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Just Browsing: Antique Factory

July 6, 2011
by thenestinggame

When Taylor was out of town, I spent a Saturday combing through antique and thrift stores. I picked up a couple of footstools, but didn’t fork over any real cash. If I had, it would have been at the Antique Factory in Chamblee. This place is a gold mine of mid-century and unique pieces. It’s entertaining just to browse (obvi), and on top of furniture and art, they have a lot of pop memorabilia and vintage clothing, too.

Let’s start with the thing I most wanted but did not buy. We’ll call her Mavis.

Mavis is pretty awesome. However, Mavis doesn’t really go anywhere in our house—not that Mavis isn’t worth redecorating for—but Mavis was a little pricey for a random Saturday purchase. Mavis reminds me of this painting that Taylor and I both love from the Ace Bar in NYC.

Mavis was hanging out next to this set of dressers. Again, they go with nothing, but there was something interesting about this color combo–they are less yellow in real life. I can’t decide if they are interesting like a well-made but insanely depressing movie or interesting like a conversation on an airplane that you don’t mind having. I have a similar dresser to these in Sadie’s room that I would like to re-do. I’m just waiting for the right inspiration. (This isn’t it, btdubs.) However, pairs are always more attractive.

If I had a really white kitchen, maybe I’d go with citrus accents and hang this sweet gal over a round table that sits in a bay window lined with benches with green cushions with white piping on them.

I found this aerial rendering of a fancy garden super lovely. I may just put it in my imaginary white kitchen.

And speaking of French, these posters would be really sweet in a kids room. Et educational.

Now for the things I almost bought. This Grecian painting piqued my interest. I considered it for over the living room sofa.

But in the end, I decided it was too small and I wanted to stick to my plan of a super huge modern photograph. I’m obsessed with this one by Slim Aarons from here, but it’s not quite right. And not quite affordable.

The other tempting purchase was this campaign dresser, which would go with my nightstands (after a paint job). It was a decent price , but not a bargain, and I was in the mood for BARGAINS, people.

And now… GRAB BAG!  Mt. Rushmore Mardi Gras costume?

Red button romper from the Limited Express circa 1992? (I actually owned this.)

And I found another one of these! Is it fate? Are rattan headboards following me for a reason?

Note: the romper and the headboard are NOT from Antique Factory, but from other time-wasting outings elsewhere.

So that’s about 3 hours of my life right there. Kind of awesome. Did any of these catch your eye? What was your favorite outfit from the Limited Express? Did it involve floral print bike shorts? (Mine did.)

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  1. amanda permalink
    July 6, 2011 10:49 am

    great finds! that grecian painting really got my attention. i purchased the exact same scene (different colors, though) painted in watercolor at an estate sale last year. paid $1 or less, if i recall correctly. i’ve never seen another like it until now. thanks for reminding me i need to figure out a frame for it!

    • July 6, 2011 10:55 am

      $1! That’s awesome! I would definitely have found a spot for it at that price. Thanks for stopping by!

      • September 12, 2011 9:02 pm

        The ‘Grecian’ painting you’re talking about is actually Minoan. It’s a fresco scene found on the walls of a ruined palace on the island on the island of Crete. That’s why the artwork looks to be in puzzle piece bits, because artists have taken the liberty of filling in the bits. I wish I could find one of these for me house!

      • thenestinggame permalink*
        September 12, 2011 9:33 pm

        Thanks for the lesson! I had no idea. Very cool.

      • September 12, 2011 9:04 pm

        Oh and please excuse all the typos in my previous message. Reminder to self, proof read!

  2. July 6, 2011 5:18 pm

    I had a very similar romper (proving Ebeth was correct even 19 years ago) but my favorite one, I think from Limited (not Express) was a wide strapped sunflower button-up sundress that I wore with a ribbed white tee underneath and/or a blue chambray shirt over the top. I wish I still had that thing today!! I like the aerial garden shot and the campaign chest o’ drawers. Maybe watch the price to see if it drops enough to make it a companion piece to the boys’ nightstands? The French prints are tres cute but would give me PTSD back to AP French at McCallie.

    Also: can you research and let me know where to bargain/antique shop in Chicago? Thankyoumoreplease.

    • July 6, 2011 10:22 pm

      I had a sunflower romper too (though I think it was a dress). I wore it with a black velvet choker, because Shannen Dougherty 4 Eva.

      As for Chicago, the website DesignSponge has a bunch of city guides and may have some good leads for ya.

  3. Leigh Ann Morabito permalink
    July 7, 2011 9:16 am

    They NYC painting looks like Betty White. Take a big purse next time you go.

  4. August 25, 2011 3:32 pm

    I am so glad I found your blog through apartment therapy! I have been reading a bunch of your posts today. I’m an Atlanta native, and own a house in Cabbagetown, and have some how never heard of the Antique Factory in Chamblee, but I think i might take a trip over there this weekend.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 25, 2011 3:40 pm

      Hi neighbor! (Same city, anyway…) You should definitely check out the AF in Chamblee. It’s a trip!

  5. Danielle Newby permalink
    September 14, 2012 9:37 pm

    I REALLY wish I discovered your blog when you posted this! I have been searching for that exact headboard since I saw it in a bohemian-themed girl’s room on
    Please let me know if you ever see this again, pretty please?

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