A summerized antique secretary
But I did get home shortly after noon Thursday, which meant I had plenty of time to hot-foot it over to Vicki’s sale in Morningside, another of my favorite Atlanta in-town junking neighborhoods. I found an oil painting of the beach that I really liked, but at $300, it was too pricey. Instead, I settled on a primitive painting on board of a boathouse/stilt-house, which somebody at the sale suggested might be by a Key West artist. The signature on it looks like Ray. Or something. Anyway, I like it, and think it would be a fun addition to the back porch at The Breeze Inn. If not, it can always go in my booth at Seaside Sisters.
I also found a pair of vintage-looking silver pheasants. Mr. Mary Kay enjoys pheasant hunting, and since I already had a pair of antique silver hunting dogs, which I display on the Welsh Cupboard in our dining room, I thought they might like to join the dogs there. Sort of my own little joke, you know? Pheasants, bird dogs, dining room? Okay, it’s a really, really inside joke. At the same sale, for $3, I scored a brand new autographed copy of Bon Appetit, Y’all, a southern cookbook by Atlanta chef and food writer Virginia Willis, who is a friend of friends. Can’t wait to start trying recipes.
Pheasants, platters, dining room–get it?
On Saturday morning, Katie and I scooted over to a yard sale run by another old food writer friend from my AJC days. Lots of interesting stuff there, but we had Molly, and Katie had a tennis match to get to, so I only managed snag a white and red enamelware pot for $4, a vintage hammered aluminum lidded dish for $3, and a bunch of vintage paper Japanese lanterns, bringing me up to my total of $8.
After the sale, I spent some quality time cleaning up Molly, who then settled in for a long nap, allowing me to do some house-fluffing. I rearranged the stuff in the antique secretary in my living room. The secretary is a favorite piece of mine, bought at the Charlotte Metrolina antique market with my friend Mary, using money from an honorarium from giving a speech. Last year, with my friend Clay’s help, we styled it up by backing the shelves with cardboard covered with some blue and white fabric I had lying around in my stash. Then I arranged some seashells and some pieces of ironstone, and voila! Instant summer.
As for the stuff from the Saturday sale? I’ll plop a red geranium in the pot and use it in my Fourth of July table-setting, the aluminum dish may be a gift for a friend who just started collecting the stuff, and the paper lanterns? There are a total of 20 of them, and I think they might make a fun addition to Molly’s upcoming first birthday party. I hung a few from one of my dining room chandeliers, just to check out the look, and I kinda likey. They have that Teahouse of the August Moon vibe, doncha think? Oh yeah, I just happened to find a copy of the book in the secretary, while I was arranging it, probably picked up for 50 cents at a long-forgotten sale.
And that’s my glamorous, thrill-packed week. Aren’t you glad you asked, Margaret?