Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 280/365 Of Black Dogs and Lobsters

While it seems like every weekend we trot off to an incredible yard sale... like the one belonging to the Leopard Lady...(where every surface imaginable, in every room, in addition to every item, was covered in leopard print...I kid you not)...

There are the occasional weekends where there are no sales....and we are sad and desperate.

Those weekends we turn to the Golden Ox...

Herman the German....

Black Dog Salvage.

One of those places that must be seen to be believed.

Deep in its depths, anything can be found.

Architectural salvage like these wooden columns off some demolished Southern mansion that has lost it's Scarlett...

Orphan fireplace mantles circa 1870, 1900, 1920, 1930 - pick your decade, they're all lined up, waiting for stockings to be hung with care.

Up a ramp, fountains and benches and herds of concrete animals wander inside rusted wrought iron fencing.

The centerpiece of the "stove room", which also has two early 1960s pop machines (that work).

You can even buy luggage, in case you want to travel a vaudeville circuit...

Or buy seating for your own theatre.

Start your own business with a crank cash register.

Write another "dummies" book....

Meanwhile, this is the largest turn-of-the-century "ice box" I've ever seen - probably came out of an old country store.

The infamous stairway to heaven (I want this and the library that should go with it so badly).

No decorating motif is complete without a 3' suspended metal lobster

Or a mansion-sized palladian window.

Along the back side, past the metal lobster, are the various vendor booths, right under the building-length skylights with the hanging stained glass windows.

Someday, when my inventory grows up, I'd like a booth here, but my stock, at the moment, is too normal. I need quirky, unusual this stack of vintage books, dipped in wax.

There's no wick, so they aren't a candle, and frankly I'm not sure of the point, but well, there they are. Nothing like a wax covered 1808 dictionary.

And then I saw this sign in one of the stalls...and I was delighted...*he called?*...*really!?!?!?!*

What to get, what to get........

Metal lobsters or naked manakins?

Nah....Golden Ox.

Chewy will love it.


  1. I wouldn't make it past those wooden columns. The history, oh my. So.Jealous.

  2. I loved reading this and seeing the pictures! I want the leopard room!