Friday, December 26, 2008

Have a Bella New Year!

We're so excited. This past year has been amazing, to say the least. For us, it was a fun year getting the new Bella Rosa Antiques website off the ground...and we hit the ground running.

Thank you to all who helped us in the journey and of course, the biggest thank you to all of our customers.

We look forward to a new year in 2009 and to bring you the best of the old. Stay tuned and
have a very Bella New Year!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Vintage Scotty Dogs, Chic n Shabby Roses, Faux Sweets Just Listed!

I'm thrilled to bring you these exciting "new" pieces:

Thank you, this has SOLD!

Absolutely adorable, this Scotty dog pin's perfecty chic n shabby already!
The tiara I'm waiting to list with a pretty vintage and PINK prom dress! You're going to love it! Stay tuned for that...but in the meantime....keep scrolling down....

Thank you, these have SOLD!
Perfect size for that vintage feather tree. . .and in my favorite color, pink. These fall under the holiday category so they will be on sale until Christmas Eve!

Thank you, this has SOLD!
The sheen on this lustre rose "basket" is elegant!

Thank you, this has SOLD!

Another faux sweet treat on a pretty pink roses Harker Pottery dish...very vintage and oh so chic n shabby!

(Thank you, this has SOLD)

A French "Sevres" roses plate...I love the detail along the gilded border... ooh la la

(Thank you, this set has SOLD)
A "mon petite" roses sugar and creamer set... just 3" tall!
All available here on Bella Rosa Antiques!

And as always,

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vintage Scottie Dogs, Tiara, Porcelain Roses & More!

We're well into the Christmas shopping season now and the sale is still going...all holiday items are 20 percent off. This week I'm excited about a few new pieces I have acquired. While they may not be holiday items (just the two boxes of mini shiny brite ornaments) I think they are oh so "Bella Rosa!"

This vintage scottie dog pin cushion is the sweetest! Look at those puppy dog eyes... are they calling your name?

And what gal doesn't want to feel like queen for a day? The tiara is stunning. To make it even better I have a pink vintage prom dress to sell along with it! I will be taking a photo and listing it soon.

And there's another faux sweet treat with a pretty chic n shabby rose plate. In fact, I have come across several chic n shabby rose items for you to check out. They'll all be listed very soon on this page of our website. Stay tuned!

And as always...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Vintage Christmas Ornaments, Garlands, Silver and More Just Listed!

Dear Hubby gave me some free time the other morning away from my Mommy chores to work on my Bella Rosa Antiques website. He loves his Dear Bebe!

Here are a few of the items I've listed for the Christmas season. They are all 20 % off too!

I really love decorating our tree with vintage glass ornaments. Reminds me of candy when it is all finished and sparkly.

This bottle brush wreath is a wonderful silver a vintage style. Great for the Shabby Chic decor!

These are so cute...petite little boxes of vintage Shiny Brite ornaments...the glass balls are soooo cute and perfect for that smaller tree...or to arrange in a vintage bowl.

I love these sparkly word garlands. There are many to choose from in gold: "Merry", "Christmas", "Noel", "Wish", "Peace", and "Love."

In the silver I have: "Peace", "Dream", "Joy", "Bella", "Wish", "Kiss", "XOXO", and "Love."

Another bottle brush wreath...this one is a little smaller and a fav of mine because it is PINK!

I couldn't resist filling this silver tray with sea shells. You could do a lot with the vintage style silver garland too...looks great on a tree or spread around the mantle.

Having fun here during my "me" time...and I hope you get a minute to check out the rest of the holiday items on sale at Bella Rosa Antiques.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thank You to My Customers This Thanksgiving

It occurred to me as I was packing up my latest order from the online store how thankful I am to the customers I've had this year. This is the first year for Bella Rosa Antiques and I am pleased with how well it has been received and for the many customers who have shopped the site.

As I'm getting ready to have this latest package shipped to it's destination I'm also thinking about the items I am going to list for the Christmas season...adding them to what is already on...and on sale! I'm excited to announce I have new sparkly word garlands for your holiday display in gold as well as silver.

I've also come across some great vintage ornaments ... I love these and can't get enough of them.
Here is an example from my own display at home:

They're great for decorating the tree as well as in all kinds of vignettes around the house. In a container by the entryway, on an end table, you name it.

So, have fun, get your decorations out and if there is anything else you need to complete your collection, you might just find it here this year!

And thank you to all who have supported me this.

As always,

Thursday, November 20, 2008

All Holiday Items on SALE! Save 20%

In order to kick of the Christmas shopping season all holiday items will be on sale starting Black Friday through Christmas Eve!

That's right!

All holiday items will be 20% off...

Start shopping now and make your wish lists! And if the shipping charges appear to be high, it is because it is an estimate and the difference will be refunded back to you. Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Visit to the Booth ~ Bringing Vintage Christmas Ornaments

The Christmas season is fast approaching...I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving. Retailers have already set out their holiday inventory. The same is happening in our antique mall and I'd better get started before it's too late. The birth of Dear Bebe has me pretty occupied so at least I have an excuse! Scroll down with me to check out what I have to work with, minus the Christmas items.

Pretty soon (probably this weekend) I will be bringing our holiday items in. I love decorating at home for Christmas and the booth can be pretty fun, too. The three tiered plate stand is calling me to load it up with ornaments and other shiny baubles.

This plant stand would probably sell better in the spring, but I'm intriqued by filling it with different items. What could I put in there for Christmas? Note the doorway in the background. We were lucky enough to get a booth up front near the register but lately nothing is helping our sales. Could be the bad economy buzz or people are waiting until after Thanksgiving.

