Thursday, August 28, 2008

Vintage Finds Being Added - Carnival Glass, Flower Frogs & More!

Here are some of the latest additions to Bella Rosa Antiques just in time for Labor Day weekend:

Pretty ruby toned carnival glass celery dish

(Thank you this has SOLD)

A petite and very ornate Italian wall mirror. Great for arranging in groups!

A set of three smaller gold framed mirrors to have fun with...
(Thank you, these have SOLD)
And for those of you who love flower frogs....a set of four in different sizes and shapes.

All available on the website by clicking

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cleaning Out ~ The Collectible Clutter

If you're an avid collector or even an antique dealer, you know how things can accumulate. You hunt for great vintage finds, keep some, and part with others right away.

Then there's the "why did I buy that" category and the "not sure what to do with it" shelf....and my husband's favorite..."it just needs to be repaired" bin.

Our church is having a fundraising yard sale this weekend and I think it's time to go through our "stuff."

What do you save, get rid of (trash) and what can you donate? This is definitely up to you but here are a few simple guidelines:

1) Is it sell able in any way other than your website or antique booth? Sometimes collectors are looking for pieces and parts to repair their own "broken treasures." Internet auctions are great for this purpose.

2) Would it make a great yard sale or flea market item? Try sorting into boxes labeled for it's next destination or for donation.

3) If you've had it for more than 3 years and it still doesn't have any appeal then put it in the donation bin. One woman's junk is... well, you know.

4) If you've tried making repairs to the item and it still isn't of good quality then you may want to trash it. Don't feel bad ...just get rid of it.

5) Have storage conditions made the piece fade, crumble, smell, or deteriorate in any way? Trash, unless it has usable parts as in guideline number 1.

6) Did you buy the item on impulse or while you were in a "phase" and don't collect it anymore? Pass it on.

One good thing about going through your stuff is you may find things you forgot about or things may have become more collectible since it has been in storage. Bonus!

To help in future searches for your items try organizing them on shelves or in labeled bins with similar items.

And to treat yourself for having done such a great job sorting and de-cluttering, go check out the latest sales or auctions!

As always,

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Vintage Finds - Pink Retro Ice Crusher

(Pink Ice Crusher & Prism Lamp are SOLD, Thank you!)

Lots of fun finds this morning...on our hunt we came across lots of kitcheny type items. My favorite being the PINK SEARS Ice Crusher. Love the chrome!

Dear Hubby also delighted in his vintage soda "A-Treat"...."Skipper" and a "Frostie." He also picked up a wooden Coca Cola crate or tray to display them inside.

And who doesn't love old green depression glass shakers? These would look great in an old hoosier cabinet.

The prism lamp is quite pretty so it really doesn't fit in with the other items for the retro kitchen but it was a neat find. We also came across some Wade Whimsies, sterling silver jewelry, pink hand crocheted baby blankets, and a drop leaf table.

Which goes in the antique booth and which shall go on the Bella Rosa Antiques website? Stay tuned....

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Peek at Our Antique Booth

(Wicker Coffee Table has SOLD)
The other day I was updating our antique booth and I decided to take pictures. I like to do this every now and then. Gives me an idea of what has sold and how I've displayed items.

I absolutely fell in love with these very delicate porcelain tea cups. The sweet colored pastel linings are of course what tickles my fancy! Remind you of anything? The LuRay pastel dinnerware I collect maybe?

(Vintage Trunk has SOLD)

We have an ecclectic mixture...

My hubby likes to sell toys so this is part of his display in the case.

And of course, right above them I have vintage jewelry. Someday I'd love to have separate cases but for now, we share. We'd need a bigger booth for that! Right now the antique biz just doesn't pay to have more booth space.

I tend to lean toward the rose covered porcelain items...must be the shabby chic gal in me!

Sometimes I bring items home to place on the Bella Rosa website and vice versa. It would be great if I could get all of the inventory listed online as well as for sale in the booth. This is a huge task and one I am going to put on hold for awhile.