You just never know what you’ll come across when you’re antiquing! In the second part of our European blog series, I thought it would be entertaining to share some of the truly magnificent, as well as the legitimately strange things we found on our recent shopping trip. Do note, none of these items will be arriving in our next shipment so don’t get your heart set on anything! (And here's Part 1 in case you missed it.)
Are you for scuba?
Check out the incredible caning on this fancy chair.
Sage advice, but was it really such a problem that someone had to post a sign?
Exquisite glass work.
Cool adding machine - but thank goodness for modern technology.
We encountered many mannequins (mostly undressed) but this one had me scratching my head. I have absolutely no clue what is going on in this setup, or more curiously, why anyone would want to take this creepy guy home.
Suits of armor. Young boys were often recruited for battle during early modern warfare, as seen in the smaller suits on the right.
It’s all in the details! Gorgeous patterns on these doors from India.
This is such a creative repurposing of an antique armoire. The front of the piece was installed into the wall to create a functional doorway.
Fit for a Queen!
Well hello there, sir. Can you give me a hand with my wheel collection?
If you’re building a palace, you might need a marble column or two.
We saw these characters on a few different pieces of furniture.
This just might be the definition of opulent.
I can’t imagine anyone but a dentist wanting to own this torture device.
The most colorful glass chandeliers I’ve seen. The one on the right was just massive, at least 5’ tall.
Such an interesting cast of characters in this collection of marionettes. A devil, a clown, and... a pig wearing a hat?
Love the Eiffel Tower? Here’s a smaller, backyard-sized version.
Time to get gussied up.
Another repurposing win. Although it’s best to choose a painting you don’t mind destroying as the wiring for the chandelier goes right through the middle.
Antiquing is never as simple as walking into a room of only lovely things. It is also a lot of sorting through what other people have deemed valuable. In the world of antiques, one person's trash can truly be another person's treasure.
Our container is currently navigating its way across the Atlantic and we expect it to arrive within the next few weeks. So to further hold you over while you patiently wait, I’ll be finishing up our three-part blog series with a final post - One Day as a Tourist. Stay with us!