Let’s Go Antiquing!

It’s time, time to go antiquing! Grab your water bottle, and your bag, and let’s go! We’re headed off to the Marietta Antique Mall for this antiquing excursion!

Trunk Coffee Table: $250. In the first booth I entered, I came across this really cute coffee table designed to look like a suitcase or trunk. It would be so cute almost anywhere but I could really see it in a vacation home or a lake house.


The Prodigal: $189. I’ve really started noticing art pieces now when I’m out shopping.  This doggie print was adorable. It’s called “The Prodigal.”


English Oak Tudor Style Table: $445. Beautiful table—love the pedestal base.


Here’s a view of the top. Looks to be in great condition for its age.


Back in the day, talking like 20+ years ago, I was obsessed with collecting a tea caddy. They were all super expensive back then–when you could find them. There was one antique shop about 20 minutes away that always had a bunch in one of the booths and I would always check that booth out in hopes of finding one in my budget. Unfortunately, the caddies were always way more than I could afford to spend. It took several years but I did eventually find one in my budget, can’t remember where I found it now. You can see it there on the coffee table in this photo. One of my grandsons was fascinated by it during their last visit here.

Lamp for a Paneled Living Room


English Tea Caddy with Shell Inlay: $295. After all those years of wanting a tea caddy before I was finally able to find one in my budget, they still catch my eye when I come across them. This one was really beautiful with a pretty inlaid shell design on the top and the price was pretty reasonable, especially compared to what I was seeing many years ago.


Here’s how the interior looked.


Table with 2 Leaves: Was $275, now $135. What a great price for this table!


The table was set with this C.H. Haviland Limoges dinnerware dating back to 1900-1941.


Here’s what the set includes for $275.


This green table with palm-leaf chairs would be great on a small screened porch.


Not sure how much it was, I didn’t notice a tag.


Love this china pattern!


It’s Spode and I think the pattern is Silk Roses. I believe it was $72 for 6 luncheon plates–if I’m reading the ticket correctly.


Blue Willow Wine Glasses: Have you ever seen Blue Willow wine glasses? I never even knew these existed.


I barely resisted bringing these home! I forgot to get the price on those.


Beaded milkglass. I didn’t get the prices on each piece but the lidded candy dish on the left was $24.


18-pc Staffordshire Old Britain Castles: $65.


Painted Shelf with chicken-wire back and sides: $275. I loved the design of this piece…the way the shelves became deeper going from the top to the bottom.


Williamsport Furniture Co. Edwardian Gentleman’s Valet Dresser 1890-1910: $1200. This Gentleman’s Valet Dresser was so interesting! Notice all the different wood designs on the doors and panels! I can’t imagine how much work went into making this piece! Did you notice the mirror on the part that lifts up? I can see how this would have been such a functional piece back in the day. I can just imagine a gentleman standing in front of the mirror tying his tie or arranging his hat just so.


Antique Console with ornamental Trim (2 pcs, married) Was $725, Now $600. Another really unique piece…that’s what I love about antiquing. You never know what you will discover!


1800’s Oak Carved Vaisselier, France: $2,400. This piece really catches your eye with the contrast of the white dinnerware against the darker wood.



This sideboard was already sold.


China Cabinet: $260. Great price for this china cabinet/bookcase.


Didn’t see a price on this secretary. It really looks like a piece that would have been used on a daily basis to handle business back in the day.


Bag Made from Candy Wrappers: This cracked me up…do you remember making bracelets and belts with candy wrappers? Just imagine how long this must have taken to make…and how many candy bars had to be eaten!


I always get nostalgic when I see old books like this. When I was growing up, I had one Happy Hollister Book–can’t remember the name of it now. Seems like it had hand drawings in the very back of the book showing how to “sign” the alphabet. A friend and I tried to learn each letter so we could sign each other messages in class without getting in trouble for talking. lol


Did you read any of these growing up?


