#OOTD – Shopping for Antiques

4th December
#ootd - antique shopping

In front of Sanford and Son Antiques – love the name!

Last Sunday, it was a cold, hazy day in the Pacific Northwest. My husband Mark and I decided to venture to Tacoma where they have a HUGE antique mall. We had previously bought an art piece there, a 3-panel room divider crafted by Alan Gorsuch, the owner of Sanford and Son Antiques. Made up of odd pieces of metal, a 4K RAM board, staples, bolts and a toy train track, it couldn’t fit in any more perfectly with our home’s modern (and whimsical) decor.

The artist who made this is apparently a colorful former local politician.

This piece entitled “Brunch with Jesus” serves as part of our “walk-in hallway closet”

I relied on faux fur and warm winter boots – in my #ootd (outfit of the day) –  to keep me warm while roaming the antique mall’s inter-connected warehouses and stairways (mysteriously leading to two different street levels), vast rooms, hallways, and shops (antiques/cafe/barbershop). Fortunately, the outfit underneath also worked very well later on for dinner at a romantic Seattle restaurant.

One of my favorite features of this mall is an intact bookstore, the old-fashioned kind where Fred Astaire’s character discovers Audrey Hepburn’s character in “Funny Face” (see images here and here).

#ootd - shopping for antiques

Sometimes antique shopping feels like visiting a museum or the house of a very old relative. It is a chance to turn back the clock, which is pretty cool at a time when technology – and our lives! – are changing so rapidly.

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I don’t believe every area of the mall was heated that day. But I was cozy in thick blue tights and Stuart Weitzman tall black suede boots, which I folded down to reveal a leather inner. I also sported a favorite accessory to dress up my nearly-antique (I’ve had it so long) Zara classic grey long wool coat: a stole of blue faux fur.

#ootd - antique shopping

Another winter accessory which tickles my fancy is a pair of soft black leather gloves with raised red polka dots and cashmere lining – I got it as a souvenir from our honeymoon on Lake Como, Italy. I dare say they looked quite nice with the Campbell’s soup bag, don’t you? 😉

#ootd - antique shopping

Once we got home, it was time to dress up for dinner at a Seattle restaurant known for small, artfully prepared dishes with local ingredients. We had received a gift certificate to the place as a wedding gift and couldn’t wait to try it.

To get ready, I simply added a shorter necklace to match the longer one I had worn earlier. The set (with a matching ring) is made of goldish green Murano (Italian) glass set in silver; the pendants hang from black waxed cotton cords.

#ootd - antique shopping

And I changed, of course, into more elegantly heeled Stuart Weitzman boots. The blue dress I wore is form-fitting, and so I avoid distorting the silhouette with a long straight sweater or jacket. That night I wore it with a blue cashmere cropped sweater with ruching at the top of the sleeve (for a little more interest).

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Playing some more (this time on Mark’s electronic drum set) before dinner.

Naturally, I had to bundle up once again for walking between the car and the restaurant. This time I wore a more elegant black wool coat with – of course! – my beloved blue faux fur stole. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here in the Pacific Northwest (brrrr!), but with some stylish accessories – and other select pieces – it’s a lot more fun. 🙂

What are your favorite winter accessories?

XO, Janea




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3 responses to “#OOTD – Shopping for Antiques”

  1. Great outfit! Would love to visit the mall with the bookstore! Would be my favourite as well!

  2. I love this post, I feel like I was at Antique Row with you! Your stole is beautiful, I’d wear it everyday! ❤︎


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