Yesterday was a perfect day for me.  I mean amazingly perfect, pinch-me-I’m-dreaming happy!  If you follow me on Facebook, then you’ll know that I spent Sunday at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire and to me, shopping the antique faire is a dream come true!  Not only did I come home with a few items that I *love*, but I also saw tons of amazing booth displays and beautiful vintage finds that have inspired me to rearrange everything in my home.  Today, I’m sharing with you a few of the beautiful things I saw.

And speaking of beautiful things {just kidding!}, here I am with Hubby, bright and early, taking a selfie at 5:45AM!  Up at 4:00, we greeted the babysitter at 4:45, and were out the door by 5:00AM with coffee in hand.  It wasn’t nearly as cold or as dark as we’re used to, so we were overdressed and sweltering by noon.

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Every aisle that I went down, something caught my eye, like stacks and stacks of grain sacks!  Some were left in their original form, while others had been sewn into table runners, lavender sachets, and even Christmas stockings!

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I then stumbled upon this cute little chair.  The seller said that the velvet had been damaged and so she removed it to discover the satin underneath.  She inadvertently ripped the satin on the seat, though, and so took off another layer to discover the ticking.  She ended up leaving it as it was with all three different materials showing, which gives it a lot of character, don’t you think?!

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I also have a love of old industrial items, particularly cameras and typewriters.  I’m still searching for just the right typewriter for me, though…maybe next month.

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Clocks are also a favorite, whether large…

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…or small.

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I ended up buying a TON of books.  I absolutely love old, weathered, and worn pages!

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I also found a few gorgeous vintage seltzer bottles and pieces of ironstone.

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As always, Laurie at Elsie Green had a beautiful booth with gorgeous table displays.  I own several pieces of the flatware pictured below and use it all the time!  Laurie is off on a European buying trip soon and I am A) super jealous and B) excited to see what she brings back with her!

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Atelier de Campagne is also one of my favorite vendors at Alameda Point and they were so kind to hang onto my purchase for me even though I forgot to pick it up and went home without it!  {Hint: It’s pictured below.  Can’t wait to share what I end up doing with it!}

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Just as I was getting ready to leave, I came upon a dresser that I had seen earlier in the show and had fallen in love with.  This piece was painted by the talented Sonya at Belle Maison Designs.  My hope is that I can convert it to a bathroom vanity…

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I plan to use it exactly as-is because I love the warm, weathered patina Sonya has given it and the hardware is just perfect.

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So, you can see it turned out to be a great day for me!  Not only did Hubby and I get to spend time together {without the kids}, but I was inspired by so many things that I saw and even came home with a few goodies for myself.

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Tell me your thoughts on the dresser as a bathroom vanity!  I think that piece would be beautiful, but am I crazy to try?!

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18 comments on “Weekend Inspiration!”

    • Hi Marty – I truly is so fun to shop there and since I hadn’t been in a while, it was even more exciting! I wish I had been able to buy everything I included in the post, but I really only came home with a few things. I’m sharing one of my purchases on the blog today!

    • Hi Kris – It’s honestly hard not to want to buy everything I see, but my budgets says I can’t. :) I’m hoping the dresser will work as a vanity, but if not, I think it will be beautiful in either my bedroom or in my entry. I can’t wait for it to be delivered so I can start playing around with it!

  1. The dresser as a vanity is perfect! BTW, the photo of the books, vintage cases, mirror and chandelier is of our space. :) After seeing your “early morning selfie” I remember seeing you come through and asking if I could help you with anything. Follow us on Facebook or our blog if you like…. Terry from The Vintage Bricoleur

    • Hi Terry – How wonderful that you came across this post! I took a business from you and for the life of me, couldn’t find it when I wrote the post last night! I’ve now updated the photo with a link to your blog. You have an absolutely beautiful store and I’ll definitely stop by again to say hello. :)

  2. I think the vanity would be AWESOME. I would use a top mount sink like mine in my master and guest bath…purchased both on Overstock…and I would cut down the center top drawer so the plumbing could go behind it, but it would still be a tiny functional drawer. You will also probably have to cut the large top drawer for the plumbing, but I saw a thing on pinterest where they cut out the center of the drawer so it went around the plumbing…kind of a U shape. Beautiful but functional!!!

    • I’ve been researching how to go about cutting it to accommodate the plumbing {love Pinterest!} and my goal is to keep the drawers functional, even if they are small. We’ll see, though… First I have to see if it fits in the bathroom! I was in such a hurry and so in love with the piece, that I didn’t properly measure it. That’s so unlike me! But Sonya from Belle Maisons is fixing a part of the top for me and will then deliver it, so I don’t have it yet to start playing with. Can’t wait, though!

  3. Oh I am so jealous! It looks like a fabulous market! The dresser looks perfect for a bathroom vanity. I’d love to find one like that for my bathroom. Ours is awful. Can’t wait to see it all done.
    :)
    Cecilia

  4. Wow, what a trove of goodies!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the seltzer bottles and especially the dresser. I think it would work great as a vanity with a sink mounted in it. I picture it with a Carrera top & an amazing faucet, something that looks vintage with a fabulous old crystal chandelier hanging above :) My only concern would be the casters. Obviously you don’t want it to move at all once the plumbing is installed! Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    • Hi Jenna – Thank you! I’m not sure about the casters either, but only because they might make the piece too tall….I didn’t even really measure carefully before buying it! That’s so unlike me but it was love at first sight! If I do keep them, I’ll end up securing the dresser to the wall so that it can’t move and then the casters will just be decorative. This project is still a ways down the road but it sure is fun to get started!

  5. I scoured the countryside when we gutted our master bath to no avail. I adore the idea and feel the chest you have chosen will make your bath quite a masterpiece! Add a chandelier and you will think you are in the South of France! Good Luck with your projects, I know it will be lovely!

    • Thank you so much, Deborah! I would love to add a chandelier but the space is small the the ceiling is low. I might use some crystal sconces if I can’t make a chandelier work. :)

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