Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Alameda Point Antique Faire

The first Sunday of every month I travel across the Bay to Alameda for the Alameda Point Antique Faire. It is the largest antique and collectible fair in Northern California with 800 dealers and 10,000 attending. I never fail to find something there!

Sunday, December 6th was very cold, but it didn't stop anybody! Imagine how excited I was to see THE Eddie Ross! He was leading a tour of the show and stopping at various booths, talking about what was being sold and what he would do with it. Here he is "holding court" talking about vintage bottles.

Well I was too shy and he was too busy to introduce myself. So I let him continue on with his tour and I got down to some serious hunting and gathering.

One of my favorite dealers is Big Daddy Antiques and they never fail to disappoint. They specialize in vintage and antique garden decor, as well as furniture, paintings, mirrors and unique objects for the home.

I love that pendant! And the linen upholstered chairs!

A really cool sconce mounted on a really cool door.

I wish I had a place for this table!

Here is another favorite dealer. I collect alabaster lamps and she usually has some wonderful ones. She also has vintage shell art, like shell studded mirrors and boxes.

Her booth is pure eye candy!

I love this settee upholstered in linen and burlap. However, I cannot bring another sofa or settee home!

But maybe I have room for another chair? Beautifully upholstered in vintage grain sack.

Speaking of grain sacks! This dealer specializes in vintage linens and pillows.

So many to choose from!

We stopped at this booth and met Carmella who makes unique pillows and lampshades out of vintage grain sacks. I bought two pillows from her, but she wouldn't sell me her garland! I tried though.

It turns out I already own two lampshades made by her. Her friend (peeking out) sold them to me at the Hillsborough show. What a small world! She also sold me my beloved St. Francis statue a couple of years ago. We had quite a gabfest and I'm definitely staying in touch with these fun ladies.

Mr. A loves collecting these Black Forest antlers. These were unique because they had the dates: 1930 and 1939. So we bought them!

The last stop before heading home was to visit Mike. He owns Healdsburg Classic Antiques, a huge antique collective in Healdsburg, California. We always stop in and say hi when we go to the Wine Country. Mike is from Ireland and loves to talk and tell a story.

The next show is Sunday, January 3rd. That's 2010.....! Weather permitting, I will be there.

I'm linking up to Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. Check out her blog and the great posts she hosts for this weekly event.

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Valerie Wills Interiors said...

Great to bump into you at the market. Always lovely to meet fellow bloggers. I'm also a huge fan of Big Daddy's. Great post - thanks.

trouvais said...

Hi Delores. I didn't see Eddie..but I'm always there very early...left by 9:00. Big Daddy was great, as usual. Tempted by a pair of metal lanterns. Tons of garlands, wreaths at the booth right before DB...they were selling like hotcakes. Thanks for stopping by. Trish

The-Countrypolitan said...

Well, I guess you California girls have your own great antique shows! Love your photos...

vignette design said...

Wish I got there earlier--I missed the garlands and wreaths. Darn!

cotedetexas said...

soo many wonderful things! love it!!!! I would love to go to that show - I've heard about it!!!!

CailinMarie said...

oh how fun. I enjoy your photos and your descriptions

Claudia said...

I would die to attend something like this.

Maybe I am just living in the dark ages, but heck i cant even find a good antique store in SLC (salt lake city)

If you have any tips send them my way-- in the mean time-- thanks so much for the fun adventure.

This is a fun blog.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

teresa said...

Looks like a ton of fun. I wish we had one of those near here every month. Well maybe it's a good thing they don't. I might not fit into my house.

Ebie said...

Its a huge show and it was so much fun! I would hit the vintage photo frames!

Thanks for the tour!

Martha said...

What great treasure hunting! Love all those treasures!

Mélanie said...

Thanks for the great tour !! I love your black forest antlers !! thanks for sharing with us

Anonymous said...

What a treasure trove! So much to tempt!

Hootin Anni said...

It's like I've died and gone to heaven! I would so love to be there!!

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Shellbelle said...

Oh, I would have been all over the vintage shell art! I miss these types of finds in California, but I have run across a few special finds at small town garage sales here in Florida.

I had no idea vintage grain sacks were so popular, there's probably a few laying around my family's 1880 farm in Georgia. I always find great things when I go exploring in the old out buildings.

Fun post!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a great spot for treasure hunting! I loved your photos and felt as though I was walking right next to you. I had a grand time. Have a great Outdoor Wednesday and enjoy the holiday to come.

Greet Lefèvre said...

What a great antiques market is it! What a gorgeous things you can find there! I LLLOOOVVVEEE the sconce! And the table and the chair with the burlap and the pillows... My God I love everything you showed!
Thank you for sharing Dolores!


Chubskulit Rose said...

Oh my, I love going to places like that because you can find lots of treasures.

Have a glimpse of Japan at my place.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is some major eye candy! What a faboulous antiques area. I wish I could take home everything you showed. Super neat finds.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday...


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I think you need to go back and get that chandelier. It's too neat to pass up!

Lenore said...

What a wonderful tour of the show...enjoyed seeing it and glad you at least saw Eddie Ross....another blogger I follow was on his tour and had a fabulous time.
Thanks for sharing with us!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

This is just so cool.....boy, how fun! There are just so many cool things to buy, I would be in shopping heaven! Cindy

Anonymous said...

You asked me what kind of camera I use. The answer: a Canon Rebel XSI with a zoom lens, which I LOVE!

Unknown said...

Love your pictures, they're amazing. Glenn and I were there, didn't see you.It was one of the biggest shows we've been to.

Anonymous said...

Wow - this is all so wonderful! All the goodies in one place! Thank you, thank you for sharing - I enjoyed it very much!

Anonymous said...

I wish you would of said hi! Great post. Happy Hlidays!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I am so jealous! I'd love to go to that. I want that settee, and I want that wonderful heavy, long table with the old wood and the iron legs. (Guess it's a good thing I can't go to the show-I have no more room in my house). Thank you for taking me along for the show. laurie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Lots of eye candy! Would love to go shopping there. I have not been to the big flea market here in years. It use to be a good one to go to, but then to many dealers with new imported "stuff made on the other side of the world", showed up. May need to try again this Spring to see if anything has changed.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Lord Have Mercy! I think my heart would just quit beating if I were to see treasures like these, all in one place!! Here in Alabama, we just do not have flea markets like this!! Bummer!! LOVE the grain sack covered chair!

Lou Cinda

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh! I was there on that tour with Eddie Ross! How funny! Small world. I went to Alameda in January also!

Julie said...

I wish I were there to shop. I love the grain sack. I will probably buy everything there(smile)

I miss my home in CA so very much.
Thank you for the posting!

from Down under.

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