Monday, May 18, 2009

New Chic Displays and "Any Vintage Hat experts out there?"

Every time we sell a big piece of furniture or big mirror or piece of art, Michele Jones takes hours to rework and re merchandise all the the displays in the shop. We call it "Fluff & Shine". Here are some of her newest displays, a couple of darling pieces of new furniture in, and some interesting hats that we need help with......

Some fabulous iron, I may have to grab one of these for myself.....

If you or your daughter want complete Hollywood star treatment, how about this white and gold vanity and dresser....



Love this cow tag necklace / belt! There is also a necklace made from a vintage clock hand with rhinestones, and an antique optical lens fused with french stamps.






All of the handmade angel wings are gone now, but I am hoping to be able to make more before our June 27th Sale...


We have two wonderful black display cabinets, one is small, and one is about 4 feet tall....Here is our millinery dilemma. If anyone knows any information about these hats, please share it with us. We have two of these interesting beaded and tucked hats. Are they just a Sunday Go To Church hat or do they have some cultural significance?This one really has us stumped. Is it military? Sunday? Mason? We are not really even sure which is the front and which is the back? Come on, you experts out there, show us what you've got!
Be sure to mark you calendars for Saturday, June 27th, for our "French Market" Sale.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Red Shed Paris Tour Day 6 ** Amazing Paris

Paris is just so vast and amazing that it is easy to have fabulous discoveries right outside your door, that you might not even know about. Today we took a tour in the Latin Quarter guided by Ex-Pat, Richard Nahem, who owns Eye Prefer Paris Tours. and Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes.
Richard promote "the Paris that Tourists never see", and he certainly did not disappoint.
We entered a small gate, right in the middle of a residential district and descended a lovely stair case, that ensconced this beautiful headless statue.

What looked like a garden, opened up into a Roman stone Colosseum! At one time this Colosseum held up to 15000 people. Over the years, parts of it were dismantled and used for wall fences around Paris....But even the gates that they kept the Lions behind remain!
If that wasn't a big enough shock to find in the middle of Paris, our next stop was at a beautiful Mosque...
We were not able to take photos of the indoor prayer rooms, but these enclosed gardens were just fabulous!
A few more steps filled with lovely architecture, window boxes filled with flowers and amazing ornamental iron.........and our next stop was the lovely botanical gardens, conservatory, and zoology museums. 69 acres right in the middle of the Latin Quarter!

These were glass conservatories with an opalescent glow.
As our walk continued, around every corner, the smallest detail would tickle us!
We ended our walk in a lovely park, and a view of the Pantheon.
The afternoon was for free time, and it was well spent! Kim, Jana, and Joy went with Jodie to score some beautiful new luggage and purses....


After everyone was rested up and cleaned up we headed to our deluxe farewell dinner cruise aboard Bateaux Parisian...........
Of course, we had the best table in the house. We were again serenaded........
We relaxed and enjoyed the gorgeous scenery....
And danced the night away..........
We arrived back at port, directly under a sparkling Eiffel Tower. The perfect ending to a perfect day and a wonderful trip. Click to see it sparkle!

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