12.10.2012

My Kind of Shopping

I mentioned before that I don't do Black Friday. For me, personally, I feel like it intrudes on my weekend of relaxation and family time. And getting out of bed in the black of night, trying to find a space in a jam-packed parking lot, and fighting manic crowds who are struggling with each other for the same deals sounds like my idea of hell. I'm just not a shopper in general. I find it boring, and most of the time tedious. However, there is one definite glaring exception to this can't-stand-shopping attitude, and that is antique shopping!

Antique shopping is the best! It's like going to a museum, but a totally awesome museum where you can take home the displays. It's no secret that I love old, antique, worn things. That's why I must live in an old home. I don't think I could go back to living in a new home again.

I have never been surrounded by as many amazing antique shops as I have since I've lived in New Hampshire. This place is lousy with them! I have a favorite one that is not far from our house. We went there a couple of days before Thanksgiving and were told that the friday after Thanksgiving (black friday, of course) everything in the store would be at least 20% off and up to 50%. Well, I couldn't very well buy something that day when I knew a few days later there would be a significant discount.

So, my kind husband, who is much more of a morning person than I, went and picked up the early 19th century blanket chest I had my eye on. Thankfully, there were no massive crowds or full parking lots, and he didn't even have to get up that early to get what we wanted. Also, he was back within twenty minutes.  Black friday antique shopping is awesome!

And here she is...


I had been looking for some sort of smallish table to put in our living room. I just bought a Bose stereo and had no where to set it in the living room/kitchen area, and I liked the idea of putting such a modern, sleek device on a very old thing. Then I found this baby! It is from the early to mid-19th century.  When it was built, they faux finished it to make it appear that it was made of more exotic wood. Isn't that cool? I have always loved old-timey, wood faux finishes. Then it was also painted to make it appear that there are drawers and that it was made of small boards of wood. The two locks on the bottom are painted, the only real one is the one at the top. I also find the dovetailing work beautiful. I love this kind of folksy, country antique work.


Of course I couldn't just set my stereo up there. Had to add more accessories.

Looking from the kitchen into living room

And that is the only kind of Black Friday shopping I ever I want to be a part of!

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I'm totally with you on the Black Friday thing. It's not my cup of tea. BUT, I definitely would have moseyed over to that antique shop for that chest!

    We would have lived in an old house in a heartbeat, but in our area of the pacific northwest, an "old" house is a mid-century modern, which is also not my cup of tea. So, we bought a newish house which the original owners fashioned after their ancestral home in New England! Not the same, but close enough for us.

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  2. Eileen - Thank you! That's very cool what the original owners of your house did. That's what I would do if I had to move to a place without really old homes.

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  3. I grew up in a three-story Georgian house in the middle of England and all the doors were hand-finished with more exotic wood-finishes than the simple timber constructions they were in reality. Even the shutters were original - you would have loved it, I think!

    I can't bear to see wood painted over, except when it's made to look like exotic veneers.

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  4. Sue - I would have loved the house you grew up in! I love that kind of stuff! You were a lucky girl! I love natural wood, but I also love painted wood. The majority of American primitives were painted back in the colonial days and I love that look! I have a small blanket chest in my library with its original, worn green paint and it so gorgeous! I've also painted a number of wood pieces that were worn (newer pieces) and looking drab. The tables in this same living room I painted a pale yellow.

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  5. I completely fell in love with the auction houses in England. So much old stuff, often selling for pittance! I got teased for my "American" jaw-dropped view of some of the items (this is 'only' Edwardian, pfff!), but I brought back a good bit with me. I need to finish sorting the house and then I'll post some pictures on my blog.
    LOVE the blanket box- I can't wait to explore New England antiques!

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  6. Gesci - I can't wait to see your finds! I will probably be posting more antiques on here, as I love buying them! :)

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  7. Great find! And I totally agree about Black Friday shopping. I avoid it as well!

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  8. Oh! It's just perfect! That is a black friday well spend, and you didnt even leave the house, lucky duck! :D

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  9. What a find! And how sweet that your husband went to collect it for you (my husband should be taking notes)! Also love your little Father Christmas on your living room table!

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  10. Leeann - Thank you! Black friday is the worst!

    Heather - Thanks! I am a lucky duck! Didn't leave the house til that afternoon to go cut down our tree.

    Meghan - Thank you! Yes, my husband is pretty awesome about doing things like that.

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  11. Antiquing in New England is the best!!!

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  12. I just found your blog and I'm so enjoying reading back through your posts. I dream of living in New England someday. When I visit I just feel "at home." But alas I am in Montana (which I do also love) and my children are in middle school, so we won't be going anywhere any time soon. Guess I'll just live vicariously through your posts. :)

    Your house is beautiful - oh, those wide-planked floors make my knees weak!

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  13. Jenny - Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. I totally understand your feeling of being at home in New England. That was my exact feeling too! :)

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  14. The blanket chest is gorgeous and so unique! Ive never seen one quite like it. I also really like that blackbird you have on top of it!

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  15. I can't tell you how much I enjoy the pictures of your house....it keeps my dreams alive! :) Love your find...right up my ally...and made me miss my 2 antique shops in my NE town. Hope that bench I wanted is still there when we go back! ;)

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