Anne’s Fabulous Find 2

screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-9-27-33-amAs many of you who are familiar with my adventures in the Antique Hunters mystery series may already know, I am not always practical. Case in point, this week I been fascinated watching antique epergne centerpieces on eBay. See this stellar example with its cut crystal candleholders. Wouldn’t this make a spectacular centerpiece for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Imagine a darkened room with only the candlelights from this epergne glowing?

screen-shot-2016-10-08-at-9-27-06-amOr, this example, a silver plated Sheffield candelabra from Victorian England. Its central column features a sleeping lion as well as rococo shells, vines and rosettes. Both these pieces are in great shape and would truly change a room.

Alas, I have been forced to downsize from my Chicago Bungalow to a mere apartment above mine and CC’s antique store, Great Aunt Sybil’s Attic. These are too good to pass up. I will consider adding them to my collection.

Anne’s weekly tip: Never be afraid to splurge on yourself. You work hard and deserve it.

About Anne Hillstrom: Anne and her best friend, CC, is the heroine of the Antique Hunters mystery series. She searches for treasures amongst garage sales, flea markets and resale shops.




Anne Hillstrom’s Fabulous Finds

Welcome to my weekly insights into what I am shopping for. If you don’t know me, I am Anne Hillstrom, antique hunter extraordinaire. Me and my best friend, CC Muller, are the heroines of Vicki Vass’ antique hunter mystery series. To help Vicki with her research, I spend my days scouring estate sales, online auction houses and resale stores to find the most interesting antiques. I am going to chronicle those finds here.screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-1-34-19-pm

My current obsession is the Afternoon Tea Party china by Anna Weatherley. Trimmed with 24-karat gold, this china features hand-painted botanicals modeled after 18th and 19th century prints. I didn’t think there was any china set more expensive than Flora Danica but this one has it beat. One plate can cost more than $500, a serving bowl can cost $700. Isn’t it lovely? If I only won the lottery. Maybe I will find a set in the dusty corner of a barn or at a garage sale.

I would not use this set for anything other than breakfast and never around children or pets (Sassy, I hope you didn’t hear that).

Anne’s tip: I’m going to let you in on a little secret. When I search eBay, I search for misspellings. Often people are in a hurry to add their post so they misspell words. You can find great deals if you search for variations of a name like Limge instead of Limoge.

Clowns, books and chairs, oh my. . .

Last weekend, I sacrificed myself in the name of research. I spent one of the last fall afternoon driving around to garage sales. It was a beautiful fall day, the sun was shining, but I got a late start due to having to wear out the five-month old puppy first.

When I finally got in the car with my patient husband and not-so-patient Australian shepherd puppy, we made our first stop a mere block away. Our neighbor, who loves antiquing and garage saling, was setting up her front yard with Halloween decorations. She had a few items out, including two vintage Schwinn bicycles, but nothing we needed.

Then we drove down the street and found one house that was chock full of stuff, including these clown paintings. I was tempted to purchase one for a friend who is afraid of clowns but decided to pass. They also had a lovely double gilt mirrorclown

The next stop featured a collection of children’s books, National Geographic magazines and a vintage wedding dress preserved in a box. I wondered about the bride. Who she had been? Was she happy? I hoped so.

Not satisfied, the next day we traveled a little farther out to a sale that advertised seven tents, including vintage items. Unfortunately most of it was all old children’s books, VHS tapes and caimg_1844mouflage belts. None of those interested me. Then we drove to another location advertised on Craigslist and found a wonderful barrister bookcase that was in need of restoration. Some vintage items including a set of mason jars.

When leaving, I spotted a sign for a book sale, and I couldn’t pass it up. We drove to the storage locker. A couple who ran an online book sale business were clearing out their inventory. The inside of the locker was neatly encased in organized bookshelves. All books $1. I loaded up on books on witchcraft (research for a new story), several biographies and this wonderful book on Lalique jewelry. All for $6. These will be added to my growing pile.

img_20160924_121822_581While I was out doing my “research,” the real-life Anne, inspiration for the fictional Anne of the Antique Hunters traveled to the Randolph Street Market, one of Chicago’s largest antique and vintage fairs. She found this lovely set of chairs and was inspired by their artistic lines. She says, and I quote, “They were these cool chrome-looking garden chairs, looks like they were straight from art nouveau Paris. Alas, no table! Lots of pure style, sensual, lots of curlicues.”

And, both Anne and I have spent hours on our new favorite auction website, Everythingbutthehouse. While I haven’t bid on anything yet, I have spent hours looking, all in the name of research.

Up next, this week, a trip to an antique store, perhaps? Or maybe a rummage sale?