It was Spring Arts Walk in the capital this weekend, so my friends and I had to do some exploring and see what was happening. Since we’re still in April, the Pacific Northwest had on and off again rain, so we had to bundle up. After watching the procession parade, naturally, I gravitated towards checking out the antique shops in town and they joined along in some amazing discoveries!
I am always so curious about people’s lives in the past. Who were they, really? What did this person like to do? What did they do for work? Who was their family? What did they dislike? What were they going through when these photographs were taken? How far away from home was Betty when she sent that photo to her parents? And why did she leave? Maybe this is part of that draw I have towards antiques and vintage aesthetics. I find myself imagining stories for these photos I come across and hoping that by flipping over the photo, it’ll give me some sort of clue as to who this individual was. Most of the time, there isn’t anything! But when there is something, I try to do a little bit of research to see if I can find any additional information.
I also have a few albums that contain old photos of my family–particularly the side from the southern part of the United States. I don’t have a lot of the Filipino side, but I hope to encounter some one day.
Check out this gaudy chandelier! I imagine this would look amazing in Liberace’s home, or an adorable kitschy house.
Have you ever seen little corner dolls like this one before? I’ve seen them a few times, and they always send chills up my spine. These creepy decorations are called “Time Out Dolls,” and are supposedly faceless!! I haven’t been able to find any historical information on these dolls, but they’re apparently having a resurgence.
And here’s another creepy doll we encountered. My friend and I have a knack for running into things we suspect are haunted when we go antiquing. Ha!
One of the antique stores we visited was absolutely packed with people and trinkets! It was a little overwhelming at first, but going with a friend who was just as eager as I was to take our time and explore helped alleviate that. One of the amazing treasures we found were these amazing kaleidoscope goggles! They’re so very steampunk, which is totally my antiquing partner’s jam. She was so stoked to have discovered these and naturally took them home.
I also picked up this glorious vintage Betty Hartford dress! I was absolutely excited when it wasn’t totally snug, smelly, and was still in amazing condition–I had to have it.
I was pretty disappointed when the vintage cheongsam on the side didn’t fit as well, as I couldn’t get it up past my rear.
I also fell in love with the simple yet elegant dressing room. The amazing wallpaper and the gorgeous mirror stole my heart! If I could have wallpaper like this in my future little home… Ugh.
We also visited one of my most favorite bar restaurants in the area, known as Dillinger’s–a 1920’s themed little joint that was formerly a little bank. You can actually have dinner in what used to be the bank’s safe too! One of my favorite spots to sit at is on the big bar side with the glorious silvery olive couches, which is where we happened to sit this time!
I’m really looking forward to doing more antiquing and exploring soon, especially when the weather improves. Antiquing is always best when the sun is shining, you’re able to walk about everywhere and explore to your heart’s content!