Q&A: Becky Helms of The Pink Samurai

Q: Tell us briefly a little about yourself. What are your interests or your hobbies?

A: I’m a cat lady, a crafter and total nerd.  I live in Austin, TX with Andy, my husband, and our two cats Turks and Sprinkles.  I love drawing, crochet, embroidery and collection super cute stuff.TV-Star

Q: Describe your style in three words or less.

A: Bright, colorful, happy

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Q: On your blog, The Pink Samurai, you feature a different vintage shop for thrifty treasures from the Austin area. What was the inspiration behind this?

A: I grew up thrifting and antiquing with my mom. When I was living on the East Coast I made this giant google doc spreadsheet of all the shops I’d visited and wanted to visit. I started sharing it out with friends and thought more folks besides us might like to see the shops, too. So I started putting them on the blog!

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A cowgirl's paradise!!!! Look at all of these boots!!!

A cowgirl’s paradise!!!! Look at all of these boots!!!

Q: Do you have a favorite place to find your unique antique treasures in the Austin, TX area? What’s the furthest you’ve ever traveled for vintage finds?

A: Rave On Vintage is definitely my favorite spot in Austin because they specialize in mid-century goodness. They’ve always got the best stuff!  And I think the furthest I’ve ever traveled was around 3 hours. Andy and I went to The Factory Antique Mall in Verona, VA. I’d heard about it from Jenny Mitchell, one of my favorite vintage bloggers and just had to go! It was a gorgeous trip through the mountains of Virginia and turned into a really fun day-trip.

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Q: Your handmade scarves are gorgeous! What was the inspiration behind your Etsy shop, The Pink Samurai?

A: Thank you! The Pink Samurai has worn many hats since opening. I used to sew purses, and design buttons, but after teaching myself to crochet, I decided to take the leap and started selling them. Through all my different offerings, The Pink Samurai has always been a place for bright colors and silliness. I try to bring those elements in with my color palettes and branding.

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Q: You’ve had your Etsy shop since 2006…how have you seen the Etsy community evolve since then? What are some of the trends you see on Etsy?

A: Etsy has changed quite a bit since I first started. But, so has the internet as a whole. I’ve seen the forum switch from being a promotional tool to more of a team setting and there’s a lot more knock-off shops on Etsy then there were in 2006, that’s for sure. With the evolution of twitter, instagram and pinterest, I don’t really spend as much time networking through Etsy anymore. As for trends, I’m seeing a lot of geometric prints and simplified color-blocking in handmade right now. There’s also a lot of really cool laser cut wood designs that are popping up now.

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Q: What are the advantages of shopping on Etsy vs. Ebay for vintage finds?

A: That’s a great question! I think you’ll probably pay a little bit more on Etsy for some vintage finds, but it’s a much better experience. You’re working with a seller who specializes in vintage and curates their shop very carefully. Ebay can be hit-or-miss. If you’re looking for something specific, I would check both. But if you’re just browsing for a hidden treasure, Etsy is the way to go.

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Q: Besides crocheting beautiful scarves, you also create the loveliest illustrations. I read on your blog that you hosted a “crafternoon” at your house…could you share with my readers what that is?

A:  Crafternoon was a really fun event that I hosted to get some crafty locals together to make stuff and swap supplies. I had special embroidery patterns we all worked on and we traded supplies and had a great time visiting and talking about making stuff. It  was so fun and I’m hoping to do another in the summer!

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Special thanks to Becky Helms for taking the time to do this interview! Be sure to check out her blog, The Pink Samurai.

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Q&A: Kath Parker of Machine Dance Vintage

Q: Tell us briefly a little about yourself. What are your interests or your hobbies?

A: I am a pink haired, native Virginian with an absolute love for history, film and treasure hunting. I live with my two Boston Terriers, Wednesday and Pugsley. You can often find us elbow deep in dirt, meandering through the woods, and uncovering some sort of treasure with the trusty ole metal detector.

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Q: Describe your style in three words or less.

A: Bubblegum and Glamour

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Q: What is the story behind Machine Dance Vintage?

