Wednesday, October 10, 2012

On the Rhode Again

I haven't spent so much time with my twin sister since the womb. 

She recently took the leap from working for the man to working for herself. Unpinned from her desk job we were able to undertake a joint venture to make a buck. We teamed up to work at Brimfield Antique Fair. Three times this summer she drove from Philly and I drove from Boston to meet in Brimfield. Working together in the tent was fun and we learned a lot but we were subjected to exposure and exhaustion. To be honest I might have killed anyone else working in such an extreme situation. We were lucky to have each other. No better support system than your twin sister. 
Bad Twin and Good Twin 
After all that hard work Good Twin and Bad Twin are on the road again in Rhode Island. This time it was purely for pleasure. We really like hunt for bargains so we headed for an estate sale in a barn on the water. 
What a view.
Good Twin scored some great nautical items for SquidWhale Designs and a kick ass camp sign.  

After the estate sale it was still early and we did not plan beyond that. We headed to a thrift store but when we got to the listed address it wasn't there. We circled around but still couldn't find it. We were up the river without a paddle. Then I remembered a man with a motor boat. Ted bought a sweet vintage wooden boat when we first met him at Brimfield. The boat wouldn't be sea-ready but Ted had always extended a warm invitation to check out his antiques store, Acktiques, in Warren, RI.

The Twins looked no further and looked Ted up. Coincidentally he was no more than five miles away. 
Eureka! We found Acktiques! (and so can you ---> 489 Main Street, Warren RI 02885, call 401-575-1111) The door was locked and the lights were dim but we could see Ted inside smiling back at us. He welcomed us into his shop, which he opens for appointment only, and we got the grand tour. 
Inside Acktiques 

The space is shared with an artist, his wife. 

Watch your head when going down into the basement and be warned there are NO Transylvania pastries. 

What a treat it is to see a collector's collection. Especially if there's The Cyclone!

Is that Ronald and Nancy Reagan? 

Ted's tour didn't end in his shop. He walked us down to to see an old friend, the Avion! Ted let us use his camper as a pseudo break room at Brimfield. Good times! 

Ted is taking care of this house for the owners who live abroad. The house is gutted. While some girls may shy away from such an adventure both Good Twin and Bad Twin jumped at the chance to trek through the house. The old floor boards and studs have charm and history. Good Twin barely made it up this spiral staircase. 

There was no handrail and she was terrified. Now you know her camera smile is totally contrived.   

I wasn't joking about the boat. 

Ted's tour didn't end there. Ted took us on a short walk to meet LeeAnn Herreid. She welcomed us into her studio. She makes jewelry that works, literally. Compass cuff links  level earrings, and measuring tape bracelets. Look at the phillips head buttons she gave the Good Twin. Cool! 

This is a boat kitty. He comes to visit LeeAnn for cuddles. 

Ted knows us ladies like to find the deals and he had been at an estate sale earlier in the day and wanted to take us back there. We all crammed into the bench seat in Ted's truck. 

R.I. is pretty. So is Ted's truck. 

Estate sale

Thrift stores.

Free corn.

Free lunch. Thanks Ted! 

Ted took us on a crosstown tour. We went to every thrift store and consignment shop in the area. You might call it speed shopping. The adrenaline was flowing and the finds were out there all we had to do was snatch them up and keep moving. 

Hello Tom.  
Before we knew it the sun was getting low in the sky and we were back at Acktiques having an afternoon coffee reveling in our magical mystery tour of Warren R.I.

 Good going Teddy. Thanks so much for whisking us gals around town all day. Look, Good Twin already has that shabby raccoon up for sale. 

x o x o x
T h e   B a d   T w i n 

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