Potomac West Antiques along with their sister store Not Too Shabby Consignments is having their annual sale this Saturday, December 8 from 10am-6pm. With 10 percent off all merchandise, it should definitely be a stop for your holiday shopping and decorating needs. Leslie and I stopped by Potomac West last week to browse the merchandise. Here are some of our favorite finds.
For the tea lover on your list, check out this rustic wood caddy. Fill with different flavors of tea, add a bow, and you’re done. Pair with a homemade mug from A Show of Hands or Clay Queen Pottery just down the street. I could also see this used to store jewelry, loose change, business cards or desk accessories.
Vintage tins can be found throughout the shop — consider using one of these as a gift box (add a ribbon, no wrapping paper required) with a gift card inside for one of our many local restaurants and shops. The gift recipient can reuse the tin however they please, so it’s really two gifts in one.
Sports fan will enjoy vintage pennants and equipment (look carefully and you might even find one for your favorite team or destination). I know a few guys who would gladly welcome one of those well-worn baseball gloves to their collection.
Leslie and I debated if someone could safety use an old golf club, but one with this much character would be better on display than on the green.
This handsome clock will definitely make a statement in someone’s home or office. Right now you can find it by the front window, but walk around the shop because you’ll find more mid-century marvels upstairs and down.
Including lots of fun bar accessories — glasses, decanters, and swizzle sticks galore.
Tucked in the corner, Leslie found a couple more options for decanters. The one on the left is simple and elegant and has a top. While the one on the right doesn’t have a top, it does have a fabulously ornate pattern. My vote is for the one on the right. I’d probably use it as a bud vase.
Leslie also found a pristine set of bar tools. Shiny chrome will fit right in on a Mad Men-inspired bar cart.
I’m loving this set of four cocktail glasses. A toast on new Year’s Eve perhaps?
For your epicurean friends, I like the idea of giving a couple vintage cookbooks along with a new apron, crisp tea towels or other linens and kitchen gadgets.
Speaking of linens, this tablecloth is seasonally appropriate without being too holiday specific. If it’s too small for your table, it can be layered with a larger tablecloth, maybe using the red and green in the flowers.
Gold elephant bookends are handsome in a formal office or den, but wouldn’t they be darling on a child’s bookshelf flanking copies of Dumbo, Babar, Horton Hears a Who and other animal-friendly classics? You could spray paint them, but I think the gold color is good to go.
We spotted a few classic children’s books upstairs too. This copy of Alice in Wonderland has a little wear and tear, but I doubt my kids would even notice it’s not a “new” book.
Lots of books for the literary types on your list too including an eight-volume collection of classic short stories.
I’m really excited about these ornate sconces with shimmering crystals. They would look lovely in practically any room in the house.
It’s fun to compare the old film cameras to the digital ones today. And even if you don’t end of using them to take photos, they make nice decorative pieces.
And finally, globes! A classic educational tool that looks great in the home as well. I bought a globe last year at the sale and we love it in our home. This one is rather large, so make sure you measure your space first.
Do you go vintage for your holiday shopping? Will you be taking advantage of the sale this Saturday? Tell us what treasures you find!