Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Hillsborough Antique Show


The Hillsborough Antique Show and Sale is held three times a year. I almost never miss a show, especially the first one of the year held in February.

You most likely won't find any bargains here, but if you are a collector, this is show!
You can find your missing sterling silver pieces here, as well as fine art and jewelry. I like to go just for inspiration and to visit some of my dealer friends, however this time I was on the hunt for another confit pot to add to my collection.

With my new Droid in hand, I managed to capture a few images of unique items on display, like this Hermes wicker covered thermos. Wow! It was very expensive though!

A lovely "squash blossom" turquoise necklace. Someday....!

I thought this would be perfect for that cabin in the woods!

I resisted though....

Loved this mustard jar from France.

The dealer had a few items like this. But which one to choose?

After much wheeling and dealing, I bought this wonderful old mustard pot from France. Not the confit pot I was looking for originally, but a new addition to the few bistroware pieces I already have.

Here it is on the kitchen island waiting for me to decide where it will live. I can see a huge bouquet of flowers in it!

I also found this three tiered victorian stand. Not sure what I was thinking!
It can be used for many purposes though. I put it beside this chair in the sunroom for now.

And finally, this wicker chest. When I saw it, I thought it would be perfect as a night stand next to the bed in the pool house bedroom in Asti.

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I had saved this photo as inspiration, so when I saw the wicker trunk, the lightbulb went off! Question is, should I stencil black letters on the front or just leave it? Either way, don't you think it will make a great night stand?

With one last weekend of warm weather, we're heading up to Asti with a new mattress strapped on the roof. Yes, we will look like The Clampetts! But finally, we can set up the bedroom in the pool house. I can't wait to put it all together! I wrote about the pool house bedroom back in June here.

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22 comments:

Kathysue said...

Hi D, Love all of your purchase, especially the basket!!! Perfection. I love the victorian stand I can see this used for so many uses and I love the texture. Center of the table with wonderful desserts baked by your children!!!! The mustard pot is wonderful and I can totally see why you purchased it. Wish me luck, I am going tomorrow!!! Should be fun. Thank you for letting me know about this sale, KS

Razmataz said...

I love the wicker basket, and I would definitley stencil it.

Tricia Rose said...

The Clampetts - love it!

I used my two British Rail laundry baskets as night tables for years, and learnt to keep the contents inside covered just in case I spilt something (not as often as you'd think). I was always looking for trays to hold things on top and give a solid surface for cups of tea etc. I hope you have better luck than I did!

Marigene said...

I love the Dijon jar, simple but beautiful.
I vote to leave the basket as it was purchased!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the mustard jar and the wicker chest. I cant' wait to see the room when you are done. I guess you got the bed you wanted?

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

You shop well! Love your purchases!!! I wouldn't stencil either...leave as is. Can't wait to see it in YOUR place!

Kathy said...

Love your pictures and I would vote to keep the wicker as is..perfection!

Martina said...

What great purchases, I love the 3 tier stand you bought it looks perfect near that pretty chair! Have a great weekend, Martina

NanaDiana said...

Great finds! I love the mustard pot...LOVE! And I do think that basket will make the perfect nightstand. I do think if you stencil it the value will probably decrease...but if that doesn't factor into your thinking I believe the stenciled lettering would look great. What a fun shopping expedition~ Hugs-Diana

Sarah said...

Nothing like a good antique show. Oh, how I wish I could have tagged along. ;-)
Love the treasures you returned home with. The basket used as a bedside table is super. Love the three tiered wicker stand. I can see lots of uses for this one. And the mustard pot ~ oh, I do love that one. Well, I loved each one you showed.
Glad you had a terrific day. ~ Sarah

Sarah said...

Nothing like a good antique show. Oh, how I wish I could have tagged along. ;-)
Love the treasures you returned home with. The basket used as a bedside table is super. Love the three tiered wicker stand. I can see lots of uses for this one. And the mustard pot ~ oh, I do love that one. Well, I loved each one you showed.
Glad you had a terrific day. ~ Sarah

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La Dolfina said...

Hi Dolores!
I adore all your finds!!
Great eye... I'm looking forward to seeing how the pool house bedroom turns out :)
Good Luck my friend :)

Trets Welt said...

Haloli Delores!
Anti-i love it!Schöne Sonntag.Bussi.Luciene.

Lori E said...

Stencil it for sure. Drooly mouth here looking at all those great items.

Hill Country House Girl said...

Looks like a beautiful show and you found some treasures! Don't you just love seeing so many antiques and interesting things all in one place! Thanks for sharing!

Table Escapes said...

Delores, I just love living vicariously through you & traveling to all these beautiful places AND the SHOPPING!! Don't know which of your purchases I love more....the 3 tiered piece by the chair is just darling....I'm sure you will figure out just the perfect things do put in it.
Thanks for another great blog!!
Sharon

Table Escapes said...

PS.... I hate cooking too!

AshTreeCottage said...

Great finds! Happy Valentine's Day!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Etta said...

Wow... I love all your shopping! The Dijon jar is amazing!!
happy Valentine's Day!
Etta

michelle said...

Beautiful finds and I LOVE the basket! What a great place and fun day!
Happy Valentines Day!

AICO Furniture said...

That is looking a good show.And hopefully you got the good stuff for your day.Didn't you?

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