Antique store series, #3


Art deco sculpture,

Pink rose Tiffany lamp lookalike,

Porcelain dishes set with Asian pattern

in blue, burnt sienna, and silver edges,

Light green Jade colored milk glass 

with lead metal edging on lamp.

Depression era or the 30-40’s. . .

Lots of “ooh’s” and “ahh’s”

by the two young ladies,

the M & M sisters.


Does anyone remember

the Peacock sisters 

from either play or

television series,

“The Odd Couple?”


76 responses »

    • Stories are invaluable when purchasing items at garage sales. I like to ask about the history behind things, too.
      So glad you remembered the Peacock sisters! I wonder if the new television series features them? Reminds me of how the Darryl’s on the second Bob Newhart show made their entrance and made us all laugh. πŸ˜€

    • Guess what? It is rather funny but the sisters were the “Pigeon sisters!” I didn’t Google it until today, Beth. Now, must edit my post and clear the air. . . πŸ™‚

  1. Delightful, delectable things …. each wth a story to tell. For some reason the Bette Midler rendition of ‘Miss Otis Regrets’ has now jumped into my head πŸ™‚

    • Bette Midler is a treasure and seemed to like retro fashion as well as being such a joy to the servicemen! I love your brain which went deep into the archives and came up with “Miss Otis Regrets!” I need to go listen to this. Thanks, Fiona! xo

  2. I love the Tiffany-style lamp–I wonder if you would see everything with a rose-colored perspective. πŸ™‚
    I like the dishes, too.
    Did you know my parents had a large antique business when I was little? It was a wholesale business–to dealers. Real antiques.

    • This was a fun comment about rose colored perspective! Thank you for letting me know which items caught your eye. πŸ™‚
      If I knew this, I had forgotten this invaluable information, Merril. Now, this helps make sense how you appreciate history and it became your life’s work.
      I loved all kinds of antique places, barns, shops, house sales, . . . We three kids each chose a certain item to collect while our parents looked for all sorts of things.

      • This sounds like it could make an interesting backdrop to a story though. Thank you for sharing about how your life went from one situation to another, as well as your moving. . . I think Philadelphia would be a place well suited for your life, Merril.

    • Have you written about any particular memories of your parents’ antique wholesale business on your blog? There are probably lots of interesting stories. . .
      We sure did enjoy going with our parents. My own grandies are great in antique shops and like to point out items they would like. I haven’t tried giving them money to choose items yet. πŸ™‚

      • I’ve written bits and pieces–kind of mixed in with other memories. None of us (the kids) were involved in the business, and my dad sold it when I was in 7th grade when my parents got divorced and we moved back from Dallas to the Philadelphia suburbs.

    • Jodi, I see “new” designs and “antique” qualities in your art. xo Browsing is so much fun and not really needing to buy. . . My last “find” was a Mexican artist who created a double figurine of two children riding on a sled. It imitated the light blue, white and tan-faced children who Lladro or Nao (his apprentice) created. It cost only $8.50! I just love it.
      You may be too young to remember the twins who chattered and giggles in the Odd Couple movie and neighbors in the TV show.

    • Jodi, today I googled this and they were called the Pigeon sisters!! How silly my memory is and not sure why I didn’t check it. Oh well! Our memory isn’t always what we believe it is! πŸ™‚

    • I am glad you liked the photograph and descriptions, Derrick. I think the “Odd Couple” reminds me of “Fawlty Towers.” Quirky characters and silly comedy. πŸ˜€

    • This is the best of three rather large antique shops downtown here. It has so much to offer and quite organized. The cluttered one, across the street, is like a treasure hunt but rather annoying when on a “mission” for a specific item! I am sure you would enjoy browsing here. Every few months my friend, Jenny, and I search all three of the downtown stores and twice a year, go about a mile walking trip to a separate shop. We eat ice cream on way home to reward the two mile round trip. Lol πŸ˜‰

  3. Much as I hate shopping, I do enjoy antiques and the like. Look at that china! Fabulous! I love the Tiffany style lamps, and even mission-style stained-glass lamps and The Mister HATES all of them. Isn’t that dreadful?!?

