Friday, January 1, 2010

Antiquing on New Year's Day in the Wine Country

It was a dreary, rainy day in the wine country today. All the stores were closed, except the three antique collectives in Healdsburg. It just felt like the right thing to do - hunting and gathering. We started out with an old fashioned breakfast at a local diner, then on to exploring every nook and cranny at "Healdsburg Classics".

As soon as we walked in the door, we saw Mike, the owner. He is always good for a story or two. I love his Irish brogue.
The inside is enormous and filled with collectibles, antiques and just plain junk. But one man's junk is another man's treasure!

I especially loved these weathered columns. I passed them up though, but found a wonderful hanging lantern and eight dinner plates from the same dealer.

I love this crystal sconce.

On the way out, I admired this lovely old fountain. Wish I had a place for it.

Across the street is the Antique Harvest Antique Collective.

It was much warmer in here, thanks to this wonderful pot belly stove.

A little chicken wire cage filled with herbs from Ron Morgan Antiques. He has a space in this collective and is well known around the Bay Area.

He even has his own book!

Down the street is Myra Hoefer Design, a very upscale shop specializing in French antiques. Unfortunately, it was closed. Myra is the wife of Wade Hoefer, a very talented artist.

I'm crazy for these Anduze pots and have tried to buy them from her, but they're not for sale! The painting on the burlap chair is an original buy Wade.

Inside the store.

Over to Mill Street Antiques. It's more like a garage sale in here. Although, we have found some wonderful treasures here. Like a matching pair of cement columns we now have sitting outside our living room in Asti.

On our way back home we passed by lots of vineyards. The fog on the hills was so moody, I had to stop and take a picture.

This old sign is so retro!

Back home, we admired our finds. I bought these plates--perfect in the wine country with the grape pattern. As if I need another plate!

This lantern may go in our entry at home. Otherwise, I'll have to add it to my "collection" of light fixtures. Another weakness!

What a great way to spend New Year's Day.

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Linda Q said...

Well that looks like a fun trip, thanks for taking us along. I think I need a trip like this soon. Love the plates and lantern. I hear you on the light fixture weakness!

xinex said...

Oh Delores, I love antique stores. What fun you must have had! I love the lantern that you bought and the sconce too, so pretty. Nice way to start the new year!...Christine

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Sounds like such a great day. I love your treasures, the plates are wonderful and the lantern is just stunning. You found some real treasures and had fun doing it. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your day. That is the way I like to shop - looking for nothing in particular and happy when happen upon a treasure.
Happy New year.

Kathy said...

We discovered Healdsburg in Oct of 2009 and I cannot wait to go back both for the shopping and the amazing views, you found some beautiful treasures Delores, Happy 2010, Kathy.

Unknown said...

Envy ... wish I'd been there. 16 above zero, I am NOT going anywhere. Glad you had such a grand time.

Happy New Year! May your year bring beauty, joy & blessings ...
TTFN ~ Marydon

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a fun day.. thanks for taking us along. I too have a "weakness" for lights. They have to speak to me.. your coach lantern is over the top awesome.. Let us know what you finally end up doing with it.. :-)) hugs ~lynne~

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

One of my favorite ways to spend the day!!! Love the goodies you found!!!


Lori E said...

These shops look like gold mines if you dig deep enough. So interesting.

Sonia said...

I love Healdsburg and visited there last year...what's not to love about the whole area? I long to go shopping through the valleys again! Thanks for the eye candy...and of course you NEEDED more plates! I am a plate fanatic too! I just love a pretty set of dishes for every occasion. Happy New Year..I enjoy your blog. Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

That looks like the perfect way to spend NY Day. Wish I could have gone with you. I spied so many treasures in those stores. You HAD to buy those plates. Not only are they beautiful, but you're right, they are perfect for wine country. Can't wait to see a tablescape with them. That lantern is wonderful! It would look so pretty in an entryway. Hope you get to use it. Happy New Year! laurie

maureen harber said...

Ahhhhhhhhh.......Heaven on Earth!

artis1111 said...

I love going in shops like these. You find such great things. Kathy

Designs on 47th Street said...

What GREAT fun!! Next time can I come along? I love places like this and enjoyed the tour. I also love what you brought home. What a neat lantern! It was such fun living in Calif. once upon a time. We lived in Riverside in the mid to late 70's and in Atwater (near Merced) in the 80's. Very fun state!

Fabulously French said...

Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos. I too am a collector of light fittings and I am a firm believer that a girl can never have too many especially when the girl is living in France and surrounded by fabulous light fittings...

A bientot,


Acanthus and Acorn said...

Thanks for the comment on my "new" blog. I have actually visited yours before...I remember these fabulous big pictures. Visiting Antiques shops on New Years-lucky you!

KD said...

Delores somehow I find this as no surprise but.....I have those plates in blue! We received them as wedding gift back in 1990. I have four of them. I should send them your way as I never use them anymore! I miss Bay Area shopping!

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