Sunday, September 7, 2008

Jeanette's Galleria/ Harlansburg, PA

Located a block west of Rt. 19 and 108 about half way between Leesburg and Portersville in Harlensburg this is a great three story stage coach inn, you will notice that Jeanette's is a most interesting building before ever walking in. As you walk onto the porch never fear "the bark", a very friendly little black dog will greet you.

The best way to give you an overall description is to say 'think flapper', let me elaborate... On the first floor you will find costume jewelery, feather boas, and a wide variety of glassware. Make sure you walk to the 'lower level' in addition to the basement. In the lower level you will find a tent filled with an ever changing display of Victorian furniture. This room is HUGE, and is also filled with glassware, table settings, beads and more. In the basement is my favorite. Primitive housewares, and kitchen essentials. In my opinion this is the best part of Jeanette's. The second floor is set up as bedrooms of the roaring '20s. There is a child's toy room, and several vintage set ups. This is a wonderland if you enjoy vintage clothing. While upstairs make sure you look for the little closet...In the closet is the most beautiful little new hand crocheted christening outfits. They sell for about $100.00 but if I had a new baby this would be a must have!

Over all this shop if you are looking for early 1900's decor is a three star. The shopkeepers are very nice and the building is like a museum. If you are looking for primitives, you may want to consider passing this one by.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Leesburg Station Antiques/ Volant, PA

This shop is located next door to the schoolhouse shop. It is an attractive two story house filled to the brim with a little bit of everything. That isn’t even mentioning the four out buildings.
The out buildings are not heated so come prepared. In the these building you will find a lot of primitive and interesting items. Wagon seats and wheels, an infant coffin, one room schoolhouse desks (NO THEY WEREN’T ONES I USED!), farm tables and chairs…you name it and it may be there.

Step inside to warm up and you will be pleasantly surprise by the amount this single vendor has. Downstairs alone you could find fine china tucked in with a display of barbed wire tines. And in my opinion variety is the spice of life. Save just as much time for the upstairs… going up the stairwell is a slow process because of the nice selection of vintage wall art. Photographs and painted prints alike. I enjoy the large display of area milk bottles, beer bottles, pins and tokens. The selection of interesting restaurant equipment catches my eye also. It would compliment the “retro kitchen” nicely. If you have ever considered a ‘display only’ child’s room, this is your place. Children’s toys and books are plentiful.

This is a well stocked vendor, and for that I give him two stars. If the prices were a little more reasonable I would toss in another star and maybe another half star for pleasing atmosphere. It just makes me think of a smokers den, which is not always a bad thing. Don’t get me wrong a nice inventory, but a bachelors pad. Still worth a visit, let me know what you think. ~Leesa

Schoolhouse Shops at Leesburg/ Volant, PA

The Schoolhouse Shops in Leesburg come highly recommended. The address says Volant, but the little community of Leesburg is close enough to be considered Mercer, and is in the Grove City School District…Which puts it very close to the Prime Outlets! Setting just between Interstate 79 and Interstate 80 this is very accessible. The little brick schoolhouse is the perfect example of the country school. It housed kindergarten through fifth grade. I personally went to this school and have the battle scars to prove it. The kickball field was a killer! With the personal history out of the way lets talk antiques…

Upon entering the buikding, the first room to your left (1st. grade) is an advertising container haven. This vendor has a great collection of original packaging. Milk bottles, soda bottles, ice cream parlor items, tobacco tins, spice containers, cleaning containers, and ‘garage/oil containers’. This vendor also has a nice selection of small occasional tables.

The room across the hall (2nd grade) has a great selection of bigger items. Oak dressers to stand up closets. But if you are looking for a vintage lunchbox or a 'Dick and Jane' book you will find that too. This vendor seems to be expanding a bit, I am noticing a growing collection of tokens. The prices all seem to be right on the mark. This vendor has quality items.

Next door is (4th grade) This vendor seems to specialize in advertising posters. Nicely packaged on cardboard and sealed in plastic. This vendor also has a great selection of books. This room is also filling up, you will find cases of odds and ends. From fine china and vases to salve tins and shaving kits. As all the rooms the prices are accurate and consistent with the quality.

Back to the north side of the hall (3rd grade) is a vendor who seems to dabble in a little of everything. This is said as a compliment. I enjoy looking at the Fiesta Ware and glass but again his furnishings are also very nice. This vender has recently had a welcomed expansion in display cases which are filling daily.

You will not only find each room filled with great items but the hallway is packed with goodies too. The cute little room filled with settees was actually the building office. The only room off limits currently would be what I refer to as kindergarten, because it was just that. It looks like it is currently storage. So lets move along to the last room upstairs (5th grade and the principal’s room)…

This room is filled with lovely oak furnishings, some advertising containers, and very nice trains. Again, this room along with the whole building is really growing. My suggestion is if you really like it, you better jump on it, because things are ‘moving’ in this shop. Moving but always expanding which is great to see.

Lastly, you will want to take a look downstairs. This was our library, and cafeteria. In the winter we had P.E. and recess down here. The small room was the nurse’s office, which double as a band room and tutoring room. The vendors down there are as quality as upstairs. They are all a resent addition and are still growing so I am just going to say please come look around. At this time I can’t accurately describe them other then to say it is worth the stop. But dress appropriately, the boiler room is no more and the Reznor heater can’t keep up! The shop is very chilly in the cold months.

