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Friday, February 17, 2012

High Rent Thrifting, Low Rent Eating, and A Cow In A 3-Piece Suit

I worked Wednesday at the antiques mall where I have a booth.
This is not one of our customers sidling up to the counter;
she's a resident of the center.

She -- or He -- has horns, and wears a suit, but there are also cow lady spigots down below.
She, I guess.
She was one of those Wall Street cows some years back.
My husband Howard wants her to come and live at That Old House.
Luckily, she is way too expensive for my gifting budget.

Ms. Cow has nothing to do with anything on this Friday.
Just being silly.

What did you do on Thursday?  My sister Peggy and I hit up three consignment shops, an antiques mall,
a coffee shop for lunch, a Dunkin' Donuts for iced coffee, and a HomeGoods store.
All I bought was a tablecloth, at HomeGoods, which is unusual for me!

Our first stop was Encore Quality Consignments in Bernardsville, New Jersey.
This is what you call your high-end joint.  Lovely things, friendly staff, even the drizzle didn't ruin our visit.
Sterling silver tea straws.  Did you know there were such things?  I didn't!
A hunt board, by Hickory.  Just beautiful.
I asked my sister to buy this for me, but she is such a cheapskate.
Who doesn't need a bird clock?
Cherry drop leaf table; those leaves and tabletop are single boards!
Peggy didn't buy this for me either.  Heck, I was doing all the driving . . . .
Sweet little one-drawer stand, almost a twin of one in our parlor.
In the upstairs loo, a pair of carved French beds.  Also -- a gorgeous marble sink on legs.
Love the funky upholstery!
A collection of mismatched bedroom furniture, cottage-y and sweet, all pink and flowery.
Swirled glass candlestick -- only $7.
And while I was wandering, snooping, and snapping pictures, look who I discovered staring back at me!
Encore Quality Consignments in Bernardsville, New Jersey,
is well worth sliding off the beaten path for a look.
Beautiful things, beautifully presented -- even the building, a former carriage house, is charming.
Click here to visit their website.

You know those Chilaquiles I had for breakfast in Los Angeles
last week, at the funky little Caribbean restaurant?

I'm a-gonna make these this weekend.
California daughter Alida guided me to a recipe that looks simple and good.
This is what is often called peasant food, as it is a practical way to use up leftovers and stale foods.
Every cuisine has its variations on peasant foods, and they are usually filling, delicious, and comforting.

So as not to stomp on someone's copyright, here's the link to what looks very much like
the dish I was served at Cha Cha Cha in the Silver Lake neighborhood:

Now, I'll try and remember to take pics when I make this tomorrow or Sunday.
If you make it, let me know how it turns out!  Have a wonderful weekend!  -- Cass


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  1. Sounds like you had an enjoyable day with your sister. Sorry you did not find more bargains. The chilaquiles look good - let us know how yours turn out.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. What a great day -- some lovely things! And all you came home with was a piece of linen! Are you losing your touch?


  3. That terrier lamp would have been in my sac!
    It looks like you had a great day, but I think it's really a good thing that your budget doesn't stretch to include old matter how much Howard likes her!

  4. How fun! Love the cow...adore all the lovely things you saw. The cherry drop-leaf table looks like one that my mom has. She bought it in the 1960s at a rummage sale...and she still has it!

  5. Ok this looks delish! Your newest follower. Can you please post on my Taste This Thursday

  6. I'm loving Miss Moo.

    That Peggy, what a cheap skate. I don't imagine she would have bought either of those two items for me either, and they certainly were my favorites also.

    Maybe Peggy should go back to answering rotary phones in a tiny trailer in Antartica.


  7. What a fun post- I definitely, definitely think you need to bring that cow home with you. You could put it in your bedroom and use it to hang Howard's shirts up at night! Price is NO object when it comes to a fine animal like that!;>)

    My hubby's grandmother had those iced teaspoons that you sucked through...and now that I say that I am wondering which relative snatched those out from under my nose- xo Diana

  8. The stuff at that consignment shop is too wonderful ... and too much like shopping retail for me to be comfortable. Think of it like window shopping, and I guess I'd be okay.

    I like the cow!

  9. Your antique mall looks fun. I love the cow mistress. I have a life size cow head in my kitchen. I just love it, her name is Bessie. Thanks for sharing all the fun stuff at the antique mall. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  10. thanks for showing the tea straws! Love them, maybe someday I will find some? or if I do I will not be able to afford them. Well, it did look like a fun day!

  11. Fun goodies!
    I spent the day with my
    blogging pal Linda from
    Itsy Bits & Pieces, at a
    couple of great occasional
    sales, followed by lunch,
    of course : ) Is there a
    better way to spend the

    Happy Saturday and
    bon apetit!

    xx Suzanne

  12. I just have to check out that place in Bernardsville! I love that town. I used to housesit for my old boss who used to live there and my husband and I had one of our first dates at Freddy's which is now a wonderful restaurant, Equis!

    1. Peggy and I passed Equus as we were leaving Bernardsville, but we already had plans to have lunch at a greasy spoon that makes the most delicious cole slaw!
      Guilty pleasures won out.
      Lucky you to house-sit in Bernardsville; it's one of those places I'd like to live when I grow up. :-)

  13. What a fun day you had with your sister and shame on her for not buying the things you were coveting! ;)
    I was able to make out some of the prices from the high-end antique store. Yep, it's high end alright! I did love the carved french!
    And Ms. Cow must be one of those bra-burner types with that suit on LOL
    Off subject here, but how do you do the linky buttons at the end of your post? For the life of me, it's not registering with me as how to do this. :/ Thanks!

  14. I had a gfood laugh when I saw that cow!

  15. I'll take the sideboard! You know those silver straws, I have one just like that that we got in either Bolivia or Paraguay. They use it for their tea drinking, often out of a cup fashioned from a bull's horn. You have to drink it just right, held between your teeth, so you don't burn your lips! Quite an art to it. I wonder if these are from South America, or are they used in this country. Interesting you found so many!

  16. Just wanted to drop a quick note. I had a someone from Bernardsville make a purchase in my Etsy store the other day. Seriously! It is a small, small world after all ;)

  17. Cass,

    Finally! Someone posts about a shop within driving distance. I will be making a trip to your shared gem and I'll tell 'em Cass sent me!

    Your Friend,

  18. Sounds like you had a fun shopping day with the that cow is just too funny!!!



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