Saturday, April 9, 2011

St. Paul Antiquing Adventure!

I love finding new antique and architectural salvage stores in the Twin Cities.  My latest search brought me to the corner of Fairview and Selby in St. Paul.  My friend Ally even joined in on the adventure (PS check out her blog, Ally Jean Designs, she creates wedding handbags and accessories)!
Ally was on the hunt for some special items she would use to decorate her basement and sunroom. I was looking for anything to use in that Spare Room (that we have been dragging our heels on) or items for spring decor. 

How'd we do?  Scroll to the bottom to see what scored if you want to skip the antique store recap!
We started at the Mall of St Paul which is a pretty good size store with 55 different antique dealers.
I'd say the best finds were in their basement, more furniture and decor.

Then we hopped through Centennial Antiques, which featured mostly wood furniture.

We quickly stopped in Old Stuff and Sax Antiques.  Sax mostly had lawn ornaments, it was pretty interesting!  Both were totally worth cruising through!

Our last stop, which was probably my favorite, was Peter's Oldies but Goodies Antiques

There were tons of antique furniture pieces all at very fair prices (which was the best part!).  Ally and I also had fun talking to Ted Smebakken, the proprietor of the shop.  He was a sweet older gentleman and gave Ally an awesome price on some artwork!

So what did we score???  Here are the goods!
Ally picked up a vintage canvas piece at Peter's for $40 and it was huge!  The artist was a local artist by the name of H. Rowan and it was painted in 1968.  She also got a vintage mirror with a cute chippy frame for only $12!  Her last item was that cute little chippy ladder (I almost thought I was going to fight her for it, haha!).  We had so many cute ideas for how she could use the ladder, like adding hooks to hang things from it or adding twine and clothes pins to make a bulletin board (like at Bachman's Idea House!).
I picked up (what else) these antique crates, but they were ONLY $4.50 each!!!!  SUPER SCORE!
I also have to tell you about these guys.  I picked them up a couple weeks ago at Guilded Salvage.  They are old metal light bulb covers, the kind that would hang down from the ceiling in industrial spaces.  I thought they would be perfect for some of my spring decor!
I've been getting everything organized to start decorating.  I've also had to make a few things since I couldn't find everything I was looking for, so I hope to get those posts up soon. 

 Alex is still plugging away at the radiator cover, but spring yard cleaning has been an unexpected to-do this week that has been getting in the way.  That is also why I missed my Head Over Heels post (wa-wa), but I will get one up next week! 
So many bags of leaves!!!  Is everyone else doing spring yard cleaning?  I totally hate it, but we've been noticing little plants starting to grow!  Can't wait for our flowers to start popping up!


  1. Looking at the metal light bulb covers and envisioning a tubular looking glass candle holder or something inside it. Just a thought. Sure you have something even more interesting in mind. Can't wait to see what you come up with...
    Kim Chapin

  2. Great finds! I might have to mark that down for a road trip!


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