Friday, March 16, 2018

Panoply New Booth Vignettes Early 2018

As with my Panoply shopping for early 2018, I haven't posted any updates to our antique mall booths for 2018 until now. The last time I updated was with our holiday styling last November! A lot has happened since then, but I won't bore you with all the in betweens. I'll just share how we're currently set for spring 2018.

Our farmhouse corner space has a new look with some not-so-spring chickens that have come to roost in the cabinet.
There's also a smattering of farm animals on the four-square cubby against the wall, along with some stools and wooden containers (crates, cart, and tool box).

Okay, maybe there is some evidence of a spring chick or two in a cabinet curio nearby.
Segueing into our adjacent space, we're keeping with a crossover of farm, utilitarian, and soon-to-be more garden things in the coming week. This garden hutch will likely be tricked out with lots of garden items, but we try to 'expose' new items when just arriving, and this hutch came in just last week.
Pictured below is how the aisle appears, stretching as the boundary across two of our spaces. You can see between the photo shoot below and above, we'd already started adding things to the once 'exposed' garden hutch.
The green wicker cart on the aisle is home to our selection of old hardware right now. This stuff is popular with many shoppers, whether they're refurbishing old furniture and need replacement parts, or for those who like to repurpose old hardware into other things.
Rounding the corner, from the garden hutch, enter if you dare. It gets a little cluttered. Together with the garden hutch on the aisle, our shutter and shelf divider sort of reigns in the various things found in here. It's hard to tell what you might find in here: old tools, sewing items, kitchen utensils, stools, and containers. It's a crap shoot, and it's the most likely place where 'leftovers' go whenever we're styling vignettes. 
Seen below, this wall is to the left of the shutters and shelves, and restores a bit of order to things in this space with our casual linen rack and more.
Primitive utilitarian baskets and tools, along with a little Easter vignette on the wicker shelf.
Canning and other kitchen smalls are styled below the wicker shelf, with a hint of a gardening vignette to come.
Across the aisle from the garden hutch and casual linens is our mantiques section. 
The curio cabinet against the wall (directly across from the casual linens) has been there for a few years, with optimal visibility from the mall's front entry aisle. It houses various smalls, not just mantiques. Here's a glimpse of what's currently available in the curio.
The corner of the mantiques aisle (directly across from the garden hutch) has our 2018 Derby vignette(s). Derby and hunt, the lines are blurred, and we typically take springtime (near the annual Derby) as an opportunity to showcase all things equestrian.
The equestrian items we garnered this year seemed to spill over to the wall behind the washstand surface where we started our styling.

This old Barnum litho found its way from auction, just as the circus was winding down its 146 year history with its final tour in 2017.
The corner cabinet in the mantiques booth....
Our last space to show is always what we refer to as our main booth. We moved the low, curio floor showcase over to the farmhouse corner (shown near beginning of this post), opening this space up for a change.
The antique rocking chair in this space was taken completely apart and reupholstered by my sister, M.
Here's a before and after shot. The rocker's no longer musty, dirty and old; it's now clean, fresh and new-old.
During the first quarter 2018, we've sold several pieces of furniture that were previously in our main space alone: a chandelier, an antique dresser with mirror, a diminutive console table, a bookcase, and an end table. A couple other pieces of furniture sold in our other spaces, including a desk and industrial cart. All are pictured in the collage below.
Several smalls are also selling, including those pictured below, along with our vintage linens, a staple in our inventory.
We're off to a good start for 2018. We hope you'll plan a visit to our antique mall soon. Panoply is located in the South Charleston Antique Mall at 617 D Street, South Charleston, WV.  It is an easy on/off from I-64 at Exit 56.

Thanks for coming along for a virtual tour of our latest offerings. Feel free to leave your comments. I'll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Rita C. at Panoply

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Panoply Vintage Shopping, Finds 1Q18

When you're an antiques & vintage goods dealer and shopping opportunities arise, you're best to act upon each one, especially when it is winter. These opportunities are typically few and far between when most of the region is lying dormant. Most people are deep in the throes of the typical purging and organizing processes in January, February (more on that later), but some choose to have it done professionally. That makes for some great estate sales. My Panoply sisters and I have gone to a few sales, and made one trip during this seemingly short first quarter of 2018 (1Q18). Let's go armchair shopping!

