So, I'm going to try to keep this up. It feels like getting a brand new moleskin notebook and being afraid to write average things on the first page- like it might set you up for an average accounting of this life on every page (I usually start writing 3 pages into a new notebook, so I can place wild and wonderful things on the first few pages later...)- when really, just write. No need to be so silly about it.
ALAMEDA POINT ANTIQUES- JULY 2015
We did find some treasures today:
It was 11 o'clock somewhere, but in Alameda it was 8:47am and we were already to row "H" to see our wonderful friend William Berg of William's Antiks. William was once a cook in the Navy and I would hire him in a second to cook for us! His beautiful wife Katie and his three handsome young sons are so lucky. William can also fix clocks (and just about anything else), speaks fluent French, has a never ending supply of jokes to tell and travels as often as he can to Paris where he buys French antiques, treasures and vintage leather club chairs, which he repairs and refurbishes and sells in America. If you haven't stopped by his booth, you're really missing out.
Fun facts: William never misses a Burning Man and his Katie used to work on the production side of Jaques Pepin's cooking show on PBS. They are a formidable team, raising handsome and charming boys in a huge and lovely warehouse in the artist/live/work district of Benicia, CA. Every now and then they have a Warehouse Sale and we try not to miss it!
They have another business called Dharma Door that sells wonderful baskets and linens, you should probably check it out.
The treasures from William's Antiks are authentic and one of a kind. ALWAYS.
Coat racks from Parisian homes and Bistros....
The "smalls" are favorites of mine too. I love the little treasures...
This little escargot was super lovely.... I should have bought him. Tant pis, maybe next time.
(unfortunately I don't like escargots! I never could bring myself to eat them in France, which HM couldn't believe- so he once arranged to take me to Bistro Jeanty in Yountville, CA, where we ate them together...and I still didn't love them)
A small shop sign. An exquisite flask (flasque? flacon?)
Various small pieces...
....for the wine. Maybe for the wine we carry to Pizza Antica every Friday night!
Bright blue enameled kitchen canisters....
Small champagne buckets and a confitures pot....
And this is what we came home with:
This tiny treasure from the late 1800's or very early 1900's is 1 1/2" tall and only 3 1/2" long. It's solid cast bronze hand painted. It's stamped with a name on the bottom that I cannot make out. It is something HM and I have never ever seen before in our lives.....incredible really.
Very little wear and all the arms, legs and toes are still there. Not bad for 120 years.
HM has a very good eye.
This was from the guy across from William today.
I'm crazy for the printed confiture pots and mustard pots from France, so HM bought this one from Terry Littman (Row G). Terry arranges trips to the southern parts of France, near L'isle sur la Sorgue. She will take you shopping and feed you and show you all the best antiques shops. My Aunt Carolee and Uncle Bob have taken this trip with Terry every year for two or three years now. They bring back amazing treasures for their Christmas House on Bainbridge Island, WA.
We always try to buy a treasure from William and Terry when we go to Alameda.
We forgot to buy at William's today, we owe you one WB.
And the back....
So we came home with boots for me and boots for HM (Lucchese's), a green horsehair brush from I can't remember who, the mustard pot & the little yellow confiture pot (from Terry Littman), the boy with the alligator and a fascinating metal duck clip. The duck came from the Alligator man across from William on row "H".
Kind of a dark picture of the green horsehair brush, the duck and the yellow French confiture pot....
The duck is a clip- you press the top and the beak opens, it hangs on the wall. I have a similar clip near my front door that I put outgoing mail and important papers (used to be signed permission slips for the kids, etc.)
It was a pretty fun day.
We left Lafayette at 7am and walked to row X (the market goes to Z and then double letter rows until past GG I think!). We got hungry and left at 11am. And had breakfast at the Village Cafe in Orinda on the way home. Best breakfast in Northern California if you ask me. Kathy and Kurt Bellows run the place. Kurt makes the BEST corned beef hash HM has ever had (that is a supreme compliment!) Their son went to school with my daughter Paris.
I love our area. And I love our outings.