A: “Machine Dance” started out as my pseudonym over 10 years ago. I started out as a photographer and found, at that time, using a fictitious name served me better than using my real name. In 1931, Margaret Bourke White, photographed the Moscow Ballet School. All of the dancers had very machine-like qualities, prompting White to title her images “Machine Dance.” Having been recognized for so long with this name, I decided to use it for my vintage shop as well. Machinedance Vintage got started a little over three years ago the way many vintage shops get started. I looked at my closet one day and decided it was time to start parting with some of my old clothes. And then it hit me, an epiphany, I was finding so much joy in sending off my once cherished clothes to new homes that it became all I wanted to do. That’s when I started spending every free moment I had hunting for treasure and sharing it with others. Now, over three years later, vintage has turned into something so much more. A lifestyle, a way to connect with others, a way to preserve fashion history and to reuse and recycle.

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Q: Do you have a favorite place to find your one of a kind vintage clothing items?

A: The most thrilling part of the process is ‘the hunt’ and ‘the dig.’ I love getting dirty and finding less than perfect items to try to bring back to life. I love when a house has been in a family for generations and that family has not been in the basement or attic for years. Whether they’re too scared or just don’t have the time to clean it out, I am always more than happy to lend a helping hand. Attics always tend to be the best places to find the really good items.

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Q: You currently have not one but two gorgeous cotton walking suits from the 1910’s in your Etsy shop. Where did you find these amazing items in such perfect condition!

A: I travel far and wide to find items for my shop. Although, I don’t want to give away too many of my secrets, I will say these two beauties were found in an extremely old town, about two hours from Richmond, where families tend to maintain the same homes for generations. When you hunt in these less “transient” towns, finding older more unique items is much more likely!

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Q: How do you feel about retro inspired clothing companies such as Mod Cloth?

A: I absolutely adore them! I think companies such as Mod Cloth really make the style more accessible for many. Although, more and more, I really pay attention to the quality of my clothing. I tend to shy away from clothing made in places like China and encourage others to do the same. I really appreciate many of the vintage inspired companies popping up that are manufacturing great quality goods in the USA.

Q: If someone was just starting to get interested in vintage clothing, what are the top 5 pieces their wardrobe should include?

  • Day to evening dress – There is no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a single dress for every occasion. Instead, look to buy a dress that can work as a day dress and a cocktail dress. Finding clothing that can serve more than one purpose will save you money, time and space!

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  • The perfect scarf – A single scarf can do wonders for an outfit or hairdo. There are so many ways to incorporate a scarf into your hairstyle and many of them will give you an instant vintage look. You can also tie a scarf around the neck or waist to spruce up a look.
  • A good red nail polish and lipstick – Just like with the scarf, red lips or nails can give you can instant vintage look. Reds were the most popular lip, cheek and nail colors during the 1930s and 40s and really stand out.
  • Seamed stockings – Again, a great and inexpensive way to add quick and easy vintage flare to any outfit.
  • Beret/Hat – Many men and women feel awkward about wearing hats these days. My recommendation is to ease yourself into it by picking up a Beret. Hats will turn out to be your best friend if you decide to experiment with vintage hair styles or simply do not have time to fix your hair. Once you become accustomed to hats, you’ll find it’s hard to leave the house without one!

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Q: I often see vintage clothing for sale at flea markets and estate sales. Is there an advantage to buying these items at such places? And if so, what are some tips that someone should look for?

A: It so happens I work for an estate sale company out of Fredericksburg, VA called Liberty Park Estate Sales! I have been working for them about as long as my shop has been open so I guess you could say I have the inside scoop on Estate Sales! I think Estate Sales and Flea Markets are wonderful places to buy vintage. Many Estate Sale companies work with their client in mind. They have a timeline in which they need to clear out a home so they often price things to sell. Because I am a dealer, if I find a really great sale, on the first day I arrive early and stand in line in order to have first pick. However, this can be an extremely stressful experience but there are still great things to purchase after the first sale day. Estate Sales companies also typically don’t offer discounts on the first day (and I wouldn’t recommend haggling for a deal on the first day either.) Usually on the second and third days they will offer 25-50% off and polite haggling is also an option!

Early 1930s Wool dress found at a Flea Market in New Hampshire.

Early 1930s Wool dress found at a Flea Market in New Hampshire.

Special thanks to Kath Parker for sharing her awesome vintage clothing with us! Be sure to check out Machine Dance Vintage online.

