Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Message From Our Fearless Leader

Dear Second Hand Rose Customers and Friends,

This letter is to announce that December 2010 will be the last sale for Second Hand Rose. This is a decision that has been in the making for some time. October marks our 15th year in business. It has been 15 years of adventure, experimentation, hard work, a lot of laughs, fun, and the interesting interaction of a very special group of co-workers. In the remaining months we will have some amazing sales. I am hoping that these last four sales will truly be a VERY GRAND FINALE!

Thank you to all of you, my loyal customers. I have so enjoyed the experience of getting to know all of you. Every one of you is responsible for the success of Second Hand Rose.

I plan on either selling the building or renting it out as of January 2011. My future holds new discoveries, relaxation, and a lot of good books! The time is just right. What better time to start a new chapter than 1/1/11! Life is good - change is good.

Yours in friendship,
Rosalie Darden
Second Hand Rose

Quote from HL Hunt - "Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work!" This is exactly what I am going to do.

Monday, August 30, 2010

My Favorite September Things!

Every month I have so many "favorites" in the shop - things I want for myself, things that inspire me, things that are so unique, things that are so clever - so I thought I would add some more photos of some more things - you'll see why!
I'm pretty sure this little guy needs a good home!!! I LOVE chalkware!!
I'm loving the beer bottles hung from the fish stringer!!! Sometimes they are the best catch of the day!!! How cool hanging in your cabin!

I love these light fixtures - and there are always tons of great fixtures at SHR!

Is this not the best lampshade ever!!!!!
Love these little dishes - they are no more than 4 - 6 inches long!

We all love old books - this trio casually displayed on a table makes you want to go check them out! Sometimes a great display makes the ordinary extraordinary!
So Rose got this great stone frame and then used old book pages and bird cutouts to make a great art piece!

Shelves of pretties!
There is nothing better than frames inside frames - when your frames are as great as these you don't need a thing inside them!
Baskets of any size, style, color and medium make the best storage and displays!
And another basket display!
Old tarnished silver is the best - who has time to clean their silver anyway?

Ladders make great frames - or magazine racks or towel racks or blanket/quilt racks or whatever you want them to be!
Another one of Rose's art pieces - framed leaves with cabin/fishing/camping cutouts!
These next 2 photos are some more Rose pieces. She took apart an old piano - and used the great wires inside! Add some beads and baubles and throw them in a vase!! Viola!!

I love this dresser and this paprika colored light fixture!
And another creamy dresser!
This is my favorite corner in my area!!
This basket in Cindy's area is to die for!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

September Sale Photos

Treasures are in every nook and cranny this sale!!!! Gotta come in anc check them all out!!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Repurpose and Recycle

We were at the State Fair yesterday and we happened by this booth!! Talk about recycling and repurposing!!! They had used a glass cutter to cut away enough of the back of the bottles to make them sit flat and then a half circle was cut into the bottom to rest the electrical unit on it. I thought it was a great idea and very simple if you have a glass cutter!!! What a great use for those beer bottles, soda bottles or whatever bottles you have!! You just never know where you will find inspiration!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

My Apologies to Rose


Altho Bonnie is known as our residence artist - Rose is also quite the artist and as a matter of fact did most of the mural herself with some pointers and assistance from Bonnie on how to do the best looking trees! My apologies to Rose - she's not the Grand Poobah for nothing!!!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Check out Bonnie's Mural!!

Mid-month and items are starting to come in to the shop! I was in there this morning to drop off a van load of treasures - and lo and behold - a mural awaited me on the back wall!! It is absolutely awesome - painted by our resident artist Bonnie with help from Rose and Barb. Rose and Barb tell me that Bonnie give them a Painting 101 course while doing this wall!! Rose will have the kayak hung from the ceiling and will be doing a whole kind of North Woods look there. I hope she leaves a lot of bare wall so you can admire this awesome painting!!

Here is the corner over the doorway into my area! Could almost be up on the North Shore don't you think??
As long as I was there I thought I would get a few shots of some interesting things that I noticed - like this great wire shelving unit! I think it would look great in my bathroom filled with fluffy towels!!

A corner in Barb's area - who as usual is more than halfway done before the rest of us even start!! She and Angela swapped areas this month - just to keep you all on your toes!! Barb has great warm fall tones in her area - oranges and golds and browns and greens - yummy!!

Saw this white piece in Cindy's area - it is gorgeous and that is actually a full size top shelving unit that sits up on it. It is just standing on the floor behind the bottom piece at the moment. Can't wait to see it together!!