This is our case. I do have a few items here and there for the holidays but there are more ornaments, garlands, and figurines to display. Some can be found on the Bella Rosa Antiques website.

The three gnomes atop this display cabinet could mix in well with a Santa elf or toy theme ...I thought they stood out nicely from the milk glass in the back. I think the bowl on the right is a hobnail punch bowl. Neat idea for Christmas with greens and red decor!

This is a peek inside the display cabinet. Lots of options here...if I clear out most of the dishware. Do I do a Shabby Chic type of Christmas in there or go traditional? I'm thinking like Rachel Ashwell and I have a feeling this would make a great look.
Check back with me next week to see how it looks...and feel free to start browsing our Christmas/Holiday inventory on the website, Bella Rosa Antiques.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Vintage Christmas Ornaments Featured on Bella Rosa Antiques

It's that exciting time of year already! Time to start your holiday shopping... and we have a few items featured on our website for you!

An elegant glass dessert stand with vintage ornaments and shells.

Thank you, this has sold!

One of my favorites...who doesn't love a snowflake pin to wear on a wool coat all winter?

And a fancy vintage style key for Santa on a shiny red ribbon...

We have several styles of sparkly silver and gold word garlands.

Lots of fun!

A collectible porcelain Santa ornament from Goebel, the same company that makes Hummels in Germany...we also have an angel ornament. Check us out on Bella Rosa Antiques!

If the shipping charges calculate high, we usually return the balance right back to you. Our shipping calculator is just for an estimate. So shop away! Ho ho ho!

And as always...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Vintage Christmas Antiques & Collectibles

What is it about vintage Christmas items? They are charming. They can also remind of us families, celebrations, and love.

Who doesn't remember pulling out boxes of Shiny Brites to hang on their trees? Or the star toppers...maybe your family had an angel. One of my favorite things to set up was the nativity.

What I didn't like was having to string up the lights. My Sister and I were the Christmas decorators. My Mother handed the job over to us and we planned a day to do it (we had an artificial tree) and made the event special by putting on our favorite Christmas album. Then I would try and convince my Sister that she had to do the lights because she was , well, she was older and could do a better job. Sometimes it worked.

Every year I would forget what ornaments we had until we unwrapped each one and I would exclaim with glee..."oh I love this one! And this one, too!"

What are your favorite Christmas decorations? If you're looking to add something "new" to your collection, check out this page on our website, Bella Rosa Antiques.

And as always,

Friday, October 24, 2008

Auctioning For Vintage Treasures

We all know yard sales can be great places to find long lost vintage treasures, but local auctions are where the GOOD stuff is found, although sometimes pricey.

There is something about an auction that gets my heart pounding...the anticipation of what I may be able to bring home for either my own personal collection, or to resell to you. I hurry in as fast as I can so I can get a good look at what is on the tables before I "miss" something wonderful as it passes through the auctioneer's podium.

As usual there are many things that catch my eye. If it is an item I REALLY want, I will bid as high as I can to obtain it. One of my favorite auctions to go to in Central Pennsylvania is HORST Auction. Generally I find very nice items here, but sometimes pricey because we are bidding along with dealers who have stands in Adamstown, PA, the "antique capital" of this area.

Unfortunately that means we have to pass the price along to the customer. This is what makes antiques unique and fun however, if there is a high demand for the item, the higher the price. Otherwise, I pass the savings on to the customer. I'm not out to make tons of money, I just enjoy buying and selling. Mostly, dealers have to play it right so they don't lose money.

And if I think an item would fit perfectly into the Bella Rosa Antiques theme, I will wave my number high and keep bidding until I get it. As they say in the biz "going once, going twice, SOLD!" And there is goes...tucked away, neatly wrapped in my carrier and out the door waiting to find just the right person who will give it a good home.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Antiques & Collectibles

What is it about antiques and collectibles that draws us to antique shops and malls in nooks and crannies in far away places? For me, it is the nostalgic look back into the past. Seeing a glimpse into a time I never knew. Reading about what life used to be like and finding their actual tools or instruments or playthings really make it fun to browse.

What do I buy? Well, I love so many different items for my, vintage or retro kitchen items (especially when found in PINK,) vintage beaded evening bags always catch my eye, pretty porcelain pitchers with floral or rose transfers just to name a few. I have a growing collection of vintage books from the late 1800's so when I can find one in good condition for 5.00 or less, I add it to my purchases. This makes it challenging and fun to set a low price and hope to find one in my travels. I have found most of them in New England, either on the way to visit my Father in Maine, or on the way back in New Hampshire, Vermont, etc.

Recently I have started collecting crystal pieces. I'm not sure what it is but I like the heavy glass in the pretty cut patterns and the way they sparkle in a china cabinet.

What do you like to collect? Leave me a comment or two about your collections or love of all things vintage!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another LuRay Find ~ Pickle Dish & Tab Soup Bowls

Sometimes when you least expect it, men come through for us. So forget all of the remote control tiffs, the jeans and towels on the floor, and his frustrating way of never being on time. Recently Dear Hubs found some LuRay he thought I might like. He's so sweet!

Unfortunately I already have all of these pieces.

(Sharon Pink Gravy Underplate or Pickle Dish)

It is tough to find something I don't have because I've been collecting for 16 years. I thanked him profusely and then we both decided since I already had these we might as well offer them to some other LuRay collectors.

(2 Persian Cream Tab Soups)

They are now available on the Bella Rosa Antiques website if you are a collector and need one of these pieces...or maybe you'd like to start a collection . . . these would be a great beginning!