On the first Sunday of the month, I always make a point to attend the Alameda Point Antique Fair. This Flea is the largest in Northern California, and boasts over 800 dealers! I always find something I absolutely love for the shop or for my homes here.
February 7th (yes, I attended the Fair as opposed to pre-gamed for the Superbowl) was no exception! I found a few killer pieces for the shop, as well enjoyed a few "unique" pieces that gave me a chuckle. Some of my favorite can be found below.
I saw this School Crossing sign at the beginning of the fair by a vendor who sells old watches, maps, stamps, etc. She had tons of unique pieces that reminded me of schools, but this piece definitely took the cake. It was hard NOT to come home with it!
This vendor is also who I picked up my favorite wooden, rubber stamps from. I love the fact that the stamps show the word, but print the picture when used. I think it's a great way for kids to learn, as well as a fun way to spice up a project!
I also found these hilarious wooden children that were used at a local farm in Northern California. The seller wasn't sure of their purpose, just that they had been outside at the farm for many years. They're worth a good laugh, if nothing else!
The last piece I found really unique was a stained glass carousel. The colors and intricacies on this piece were incredible - I thought it would be perfect for a nursery. It was a little pricey for me, but I couldn't help but snap a photo to share.
Since buying a home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I've been doing a lot of back and forth travel from San Francisco to Truckee. Although sometimes the 3+ hour drive can be daunting, especially with Bear (my adorable pup), I've found solace in the stops I do along the way. This past Sunday I took one of those stops in Auburn, California. The city was so charming and packed full of character I thought about never leaving!
I grabbed lunch at a local bbq joint and hit the downtown to check out some of their antique shops. All were packed full of cute nicknacks, vintage home goods, and toys galore! The below shops were my favorite!
Junk, Junk, and MORE Junk! And it's absolute heaven! This shop has some of the most unique pieces at the best prices! You will definitely have to rummage through this shop, but it is worth it for the gems. I picked up a set of amazing vintage Splitkein wooden skis for new decor at my cabin.
This is a go-to for me when I stop in Auburn. They have everything from vintage kitchen supplies, antique furniture, to fun retro holiday finds. The store itself has the classic picture display windows on either side of the front door, which draw you in immediately. Their prices are extremely fair, and they are willing to let you purchase over the phone and hold in store.
Those Were the Days:
This shop is a perfect combination of vintage home goods and clothing. I happened to stop in when they were offering 40% off the whole store, so everything felt like a steal! The shop owner was helpful on anything not priced, as well as knowledgeable about pieces in the store. I love vintage bathroom finds, and they happened to have an incredible brass soap holder from S. Sternau & Co. This company operated in Brooklyn, New York from 1890 - 1930, making a variety of brass, copper, and nickel/silver plated products. The soap holder was in excellent shape (clearly had been recently polished), so I had to pick it up for the shop.