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July 12, 2010

I’ve had the time of my life… cue music

Filed under: Entertaining, Friends — sashyjane @ 1:05 pm

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining the incomparable Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar on one of their Market tours this weekend. It was beyond fun.

Mama, Sarah and I started the weekend by driving to Atlanta on Saturday for a spin through Ikea and Lenox.  I’ve been to Ikea once before but never on a Saturday. It was packed to the gills! You couldn’t stir all the people with a stick! We ate lunch in the little cafeteria there then cruised through the showroom floor before getting down to business in the marketplace. Mama and Sarah each scored some great finds for next to nothing but I walked away empty handed.  I just didn’t see anything I couldn’t live without; it seemed silly to buy housewares when all my stuff is in storage temporarily.

Next we stopped by Lenox Square Mall but by the time we got out of the car, our weary feet said, “enough!”  A quick look around Anthropologie and a stop in Macy’s was all we could handle. A good night’s sleep was in order before the big day at Scott’s!

When we arrived at the market Sunday, we didn’t see a throng of people that we expected to see waiting for Eddie & Jaithan so we asked at the registration desk if they knew exactly where we should meet them. The employees paged Eddie over the PA system!!! I was mortified! A few minutes later, Jaithan walked up to us and introduced himself.  We all laughed about the paging.  Eddie joined us shortly thereafter and we all chatted while we waited on the rest of the group to arrive.

Our cozy group of 16 walked from the back of the building to the front while Eddie filled our heads with his infinite knowledge and wisdom. The small, diverse group was perfect. We had so much fun hearing Eddie’s stories and tips and  I must say that he and Jaithan are both so cute, nice and accomodating!

I had way more fun than I’d even anticipated and scored some excellent deals in the process. If you EVER get the opportunity, you MUST join them on one of their outings.  They have tons of exciting things coming up in the near future and you’ll be seeing a lot of them in magazines and on TV. I highly enourage you to take advantage of a trip now!

One of my favorite things about Eddie is that he doesn’t suggest you walk into a furniture showroom or art gallery and buy the most expensive things there. He is an advocate for finding great deals and hidden treasures and making them your own. He told us, “You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful life. You should just love the pieces in your home and use a little creativity.”  Love that philosophy.

This fun pair of chandeliers would look so pretty in a room with turquoise and coral accents. Maybe over a breakfast table? Jaithan is seen in the background taking pictures for their blog.

Eddie suggested using these tobacco leaf drying baskets as a lighting fixture or line one with a small tablecloth and fill it with chips and great pottery bowls of guacamole, salsa, etc. I really could have used one of these in my event coordinating days! It would have been so pretty on so many of the food stations!

These Chinese plates were SO PRETTY!! I ended up buying a good bit from this booth but I didn’t buy any of these. I sure wish I had now.

Beautifully restored copper jelly molds. This couple was selling at Scott’s for the first time. I think they’ll be in high demand.

I’ve always wanted a sewing room with framed vintage patterns. These were printed onto heavy backing. Tons of pretty prints and pages from vintage books at this booth.

Bakelite cutlery. Such a fun way to add color to the table.

Uncut linen. Would be great to have monogrammed and made into pillows or tea towels.

Mama went back and bought this great ironstone bowl Eddie spotted.

I walked away with six milk glass goblets, 4 Wedgewood dinner plates, 4 Japanese salad plates, 4 Japanese saucers, 2 silverplate dinner forks and 2 silverplate salad forks. My total ? A mere $65! By Sunday, vendors slash their prices to lighten the load home. I scored some super deals from a great china dealer and couldn’t pass up the milk glass goblets at $2.50 each.

The treasures I left behind:

This would be bananas on my white rummage sale chair with a contrasting piping (hot pink?) or even that blue velvet on the back of the chair.

I’d love to recover my hand-me-down sofa in one of these pretty neutrals. Especially that one with the coral-shaped pattern.

Although the leg detail feels a little Egyptian, I really like these chairs. There was another GORGEOUS chair in a deep aqua velvet I would have LOVED to get my hands on (not sure why I didn’t take a picture) but it was a cool $1,400. Yikes!

I love the look and shape of this chair but the vendor did it a great disservice by covering it in burlap. Have you ever been near burlap? It smells and it’s terribly itchy. Not great for putting in your living room. A coarse linen would have been much better suited.

Love this pair of lamps but I could not justify spending money on something I’d have to immediately put in storage. I think I need 4-5 houses to hold all of the things I love!

Now for a few not-so-spectacular finds:

Nice toupee!

Want a pet without the upkeep?

Wouldn’t this look lovely above a mantle? Ha!

All in all, this weekend was the perfect blend of bargain hunting, people watching and laughing hysterically (mostly at Mama’s antics) I HIGHLY recommend taking a spin through Scott’s (it’s well worth the $5 entry fee) and I recommend even MORE HIGHLY  joining Eddie and Jaithan on an outing.

Sources:

Scott’s Antique Market

Eddie Ross Blog

Eddie Ross Twitter

Eddie Ross Etsy

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3 Comments »

  1. oh, i was a ikea on saturday!!!! crazy!!!!

    Comment by Paige — July 12, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

  2. So much fun meeting you! we had a blast! your finds are so beautiful!! have a great week! Eddie

    Comment by eddie Ross — July 12, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

  3. Dang! That looks awesome!

    Comment by Cousin Jonathan — July 12, 2010 @ 4:44 pm


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