Sunday, May 6, 2012

Warrenton Spring Festival

Ok, it's official...Past Reflections Antiques
will repesent at the
Warrenton Spring Festival
on May 19th on Main St. 
We will display a 10x10 tent full of treasures from the shop in our space in front of Jimmy's Market.  There will be a drawing for a nice little something, so stop by and put your name in. 
It should be a GREAT day for meeting new friends and seeing some familiar faces.
Mark your calendars and hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Hello, this is just a quick note about next SATURDAY, MAY 5th.

on Falmouth Street is spilling out onto the porch!!

The dealers will fill the porch with great items for you to look at and hopefully take home.

The Town will not allow us to do a Flea Market in the parking lot because the area is zoned Industrial instead of Commercial. The regulations do not address retail in Industrial areas, so my request was denied.
To get around that, we are having a

Saturday, May 5th
8 AM until closing at 5 PM
All sales will run through the shop.
Cash, Check, Credit Cards

Don't Miss the Deals !!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Two New Dealers !!!

Good News....we have two new dealers set up in Past Reflections Antiques.  Let me introduce them:

In the rear of the first room on the right, Crystal has
 beautiful vintage Jewelry

A whole rack of Gorgeous vintage gowns for all of your special occasions

She loves to pack in the Little This and Thats

But...Crystal's space is more than apparel....she has
Carnival Glass, Prints and so much more.

Then in the next room, Charlie shows off exquisite
Kincaid Furniture
Vintage 7Ft Wardrobe
Handstitched Quilt

And, he is not finished bringing in the Smalls !

Not meaning to brag....well, I actually DO mean to brag.... Chuck and Pat have this
One-Of-A-Kind Bookcase

So what are you waiting for, consider this YOUR personal invitation to stop by.

Remember, the APRIL SHOWERS sale starts SUNDAY, April 1 and that's NO APRIL FOOL!!!

Hope to see you soon, Kathy

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Check out the Thrift Store !

Happy sunny and warm day!!  I was out and around this week and found the House of Mercy Thrift Store just off Wellington Rd in Gainesville, VA.  Here is a write-up about their mission:

It is located off Wellington Rd... from Gainesville, pass Balls Ford Rd and Merrifield Gardens then turn left.  There is a small sign that directs you to take the next left.  Then turn left again into the first set of buidings on the left.  In the parking lot, go past the first building to the one behind.  The entrance in the photo is on the backside as soon as you turn the building corner.

Teresa is the manager and she has a great eye for display.  Everything is clean and appealing.  Looking for an inexpensive Prom dress?

There are walls of glassware and smalls....but you don't have to get dirty and dig's set out and easy to see....

Great furniture and tables with chairs, sofas, lamps, rugs... basically everything for your home..

Everything is very reasonably, almost too low, priced !  Oh, and there are speciality items too.  Check out the cactus tables and lamps.....and did  you say you were having a Cinco de Mayo party, well you HAVE to get these for a centerpiece.

Make sure you add The House of Mercy to your shopping list.  They receive items every day.  Tell them you saw it on Kathy's blog!   Happy shopping and stop in to see us!   Kathy

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Think Out-Of-The-Box

Happy Sunny Saturday!  Today I am in the shop and between customers and 2 new dealers setting up, I pulled up my favorite blog sites.

Check out Beyond The Picket Fence.  Becky is the owner of the blog and she found time to scout her favorites and posted about them.  So I am passing them on to you.

Need a new bathroom medicine cabinet?  How about that old worn single wooden chair..what are you doing with that?  Those items are in the link and others.  Check it out!


If you live in the North Stafford, Garrisonville, lower Fauquier county, VA .....there is a new florist open....Forget Me Not Flowers...2390 Midland Rd, Midland, VA 22728 in the old Groves Store is open.  Caitlin Utz, Mr. Grove is her Grandfather, and she has beautiful arrangements. 

Have a beautiful day !     Kathy

Friday, February 24, 2012

Ole Blue becomes Alittle Sassy

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a cabinet made by the husband's grandfather.  He used a piece of wood from here and there and stored his tools in the bottom and mounted a vice on top.  When I received it, my house was going through a blue period, so blue it became and was a perfect little bar in the corner.

Now in the new house, it was shoved into the basement probably never to see the light of day again.

After moving some boxes around, I stumbled on Ole blue and thought about a giving it a new life in the living room.  The door has to go...

The living room is painted a sage green using Home Depot Baer paint.  I bought Baer Heavy Cream and painted Ole Blue all over.  Then applied a light almost dry brush Sage coating.  So she now has shed the blue skin and is a beautiful light green
After a quick sanding on the edges, I rubbed on Martha Stewart's Antique Gold for some sparkle.

