Monday, December 6, 2010

Big Daddy's Antiques


We finally made it to Big Daddy's Antiques! I was not disappointed. They opened a new location in San Francisco a couple of months ago and we finally got around to visiting on Sunday.

At first, we went to the once-a-month Alameda Antique Show, but it started pouring down rain!
Luckily, I remembered Big Daddy's is open on Sunday, so the day was not a total bust!

Two Great Danes greeted us when we walked in!
The huge warehouse is full of antiques, vintage objects, architectural elements and furniture.
I'm pretty sure this is where Restoration Hardware comes for inspiration! Shane Brown, aka Big Daddy travels the world sourcing unique and one of a kind items. He truly has "the eye!"

We used to wait for the Alameda Antique Show just to see what Big Daddy had to sell.
Now, we can just go to the store! All 13,000 square feet of it!

They have quite a large collection of bird cages...

...Some with birds in them even!

What did we fall in love with? Well, Mr. A was obsessing over those wooden finials in front of the mirror.

He also fell in love with this industrial light fixture, convinced it would be perfect over our kitchen island. I wasn't so sure!

Me? I'm crazy about these weathered wicker dining chairs. They were outside in the rain when I saw them.

I'm wondering how they would look as dining room chairs in Asti?

How cool is this mirror?

And this leather chair. It's one of a pair from a French bakery.
We were like kids in a candy store! Oooooing and Ahhhhing over everything!

There were so many wonderful things, we just couldn't take it!
So, in our overwhelmed state of mind, we just went home, full of inspiration!
I'll think about those chairs though....

Check out Big Daddy's Antiques here. They have two locations, Los Angeles and now San Francisco. They also sell at the Rose Bowl Flea Market and Alameda Antique Faire once a month.

Here's a peek at what we have found at Big Daddy's over the years:

Wicker bar stools.

Green urns.

And my favorite, this candlelight chandelier!
You can see why we love Big Daddy's Antiques!

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21 comments:

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

BREATHTAKING!!!!!!! Im ready to jump thru the computer screen!!! Would LOOOOOOOOOOVE for you to visit me :) a GIVEAWAY!!

*ENTER CUSTOM FLORAL Give-Away Here *

xoxokara

sharin said...

That wicker looks nice to me. As does one of the bird houses, and that green urn.

It's always so fun to visit your site! :D ~Sharon

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, What a fabulous shop! I could spend the entire day in there.
xo,
Sherry

Tamra said...

HOLY MOLY! What a place!

Those club chairs!!!! Love it all!
Thanks for sharing this place with us, I will definitely make a stop there next time I'm up North.

Lori E said...

I would probably spend most of the time loving up the Great Danes. I couldn't get enough I am sure.
Big Daddy does have a good eye. What an interesting store.

Mariette said...

Dearest Delores,

What a treat for going there; great place, including the watch-dogs!

Wonder if you will adopt those chairs...

Enjoy your week!

Mariette's Back to Basics

Sarah said...

Delores, this makes me want to book a flight! Wonder if they ship to TX. LOL
Thanks for sharing this resource. I'm off to visit the site. ~ Sarah

Kathy said...

Oh I would love to go!! Did a little feature of you my friend whom I covet all things...check it out if you get the time.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh My Goodness! I think I would be overwhelmed, and I know my husband would never get me out of there! What a fab store! You need to go back and buy those wonderful chairs! I'm such an enabler! laurie

On Crooked Creek said...

Delores,
I can see why you would be overwhelmed. . .I would have to agree with you on this one! I'd also have to return sometime in the very near future! HA! Thank you for sharing Big Daddy's Antiques with us!
Fondly,
Pat

aneyefordetail said...

I have wanted to go there since it opened....what wonderful buys: everything! Great place to take photos too!

NanaDiana said...

OMGosh! I wanna go...I wanna go...I wanna go...and I lOVE those chairs from the Bakery. Sweet-Diana

Linda in AZ * said...

* "BIG D" has a greaaaat promoter in "LITTLE 'D'" here, girlfriend!!!

Those leather chairs? Yup, to-die-for!... The wickers? TRUUUE LOVE!!! (ACtually, my heart was beating fast over A LOT of FAB "STUFF"... and the precious D*O*G* just steals my HEART!!! )...

Arriving at 2:00... can you met me at the hangar so we can go directly there????

Big hugs n' smiles!
Linda *

Zondra Art said...

Honestly I enjoyed your photos and this treasure.
You're lucky to live in a place where the price of antiques and beauty.
Greetings and kisses, Zondra Art

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Wow! What a fabulous looking place.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I will take one of birdcages, and one of the topiaries, and one of ......:-D I could do some serious damage to my bank account in there. Thanks for sharing your day trip.

Cindy D. said...

Delores, Thanks for the tour! Ever since I heard they opened in S.F. I've been dying to go! Love those birdhouses and the chairs! You could use the chairs out on your patio or in your garden if they don't work out inside! You'll find a spot!
Cindy

quintessence said...

What a fabulous place - love all your picks - past and present!!

netierose said...

Let's go to Big Daddy's soon! It was great fun today creating with you.

French Basketeer.com said...

ooh I am up late and getting ready for bed. thank you for stopping by; I love Shane and will take another look tomorrow! You have SO many Lovely things for me to see on your blog....Where are you located, SF area??? all best~ Andrea

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

That is the coolest antique store ever!

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