Monday rolled around this week and Paul and I woke up in Bordentown, NJ. We had planned on heading back to the house in Pennsylvania but it was a long week and by the time we shut the store down, I was also shutting down. The idea of a 50 minute drive didn’t thrill either one of us so we did the overnight in NJ and woke up discussing how we should spend our free day.
Breakfast at Angie’s Luncheonette down the street was a no-brainer. So was heading to the outlet mall so Paul could pick up a new pair of sneakers at the Nike store (his were actually stolen a couple of weeks ago). But then what?
There are a few large vintage & antique co-ops in NJ that we like to pop into but we did that route not long ago and it was too soon to go back.
Then Paul looked at me and smiled. “What about the Breakfast Club?” he suggested. I agreed without hesitation.
The shop Paul was referring to is the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Thrift Store in Penndel, PA. It’s not far over the bridge into PA and only about 20 minutes from our shop. It’s become one of our go-to shops.
I plan to devote and entire blog post to this shop and its manager Laura but for now let me just say that it is a complete departure (in a very good way) from any thrift store we’ve ever been to.
At the end of the day, we came home with just a few new finds. We’ve been very selective these days and having extra space in the car at the end of a shopping day is ok by me.
We picked up this great little vintage server. These are really popular pieces and we can barely keep them in stock. They’re versatile pieces that can be used in a dining room, foyer or converted into a bathroom vanity. The style we picked up this week is especially good as a bathroom vanity conversion because behind the doors it’s just a big, open space. Perfect for hiding the pipes.
We also found a pair of Reed and Barton silver plated coffee and tea pots. I have a weakness for old silver and silver plated tea and coffee pots. I think they look fantastic grouped together or individually with flowers in them. If you look closely you’ll see that these are engraved. I love that because it feels like real people owned them!
We didn't pick up the other two pieces featured here this Monday, but were recent acquisitions. We purchased the vintage record player off the back of a truck!
Leon Stanley (his wife owns the Artful Deposit Gallery here in town), stopped by with a few things that he thought we might like and Paul and I were both drawn to this record player.
The final piece is called a TV light. I don’t know much about this but will do a little research and let you know what I find. Paul and I bid on this one a few weeks ago at the silent auction at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Thrift Store and we were excited when they called to say we won!
Now it’s time to get our new things cleaned up and in the store!
We tell people all the time that Sunday is our version of Friday. Paul and I are in the store every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesday and Wednesday we can be found working in our own studio, so Monday is our ‘day off.’
Mondays are usually spent sleeping in, taking care of personal business, and going grocery shopping. But it’s also our only shopping day of the week.
We have a regular circuit for our shopping trips. Our time is so limited now that we need to shop where we think we will be lucky enough to find the right things at the right price.
This week we found some beautiful pieces that are a little different for us but are in line with our changing tastes and the tastes of our customers so we thought they’d be nice additions to the shop.
If you’ve been to our shop looking for a coffee table you know that we don’t usually have any. They usually take up a lot of floor space and they are low so people tend to bump into them but we saw this one and loved the simplicity of the lines and the glass top. It’s perfect for someone looking for an uncluttered look.
This mirrored cabinet was really beautiful and a nice size - not too, big but not skimpy either. We thought it would make a great bedside table or side table.
We purchased these pieces on Monday afternoon but we weren't in our SUV so we told them we’d be back to pick them up in the morning.
Then look what we spotted when we went back on Tuesday! These beautiful black wing chairs with silver nail heads! So we snapped these up, too and they look perfect on either side of the mirrored cabinet!
Ok, that’s what we actually purchased this week but there are a couple other items that we saw and are highly worth mentioning even though we didn't buy them. These are larger pieces that we’d love to pick up but that won’t currently fit in the shop so we thought we’d feature them here. If you’re interested, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 609.433.9166 and we will pick them up for you.
The Mid Century/Danish Modern sofa with built in marble top end tables ($1,200) is a stunner! We’ve been drooling over this for a few weeks and just can’t figure out where we would put it. It’s 10 feet long and our friend Mike at the shop where we found it described it as “the sweetest nectar of the whole nectar family” (Mike is a character and has a way with words, as you can see).
This Vintage Church Pew ($599) is 9 feet long! Great for anyone with a long hallway or a big, empty wall in the living room.
We can’t wait to share with you what we find next week!!
Johanna & Paul
We're Paul and Johanna and we write about our life in the furniture business. The things we love, the places we go, and the treasures we find along the way.