    • I was just wondering if this were a mission styled lamp! So great to have a second opinion, Joey. I like that you have Fiesta dishes and also enjoy shopping at antique stores. There usually aren’t many people so it makes it easier to look at the wares.
      At first glance the black rod iron candle lamp looks like Spanish mission style.
      I was married to one rather modern styled man who was a minimalist. He abhorred my Mom’s Victorian house. (Before retirement cottage, where nautical items reigned.) It didn’t cause a break up as your husband is the special “one” with great kissing included. I will never forget that post, by the way. Although, if I visit I will certainly erase it temporarily. ha ha! πŸ˜€

      • I agree, seldom are antique shops crowded πŸ™‚ That may be some of the appeal.
        The mission-style lamps are the ones with squares and triangles. I have long admired them, can’t believe how much The Mister hates them and all stained-glass lamps! And here we live in a 1920 bungalow, where surely stained-glass would be perfect…
        Haha, yeah, his kisses do help heal the wound of my lamp dissatisfaction!

    • Oh, thanks for explaining the mission lamps which is only one thing of two I wasn’t “right” about. The so-called Peacock sisters on the “Odd Couple” movie and show were really called the Pigeon sisters! πŸ˜€ I wrote this on a few who may suddenly remember, Joey.

    • It really has quality items which are reasonably priced, Sarah. πŸ™‚ When I meet friends from out of town they all want to go in almost every shop. This includes two bakeries, “It’s a Gouda Life” where cheeses and other unique food items are sold. There’s an olive oil shop, two breweries, a wine shop and paint your own crockery shop! I have to show restraint if I have many visitors!

    • Aww, so glad we have a lot to offer should you come by and stay for awhile, Sarah. I could gladly split the cost of you and your husband staying at either a hotel or the Bed and Breakfast on Winter Street. πŸ™‚

    • Such a wise and wonderful comment, dear. This is a great reason to love antique stuff! I wish it all had written stories attached. We can always research and imagine the details, right? πŸ˜‰

  4. I always think of my grandma serving tea in those antique cups and saucers πŸ™‚ Thanks for bringing back the nice thought with your words and photo ❀

    • Christy, this comment is such a blessing. I can only hope to touch someone or evoke a happy memory! πŸ™‚
      I should tell you that I have started doing tea parties with my own granddaughters. I hope they will remember the moments fondly. ❀

      • Awww tea parties – what fun πŸ™‚ You’re creating happy family memories xx You’d be such a fun grandmother to have, Robin ❀

      • Christy, thank you so much!! I appreciate your “vote of confidence” and I will think of you and your sweet grandmother next time. I am sure you have her watching over you, dear. xo

    • The antique shop is well kept, nicely organized and can appear modern. πŸ™‚ It is like many downtown shops in a small town, vicariously perched between solvency and eviction. Truth be told. πŸ™‚

      • Many “antique” shops start and fold around here , too. Once the tourist trade is gone for the season, local traffic isn’t enough to make it pay year-’round. 😦

      • We have college students and their visiting parents to help out and purchase items. . . I hope that you have such great tourists that the businesses make up for slow times. πŸ™‚


  6. OOOOOOO I LOVE that lamp with the flowers on it. I want it! I LOVE vintage, Robin, and if I had been with you I would have had a hard time not to buy anything. Gorgeous shot!! ❀

    • Amy, this is so exciting! I actually could imagine you escaping to visit me!! It made me smile extra big, dear. ❀ xo My Mom would probably buy both of these lamps if she were of sound mind and still lived in the house with her pink rose brocaded dining room chairs! πŸ˜‰ One would go on an end table and the other on the piano. Hope you are remembering to sleep and take deep breaths. You are one busy woman who burnns her candles on both ends. Hugs xo

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