Saturday, November 14, 2009

A trip to the mercantile...

Today there was a comic book convention being held at the neighboring civic center. Since the hubs is into comics and has a nice little collection, that was definitely an event that he wanted to attend. Since I'm more into shabby chic, prim decor and hand made items, I had him drop me off at the Olde Salem Mercantile. It's a nice sized shop and I can easily spend an hour or so browsing. I took lots of pictures while I was there and thought I would share them with you.

Who doesn't like white painted, shabby chic furniture? I loved the way this display was arranged...

Not into that? How about a cabinet full of punched tin plates...

I love the look of worn wood. Even when it's faux finished, it still has such warm and appeal.

Since I love all things heart shaped (remember the heart giveaways?) I was immediately attracted to this display...

Hmmm, this certainly looks like a project that could be done at home. Most of us have extra fabrics, and cutting, sewing and stuffing three little hearts would be easy.

About five years ago, when I first started going to this shop, everything was either handmade prim or actual vintage finds. I haven't been for several years and was surprised to find lots of commercially made items for sale. The store is laid out like an antique mall, with individual vendors. There are some children's items, and a few pet items, but mostly it is still furniture that has been refurbished and lots of knick knacks to place throughout the home.

I'm much more partial to the handmade things. Like this framed item. I'm not sure what this type of art is called, but I really like the look of it. It seems to be comprised of some homespun fabric shapes, the pocket from a favorite pair of jeans and some dried flowers.

The background is a repurposed chenille bedspread and it has a coffee stained tag with a sweet sentiment lettered on. This picture really doesn't do it justice.

There were some primitive style dolls

and several types of Santas

and while these are fun to look at in person, the quality and originality doesn't compare to the art that my friend Peanut creates.

There were houses...

and bird houses and bird's nests,

so many bird related things that I kept thinking that I actually heard birds chirping.

Silly me, I did...
As you can see, tucked behind a book on songbirds, there was a little cd player, with the sweetest chirping bird songs playing. Quite a nice touch.

I still have several more photos to size before I can post them, but I just wanted you to have a sneak peak at what I did today.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a sweet way to display a baby shoe, I'll leave you with this...

Hope you liked my little stroll through the mercantile, I'll have several more shots to post next week, but until then have a great weekend.


Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Susan here I am in your blog, before getting on with my own.You are so interesting , that I stay here to look and read, and then dont have time to get on my own!!
One of my D's is a Shabby chic fan and it is nice to go to her place to see all her lovely things.
I have another friend that I am going to see today and you cant move in her house for all the pretty things she has Shabby chic.
I do like it too by the way but also like modern and up to date.
Your stroll thru the Merc was great, and you seem like me, I am a shopper wanderer, so I know where to go next time for what I want Thats my excuse anyway. I have friends who get in and get out for what they want so I dont like shopping with them. I think you and I would do ok if we went shopping together. Thanks for the Stroll.

Kristen said...

I love shops like this! I love everything that you showed here in your pictures! I have a collection of old spools, and lots of little antique things. I could have spent all day here! There are always so many neat things to gather.
My parents want to sell their house and they are trying to unload lots of wonderful goodies and antiques.

Old teapots, one a copper one from Finland (where my grandpa came from). Another teapot that is about 100 years old. I got a stack of name cards from my other grandpas graduation... I would love to get my mother's ration stamps from the depression... I am working on those. Wow, it is so fun to get these treasures, and to know the stories that pair up with the items is a huge bonus. Thank you for the travel shots! I love being a armchair traveler! See you later, Susan!!!

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Thanks for sharing! I love shabby chic and love homemade items such as what you shared. That framed piece is sweet.

Tricia said...

the pics were so nice susan. i really like that store. i haven't been in a while though livi is right down the road at dance quite a bit. we were there today actually! :) the fabric hearts inspired me the most. thank you!

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Hi Susan, Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! So nice to meet you~ I'd be in big trouble in your mercantile! Everything in it looks like things I'd want to take home (much to my husband's chagrin) ... and can you believe that its already time for the shops to decorate for Christmas?! I love that star w/ jean pocket, and the darling baby shoe! There are so many creative people out there! Handmade beats them all, hands-down! (: Vicki

Nezzy said...

I love spending time in little shops like this. Ya can look and look and every time you see something else. I could own those little tied hearts. Sweet!

Have a wonderful day and may God bless you, Susan!!!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Ooooh, more photos??!! These are wonderful! I do love shabby chic too. What a great place that is!
Thanks for the kudos, you're a sweetheart! ♥