antiquing in Austin
I took a little detour on my way home from Austin to drop by Whit Hanks on 6th Street, after reading this Cote de Texas blog post by one of my very favorite design bloggers, Joni Webb. Inside, there are several antique purveyors, but I visited the one that Joni recommended, The Antique Swan. I could have stayed for many hours but pried myself away after 90 minutes of sheer delight and a few unexpectedly fabulous purchases.
By some odd coincidence, my most significant purchase was, in fact, an antique swan.
It was perched atop an antique barrister’s cabinet and is a decoy made from wire, canvas and wood. An American antique, the lovely swan now resides in the parlor with a new perch over the Welsh dresser.
I really don’t go shopping often and tend to forget that since antiques are by their very nature, rare, there is a lovely element of surprise combined with their beauty, since we have probably not seen anything exactly like it before. And may never again.
The Antique Swan apparently specializes primarily in smaller accessories. I took the opportunity while I was there to select a few special gifts and make a couple of extra purchases for our own home.
This green glass globe, from England, was used in the late 1800s as a buoy to keep fishing nets afloat. The hue of the glass is so pretty.
On another table loaded with pretty housewares, there was this long baguette tray.
From France, also dating to the late 1800s, the baguette tray was used in bakeries to hold lengths of bread dough during the rising process.
My partner, Cristybella, was not with me as I was making these selections, but I had a suspicion that she would adore the baguette tray and I was correct. Thankfully, she adores the swan too.
Thank you KK, Janis and Eric at the Antique Swan for all the wonderful information you shared about the history of the items in your shop and your hints about ways to integrate them into a modern home. I look forward to my next trip to Austin to drop by again 🙂
Thank you for reading and I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!