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Antiques And Ghosts In Petersburg, VA

Hey ya’ll! Last weekend, my folks and I decided to hop in the car and drive just 30 minutes south of Richmond to Petersburg, VA. The very historic downtown area of Petersburg is quiet and quaint and offers an antique collector a few unique spots to stop and look for treasures (and a few great cafes for lunch options). Here’s a run down of some of the places we visited…

The Oak Antique Mall

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This two story building was once full of antique dealers with lots of furniture and collectibles to choose from. Sadly, when we went in, it seemed a little sparse. I don’t know if dealers have left and moved on to other locations, but we were little disappointed in what it had to offer. The front of the shop had a few large scale items…nice primitive cupboards, wardrobes, expensive crocks…but as you walked further back into the shop, the items offered seemed more retro than antique.

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Sycamore Antiques and Architectural Art

Can you tell me how to get...how to get to Sycamore Antiques!

Can you tell me how to get…how to get to Sycamore Antiques!

Just a few blocks up the street from The Oak, is this small store front. Step inside and be pleasantly surprised at the quality and and quantity of items to select from. I found some beautiful crocks, unique tramp art and some stellar arts and crafts pieces for sale. This was one of my favorites places that we visited…plus the shop owner was very nice and welcomed us as I toted my giant baby stroller with baby Sunny in tow.

I fell in love with several of the mission style pieces that they had in the shop…here are a few…

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I would have bought this antique mission oak arm chair, except that I already have one that is very similar!

I would have bought this antique mission oak arm chair, except that I already have one that is very similar!

There were some other awesome items…including this miniature tramp art chest for $495 and this great Coca-Cola sign.

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And YES...I would love to have this sign! Wrap it up!

And YES…I would love to have this sign! Wrap it up!

Penniston’s Alley Antiques and Collectibles

This 200 year old building has served as several businesses since it opened.

This 200 year old building has served as several businesses since it opened.

The most unique spot that we found was a place that we just happened to find while walking further down the street and around the corner. First we noticed the a cute tea room that served all kinds of homemade sandwiches and sweets. Then, we realized that there was an adjoining antique store. I’m certainly glad that we stepped inside!

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This beautiful building was built in 1812 and has survived a city wide fire and the great siege during the Civil War. One of the best secrets about this treasured building is up on the second floor…take a look a this gorgeous arch!

If these walls could talk...over 200 years of stories to tell!

If these walls could talk…over 200 years of stories to tell!

And of course, while on the second floor, I spotted this beauty! A Stickley Brothers petite rocking chair! Too bad I’m out of room at the house!

I love the petite size of this Stickley rocking chair.

I love the petite size of this Stickley rocking chair.

But if you go, be forewarned…don’t go up on the third floor! We asked the store clerk what was up on the third floor of the building and she replied, “Bob.” My mom asked who “Bob” was and she said, “Bob is our grumpy resident.” So, if you like antiques AND ghosts…than this spot is for you! I just hope that the ghost doesn’t come home with you if you make a purchase!

Be sure to check out some of the treasures that I picked up in Petersburg, that are now available in my Etsy shop!

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Q&A: Cabell Harris of WORK Labs

Q: Tell us briefly about yourself – What are your interests and hobbies?

A: I’m 6’3”, if I lost 20 pounds, grew some hair, was 20 years younger and had a personality, I would be quite the catch. I was raised in Richmond Va. Went to art school at VCU. Began my advertising career here in Richmond, then was recruited to NY, Boston, back to NY, then to LA. I started my own agency, WORK, in LA as an agency resource for other agencies around the country. Moved the company back to Richmond in 1995. WORK still works for other agencies, have our own clients and also create our products and brands, blah, blah, blah.

Interest includes graphic design, photography, typography, movies and scotch by the fire.

Take a peek into the creative mind of Cabell Harris!

Take a peek into the creative mind of Cabell Harris!

Q: Describe your style in three words or less.

A: Eclectic. Vintage. Quirky.

Every quirky home needs to have a door for a mouse!

Every quirky home needs to have a door for a mouse!

Q: You have had a very extensive career in advertising and design, that has allowed you to work with some of largest brands in the nation. How has this shaped your design sense?

A: Every job has a different challenge and every project requires me to stand back and look at it from different perspectives. I have been fortunate to be surrounded with many very talented individuals and teachers. Also, it helps to stay current and never stop looking for stimuli.

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Q: Your company is called WorkLabs. How did the name of your company influence the way you designed your workspace?

