Finding rusty old junk is fun! Nevertheless, I have found that no matter how much "stuff" I find and collect, only God can fully satisfy my heart. Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Come browse our "Romantiques and Mantiques" booths!

The heat has me confined to the house and as much as I'd love to work on repurposing some junk projects or trying to salvage and nurse what's left of my annuals, its just too hot as most of the rest of you probably can identify! At least I am getting a chance to get caught up with blogging and today I'll be showing you all the treasures my husband and I are offering in our booths.

Decorating my booth is always fun and although my husband is quite tolerant and appreciative of some shabby chic at home, I get to go overboard with the girlie-girl-vintage-Frenchy look with lots of whites in my booth, while my husband gets to junk and stock his own "Mantiques" booth which has some really cool stuff in it too. Take a look around!


My sweetie made the old-looking "Mantiques" and moustache signs out of salvaged wood from our attic renovation. He's so talented! I have such a great "partner in junk!"

                     Isn't this luggage great? My husband and I both love vintage lugguge of all kinds so this grouping only lasted about 2 days in his booth until we decided we were crazy for selling it. We brought them home and stacked them beside our bed where they are now being repurposed as his night stand.

He loves to go junking for war memorablia, vintage sporting equipment and other mantiques. He added a bit of  imagination and humor to his booth by draping some vintage stockings and lingerie over the mirror along with a picture of a lovely lady, signed, "Sincerely, Marie." Looks like the soldier had a romantic rendevous!

Speaking of romance, let's move on to my "Romantiques" booth.
Here is the rear wall of my booth back in  May.
 Here is the same view this summer
 We found this fabulous blue distressed table at a yard sale recently. Its over 6ft long and would make a great sideboard or kitchen island. Or garden shed table. Or booth display table. Did I mention that it's fabulous?

Silverplate love.

Composition doll love.

My back wall was due for a little change so now a shabby console table is hanging as a display. This darling old composition doll is on the bottom shelf awaiting her new home.

Here is the top of the little console table (please excuse the shadows). 
More vintage Huldah prints and girly-chic things.

A simple and decorative use of old canning jars is to dress them up in burlap, jute, coffee-stained antique lace, or just about any other fabric scrap and use them as vases or candle holders. I sold several of these to a friend who is hosting a bridal shower. I can't wait to put some on my new deck to hold small citronella candles.

You can always count on a vintage scarf to add just the right flair!
As for the beautiful jewelry mannequin bust, I just can't describe how gorgeous she really is. I had noticed her long before I became a vendor at the antiques mall when I used to shop there. She is absolutely amazing and I was lucky enough to buy her from another vendor just before a local historical museum snatched her up. The curator had just purchased six similar antique mannequin head/busts from her other antique store so I bought this one and the one shown below while I had the chance. I had been researching them online and they are getting harder to find and can be quite pricey so I didn't want to hesitate when she offered me two for the price of less than one on ebay.

This mannequin head was drastically reduced due to serious cracking and breakage in her neck . Once again, a vintage neck scarf does the trick. I specifically wanted this larger mannequin head for hat and scarf displays and she is simply junktastic!

                    This summer I went vintage wedding crazy, buying anything wedding related including two vintage gowns. I had already been moving toward decorating the booth displays very "romantique." This dress is very similar to the one Kate Middleton wore in the royal wedding.

                                                                    Divine details!

More vintage luggage for a romantic honeymoon! Why buy new???

Same view of the booth a couple of weeks ago. I sold the shabby green side table, garden planter screen and garden accessories.
                        This old chest of drawers is all decked out with wedding pretties.

                                             Repurposed drying rack to accessories display

                                                                       WHITE LOVE!
My absolute favorite display in the booth is this 1950's wedding dress "pictured" in one of my antique chalk painted frames. I think I'll use this as my blog header for a while. Oooo I just realized I have an extra frame that would look awesome on the dress form in my living room. Yay! I'll mess with that right after I finish blogging...

                 As you can see we have been really busy and we have junked most of the summer. Unfortunately school starts back on August 3rd in our area (YUCK!) so we have decided to take a break from junking to get caught up on things and completely finish our home renovations. We have enough projects stockpiled in the basement and around the house to give me plenty to blog about so don't forget to stop by the blog to see what we've been up to.

Hope you have enjoyed the booth browsing. Stay cool!

Summer Parties!


  1. That mannequin bust is fabulous! I have been looking for one for years. You are right, they are hard to come by.

  2. I.

    Great idea to take them home. I have a special stack that will never make to the shops! :)

    Your space looks amazing and love the "mantiques" section. It is always a superb idea to have guy things, too. But you know that already and how wonderful that your hubby helps.

    Amber, if you can, email me about your scottie's allergies. My email
    Duhgall suffered terribly until we got him to a GOOD vet and on a new dog food. He has been a different dog since then, and that was about 2 years ago.

    Chat soon!!!

  3. I agree your header with the frame over the dress form is awesome! If I had a booth I would be doing what you did with the suitcases, bringing to much stuff back home! Especially the neat stuff you have in your booth!

  4. You had us at MANTIQUES ! Found you on FADED CHARM . . . you're now on our Blog List . . . we share the same LOVE OF JUNK !! Take Care, JOE & GLENN

    1. I thought I was aleady following you! I am always getting inspiration from the CURIOUS BOYS!

  5. Hi Amber! Wow! You have a fabulous booth, and I sure do love the signs your hubby made! Too cool! So glad you found me so I could find you! I would have had to keep those suitcases, too!! Such a great collection!
    Have a wonderful week!

  6. Love your booth, sweet little doll and those vintage gowns, gorgeous!

  7. just lovely!

    if you like, swing by my place where i am hosting a giveaway:

    and keep sharing your lovely posts!



  8. These are amazing displays...very inspiring!
    So happy I stopped in!

  9. Love the whites! The luggage! The pearls! Oh, my!

  10. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  11. Hi Amber,
    Thanks for stopping by. Your comment on my bowl of doll parts made me laugh-believe me, there are people around here who think I'm a freak too!
    Love, love, love your booth, your blog and your header. Do you mind if I pin some of your photos?

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    2. JoAnne,
      I would be flattered! By the way, you were my very first follower back in September!

    3. How cool is that? What great taste I have... I can say I knew you when...
      Well I still enjoy enjoy your blog and your style Amber. Following you on Pinterest now too and pinned some of your pics on my Let's Play Dress Up board.

  12. Love that vintage luggage. I can see why you decided to take it home.

  13. I so want to go shopping there.....
    Thanks so much for visiting my Doublewide blog. I really appreciate it!


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