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One of the best parts of collecting vintage collectibles and antiques is discovering a new great find. My general rule of thumb is to buy what I love or at least like a lot. While I’ve had my fair share of losers, I tend to bring home better picks these days, or so I’ve been told by my partner. For seasoned collectors and novice beginners my advice is the same, pick what is aesthetically pleasing to you. From early primitives to high-end English and French furniture, there is something for everyone, and that is the fun of the hunt. I personally love to frequent the local antique malls, garage sales, thrift shops and an occasional auction. I lean toward the American collectibles from primitives to pottery and being in the Mid-Atlantic state of Maryland there are some pretty good pickings. On my last outing looking for spring inventory for our shop The Antique Garden, I visited a nearby Pennsylvania antiques mall. I came across this unique piece of pottery by Douglas Ferguson. Pottery can be difficult to identify because there are often so many abstract markings on the bottom. I liked this pottery bowl the moment I saw it and although I almost put it down, it weighed almost 6 pounds, I put it on the sales counter and brought it home. I liked the unique “crater” glaze, large 12” diameter and 3 ½” depth and thought it might be perfect to hold some of my plants. Plus it was signed with a distinct signature that I could read easily, Douglas Ferguson. As so often is the way, I googled the name when I got home and was pleasantly surprised that it was indeed crafted by a notable artist from North Carolina and later the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. In fact this signed piece was created in the mid-century and had all the markings of a modern era collectible. Ferguson created The Pigeon Forge Pottery Company in the 1940′s that existed until his death in the late 1990’s. I remember that beautiful area of east Tennessee when I took my family on an outing to the Smokey Mountains a few years back. It’s great to learn about new artists, their history, and save a vintage find for future generations. This piece is being offered for auction on eBay this week, if you are interested. What do you collect, we’d love to know?! Happy picking, Jenn from The Antique Garden
To learn more about Pigeon Forge Pottery and founder Douglas Ferguson be sure to visit this link www.thepigeonforgepottery.com
I don’t know why exactly, but I love primitives. Grungy is good, the older the better. Use marks, rusty gold, cast iron and farmyard finds are just what I am drawn to! Plus, most primitives are affordable and sometimes a steal at flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores and even antique malls. If I had to categorize this lot, I would call this collection “farmhouse kitchen primitives”. Someone else must like them too, because most of these items have sold, usually within a week or two of me finding them! More visuals from my 2012 files as we wind down the year and look forward to a promising 2013!
I am attracted to outsider, tramp art and prison art. This is a matchstick cross. Most are a bargain, purchase if it is in good condition, with little breakage as the matches can be brittle. Usually found in shops for under $5.00 they resell for about $20.00.
Yup, I bought this lot of pitchfork tines and sold them as folk art. What are some of your primitive collections? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org we’d love to hear from you! Jenn at The Antique Garden.
In case you are wondering who we are, let me introduce ourselves. We are Jennifer and John Thomas owners of The Antique Garden, Inc. located in Western Maryland in a small rural village named Leitersburg. Located just outside of Hagerstown, Maryland we are about an hours drive to Baltimore and Washington D.C. John has been in the plant business for nearly 30+ years and has an artistic touch that is evident in his landscapes, water features and container gardens. I buy and sell collectibles and antiques (and what ever else catches my fancy) and also teach Intro to Visual Arts at the local college. We met about 10
yikes years ago while he was freelancing for Motif Designs, an interior design company and the Folia Company, the manufacturer of Ralph Lauren fabrics, in New York. He brought me back to Maryland and I fell in love with the countryside of the Cumberland Valley, not to mention John, and we purchased the old 1895 General Store in Leitersburg. Historic Leitersburg, Maryland is on the Civil War route as General Lee retreated from Gettysburg right down our street. After completely restoring our aged building and grounds we are proud to be opening up shop.
Services include: full landscape design and installation, specialty plants and specimens, water features and ponds, container gardens for your home or business that can be changed seasonally onsite. We feature a selection of dried flowers, urns and pots, baskets and my collection of primitives and antiques. We also love to cook and grow almost all our own pesticide-free vegetables in our gardens. You’ll notice lots of recipes on this blog, that are tried and tested by us. Our farm stand, opening in this spring, will be filled with fresh veggies like: beets, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and my canned relishes, jams, pickles and herbal vinegars. If you’re nearby or want to take a country drive, please join us at the Peach Festival in Leitersburg, Maryland in August. You can contact us at email@example.com
Thanks for checking us out!
Jenn at The Antique Garden
The old kitchen sink has sprouted up again with pansies and Creeping Jenny.
Notice below, the birds have decided to nest in this garden statuary!
This dwarf pine tree is winter hearty and grows only about 1″ or so a year, making it perfect for your rock garden.
We offer a variety of garden plants, vegetables, installation & design, floral services and a unique assortment of collectibles. With home canned fresh pesticide-free local delicacies in season. The Antique Garden, Inc. is located in the square of Leitersburg, Maryland. We are a small company that offers our customers personal, professional and friendly service.
We have been busy during 2012 gathering up some new finds and clearing out our holiday merchandise at great savings. Take a look at a few of our items this week, both old and new. The weather is cold so stay inside and shop, share and check out some ideas for home and garden.
My latest craze is gathering up photos to share on the site Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/antiquegarden/ It is fun and is like a giant bulletin board of creative ideas that is free and open to anyone who sets up an account. So while the weather is freezing outside you can collect images of that dream garden and water feature you’ve been planning for next summer.
We have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen. From Asian, Cajun and todays foray into German cuisine, it is always fun to try different ethnic foods to liven things up. Let’s see we will have the Bratwurst and sauerkraut with potato pancakes….Check out my board on Pinterest, Last Meal Game also referred to as Foods to die for, this is a foodies dream!
Happy New Year everyone, may it be healthy, happy and prosperous for all.
The Antique Garden will be open, through the holidays from 11 am to 5 pm. Our 1895, or so, old General Store is in the square of Leitersburg, Maryland, just about 7 miles north of Hagerstown and an hours drive from D.C., Baltimore or Harrisburg, PA. We have a natural aesthetic and love fresh arrangements of mixed greens. We also enjoy growing and preserving our own natural, organic vegetables and local fruit, fresh from the farms of Washington County.
We have a large array of gifts from candles, ornaments, primitives and antiques, including a 18th Century French Petrin cabinet.
Custom arrangements, urns and container gardening are a few of our many services offered. You can contact us at AntiqueGarden@myactv.net
We have been super busy preparing for the holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas there always seems too little time to get everything accomplished. We completed the Kris Kringle Craft Show in Hagerstown, hosted Thanksgiving for my family, decorated and stocked The Antique Garden shop for Christmas, as John and I continue to work at our other jobs, John with his landscape and container business, and me winding down the semester at school.
We plan on opening the old general store, starting on Friday December 9th through the 21st. We have lots of great gifts, decorations, primitives, fresh holiday arrangements and food gift baskets, featuring our homemade jams, relishes and preserves. Here is a link to my Ebay store with a glimpse of some of the ideas we are offering this month. Hope to see you at our shop, in person, or online! Happy holidays from all of us at The Antique Garden.
Here is a link to our Ebay store and some of the items available this week. We are constantly adding great new finds, from this antique 19th Century quilt, to brand new Christmas ornaments from The Primitives By Kathy shop. Check it out and we’ll pack it up and ship to you promptly.