Monday, November 28, 2011

My holiday-ed up space at The Two Sisters Antiques and Gifts in Dunnellon, Florida

I had not been to Dunnellon in a few months to pretty up my space.  I had been so busy with family, the wedding/vacation trip to Rhode Island, and painting, painting, painting for The Fancy Flea that I had to let something go and with my 1 hour and 40 minute trip up there, it is what gave.  I know you're thinking I am crazy for traveling that distance to be in a shop, but I want you to know first, that my Mom lives in Dunnellon, so I always have dual reasons for going up there and a place to stay if I need more time to clean and stock.  And, secondly, when I started with the two girls, Brenda and Cheryl, I was living in Tampa and the trip was a wee bit shorter.  The girls initially opened their shop by renting a little house on one street back and I had the sunniest little room on the right. After a year or so, they decided it was time to buy their own property and reopened on Pennsylvania Avenue right in the heart of the historic district. And, I have the sunniest little room on the right! I have so enjoyed being with the girls all this time and we have quite a few regulars who come to see what is new that I even know a few by their names. The shop is different from the other shops I am's more Victorian...and I feature a lot of my pretties here...a lot of glass, pretty porcelain, and nice antique furniture. I had not photographed my room in a while so I thought that after being up there to get ready for the holiday season and Dunnellon's own Victorian Holiday this past Saturday that I thought it was a good time to feature my space in their shop.  I have to apologize as I am featuring only my room since it was dark and late by the time I got around to doing this.  Next time, I will feature the rest of the house so you can see all that the shop has to offer. If you have not been to Dunnellon to shop or to take advantage of the tubing or kayaking activities then you're missing out.  Take a weekend to go enjoy this wonderful little town.  There are a few motels in town if you want to stay and make the best of it. Call the Chamber of Commerce and they will be happy to help you out. And, be sure to stop by The Two Sisters Antiques and Gifts and check out my sunniest little room! Enjoy my photos.

Entering my little room:

See the Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz dinnerware I just found.  Service for 8! Goes well with ruby red glassware!
 I just brought in some Fostoria amethyst wine stems...and some other violet and green pretties.
 The holiday scent, Snow Lily, is packaged in a pretty blue and looks nice with this little grouping.
 I brought back this set of Royal Albert Flower of the Month teacups and saucers from Rhode Island!
 And, I just brought in this hand painted charger size cabinet plate with beautiful pink roses. Add a plate holder and they make the prettiest art on your wall.
 My corner cabinet is filled with gorgeous vintage glass...most of it is hand cut and it sparkles with the mirrors behind it. This is one of the only painted pieces in my room right now and everyone wants to buy it...sorry, it would be too hard to replace. It makes for a wonderful display piece.
 More glass:  I carry a lot of Princess House and Fostoria American.
 I have a pretty English bone china tea set...complete with luncheon/snack plates and cups, sugar and creamer and teapot. It has pretty bud roses on it.
 This bowl of holiday scented mini soaps was overflowing when the shop opened. I filled it again and by the end of the evening it was down low again.  I left all that I had with me.
 I also put most of the demitasse cups and saucers that I find here at The Two Sisters.
 Here's an up-close of the Princess House...I price it real reasonable.  Looking for anything?  I just stocked tumblers, coffee mugs, stem wine glasses, and a wine decanter all in the Heritage pattern.  I also had a couple of spooners, but they sold the day I put them in.  I have another set I will be bringing in, in their original box!
 Here's better picture of my tea set and also check out my pink milk glass cake stand!
 I hate that I have to have a locked case, but unfortunately it's a must. I feature all of my little treasures, fragile, and pricier items in here.  By the way, ALL of my FENTON is 20% off.  I have quite a selection, some in this case and others throughout my space.
 Mmmmm...the wonderful soap I carry.  Sometimes it's the only thing that sells...and I wonder if I should just be in the soap business!  The are beautifully packaged and they make great gifts.  My room...okay, the shop, smells so nice because of my soaps and powders. I also carry body lotion in some of the scents.  I am doing a deal on my everyday scents just for the holidays:  Buy a lotion and a powder and get the bar of soap free!
 Three of the 7 holiday scents that I carry.  I carry the mini bars as well as the larger bars...make great stocking stuffers, or gifts for teachers, secret pals, and office workers.
 This dresser top was filled with ruby red punch cups that sold Saturday night. They had a wonderful turn-out for their annual Victorian Holiday, always the Saturday eve following Thanksgiving.  Check them out this Saturday for their First Saturday event....starts at 8 a.m.!!!
Let me know if you see anything you are interested in.  I hope you get a chance to visit Dunnellon sometime. Shop The Grumble House for antiques and wonderful gardening items, Always Something for antiques and other sweet finds, Aunt Bobby's for antique glassware and furniture, My New Old Chair for newly upholstered furniture, and for lunch, I highly recommend Abigail's. All are within walking steps from The Two Sisters!
Bye for now. denise

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Back from Newport, Rhode Island...

We went on vacation to Newport to attend my nephew and his fiance's wedding and decided to make a week of it.  We arrived on Thursday and spent the day driving around checking out the area near Providence and then went onto Newport on Friday. Of course, we had to discover the little downtowns with their quaint little shops. This is the first we found...only because we were looking for that little restaurant by the water that the guy at the rental company told me about.  Lobster rolls and clam chowder...we could handle that for our first meal in Rhode Island...and it was a bit cooler than the weather here in Florida so a bowl of hot chowder sounded good!
This is Jarred's...I saw the sign twice and I finally insisted that we go check it out.
It was a cute little shop from the outside and we were excited to see what treasures were within.  See the nice little jeep we ended up with...I did and got a standard vehicle for $15. day and when we arrived they didn't have that size so they upgraded us at no additional charge!  Wish we could have packed it full, but we had to be able to get our treasures on the plane! 
Look at the cool stuff here...the wonderful chest with the rose and swag decals...the mantle...this was definitely not your typical consignment shop. The prices were sooo good, but since we were flying there was no way to even consider buying any furniture...until she told me they would ship it!
Yup...I am a dealer...flipping the dishes over to see what they are.  I wanted to buy the green depression stems on the top shelf and the carnival glass pitcher and matching tumblers behind me.  They were so well-priced, but my husband (the guy with the camera) told me to keep in mind that we had a whole I passed.
There's my Mom doing the same thing...flipping the tags to check the price.  I wish you could see that little cabinet behind that white was awesome.

There was a lot of painted furniture here for a consignment shop.  I liked the green china cabinet, the cool wine rack on the left and the white chairs there in the front.  There were a lot of pretty chandeliers but they weren't cheap...must be more popular than the furniture.

Anyways, we each bought a small treasure ( I found a pretty rose plate for $5.) and then decided to move on. We were ready for our lobster roll and chowder.  Not bad for our first stop!
I spoke with one of the gals on my way out...I think she was an owner... and she told me about their website.  So, here's the link in case you want to take a look: