Come Antique shopping with me….

A few days ago my hubby and I went to an Antique store that a friend of ours owns and did some electrical work for her…He had to go back yesterday and then again today, but he thinks he got it all taken care of. While he was working, doing some things that only he could do, I was able to walk around the store, really slowly, and look at EVERYTHING….I mean everything. It’s not a huge store, but it does have some nice things in it. I took some pictures of things that caught my eyes… and thought you might like to see what “I” like… My phone doesn’t take great pictures, but I hope they turned out well enough for you to see…

I wasn’t in the door 3 minutes till I saw this beautiful piece of furniture… I just LOVE this and it was a mere $299! Move on, Jeanne…

[If you click on the pictures they will enlarge.]


Next I saw a mantle mirror. I must have a thing for them… I have 2 already and would easily buy another one if it wasn’t $64.50… This one was in superb condition and the price is actually pretty reasonable…



We have an 1892 fixer upper house and we still have no flooring, so this stenciled floor REALLY caught my eye… I just love it! It looks so much like a rug, it’s unbelievable…


See the wood floor next to where it was painted? That’s what my floors look like… I need to do this…


Oh wait… I found the dolly section… these are all 8″ Ginny dolls…


This is a little white wardrobe for the Ginny dolls and I was tempted, even at $35, but the only doll in my collection who could use it would be Ten Ping, so I decided to pass. But I liked it enough to give it a second look every time I went around the store… 4 times… :o)



Wait… more dolls… this time Nancy Ann Storybook dolls… all in a glass case… for $350. Sorry they won’t be coming home with me…


When I turned around, look at this mammoth doll house… but again the only doll that would work for its size, would be Ten Ping. (It’s a good thing I didn’t bring her along!) It was $500, so definitely out of my reach…


So that’s it for my day… I had to go on a coffee run, and then my phone’s battery conked out so I wasn’t able to take any more pictures…

I hope your enjoyed window shopping with me in this Antique shop…

But you know what? When I got home today from being with my mom all day, there was this note on my hubby’s office door…


So…I’m really curious… he went back to Peggy’s store today…do you think it could be one of the things I took pictures of… or maybe something new that she got in? After all, you know tomorrow is Valentine’s day, and I know he really loves me…a girl can dream can’t she? I’ll let you know… maybe it’s just chocolate… but not for THAT sign… nope!

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. Marilyn Grotzky says:

    Whatever is behind the door must be pretty big or it wouldn’t need a door and a room to hide it. I know what I hope it is.

    The stenciled floor looks great and like a lot of work. I wonder if someone on this list has ever stenciled one and what advice she’d give you. Would your foot allow you to get up and down as much as you’d need to?

    • HI Marilyn,
      I thought the same thing…if it was something small, he would have just hidden it in a drawer or his closet… so…. I guess I’ll find out. I can’t wait… ( I thought my Valentine gift was going to be my new crown from the dentist…) I guess the $934 bill didn’t deter my hubby too much… Oh dear…what do I get him now?

      I’ve looked at so many pictures of stenciled floors and really am set to do my bedroom. In fact, I already have 2 stencils that I could use. One of them, I’ve already practiced doing in my closet… Maybe I can find pictures of that little area and show you…
      I think my foot would cooperate with a new floor…
      Thanks Marilyn,
      Blessings, Jeanne

      • Marilyn Grotzky says:

        Maybe one of those little gardening benches that you can sit on or kneel on, depending on how you arrange it, would help you be more comfortable. Would you paint the floor around it in another color or dark brown, or would you varnish or polyurethane it?

  2. Linda Doyle says:

    What a treasure trove of things to see, Jeanne! I don’t go to antique shops nearly enough, but when I do, it is SO much fun! My house is pretty much finished as far as furniture and things go, but it is always fun to see things that I remember my grandparents having.

    Oh, the little Ginny wardrobe! I would love one of those, but then again, where to put it? Those Nancy Anne storybook dolls certainly take me back to when I had several from my grandmother. I remember getting Little Bo Peep, and my sister got some other storybook character, but of course, they must be in dolly heaven now.

    Umm, for sure, George didn’t get the floor!! Can’t wait to see what it is! I wonder though, how does stenciled flooring hold up? I mean, with all the work you put into them, and even rugs wear down when people walk on them. They are so beautiful though. I would love to see a picture of your 1892 house on the outside!

    • HI Linda,
      It was really fun to just wander around slowly and take in each and every booth. Some had lots of really fun things to look at. I really don’t need anything new either, but if I find something I like better than what I have, I’m not opposed to swapping out something I already have… :o)
      Yes, that Ginny wardrobe is really a pretty little piece of doll furniture. I wish it was a little bit bigger, but it would still be fun to have… I see the Nancy Anne dolls all the time, but I can’t start another collection of something…
      Yes, he couldn’t have gotten the floor but I showed it to him and he really liked it… I have checked out every blog post and every Pinterest page I could find on painted floors and there are lots of do’s and don’ts to doing one. I would paint mine and then seal it with a matte or satin polyurethane probably. There is something to be said for the ones that are just painted and then let cure… if they get nicked or scuffed, you can touch them up with paint…
      I’ll have to find some house pictures to share…
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Charlotte Trayer says:

    I’m hoping it’s the little Ginny wardrobe he got you, but you never know!!

    We’ll all be waiting with baited breath to find out, I’m sure!


    • HI Charlotte,
      I really don’t care what it is behind the door, I just am thrilled to be getting a surprise… He just got home a little while ago and asked, “you didn’t peek did you?” I told him no and he just smiled…
      The thrill of knowing something is in there is exciting enough… :o)
      Thanks Charlotte,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. Ten Ping NEEDS that wardrobe! she says ‘it’s to DIE for’! 😉 I have taken to staying *away* from thrift and antique shops – I don’t seem to have any control if I see something that intrigues me. :-/ I sure hope you find out what’s behind that sign, soon! I’m spending the day getting to know my ‘new’ Topaz 30 Viking machine…. it’s too cold to leave home, anyway. 🙂

    • HI Mary,
      Like I said before, it’s a good thing Ten Ping wasn’t along with me on this trip… there were too many things her size and she’d of wanted everything in the store.

      Oh, how fun… a new sewing machine… I hope you have big plans for making something special. I hope you love it already! Let us know how it works….and you’re right…it’s too cold to be outside anyway.
      Have fun playing today,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  5. Oooo! I loved seeing all the pretties from your antique browsing! That piece of furniture is right up my alley! I love curves and carvings and decorative additions! I don’t think the $299 price is that bad! If I had the room for another piece of furniture, I would have bought it! I’ve never seen mantle mirror before. It’s lovely! How coincidental to see Ginny and Nancy Ann Storybook dolls! A friend of mine has to move to Denver and asked my help to try and sell her childhood dolls from the 1950s. I’m still doing research to see what to price them for. Thanks for sharing your antique adventures with us! I’m sure you’ll post what your Valentine surprise is! Can’t wait!!

    • HI Karen,
      I know…isn’t that piece just amazing… I do have a spot where it would work… and you’re right, the $299 actually isn’t too bad of a price for it… I saw an antique display case with glass all around and it would have been so much fun to put my dolls in and keep the dust off them. Of course what’s a display case with a bunch of naked dolls in it, but still it would be fun to have them all enclosed and see them at a glance. It was *gulp* $599!

      I can’t wait to share with you all what it is… If it’s nothing, I’m going to feel pretty silly…
      Oh well,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  6. I know what I’m hoping it is given the magic you perform with a can of paint and some elbow grease! Can’t wait to see if I’m right. I’m sure it’s very special no matter what it is because of the thoughtfulness and intrigue involved with getting it into the house! You’re tempting me to go to antique stores to check for doll things.

