The Easter Bunny Has Arrived
With Baskets And Goodies For All:
There Is Silver And Blue;
A Kitchen, Too;
And, Don’t Forget The Cowboys Or They’d Be Blue!
Hermann’s Antique Mall
Recently, I blogged about Hermann Furniture and have done so many times in the past. I don’t think I can convey just how big this store is and really there are many stores under the Hermann umbrella of Furniture, Accessories, Antiques, Crafts, Upholstery, Gifts, Floral, Design Services. The section that our booth is located in is the Antique Mall where different vendors rent space. Here’s what is new and for sale under my little part of the umbrella in the booth:
My friend Tikaa suggested word art on the old windows that I seem to be attracted to and have amassed a large collection of so I found something to say on the old glass panes of each of these windows. Hey, Tikaa, this reminds me of you…
The difficulty with making something is that you want to keep it for yourself, but I am willing to share…LOL
You can find both window panes at Hermann’s Antique Mall in The Irish Lady’s Booth.
Look what’s new and on sale in my Antique Boutique at Hermann’s Antique Mall in Downtown Brenham, Texas:
English Walnut Dining Chairs that are about 150 years old paired with a Danish Table, with an internal leaf for expansion, hand painted in a French Grey
Lots of Antique Crocks – On Sale!
Antique Armchair with Fresh Burlap Upholstery, Table with Marble Insert and Whit Column to Style into a Hall Tree or Family Photo Display (Just hang your pretty framed pictured on each side)
When responding to the statement, “I would love to be an antique dealer”, “Hmmm”, is the first reply because in my brain I am flashing to my garage and all things stacked for repair or tagging or the buyer to pick up or me to get it to the store so someone can buy it! Whew, exhaustion has set in just writing about it. I want you to know how unglamorous it is to be an antique dealer. Let’s begin with one of my little secrets — Polio, the settee. The twisted dark wood, heart-shaped, green behemoth, that I have been hauling around for twenty years is my pride and joy. I can’t part with him, Polio, and I can’t decide what fabric to upholster this guy in and rightly so as he has moved through my many design phases, not limited to but including, the peach phase and the jewel tone phase and the burlap phase and several off the wall whims involving velvet, damask, flocked dot voile and denim. Polio has real horse hair and goose feathers in the cushion. He’s old and smelly and named by my sons who swear they will contract polio if they have to move him one more time. Here he is — Polio the Settee!
Polio is an example of the”Collection” disease of being an antique dealer. It’s like a fever that makes you slow down and feel bad, but you keep going outside in bare feet in the dead of winter expecting not to get sick. You just keep collecting, sometimes keeping, and; hopefully, mainly selling your wonderful finds. In other words, the garage will never be free again. By the way, these are pictures of my garage and in no way does polio come inside the house. Just thought I would say that in case you are looking at the floor. Wow, look at that snake head pattern on the floor which brings me to the fact that I buy things that are nasty and have to be cleaned like this original Samsonite cosmetic case or in this case an apothecary case because it belonged to a local Brenham man who was in sales. His name is still on the tag.
Old things that survive generally need repair as in the case of these cained seat oak dining chairs. These things usually sit until I can come up with a plan and then I repair and paint, get them tagged and to Hermann’s Antique Mall.
These are scatter frames in front of the old windows I have been
hoarding collecting. To the frames, I add wire and clothes pins for bulletin boards or sometimes just tag them so they can be purchased for a collage on someone’s walls. Old windows mean total procrastination for me. I have good intentions, but they are usually grimy so I keep putting those to the back of the pile.
So you want to be an antique dealer? Here’s my advice:
1. You have to love it because it is work. Good old-fashioned lifting, scrubbing, painting and all sorts of other things.
2. Don’t care about the money. Money will come if you’re not worried about it.
3. You win some and you lose some. This applies to buying and selling. Enjoy the hunt.
4. There are good people and bad people. Greed and the Green Monster always rear their ugly heads.
5. Do your research but don’t expect to find all your answers on-line. You have to go and look at other dealer’s prices.
6. Don’t be in the storage business in your store. Mark things down and move it. Yes, you can always get more for it, but when?
7. Do have a place at home to store things and not in your house so that you won’t become a hoarder!
8. Love the people.
9. Forgive the nuts.
10. Give some things away to charity or friends. It always comes back two-fold.
This was just the not so glamorous side. Stay tuned for some fabulous finds and the details about them. Here goes the Disclaimer: I am not an expert, but I don’t think just making my rent is acceptable.
Have I ever mentioned that I have an antique booth at Hermann’s in downtown Brenham? There is a section of the store to the right that houses antique vendors of all kinds. My booth is way in the back in the old meat market section where you can still see the meat hooks hanging from the tin tile ceiling. The history of Hermann’s is so interesting. You have to come see the place. It’s huge. Well, back to antiquities and such, here is a sampling of what I have crammed in my space.
Keyed Round Front Solid Oak Lighted Curio, Drexel Heritage Chair Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Distressed, White Furniture Company of the Carolinas Accent Table Painted with Annie Sloan. And, many many accessories..
Bright Sunshine Yellow Formica Table from around the late 40’s early 50’s. This one is rare in that it has it’s original leaf and accompanied by four Sears and Roebuck Oak Catalog Chairs from the 30’s painted black with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and distressed. Two tiered black accent table painted in chalk paint. There’s a 1920’s ice bucket and several ice cold beverage pitchers. The lobster platter hails from the paper machiere era and compliments the wooden serving accessories. There are six snack plates with pineapple serving bowls and a few platters. These would be great pool side or porch.
I have tons of linens made by my grandmother that have been embroidered and crocheted. Table cloths, round and square, dish towels, pillow cases and even towels are there. Next to the linens is an old iron bistro table and double shutter in red.
…A better glimpse at the bistro set.
An 1800’s armoire, with dove tail drawers on the left and cedar lined hanging clothes area on the right, still has it’s very own skeleton key. The chairs are cained and painted with white chalk paint.
Come visit The Irish Lady at Hermann’s Antique Mall, Downtown Brenham, Texas.