In Barb's area of course - she is so darn clever!!

Love this bench in Barb's area - and the painting over it! Do you recognize the painting as the top of a vintage card table???? How cozy would this bench be in your entry way - or anywhere else in your house for that matter!!

Another shot in Barb's area - I could just move right in!!

Gotta love that drafting table right????

Sooooooooooooooo, whaddya think??? Some pretty cool stuff going on huh????? Can't wait to see how it all turns out! I'll keep you posted - same SHR station, same SHR time!!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Tour of Pat's House

Today Mike and I were fortunate enough to get a tour of Pat Carver's home in Delano. She was having her "GOOD JUNK" sale with some of her best junker pals including a few other dealers from SHR and quite a few from the Buffalo Nickel. Her sale runs all day Friday and Saturday til 3pm. It is also the Delano citywide garage sale weekend so if you get a chance head on over - we came home with our van FULL!!! Pat's place is right on Hwy 12 just west of Delano.

Pat is a true antique dealer and collector. She has been collecting for over 30 years and she loves Americana and textiles. Some of you might call her style country - but really it is a collection of true American antiques. When inside her home I felt like I was in a farmhouse on the East coast. Her pieces are absolutely awesome and her collection of quilts, coverlets and textiles is out of this world. I kept trying to think of a way to sneak a few into my purse but alas, no such luck.

Pat is also a gardener - and as that is also a passion of mine I was in heaven checking out her yard and gardens. They are gardens to dream about and drool over. So come on - let me show you what I discovered today...................

This is the English style garden in the front of her house. Yep, I want!!
And more of this garden.......

This is part of her back yard - lunch anyone???? What a great place to enjoy a glass of lemonade and a good book!

Coming from the side of her house out back

The outhouse!!!! Just a cute little shed - but notice the pathway? Who says you need to spend tons on lots of matching pavers? I love the look of this.
Inside Pat's house at the top of the stairs - Meet Pat's grandfather in his WWI uniform. What a handsome fella!
She also has some great old oils scattered around the house. I was particularly fond of this fella. And love the color on the walls!
This chest of drawers is in Pat's bedroom. I would have guessed it to be an antique - but guess what? This is a piece made by our very own Ted Thompson!!
I just love this chalkware figure. I collect chalkware horses - but have never seen this sheep piece before. I think he would look great with my horses but Pat seemed to be rather attached to him!!
She uses this great old harvest table for display. You will notice that Pat has boxes of every size, shape and color all over her house. A love for boxes seems to run in the Second Hand Rose family - it seems we all have lots of them! Look at the corner cupboard on the right side of the picture - Pat also has a collection of Bonnie's famous houses!
I love this centerpiece on her dining table. Do you that the "wood bowl" is actually the top from an old Victrola? And again - more boxes!!
This gorgeous hutch is in her dining room displaying her pewter collection. Mike was looking it over quite fiercely noticing the great hand forged square nails in it. We wondered how old it was? Not that old at all - another great piece made by Ted Thompson!!!! His attention to detail and authenticity is absolutely amazing!
I love this quilt draped over a settee. It is a wool patchwork quilt with the most amazing crewel work on it. It is very hard to come across a piece like this.
In one of her bedrooms - a great antique cupboard filled with her coverlet collection. I just love all of the color and pattern!

This sampler was one of the largest I have ever seen. It is dated 1929 but she has had it checked out and knows that it may have been finished in 1929 but is quite a few years older! I think it would take me about 50 years to do this!
This is one of my favorite pieces in her house. This is a sampler from the 1700's. The fine embroidery is incredible and it is all silk thread, done on silk with that great collection of lacework pieced in. Perhaps this young woman crocheted/tatted the lace too? If only this piece could talk!
A couple of Pat's trunks. I thought she had this great example of early American painting - and then she told me that SHE painted the box! Is there anything this woman can't do???????

Pat also painted this blanket chest! Don't you just love the colors on this? Pat is truly one very, very talented woman!
This wool patchwork quilt is draped over a bench in her entryway. The painstaking embroidery on it is absolutely gorgeous!! This is one of the pieces that I wanted most of all. I am such a sucker for vintage/antique textiles too!
Well, there you have Pat's home. Warm, welcoming, full of character, a touch of humor here and there - very much like Pat. We so enjoyed our tour Pat - thanks for letting us share your home today!!!