Friday, March 9, 2012
Mr. Mod Had To Drag His Lazy Butt Outa' Bed Early This Morn. To Pick Up Something Cool In Belleville And Since He Was In Illinois Anyway, Stopped By The Big St. Clair Antique Mall. Status: Shopped And Photoed.
I'll share my Belleville booty with you later, for now let's take a little photo tour of another local area antique mall. This one is on the west coast of Illinois in Fairview Heights. It's in a great location too...very near the highway exit for state road 159, a bunch of other shopping and a restaurant that I've been wanting to check out for a long time...Lotawata Creek.
There was an ad for something on craigslist that had been sitting for more than a week that I
just couldn't ignore any longer. I gave everybody a chance to snatch it, but it just sat there
unpurchased...and I could take it no more! I got up and made the journey to the east side. And
since I was in the neighborhood I decided to drop by the St. Clair Antique Mall. This is part of
a collective of Antique Malls in the St. Louis area.
I started poking around the antique mall and right away realized I was gonna need to get the
camera out and shoot some pics to share with ya'all. Visiting these antique mall is great because
the stock is always changing. New goodness is always showing up AND we are blessed here
in the mid west with so many great antique malls that you can visit so many that by the time you
get back to your first...well Of Course there will be some turnover! Down side? Better strike
while that Iron Is Hot...cuz' that Iron might not be there next time.
Most of what I found there on this particular trip was more in the Retro or Vintage vein than the
Danish or Mid-Century Modern style. But Mr. Mod loves it all. I should have taken a picture
of that table cloth under the California Modern serving pieces above. I didn't have a lot of time
and there was a number of items that I would have had to move. Too bad, it was pretty cool,
like the panthers on the left...in a totally different way.
Finding a matched pair of Retro lamps can be a challenge. This is one of those things you're best
just heading to a shop of antique mall for. Finding a matched pair via serendipity is just too hard.
I've done it but only a handful of times in all my "picking" days. I love that PomPom aluminum
christmas tree...even though it's a shorty! If that lamp in the middle pic was wood and aluminum
instead of plastic and aluminum, it would be here with me now! I gotta thing for the jade colored
mixers. Then there is this rather impressive Tiki style dining and coctail set. All I got is....WOW!
Of course there were tons of cool vintage and retro dish set and partial sets available from the
various vendors. I was especially smitten with the blue and yellow dandelion looking set. I've
never seen that pattern before.
And if you know Mr. Modtomic, you know he like all this ceramic stuff. Planters, lazy suzan
chip and dip sets, candle holders...whatever! I dig it all! As long as it sports a neat biomorphic
or organic shape, I'm all over it. I did actually end up buying one really neat item while I was
there but I'm soooo sleepy from getting up at an ungodly hour this morning (9:30am...
I KNOW! UGH!) that I'll just have to leave you with that. See ya tomorrow...stay outa' trouble!