I went a bit crazy taking photos inside the “lamp” booth. I took so many photos, I’m going to share those in another post or this post would be way too long. David, the owner of Flourish Antiques, designs and builds lamps from the ground up, and he had his booth stocked up really well! I always love seeing what new lamps he has designed and built. Looking forward to sharing those in an upcoming post real soon!

Beautiful Custom Designed Table Lamps


Did you see anything that would have come home with you on this trip? There were several items that tempted me including two botanical prints and a small chest, but I managed to resist. Barely!

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  1. Joyce B Smallwood says

    I would love to accompany you on your antiquing trips. I love them! It’s about all I have in my house anymore. I got rid of newer things slowly as I could afford the antique ones. Several years ago antique pieces were really expensive, but prices have dropped in recent years.

    • I know, it’s shocking…the contrast between the way furniture used to be made and how so much of it is made today. As you mentioned, prices are definitely better now.

  2. Susan I love when you take us on your antiquing trips. I get to see your picks and the tea caddy was beautiful.This antique center looked like a very upscale center with beautiful items!

  3. franki parde says

    Oh, for the love of money…this was sooo fun…and frustrating…”I want, I could find a place, I remember this so well…yes. I do need”… What treasures!! AND, I was one of those “tea caddy” groupies!!! Luv’d!! franki

  4. Maureen E. says

    Did you happen to notice the brand and price of the teapot on the far right, top shelf, of the shelf unit with chicken-wire sides? From your photo, it looks as if it has a fruit pattern rather than a flower pattern, and I love fruit patterns on china. Obviously, I won’t be getting to Marietta to see it in person, but I would love to know the details to try to look it up.


    BTW, I lived in Marietta over 30 years ago, but I had small children and no car at the time. I never even knew there was an antique mall there, let alone visited it!


    • Lisa Kelly says

      I believe the pattern is by Royal Albert and is the Convent Gardens Fruit Series.

      • Maureen E. says

        Thank you, Lisa! It’s actually “Covent Gardens,” not “Convent Gardens,” but I never would have found it without your help. It’s a gorgeous pattern–one I’ve never seen before.

        Susan, if you go back to the Marietta Antique Mall anytime soon and the tea pot is still there, will you find out whether it’s in excellent condition and what they’re asking for it? I’m curious now.

    • Maureen, I just zoomed in on my original photo that hadn’t been reduced in size and the label says, Vintage Royal Albert, Covent Garden teapot England: $48.95 .
      I just noticed that same teapot at Replacements dot com online is $159.95!

      Here’s the website for the Marietta Antique Mall if you want to call them. https://www.antiquetrail.com/pages/marietta-antique-mall/
      Their phone number is toward the bottom of the home page.
      Maybe they could take some additional photos and email them to you, or share the condition over the phone. I’m not sure if they ship, but who knows, they may.

      • Maureen E. says

        Thanks so much, Susan! I think I will give them a call. I’m not a tea pot collector and wasn’t shopping for one, but I have a fruit theme in my house and may like to consider it.

  5. Maureen E. says

    P.S. If you have any Blue Willow dinnerware, I would go back and get those wine glasses. They are really unique!

    If you don’t, buy some of the dinnerware AND the glasses. They would make a beautiful tablescape.


  6. Antoinette says

    Susan, thanks for the interesting tour and the bag made of candy wrappers was too funny! And yes, I do remember making bracelets and belts from candy wrappers, it seems like a lifetime ago!

  7. Another fun field trip! So…would love to see photos of the botanical prints that tempted you.

  8. Susan, that luggage coffee table is so cute and quirky! And in that same picture, I love that trestle table. I have a thing for trestle tables, apparently. I even love the painting that was on top of it, with the ship and church. And that large dining table for $135? Wow. I love the teapots on that chicken wire shelf, and that antique console with ornamental trim is so unusual. It would be a great place to display a small collection. I used to make bracelets out of gum wrappers, 😀 but I’m not familiar with the Hollisters at all. Fun trip, as always. It’s sad that there are so many beautiful antiques available and the younger generations seem to have no interest. Everything is boring grey and utilitarian looking. Oh well. Everybody has to do what they like. Thanks, Susan. I’m half surprised you didn’t walk out with those Blue Willow wine glasses. I never knew they existed, either.

