Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pretty In Pink!!

We have so many talented vendors here at South End Antique Mall!  This new space is a great example of creative shopping and staging!  This space features “Pink” all the way through.  This room is chock full of beautiful pieces that have classic design and were specially selected for the pink theme of the room.  If you love cottage theme d├ęcor or just plain “pink”, stop by and check this one out!  Just make sure you don’t stop at this room alone but check out the rest of the store as well.  Cottage, mid-century, shabby, BOHO, antique, you name it; we have lots of examples to choose from!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Living Life In The Good Old Days!

Were the “good old days” that good??  Some of us have been challenged this last week with the loss of electricity and the ability to get to our favorite market for supplies.  In the “good old days”, this was normal daily life.  The center of the house was a huge iron stove with beautiful chrome trim.  You used it as a cook surface, an oven and a heater for the home.   I have used one of these and am here to tell you, it takes talent!  You wasted nothing but used old fabric scraps and worn out clothing to make quilts and rag rugs for the floor.  You only got the butter after you milked the cow and churned the cream.   The food you stored to get you through the winter was put up in glass jars and crocks.  No grocery store on the corner!  I am sure there are many things about the “good old days” that were truly good.  No distraction from electronics allowing more face time maybe??  Those great old things that kept our ancestors warm and fed are still available to us to use as decorations or to learn to use again!  Who does not like the idea of fresh butter or a crock of homemade sauerkraut!  The winter weather threw us for a loop this last weekend and we closed the store for the safety of our customers, vendors and employees.  Things should be back to normal on Monday so come on in and see what you missed from the “good old days”!

This beast has a handle that attached and was used to iron clothing (after heating it on the wood stove)

This was an "agitator" for washing your laundry

I know some of you have used these!  This is a hand crank butter churn and would still make wonderful butter today!

No "non-stick" surface cookware!  Just very serviceable enamelware that is still useful today.

It is not a bad idea to have a few of these oil lamps around today.  Great when you lose electricity!

Those old rag rugs make beautiful additions to your home today.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Time To Spiff Up Your "Cave"

The last decoration is put away and you finally have time to look at projects you have had on “mothballs”!  Maybe some of those new Christmas gifts have inspired you to do some redecorating.  You hear a lot about “Man Caves” these days.  Picking a theme and doing a room in that theme gives it your own special touch.   We have a great selection of items just for your new “cave” whether it is a “woman cave” or a “man cave”!  Vintage signs, framed game boards, hunting and fishing themed items, etc.  Come take a stroll through the mall and see what you can find!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Destination Shopping in 2017!!

It has been a busy and enjoyable year here at South End Antique Mall.  We have loved meeting and visiting with each of you and getting involved in your antique shopping needs!  We have 25+ vendors that enjoy nothing more than filling their spaces with interesting and unusual finds.  If you have shopped with us before, we look forward to seeing you again in the coming year.  If you have never visited, take time to stop by and check it out our inventory of antiques, upcycled, refinished, primitive and collectible treasures.  It's always changing!  The store layout is designed to assure you have a relaxing "meander" through the vendor spaces for a different kind of an antique mall shopping experience! Connie (our store manager), Theresa (store owner) and Fern (Theresa's mother) are usually there to offer you coffee and cookies.

(L to R) Connie, Theresa and Fern

Theresa is great at hunting
for and finding that next great
antique piece that adds interest
to your shopping adventure!           

Connie works hard to make sure your shopping experience is relaxed and fun!  In addition, she fills her space with her own terrific finds.  If you are looking for "Pink decor" (as well as other vintage treasures), come see Connie!  

Aurora is a "destination" all its own but if you come into town, make South End Antique Mall your first destination!  We promise you a unique antique mall shopping experience! 
Have a Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Saving The Best For Last! The Stockings!!

Are you staying warm??  It has been a trying week, both for the plunging temperatures and the ability to get around.  There is not much time left to finish your Christmas shopping!  I think those little things we put off to last are sometimes the hardest to find.  Stocking stuffers!  South End Antique Mall can help you with both the stockings and the “stuffing”.  We have a great selection of contemporary and vintage jewelry, figurines, stockings, and just plain cute stuff to put into those stockings.  We had a slight interruption in our regular hours this last week but we are back on track with regular hours this next week.  Be sure to stop by and have us help you finish everything up!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"Book" an Adventure With Classic Old Literary Titles

Winter has arrived!!  Chances are you have experienced your first light snowfall.  This is just a small taste of much more winter weather to come!  This sounds like a good excuse to curl up with a good book, a hot drink and a soft vintage quilt whenever possible!  I know so many of us these days use “E-Readers” in place of traditional books, but face it, there is nothing like the anticipation of opening the cover of a book and turning to the first page.  You know (or at least hope) there is a great story in there waiting for you. The cover graphics are terrific and a shelf full of classics makes a great decorative impact. Classic books are timeless and should be read over and over again!   Grab the coffee pot, your favorite old mug, a soft cuddly blanket and a great book (and a dog if you have one around!).  What are you waiting for? When you get a chance, check out the great selection of timeless books that can be found at South End Antique Mall.  Be prepared to get lost in an adventure!