Antiquing in Nevada during our “girl day”.
In yesterday’s post, Antlers All Around, I mentioned how fabulous the antique stores are out west because everything is so well preserved. Here are my two theories as to why that is: 1) The dry weather allows for most pieces to age gracefully, with little to no rust or deterioration. 2) Even though they are antiques, the pieces are much newer than say ones that have had to survive an extra 100 years. For example, Nevada become a state during the 1860’s vs. states in the Mid-Atlantic which have been around since the late 1700’s. Okay, enough with the history lesson. My point is this makes for some spectacular antique shopping. Lots of eye candy around every turn. I tend to gravitate toward things that would work in my clients homes and photograph well, such as large scale, colorful and/or graphic pieces. Let’s have a look at what I found, shall we?
Colorful outdoor chairs and a fantastic neon sign belonging to the Overland Hotel (not for sale but could resist taking the picture):
MORE ANTLERS! They really are all around!! And a light blue rotary phone. Funny how that’s considered an antique now!
Vintage pin-ups (Rated PG, don’t worry) and wallpaper borders thrown into a leather suitcase. I was more excited about the display and the faded red packaging, though.
Mexican blankets (Navajo print knock-offs, not the real deal) and a bunch of crystal door knobs.
Black and white print of a large hutch adorned with gold garland and two big, fat green and blue birds which reminded me of Gustav Klimt’s paintings.
Rows and rows of leather bound books with beautiful spines and a fun print of a flirty lady in a flowy white dress. Check our her shoes!
Giant road sign directing traffic to Heavenly Ski Resort (but in this case it’s pointing straight up to the sky which is still appropriate) and brass pots and planters in all shapes and sizes.
Overall, I’d say we had a pretty successful day. David’s sister Sherry went home with a cook book edited by some famous chef or food critic or someone (Sher, chime in here), a wooden rolling pin to add to her collection and a cookie tin with elaborate beading. Lily did not go home empty handed either. She picked out a beautiful hand stitched embroidered apron to wear when she helps her mom, Sherry, in the Kitchen. Can you tell they like to cook?? Not me. Ha! I don’t even own a rolling pin.
Heirloom Antiques, the store where Sherry found most of her culinary wonders is in fact pretty awesome. I was so impressed by how the store was staged and decorated. It was filled to the brim but everything was easy to see and examine. The owner, Deborah, emailed me with a link to their Facebook page. An official website with online shopping is in the works so stay tuned!