The Picker Sisters Take A Roadtrip To Find The Best Vintage Furniture In The West!

What happens when two sisters rent a Uhaul van and embark on a quest for amazing vintage furniture across three states?  Vintage shopping magic!
Earlier in July – that is exactly what we did!  Tracy and Cristina – The Picker Sisters –  started in Idaho, rented a van and went out on the open road, with  no plans beyond following their noses to some great finds!
Cristina lives in Boise – so we started there!
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In Boise we scoped out a local estate sale store, and found some fabulous china!  We chatted with local antique collectors, who let us see their secret stashes of antiques stored in garages.
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 Of course, no city visit would be the same without a visit to the recycled materials center.  We had a great time checking out used tiles, building materials and tons of light fixtures!
recycled materials center
We finished off a great day of shopping with a lovely meal, and an amazing strawberry butter-cake dessert at Fork in downtown Boise.  Yum!
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NEXT STOP:  MERIDIAN, IDAHO
The next morning we picked up our Uhaul Van.  There was some drama and we almost were unable to take the 10 foot van that we had reserved.  They only had 16 foot vans!  The bigger van was tempting … but luckily we got the size we had reserved.
Uhaul Van
We headed out on the open road, stopping first in Meridian, an adjacent town to Boise for an estate sale.  They had some great finds at the sale – we were especially taken by the nailhead details on this chair:
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From Meridian, we did a quick stop in Nampa, Idaho – to check out The Chicken Koop.  Have you ever seen anything with more personality?   Our adventure was off to a great start – these ‘off the beaten track’ spots were exactly what we wanted to find!
Most of this store was filled with the basic things that you would expect – but in the very last stall we stumbled across the most incredible crystal collection we had ever seen!  Of course we had to buy the French red crystal glasses!
Nampa Idaho
NEXT STOP:  FRUITLAND
Our itinerary had no set schedule and no limits, we just followed our vintage seeking intuition to wherever it lead us, which was someone’s outbuilding, near a farm in Fruitland, Idaho!  This collector had some amazing pieces – she really knew her stuff and drove a hard bargain.
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NEXT STOP: BAKER CITY
We crossed over from Idaho, into Oregon, stopping first in Baker City.  This is a small city, but has a great tradition of Oregon Trail History.  We were hopeful that we’d find some great furniture there.
Unfortunately it was a Sunday, and most places were closed!  There was a big motorcycle convention in town and the entire city was full of bikers!  We were very fortunate that Kathy opened up her store for us!   Thank you, Kathy!
Kathy in Baker CIty
Between Kathy’s store and a flee market, we had quite a haul.  It was time to reorganize the truck.
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Don’t we just look like we’re having a sidewalk sale?
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NEXT STOP: PENDLETON, OREGON
You might be familiar with Pendleton, as it is the home of the famous Pendleton Roundup Rodeo.   We hit up two antique shops and then stopped for coffee at this fabulous cafe:
cute coffee shop
At our third stop in Pendleton we came across this unbelievable Alligator bag.  Sorry – this one we’re keeping.  (Can you blame us?)
vintage purse
Then we were back on the open road again, headed to our next destination!
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STANFIELD 
Stanfield was a highlight of the trip.  We had so much meeting 97 year old Frieda in her antique store.  Frieda had some fabulous jewelry, and told us “I’m 97 – so I’m going to wear my diamonds everyday!”  Love that attitude!
Frieda!
She sold us her amazing orange bed set.  She told us that she had a lot of fun with that bedset!  Ok, does it get ANY more fabulous than this? Don’t think so!
Frieda's Bed
NEXT STOP: RICHLAND
Have you ever been to Richland, Washington?  It is a beautiful spot.
Scenic Richland
Richland is also full of fantastic antique and vintage store.  Richland, indeed!
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Have you ever seen such bounty?
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We couldn’t pass up on these stunning Old English Red Willow dishes at Ragtime Antiques!  What a stunning set.
ragtime dishes
Then we continued to head north to our next, and final stop before our destination of Seattle.
YAKIMA
This patriotic antique store was our final stop.
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We topped off our Uhaul with a bright red bench.
red bench
With our spoils, we returned victoriously to the Emerald City, and hosted a fantastic truck unloading sale in celebration!  What a great time sharing our booty with our loyal clients!  We still have a few of our finds left in the store, so come in and see what we found.
The Picker Sisters may have found a new calling.  This was the inaugural road trip of what is sure to become a yearly tradition!  Lessons learned from the road trip?  If you see it and you like it – get it!  We’re still thinking about that mid century dresser that we left behind in Oregon.

Summer Settings – New Tablescape Inspiration

Yellow Elegant Table Setting

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patterned table runner

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Are you enjoying this gorgeous, sunny heat wave?

We are, and summer is inspiring us to create some new tablescapes.

This setting was built around delicate floral china, which ties in bright colors on a clean white background, with a patterned border, to compliment the linear pattern of our table runner.   Lemon yellow was the accent color for our placemats and linen napkins.  We took the color literally, filling a silver bowl with lemons.  Lemon and silver go fabulously with crisp white porcelain accent pieces and shiny crystal water glasses.  One of our favorite details?  The wide silver rims on the water glasses.

