Over the holidays, we traveled to Florida to visit one of our sons, and anytime we’re traveling close to the Gulf Coast area of Alabama, I have to make time to visit one of my favorite antiquing spots. Nestled in … Continue reading
Today has been a grain sack inspiration day around here!
I love antique European grain sacks and they can be used for so many different things…….pillows, table runners, upholstery projects, Christmas stockings, tote bags, lamp shades, and much more that I’m probably not even thinking about.
I upholstered my first set of chairs several months ago using some antique grain sacks from Europe and now I am hooked.
I have renovated a French sofa in them, several more chairs, and quite a few footstools. I’ve also made several pillows out of them. I love the way the finished product looks and it gives an instant French look to the home.
My favorite grain sacks are the ones from France and Germany, though if they have graphics on them they can get quite pricey. The sacks with initials monogrammed on them are also sought after and prized highly, their prices reflecting that. Hand stitched with the original owner’s initials, these sacks look beautiful when used in a way that showcases the monogram.
I was recently asked if the upholstery is “itchy” but it really isn’t. Unlike burlap, most of the European grain sacks are made of a very heavy, nubby fabric and when laundered, they end up with a very soft feel. And because they are so heavy duty, they are perfect for upholstery projects.
Come visit our Pinterest board for more inspirational photos! We are down to one set of antique European grain sacks in the Edith & Evelyn Vintage shop, but we’re bringing more in next week! What kind of projects could you use them on?
We just returned from a brief trip to the South and we were able to do a little treasure hunting for the shop while we were there. We didn’t find the mother lode this time but we did bring back a few very nice pieces that will be going into the shop soon. One of the things that I always search for is antique religious pieces and I was thrilled to find several things that fit into that category, including some gorgeous antique Gothic church altar sticks. Known as “prickets”, these are huge and heavy. One pair is solid brass, the other pair is from the mid to late 1800’s and have the most beautiful, ornate tripod base. They would be stunning on a mantel or sideboard. I’m going to have a hard time letting them go!
Another item that is always on my top 20 “wish list” when out picking is vintage trophies. At one time, they were very plentiful and easy to find, and relatively inexpensive. Interior designers using them in home decor has made them pretty scarce and the prices have gotten high. Prices can be determined by subject matter and age and we have found that any kind of farm related trophy cups are much sought after. We were so excited when we found two very large trophies, one for “best turkey”, and the other one was awarded at the Virginia State Fair in 1913 by the Holstein & Friesian Association.
French chairs are always on my list and I was lucky enough to come home with three beauties. Two are cane backed and in very good shape. The other is a lovely French arm chair with the original creamy white paint. These three will be staying with me. I have been looking for two more dining chairs and these cane backed chairs will be perfect as soon as I repaint them in ASCP Old White and recover the seats in antique grain sacks to match the other four that I have. The arm chair will get recovered as well and it will be perfect for an extra chair in any room.
Cherubs are something else that is always on the “search” list. I usually can’t keep anything “cherub” in the shop so I’m constantly looking for vintage stock. Luckily we found a fantastic old salvaged piece from a wall fountain that features two precious cherubic angels. It would be lovely hung on a garden wall or inside the home. We also found a stunning 1800’s French cherub candelabra (it is gorgeous!), and a wonderful carved wood putti that is quite large!
A pair of spectacular French altar candelabras with porcelain flowers is probably the most exciting treasure that we found. These candelabras once graced the altar of a French church in the late 1800’s. Sometime in the early 1900’s, they were made into lamps. I think I am going to convert them back to their original state of being candelabras before we list them them in the shop, which will be very easy to do. They are very difficult to find and I was a little shocked when I saw them sitting on a table at the estate sale. I couldn’t get to them fast enough! I grabbed them off the table without even looking at the price (which turned out to be very good, thank the Good Lord) and I’m glad I did because as I lifted them off the table, I heard a gentleman behind me say, “Those are what I was coming for.” Oh well…….sorry……..well….not really!
We also found a wonderful old carpenter’s trunk in the original old chippy paint. It has layers and layers of crackling paint on it, the inside is lined with cardboard and it has the most interesting old latch on the front. And it also sports those old antique castors that I love so much! Among the other finds were a beautiful marble French bust of a beautiful lady, a French processional flag that came from Paris, French books, a wonderful framed French print, an Italian tole chandelier with crystal prisms, a lovely blue Italian Florentine tray, and an amazing Victorian garden planter made of wire.
I thought I could sell the Victorian wire planter, but I’m afraid I can’t let this one go, so she will be staying with me along with the French chairs! Sorry, Mr. E&E, I know you hate it when I say things like that!