Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Little Florentine

Last Sunday was a successful day at the market.
No, I didn't bring home any fruits or vegetables.
It wasn't that type of market.

I was up at 6am to be in line at 8am for the Allegan Antique Market
which is held every last Sunday of the summer months.
It's located at the fairgrounds and has over 400 vendors.

Lots and lots of treasures.
Lots and lots of buyers.
Lots and lots of fun.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this little gem as I sauntered my way down the second aisle.
It was the first time I've ever seen a piece of Florentine furniture here.
I'm hoping that becomes a trend.  :)

I couldn't grab this little gem fast enough,
and danced happily away with it 
after paying $15.

I just love it!

I also found a few Florentine trays that I couldn't pass by.
The colors were beautifully aged and faded ~

and looked so pretty stacked

on top of the Florentine table.

Another little treasure I brought home was this blingy little candle holder.

I walked by it.
Looked at it.
Picked it up.
Put it back down.
Walked 10 feet.
Turned around and looked back at it.
Ignored the strange stares from nearby vendors.
Walked back to it.
Pulled out $10
paid for it.

I'm so glad I did.

Though I'm not quite sure where it will end up hanging...

I'm enjoying adding a little more bohemian feel to the tousled elegance 
here at Heaven's Walk.

(I never really lost my hippy-chic soul, I guess.
Still love my worn, flared jeans,
big, dangle earrings paired with an armful of bracelets,
maxi skirts,
and flip flops.)

My splurge for the day was this beautiful chandelier.

My eyes glazed over when I walked by it.

I think I ran into someone,
tripped over a shopping basket,
knocked over a display,
stepped in someone's lunch,
and ignored more stares from nearby vendors,

( with me is an experience)

but never missed a step
as my hands reached hungrily for this beauty. 

The wiring on it needs a little TLC,
so I'll be bugging The Husband once again for his expertise ~
or ask him to teach me how to rewire it.  :)

It may end up with a few more crystals that I have stashed away in my basement abyss,
before the big decision is made on where to hang it.

I would love to hang it in the living room above the coffee table.
I don't even care if it's a working light or not.
I just love the look of a chandy in a living room.

But I'm worried that with the room being so small,
it may eat up visual "space".
Do you know what I mean?

This photo was taken earlier this spring.

On the other hand,
I'm not sure it's big enough for the space.
There's nothing worse than a too small chandy hanging in the middle of a room.  :)

Or should I hang it over the round wicker table in the corner
and move the candelabra....?

Or in the hallway on the second floor landing to replace the ugly boob light...?

Or.......someplace else....?


~ Blessings ~

PS ~ My friend, Georgina (remember her from Doster Emporium where I have my booth?) and I will be vendors at the Gilmore Car Museum/Swap Meet & Flea Market this week Saturday!  
 There will be thousands of cars, vintage boats & campers from all eras, cars for sale,
swap vendors, flea market vendors, door prizes, and museum exhibits. It is a judged show and a People's Choice Show.

Stop by and do some shopping! 
I promise you'll love the treasures I'll be selling!  :)

Linking to the parties on the lower right of my sidebar.
Click on the buttons for more summertime fun!


  1. Where are you putting the Florentine table? and the trays? The boho candle holder is so sweet!! things are changing at Heaven's walk!! LOVE the chandelier! I'm sure where ever it ends up, it will look perfect. Did you meet up with Michelle?
    Have fun at the show with Georgina!
    I'm sure you will sell tons of treasures.

  2. Nice scores, Laurie. A little bohemian touch fits right in. I used to set up at Allegan many years ago. Haven't been there in quite a while.

  3. Florentine boxes, trays, frames, tables are my new favorite thing. It really mixes in nicely with the shabby chic look. Great scores, enjoy, Laura

  4. Laurie- What great finds. You keep changing your style on me...but one thing I know for sure- you are still drinking that sassy fat cat/big bad dog wine. How many people did you put out of commission in your frenzy to score there? Any lawsuits pending against you?;>) xo Diana

  5. Hi Laurie...

    Wonderful finds. Just wonderful. The table? Exquisite. The trays? Lovely. The candle holder? Darling. And the chandy? A romatic, fabulous keeper. Oh, put it in the living room ASAP! Susan

  6. I starred at that boho candleholder and almost bought it.....walked away. Gylad it found a wonderful home. Is the Saturday evnt in Kalamazoo?

  7. Oh Laurie!

    You really scored some wonderful treasures!

    Congrats! They are just awesome.

  8. What a lovely things you show us the table and the serving trays !! from me

  9. Wow, Laurie, you got some fantastic things! I'm hoping to find some treasures when I hit the Springfield Extravaganza again in September. Love the table and those trays are gorgeous! Love the chandelier. Hmmm, maybe hubby would stand on a ladder for you and hold it up to the ceiling so you could see if it looks too small or just right? If not, I' like your idea of one of the corners - you could go to either side, I think. Or you could put it some place unexpected like a laundry room ~ bring a bit of glam to dirty laundry. : ) I'm sure wherever you choose it will look great.

  10. You really got some great find, Laurie. I still love my hippy chic look, too. Never too old for dangly earrings and bohemian skirts in my opinion. :)

  11. Hi Laurie - you sure found some treasure there! Love the Florentine table and for $15 - WOW! As for the chandelier - I think it will be fine over the coffee table - but with your eye, I'm sure wherever it lands it will be perfect.

  12. Love the florentine table and trays. Such lovely accent pieces for your white room.

    Visiting from Share Your Cup Thursday.

