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!