Sunday, September 21, 2014

Antiquing in Temecula, Ca

The calendar says that fall is here, although having just experienced the fiercest (and most humid) heatwave of the year, it's hard to believe it.  It's right about now, when it still feels like summer outside, that I realize that I should start putting out a few fall things around my house here in California.  This almost always results in a quick shopping spree in some of the local antique and vintage collectible stores.

Here is some of the loot I picked up  the other day.  While some of it will ultimately end up in our cabin in Utah, once it's finished, I plan on giving most of these goodies a test run now as I decorate my house for fall in the next few weeks.  

Most of the things shown in this post are from Granny's Attic Antique Mall, which is located across the creek from  Old Town Temecula. Granny's Attic is a  30,000 square foot antique mall with over 200 vendors.  They have every sort of collectible you can think of, as well as a wide range of furniture and decor styles including country, French country, shabby chic, farmhouse chic, re-purposed junque, vintage, industrial, mid-century modern, architectural salvage.... you name it, they probably have it.  As with all 'antique' stores, some of the things here are genuine antiques, some are just old (or not so old, I swear I've spotted some used Target items from time to time). 

Other places for antique, vintage, and collectible shopping in Old Town Temecula include: 
  • Serendipity Antiques-  small shop with antique furniture, architectural salvage, and outside garden area with plants, metal garden decor and accessories.
  • Fourth Street Antiques- many vendors with antique and vintage items
  • Old Town Antique Faire- lots of small, collectible items, including old books, as well as antique and vintage furniture and accessories
  • The Farmer's Wife- great place if you like the farmhouse look; lots of fun farm-themed, rustic accessories, serving ware, storage items, cookware, as well as clothing (which is not farm-themed). The photos at the link included here don't do the shop justice unfortunately (couldn't find the website).
  • Vintage Begonia- small shop with a nice selection of vintage-style decor and re-invigorated vintage furniture, most of which has been painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint, which the store carries. 

All of these stores are within walking distance of one another on or near Front Street, which runs the length of Old Town Temecula. 

I love this little butter dish.........

...which can also do double-duty as a small cloche.

One find I'm especially pleased with is this old, wonky, tarnished silver fruit bowl with it's graceful swan feet.

The mark underneath says Derby Silver Company, Quadruple Plate.  The Derby Silver Company was founded in 1872 in Derby, Connecticut and made anything that could be plated with silver, including flatware, serving ware, toilet articles, and so on. According to what I've been able to research online, this fruit bowl is likely from the 1920s.  

You can see the Art Deco elements in the detail around the rim, the handle, the little swan feet....

I'm also pretty thrilled with the crate (see first photo above) and planter below made of old yardsticks. I think it's a planter-- it looks like a lantern, but you couldn't put a candle in it, it's made of wood.  I'll try a flame-less candle and see how that looks, although it won't quite have the same ambiance and effect of a candle..... 

When it comes to fall decorating, I tend to focus on Halloween when it comes to holiday-specific stuff, and don't buy too many Thanksgiving-themed things.  But I liked the way this turkey looked-- loved the texture and color.  It's not wood, but it has that 'wood' look to it.

Time to start thinking about Halloween!  This little owl will soon be joined by all my other little Halloween friends, who live most of the year in boxes under the stairs (along with all my Christmas stuff).

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