Our booth at Camas Antiques; updated

Dragged Michael away from his work at Habitat ReStore (he took vacation all week to help them move to their new location) for the day and had him follow me up to Camas with the truck and trailer to bring in a couple of new, BIG pieces; and to change out some of the more ‘summery stuff’.

I’ll still have to go back on Monday and pull the leftover Halloween (which is now HALF PRICE!), and ‘tweak’ things a bit.  I always think of better ways to display things just as I’m falling asleep at night!


Moved this rusty planter to the entry of our space where it’s more ‘noticeable’.  It seemed to ‘get lost’ when placed farther back in the booth.  Hope to empty out all that small stuff in the top part on Monday.  Looks a little too cluttered right now.  May bring in some old watering cans to put there.









We brought in the grey shelf on the left.  It USED to be the pink/brown shelf shown on the right!  Sure hope it sells in its NEW color.  It was a LOT of work repainting this baby!


It’s priced $239.00.

Brought in the black spindle legged table with music pages top, along with several of the other ‘papered’ pieces.  This table is $49.00.

The sheet music covered container underneath the table is $18.00.  Lid comes off for storage.  It’s a nice ‘foot stool’ size; just toss a pillow on top!


Black ginger jar lamp with sheet music shade; $29.00.

Stationary sets and framed sayings make great gifts.











Lots of vintage milk glass.

A couple more of the new pieces.

Nightstand with one drawer; papered shelves and top; $49.00.


Little black 3 drawer chest; $42.00.


Yikes!  I kinda buried the desk!  I ended up moving the stationary stuff that is in the drawer, and it looks much better.  Just forgot to take another picture!  Desk price is $99.00.

Black end table with book pages on top.  $$39.00.

Solid oak ‘half table’  I’m sure there is a ‘real name’ for this type of piece.  Anybody know what it is???   Price is $39.00.

Ginormous vintage birdcage.  $99.00.








Vintage pocket Bibles and prayer books.

Vintage crystal cake plate and cover.  $39.95.

Because I LIKE them . . .

I really can’t tell you WHY I like bowls and baskets and jars full of string or crochet thread.  I just DO!

My ‘love for the look’ surfaced last summer when we started our closing sale for our retail store, and I decided I wanted to get rid of my entire collection of primitive/folk art and Americana decor.  We live too far out in the boonies to ever do a yard sale at our home, so I hurriedly whisked my entire collection off to our store to sell there, while I had the chance.

I knew I wanted to go with a more ‘nurtral palette.  And a more ‘organic’ and simplistic look.  And I found myself drawn to whites and creams and soft putty colors.  ESPECIALLY big bowls and jars filled with string!  THAT was the inspiration for the whole living room re-do.  (which is still very much a ‘work in progress’ . . . . SLOW progress!)

These pictures are of items I just stocked in our space at Camas.  I finally got enough ‘to share’.  I’ve got two big glass jars at home, and a couple of small jars with darning thread and grubby vintage white ric rac in them. 

I’m lovin’ the BIG industrial size cones of thread too.  I have one at home and took the rest to Camas.  You can see part of one on the far left here.  The other two (I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of them!!)  have sold already.

The jars shown come WITH the contents included.  The big glass jars are actually harder to find than the string.  Target carries some at a ‘reasonable price’ if you are buying for your own use.  Of course I have to HUNT for them at garage sales at a cheaper price so we can make ‘some profit’ on selling them.    If you already have a jar or basket or bowl and just need the string, these shown are sold individually.

  What is it about big bowls and jars of string or yarn that is so appealing?

New at our space in Camas Antique Mall

Cute little cubby cabinet.

Old black suitcases.

Handcrafted angel doll.

Another angel doll.

Silver plate vases.

Little ‘window pane’ shelf.

Fun little ‘step’ stool!

Aqua wall shelf and peg rack.

White wicker bench/coffee table;  just $30.00!

Oval stools.

Rectangle stools.

Stacking stools.

Wall signs.

Small framed signs.

Dried botanicals and cinnamon bun fragrance oil to make your own potpourri.

Cinnamon bun ‘room spray’ air freshener.

AJ’s own grubby stain; use on paper or fabric.

Cinnamon bun tart melts in vintage canning jar.



Other fun things in the Camas Antique Mall

After I finished taking pictures of our space, I took a few minutes to wander through the rest of the store and snap a few pictures to show you what else you’ll find at Camas Antique Mall.  I didn’t get pictures of ALL the spaces; just random shots of ‘whatever caught my eye’!







































Published in: on June 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm  Comments (1)  

Altered boxes

Found these boxes at the thrift store a while back.  LOVE the writing on the sides!

The pictures on the box tops, notsomuch!  Well, it’s not that I don’t LIKE the pictures, they’re kind of folk artish and I’ll always have a bit of a soft spot for folk art.  I just didn’t like those pictures WITH the rest of the box design.  Easy enough to change that!

I just covered the existing picture with some scrap paper and added some embellishments!

Of course now the boxes won’t stack on top of each other, but I’m okay with that!

