Monday, April 11, 2011

Treasure Hunting Across the Bay

My friend Lisa has been telling me about an antique store on her side of the Bay that has more majolica than I could ever imagine! So, last week, I drove across the bridge and met her for lunch and treasure hunting.

The lovely Terri, treasure hunter extraordinaire from La Dolfina also joined us for lunch. Two bloggers and a designer together! Needless to say, we had a lot to talk about!

After lunch, they were both excited to show me Friendship Farm Antiques. Sure enough, this store has a ton of majolica. I was in heaven!

They sell transferware too. I should have bought this Masons Vista pitcher!

All three of us walked out empty handed. No worries though, Terri knows all the best consignment and thrift stores, so off we went!

I lucked out at the cutest little cottage, turned thrift store when I spotted this ironstone butter tub. $4 please!

Also, this bee skep for $8! After I finish my planting project on the side porch, it will fit right in!

My "big ticket item" though is this faux bamboo etagere. Only $125! The tops of the shelves have been painted black, so that's probably why it wasn't more. However, I like it that way.
Now, where to put it. Certainly not in this bathroom!

It was such a fun day! What could be more fun--friends, antiques and lunch!

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Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

*want* your butter tub - that really is the biz Delores~

Kathysue said...

Hi D, Wow you really scored!!! Love the little butter dish and the bamboo shelf is a beauty. Nothing better than shopping with kindred spirits!!! Kathysue

La Dolfina said...

I wish we could get together more often!
You are the best!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What fun and love your finds. They have lots of majolica at the Scott's antique market here, but it is so expensive. I just can't bring myself to pay that.

Kathy Walker said...

Great finds! What a nice way to spend a day.

Babs said...

Thank goodness that store with the majolica and transferware isn't anywhere near here. I would be in BIG trouble! Love the bamboo etagere and the bee skep.
Thanks for taking us shopping with you.

Kelley said...

125 dollars! Are you kidding me Delores! Score....xo kelley

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word, I saw tons of things that I would have loved to have. Everything is gorgeous. Love that butter tup and the bee skeep is fantastic. I am also drooling over the bamboo piece. I'd say you did very well. Hugs, Marty

On Crooked Creek said...

What gorgeous finds you brought home. I don't know how you could walk out empty handed...girl you've got will power! Thank you for sharing your shopping trip...meeting fellow bloggers... and your treasure troves with us!

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

Wow such pretty things. Love your plant .. the bee skeep was the greatest find ever!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Delores, What a fun day and a great shop. You found some wonderful things and I love the etagere and the butter dish.

French said...

Recipe for a perfect day, antiquing and all the pics!

Decor To Adore said...

My heart is beating faster from all the sheer loveliness!

Allison said...

Sounds like a lovely day, Delores. I love my lamp shades Carmella made for me. I think I've shared photo with you awhile back. She makes beautiful things.

Sarah said...

You lucky girl! Love your new finds, and no doubt I could easily get in trouble in Friendship Farms Antiques. I passed up a small bamboo table recently ~ great price but very wobbly.
Thanks for sharing all the eye candy. ~ Sarah

NanaDiana said...

Love your finds...and proud that you didn't overspend in Store #1- You did good, girl!!! Love that little butter dish and I just realized that when we moved I left my bee skep in my old garden and with all the confusion never missed it until now! (We've been gone 5 years);>) Glad you had a fun day! xxoo Diana

Winterwood said...

love your insirational blog and loved the dishes in the fish eddy post - shop in NY. I tried to order some dishes to send here, but the ups rate was almost $200 for a couple of mugs!!! outrageous! So will have to enjoy the dishes etc reading about them here!!

The French Hutch said...

Wow, I would love to be able to visit this antiques and gift shop. Treasures were plentiful there. The majolica collection so stunning as were the hutch with the transferware, I love the red and blue. It seems lady luck was with you when you hit the thrift store. Great buys.
I Enjoy your lovely blog.........

The French Hutch

Patricia said...

Hi Delores,

Was that confit pot for sale? I've always meant to ask you where you've found the many, many French confit pots I see in your pics. I'll even settle for a "faux" confit pot! Do they make faux ones in China?

I'm a faithfull readaer and I LOVE your blog!

Your friend from Miami,
Ana MarĂ­a

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Oh Delores, I just ADORE majolica but can never find any that I can afford:( I would have been depressed in that store:):):) I LOVE what you did bring home. Just today I was out and saw a bee skep just like yours for $25.00!!!! So, you did GOOD girl! LOVE the butter tub and the etegere. Sounds like a GREAT day! XO, Pinky

Barbara said...

What a fun day! Such fabulous finds!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Oh Delores, I love your taste and style so much. We have so many items in common! Guess what???? I have the same bamboo stand that I got at an estate sale and I got a steal on mine also ($80-ish) but I have seen that same one for $450 on Ebay several times! We both got steals! I have mine in my master bath and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. I am enamored with antique bamboo!


Nancy's Daily Dish said...

And that majolica collection!!!! Wow.

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