A: We work under several entities, WORK, WORK Brands, WORK Labs and WORK HQ. When we first started WORK was more of a1940’s industrial feel. The main office was inspired by architect Frank Israel deconstructionist designs. The man-cave WORK HQ was more of a desire as place to hibernate. It is a place that is propped with the things I like and feel the most comfortable with. Oil cans, filled test tubes; Industrial enhanced furniture and concrete floor.

Lots of great interior work at the WORK headquarters! Love the industrial ceiling light fixture!

Lots of great interior work at the WORK headquarters! Love the industrial ceiling light fixture!

Q: Your garage/man-cave was recently featured in Vintage Style Magazine. What was the inspiration behind your unique space?

A: Even though it is in the backyard I wanted it to transport me to the mountains. I was thinking, Robert Redford in the movie Jeremiah Johnson. A working wood burning fireplace was a must.

I would totally be down for a man-cave that looked like this!! Wow!

I would totally be down for a man-cave that looked like this!! Wow!

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Detail of the awesome antique cabinet that is the focal point of the man-cave.

Detail of the awesome antique cabinet that is the focal point of the man-cave.

Q: You came up with many creative solutions for the design of your man-cave…most of which you designed or built yourself. What was the most challenging aspect of creating your perfect space?

A: Working within a tight budget, then again that may have helped. Often when you don’t have the money you need to use your head more.

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Q: How do the objects that you surround yourself with influence your working style?

A: I think vintage items have character and are made better. I tend to think that these items become items that you want to engage with and invite storytelling.

I love the look of these over-sized chess pieces.

I love the look of these over-sized chess pieces.

cabell_harris_objectsQ: Where do you like to go to shop for vintage finds?

A: Salvage yards, antique malls, friends, ebay, etsy… just keeping eyes wide open.

Notice the use of an old educational botanical chart as a pull shade on the window!

Notice the use of an old educational botanical chart as a pull shade on the window!

Q: Is there a particular treasure that you’ve been on the hunt for – for your own home or to add to your man-cave? If so, what is it?

A: I’m out of room. We are getting ready to start an online garage sale for some of WORK’s finds.

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Special thanks to Cabell for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us!! Want to learn more about WORK? Check out their website!

Special thanks to Tony Giammarino Photography.

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

The Savvy Seeker Is Now On Etsy

Howdy folks! I’m really excited about today’s post! I can’t tell you how busy I’ve been in the past few weeks…recovering from the pregnancy, learning about taking care of an infant, sleeping less, changing diapers ALL THE TIME…there always seems like there is so much to do!

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In preparation for baby Sunny’s arrival, I was cleaning the house like a wild banshee!! De-cluttering, rearranging things on the walls, moving furniture around…needless to say, I drove everyone in the house bonkers. Once I calmed down and the “nesting” phase was over, I realized two things. My house was really REALLY clean. I mean insanely clean…but because I have three dogs, a 13 year old step son and now a new baby…it wasn’t going to say that way.

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The other thing I realized is that I had a pile of cool, vintage stuff that I didn’t know what to do with. I took some big items to a local consignment shop…but what was I going to do with all of the other stuff just lying around??

I could have a yard sale...or try something else!

I could have a yard sale…or try something else!

I could very well take everything you see here to a consignment shop…but for each item, I’d only get 50% of the profit. So, I decided that I wanted to try something new…

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I’m so excited to announce that I now have a shop on Etsy!! It’s something that I’ve been talking about trying for a long time now. I got tired of talking about it and decided to make it a reality…a goal for 2014. Here’s a preview of some of the treasures that you can purchase from my Etsy shop right now:

How about a pair of heavy bronze bookends from 1928?

How about a pair of heavy bronze bookends from 1928?

This awesome silver plated champagne bucket sold within hours of going up in the Etsy shop.

This awesome silver plated champagne bucket sold within hours of going up in the Etsy shop.

Pack your bags! How about adding this groovy vintage leather suitcase to your home decor?

Pack your bags! How about adding this groovy vintage leather suitcase to your home decor?

Collect vintage photography? This was just one of too many from my own photography collection in my home.

Collect vintage photography? This was just one of too many from my own photography collection in my home.

If you’d like to see more…be sure to visit the shop here. Why Etsy? I have been a customer of Etsy for several years now and have always loved how EASY it is to make purchases and directly talk to shop owners. Plus, it makes me feel good to support small businesses! I’m also pretty sure that the Mr. will appreciate this stack of stuff disappearing from the corner of our living room:)

What goals have you set for 2014?