The ‘hope’, ‘dream’ and ‘happiness’ are made of chipboard and came from the craft store.  I just painted the ‘dream’ one black.

And while I had my scrap papers and embellishments out, I fixed up this apothecary jar.  It’s a nice heavy crystal jar that I found at the thrift store.  When I got it home and cleaned it, I noticed it had a logo etched on the front.  DOH!!!  That’s what I get for not putting on my reading glasses to closely inspect stuff before I buy! 

It was pretty quick and easy to remedy with some tea stained paper strips and a pretty little embossed medallion.  And I added the candlestick for a pedestal.

All of these are currently for sale in our space at Camas Antique Mall.

THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Sophie’s Cottage goes to Washington; Camas, Washington, that is!!!


Yesterday was move in day.  WHEW!  Glad we only have to do that ONCE!  We arrived shortly after they opened at 11, and didn’t finish until they were announcing closing time in 15 minutes.  Still have a LOT of ‘tweaking to do’.  The booths there have pegboard backing, which I’ve never been too fond of.  But I give them props on doing pegboard right!  It’s the nicest pegboard I’ve ever seen; all trimmed out and a chair rail with solid wall below. 

We ‘could have’ covered the pegboard with wall paper or fabric, but that would have taken all day, and I really wanted to just get set up.  I brought HOOKS for hanging heavy stuff on the walls (like chairs!) but forgot the unbent paperclips for hanging pictures.  The hooks are too thick to fit into the hangers on the back of pictures.  So, that’s why you see a lot of bare wall space right now.  Will work on re-doing that next trip up.

Ready for some pictures?!?!?

Miss mannequin wearing her new petticoat and angel wings greets you upon arrival.

‘Big Pink’ as we lovingly call this baby, faces to the outside of the aisle.  Can’t get far enough away for a good ‘straight on’ photo.  But she is FILLED with lots of goodies!

You can see a little more from this angle.

Awesome vintage nightshirt hanging on the side.

Some of the treasures on Big Pink.

Birds and butterfly file holders.


Big bowl full of crochet yarn.

Yummy chocolate truffle candles and yummy natural bees-wax candles from Paris!

Lots of birds!

View as you head into the space.

Front right hand side.  Shelf full of  ‘good smelling stuff’:  oatmeal cookie and cinnamon bun tart melts, cinnamon bun room spray and cinnamon oil for fragrancing potpourri.

One spritz fills the whole room with yumminess!

Unscented pods and botanicals.  Use our cinnamon OIL to fragrance these to use as potpourri.

Tart melts and my very own tea stain for grubbying up paper and fabric.

More bees wax candles.  These are small rolled ‘honeycomb’ candles.  Heavenly sweet honey fragrance!

Big old enamel ware tub filled with vintage brooms and brushes.

Big round table painted shabby cottage chic; and a small round table tucked beneath.

Better view of the big table top.

Little cabinet tucked under the big table.

And the small round table. 

Vintage black suitcases tucked under the table.

Another little blue (child size) table, square with designs painted on top. 

Little oval stools.

Little stack of stools under Miss mannequin.

Altered box and cute wicker purse.

No such thing as too many little stools!!!

Vintage paper baby shower table-cloth, and small table-cloth.  LOVE the colors!

Little gold mesh stars for bowl or jar fillers.

Shabby urn with nest and egg.


Topiary and grubby globe. 

Moving along to the PINK.

Sweet pink slat seat chair.  Vintage very rusty metal crib ends, grubby old cupboard door and shabby picket fence sections behind the chair.

Better view of the picket sections.

Shabby black shutter and wall baskets.

Vintage pink  ‘make do’ style chairs hanging on the wall.

Vintage pink bowback ‘short legged’ (close to child size height) chair hangs nicely on the wall too.

Shabby brown stacking boxes next to pink and brown side table.

Pink and brown side table.

Shabby pink and brown dresser.

Vintage chenille full size bedspread.  PERFECT condition.  No stains, tears or worn spots.

Pretty pink urn filled with flour sack towels.

Gorgeous one of a kind pink and brown shelf.  We used a vintage frame as the decorative moulding on the front!  Lots of room to display your favorite treasures.

You can see some of the detail of the frame edging in this picture.

LOVE the stacks of old books with the covers torn off!!!  Restoration Hardware sells them for some crazy high price!  I couldn’t find them listed on their webpage, but they SHOW them in lots of pictures:



We sell our bundle of three for just $9.00!

Sweet little pink patent leather shoes!

The oldest pair of baby booties I’ve EVER seen!  So adorable!


Camas Antique Mall is located in downtown historical Camas. 

305 NE 4th Avenue  ~  Camas, Washington  98607

OPEN:  Monday – Saturday; 10am – 6pm    Sunday; 11am – 5pm

Phone: 360-834-4062;  JoAnn Taylor, proprietor.

Camas Antique Mall Blog

* We are in the company of a multitude of talented ‘antiquers’ at Camas Antique Mall; including a long time blog favorite on mine, and I’m sure MANY of you too;  Tracey, of Notes From a Cottage Industry!