Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saving Vintage Linen Treasures

Have you been fortunate enough to inherit vintage linens?  Those beautiful printed tablecloths, hand stitched table cloths and napkin sets.  If you have some, you are truly fortunate!  So now, what do you do to care for them?  Most of them cannot be handled in the same way you take care of contemporary linens.  You can’t just throw them in the washing machine and dryer without risking damage to the vintage fibers.  If they have been stored in a cedar chest or dresser drawer, you have probably inherited the storage stains to go with them! Don’t panic!  A hot water and Oxyclean soak overnight will most likely take care of these.   Avoid using a dryer if at all possible; line drying is the safest method.  If you are not going to use them immediately, do not iron them.  Make sure they are thoroughly dry and wrap them in a clean cotton sheet or tuck into a cotton pillowcase for storage.  NEVER store in plastic or in any container where they are touching wood. When you are ready to use them, press with a hot dry iron.  You can starch them if you want that crisp look, just don’t iron, starch and store all in one process.  Bugs love the taste of starch!  The one exception that I have found is the old 100% cotton pillowcases.  They seem to be sturdy enough to stand up to our washers and dryers.  Take time to research the care and cleaning of your special linens; they are so worth the effort. The most important thing you can do for them is take them out and use them!  Enjoy those bright retro colors and patterns!
These crisp linen tablecloths add great color to a luncheon table

This sweet tea cloth combines applique and hand embroidery for a cute design!

Sweet clusters of flowers with a tiny hand crocheted trim add class to this simple linen fabric

Friday, June 16, 2017

Time For A "Man Cave" Redo!!

OK, so Father’s Day is looming this weekend!  You have just enough time for a quick “Man Cave” redo!  Come check out the special things we have at South End Antique Mall for lots of great ideas.  Talk to the staff at the desk and they will point you in the right direction and give you some great ideas. Hand crafted, vintage, collectible and just plain neat decor pieces are waiting for                                                                        you!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Just Keeping It Interesting!!

We are changing things up again!  Take some time to come and visit our newest vendors.  This husband and wife team are chock full of creativity!  They come to us with loads of experience as antique and vintage vendors.  They are veterans of “Roundtop” and “Canton First Monday” events.  They also use their creative skills to fashion wall art from old boards and scrap metal.   Be sure to stop by and look for Vendor# 1256 located in the loft area! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Thank You For Sharing Our Birthday!!!

A big THANK YOU to all of you who joined us for our anniversary celebration!  It was a wonderful weekend.  Mother Nature gave us wonderful sunny weather to enjoy.  The vendors did a great job of bringing out new and terrific treasures!  If you missed that sale, our next parking lot sale will be the weekend of August 12th and 13th in conjunction with Aurora Colony Days.  Mark your calendars now!  Our staff has been busy transforming the entryway for summer.  Take time to stop by and check out our “red, white and blue” décor!

Friday, May 26, 2017

And Now The Madness Begins..........

This is the weekend!!  This is our anniversary sale weekend and we have been working hard all week to bring in new and unusual merchandise just for this.  Lots of vendor tents have been set up in the field next to the mall and they are packed with treasures!  We have both new and returning vendors so the selection will be terrific!  Everything inside and outside the store is 10% off with many vendors offering even deeper discounts.  The sale runs Saturday through Monday so there is lots of time to come out to Aurora and enjoy the sunshine and great deals!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Happy Birthday To Us!!!

Well, it is getting closer!! Memorial Day weekend marks the 13th anniversary of South End Antique Mall!  We always mark this occasion with a “bang up” parking lot sale.  If you have never been to one of these, you have to start this year!  The entire store is at least 10% off all merchandise with some vendors giving even deeper discounts.  We not only have what is inside the store, but we open up the parking lot and the field next to the store for vendors to put up tents and display the treasures they have been gathering for months. You will find everything from fine antiques and garden décor to ”rusty crusty” treasures.  The merchandise is already beginning to arrive and it looks like it will be another great sale weekend.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for May 27th, 28th , and 29th.   Make your way out to Aurora and help us celebrate our birthday!