This weekend, Jaithan and I were out in Bridgehampton with our good friend Austin, where her parents, Shelly and Vincent Fremont, have a charming, old farmhouse just outside of town. Come Sunday, after morning coffee and bagels, we were off to Sag Harbor for a day of antiquing and a stop at one of my favorite stores, Sage Street Antiques. It’s only open on weekends with an ever-changing and well-edited inventory of tabletop items, including glass, china and silver. And even though Sage Street is an antique store, it’s a stomping ground for flea market junkies with everything priced to sell.
I was barely through the door when I spotted this old flint glass compote in a pretty shade of lavender. It’s the perfect size for serving a cranberry chutney during the holidays.
And how fun are these vintage glasses? They would be great on a breakfast table or even for a picnic. They might even make your children drink more milk!
These turned wood candlestick lamps I thought were beautiful. The shades are horrendous, but that’s an easy fix. Swap them out for the linen kind with brown grosgrain ribbon, and they’d be great flanking a leather partner’s desk in a gentleman’s study.
And how cute (and collectible!) are these old cookie cutters? That horse would make the perfect specialty cookie for a Kentucky Derby Party!
I love copper pots, and this one happens to be dinged and dented in all the right spots. It’s a good, heavy pot, and the tinning is still in great shape. I probably won’t use it to cook with, but for Thanksgiving (or any fall harvest dinner), it’s the perfect serving piece for one of my favorite side dishes, cornbread apple sausage stuffing.
These depression glass plates I thought were pretty too. The black and white painted details give them a cool retro feel. Glass plates are great for salads because they keep the greens crisp and chilled.
It’s rare to find a Trenton ironstone sugar bowl still with its original lid. It’s also the perfect size for serving condiments at a holiday buffet.
I’m always looking for old books on interiors, gardening, antiquing and, of course, cooking. I love finding unusual recipes and adapting them for my own. They’re also a great source of inspiration for decorating, table setting and flower arranging.
Here’s Jaithan looking for inspiration for a future story!
Check out this blown glass jug I found! What a great object for a bookshelf or even on a table with a single, over-sized fern.
And how pretty is this pair of mercury glass vases? They’d look great on a fireplace mantel filled with flowers or at the holidays, planted with beautiful gumdrop topiaries.
Here’s a great piece of McCoy pottery in a pretty pale blue. It’s the perfect container for a big beautiful bouquet of fragrant pink garden roses. And check out the antique towel bar too! It’s such an easy way to add instant charm to a bathroom.
Austin found this great footed vase from McCoy as well. Come holiday time, it’s going to look beautiful on her mantel, filled with miniature amaryllis and variegated holly.
And I love this pair of Greek key footed compotes from Heisey that I found. They would be perfect for a holiday relish of pickles and olives.
Antique door knobs are another great way to add charm to a home. They make beautiful objects on a bookshelf or coffee table as well.
This one I thought was especially charming. I love the bit of New York history in it.
Shelly picked up a really great sterling serving spoon.
Look at how beautiful and simple the pattern is. For $24, you can’t even buy a stainless steel spoon at retail for that price!
Finally, here’s another set of glass plates from Heisey I thought were pretty. And for $12 each, they’re a steal!
I’d say Shelly and Austin did well, wouldn’t you?
So if you’re ever in Sag Harbor, save a little time for Sage Street. But definitely get there early because there’s almost always a line when it opens. And don’t forget to tell me what you find! I’d love to hear about it.