First, I'll show you what I did NOT purchase. My sisters and I traveled to Lewisburg, WV to shop recently. It's very near where the Greenbrier Hotel is located. If you know me at all, you know I love beautiful dishware and table settings.
Both of these tables I'm showing caught my eye, as did the needlepoint pillows and other accessories. The pillows are made with Carleton Varney fabrics (Mr. Color, President of Dorothy Draper & Co, and the Greenbrier's decorator).
Now, onto the things I purchased during these last few months. The things I did buy during 1Q18 eventually take on themes, either coordinating with similar items my sisters purchase and we ultimately style together, or things I gravitate toward which personally appeal to me.  These first items are things which personally appeal to me.
I love majolica, and the colors in these items just sing to me! They are varied in country of origin - Western Germany, Occupied Japan, Portugal, Italy - and from where they were sourced - various dealer friends and antique shops. Aquas/greens/yellows - all have a cottage vibe and shout spring to me!
More cottage looks in the pottery and glass are pictured above. Not one, but two bulb jugs/pitchers with ice lips. And, if you recall, I already had another one in my arsenal, as seen in my sunroom last summer into fall (here). I guess that makes another collection. The matte, greenish-aqua one (top L) is a Rum Rill - likely made by Shawnee Pottery in Zanesville, OH. The middle row are all flower vessels - Fire King jadeite, Empire Works (England), and possibly Shawnee (far rt, tulips). The items on the bottom just struck a chord - a lamb plate (chickens on the back side), an Art Deco Pierrot clown soap or trinket dish, and hobnail milk glass.
The items above are categories I like, but a few are random. I love metals for how easily they store - the greyhound dog by the fireplace, the bacon press, the pineapple napkin rings, bracelets (personal collection) and the bird bottle opener - all are metals. The tiny salt & peppers are Salty & Peppy, popular mid-century kitchen items. The random dog book is a 1946 edition and will sit nicely with a pair of Roseville dog bookends we have in the shop. The porcelain pair of greyhounds are Italian, and the detail was irresistible, plus they'll display nicely with the metal dog in our booth. The print in the bottom left corner is one I just adore. It is a lithograph of the painting by Paul Peel (1860-1892), "After the Bath". I have another, smaller version of this hanging in my office. The remaining finds pictured above are various linens bought for resale.
The last of the items I purchased will all be for resale - at least I think so. 😉 Mostly all of these I consider mantiques - the equestrian (trinket, cup, bookends, and shot glasses), hunt (Libbey fowl glasses), bottle capper with caps, and belt buckles - all are fun things to stock our mantiques booth. The center items - an aged pottery frog and glass fishing float - could work in a garden or coastal theme. The far right, middle and bottom, are more primitive in nature. The chopper handle had great patina, the wood stirrup was nice and grungy, and the donkey is an antique bottle opener. The pitcher (bottom R) is unique - a pewter metal vessel with a wood exterior and intricate metalwork trim.

Okay, let's talk about the proverbial elephant in the room. In January, I talked about my purge proposal, yet here I am buying more stuff. Well, I am sticking to my plan, I want you to know. Sometimes it's just about rotating things, making things fresh and new, right? Fostering, selling and keeping things for personal use....the lines are often blurred when I shop, but eventually I'm ready to let most things go, either by selling in our booths or yard sales, or in gifting.
Pictured above is what I am affectionately calling my purge patrol. I have purged that many packages since mid February, and I'm still working methodically. So, if we've communicated on the subject, I haven't forgotten you. I just haven't gotten to you, and I'm not about to stop until the project is complete in my mind! I've emptied at least three 16-gallon storage tubs, and several other nooks and crannies where things have been stored. Believe me when I say this process has truly been cathartic!

Speaking of rotating things, making things fresh and new, we've been doing a lot of moving and restyling in our booth spaces since the first of the year, too. I'll soon have a post highlighting some of those changes.
Thanks for coming along on this virtual shopping trip, and indulging me with my account of shopping finds. Did you see anything you liked? Have you found some fun finds lately? Feel free to leave your comments. It's always fun to hear what you like, and what seems to be trending in your region.
Rita C. at Panoply

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Raining Cats and Dogs: Totes Tales #14, Giveaway!

Welcome back from a long winter's nap! It's time for another instalment of the Tales of the Traveling Totes - #14! Not familiar with the Traveling Totes? You can catch up by reading how it all started, here, and my personal tales with Miss Luna C and Miss Charley C here. Be sure to read to the end of this post for another great giveaway, this time a MacKenzie-Childs and Beekman Boys gift combo. 