    • HI Susette,
      Well, I’m guessing you think it is either the mirror or the piece of furniture? I did mention to my hubby when I showed him the furniture piece, that it would be pretty painted white and lightly distressed…and he said, “Oh no, not this pretty of a piece…it needs to stay it’s wood color.” Oh well….
      I just heard Rebecca say something to her dad about us “doing Valentine’s” stuff tonight, so she could do laundry… My hubby’s office shares the washing machine…SO it must be big enough to be in front of the washer… Doesn’t that sound like a piece of good detective work on my part????
      We’ll see…
      Thanks Susette,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  7. Here goes! I own a set of the blue mugs inside the cabinet. Belonged to my parents, from the 70’s or 80’s. In fact, I use them regularly.
    Know you have several of those mirrors, but that one you should pick up. I picture it in a vintage bathroom. Lovely.
    The little Ginny wardrobe is sweet. It is newer than the 50’s Strombecker furniture that I have for my Ginny’s, but would be a great prop for Ten Ping. Of course, you might have to make her a few things to keep. Ha Ha
    After seeing your wood flooring, I wondered why you hadn’t painted them. You are so crafty, but thought there may have been a reason. Like time! Anyway, Google, painted wood floors. You will be amazed at all you can do. Saw one where Bob Villa painted all of his upstairs floors. Very interesting. Also, How to paint a wood floor has lots of information too. They appear to hold up very well and there are some amazing things done with just paint. I say go for it!
    Thanks for sharing the antiques! Since I’m one, it was quite interesting.
    And what’s behind the door? Can’t wait to find out.

    • HI Joy,
      That’s neat that you recognized the blue mugs inside the cabinet…
      It really is one of prettiest mantle mirrors I’ve ever seen and in really, really nice condition and you’re right, it would look nice in our bathroom… you can never have too many mirrors…
      I was thinking the same thing about the wardrobe..nothing like getting it for Ten Ping and having it stay empty all the time. I thought I would have to make some “fake” dresses for her to hang in there… :o)
      I actually have wanted to paint my bedroom floor for almost 2 years now…I have the stencil and just bought another one recently in case I change my mind on the larger one. I have read up on painting the wood extensively and maybe I will go ahead and do it. I’ve already practiced in my closet…
      Thanks so much Joy,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  8. Jeanne, would have loved to wander around with you! I think your readers are just as interested in your painting and projects as they are in your sewing? loved the mirror. Maybe tou need to get it and put the 3 of them together for a gallery wall collection. Would make a huge focal point! Just sayin?

    • I agree, three of the mirrors together would be an amazing statement.

      • HI Joy,
        Oh no, now I’m thinking I should have gotten the mirror… I hope it stays there till I can decide…
        If you and my sister think the 3 mirrors together would make a nice wall, maybe I should try it…
        Thanks Joy,
        Blessings, Jeanne

    • HI Cindy,
      It would have been so much fun if you could have come home and we wandered in Peggy’s shop together… next time you’re home…we will…
      Yes, that mirror was a knock out… very pretty and almost perfect condition… It has the best mirrors of any I’ve seen for the age of it.
      Oooooo…. 3 mantle mirrors together… that sounds fun… I trust your judgement…
      Thanks dear sis…
      Love you, Me

  9. Hi Jeanne,
    How nice to just wander through this smaller antique store. The huge ones are overwhelming and tiring to me. Yes, you found some nice things to think about.
    We all want to find out what is behind the closed door!!
    I had a whole set of Ginny’s white furniture. I sold it with several Ginny dolls and clothes. It was cute and sweet but one of the things I decided to part with considering my onslaught of American Girl items finding their way into my doll room. Yipes!!
    Have a great Saturday!!

    • HI Paula,
      It was very fun to just look at things without being in a hurry and look at almost every single thing in the store.
      Someone needs to make American Girl doll furniture like the Ginny things…it has so much detail and is just so sweet!
      Well, I’ll find out pretty soon what’s behind the door…
      Thanks so much Paula,
      Blessings, Jeanne

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