The wood on the top was so nice, I left it natural and used Mimwax paste wax on it and after a good buffing, it is silky smooth.
 You can see the streaks of cream showing through just enough ...
She needed a little somthing on the back of the shelves so I found a nice cheap shelf paper that worked perfectly in the room.

And here she is....sitting in the corner of the living room...looking pretty sassy

I wish I had more time for projects ...maybe I can squeeze in one a month.
Thanks for your time and I can't wait to see your project post.

The Very Thing. . .

Hello, here I sit in the Past Reflections Antique shop feeling the urge to blog.  Then I think...why am I doing anyone reading what I have the urge to write...I never know because I do not receive any comments.  So, here I go again..

The other day I was in Haymarket and took a few minutes to visit The Very Thing on Washington Stree.  It is a consignment shop that is LOADED with beautiful items.  Doris Buck is the owner and boy does she have the knack to decorate.  There is a room that's all about Sports, kitchen, Blue items and Green, Sunroom, Bathroom aquatic items, Cat's Meow, comfy furniture....etc.


Look what they did with an old shelf and two window, no glass of course, and alittle paint.  Cute display!

I think I have to have one of these in my shop....

Each room is filled with beautiful items...and did I mention...SO reasonably priced!

If you are in the Haymarket neighborhood, stop by The Very Thing and tell Doris and the girls you saw it here first. 

Hope to see you at Past Reflections soon.....2 new dealers moving in this weekend !

Have a great weekend !

Each room is filled with beautiful items...and did I mention...SO reasonably priced!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

New Antique Shop in Culpeper

I hope all of you had a sweet Valentine's Day ! 

In our busy life, everyone has several people dictating what you need to, should and have to get done in a day.  Husbands or significant others, children, school, groups and so on have "just a quick minute" item.  Well, my biggest dictator is Time.  I capitalize the "T" because in my life it is a constant entity that I find myself borrowing from and skimping to pay back.  Time is a better athelete than I am, I know that because it is always way ahead of me.

It had been a few weeks since Time allowed me to get out and browse around local shops.  Usually Time allows me part of a Wednesday and yesterday I closed my eyes to my desk and other things and ran.  My friend Doodles came along with me.

I delivered some auction purchases to one of my favorite places in Culpeper....Quail At The Wood antique shop right on Main Street one block on the left before the Davis St. stop light.  Sarah Hays has this shop and it is exquisite. Leave the kids at is not a kid friendly shop and you surely don't want to pay for an item broken.  I never take my Grandchildren inside.

Then we went to the Green Roost on Davis Street to buy rose buds and lavender smelly stuff for the shop.  Doodles bought a cute slender bench to sit in front of her sliding glass door for plants on top and underneath.

At the corner, across from Clarke Hardware, is a fairly new store simply called TASTE.  It is full of cooking oils, vinegars and spices from all over the world.  There are rows of large vats from which you draw a small taste.  Any flavor EVOO that you can think of...they have.  Then turn around and there are at least 30 containers of Balsamic Vinegars to taste.  I fell in love with Blackberry and had to get a bottle, $11, and he drew it straight from the vat.  Bring the bottle back for refill and get $1 off.  Cute vinegar containers too.  I was so excited that I forgot to take pictures!  They haven't gotten around to a website yet.

Ok, now to the new Antique Shop which is a couple doors down from Knackles Bakery............. Found Antiques Vintage & Today is located at 162 East Davis St.  Allison is the shop owner and things are beautifully displayed.  They are full service, offering to buy, sell and consign everything from one item to an entire estate.  Oh, did I mention Allison also has a nice array of vintage clothes and furs.

Did you hear that....Time is calling and says I have been on the computer too long.  Until next time..

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Antiquing in Orange, VA

The weather yesterday was a gift, so I took a ride to Orange, VA.  Orange is located on Rt 15 outside Culpeper, VA and is a nice drive from Warrenton, VA.

My friends, Patrick and Amy, own LIONSHARE ANTIQUES right on historic Main St.  There is street parking and a lot beside the building.  Everything in beautiful and tastefully presented.
If you have a large foyer and looking for a statement piece....consider this grand mirror....take a look just before leaving in the morning and you will be amazed at how your image will make you feel.

The shop offers paintings, country art, lamp finials, fabric, cute small tabletop display cabinets, perfect dining room servers/buffet, as well as small furniture.  Everything is ready to place in your home.  Look at this desk....

Don't worry...LIONSHARE ANTIQUES has something for everyone...take this Lance display case for example...

LIONSHARE ANTIQUES is open Wed thru Sunday.

Across the street is a yummy spot for lunch...The Light is open breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Seafood soup and a blackened chicken club were the two specials yesterday. I had the sandwich and the homemade sauce was perfect.  Great old tins on the ceiling and a sofa area to sit and catch up.

