Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 PAPER DOLL CONVENTION Email #2: Antiques

Shane Confectionary in Old Town, Philadelphia last summer.


Email # 2


Other than the Convention itself, there are few things more dear to a Paper Doll Collector's heart than Antique Shops. In Philadelphia, many fine Antique Shops can be found along historic ”Antique Row" - - Pine Street, from 9th Street to 12th Street.

Here, you'll find a wide variety of antique shops, each with the prospect of yielding that long-sought treasure. Let's look at a sampling.

At 922 Pine Street is Classic Antiques, a direct importer of 18th and 19th century French and European antiques. There is also a large selection of country French furniture. Classic Antiques also carries an impressive line of mirrors and accessories.  Open Monday by appointment, Tue - Sat 10:30am - 5:30pm /

At 936 Pine Street is M. Finkle and Daughter, America's premier sampler and needlework dealer, offering a large selection of 17th to 19th Century needlework, as well as period furniture and decorative accessories. Open Monday - Friday.

At 1002 Pine Street is Blendo: Past & Present.  You can’t miss the display spilling out of the store onto the sidewalk, it’s been called “an art installation” that changes daily. While not, strictly speaking, an antiques store, you’ll find antiques mixed in with the vintage and modern items in Blendo, and everything has a retro feel.  The owner has chosen items that span the century, finding the common thread of beautiful functional design in an affordable mix of products. The store is chock full of vintage furniture, ceramics, glassware, household items, nick-necks and clothes. Topping it all off is a wonderful assortment of new and vintage hats for men and women and an absolutely fabulous collection of beautiful, fun and affordable jewelry. Many shoppers find Blendo to be a one-stop shop for great gift finds. According to the website, Blendo is “open most days from 11am - 6pm”.

1102 Pine Street is the home of Antique Design, a direct importer of 18th and 19th century French and European antiques. There is also a large selection of country French furniture. Classic Antiques also carries an impressive line of mirrors and accessories.
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• Pine Street is 9 miles from your Convention Hotel, a 20 minute drive.

for general information about Pine St stores:

Ah, but Philadelphia Antiques are not limited to Pine Street. There are other fine Antique Stores sprinkled around the city. Here are a few that may interest you:
Nearby at 617 Bainbridge Street is Anastacia's Antiques, regarded by many as the best antique store in Philadelphia. The owner, Stacy (Anastacia), is very knowledgeable about everything Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco; and the store has everything from vintage purses to Balkan jewelry to dolls. To give you an idea of the range of goods, consider: Spooky mannequin heads with Max Factor eyelashes, Ancient postcards, Antique linens in pristine condition. Exceptionally nice onyx jewelry, wire eyeglasses, full range of Victoriana - including a great range of tile, Ceramic and metal planters, crystal candelabras, Door knobs, Fans you would see in film noir, Signage you would see in a silent movie. The store is considered to have amazingly good prices.  Hours: Thurs - Sat 12pm - 6:30pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm.

Not far from Anastasia’s at 410 Fitzwater Street is RareCo Vintage, specializing in furnishings, art and home goods as well as fashions.  This store caters more to 20th century buffs, with lots of Swedish modern, mod pop and atomic age goods, with a smattering of Americana and shabby chic offerings.  Clothing and accessories are vintage and a bit pricey but good quality.  Hours: Tues - Sat 11-7, Sun 11 - 5

• These stores are about 9 miles from your Convention Hotel, a 19 minute drive.  

In the Old City district of Philadelphia are two top-notch antique furniture showrooms.

At Mode Moderne at 159 North Third Street, you’ll find hand-selected pieces of interest populate the 2200 square foot showroom.  Furnishings from all 20th century design movements are represented.  Lighting of all types, decorative objects and fine art round out the offerings.  Open Wed - Sat: Noon - 6pm, Sunday: 1pm - 5pm.

Further down the block is the Moderne Gallery at 111 North Third Street, which is internationally renowned for its high quality, vintage 20th Century furniture, lighting and accessories. More than 16,000 square feet on four floors of its historic "warehouse" building in the Old City section of Philadelphia are filled with an extensive inventory -- from French and American Art Deco and French 1940's -1950's to exclusive Wharton Esherick pieces and the best selection of 1950's-1980's work of George Nakashima.  Call for current exhibition and hours - 215-923-8536.

• Old City is 10 miles from your Convention Hotel, a 17 minute drive.

To delve a little further into the furnishings and architectural antique realm….

A bit further north in the city is a large warehouse full of architectural salvage, the Architectural Antiques Exchange at 715 North Second Street. Architectural Antiques is the place to go if you are looking for items dating from the 1700s through the 1930s. You can feast your eyes upon many styles of the past, including Victorian, Gothic, Colonial, French, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Gaze in wonder at the reclaimed treasures from French and Belgium castles and churches, European saloons, pubs and mansions and admire the ornate woodwork from times gone by. Open Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm.

