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What is a Classically Charming Curio?

Classically charming curios: Pair of Staffordshire spaniels and sheep with Rose Medallion ormolu bowl in back

Exploring the nature of classically charming curios and just what gives them that unique je ne sais quoi! You may have noticed I recently changed Pender & Peony’s motto to… in pursuit of classically charming curios I was looking for a phrase that better reflected the day to day hustle and bustle of the shop …

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The Spirit of Things

My grandmother's yellow teapot

I was talking with a friend the other day about what I do and she made the comment that shopping estate sales makes her sad. She said it was even a bit depressing to her when she saw all these belongings “abandoned” for buyers to pick through and then to think that the family didn’t …

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Collector’s Notes: Antique Prints

Flatlay of various types of prints for collector's notes series

The basics of collecting antique prints, including print making techniques, history, and how to identify different types. Antique prints are a wonderful way to bring a window to the past into your home: Usually, they are moderately priced and collectable; There is a vast variety in subject matter that has been brilliantly and artistically rendered; …

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Decorating with Rose Medallion

5 ways of decorating with Rose Medallion porcelains - flat lay collage of Famille Rose plates and tableware

5 ways of decorating with Rose Medallion that showcase its beauty and help create the Chinoiserie chic look. Rose Medallion ceramics are my favorite Chinoiserie decor with out doubt. First of all the pink and green color palette is classic and charming then there are the darling birds, bats, butterflies, and dragons frolicking in the …

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The Best Thrift Stores in Western North Carolina

Interior view of Second Blessings Thrift

Katherine reveals the 5 best thrift stores in Western North Carolina she frequents to find quality antiques and vintage. Just a few things to keep in mind when thrifting… No. 1 Don’t underestimate the power of manifestation. Set your intention to find something specific when you start your thrifting adventure. Think about it regularly though …

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Collector’s Notes: Antique Plates

Collector's Notes series - the basics of antique plates, dishes, china - flat lay of antique plates

Useful basics to understand when collecting antique plates and ceramics from European porcelains to folksy Staffordshire and Chinese export to transferware. If you are a lover of china or collector of antique ceramics, your china cabinet or kitchen cupboards probably hold one or more of these ceramics: No. 1 Porcelain Commonly referred to as “china” …

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Rose Medallion 101: Building a Collection

Flat lay image of various Famille Rose porcelains from the Chinese export market, featuring Rose Medallion

A collector’s guide to understanding and buying Rose Medallion. What makes Rose Medallion so appealing?  Is it the darling details? The whimsical flora and fauna? The curious figures strolling about in gardens? Or perhaps the vibrant play of colors? No doubt the appeal is a combination of all of these characteristics, and really it is …

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