Now we’re dreaming up what to serve on this table.  Boiled Lobster with Scallion Pepper Butter, for a killer summer party?  Maybe iced tea with a Vanilla Coffee Hazelnut Cake for a small get together?  What about you?

The Joy of Collecting: Our Favorite Local Portrait Collection

Two local art collectors, and loyal customers of Gracious, agreed to let us share a glimpse into their breathtaking collection.  They have converted their home into a private gallery featuring portraits from an eclectic mix of historical, contemporary, European and American portraits in many styles.  By selecting a singular theme, the portrait, they’ve assembled one of the most fascinating private collections I’ve ever seen, not to mention a home with fantastic conversation pieces.

We were so inspired with what these collectors did with their personal home, that we wanted to share some photos, to inspire you, too.

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Gracious Turns 3! Time for a Sale!

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This is a weekend for shopping that you do not want to miss!

To celebrate our third year in business, we’re really going crazy for our annual sale.  This is the only sale that we host all year long – so you don’t want to miss it!

What’s the most exciting part of the sale?  It isn’t seeing all of our favorite pieces being discovered and taken home to a new home – it’s that once we clear out space – we get to fill it up with all new new treasures!

Join us this Friday, June 14th, and Saturday the 15th for the big sale!

New at Gracious in June

Hello June!   Along with the arrival of summer come some fabulous new additions to Gracious!  Here is a sneak preview of what we have for you this month:

As always, we are loving Blue and White!  We’re covering our tables in blue and white china, blue glass, and using cheerful yellow tones to accent.  We are cozying up with blue and white toile throw pillows, which seem to go with everything, and loving the look of white porcelain and white and blue decor to accent our side tables.

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Blue and White China

We just got in this new white bureau.  We can see it in an entry way, or a bedroom.  It’s in flawless condition, and looks great topped with a lamp:

Bureau White

Speaking of lamps, we have some gorgeous new lamps lighting up the store:

Lamps with room for crystals

How fabulous is this pair of ornate crystal lamps?  If porcelain is more to your taste, we have a flawless pair of these lamps with a floral design.  (not to mention – decanters!)

porcelain lamps

We are obsessed with stacking tables.  These ingenious accessories are the perfect finishing piece for your living rooms.  We are amazed at the different styles of stacking tables.  We are currently featuring stacking tables with shiny polished wood, with bamboo legs, and another set with ornate gold, and painted scenes.  Which do you prefer?

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ornate stacking tables

Last but not least – we have some gorgeous new rugs!

oriental rug

These are our newest arrivals!  We are constantly seeing new things in the store, so for up to the minute updates, follow us on Facebook.  To talk all things style, join the convo on Twitter, and for home inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards!

Busts and Statuettes for Every Occasion

Coco + Kelley recently wrote a post about decorating busts with seashells for a gorgeous, organic, personalized statement piece!  Read her article here.

We loved this idea of personalizing your statuettes and busts.  We have some great pieces in store right now – ripe for the personalization and decorating.  We think these pieces go great in your garden, on top of entry way consoles, tucked away in nooks, or on top of tables.

Where do you put them?  How do you decorate them?

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Gifts for the Gracious Mother: For Your Mother’s Yard

Mother’s Day is a great spring holiday, and the perfect excuse to treat your mom to something new for the garden, that she can enjoy all summer!

May is also the month that we have our annual Garden Party.  If you missed it, Gracious still has some great pieces to make your garden or yard a wonderful place to hang out.

Does your mother’s garden need something new?

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We love these brightly painted patio chairs!

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How about a pretty little birdhouse?

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Do you REALLY love mom?  How about this beautiful cast iron patio set?

tilesWe just got in these vintage garden plaques – collected from all over the world!  Wouldn’t they be beautiful in a garden?

Stay tuned – more Mother’s Day ideas to come!

Gifts for the Gracious Mother: For the Mother Who Loves to Entertain

Americans usually spend $18.6 billion dollars every Mother’s Day!  $15 percent of this goes to house ware.

Does your mother love entertaining?  We have everything in store for mothers who love to host.  Would your mother like these:

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For the mother who throws the best dinner parties, why not treat her to some beautiful vintage dish ware on which she can debut her culinary creations?

mirrored glasses

Would your mother enjoy serving guests drinks from these beautiful mirrored glasses?

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Or does she prefer tea parties?

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These vintages glasses and drink carrier could be the perfect accessory for an outdoor summer barbecue or picnic.

decanter

gold rimmed glasses

If cocktail parties are your mom’s scene, why not get her a stylish decanter, or some beautiful gold rimmed stem ware, or shot glasses?

silver dishes

Of course no hostess can ever have too many silver dishes for serving.  (This is always a safe bet for mothers!)

Gracious Mothers are usually great hostesses, and we love collecting treasures to debut at the next party.  Stay tuned this week for more Gracious Gift ideas for Mother’s Day!