This shop in my opinion is four star, I hope you stop in and enjoy! Don’t forget to look next door. “Leesburg Station” has five buildings ready for your enjoyment. See my next blog entry for more on this. See ya soon ~Leesa

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tom & Jerry's Antiques/ Mercer, PA

Located next to the Helen Black Memorial Chapel and the Mercer County Historical Society in Mercer is a little brick duplex that houses Tom & Jerry’s…
This is a just the kind of shop a “rummager” would like. It contained things that may or may not have came from the Kauffman Estate in Pittsburgh, some legitimate high end crockery and trinkets and some things that may eventually become an antique. Huge ’estate like’ picture frames sitting next to a figurine of what looked like the rapper 50 cent dressed up as Santa Claus. Get the picture…
I found a crock perfume vase that I just had to have, I do have my doubts as to its age but as I have said before, I buy what I like and it looks good holding my dried flowers. You do need to know what something is worth I am afraid to say things in this little shop tend to be a bit pricey. I know I have been told ’Mr. Mercer’ is a wealth of interesting stories and information and some say that is why he opened shop… to visit!
In all fairness I would have to suggest you stop and look around, after visiting The Courthouse Square Dry Goods and on your way to the Mercantile. If you aren’t in any hurry stop over at the Historical Society and look around, I think they have a great display of history of Mercer and the surrounding area!!

Courthouse Square Dry Goods Shop / Mercer, Pa.

I promised my first post would be my favorite shop, so here goes. The dry goods store was at one time a corner market. From what I am told there was not a better place to get your meat. I can only remember as a teenager the great aroma and the cool creaky screen door and the wooden floors, those are all still there, but the aroma is now Yankee Candle.

I think just the front window says relax come on in and enjoy! When you get inside the people are always friendly too. The shop is not large but it is a multi dealer store that is nicely stocked. You can find hard wood furnishings, lamps, lace and linens, kitchen gadgets, fiesta ware, depression glass, hats and jewelry, or ‘fixer upper deals’. My husband has even found some patent medicine bottles which are not the daily finds in most shops! They also have a few ’crafters’ that specialize in vintage look alikes, but they are clearly marked as such.

This shop has such a nice cross section anyone will find something they enjoy. If you are interested in local art the late Tom Schubert’s paintings are on sale here too. For those of you that don’t know, Mr. Schubert was the art teacher in Grove City and called Mercer home. He was my favorite teacher and my children were also lucky enough to have him for art as well. They will always remember him directing traffic for the literary parade…he always made you feel cared for. Anyway, sorry about that little side trip but that is what the DRY GOODS SHOP DOES, IT BRINGS OUT GOOD MEMORIES!

That reminds me also at the shop they have great prints of the national flag truck event! Every year in Mercer there is a Memorial day parade it is called the Memorial 500 and it is one of the most moving patriotic displays you may ever see, that is a reason alone to come to Mercer once a year, but that is another story, to read more about that go to the memorial day 500 link on my favorite links.

The Dry Goods Shop is located on the corner of South Diamond Street and Pitt Street in the ‘Mercer Square’. If you are in the area it is definitely a place to stop and enjoy, If it is warm out they will have some wares flowing out onto the sidewalk. This is also where you may find a deal. Make sure when you come through town you give yourself time to stop at Tom & Jerry’s antiques and the Mercer Mercantile (an old fashion soda shop) they are all with in walking distance, but remember they aren’t open on Sunday.

Please feel free to comment on this post as it may help others get a feel for a great little shop. Stop back soon for the rest of my trip through Mercer and the shops in Leesburg.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

What am I trying to accomplish here... Simply a place to tell you about neat shops. My disclaimer is I antique as a hobby and I will rate the shops I go to as open minded as possible, but please remember, again I say “I do this as a hobby“…That said, lets have fun!! As we take these trips together please keep in mind my “trash may be your treasure”. I may not care for some of the shops that are heavy in one department and light in another but please NEVER avoid a shop because of what I think, and I will try to never be to critical of any shop…You can get a good feel for a place within minutes so stop by…just in case. I respect the beauty of high end furnishings, but I am not in that market. I live in a farmhouse over 200 years old, in Western Pennsylvania. I shop for primitives, vintage kitchen gadgets, advertisement containers such as coffee tins and tobacco tins and spice containers. That was just the kitchen! I love to find tea cups, doilies, gloves, hankies, and sewing supplies too. I have a great helper, my husband, not only does he keep me company but he digs and collects medicine bottles… and he lets me steal all of his cobalt bottles. I am attaching my prized possession (the sewing machine) covered with some of the things I collect. This will show you I buy what catches my eye not necessarily valuable items… Plus I have a great mother-in-law that gave me the sewing machine…(I rate her house as a four star shop!!) Next stop would be my mom’s house and her tea cups or that one item I dream of for my dinning room… all I will say is ‘Donatello’ in my book is not a ninja turtle! First I will tell you all about my favorite shop, after that they are not listed in any certain order. Stop back soon ~ Me