had so many ideas for it but decided to pass.  Super nice vintage sled!

I have a thing for wooden rocking horses. I have a small one that sits by my front door. I really liked this one. These stacked trunks looked great together and were all very reasonable. No space at my house for these though. How about yours? Here is one of the handmade ornaments I didn't buy but thought it was cute enough to share! There were way too many to choose from.
The girls wanted to buy me this rooster coffee service. I do love what it says, "Coffee maketh bright the spirit." I don't know if "bright" is what you would call me after the six cups of Starbucks I brew for myself each morning.  Does that help explain some of my chipper comments on your blogs at 6:00 in the morning?
Finally, this was one of the fun finds of the evening.  Jodi loves small vintage kitchen tools. She displays them in cheese boxes in her kitchen. Her husband is Italian and the cook in the family. She bought this for Jeff to make ravioli and for her to display when not in use. It's a cutie.

So, no vintage Christmas treasures but lots of fun handmade ornaments. I will take some photos of mine this week. I also bought some pine drying racks to use in my kitchen as wall art.  So, I had a good night, with good friends, at a great local place!  


  1. What a fun time. It's nice to treasure hunt with friends or family. Love the scale!

  2. Oh looks like fun~ you all look so happy!! I think the coffee pot is darling and the scale is so cute!! :)

  3. What a great find with the scale!!! I have been wanting one for awhile!!
    Thank you for sharing and it sounds like you girls had so much fun!

  4. such a fun night out with my favorite girls!!! Lots of great finds, Vic love the scale, and the pine drying racks! Can't wait to see what you do with them! Looking forward to our Holiday Open House on Sunday!xo ♥

  5. Sounds like a fun time. I can't wait to see all the ornaments you bought.

  6. Sounds like you had a great time! I love the glittered santa mason jar, what a great idea! Of course, I love anything with glitter! Lots of glitter!

  7. You all look extremely happy....what fun! I love that scale!

  8. Sounds like so much fun! I probably would have started out with eating before shopping though...lol. I love, love that vintage sled :)

  9. Just beautiful vintage Christmas goodies!
    Looks like a good time, and aren't you just the cutest thing ever? :-)


  10. How did I miss this?! I would have been there for sure. We are having an open house Dec 2nd. Nooo we are not like the blog land but there are good things. We have to support each other in this world.
    Lovin our weather!

  11. Sounds like fun! We have the same problem here in Ohio, go to the big city stores and you can oggle all the nice displays, but then I go back to the stores closer to me to get the same stuff at realistic prices. That sled was very nice, I might have had to buy that one.

  12. That group shot of us came out really nice! I might need to get a copy of it for a frame. :) The open house was a lot of fun and I was very pleased to see the big turn out for them! I am CRAZY for the little green tractor and trailer thing with the bear and trees!

  13. Oh, Vicki, what fun! I'd rather go "junkin" with my friends than dinner and a movie any time...well, unless The Hub is buying, Ha! Love your finds and enjoyed your blog so much, I became a follower today!

    Liz (aka Ninny)

  14. Love that Santa jar!!! The whole coffee thing cracked me up, sounds like me! Love that rooster though! Sounds like loads of fun!

  15. Hello!
    Don't you just love the Holidays, everything is all dressed up with candle light and sparkle! And the best part is getting together with friends...
    I love all the inspiration - my ideas work on overtime and I love to be busy.
    It looks like you had a wonderful time, by all those bright and shining faces.
    You were smart to buy the scale it is a great one!
    Many Blessings and thanks for becoming a follower

  16. Looks like you girls had some fun! You are so pretty! Love the stacked trunks and your chippy scale!

  17. Looks and sounds like it was a great time. Any time spent with good friends, eating and shopping, is time well spent. That rooster coffee pot is adorable -- love the little saying on it. Best wishes, Tammy

  18. Sounds like you all had a fun time and what a great store! I'll have to check it out soon.

  19. What a fun Girl's Night and some great finds! The best of both worlds! :-)
    P.S. I thought of you today as I was going through our ornaments!

  20. Hi Vicki,
    Oh how fun! And you won't believe it, but I used to have that exact same scale...I think I left it in California when I moved! lol I filled a 32-foot trailer with my grand piano, furniture, etc...so, I don't even know where everything is and that was 3 years ago! Now, I hope it shows up because I forgot about it...

    Gorgeous treasures on this blog, for sure!!!

  21. Wish there was such a great place in my area. I love your coffee set and the scale is so cool. So much fun and good stuff. Thanx for sharing!

  22. Looks like SO much fun!! Nothing like that to get you in the mood for the holidays!!

  23. Hello everyone! Thank you for your sweet comments. This was a fun night for us. I'm going to photograph a few of my purchased ornaments this morning and try to get a quick post up! Have a great day!

  24. Great Christmas Open House and what fun to experience it with good friends.
    Your blog is wonderful so count me as a follower.

  25. Wow, I love it all especially the sled and scale.

    Watch out, scales are addicting. I just bought another one today.... I'm up to 4! Yikes!

    Thanks so much for the visit!!

  26. enjoy reading about everything you ladies make. I love to make odd things.Keep up the girls deeds.

    Thanks Barb


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