If you crave pre-1930 furnishings and home decor, to buy or simply to gaze upon, ReStore is another architectural salvage company to the Northeast of the city center at 3016 E Thompson Street.  If you find yourself in pursuit of something vintage or antique, or something you fondly remember from your youth, odds are great ReStore of Philadelphia Inc. will have it in our reclaimed resale stock in their 6,000 sq ft inventory of salvaged items, judiciously chosen for resale.

• Architectural Antiques Exchange is 11 miles from your Convention Hotel, a 16 minute drive.
• ReStore is about 13 miles from  from your Convention Hotel, an 18 minute drive.
• Both are probably about a 15 minute drive from other points within the city limits.

So - - that's a sampling of Philadelphia Antiquing.

But let's look at one more venue - - Mullica Hill, New Jersey.  Mullica Hill is an easy 21 mile (30 minute) drive from your Convention Hotel. It's a village - - and its Main Street is lined with Antique Shops!  They are all within walking distance of each other.  Here are a few:

King's Row Antique Center, 46 North Main Street, has Dealers that feature Victorian furnishings, Americana to early 20th Century, Royal Family Specialist, Antique China, books, postcards, toys, glassware, vintage textiles, decorative accessories, silver, jewelry, estate and antique jewelry, pottery, folk art, old toys, and miniature scale trains. Open every day, 11 AM to 5 PM.

Old Mill Antique Center, 1 South Main Street, has Dealers that feature ephemera, books, china, glass, vintage clothing, costumes, buttons, dolls, Linens, vintage tools, old bottles, insulators, lanterns, jewelry; Roseville, Van Briggle, Rookwood, and Lenox china; antique radios, clocks, Edison cylinder players, trains, childrens' books, tokens, medals, coins.  Open 7 days per week, 11 AM - 5 PM, Saturdays 10 AM - 5 PM.

Front Porch Antiques, at 21 South Main Street, has furniture, oil paintings, prints, mirrors, and decorative items.  Open Fri - Sun, 11-5

The Yellow Garage Antiques Marketplace, at 66 South Main Street, is a 6500 square foot interior marketplace. Its Dealers specialize in 18th and 19th Century country furniture in original paint, pine and fine Period furniture, blue decorated stoneware, redware, yellow ware, quilts, baskets, samplers, folk art, Americana, Indian artifacts, fine art, dolls and accessories, 19th Century antique images, vintage Halloween and other holiday collectible, toys, estate jewelry, Civil War artifacts, fine glassware and china, Wallace Nutting prints, trade signs and advertising, and decorative arts.  Of particular interest to you may be Louise's Little Ladies Dolls and Toys in the Yellow Garage Marketplace. Open Wed - Sun 11— 5.

— To get to Mullica Hill from your Convention Hotel, take I-95 South for a total of 7.4 miles to Exit 4 (US 322 E), then follow US 322 E over the Delaware River for a total of 13.2 miles, and there you are!


Seen in Adamstown last summer.

If you have a yen for flea markets, and you can handle the August heat, you may want to consider a trip to the flea market capital of Adamstown, PA.  Antiques Capital in Adamstown Pennsylvania has been the Mecca for antique buyers for over 3 decades.  Here are a few of the many flea market venues to be found:

Renningers Antiques Market boasts a large outdoor space as well as a large indoor space.  Weekly you will find 375 dealers indoors and up to 300 outdoors (weather permitting), located at 2500 North Reading Road, Denver, PA.  Open Every Sunday 7:30am - 4pm.

Shupp’s Grove Antique Market is a beautiful outdoor antiques & collectibles market and is known as "the Picker's market, where REAL DEALS still happen."  Located outdoors under a canopy of cooling trees, Shupp’s Grove may not be as crowded as some of the other flea markets, but it’s not to be missed.

Adamstown Antique Mall, 3014 N. Reading Road (Rt 272 at traffic light in Adamstown) features Furniture, Primitives, Antique Tools, Decoratives, Vintage Clothing, Industrial, and Country Chic.  Open Thursday & Friday 10-5 / Saturday & Sunday 9-5 / Monday 10-5.

Stoudt’s Black Angus Antique Mall at 2800 North Reading Rd. hosts more than 300 indoor dealers and over 200 outdoor dealers, selling furniture, toys, estate jewelry, lighting, crystal, linens, china glassware & coins. Open Sundays, 7:30-4:00

For general info on Adamstown antiquing:

• Adamstown is 70 miles from your Convention Hotel, with a drive of approximately one-and-a-quarter to one-and-a-half hours to get there. 

So - - there you have some Antiquing venues, in Philadelphia and outside Philadelphia.

                               August 9 - 13, 2017
                Airport Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartram Ave., Philadelphia, PA
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