Then I stopped in the Second To None shop which showcases gently used more modern furniture, clothes and jewelry and decor items.  Great original art on display yesterday. Continue down Main Street, cross the tracks and bear right, Byrd St.,  shop is on the left.

Oh, what I stumbled on next...Gypsy Willow... will be on the right.  It is a magical place!  Owner Terry Devine definately has an eye for display.  There are a few dealers in the mix and the building flows from one room to another.  Everything from crocks, nice Goofas glass, plates, furniture, vintage..vintage...vintage is everywhere.  I just don't know how to tell you what is here, you just have to see for yourself.  They are working on a website....

So, I hope you had a good time seeing the highlights in Orange.  There are other shops also, Melrose Antiques is next door to Lionshare Antiques, but was closed when I was there.  Also JS Mosby is down the street and next time I am going to make time to stop in, the windows looked inviting.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Happy Icey Saturday!  I have spent some time this morning scanning some wonderful blogs.  The bogger linked below had taken a tired old secretary and gave her a makeover.  Check it out!  Days like today are perfect times for a quick makeover. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Time For A Fiesta !!

Some of the Retired Fiesta pieces in the shop now.

Fiesta: -n 1.a religious festival or celebration, esp. on a saint's day
2. a holiday or carnival
3. Feast

The Homer Laughlin China Co. definitely picked the right name for this line of dinnerware.  The bright colors are festive and fit for a feast or holiday.  They produced this from 1936 to 1973 in Newell, WV in fifty assorted pieces in fourteen different solid colors.   The standard eleven colors are: the “originals” cobalt blue, light green, ivory, red, turquoise and yellow plus the “fifties” chartreuse, forest green, gray, rose and medium green.  The medium green is elusive in many pieces.
Fiesta Red was made with uranium oxide which during WWII the Government restricted the use of until 1959. A different formula was used during that time, but the public was still concerned with health hazards from the metal.  The FDA concluded that if the glazes and decals were properly applied and no damage is seen, the vintage dinnerware poses no hazards.  However, they recommend not storing food in the vintage pieces or putting them in the microwave.
Fiesta was restyled in 1969 in an attempt to adapt to new production techniques.  Only the Fiesta Red was continued.  In 1973, the Fiesta Ironstone was discontinued. Two types of marks were used: an ink stamp on machine made pieces and an indented mark molded into the hollow ware pieces.
In 1986 dinnerware in five new colors was introduced: Black, White, Pink, Apricot and a darker Cobalt.  A little later the following was added: Yellow, Turquoise, Seafoam Green, Country Blue, Lilac, Persimmon, Sapphire Blue, Chartreuse, Gray, Juniper and Cinnabar.  None of these pose a threat to the vintage collections.
Turquoise was the last original color to be introduced of the items that were discontinued in 1946.  This color had a very short production run and today's values reflect the rarity.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Beautiful Plate Wall Hangings

Well, as it seems working 7 days a week is not enough so I have taken on a new project.  My crafty side is layering plates and trays to give new life to some forgotten treasures.  Then hang them on the wall.... Here's an example...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Good Chilly Morning to you all.  16 in Opal this morning with a calm wind.  Sounds like I am at sea somewhere. 

One of my New Year commitments is to visit the local area antique shops more often.  This, so far has been one resolution I have kept!  Yesterday I went to Marshall, VA and shopped in Robin's Nest which is in the old O'Bannon Hardware Store.  Currently, the antiques are kinda intermingled with the hardware downstairs, but upstairs is very spacious with great vender areas.  Good variety of items and excellent prices.   They are slowly weeding out the hardware, but will keep in stock a variety of gotta-haves for the locals.

Also while in the area, drop by Crest Hill Antiques right in the heart of The Plains, VA.  She has a Tea Room and beautiful items.  Some recent acquisitions are on the website:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Cedar Run Antiques

Isn't this grand????!!!????  Found it yesterday at Cedar Run Antiques in Catlett, VA.  They have a great shop with many dealers who have packed spaces.  It is located next to Wilson Meats.  They are closed Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Ole Man Winter has arrived !!

Well here we were, all of us scurrying around doing our Christmas shopping, some in shorts and no coats, wearing our summer flipflops for holiday pedicures, saying to everyone..."Oh I wish we could have a white Christmas".  New Year's Eve was mild and we rang in what some predict will be our last year...2012.    Now look at us - cold, windy first Tues of the last year we will have (and it feels like a Monday) and we have SNOW.

This snow was perfect, by the way.  Light and fluffy, blowing and swirling around, did what it came to do in about an hour and half, Mr. Sun pushed it along, school stayed open and the day progresses.

By the way....2012 will NOT be our last year....I know because I watched Back To The Future and Marty McFly came back in 2015.  Shades of Y2K.