French Sconces

French Sconces | Edith and Evelyn |

There’s a pair of french sconces in a popular catalog that I have swooned over for quite some time. But at almost $400 for a pair, they have stayed out of my (frugal) budget. Even when they’ve periodically been on … Continue reading

My Favorite Estate Sale

My Favorite Estate Sale | Edith & Evelyn |

We just returned from my favorite estate sale on the Gulf Coast. It’s a monthly estate sale, held the first weekend of every month in Mobile, Alabama. When we lived down there, I never missed a sale, but now that … Continue reading

A Swedish Mora Clock….Sort of…

I have a couple of obsessions…..well, maybe more than a couple. French chairs are one……can you really have too many? Antique European grain sacks… them all. Chandeliers……every room should have one {even the walk in closets!} And…..Swedish Mora clocks. I … Continue reading

A Little Vintage Treasure

Early last week, we decided to take a little trip down South to visit our three children in Alabama and Florida. And of course, it also provided an opportunity to stop at some of our favorite spots to search for … Continue reading

Easy Upholstery Project

Looking around our house recently, I realized that we don’t make very many “new” purchases.  The majority of our furniture and home decor is vintage, and much of it has been “renovated” in some way, either with new paint or … Continue reading

Old Books and Opera Glasses

Now that the renovation of the den is finished, I’ve been trying to tweak the decor a little bit.  While we are renovating, we’ve left a lot of things packed in boxes until each room is completed.  It’s been fun … Continue reading

Fresh Picks

We did a little treasure hunting over the holiday weekend and found several nice things to bring into the shop.  We’ve also been getting some of our shipments in from France and I though I would share a few sneak … Continue reading

Fresh Picks

We just returned from a few days of treasure hunting in my favorite Southern locale and found some amazing things.  Opening the boxes once they were unloaded from the trailer was as much fun as Christmas morning!


I like to get it all spread out and look at it after it is unpacked.  Sometimes when we are at these estate sales, we have to act very quickly and just grab items when we see them lest they be grabbed by someone else!  Many times, I don’t get a close look at them until I get them home and get them unpacked.



As soon as the doors opened at this estate sale, I head in one direction and hubby heads in another, trying to cover as much ground as we can.  Luckily, he knows exactly what I am looking for and is developing a pretty good eye.


We found some gorgeous things that I am going to have a very hard time letting go of.  Some beautiful antique religious pieces (my weakness) from France made my heart skip a beat when I saw them.  Beautiful antique French altar frontal banners with the most amazing appliques and beading.  The altar frontals are appliqued with the extremely rare agnus dei and pelican symbols.  These are two that I have been in search of for quite some time.   



These were used in the French churches during high mass and the beading, appliques, and needlework are works of art.  I almost got lightheaded when I spied them!


We also picked this gorgeous marble Holy Spirit altar piece, a stunning white marble French crucifix, a beautiful pair of chalices still in the original velvet box, a couple of lovely Mary statues………



…….some very large trophy cups, bronze cherub sconces, old scales, french books, mannequins……..


…….an amazing piece of antique architectural salvage, the spire off of a church,  French statues, clocks……….



……..marble busts and icons, and many other small items.  We also came back with some big French dough bowl trenchers, French grain sacks, one of them monogrammed (these are getting harder to find), wicker wrapped French demijohns, some seltzer bottles and an old bottle crate.


And of course we found sheep!  We are always looking for sheep, we love them and can’t keep them in the shop.  We found several nativity sheep and this wonderful old print of a shepherd herding his sheep that has the best look to it!



This particular sale was filled with so many European religious pieces from a large collector in New Orleans.  We had the best time even if it was a whirlwind trip!  Now it’s time to see what I can part with and get it listed in the shop!  That’s the hard part…….because I only buy what I love for the shop, it’s sometimes a little difficult to let it go!  




Yes, I did manage to find a couple of French chairs…………..

I know, I know……

I probably need an intervention at this point!