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

2014 Winter/Spring Antique Show Round-Up!

Hey ya’ll! Do any of you have a case of the winter “cabin fever” blues, like I have? I’ll tell you…I’m enjoying my maternity leave and spending time with baby Sunny Grace, but being locked up indoors during the cold winter months is tough!! If you are looking for something to do, how about marking your calendars for some cool upcoming antique shows? Here is a smattering of some events coming your way:

The 66th Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza

Enjoy antiques indoors and outdoors at the NC State Fairgrounds!

Enjoy antiques indoors and outdoors at the NC State Fairgrounds!

This has always been one of my favorite events! I spent much of my childhood in Raleigh, N.C. and have fond memories of going to the Raleigh flea market at the state fairgrounds with my mother. This antique show is indoors and features more than 125 vendors selling quality antiques and collectibles. However, as an added bonus, you can go for a stroll around the fairgrounds and hit up the flea market as well. I purchased my first piece of antique furniture at the fairgrounds when I was in my early 20’s. It’s a small oak farm table, that now resides in my kitchen. I still love it today as much as I did when I was 21!

Where: Exposition Center, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road
When: March 7th, 8th and 9th (the next show is July 18th, 19th and 20th)
Admission: $6.50

For more info, visit: www.antextofnc.com

The Richmond Antiques Extravaganza

I saw one of the most beautiful antique Pennsylvania dry sinks I've ever seen in my life at one of these shows.

I saw one of the most beautiful antique Pennsylvania dry sinks I’ve ever seen in my life at one of these shows.

Don’t want to drive to Raleigh for some prime antique pickin’? Stay close to home and attend this show in Richmond, VA. I hadn’t attended this show in years and went to the show in January. I was pleasantly surprised by the selection…lots of quality primitives, advertising and jewelry. I saw more antique/vintage sterling silver and turquoise jewelry then I had seen in years! Prices ranged from moderate to very high end…so there is something for everyone.

Where: The Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue
When: April 11th, 12th and 13th

Need more info, visit: www.antextofnc.com/richmond_April_antique.htm

The Richmond Antiques Spectacular

More old goodies at Meadow Event Park!

More old goodies at Meadow Event Park!

I haven’t been to this show yet, but have heard that it’s a nice, mid to upscale antique show. You’ll probably see similar items at this show as the show at the Raceway, so my advice would be to pick one, not both, to attend. This show is just 15 minutes north of Richmond…so if you’re going, why not stop in the quaint town of Ashland for lunch! My recommendation? Stop at Homemades by Suzanne near the old railroad tracks and then drive just mile down the road to Hickory Creek Antiques.

Where: Meadow Event Park Center, Exhibition Hall in Doswell, VA
When: March 22nd and 23rd

More info here: www.renaissancepromotions.net

The D.C. Big Flea Market

(photo from The Pink Samurai)

(photo from The Pink Samurai)

Don’t feel like driving south? I’ve got a show or two for you to attend heading north, up the East Coast. I have heard from other dealers that this is a great place to grab a deal…lots of vendors, lots to treasures to select from. For a really good write up about this event, skip on over to The Pink Samurai.

Where: Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20151
When: March 1st and 2nd

Get the scoop here: www.damorepromotions.com

Heartland at Howard County Antique Show

Did you know that Sharon Osborne collects early american folk art?

Did you know that Sharon Osborne, wife of Ozzy Osborne, collects early american folk art?

Attention serious early american folk art collectors!! This is the show you do not want to miss. If you are very particular about what particular items you add to your collection, then you probably want to go to this show. One day only…and only features 85 top notch exhibitors that specialize in 18th and 19th Century furniture, accessories and folks art.

Where: Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, Maryland
When: March 29th, 9am – 4pm

More details here: www.heartlandantiqueshow.com

The 54th Shenandoah Antiques Expo

Its sometimes difficult to take it all in! There's so much to see!

Its sometimes difficult to take it all in! There’s so much to see!

I saved my favorite for last! Just two hours south west of Richmond, VA, this big show does not disappoint (you can read about it here). Not only is there tons to see inside the Expo Center, there are even more treasures to sift through outdoors! It’s a beautiful ride past Charlottesville, through the mountains and if the weather is nice, I promise…it will make for a great day! Wear some good walking shoes, grab a hot dog and bring some cold hard cash!

