Friday, August 26, 2011

Head Over Heels Friday: Vintage Finds from Art and Architecture in St. Paul

I have a new favorite spot for vintage finds in the Twin Cities, Art and Architecture in St. Paul!  So many glorious, gorgeous piles of vintage goods... heaven! I am totally Head Over Heels!

~scroll to the bottom to see what I took home!~
I found out about this wonderful place from Megan over at Nomi Passenger.  She mentioned it during our National I Heart Thrifting Day adventure.  So glad we finally got a chance to get together and check it out!  They have just about everything you could want when it comes to vintage decor.  The prices are great (you can even bargain) and it is a bit neater than my other favorite spot Bauer Brothers Salvage.

I couldn't believe this mountain of crates!  Reasonably priced as well!  I wish I knew about this when I was searching for crates for my Dressing Room!
They also had TONS of maps!  Some were antique maps of the Twin Cities.  I was able to find one of our neighborhood from the early 1900's even before our home existed, it was pretty neat.
Here are a few other pictures of the shop...
(Pardon the blurriness- I didn't have the fancy pants camera with!)
We even found an old fencing mask mixed in with all the merchandise.  Megan and I couldn't pass up taking a goofy photo of me with the fencing mask on... On Guard!

Also a bonus, next door is Cupcake!  You can grab coffee, a treat, and head over to start thrifting!  It made for a perfect Saturday morning!

So what did I get???
This old wood crate/ caddy for bottles or kitchen storage
I'm thinking I might have to paint something fun on this, maybe a number or an old sign type thing?
An old metal crate to hold bottles
Sort of like this...
Did you notice a theme with those 2 items?  Both are for holding bottles... I might have mentioned before that Alex is into home brewing beer.  That means there are always empty bottles around because he needs to clean and reuse them for new batches of beer.  I thought it would be fun to get him a couple crates/ caddies for his bottles so they don't look quite as messy and can also help him transport bottles from the kitchen to his 'brewing lab'.

Lastly, I got this cute vintage wire basket.  I thought it would fit perfect on that old stool from Bauer Brothers that I refurbished.  We have been keeping the stool in our dining room and for now we placed the numbered chair covers I made in the wire basket.
We don't always have the covers on the chairs so I think this is a nice way to still enjoy them.

Are you Head Over Heels for Art and Architecture?  What about my vintage finds?

 Hope to get going on a project for the wood caddy soon!  Have a great weekend everybody!


  1. excuse me while I wipe the drool from my face. Love the wire baskets you scored! Just discovered your blog and found lots of inspiration to get started again on my lil' ole Sear's Catalog home (circ. 1935) Thanks!! My current favorite house find is the Sear's plaque (buried under many moons of rust) above our small shed door.

  2. Love all of it! Have a great weekend! :)

  3. Isn't this the place that Joan Steffend used to go to all the time on her HGTV show 'Decorating Cents' for the 'trash to treasure' segment? I always LOVED that show and the segments!

  4. I wish I lived there. Oh, how I wish we had a place like this in central Florida. Great stuff and thanks for sharing those pics. Love them!

  5. Art & Architecture is on my list when I come up for the Bonanza! Are you headed to the junk bonanza this year?


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