Thursday, February 25, 2010

After Christmas Shopping Trip - Part Two

Let's continue with what did turn out to be a very expensive trip.  Again, please realize that I was unable to take pictures of every place I visited because my camera ate my batteries.  That was remedied however.  I returned the camera (a Kodak) to Walmart and got a new one (a Cannon) which I love.  No more eaten batteries!

Okay, here we go.....

This shop is located right next to Tante Marie.  I love these birdcages, especially the one on the left.  However, this is an extremely expensive shop!

Another wonderful birdcage flanked by two pineapple bookends (?).

Wonderful enameled candlestick holder - well I THINK that's what it is.  Not sure, just know it's very pretty.  The owner was extremely nice in letting me take pictures.  Yes, I did buy something as a way of saying "Thank You".

Grand  old sofa.  Would not have been surprised if it was horsehair.  EEK.

I fell in love with so much in this shop!  The table would have looked great in my living room.

I purchased the smaller of the two bamboo encased knives you see at the bottom of the picture.  My husband sharpened it up good and I now use it as a letter opener.  Works great!

I was fairly drooling over these pieces, especially the old knive.  I think I need to open up a small antique shop when I retire (still got 14 years to go).  That way I would have a reason to purchase items like this!

Check out the tapestry on the wall.  Awesome.  The guy that owns this shop knows how to stage items.   That's extremely important and was evident throughout his small store.  Your eye was automatically drawn from one grouping to another.  I know it looks cluttered in my picture, but I’m just a horrible photographer.

Hard to see, but this is his sock monkey collection.  He says he has had a ton of people stop in and ask him to sell it, but no go. He walked outside with me and was telling me about it.  Nice guy.   Mentioned something about a new flea market/antique mall opening up in Breaux Bridge – though that’s at least an hour from me, I need to check into that!

Next stop, the Cotton Port Antique Mall.  This is where my camera died.

The Cotton Port is one of the more expensive stores in Antique Alley, but there are still deals to find.  I got several pieces of good china that were just were just lonesome pieces for 10 cents to 50 cents each.  I also found more old photos and CDVs along with some cool newsprint metal stamps!  Bought a bunch of keys (paid way too much for them) and some other odds and ends.  All in all, a pretty good day.  They are my first stop always and I always find old photographs and cabinet photos – course it helps that I’m there once a year!

Couldn't resist taking a picture of this somewhat creepy carving.   Kind of gives me the shivers to look at it.

I would have loved to have this little cabinet, but have no place to put it.  Well, I can use it as an idea for one of my dollhouses.  Since I have something like 8 that need decorating & I do know how to craft in miniature.

This was a beautiful set, but notice the price!  Oh well, I have enough china that I don’t use as it is.

I just like the colors on this urn.  Beautiful.

Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of my favorite store, ABC Collectibles.  Talk about having to dig!  Most of their merchandise is in huge bins along one wall.  But, you can get some really good finds for just a little money.  I make that my first stop from now on.

Here are a few of my finds.  After contorting myself to take these pictures, I realized it would NOT be a good idea to locate the rest (I hide things from myself) until I’m better.  Then, I can dig around, contorting as needed in my small work area (in a future post I’m showing my miniature workroom that I use inside the house) and find the other great items.  The sugar bowl on top (no lid) I think I paid a whopping 25 cents for!  It may have a nick or to, but I love it.  The keys are just a few of the ones I purchased.


These came from ABC Collectibles, as mentioned, my favorite!  Some keys,  pen nibs (not in the pic),


old playing cards


some wooden nickels,


and check out this wonderful tape!  I love the colors and stripes and the price was definitely right!  It’s a type of masking tape apparently used in the medical field.  If I’m wrong, someone please correct me.

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Well, that’s all for now.  As soon as I’m able, I plan on taking some pictures of items I have laying around the house that I’ve picked up at different places and just maybe I can get back into the swing of things soon.

Until Later………………….



  1. I would have gone nuts in all these places. I even love the wee mummy carving!

    Happy Friday!


  2. Beautiful photos. Have a nice day Radka.