Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Antiquing In Santa Cruz

Last weekend, we left no stone unturned as we moseyed from Santa Cruz to Carmel-By-The-Sea hunting for treasures and sightseeing. We hit estate sales, yard sales, antique malls and design stores.
I'm pretty lucky Mr. A enjoys the thrill of the hunt too!

We started at Center Street Antiques in Soquel, a sleepy suburb of Santa Cruz because Atelier de Campagne has a booth there and I was anxious to see their display.

I've been following their blog and even met Trinidad and Johan at the flea market earlier this month. Their booth was one of my favorites, so beautifully staged with amazing antiques from Europe.

In fact, this collective had the best dealers. Every booth was a good one. Which is rare these days. With antique collectives going by the wayside, it was refreshing to see one still flourishing.

Not only is this one of the best malls I've ever been in, the prices are very reasonable too.
I bought this pillow for my BFF Maureen. It matches the drapes in her living room.

Great vintage leather suitcase. It had all original stickers including one from Havana!
A little glue on the handle is all it needed.

There were more than a few tole trays, but I left them behind.

A wonderful old wicker trunk. Would be great at the end of the bed.

Shopping at this collective brought back memories of the time when I had a booth in a local mall for about 7 years. It was so much fun and a lot of work.

Mr. A suggested that maybe I should think about getting back into the antique business again.
Are you kidding?
Perhaps an online store, he suggested.
He just wants to get rid of all the stuff in the garage!

It was only 11:00 am and the day was just getting started.
Stay tuned as we head south touring Monterey and Carmel.

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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a great pile of goodies!! I LOVE those pillows!!

Kathy said...

Oh, it is so much fun to hunt with your sweetie! I miss that! We used to live in the Atlanta area and would plot our day filled with Estate sales, etc...my husband always went for the tools and old Bibles...lovely You have found some marvelous treasures!
Have a great week,

Lori E said...

More, more, more please. My mouth is watering.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

This is like a wonderful weekend with your husband! I love the suitcases.

Have a great week, Elizabeth

Karen said...

What a fun field trip. My hubby also willingly tags along to some of my expeditions...love the details of your trip. I live in California so I'm making a list of names of places I will want to visit.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I love these kind of field trips! That wicker trunk would have come home with me for sure! Now I want to go shopping!
Thanks for taking me with you!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Oh that was fun!Loved touring that great shop with you. Just became your newest follower:) Can't wait to see where else you go:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Table Escapes said...

Hi Delores,
What fun you and Mr. A have...love that you guys just took off!!
Thanks for sharing!! Sharon

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cindy hattersley design said...

Love Center Street it is one of my favorite haunts! They always have something interesting! I hope you stopped at Crawfords, Warmth Company and Wisteria!

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

Have you visited the beautifully curated selection at Saffron & Genevieve in Soquel Avenue?

I like Mr A's idea for you Delores - why not an online store? All you need is stock, a camera and a website, and it wouldn't tie you down, just add spice to the chase.

Table Escapes said...

And PS, it would be wonderful if you sold treasures on Etsy or EBay....we are all so taken with your style, you could travel the world spending money doing what you like to do....Also, if ever you come across a set of red or purple Bordallo cabbage chargers, I would gladly pay a million for them....I think they are now extinct and I am So amazed with how you are able to use yours in so many different applications...if I had just a speck of your artistic talent!!!
Have a great day, Sharon

Town and Country Gals said...

what a fabulous mall! It was full of some great things! I would not have been able to leave that wicker trunk and suitcase behind!

Mr Paul said...

Step away from the Putti, they're mine!


Victoria said...

What a lovely way to spend a weekend. It used to be my favorite activity too when I lived in the Northeast. We don't have much in the way of antiques here in sunny SW FL though. Not that I have the room, although I would find room for that pair of cherubs in the first booth.

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

Road Trip--what a great weekend you had! Everything is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

So much fun antiqueing with the perfect someone. Sometimes looking at other people's old stuff reminds us how great our own old stuff really is. Can't wait to see the rest of the tour. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

AntiqueChase said...

Did you get the trunk and the suitcases??

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

You are so cute in your photos! How much fun to have a hubby that likes to antique with you!
Did you purchase anything yet?

Nothing But Blue Skies... said...

How fun that your hubby likes to go with you! Looks like your scored some great things so far! Can't wait to see the rest of your tour.

The enchanted home said...

So many beautiful things!!!!!! I could spend all day in a store like that. Looks like fun and hope you got a souvenir or two:)

Kathysue said...

Yes!! An online store, why not!? I agree, I am sure you would do wonderfully! xo Kathysue

The Tablescaper said...

Sounds like a dream trip!

- The Tablescaper

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