Matilda’s Mouse Antique Show – Halloween 2013

Welcome to Matilda's MouseI am totally loving my daughter’s senior year. Every once in awhile she gets out of school at 11:19 am because she doesn’t have a 6th period class. Today that scheduled blessing was timed perfectly to coincide with Matilda’s Mouse monthly antique show………the Halloween Edition! Our favorite. (One sad note: Matilda, the dog who the show is named for, passed away last month. Make sure you sign the condolences book at the entrance)

Skeleton welcome crewLoved the welcome gate. The skeleton dude just gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.

Halloween barn entranceMatilda’s Mouse Antique Show takes place once a month in a barn on the Betty Crocker Estate in Valley Center (29200 Miller Road, Valley Center, CA 92082). It’s a three day event from Friday through Sunday. There’s a theme every month, and October is always Halloween. We love Halloween.

creepy portrait vignetteThe show has everything from crystal and china, to rusted primitives and architectural salvage. Definitely something for everybody.

3 guys and a coffinIt’s a antique home decor show…….with a twist. I wanted this coffin box bad but it’s not as fun without the three creepy dudes, and I just couldn’t swing the whole group. Their prices are very reasonable, but having just come off a big trip, I’m trying to keep the purse strings tight.
antique dress formI have a thing for crows and a couple of cool ones did make it home with me. This dress form is fantastic, even without the raven wings. The metal frame at the bottom is in perfect condition. She’d be so much fun to decorate for each season, don’t you think?

upside down furniture

The women that put this event together are so creative, and the layers are so deep. This vignette is hanging high in the rafters. You have to go slow to catch all their ingenuity.

wood carved birdcageThis highly detailed, carved wood birdcage is so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. I’ve never seen anything like it.

frightful frolicLove the witches legs. Great job with the chalkboards all around the place as well.

Halloween vignetteWe’re putting our Halloween porch together this weekend and we love going to Matilda’s to pick up a couple new things, but what we really fill up on is inspiration. How could we not?

witch vignetteIt’s an outstanding show and I can’t recommend it enough. Before the holiday season gets in full swing, take a quick Saturday drive out to Valley Center. It’s a great mother-daughter day out. I know this mother-daughter couple sure had a great time. What are you doing this weekend?

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Marburger Farm’s Antique Show

(this is part of a series that began September 27th)

cream and brown design schemeThanks to my cousin letting us take her car first thing, (Thanks, Cheri!) Dianna and I got our Starbucks and headed out to the Marburger Farm’s Antique Show as fast as our loaner car could take us. Not as fast as the speed limit, however, which is 80mph in some places…….crazy Texans. You can see by the very first photo that it was totally worth going. Yummmmmmmmm.

dark and lovely displayI have been to a fair share of shows, but I’ve never seen one this big or with such a high caliber of display and merchandising all in one place. I’m used to going to big shows and seeing a handful of vendors who go all out with eye catching booths. This show didn’t have one display that was boring or uninteresting.

vintage crates and boxesEven the vendors who specialized in a certain thing made an effort to grab your attention. I loved these crates. The vendor adds the handles and varnishes them to really bring out their color. Love that.

vintage books and tinsThis was the first booth we saw, in the first tent we went to . They had a little bit of everything, so we took our time. My goal was to see as much as we could but not rush. It was hot so I didn’t want us perspiring anymore than necessary.  A sweaty shopper is an unhappy shopper.

antique chandeliersThey have several old houses and shacks on the property that were shared by a small number of vendors whose stuff complimented eachother. This one had lighting, coral and metal bins. Works for me.

columns and butterfliesThis booth made me want to cry it was so beautiful. I mean, come on! If you aren’t crying right now it’s because you have no soul and you might want to do something about that.

antlers, branches and busts, oh myThe way they displayed their wares also gave me new ideas for the stuff I already have. I love how this vendor used natural materials to enhance their architectural pieces.

mmmmmmmm...egg saladNow for an intermission: The heat outside made us steer clear of the bbq stands. We settled on egg salad on homemade bread with pickles, Lays potato chips and sweet tea. Scrumtious. The egg salad was cold and yummy and fortified us for the rest of the day.

deer head artI’m just now realizing that I probably shouldn’t put this photo of deer heads so close to the lunch picture……..too late.

