Thursday, August 29, 2013

Aloha to Ellicott City (part 2) - Antiques Roadshow

Ellicott City is known for its antique shopping ... an innovative collector transformed a paint shop into "vintage chic". 

Royal Doulton is known for its "Toby" jugs ... above is Tom Pearce from the Widecombe Fair:

Tom Pearce, Tom Pearce, lend me your grey mare.
All along, down along, out along lea.
For I want for to go to Widecombe Fair,
With Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney,
Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon, Harry Hawke,
Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all,
Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all.

Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a quaint village nestled in Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England.  My grandmother hails from Devon and often treated me to picnics on Dartmoor.  We would walk down to Widecombe for an ice cream treat, singing the song.   Funny how a piece of pottery brings back a flood of childhood memories.

Another memory - Victorian "balloon back" chairs.   I have two from my grandmother's house that are currently in storage. Once our stuff in storage is delivered, my house will be eclectic mix with European furniture, Asian art, and Hawaiian lei.

This purple "holder" had a tag with the following suggestion:

For candles, cupcakes, and Ravens bobbleheads.

The Baltimore Ravens' primary color is purple, thus proving that football has even permeated antique shopping!

One shop occupies a four story historic home on Main Street.

I loved how the proprietor transformed the small rooms into creative showcases.   Do you like antique shopping/browsing?


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Perfect for a picnic in the Highlands ....


  1. I am not much into antiquing. I do look once in a while.

  2. Not really. They are too expensive. I am more into modern decorations anyways.

  3. It's always fun to browse. My house is also a mixture. We have furniture from Japan and Hawaii and various items from our travels and my husband's parents who lived in quite a few places while in the service. Some of my favorites are the different paintings.

  4. I enjoy antigue browsing. Normally, they are too expensive for me to purchase, but it's fun looking.

  5. I've never been antiquing, but I know I would enjoy it.

  6. I have not been antiquing. I had no real interest years ago, but now I think it would be fun.