Last weekend I went with my cousin Ann to an antique show. Ann and I both share a love of antiques, heirlooms, ancient oddities, and vintage paraphernalia (I'm pretty sure we were born in the wrong era). And while we both love all things old, Ann has a special affinity towards chairs, kitchen utensils, and dishes. I, on the other hand, am obsessed with old books and paintings. Of course we often meet in the middle: jewelry, vintage aprons, linens, quilts, and other unique items all get special attention from us both (you can never go wrong with pink, roses or Victorian). It's fun to see her unique style, and I'm sure she gets a kick out of seeing my excitement over different things. Ann would mortgage her home just to buy antique furniture, and that is what I love about her - she's passionate!
After the antique show Ann took me to one of her favorite antique shops in downtown Salt Lake City (just off 900 South) called Moriarty's. I loved their dollar tables and was pretty impressed with their overall selection and prices. I bought some books, sheet music, and even a beautiful art print of a ballerina for only $1! Ann and I also made a D.I. run to buy some books, and by the end of the day I was pretty tired from all the shopping. I was almost home, when I decided to make one last stop at one of our local stores, Nook and Cranny. And would you believe it? There, sitting out in the yard just waiting for me, was this darling shelf! I had been looking for a piece like this for my nursery for quite some time, and now I had finally found it. The shelf was a little over-priced, but because of Ann I had the confidence to barter for a better deal (I got it for almost half off)! I also found these darling chairs for $15 a piece, and while I'm pretty sure that neither the shelf or the chairs are antiques, they are still old and unusual pieces of furniture. That is part of the reason why I love antique items so much - not only are they beautiful and nostalgic, but they were made to last. Happy shopping!