Taxidermy is big right now. This will make my friend, Amy G., never speak to me again, but I am going to say that I really liked this display. I’m not saying I’m going to go kill one of my own, but if someone gave me one, I would probably hang it in a similar fashion, and I’d probably name it, and put hats on it.

taxidermy artSorry again, Amy. I really loved these, and if I had $450 burning a hole in my pocket I probably would have come home with one. She also had skunks that were really cute. Dead…….but cute. That doesn’t make sense, does it? Sorry.

dreamy bed displayOkay, sorry again, Amy. They’re friggin’ everywhere. This one’s pretty creative. Who would have thought that a deer head, old film reels, metal siding and branches would make such an awesome headboard. Obviously Amy wouldn’t think it’s awesome, but some people would. Someone like me, unfortunately. (I can almost feel her deleting me from her Contacts)

glamourous birdcageThis should make everyone feel a little better; the birds in this fantastic aviary are alive. But now that I’m thinking about it, caged birds make me sad. Dang it, I was so close.

Anyway, the lengths that some of these vendors went to was awe-inspiring. These people brought live birds all the way from somewhere. Sheesh. That’s committment. Bravo. I’m going to pretend they released the doves back into the wild after the show. Come join me in Fantasyland, will you?antique basket rackThis is one of those things that I truly wish I needed because it’s so dang cool. They had it filled with upholstery trim and metal junk.  I’m sure I could find a use for it, right after I find the $2000 I would need to make it mine.

antique letteringI hate to close with another deer head, but it was pretty hard to find displays with out them. This was outside one of the tents. There was so much good stuff that they couldn’t contain it on the inside.

Although we sweated a lot and were overwhelmed by this size of the show, we had a really good time. We didn’t buy hardly anything because everything was a lot more expensive than most shows we go to. I saw a lot of designers with clients, so I think the vendors were aiming for that lot. I don’t blame them. The cost of their booth, as well as shipping costs and lodging during the show had to be astronomical. I’m still really glad we went and loved looking at all the creativity. If you’re ever in Round Top around this time of year, definitely make time to attend. It’s totally worth it.

Marburger’s Farm Antique Fair or Bust

Fun on WheelsI set out Wednesday with a couple of my favorite people and my dog Percy on an RV adventure to Round Top, Texas for the Marburger’s Farm Antique Fair. Marburger’s is an annual show that takes over the tiny town of Round Top, hosting vendors from all over the world for four glorious days in October.

Marburger's Farm Antique Fair

It’s not just an antique show, it’s an event, with ten huge tents, three restaurants and a saloon….that’s right…..a saloon. I don’t know why more antique fairs and flea markets sell alcohol. I understand that most of these shows open around 9 am, and that doing shots before noon could be considered poor taste, but you sure would sell a lot more antique French armoires if the customers were liquored up. Hell, they’d be handing over cash before they even realize that it will never fit in their Prius.

We decided to rent an rv and really make it an adventure. None of us have seen the Grand Canyon, so we decided to make that the first stop. We’ll go from there through Grand Junction, Colorado, followed by Denver to see friends and family. From there we’ll head down to Austin, Texas. Round Top is just outside Austin.

I’ve never taken a trip in an RV, but I figured it would be the best way to include Prince Percius. I hate leaving him behind. I’m so crazy about this dog that it actually subtracts joy from any activity that I have without him. Call me whatever insulting name you use for people like me, but know this…..rolling down the road with this precious soul snoozing on my lap, I am having a way better day than you are.

shhh...angel sleepingI mean………how can you stand it!

Stay tuned, I’ll be posting along my journey whenever I get wi-fi.

 

Mattson Co. is having a sale

boo!My daughter and I took advantage of her getting out of school early yesterday and wandered over to Mattson Co. which is an estate sale liquidator in San Diego near Mission Bay. We lucked out because they were having a sale…….50% off orange tags, 25% off green tags. This beauty above was going for song……it was a creepy song too…….made you want to hide under your covers. The label on the box kills me, ‘not recommended for children under 3,’ try 33?!

creepy mobShe had an entourage with her, of course. I think the theme here is vintage jesters. Just want to point out the orange tag on the doll with the blue shiny Aladdin costume and the dry fly-away hair. I resisted bringing him home with me, but he’s probably been snagged by now. Dang!

vintage armoireThere were a couple of nice pieces out front. The green armoire is really pretty and in good shape. It had some bad stenciling on the doors but that’s an easy fix.

