When Shane and I went to The Midlands a couple of weeks ago we drove through Winterton where we came across an amazing antique shop called Sandra Lemmer. It’s located in an old house, which is packed to the rafters full of all sorts of vintage goods from all eras and it has been laid out so nicely. They have a section that looks just like an old general dealership and it has all sorts of vintage products on shelves, on the walls, in draws. I love how things were designed and considered back in the day, everything came in such beautiful packaging from hairnets to medication, wish we could go back to that.
Back in the day the idea of a shop being shaped like an animal or an object seemed to be a very popular one. I went on a little internet trip down memory lane this morning and found a bunch of sites that would of back in the day, had me pulling over my car like a crazy woman to Instagram the bejeezers out of them.
These one-of-a-kind vintage porcelain dishes covered in loads of hand-painted ants are created by the genius hands of German artist Evelyn Bracklow of La Philie. The minute detail that makes up each ant and covers each plate is crazy. I really like these pieces, they make my skin a bit itchy, but but my face super smiley, if you know what I mean (I know you do).
Here are the few things I bought at the Benoni Antique Fair on Sunday.
1. This little gold brooch, which I thought was super cute with it’s bow and summer hat.
2. A vintage Tala tin egg holder, which I have never seen before.
3. The white cat which is actually an old perfume bottle from Avon, why oh why can’t everything come packaged in some sort of cat wrapping? I bought that piece for Jo because she collects white ornaments.
4. I found only ONE chained animal family, I thought I might come away with a least 2, but I didn’t. At least I found one that I don’t already have. The white cats are now very at home in my crazy ornaments cabinet.
5. Jo bought me the metal Bambi which is actually an ashtray, apparently you pop the cigarette into it’s chest and the smoke comes out it’s mouth.
On Saturday afternoon I had a bit of a tea party at our flat. I baked some vegan cookies, set out some of my most colourful china and invited some friends over. I haven’t seen these 3 faces in one room all together for a while, so I was super happy to have them all at my house.
We tried out some teas from a lovely lady who came to see me the other day about her product Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour. She left me some samples and the girls and I tucked into them on Saturday. The tea was fragrant and really nice, subtle but nice and they complimented the super sweetness of my cookies well. I’m getting some of this tea into Wolves soon, you must come try it out if you like.
This is the antique ship mirror I picked up at 2nd Time Around. Shane hung it up for me with my other boat shaped mirror, I have one more of these guys but he is packed away in our storeroom and I haven’t had a chance to haul it’s reflective face out yet.
This ship is in pretty good shape and such a nice piece of art deco magic. I love it. I also picked up a couple of other things along the way. Have a look see…
Bought these Royal plates. So nice that they are a set, think I’m going to paint on them.
Found these sweet little ship and anchor brooch.
And last but not least, I picked up this battered old ceramic Lassie from a flea market in Port Alfred.