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A few weekends ago, on a whim, I hit up two antique malls (Heart of Ohio Antique Center and Springfield Antique Center, both off I-70) that I’ve heard a lot about but haven’t had a chance to check out in person until cabin fever spawned a “mama only” outing. It was a quick trip and I wasn’t able to mosey as much as I would have liked but I did manage to snap shots of the many items that caught my eye.

Do you have any interest in virtually shopping with me? Good. Here come all the things I would have made you stop and look at with me.

vintage candleholders

First up were these danish candlestick holders. I almost bought the set of five on the left ($75) but I let willpower get the best of me. The pair of candelabras on the right were cute ($48) but teeny. I had no idea where I would find such skinny candles to fit in them.

vintage tables

There were so many unique tables to be found. They had me wishing I lived in an empty farmhouse in need of furnishings. The top table was extra long with drawers. It would be family-friendly for meals, homework, board games and crafts. I don’t recall how much the table was but I do remember that I added up the cost of the surrounding chairs (also cute!) and the total for the table + six chairs came in right under $1,000. The bottom left table ($900) was so beautiful. Walnut maybe? The x-base was killing me. The industrial coffee table ($350) with a red metal base and stone top was fun.

vintage stools

I’m a sucker for stools and ottomans these days. They are the perfect piece of accent furniture for nearly any room. The top left stool ($35) was petite but surprisingly heavy and sturdy. The bottom left ($125) was in excellent condition and I loved the woven top. I was *this close* to buying the bentwood ottoman ($16) on the bottom right. The frame was in good condition and the top needed reupholstered. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t think up a spot for it in my house so it stayed.

vintage brass

Also, I’m a sucker for brass. The number five brass stencil ($8) would have been a fun accessory for a wall or a shelf in our party of five house. I fell hard for the mid century spider coffee table ($125) with a brass top. If only I needed a coffee table! It was the bomb. Probably my favorite find of the entire trip. I noticed several of these brass trays ($40-$100). They had the most amazing patina. I love the idea of hanging one or a collection on the wall.

vintage textiles

The navy and coral color scheme of the vintage rug ($125) on the left reminded me of Mabrey’s room. It was gorgeous. If I wasn’t still toting around toddler paraphernalia, I would have snatched up the clutch ($45) with wooden handles. The colors and pattern of the woven material were right up my alley. It was such a great bag but completely impractical for me.

vintage lighting

Finding all of this mid century lighting sorta made me wish we were back in the electrical upgrade part of our renovation. Sorta. These lights are great statement pieces! I could see the pendants ($100 each) top left hung at staggered heights in a corner of a room for a cozy reading spot, hung symmetrically over a floating bathroom vanity in a nook or flanking a bed. The bottom left sconce ($90) would be amazing in a powder room. The globe chandelier was HUGE. I imagined it hanging from a vaulted entry in a modern house. I couldn’t find a price tag. The wood and acrylic chandeliers ($125 each) would make great focal points above a long, simple dining table in an open living space. I couldn’t get enough of the mid century lighting.

vintage misc

I fell in love with some random goodness, too. The ¾ lb. wood dumbbells ($9) were quirky. They’d make for some kid-friendly decor, wouldn’t they? Mabrey loves to carry around my free weights; she would love these. Lately, I’ve been thinking we need more small bowls for the kids’ snacks. I’m really into indigo at the moment so I was drawn to these blue and white patterned dishes. But at $6 a bowl, I couldn’t justify them for the kids…who would likely break them anyway. The set of red and white enamel cookware ($42 for the set) was reminiscent of camping gear. If there’s  anything I’m wishing I would have bought and didn’t, this trio of enamel pots is it. Another number five ($40).

