24 February 2008

Three Ds ...

... Dresser, Dairy House Antiques and Dealers ...





'D is for Dresser' - a super little dresser which, I am reliably informed, was made by a grandfather in the 1950s for his grand-daughter. I forgot to measure it, but I don't think I'd be misleading you if I said it is roughly 18-20 inches wide and stands about 3 feet high. It's gorgeously chippy green and comes in 2 sections. Photos 1, 2 and 3 are the nearest to the shade. The drawers and doors open and there are cup hooks on the fronts of the shelves, together with beading to ensure that plates and saucers standing up against the back don't slip forward on the shelves. I love it and can't believe I nearly walked away from it. Niki, Helen and I saw it on Friday in Wells, and I ummed and ah-ed for about 10 minutes. It wasn't cheap, but I knew it would sell at Dairy House or at Shepton so made my decision. I was so pleased when I got to Dairy House with it yesterday and was told to put a higher price on it than I had thought. I won't worry if it doesn't sell immediately. Just look at how well the little teaset displays on it. I've had the teaset for a while and this is the best it's looked! The green leaves tone beautifully with the green of the dresser. So I'm happy. I shall probably add this to the website after the next Shepton (21-23 March) if it hasn't sold by then.









'D is for Dairy House'. I went over there yesterday as Semley Auctioneers (a couple of hundred yards away) were holding their monthly Auction and I knew the place would be buzzing with dealers and customers. I chose not to bid for anything at the auction - need to hang on to as much money as possible over the next few weeks in view of the imminent 'take over'! We had quite a busy day - lots of small items sold, and I was pleased to see that one of my eiderdowns, along with a Marsella bedspread, had sold the day before.




Finally 'D is for Dealers'. I met a prospective new dealer at DH yesterday and she has confirmed she wants the space. I also met another dealer at the auction who had expressed an interest in renting a cabinet. These dealers have been 'signed up' and I have now let all the floor space. I have one cabinet left available to rent, although I may acquire a couple more before the beginning of April, and I need to contact the picture dealer who is thinking of renting the staircase walls. And that's it. All sorted. The Streamline card machine is being set up next week (a month early, but that's fine - I should know what I'm doing by 1 April!), and a locksmith is coming to fit a new lock on a door which has had no key for about 6 years! Soon it will be a case of 'D' for 'Decorating', but not just yet!




Finally, one of the current dealers has just put this fabulous 50s/60s kitchen unit into DH. It's in superb used condition and looks exactly as it should - no new painting, touching up or titivating. I wish I could justify putting it in our kitchen but I don't think I can at the moment!





Have a jolly Sunday afternoon. I'm being taken out for lunch in about half an hour, so I'd better get a move on!

15 comments:

see you there! said...

Stopped by to check out what you've been up to and to drool over the lovely things you have in your shop. The dresser is darling.

Darla

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Sue,
Thanks for a lovely day!
The dresser is adorable - I'm sure you will do really well with it and doesn't it set the little china tea set off nicely, too? - I imagine the two may well get sold together!

Wish I had the space for the 50's unit! Is such a fab colour.

Have a great week,
Niki

OhSoVintage said...

The dresser is utterly charming and I'm sure it won't be long before someone falls in love with it and HAS to buy it. Glad to hear DH is all going swimmingly, so exciting for you! I imagine it won't be till nearer the summer that we can come to visit you. Hope you enjoyed your lunch out.
Ruth x

LiLi M. said...

ooh this is such a nice dresser, that green it's just gorgeous! I love the teaset too, it matches so well. I collect childrens' teasets too! I just have to show them in my blog once...but when? Every week is just too short. I am having the flu (yes but I am a die-hard so still on the computer!!) that's why I haven't had time for your tagging this week, but don't worry it will come..eventually (I just feel like Manuel in Fawlty Towers)

kelly said...

both are gorgeous cupboards Sue. Funny how sometimes we can consider walking away from a great item ( maybe in the flase hopes that we are not obsessed?) I bid on a childs dresser at an auction on Friday but was outbid ( much to Georgia's dismay!). All sounds exciting for DH!

Mamma Millan said...

Hello, Sweden here!! What a lovely blogg you have...so svit!!So nice things!

Thanks for the visit!!

God Evning Millan

Counting Your Blessings said...

That green apple cabinet is just to die for!! Blessings... Polly

cd&m said...

Adore both the "dolls" dresser and the 50's cabinet!

Mamma Millan said...

thank yo for the nice words abot my prinsess!!!

Nonnie said...

Oh the little green dresser is so cute. I love it! It like a mini version of one my Sister has. I'm sure it will sell very quickly. Love the other cabinet too. Reminds me of one I sadly left behind when I left another ex boyfriend years ago! I bet he didn't hold on to it either! Dairy House sounds like it's coming on well. Great that you've rented out so much more of the floor space. Hope you enjoyed your Sunday lunch.

Donna said...

Lovely dresser Sue it looks perfect with the tea set on. I love the kitchen cabinet too but I have no space for one like that here which is why I will be selling one at my open house sale! I do hope you can come. I know it is close to your opening day but it won't be just a jolly you know, you may find things you simply MUST have for DH! Anyway it would be so lovely to see you if you can spare the time xxx

sal said...

Hi there.I love the green dresser! And your shop is full of gorgeous things!Sal;-)

Libbys Blog said...

Oh My goodness My Aunty had a dresser in her kitchen identical to your last pic!!!!
Am I really that old!!!!!

the homely year said...

What a sweet little dresser...I love the colour and it looks gorgeous with the pretty china.
Margaret and Noreen

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

"D" is for DELICIOUS which describes all the treasures you found!!!