The very best place to shop for antiques in the Bay Area is the monthly Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Fair at the former Naval Station in Alameda, California. This place is a zoo! Hundreds of vendors and thousands of customers frequent this event and for good reason: the selections are incredible. Regulations are strict – there are no reproductions allowed and everything sold must be at least twenty years old. It almost ended with a dispute between the partners several months ago, but fortunately the Antique Fair lives on.
My lucky stars aligned again on Sunday, for who should I happen to run into ? None other than the amazingly talented Eddie Ross and his partner Jaithan. Eddie was giving a tour that morning to a sold out crowd. How fortuitous to run into one of my greatest inspirations in such an incredibly crowded venue !
Eddie is very charming in person, and was so gracious to take the time to talk to me. Jaithan is equally delightful in person. Doesn’t Eddie have the best smile ? I told him how excited I was for his special on HGTV – did you catch it ? He decorated Kathy Lee Gifford’s home for the holidays with his exceptional Eddie touch.
Shopping for antiques in front of the San Francisco skyline is quite an experience.
Unfortunately, this morning was exceptionally cold and it started to sprinkle toward the end so I was forced to go home a little early, as were many vendors. Here’s a glance at just a few of my favorite goodies.
These vintage UK bus line routes. What fabulous art these make!
These gorgeous pillows made from rustic burlap.
I loved everything this vendor had to offer, including this beautiful bust draped with pearls, and the lovely embroidered linen pillows in the background. I never tire of this color blue on any piece of painted furniture.
I was smitten with this gorgeous black hutch with brass detail. Those cathedral doors are spectacular. Don’t miss the the charming charcoal ducks up on top.
This pair of twin beds would look marvelous in a girls’ or guest suite – I’d freshen the paint, then drape them with crown canopies and rich fabrics.
I’ll stop at any vendor who offers fine sterling and silver plate. One day I’d like to own a tea set just like these.
Retro linens made into pillows. Very sixties, but made fresh and modern.
I really loved this pair of 3 foot tall lamps – imagine them with tall vanilla drum shades. Very Ballard Designs and very yum.
How interesting is this architectural piece ? A mantle anchored by skinny columns, yet the chalkboard keeps if from being stodgy. It’s stunning !
This pair of ten foot long console tables would look amazing in just the right space. Perhaps a dining room that also functions as a library ?
Many vendors were selling vintage Christmas decor.
I loved these silver shell and blue crackle glass ornaments nestled in an old wood carpenter’s box.
This Christmas tree made with vintage jewelry completely stopped me in my tracks.
I stopped to chat with the vendor as I often do. She giggled as she mentioned that the response to this piece is dramatically different. She related that anyone over fifty always says, “My grandmother made one of those… I always thought it was tacky.” And anyone under thirty says “That is so cool !” Even though I’m over thirty, I happen to subscribe to the latter opinion. I think this framed display on black velvet is mega cool.
Even though I could only spend two hours, it was worth it to meet Eddie and take home a few little trinkets.
Don’t forget tomorrow is the big Ornament Party – snap some photos of your favorites or feature your best DIY ornaments. Anything goes !