Since we last convened in December, our "winter" has been quite mild, other than the arctic blast much of the country experienced in early January. For the most part, though, instead of snow, we have had much rain this winter. February's totals alone have exceeded both December's and January's combined. 
Apart from the purging and organization that takes place in my typical January, a couple of gal pals and I (along with Miss Charley C) did get out for Pier 1's "Besties and Blooms" in-store event. Let me just say any of my blogger friends and I could've put on better demonstrations for the retailer. 😏
It pretty much has been raining cats and dogs. Literally. My sister M and her husband drove to Lancaster, PA to pick up this little guy below. Meet Brinkley, a Havanese puppy - in classic Courtly Check, no less. He's nearly 13 weeks old in this photo  below. Isn't he handsome?!
So far, Brinkley is quite skittish about wood floors, big bags (like Miss Luna C), and steps. He's already housebroken, will sit for treats, and loves the security of his crate. He takes frequent naps and sleeps all night long, settling into his crate each time. While Mr. P. would love to welcome a new puppy, Brinkley is my sister M's baby.
Miss Luna C, Miss Charley C and I are looking forward to the spring weather and getting out much more. Spring is already showing promise in my region and in my landscape. I hope you'll return on June 1, 2018 for another adventure recap. 
The Traveling Tribe is offering another giveaway. Jenna @ The Painted Apron is our giveaway sponsor this time. One lucky reader who leaves a comment on Jenna's March 1 post will have their name thrown into the hat for an opportunity to win the following:
Where have all the other Traveling Tote tribe members been lately? Check them out at the links conveniently located below to see. We have two new members joining us, making us a dozen* now. Please welcome Ricki Jill of The Sketchy Reader and Lea of Cici's Corner, and show them some love. (*Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester will return to join us next time).

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Jackie with Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Lia with Miss Scarlett @ Cici's Corner
Linda G with Miss Poppy @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Ricki Jill with Countess de Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply (you are here!)
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Thanks for traveling along on our adventures!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Greenhouse Tablescape

This fun tablescape came together like a little puzzle recently. It's a nod to my Irish heritage, and it could easily host a casual meal for a few of my sisters or maybe just a few friends (sisters from different misters). 
Y'all know how much I've enjoyed my little flock of sheep in my sunroom since the beginning of the new year. Then, instead of a bouquet for Valentine's Day, I told Mr. P. I wanted the hellebore plant you see below. The intention was to set a table with it (and not necessarily with the sheep).
The balmy weather this past week was beckoning me to come outside and plant that hellebore, so I did. It's a good thing too, because the plant was rootbound in its pot. It's much happier now.
Planting the hellebore took away from my centerpiece idea, so I decided the flock needed a shepherd of sorts - a lucky one - that I scored in December. That's when a St. Patrick's Day theme took hold.
I had picked up some cute little plates from Pier 1, knowing I'd use them at some point soon. I decided a simple table, using my everyday Pfaltzgraff with these new plates and the flock, would be timely for St. Patrick's Day. I added vintage bakelite flatware first seen in this post.
Some Williams Sonoma dish towels in a coordinating shade of green made great napkins. A good, simple tablescape was set.
I knew I had some green glassware in my inventory, but a trip to pick up a pizza led me on a detour to the Dollar Tree. I came home with green wine glasses and St. Patrick's Day scarves. And a pizza. 😉 I decided the scarves would be a cute and fun takeaway for the gals invited.
At this point I still hadn't dug out my green glassware. I did, however, pull out a few lucky coins for each place setting. These are Susan B. Anthony dollar coins, 4 of 80 gifted to my mother in a little kettle pot (her pot of gold) on her 80th birthday celebration in early March, 2000.
I pulled the green glassware I originally intended to use, and the table was finally set.
I have only created one other tablescape on the theme of the March 17 holiday, and it was without your typical cheeky decor. Somehow, though, this one had me going. My entire family attended a high school whose team was the Fighting Irish, with a leprechaun as mascot, so it was always a fun holiday growing up. My mom, primarily Italian, always celebrated this holiday in a fun way too, but it was my dad's Irish ancestry that gave us all our pale-skin freckles and reddish undertones. A few of my siblings (and I) have green eyes. And when Irish eyes are smiling, sure, they'll steal your heart away....just ask Mr. P.  
I hope you all have a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't forget to wear your green, or else be pinched!

Rita C. at Panoply
(A special thanks to Ginnie at My Little Home's Best of the Weekend Party #152 , to Kathryn from the Dedicated House: Make It Pretty Monday #245  and to Richella at Imparting Grace: Grace at Home #289 for featuring this post!)

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