Saturday, September 23, 2017

It's Time To Bring the Riot of Fall Color Home

It has finally arrived!  The cooler days and elegant colors of fall.  Some are breathing a sigh of relief to get away from the blistering heat of this past summer.  The vendors of South End Antique Mall are celebrating the change by bringing the fall colors into their spaces.  Take time to come and browse the offerings these colors bring.  Let us help you bring a touch of this striking seasonal color into your home.  You may even get a “peek “ of Halloween if you look close!

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Elegance of Wood

This fall we have changed the entry to South End Antique Mall to showcase the elegance of wood furniture!  Fine wood pieces made of Mahogany, oak and cherry are on display.   Victorian style and Mission style are just a few examples.  This is for those purists out there who prefer their furniture with classic wood finishes.  We have a great selection both in the entry and throughout the mall.  You will also find a wonderful selection of accent pieces such as art for the walls or beautiful porcelain pieces for the table top.  Take time to stop by and enjoy the changing season at South End Antique Mall!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Pleasures of Pyrex!!

Pyrex is now over 100 years old (as of 2015) and still going strong!  If you look in the back of a cupboard, you may find a piece that was handed down from your grandmother to your mother to you!  The patterns are timeless and the usefulness of these pieces just does not die.  If you still have some in your cupboards, then treasure them and treat them well!  The graphics on the older pieces are not “dishwasher” friendly.  The patterns will fade and get cloudy.  Never put cold liquid in a hot dish or a hot dish on a cold surface.  They could shatter.  Be careful of chips on the edges if you stack them.  They make great colorful displays in an old pie cupboard or hutch!  We have several options available at South End Antique Mall.  The inventory of Pyrex changes all the time so, if you are a collector, stay on top of it and visit often!  This Saturday is the Aurora Colony Days celebration!  There are a ton of activities planned which includes an outdoor antique fair.  South End Antique Mall opens our parking lot and adjoining field for additional vendor space so we do a great job of filling it up!  Everything inside and outside the store is 10% off with many vendors offering even deeper discounts.  This is the last parking lot sale of the year and will be going on both Saturday and Sunday.  Don’t miss this one!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Spice Up Your Kitchen!

One of the fastest and cheapest ways to add color to your kitchen is with vintage tins!  Vintage spice tins are the perfect thing to add just a little pop of color.  Prior to 1869, these little containers had paper labels.  Thanks to the lithograph process, we are the benefactors of having these colorful little gems last for years!  Today, most spice companies are using glass bottles or plastic containers so the tin container is on its way out.  Most of the spice companies I find tins for easily are McCormick, Durkee, Schilling, Ben Hur and Crescent.  There are those that are much rarer, but the easily found brands will be the most economical for you.  Specialize in a color or a brand for a larger colorful display!  I love the old Crescent cans because of their beautiful shade of blue!  Display them piled in an old crockery bowl or just lined up on a shelf or the windowsill.  You can even change them out for seasonal color!  Get creative on a budget!  Be sure to mark your calendars now for August 12th & 13th!  This is the last parking lot sale of the year for us. On the 12th, the city of Aurora is celebrating their Aurora Colony Days where the streets of the downtown area are lined with vendors sharing their vintage and antique treasures with you. There is also a parade, a 1k-5k run/walk, an art show, etc.   Don’t stop at the downtown area without coming a little farther down the road to South End Antique Mall where we spill out into our parking lot on both the 12th & 13th. A big shopping weekend not to be missed!
I love how the tins look sitting in a vintage enamel soap dish mounted on the wall

Stack a few tins in an old pottery bowl

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!