    • And the young people are buying antiques and painting them! My friend and I went antiquing Tuesday and went into a Vintage & Antiques Mall and I was shocked at how many really nice pieces were painted white! It saddens me to see good cherry pieces painted.

    • I know, it was hard to walk out without them. I would need another storage cabinet if I do buy anymore glassware. 🙂

  9. SharonFromMichigan says

    Can’t beat the quality of antiques – nothing seems to be made as sturdy and beautiful as the old wood furniture. I have many pieces of furniture that I would categorize as “well worn” (or beaten up). They bring a smile to my face & sometimes I wonder how many other families have eaten their meals at my table or what kind of teapots and such were stored in the china hutch I have. I’m now into buying the really damaged quilts & repurposing them as shopping bags. Love the old stuff! 🙂

    • I agree! I do the same thing, wonder about the history. I wish sometimes we could know more about the people who owned furniture before it became ours. What a great idea for the quilts, Sharon…love that!

  10. Linda Page Gurganus says

    I love “The Prodigal “ picture! I loved that antique mall when you and I went!

    • Next time you’re here, we can visit this one. Some of The Classy Flea antique dealers went to this mall, although I was told several of them retired with Classy Flea closed.

  11. I used to enjoy browsing in the Marietta Antique Mall when my brother lived in Marietta. (He moved to Florida and I don’t get to spend much time in Marietta these days.) Seeing the “Eight Cousins” book brings back sweet memories, I read it, along with many other Alcott books, in my childhood. I still have those books, my mother’s copies, and I hope my granddaughter will read them soon.

    • I never got to read any of the Alcott books. I’m always tempted to buy one to read it, but I guess I’m too old now to probably enjoy them. I was obsessed with Nancy Drew books growing up.

  12. Sherry B says

    Susan what a great post. You always find the most beautiful and interesting things on these shopping trips. The artwork is so pretty, I am always taken in by the frames that would be impossible to find now. I have replaced artwork in existing frames and mats with good results. The dining table for $175! Incredible. A Grand-Millenial stylist will grab that. I always find milk glass to add to my mothers collection. Her theory was one is good, two is better and three is a collection, and the you are off to the races!

    • There was one painting, I think it was probably a Giclee…but not sure, that had an amazing frame! I almost wanted to buy it just for the frame!
      lol That’s so true…3 is def a nice start to a collection!

  13. Margo Kuhn says

    I love your antique trips. Makes me want to come back there just to go antiquing. I loved the French China cabinet and so many of the china place settings. The C.H. Field Haviland Limoges, I probably would not be able to resist. But I would be tempted by so many. The problem is storing them.

  14. Tina W Reynolds says

    I love the antiquing trips! I was swooning over so many items! Under that Tudor style table there was a tray that I would have brought home with me and probably about ten other things! Antiquing in the South is so much better than where I live. I love older things and we just seem to be more comfortable living with older things. That’s good because we live with 99% old, inherited items! The quality was there in those days and that makes things last and last.

    • The Northeast is really the place to buy really nice antique pieces I think. I’m not as fancy as the pieces Susan posted although they were very nice looking pieces.

      • Yes, they do have beautiful historical pieces in the antique shops further north…and the prices do reflect that. I would get in trouble quickly! lol

  15. Tina W Reynolds says

    Oh, as a “p.s.” to my other comment, I also wanted a tea caddy and adored mahogany knife boxes, too. I never did get either one, but I still admire them. Now I must pare down a bit and think of what might be saleable. I have a grandson heading to college and being able to help with that is most important. I loved seeing The Happy Hollister’s book. I have 4 or 5 of those from my childhood days and loved those cozy family stories. Now, I wonder if I might sell those. Ahhh, yard sale dreams!

    • So exciting, college! It’s scary to think my oldest grandson will go to college in about 10 years…it’s going by quickly!

  16. Sabrina Holmes says

    I loved reading all the Happy Hollisters growing up.

