Monday, May 24, 2010

Vintage Finds In Napa

Apologies for the lack of updates lately but I'm afraid that progress on our new home is extremely slow going due to work and other obligations. We've also discovered that it takes three times longer to complete any project we start (we're currently working on my office) due to all the problems you come across while restoring an older home. It's been an interesting learning experience and we've had to face the fact that it will be a long time before we can call our new house a home.

We still can't cook in our kitchen but we have a toaster oven and the house came with a microwave that I'm reluctantly learning to use. I've never owned a microwave before and I never wanted one but it has come in handy lately. Trader Joe's makes some decent microwave food but I'm getting tired of their microwave pastas, soba noodles and pad thai.

For fun we've been trying to get out of the house for a few hours on the weekends and explore Napa's second-hand shops and thrift stores. One of the best shops in Napa is undoubtedly Alice’s Consignment shop and this weekend the large parking lot behind Alice’s Consignment shop was turned into the Downtown Napa Antique & Vintage Flea Market. It was a small but interesting gathering of eclectic sellers and buyers. One of my favorite sellers was Rosey's Little Things. I bought a Melmac serving dish from her and some lovely jewelry. The Downtown Napa Antique & Vintage Flea Market is going to become a monthly event during the summer and fall months and I'm looking forward to it! The next one is scheduled to take place on June 26th and you can find more information here.

Here's a few pictures of some of the vintage goodies we've picked up for our home in the last few months.

San Francisco Chinatown Painting
Original painting of San Francisco's Chinatown painted in the late '60s or early '70s by an unknown artist named KING. I'm trying to find out more information about KING so if you happen to know anything please drop me a note!

Melmac serving dish and cups with saucers.

Asian art
Asian influenced and slightly kitschy vintage wall hangings.

Vintage Pyrex (Square Flowers / Verde)
Large vintage Pyrex bowl (Square Flowers / Verde)

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