July 22, 2009

Antique Oak Victorian Library Table

Bought a gorgeous antique Victorian oak library table yesterday. With our new setup for high-speed internet (at last!!) we have computer equipment that has to go in our living room. Our living room is Victorian antique furniture and the equipment is front and center! It has been sitting on a rather ugly small table that was my mother's, and yesterday I decided it was time to go antique hunting.

I found what I wanted within 5 minutes of going into the Barrie Antiques Centre at 272 Innisfil Street in Barrie Ontario. We looked around, hubby found a military crockpot he's been wanting for some time (more on that in another post) and we found a second table that we loved!

It was a hard decision but Peter, the owner, was terrific about negotiations for a better price and the decision was made. We wished we could buy both (yes we are greedy antique hunters) but settled for the bigger more ornate one. The final price was fair and we were quite happy.

May 15, 2009

Nina's Antiques

Nina's Antiques
10 Grand Ave S
Cambridge, ON N1S 2L4

Nina's business card reads

Selling quality furniture, china, art glass, estate jewellery, silver and the unusual.
Buy - Sell - Consignment
Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5


We visited Nina's on our way to Southworks Antiques. We loved it! It's a small shop, crammed full of goodies. You will need to allow a fair bit of time to really see everything that is in this antique store.

There's lots of china (not my thing but many collectors love china), small furniture, and so many miscellaneous items I don't think I could begin to list them. I wish I'd taken a photo of the interior - next time I will!

We bought a WW1 tumbler from England which will go nicely with hubby's extensive WW1 collection. We also spotted a silver-platted Victorian coffee pot/water jug with a nice porcelain interior, so we snapped that up. It was in very good condition and a reasonable price. Nina's assistant was willing to do beter on the price, so what more could we ask for? That makes our 13th Victorian coffee pot, so I think we can say we are collecting them....

Also saw a gorgeous antique bird cage which I desperately wanted but it was a bit pricey for my price range.

All in all I really enjoyed my visit to Nina's Antiques and will go back with more time planned to scrutinize all the goodies in there!

May 7, 2009

Green Spot Antiques

We were in Cambridge Ontario last weekend and dropped by an antique store we'd never been to before. Green Spot Antiques at 49 Cedar St.

It's a fairly large building with parking at the rear. I have to be honest though and say I wasn't that thrilled with it! For us it was a 10 minute walkaround and then out as there was not much of interest to us.

There were a few nice items and the prices were reasonable. It was mostly big furniture and architechtural pieces with a few miscellaneous items. We didn't see any china so if that's your thing you will be disappointed.

We did purchase a nice old picture frame in good condition so in fairness that's always a good thing and makes any visit to any antique store worthwhile. It is wortth a peek if you're in the area but I wouldn't personally bypass Southworks or Nina's (both nearby) for Green Spot if you are rushed for time

We did pop over to Southworks (which I love!) but we'd already done the whole store a few weeks earlier so we didn't stay long. No time to do Nina's but again we touched the surface of it last week. More on that in another post!

April 1, 2009

23rd Street Armory Antiques Show Philadelphia

The 23rd Street Armory Antiques Show, this April 17-19 in Philadelphia. With 44 booths of great antiques. Located at the Armory, 22 South 23rd Street Philadelphia, PA. open Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

March 15, 2009

March 1, 2009

Kerr Memorial Museum's Fifth Annual Antiques Show

The Kerr Memorial Museum's Fifth Annual Antiques Show is next weekend. It is one of the largest antiques shows in Western Pennsylvania. The show is at the Oakmont Country Club 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 7 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8. Admission is $10.

February 25, 2009

Redding Guns, Antiques & Collectibles Show

The Redding CA Lions Club's 27th annual Guns, Antiques & Collectibles Show will be on Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8. The show has been expanded to more than 250 tables filled with antiques and exhibits.

February 11, 2009

Instant Relatives

Bill Epping combed through a box of old pictures marked "Instant Relatives" at a booth at the Urbana Antique Show and Flea Market on Sunday, Feb. 8.

In an instant, there it was — a century-old, sepia-tinged photograph of one of Epping's relatives, Anna Mary Fitzmaurice-Witt.

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February 1, 2009

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January 7, 2009

Charles Eberly of Harrington Kansas

The letters written to Charles Eberly of Harrington Kansas from his Brothers, John of Carlisle PA & WH (?) of Steeltown PA and Friend John Clelan of Shermansdale, PA telling of family, happenings, friends in PA and ASKING ABOUT WORK OUT WEST. Apparently young fellows that are anxious to escape from farming, working in steel mill, brickyard, etc. with tales of unusual and/or humorous local happenings, information on relatives and friends. A few passages:

On faint blue lined stationery folded white paper with impression of Indian head in upper left corner Carlisle
April the third 1881?

Dear Brother Charley ...I got A Leter from Will the other Day. He Dident Say Mutch A Bout the West He Sed He got 22 ½ Per month that is good for out thear I Rote to Heim and told Him if he couldge me a job of maisson in Some of of them New towns that I would Have work all Summer that I Would come out nreby you ---- Some of them towns that Has Now maissons in that is the Plase that i Would Like to Strik Now I mean wat I Say You find out and let me Now Soon wat I could get A Day or By the Perch And if I Don’t Move out I Will come out Be tween this and Harvist and tell me ware thay git thear Stone and Lime Marry Brown Says She Will go along if we ? move out it has Been Prety Rough this Spring in Hear yet thear is no slowing Don yet that I Herd of and if you Like I out thear And I come You Would Beter get Eva to come a Long for thear is Not mutch to Be Maid in Hear Specily if you must Work By the Day ---- them Houses out thear Hasent got Walls under them all . Watt Dos Homes Rent for out hear in them Little towns ... He Says the old fokes Likes the West So far ... from your Brother
John Eberly

STEELTOWN PA 1886 ... I think I will go home on the 20 of this month I quit working at the furnice on the 22 of May I am working in the Brick Yard now but it don’t Soot me I will work 2 weeks yet han I will quit there and go harvesting I think I will go 2 Hartigles(?) ... It got 2 hot for me at the furnice there was a man burnt at No 1 furnice he Lived Eight days he was a Negro he was burnt with hot Sinder...I go 2 work at five o clock and we et don Half past ten then we must wait til 3 then we tak us lunch(?) one our We work a bout 6 or 4 ours but it goes Like the Devel they make 24 hundred(?) for a days work the molders gets 250 per day the welers gets 145 per day." (probably pence or pennies)"

SHERMANSDALE: "Pisgah is the same as usual it is as lonsom as ever We still read the testment yet last nite I was away playind til one oclock I wish I war out there with you for I am so tired of this cuntry that if I don’t get of this I will die sinc you and John has left here I have no plase to run to at night some times me and Edward Gibney goes to george shelehammers in the eaving and play cards. John wardecker likes the west to he hired the next day after he got there for sixteen dolors a month on a farm ... I was along with Joshef Slisher’s ----- to the cave We had lots of fun and lots to drink. The driver and I got drunk and run in ar buggy and smashed it to peaces and the team run off they run a good ways bfour me -- could get them"

One envelope with these letters addressed to “Charles Eberly, Herington Kas.” Address was crossed off and replaced with “Box 2214 Hope” on front with a cancellation of “Herington Kas Aug 29”. Back of envelope had cancellation of “Hope Kan Aug 29”.

This great batch of antique letters is up for sale on Ebay Item number: 250351115830.