Monday, August 31, 2020

Tales of the Traveling Tote: Safely Social

 Wake me up when this is over, will somebody, please??

Ho-hum. Not much going on here. No travels, but daily walks keep us out and about, enjoying the beauty in our own neighborhood and surrounding areas, with the opportunity to be safely social. Well-groomed landscapes and small garden plots....

Scenes along the river, from both the north and south sides (where we moved from and to) catch our eye....
...capturing various flora.....
...and creatures, big and small.
A look across the city skyline outside our living room windows gives us up-to-the-minute alerts on summer storms as they pass, often literally in minutes.
Waking up to unique sunrises is the promise of new beginnings.Online shopping has generated new excitement, especially when new or previously coveted items are scored!
I've still been doing a lot of cooking and baking. If the collage below looks like the same thing over and again, that's because it is (except for that last batch that I didn't even plate off the cooling rack, lol). Baking these little jewels and freezing individual servings has become something I really enjoy. The blueberry muffins have become a favorite!

Curbside & drive-thru pickup, and eating in the car has become a 'thing' with us and, apparently, a lot of others we see out. Separately, I get out more than Mr. P., but still fairly isolated in terms of people. I continue helping my brother purge and organize, and go to the antique mall weekly at the opening hour.

I did get out to a friend's backyard for a safely social gathering at the end of July. A welcome change!

The traveling tote tribe has held a couple Zoom calls, and I look forward to those also. It's been a nice way to get to know each other more personally.

I've played 'pretend hosting' a couple times too, once in setting up a bar cart for some fun. MacKenzie-Childs had their Unorthodot entertaining line on sale, and I had a birthday coupon, so I splurged. They also had their annual barn sale online. Even though I placed a couple orders during their online event, they've not shipped yet, but I'm in no hurry. I'm certainly not going anywhere. Oh, and then there was an end-of-summer sale at a local boutique, which just happened to include all of their MC stock. I splurged there, too.

Stay the course, friends. Be safe.


The Traveling Totes Tribe is offering another giveaway and I am our giveaway sponsor this time. One lucky reader who leaves a comment on my post today will have their name thrown into the hat for an opportunity to win this set of four MacKenzie-Childs Parchment Check cork-backed coasters! 

Without further ado, here are all the links to the rest of tribe members' travels since our June 1 post. Several of our tribe have actually taken some fun trips, so be sure to check them out. 

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths
Emily with Miss Courtney Childs@ The French Hutch
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Miss Taylor @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @ The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C @ Panoply (you are here!)
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie with Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess de Monet @The Sketchy Reader

Thank you so much for dropping by the blog today. I love reading your comments, and don't forget to leave one here for a chance at the giveaway! Come again for our next adventure, which  will be December 1, 2020.

Rita C. at Panoply
(A special thanks to Rebecca of Zucchini Sisters' Celebrate Your Story #247 for featuring this post!)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Panoply Pandemic Vintage, Antique Shopping 2020

Hey, y'all. When I started this blog in 2013 its original purpose was to be able to have one place to journal and share vintage finds and antique mall booth displays with my two sisters who, together with me, comprise Panoply. It's become more of a lifestyle blog, but its original purpose remains.

Summary collage, January-August, 2020 Panoply Vintage, Antique Finds

In spite of the pandemic, I/we have still managed some vintage and antique shopping this year. At times the shopping was with my sisters, other times alone. Today I'm sharing most of my vintage and antique finds from January through August, 2020. Brief descriptions follow each collage.

Pre-pandemic February, 2020 Estate Sale (Clockwise, L to R): Virginia Metal Crafters, brass sconces, wicker and rattan tiered shelf display, 1968 Old FItzgerald bourbon decanter and two Derby (1984, 1987) glasses, handmade wood and brass hunter with dog plaque, vintage stapler, blue Depression glass vanity set, 1970s Frye boots with original box/pamphlet, various fall/Christmas linens, pair of quadruplate napkin rings, and set of 8 colorful hand-blown tumblers.

