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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bar carts, a great lunch and my latest obsession

My youngest daughter, the one who is a farmer, is in town and yesterday we took a little trip up to Venice to check out some vintage stores and to have lunch. 

 I am not normally that into vintage, but since I have been doing the weddings I have been scouting the vintage stores more and more. It is amazing what you can find!

We started in The Mart Collective on Lincoln Blvd. The Mart Collective is 16,000 sq. ft. of vintage and antique objects, furniture and art in 120 dealer spaces. It opened last year and is owned by the former managers of Wertz Brothers Antique Mart in Santa Monica which also closed last year. We spent an hour browsing around ... we could have easily spent two. It was packed with so many fun things and a lot of bar carts. I have a thing for bar carts. Have you seen my Pinterest page devoted to them?

I found this one first. I kind of liked it. In fact, I thought about it the entire time I was walking through the store. It was not in the best condition but it was only $60. Or so I thought. I went back to look at it just before we left thinking it would come home with me ...

I really need to get better glasses! 

This one was a much better deal at $225.

This 1960's Danish cart was selling for $495.

And they were asking $745 for this 1970's brass plated cart. 

The Mart Collective is just across the street from the Hardware store. I couldn't resist shooting the sign - remember my sign obsession during our Route 66 road trip last summer? After we left the vintage store we headed over to Abbott Kinney Blvd. to walk around and have lunch. We ended up at Lemonade a fresh and colorful cafeteria. 

I loved the colorful pots ... and they even had a gluten free cookie I could eat!

It was a really fun morning! My favorite salad was the beet salad. Funny thing ... right after lunch I had an appointment with my kidney doctor who told me that I need to avoid certain foods from now on so I won't get another kidney stone. Guess what was first on the list ... beets! And then he went on to say that citrus will help balance the bad foods so I should drink plenty of ... lemonade!  It made me smile anyway (until I saw that chocolate was also on the bad list). Oy vey!

Oh ... I was going to show you my latest obsession ...

Have you tried this gelato? It is delicious! (#helpmeIcan'tstop) Happy Friday everyone!


Nancy said...

I have to laugh about the price mix up...happens to me all the time with my ol' eyes. I see a price and go wow! what a deal. then my eyes briefly focus and I see additional numbers and YOWZA! am immediately in sticker shock. at least I don't notice all the wrinkles as they appear. I probably look like a shar pei puppy but cant see it? have a great weekend!

pve design said...

What fun. A dear friend of mine scored a vintage bar cart. I admire it every time I visit.
Love your latest obsession, the Alphonso Mango is delightfully delish.
Happy Monday, have a great week and as always, thank-you for your kind and comforting words.

Town and Country Gals said...

those bar carts are fabulous but way to rich for me! I have a thing for kitchen carts and have 3! I lucked out, 2 were $20.00 and 1 was $2.00 at a yard sale. Kate's got one at her house and Aaron is using my chocolate brown one as a "bar" cart at his new house. Isn't it fun, so many things to love!

designchic said...

So many great finds and I loved the starburst mirror. As one that is partial to gold - loved the vintage gold bar cart!

Jessie said...

I love the second bar cart with the orange detail! Thanks for sharing your fun obsession with us. :)

Have a good day!

P/S: I am in the process of making over my guest bedroom. Come take a look if you want. :)