Friday, May 31, 2013

Wine Country Brocante Finds

 I reader suggested that I offer antiquing tours in the wine country as part of the vacation rental package.
Great idea!
Let me take you on a virtual antique shopping trip!

 From Petaluma, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, and Healdsburg, I know where all the best antique stores are, and last weekend, I hit them all!

Petaluma has the best concentration of brocante in the wine country.
Stores like Sienna, Chelsea, The French Hen, and Vintage Bank Antiques to name a few.
But I really like Summer Cottage Antiques for their selection of affordable treasures.
In fact, here is my stash from Summer Cottage!

That's where I also
found this repurposed light that I plan to hang over the outdoor table in the breezeway.

Everything I bought was perfect for the vacation rental, and lends a natural collected over time vibe to the cottages that have their fair share of new furniture.

Staging the World Market desk with vintage finds like this globe was my main focus.
But I really wanted to find an old typewriter.  They're everywhere until you want to find one!

I ended up with this one.  
It weighs a ton, being made of cast iron.
It almost took Mr. A's back out carrying it to the car!

I know I'm repeating these photos, but this rusty old chair was not something I considered.  It was sitting outside the antique store.  There were two of them.  I got talked in to buying it and now I am happy I did.  Nothing like a rusted old chair to counter balance the newness of the desk!

I also got talked in to buying the galvanized heart.
Not sure where it will go, but for now, I just set it on top of the dresser.

This painting was hiding behind up high, behind a bunch of stuff. You really have to dig for treasures when antiquing.
I have a weakness for still lifes, especially if it involves grapes.
Grapes belong in the wine country, don't you think?

I couldn't resist this old oil of a St. Bernard.
Mr. A thought I lost my mind, but I'm planning on collecting vintage books about dogs, as well as other dog items.
After all, this is a dog friendly rental!

Mr. A had to have this deer rack, found at Healdsburg Classics Antiques.
It is enormous and I thought a bit much, but guess what?

I found a place for it outside on the porch!

Right next door to Summer Cottage Antiques is Vintage Style.
Dean has an eclectic collection of merchandise, both new and old.
We considered this mirror, but bought the red compass instead.

It sure gussied up this wall.
I can see it in a boy's room or family room too.

We're planning another shopping trip again this weekend.
I can't wait to see what treasures we unearth!
Brocante in the Wine Country!

Thanks for coming with me on this virtual shopping trip.
Let's do it for real sometime!
Call me!

I'm linking up with Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feather Your Next Friday

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Mary Ann Pickett said...

Great finds...adds so much interest.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Delores, I am dying to rent your vacation home and go antique shopping in these wonderful places. I love what you've done with the rental, and I agree that an antiquing package with the rental is a brilliant idea. Good luck with your new business. laurie

Today's Treasure by Jen said...

Wonderful spots! You really have a great variety of shops close to you. I think a "brocante option" would be so much fun for you & your visitors! Congrats again on a beautiful job!

Meg@OliverandRust said...

I love this vacation home and when we plan a trip to your area, we will for sure be looking to rest. Just amazing with all the vintage finds.

Kathysue said...

Great idea!!D, you would be a wonderful guide!! Anytime you need a partner in crime let me know we will meet up!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your finds. That rack in the first pic is what I would love for a pot rack in place of the one I have.

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Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I love the idea of brocante tours in wine country!

And I love your finds.


Susan Freeman said...

What a delightful tour. Thank you so much!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sarah said...

Delores, you make me want to fly out to the wine country and spend a few days on the brocante tour. Fun finds!

Anne Boykin said...

Wow, you found some wonderful things! I love antique shopping in the wine country and Petaluma is a favorite spot. Thanks for the tour.

carolyn bradford said...

I would definitely book an antique tour with you! You did find some wonderful things and I love getting to see other antique shops in different parts of the country! So fun! Thanks for sharing!

Fabulously French said...

Mille mercis for the fabulous tour, lots of great objects.

Leeann x

Melanie said...

Especially love that vintage typewriter!

Michele Smith said...

Love all of your finds! You have quite an eye for all things beautiful!!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Your blog is looking good! I really enjoy the material you cover.
As a shop owner in the Sacramento area, I wonder where these folks source their treasures. I'm sure it's just a mix of sources. Great stuff!
I love your kitchen table. It's very similar to mine and I'm admiring your basket of succulents. I even have the window seat cushions covered in ticking.
Great minds...
Barbara :)

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