  17. I wonder what the price( in the first picture) of the sea shell and the sea shell holder was… Really liked that. thanks for sharing.. Always like to compare prices down south to what prices are up here in Illinois.. Thanks again. rls

    • I’m not sure but this is their phone number if you want to call and check: 770-973-5600. I’m not sure if they ship things, but they may.

  18. Seeing all that milk glass took me back to my childhood. My mom had some and many of my parents’ friends houses had several of the pieces shown.

    • It’s so pretty! I’m surprised it’s not a huge hit/collector’s item with the younger generation since it’s all white. Seems like it would really appeal since white interiors are so popular now.

  19. Kathleen says

    What a fun trip. I didn’t know about the Blue Willow glassware. It is pretty. I love the old furniture with detailed carving as it reminds me of both of my grandmothers.

  20. I love antiquing ‘with you’. So many gorgeous pieces of furniture this time. And the tea caddy is scrumptious!

  21. I’m afraid I only echo what everyone else says. I love it when you take us antiquing. You find such great things!

  22. Wonderful antiquing trip, Loved watching.

  23. Elena M. says

    I’m on the “find for me” list at Replacements for the blue Old Britain Castles teacups and saucers, believe it or not, the saucers are out of stock. And the 18 pieces you show is $65.00!! Wow, I would have had a heart attack if I saw that! In my area there are no antique malls like that, which is perhaps a good thing, it’s better if I can just enjoy your trips and finds…

    • Elena, they had quite a few cups and saucers, I think. They ended up getting cut out of the photo when I cropped it to get closer to the plate to show the pattern. You may want to call them and ask about that set. I bet they would ship them to you.

  24. {{Sigh}} Those furniture prices are so incredibly affordable compared to what’s out there (not to mention if even available) right now. I like the Prodigal and the tea caddy. Those lamps sure look interesting too! Thanks for the virtual trip, it’s always fun!

  25. Nancy Brantley says

    Thanks for taking us on virtual antique shopping! Prices for solid wood furniture now in my area of North Carolina is so cheap compared to just a few years ago??? I love quality antiques over big box furniture. I saw today a gorgeous carved China cabinet for $100 at Habitat ReStore. Too bad I have nowhere to put in my house.

  26. Loved this antiquing trip, Susan! You spotted some beauties! Looking forward to your upcoming lamp post.

  27. Thanks for the virtual shopping trip! That lamp booth looks really interesting. There were several things I’d love to have, including that Tudor style table and tea caddy. My husband and I bought a tea caddy on our honeymoon and it’s still one of our favorite things. We even keep used (dry!) tea leaves inside – it gives it a nice scent. 🙂
    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    • Oh, I love that idea! I should do that with some tea I purchased recently. I thought I’d drink it but never seen to get around to doing that since I only like iced tea…but it’s the most beautiful tea with flowers and little buds all mixed in. That would be pretty in my caddy. Thanks for the idea, Leah!

  28. Joanne Steele says

    Susan, that bluebird plate in the picture with the beaded milk glass….any idea who makes it? I would love to buy that if I knew how. And wasn’t it fascinating how the Lenox China matched the placemat perfectly.
    Lovely antiques,

    • Unfortunately, I do not know. I was caught up in the milk-glass, I didn’t notice it. Joanne, their phone number is here on their website. I bet if you call them and ask if you can text them the photo from this post…or just tell them how to find the post, they can see which plate you have in mind and can take a look at it for you. If I go back sometime soon and it’s still there, I’ll try to remember to look at it.
      What photo did you see the Lenox china in?
      So glad you enjoyed this post! ♥

  29. Gorgeous pieces for sure! I loved them all but what really caught my eye was the Happy Hollister’s book! I discovered how fun reading was with those books, a set was given to me and boy did it light a fire in me for reading. I would also get into big trouble as well as I wouldn’t hear my mother calling me when I was reading, so books were taken from me. I so wish I had that set today! Thanks for the trip down memory lane Susan! Hugs, Brenda

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