|My finds at the Metrolina Antique Fair|
|photo via Megan at pinktogreen|
First stop was a booth with lots of old Ball Jars...but there was a little something different about these jars...many of them are purple...purple glass you say, well not exactly...turns out they started out clear but the chemical reaction in the glass with the magnesium and the light makes purple...cool huh??? My dad has a little collection of Jars so we got him one. Eddie had a ton of suggestions on how to use them.
|via moi, loving the ball trim...|
|photo via Diana at Please Sir|
Next stop was a Vintage Button, fabric, and trim booth. WOW! My mom has been using buttons for projects forever and really liked this booth. She scored a bag of buttons for $12 and I got a few yards of trim that just spoke to me, I DO have a project in mind.
|via moi, kind of liking the antlers in the background.|
|via Amanda at Casabrasi|
And then on to linens...Oh linens...a few days ago I wrote a whole post on vintage linens. A friend of mine said something like "when they are gone, they are gone...." so true. There sure was a whole lot to choose from here. So you can still get them while the getting is good. The monogramming is just exquisite. Eddie suggested using a product called Laundress...I will have to check that out too! ( I must say their packaging is very nice)
Then we checked out a few other booths outside, where Eddie talked about Majolica (that beautiful green ceramic dishware) and why antiques can cost what they do, collectibles vs. antiques etc. There was so much information I needed a tape recorder!
And then we made our way inside. (we were thankful for that because it was C-O-L-D)!!!!!
Here there was an amazing amount of silver and beautiful fine antiques. He spoke about making friends with dealers as they are the ones that can help complete sets of tableware, flatware, silver, etc.for you. So if you find 2 plates that you are in love with BUY THEM, there is always someone who can help source others for you.
I also learned a bit about the mother of pearl flatware that he has used many times. I am in love with it and hope to start my collection soon.
|via Diana at Please Sir|
And then we got to SHOP, we hit a couple of the places that Eddie had shown us and then we went out on our own. By that time it was 4:30 and time to go. SIGH:) Believe me, when my head hit the pillow Saturday night I was fast asleep, dreaming of tablescapes, and antiques, and sitting down with Eddie and Jaithan and my new friends at an amazing outdoor fete.