Where: Expoland, Fishersville, VA, I-64 (exit 91) in the Valley, near Waynesboro and Staunton
When: May 9th and 10th, admission is $10 the first day and $5 the second day

Plan your trip: www.heritagepromotions.net

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.

Art, Antiques and Design at The Science Museum of Virginia

Hey ya’ll! Hope you had an absolutely lovely Valentine’s Day weekend! Did you go out to a nice dinner or take your loved one to see a romantic comedy at the nearest movie theater? This Valentine’s Day, I managed to convince the Mr. to take baby Sunny and I to a unique event at the Science Museum of Virginia, called Arts, Antiques and Design in Richmond (Plus, it was Sunny’s very first antique show!!! Never to early to start…right?).

The Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA (Photo from RVANews.com)

The Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA (Photo from RVANews.com)

For three days, a small group of antique dealers from Ohio to the Carolinas, gathered in the main room of the Science Museum to showcase some select and beautiful high end antiques. Overall, I would say the show definitely had a very southern feel to it…with more traditional pieces such as bow front chests and highboys, transferware, Hepplewhite and Sheraton pieces, as well as artwork.

Below is small sampling of some of my favorite items that we saw:

Pretty as a picture...LOVE these two framed transferware tiles that featured sunflowers!

Pretty as a picture…LOVE these two framed transferware tiles that featured sunflowers!

This dealer had the most pristine collection of English transferware that I’ve ever seen…thus demanding top dollar for most of these pieces. I feel in love with these two framed sunflower transferware tiles.

I wonder how many hours went into making this tramp art picture frame (dated 1890-1910)?

I wonder how many hours went into making this tramp art picture frame (dated 1890-1910)?

This tramp art jewelry box with personalized with the original owners name. Even with some slight damage, this piece was still a show stopper!

This tramp art jewelry box with personalized with the original owners name. Even with some slight damage, this piece was still a show stopper!

Now ya’ll know that I love folk art! I nearly fainted when I laid my eyes upon these two objects! Look at the craft-work on this early tramp art picture frame and jewelry box. Love, love, love!!!

Mahogany chest with original drawer pulls.

Mahogany chest with original drawer pulls.

Love this old farm table! Can you spot the Mr. with the stroller in the background?

Love this old farm table! Can you spot the Mr. with the stroller in the background?

Instead of pewter, this display featured copper lusterweare and Imari porcelain.

Instead of pewter, this display featured copper lusterweare and Imari porcelain.

Gates Antiques had several booths that showcased their fine array of early american and English antiques. Out of the lot, I especially liked this mahogany chest, early farm table and large English pewter cupboard.

I had my eye on the pewter dish, underneath of the teapot. Priced at $75...I felt that was a good price for its age.

I had my eye on the pewter dish, underneath of the teapot. Priced at $75…I felt that was a good price for its age.

If pewter is more of your thing, then this dealer from Ohio had the selection for you…all very reasonably priced.

Drool. That is all I can say...

Drool. That is all I can say…

Okay…lately I have been obsessed with Early American salt glazed pottery. It doesn’t matter if it’s from the Ohio/Pennsylvania region or down in South Carolina…I’ve got to add one of these to my collections of antiques in our home. Look at the blue markings on the front of this example!! Gorgeous…but at $395…I’d have to save a few more pennies before I invest in one.

Oh la la...look at this adorable french painting from 1920!

Oh la la…look at this adorable french painting from 1920!

Having a minor in African history, I am always drawn to American folk art created by African Americans.

Having a minor in African history, I am always drawn to American folk art created by African Americans.

With a background in illustration, I’m a sucker for stellar antique artwork. These two examples were my favorites from the day…A french painting from 1920 of a young girl and her cat and a folk art watercolor by an African American artist from 1930 called “The Dance of Big Apple Mother.” If the Mr. would let me spend about $6,000, I could have walked away with both.

Well, there you have it folks! Lots of goodies at this three day event! If you’re intrigued…keep an eye out as this show will roll around again next year around this time, so mark your calendars! Speaking of calendars, I’ll soon be posting my 2014 Antique Show Listing for spring…so be on the look out!

Copyright 2014. The Savvy Seeker blog by Erin Hurley-Brown. All Rights Reserved.