Kriste and were able to squeeze in some shopping earlier this week on the way back from Megan’s house, to stock up for The Market on Chapel Hill. It’s coming up so fast! We didn’t find as much stuff as I had hoped for, but I packed the van full today with some amazing finds when my mom and I hit another of my favorite antique stores. More on that later.
When Kriste and I were out, I did find a few cool pieces for the market. One thing, though, I bought for myself.
You know when you see one of those pieces and you know right away that it’s special? That’s how it was with this.
In the back of the store in an unassuming place by the men’s restroom, there was an old, worn chalkboard leaning up against the wall…
The chipped paint, wood planked writing surface, chunky frame and warm black color immediately drew me in. And then the graph and the numbers and the writing. And then I noticed…
The writing was in German! For those who don’t know, I grew up in Germany, so the fact that some of the writing was in German made it all the more interesting to me.
Does anyone have guesses as to what this was used for? Maybe a hospital cafeteria? Some military purpose? WWII perhaps? “Tisch” means table and “anzahl” means quantity. Any ideas?
Anyway, Kriste and I had our arms full already. I was carrying an egg basket with an ironstone compote balanced in it. Kriste found a few things she liked and was carrying things for me as well, but she managed to carry it all, so I could lug the chalkboard to the counter. It’s much heavier than you would guess.
I am breaking my rule with this find. The rule is that I can’t keep things unless I have the perfect place for them. I don’t know where I’m going to put this, yet, but I’m willing to break my own rule to keep it.
Since it is my rule, I’ll allow it.
(Oh, and I got it for $75, which I thought was pretty good for such a neat piece.)
I did pick up this pretty coffee pot to sell at the market…
The detail on these old pieces always amazes me and I thought the black was so striking.
I’ll show more finds as I photograph them next week.
Until then, here is a preview of how things are coming together for my market booth this year…
The ironstone pitchers flew out of the booth last year, so I focused my ironstone search on those. most of the pieces I’m bringing this year are from my collection. I picked through the house and removed about 50 pieces without even making a dent! That’s a good sign that a collection can handle being thinned a little. I do that every year or so and it forces me to pick the pieces I really like and recognize which ones I had just because ironstone is “my thing.”
When I stacked the small cupboard on the table with the green base (which was painted when I bought it, by the way), it was a magic moment! And the horse on top was like the cherry.
I will also be bringing MMS Milk Paint with me this year. In the past, my dear friend, milk paint retailer and chapel neighbor, Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect, has sold it, but now that I have my own stock for the studio, it makes sense for me to bring it to sell.
I will be teaching a milk paint demo at 1:00 at the event, if you’re interested in seeing our products in action and asking questions.
I’m really excited about how everything is falling into place this year and I can’t wait to show you everything I’m bringing.