And that about wraps things up. I was hurrying to get home in time for dinner and mommy guilt was setting in. Anything tickle your fancy? My take on the two antique malls? The Heart of Ohio Antique Center was much larger and had more desirable pieces but at generally higher prices. The Springfield Antique Center was smaller with more salvaged architectural items and generally less expensive. I didn’t go home empty-handed. I’ll be sharing the things that made it home with me in another post. Stay tuned…

Do you have a favorite place to hit up for antiques or vintage pieces? I’m thinking 2014 is the year I brave the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH. Have you been?

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

31 Comments

11.February.2014

Oh… my heart… I want that big table with drawers!!!!!

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11.February.2014

Hilarious. I have that set of enamel cookware (with the addition of a double boiler pot and a tiny sauce pan) that I let my girls play with. No idea of the worth – as they were my grandmothers. Perhaps I should steal them back.

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11.February.2014

I love how you can just be like “oh, couldn’t find a spot for it so I didn’t buy it” – I have SO MUCH trouble with that. I like it so I make a spot but then of course I usually regret it. UGH.

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11.February.2014

aaaaah, I love all of the light fixtures so much! would be perfect in our 1950’s split level. Those blue and white dishes are the ones we used growing up (mom called them our ‘kitchen dishes’. They are made by Currier and Ives. You see them in a lot of antique stores, but they seem more expensive in the midwest than they were when we used to pick up extra pieces for my parents when we lived in Vermont.

There used to be this great antique shop in my parent’s town, in an old woolen mill. We all bought few pieces there over the years. Then, the mill was converted into condos, and now my parents live there! I think it’s cool that the furniture pieces made their way ‘back home’ to the shop.

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11.February.2014

I live in the SF Bay Area so I have access to so many great little shops. Unfortunately I have yet to find anything like a good antique mall (or any of those amazing outlets where bloggers always find wonderful rugs).

I think my favorites finds are the giant farm house table and the set of five Danish candle holders. I have a set of two that are similar; I never thought they might be Danish.

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11.February.2014

I love those few “mama only” outings! I love that navy and coral area rug, did you snatch it up!?

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replied on February 11th, 2014

Sadly, no. We don’t really need another rug in Mabrey’s room (although I could have layered it on top of the larger one that’s in there now) but it was beautiful!

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11.February.2014

Such cool finds! I am desperate for the bentwood ottoman! Our thrift stores in my area (Fort Worth area) never have stuff this cool… It’s always plain, crummy MDF pieces that are falling apart. Thanks for posting these, fun read!

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11.February.2014

I went to the Country Living Fair in Columbus a few years ago and it was pretty good. I like to really get a bargain at a garage sale or auction, so I thought some things were a little pricey for me, but a few treasures were too good to pass up. Meeting some “celebrities” from CL magazine was fun too and lots of good food! :)

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11.February.2014

A little antiquing is a great cure for cabin fever, we just did the same thing last Sunday. After seeing all those fabulous items that didn’t make the cut, I can’t wait to see what DID!

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11.February.2014

I scored a huge set of blue mason jars a few years ago from one of those antique stores for like $10 total. Zanesville has a few really good antique stores too, but that’s a big drive from Cincinnati.

I live in Columbus and have never heard of the Country Living Fair. I just might have to check it out!

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Every time we drive home from the in-laws’ house I ask if we can stop at the Heart of Ohio, but hubby never agrees. At that point in the trip we’re just so ready to be home, so I can’t blame him. One of these days I’ll make the trek up there to check it out. Come to think of it I should probably make a trip down to Traders World, too. I haven’t been there in forever.

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replied on February 11th, 2014

We hit up Trader’s World several years ago and it was the pits. Nothing nice to speak of. I don’t know if things are any different now but that last trip turned me off forever.

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replied on February 12th, 2014

I’ve only been there once and it was several years ago. I didn’t really get to look since I was with a group. I always drive past it on the way to IKEA and it intrigues me, but it sounds like I’m not missing anything.

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11.February.2014

I’ll have to check those out. My parents live in the same area as you… was visiting over the weekend and hit up the Montgomery County Fairgrounds antique building and the new(er) place over by Sam’s Club in Centerville. Check those two out if you’ve never been! Fairgrounds has better prices, but both places have great inventory. On the way back to Indy I debated stopping in Richmond, but kept on driving, maybe next time!