  13. Laurie, you sure found some great stuff. I love the tables. They are so pretty. I also love that chandelier.


  14. Your florentine table and trays add even more elegance to your room. Beautiful! I think your chandelier would look lovely hanging in the corner of your living room. Just the right size for that spot.
    Mary Alice

  15. You sure found some great things, Laurie! But, oh mercy me, that candle holder is just amazing! I love that thing. Wouldn't it be pretty hanging over a little round table outside? Hope you have a good weekend ♥

  16. Laurie,
    Great finds on your Antique Shopping Trip, dear friend! I adore every item you purchased!!! I have 5 crystals if you need them for your chandelier...just let me know! Much success on yur booth this Saturday!

  17. You got some wonderful treasures! Love that chandelier! Good luck on your booth this weekend!

  18. That table is just gorgeous - and the trays? Perfection - what wonderful finds
    I'm your newest follower - would love to have you drop by for a visit

  19. I love your taste in everything even though its not my taste - I wish it was!!! We just rescued a dog that looks so much like your Maizie Grace...what breed is she? We sure love our Annie who is so gentle and sweet. Loved my visit!

  20. What lovely finds! Love the chandelier--not sure I can help with where to hang it. I know you will find the perfect spot! Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  21. Love the chandelier. How about trying it over the side table with the candelabra? Move the candelabra to the opposite table and use the lamp somewhere else. I thought with the chandelier over the side table it might be fun to see the reflections in the mirror- just a thought.

  22. Are you so glad you bought those sweet little tables? I think they are fabulous! I do the same thing. Himmmm and Hawww... then give in! :)


  23. What sweet finds you purchased! I can't wait to see what you decide to do with the chandy.


  24. Laurie,
    Great finds girl! You sound like me when I am shopping LOL! Beautiful tables.I have a set.But someone applied decoupage over it.Can you believe it?!
    Hang that gorgeous chandy up!! From your photos I don't think it will be overwhelming.

  25. Those are beautiful and a what a bargain for that table. I don't blame you for buying that gorgeous chandy it would have jumped right in my arms LOL. I think it will look stunning in your room.

  26. You seem like you would be a great pal to shop with! But wait...we'd be racing for the same items! Beautiful buys, my friend!

  27. you had some beautiful finds. I would love this chandy over your coffee table. Wherever it will end up, it will add something really special to the room.
    Have a great Sunday,

  28. Love all of your new finds! I think I have that exact chandelier in my master bedroom. Mine needs to be fixed too. My husband has been meaning to fix it, but as of now only some of the lights work on it. Arggh! I love vintage lighting, but hate the extra work needed with it. Love your Florentine trays and table too. Looks like you hit the jackpot on your buying trip.

  29. You lucky girl...I love all the florentine you found!
    Love peeking into your home!

  30. You found many treasures! All the Florentines you found are beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!
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    It's shabby chic style, so looking at your blog I hope you will like it!

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  31. Oh that is a sweet table, and the Florentine tables are oh so colorfully gorgeous! I would of tripped over that little chandelier myself. You have a very good treasure day! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

  32. Love that little table! I have a magazine rack that matches it exactly! I love the way you stacked the trays! Beautiful!

  33. Laurie you sound like my kind of shopping gal. Love all of your finds. The first large tray with the turquoise had me sighing right off the bat. The blingy candle holder was my next love. Then the chandelier! Wow, did you ever do good. I think it would be wonderful in the corner over the wicker table. I'm sure where ever it ends up it will be gorgeous! Can't wait to see. Thanks for sharing your finds with Share Your Cup.

  34. Laurie, What wonderful treasures. I love that little table and the chandelier is to die for! Thanks so much for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  35. Thank you for sharing your lovely treasures at Potpourri Friday!

  36. Love your style. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas. I've learned the hard way not to overthink a purchase. If you like it, get it now or it may not be there when you go back!

  37. You do find the best deals. Dealers here would have wanted 3 times. I like your new boho look. It all works with white which is the beauty of it. Your chandi will look great in the living but I am suffering from the same thing....where to put mine? It's not vintage like yours but have had it since last year and it's still sitting on the living room floor.

    Good luck at the show.


  38. Wow, what a great deal on the Florentine table and the trays are a great match to it. I love the chandelier... a girl can never have too many chandeliers! Good luck with your upcoming show. ~Michelle

  39. Great finds! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  40. I'm a fan of florentine pieces. That table was a wonderful find. I love the shape.

  41. What a lovely chandelier!! I use to love going to flea markets in MI when I was little. They are the best and so big! They are not too great here in NC but I am looking forward to shopping the Paris flea market in Nov:)

    I truly have enjoyed reading your blog this morning with my cup of coffee. You take the most beautiful pictures. Happy to follow along!

    Have a lovely day,

  42. Thanks for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  43. You made me going back - the table is gorgeous and so are the trays - fantastic find. The chandelier is lovely and could definitely be hung in the corner as additional light - romantic! Careful now when shopping ;)
    I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  44. I meant to comment about how beautiful your header pic is. My eye caught those wonderful colors in those Florentine pieces right away! I get that way too when I see a chandelier!!! What a find. Love it! xoxo ~Lili

  45. Oh my gosh, I have almost the twin of your florentine table!... love it!... and did you know, there is their almost twin in one of Rachel Ashwell's books?... if you have her book, "Shabby Chic Interiors" go to page 33 and check it out!... I even posted about my "Rachel Ashwell Look~alike Table" some time ago... I paid $10 for mine in a junk store, but to me it is priceless!!!... loving looking at your older posts!... xoxo Julie Marie


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