Indian headI love both of these but they don’t really go with my stuff. They’d be great additions to a man-cave.

vintage pianoThis piano was beautiful. I think I liked the inside even better than the outside. Too bad I forgot how to play, and that I don’t have room for it, and that it doesn’t fit in my car.

antique mantleI like both the mantle and the fire screen with the feet. The mantle would be really fun to paint but I think I’d leave the screen as is…….maybe paint the toenails.

set of royal chairsI think this set of chairs was imagined by someone who wanted their guests to all feel like royalty. It’s a completely bizarre set but I bet the right person could make it wicked cool. If I had all the time in the world, I would be that person, but I know just looking at this set would make my family break out in a rash. Another one for the Widow House.

So that’s what we did yesterday…….how about you?

Matilda’s Mouse Antique Clearance Event

Matilda's Mouse AntiquesMatilda’s Mouse is having their August Clearance Event this weekend. We had the chance to go up yesterday, and as always, it was totally worth it. For the clearance event they have a ton of stuff set up outside the barn at really good prices. I think it’s a garage sale for each of the vendors. They get rid of stuff that they’ve decided they’re not going to use or no longer have the energy to refinish.

Matilda's muralThe theme of this event was “The Dog Days of Summer” so they had this adorable mural at the entrance. The mural is of Matilda herself. So cute.

Matilda's Dog HouseHere’s her dog house. She was on a break when we got there. Matilda is very old so it’s rare that you see her anymore.

photos of MatildaThey had plenty of photos of her just in case you miss her.

cool green velvet chairThe barn was beautiful, as always. So much stuff to look at. I loved this green chair, but that will have to wait for my widow house. No tufting allowed in my Husband’s-still-alive house.

Beautiful antique vignetteWe brought home several treasures, but since they were clearance priced, we didn’t end up spending very much. The clearance event goes through Sunday if you still want to go. It’s warm this weekend but not nearly as hot as last year and they have a million fans in the barn to keep you cool. I hope you get a chance to go. It’s like a mini vacation, with awesome shopping.

Update on Mattson Co. Estate Liquidations

I had a friend blow into town last weekend and she begged me to take her to Mattson Co. Estate Liquidations in San Diego on Saturday. (I’m sorry, Amy, I promised to take you next, I swear I’ll take you next week!) It has been a couple weeks since I visited their brand new store, and they’ve now opened the second floor–as promised. So here’s what I saw:

thrift storeThe second floor is very big, so they have more furniture, clothing racks and tons of shelving full of treasures.

hardwareThis was exciting for me…….shelves of hardware. Nails, screws, knobs, etc. I picked up a couple old hacksaw blades that I’ll use for washi tape racks. (It’s the little things that make life great)

secondhand booksI picked up two big books for my organizer boards. They had some books there that were so beautiful both inside and out that I couldn’t buy them with the intention of gutting them. They’re still there if you want a really beautiful book.

miscellaneous shelfThe shelves upstairs are very long and contain all sorts of awesome stuff like vintage tins, office supplies, candle holders and all sorts of flotsam that you can’t live without.

quilts aplenty

Since they’ve opened they’ve acquired many more quilts, all very beautiful. There were definitely a couple that caught my eye.

velvet sofaLast, but not least, they had an adorable tufted velvet sofa that would look fantastic in my Widow House. So sweet, it made me weepy. Don’t ask!

Anyway……….it’s definitely worth driving out for. Also, There’s a fantastic cafe next door called Water’s. The food is organic, sustainable, California type Hippie stuff that I absolutely die for. They serve wine by the glass as well for all you lushes out there. And they let my friend and I sit there talking for hours without giving us dirty looks.  I love that in a place.

Hope you find the time to stop by, it’s awesome.

Matilda’s Mouse is Open!

We went to Matilda’s Mouse Antique Show in Valley Center yesterday. It was of course amazing! The theme is “By The Sea.” It’s open today and tomorrow 10-5 in case you have some time on your hands and need a little inspiration. Enjoy the following photos.outdoor antique show antique case antique dresser vintage chairs entrance to Matilda's Antiques antique lighting antique trunk beautiful antique dressHope you have a great weekend!