February, 2020 Estate Sale additional items (L to R): miniature pheasant, handpainted Scottish tartan clothes brush, wooden block mind puzzle, pair Waterford crystal candle holders, handpainted cast metal rooster corkscrew, road runner bottle opener. These were keepers. :)Pre-pandemic January-February, 2020 Private Estate Linen Lot Purchase: A reader reached out to me through my blog, messaging she was clearing her mother's estate of many fine linens. Above is just my portion of what my sisters and I purchased and divided. There were many fine, new-with- and new-without-tag linens (NWT, NWOT), including French Brode Main tablecloth and napkins, John Matouk & Sons seersucker bed coverlets, monogrammed German dish towels. Other unused items included hankies, guest towels, and table covers.

Pre-pandemic March, 2020 Estate Sale: (clockwise, L to R): vintage ladies' ice skates with blade covers and tartan carrying case. set of 21 Japan miniature winking Santa mugs, Tom Turkey oval platter, box of 12 1930s Gillette razor blades and Twinplex razor blade sharpener, 1949 Virginia Metal Crafters brass horse clip, pair of Dietz small kerosene heaters (the official lantern of Boy Scouts in 1940s), and unique 3D Maggie Product still life magnetic board (signed Vestey Rich).
March - July, 2020 various purchases from individuals throughout COVID pandemic (clockwise, L to R): sterling bracelet, 1920s sterling dance compact with finger ring, set of amethyst glass/crystal base sherberts, pair of brass pheasants, mint condition 1960s Ohio Art Huckleberry Hound sand pail, a set of vintage (heavy!) Tiffin Madeira Franciscan glasses, a pair of Kolene Spicher garden sketches, a unique fireman's uniform badge, a handmade folding side table, a Pilsner Urquell (Czech beer) pail, antique asbestos iron, a hand thrown pottery vase and handmade crochet afghan.
June, 2020 Estate Sale by appointment (clockwise, L to R): diminutive Staffordshire dog, brass greyhound or whippet statue, 1965 Austin Products bear and bull sculpture, vintage kaleidoscope, trio of English brass horse fobs, collection of children's books including Mother Goose pop-up, antique mirror-backed, hanging  shelf unit, French stellarscope in box, vintage binoculars.
July, 2020 Private Sale (clockwise, L to R): Asian ginger jar and mid-century figurine, barrel cask decanter with shot glasses; Blendo (WV) juice service and pineapple tray; Noritake saucers and Jeannette clear hex optic cups; Jeannette  iridescent marigold various candy/nut servers; Anchor Hocking ruby Georgian glasses and Coronation berry service; Indiana blue harvest carnival juice and table service (butter, cream/sugar).
August, 2020 Estate Sale by appointment (clockwise, L to R): terrific chenille bedspread, miniature oil painting of TX bluebonnets, two vintage bird figural napkin rings, Copral (Portugal) copper saucepan, set of 6 Kentucky Derby 1995 commemorative glasses (only one shown).
August, 2020 Estate Sale by appointment (clockwise, L to R): trio of wood candlesticks, cloisonne candy dish, Fire King tulip grease and stovetop shakers, retro giraffe swizzle sticks, framed & matted, artist signed watercolor with easel, pair ceramic quail (1977), 1961 bowling trophy.
August, 2020 Estate Sale by appointment (clockwise, L to R): pair ice skates, Aladdin thermos, vintage cottage tablecloths and table topper (hand-embroidered Flapper corners), accordion sewing basket, pair cloisonne ginger jars. 

My sisters and I have remained in business at the South Charleston Antique Mall in South Charleston, WV since 2008. Three separate interstates go through the area (I-64, I-77 and I-79), with strategic billboards placed along each for high visibility. We are conveniently located off of Exit 56 on I-64. 

Our mall closed for five weeks during the COVID lockdown from late March to mid-May. Since reopening, we have have had numerous travelers throughout the pandemic, stopping and shopping in our mall. With 18,000 square feet and three and half floors of space, one can easily shop in our antique mall with physical distance! 

I'll try to get a post up sometime soon showing some of the 2020 Panoply displays in our antique mall spaces. We rent approximately 1,000 sq feet together, with 4-5 spaces styled, depending on how we divide and structure the displays.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed the virtual shopping! Thanks for dropping by. Stay well.