So, I was very excited to visit my grandbaby last week in New England! We spent a delightful afternoon in downtown historic Newport, Rhode Island. And, of course I got to indulge a simple pleasure of mine . . .
This being Newport – famous for the rich and the famous – you will find the most amazing items of epic proportion. Everything just seems so much bigger in Newport antique shops . . . like here at the Armory Antiques, built on the waterfront in 1898 . . .
Big – yes – large antiques . . .
. . . and ornate . . .
. . . and odd . . .
And, don’t get me started on the antique books from some grand old family libraries . . .
Ooooo! I was biting my lip so hard – I wanted to take some of those volumes home! They were way out of my pocketbook – but so awesome to see up close and personal . . .
Well . . . at least as up close and personal as locked glass doors and protective acid free plastic would allow.
These photos are all from the Armory Antiques – where I collected some photos of tea things for my Tuesday tea blog this week. In addition to large, ornate, odd, and overpriced, there were also the lovely and feminine treasures of sweeter bygone days . . .
But, even with all the bounty to be had . . .
. . . I left with nary a prize.
Then, while pausing on the grounds of Trinity Church to take a bottle break for Mackenzie . . .
I thought I’d take a peak in the Drawing Room Antiques shop across the street.
More huge stuff!
An amazing costume of sorts that looked like it might weigh a ton!
Paintings . . .
. . . and coral reefs that looked like a mushroom village . . .
* SIGH * Would that I could afford something! But, you know you’re in trouble when there’s a sign that says: “Credit Cards $100.00 minimum” !! I was resigned to leave empty handed.
Until . . . I saw a curious little plate. Filthy. Gripped by a heavily rusted metal plate hanger. I casually glanced at the price . . .
And, how very nicely it cleaned up – this gold trimmed curiosity – an etched illustration original from Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop.
Perfection in a bargain of a prize . . . and a simple pleasure, to be sure!
Sharing the Simple Pleasure of my Newport Antique Patrol with Dayle at “A Collection of This and That”