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replied on February 11th, 2014

Ooooooh! I’ve always wondered about the fairground antiques. Good to know. And I haven’t heard of the newer place. I’ll have to check it out as well. Maybe cabin fever isn’t so bad?

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replied on February 12th, 2014

I wanted to stop in at the new place behind Sam’s the other day, but they don’t open until 11 and it was only 10 when we got there.

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11.February.2014

I live in Columbus and LOVE the country living fair! My sister and mom travel in for the day. It has lots of fun demonstrations and loads of good finds! It’s worth the trip. There is also an architectual salvage right near the fairgrounds, where the country living fair is located, that’s amazing. Although the prices are steep everything is organized so fabulously. I’ve also been to those antique malls but have never had enough time to just wander all day through each aisle!

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11.February.2014

Thanks for the visual shopping trip! I love the lines, style, and price of the bentwood ottoman and like you said all it needs is a little freshening up. Can’t wait to see what you ended up getting! Do you know if the Springfield Antique Show is the same thing as the center? I’ve heard good things about it. Thanks!

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replied on February 11th, 2014

I think the show is bigger and better from what I’ve read and heard. It’s one of Amy Butler’s fave events for finding antiques. I should check it out too!

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replied on February 11th, 2014

Definitely! Let me know if you ever want a partner in crime. It would be fun!

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replied on February 12th, 2014

I am jealous!! I love antiquing and have been craving a good shopping trip. I have been to the Springfield flea market Extravaganza several times at the county fairgrounds and have loved it. Drove down from MI…it is so much fun! Wish I could go again in May!!

BTW, I LOVE that big farmhouse table on the top…wished I lived closer!!

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You guys have some stellar shops and really reasonable prices! I’m on the skirts of DC so it can be pricey at times. I found one of those brass topped tables not long ago for a mere $65. My husband reminded me we already had a coffee table [boo] and that the cats would be continually jumping on it and flipping it over. Damn him and his sensibility.

And those candlesticks. I need to go shopping with you.

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12.February.2014

I went to the CL show in Columbus last year. It was fun to look at all the pretty little things but most of it was way over priced for my thrifty/estate sale/yard sale heart to handle. Lots of people were purchasing though so I guess it just depends on your budget. Plus the ohio history museum on the property was way awesome. You should definitely check it out if you go there.

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12.February.2014

Great finds! Yes, you must hit up the Country Living fair (especially since you’re so close)! We drove down from Buffalo 3 years ago and it was worth it. We made a weekend of it (I went to UD & visited friends who still live in the area) and then hit up the show for a day. It is a loooong day of perusing, but there’s lots of fabulous stuff. We skipped over the crafty stuff., and went straight for the antiques. I’ve been in new mama mode the last couple of years, but going back for the 2014 show is definitely on my list this year :)

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12.February.2014

Please oh please may I have that big table! *sigh/swoon/drool*

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12.February.2014

[…] you caught a glimpse of what caught my eye on a recent antiquing adventure. Today I’m sharing what made it home with me. The bad news is I didn’t find what I was […]

12.February.2014

Ooh, you were in my neck of the woods. Love all the charming antique malls around here. If you’re ever in the Urbana area let me know (I live 10 mins away) – they have a fabulous downtown complete with cute coffee shops and restaurants and something like 20 antique/thrift stores. Fun place to hang out!

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12.February.2014

Do you know about what size the rug was? I love it!

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replied on February 12th, 2014

It was on the smaller side. Roughly 3′ x 5′ would be my guess.

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14.February.2014

So, I love getting away to the CL fair…but it isn’t really all that vintage-y or antique-y…things are definitely expensive. It is a fun day, though. I saw in your recent post that you purchased your new dresser in Dover…I’m from New Phila (neighboring town). The dresser is so cute! Can’t wait to see you work your magic on it.

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