Sunday, February 3, 2013

Graceland Gems and California Musings...

So, we did it!  We drove cross country this past week, arriving in California last night.  I antiqued a little along the way, specifically in Nashville, Memphis, and Albuquerque. 

 By far, I felt that Memphis had the most to offer and I will definitely be going back there on vacation.  There were several great shops and fabulous food- BBQ in particular!  Toad Hall Antiques was a lot of fun (fabulous display!) as well as the Antique Warehouse Mall.  Don't be daunted by the outward looks of the later store.  Also, try to ignore both the smell outside and the XXX Movie Theater directly down the street.  It really is a gem.  I found an early 20th century perfume bottle, a vintage pair of ballet slippers, old Antiques Magazines for the car ride, an old jewelry box (I collect the ones that are leather and velvet and were used for specific pieces of jewelry), and a sterling cross from 1897.  So, you see there are some treasures there!

Over view of the Alameda Antiques Faire
Our first day as residents of California, we decided to go to Alameda for the Antiques Faire.  We actually went last month as well just to check it out for my business... The difference between the two days was amazing!  Last month was rainy & cold.  Today was absolutely beautiful!  I was blown away with the quality of dealers and the overall atmosphere at the show... I'm so excited to be a part of this group starting next month:)
Nice Vignette of Romantic Goods
Lots to offer in Jewelry as well


So, tomorrow Gwyneth (My 2 year old) & I plan to visit a couple of local antique stores- I'll keep you updated on what I find!  I just love my job:)