Monday, August 22, 2011

Aqua Vases and more

A trip to my first auction in  along time,
 and I spotted two things I really wanted.
 The first thing was this vase. 
The color, the shape and the decoration~I love this!
 The best thing was, there was a pair! Lucky for me, no one else bid on them!
 They are handpainted vases that sit on pedestal bases with the original nut and bolt.
The other thing I fell in love with was this majolica plate
 in aqua with birds and grapevine pattern.
Pink, yellow, purple, and green on the prettiest shade of robin's egg blue.
I usually think of majolica in brighter green with touches of aqua.
They came in a pair as well! 
Things in pairs are easy to decorate with. 
Other people bid on these, but I was the last girl
 A nice old botanical in a lovely oval wooden frame.
It had a brass relief edge on the inside, 
and carved pomegranates on the wood frame.

A150 year old chromolithograph from a Boston company depicting
 an Easter painting of a floral wreath 
around a white cross on a board in a very chippy gilded frame.
 Last but not least, I found a cherry ball and spindle Victorian side table.
 These tables remind me of ones that should be in grand lake houses.
At last, I found a proper table for my reading corner.
 The teapot lamp looks great sitting on it.
You might notice I hung up three cottage paintings...
one is the tiny Bermuda cottage, the next is a
 fishing village scene I found at the antique co-op, 
and the last is an artist's rendition of hubby's first home.
This corner is feeling finished! 
Oops..oh yeah, I got another mirror.
I couldn't resist this mirror for $20....could you?
Antique auctions are great places to find treasures for you home.
Did you know that you can go to and 
plug in your zipcode and it will 
show all the auctions that are near your location? 
I will be listing some of these treasures in my shop, 
so if you are in the market stop by and see whats for sale!


  1. Amy, you lucky girl. What great pieces. Love majolica, but not the prices of them. Those are beautiful. Great pictures and yes, what a deal on the mirror.

  2. Amy, thanks for mentioning the site to find Auctions. That will help tremendously. Love your finds.

  3. Great finds Amy, I love every piece. That mirror was a great price. I saw one at Goodwill Saturday that was perfect for a space in my living room. However it was 50.00 dollars. If its still there on half price day its mine. Thanks for the link.

  4. Beautiful. But even more excited for you that you are going to hit 1000 soon!! I was looking for your RSS feed...found a better way to keep up with my favorites. You can add a tab to google homepage (which I use anyway) with favorite blogs, and they are all in one place. Can't find your rss option though. Maybe you chose not to have one? No worries, I get you by email anyway! :)

  5. Gorgeous treasures Amy!! I love the colour of those vases too!!

  6. OMG, what great treasures! I love everything, and what a great price on the mirror, it's beautiful.

  7. It looks like you had a great day at the auction! Your reading corner looks beautiful and comfy. I love the aqua vases, too. Very pretty color!


  8. Wow Amy...beautiful vases!!

    It's so funny I was googleing painted dining tables and this post poped up...go figure.

    Love all your auction lovelies...well done!

    janet xox

  9. Nice finds Amy! I am getting into aqua myself....I might have to do my bedroom around that color, with white, of course! Love that mirror...fantastic price!~Hugs, Patti

  10. Great finds Amy! You know me, I am really admiring those aqua handpainted vases! XO Christie

  11. Hi Amy,
    You did really well at the auction.
    Our auctions here are so dog-eat-dog. We have one bidder that just will not stop and wants everything.

    The majolica is wonderful. My sister would have fought you for those. She has about 250 pieces of Majolica and is always looking for more!

    Love that mirror too.


  12. You picked up some great pieces! I love auctions!!

  13. Wow, you did great!! I really really love that mirror! Thanks for the tip about zip auctions

  14. Whoa, so many goodies, i don't even know what i like the best... that table is pretty wonderful, i love the dark wood with your stuff, and that oval frame with pomegranates, how cool, and the last mirror... yum, that was quite the haul of treasures. I love the little grouping of paintings over the chair, very cottagy and sweet.


  15. What lovely pieces! You really scored!

  16. You certainly couldn't let the mirror many great finds!!

  17. Love the aqua vases and that mirror! I've never been to an antique auction but would love to go sometime. Too bad we live so far away from each other....I'd go with you.

  18. Oh my word, I am in love with your home and your blog! So beautiful!!! I'll be browsing here for a long time...... Vxx

  19. All great finds! Especially love the para vases, so beautiful.

  20. Wow, what a great haul!! And it all matches your room. Never heard of zipauction, but goin' there right now! Love, Linda

  21. Well, you certainly found a treasure trove! Love the little vases and the large mirror!

  22. FUN, FUN, FUN...You did good girl!!! What great finds :)

  23. Your corner looks wonderful, Love those majoica plates. the colors are perfect!!


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