While most of my fellow Columbus Indiana architectural tour participants reported that they took a nap during our two hour break from sightseeing on Saturday early evening, I hit the local Antique Mall. I did not come back to the hotel empty handed…
… in fact, I found a bunch of fun stuff for the new apartment, all at very UN-big city prices.
1. Two sweet and slightly offbeat framed silhouettes (the subjects seem so Mad Men-era). The final hanging spot is TBD - they are currently sitting on the fireplace mantle.
2 & 3. A perfectly sized, perfectly worn rug for the entryway. I love the colors, especially the coral-ish orange and the yellow-green accents.
4 & 5. Another small, framed silhouette. I hung it low, in a corner, to add a little extra interest to the entryway area.
6. Birdcage. I'm a sucker for these! I already own a slightly smaller similar one, but this one was in such good shape and was priced really low. I love the little blue and white patterned pots.
7. A funky Japanese style folding screen for the wall in my son's room - warriors on horseback!
8. Two more silhouettes - these will most likely stay in the room where I have them leaning for the moment - the master bath. I'm going to paint the brown frame black to match the other one as well as removing the gunk left from the price stickers (once I remember where I put the Goo Gone while unpacking).
9. A House & Garden classic coffee table book (in great condition!) that I've had an eye out for.
This is a very rare, big haul of items for me, but sometimes the vintage shopping gods smile upon you. It's a good thing I only had about an hour at the Exit 76 Antique Mall (it is 72,000 square feet!) or I may have filled the trunk. Has anyone else had good luck bargain hunting recently? Tell us all about it...
(Images: Janel Laban)