Been A While

It’s been a long while since I last posted on this blog. Posting seems to have turned into an annual event over the past couple years. All is well, the shop is humming, the website is busy, and facebook is the true reason I’ve been ‘elsewhere!’ AND the shop celebrated its 30th anniversary April 1st this year!!

So, with this being said, I’m going to sign off for another year, or two, or three! Enjoy reading my past postings, and be sure to “like” Spring Hollow Antiques, Woodstock, VA, on facebook in order to see the most up to date news, and most recent photos of wonderful stuff in the shop. Would love to see your smiling face coming through the front door…

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Happy Groundhog’s Day!

Hello All! I’m finally back, after almost a year (I can’t believe it!!) since my last post. What a perfect day to return, the sun is shining & at one point today it hit 50 degrees. I’m guessing Punsutawney Phil saw his shadow & went back for 6 more weeks of winter, but who cares! It’s only weather & there’s always more where that came from. I tried something new recently. Spring Hollow Antiques is now on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/springhollowantiques   I’m posting about 3-4 times a week, and always with a photo from the shop or surroundings. So, click on that link I just gave you & take a peek & give me a “like” if you’d like to follow the posts. Again, I won’t flood your page with posts each day, just a couple three times a week. Happy Groundhog’s Day!!!  Barbara

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My Dear Dad

On Monday, February 24, 2014 my father slipped gently into the long sleep. Dad was known by many names to us, the Commander, the Bionic Man, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. The Commander because of his many years in the Navy, dragging the family from country to country, and state to state, every 3 or 4 years. Oh the places we went! 007 1948 LakehurstAnd the Bionic Man because the ravages of diabetes led to the mechanical ‘parts’ that kept him going for many more years than we ever imagined possible. A life lived well and long, what more could you ask?! Roger Clayton Warren 1929-2014

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my blog followers!!  It always surprises me when someone mentions this blog…for some reason it feels more like a diary, something I’m writing to myself.  So, thanks for being ‘out there’ and I’m so glad you enjoy my written meanderings :)  See you in 2014!

PS:  So far, the folks who have come in to see the NEW shop have been very positive about the change.  Yesterday I was told it has a very cozy & rich feeling.  It really does feel like you’re getting a comfy hug from all the wonderful things that surround you!

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Something Old & Something NEW!

Exciting changes are happening in the shop!  & no, no one is getting married…  My better half & I have been working off Thanksgiving turkey by reorganizing the shop’s rooms.  This has been something we’ve been planning for a while now…  We have reclaimed what we call ‘the orange room’ for much needed living space (the downstairs room to the left as you enter).  Believe it or not, we were able to move just about all the furniture from that room into the remaining two rooms and central hallway spaces!  AND we’ll be bringing in MORE furniture in the next few days.  We are now set up as we were when we first opened Spring Hollow Antiques in April 1986, only better!!  Gotta say that I’m enjoying the new cozy look.  Come take a peek at what we’ve done.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a wish to all for safe travels and wonderful food shared with family and friends during this Thanksgiving holiday.  I’ll be open Black Friday & Shop Small Saturday, and every other day, for that matter!! Stop by & say hello when you’re out working off that big Thursday feast.

PS:  our neighborhood wild turkey moved on…probably a good idea on his/her part, all in all

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Just Call Us ‘Gobbler’s Knob’

Apologies to the movie “Groundhog Day,” but had to say it!  Yesterday afternoon my other half came into the shop to let me know that we had a wild turkey walking around in our back yard…in DOWNTOWN Woodstock!!…& that I had to come see.  I put the ‘be back’ sign up, grabbed my camera & headed out the back door.  And there it was!!!  Leisurely walking just inside the edge of the wooded area that runs along Spring Hollow Run & our yard, obviously enjoying foraging for whatever it is that wild turkeys eat.  What a great way to start November! with a turkey in the yard. Here’s all 8 seconds of the video I took of our very own visiting turkey, you can see it just inside the wooded area, moving from left to right:   Turkey in the Yard Nov 6, 2013

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A Show is Born! (we hope…)

The pilot episode of “Virginia’s Treasures” finally made it to the tube!  Thought you might like to see the show in its entirety.  Click on the following link & enjoy:

http://virginiastreasures.com/index.html

Had a very interesting encounter last Saturday morning.  Went yard sailing hither & yon in Shenandoah County, and spent a total of $2 on one little thing not worth mentioning.  Feeling very discouraged, I decided to treat myself to breakfast at Candy’s Diner.  I placed my order & settled in to read the daily rag.  Totally engrossed in reading, I didn’t notice that a couple of folks had sidled up to my table…”You’re famous, aren’t you?”  Took me a moment to figure out (having had no coffee up to that point…) what in the world these absolute strangers were talking about, after having automatically said, “no, don’t think so!”  “Oh, yes, you are!  We saw you on TV the other night.”  Proof positive that it doesn’t take much to be “famous!”  But, I have to say, these nice folks made a dark, dreary, day just a little bit nicer.  And, breakfast was wonderful!

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Virginia’s Treasures

Finally have a date and time for the upcoming pilot TV show of ‘Virginia’s Treasures’!  All you Valley of Virginia folks tune in to WVPT (PBS) on Thursday evening, September 26, 2013, at 9:00 pm to see the first of what we hope will be many shows about antiquing in Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley in particular this go around!  This is likely the only show you’ll see yours truly & daughter, although there are rumblings about a reunion show, if the series takes off.  Here’s the promo that will be aired on WVPT:

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As Seen On TV – The Finale

UPDATE! The “Virginia’s Treasures” pilot show will be shown on PBS station WVPT on Thursday, September 26, 2013…time to be announced.  I’ll keep you posted as I learn more!

The filming of the pilot show of “Virginia’s Treasures” was finished on Saturday.  What fun!!  The signs on entrances to Laughlin Auctions were posted with notices to the public that, basically, “you’re gonna be on camera” today.  Six tall director chairs lined the back of the auction hall, with a camera standing tall on its platform to take in the whole room.  Sara & I and our fellow competitors had first class seats to view the action when the items we purchased last week were sold.

Our greatest fear, the call of “no bid,” was alleviated when Sara & I noticed that there were left bids for both of our items, the 3 gallon ovoid crock & the large Native American basket.  At least they were going to sell!  Then the auction began!

Early on the folky Dalmatian dog was sold at a nice little profit, with bidding going rapid fire between a left bid and someone on the floor.  We all were exhilarated afterward, with hopes running very high for our items!  Then, the beautiful large basket that Sara & I bought came up for sale.  The auctioneer struggled to get the bidding up to $45…hopes were dashed & the reality of the fickleness of the auction was there in front of us as Sara & I lost $40 on the sale. BUT, we ALL clapped & hooted anyway, because, after all, it SOLD!!  And so it went for every item, sold high or low, we clapped and shouted and, darn it, had a GREAT time!

In the end, Sara & I came in with a $20 loss overall (we made a profit on the crock!) and the other two teams made about a $65 profit each.  Only one team made a profit on both items.  It was so much fun to do, win or lose, that I’m ready to give it a try again!  It appears we might have a chance to do that on a ‘reunion’ show, if the series gets picked up by the local PBS station.  I’ll keep you posted!

          

PS:  You can view the 5 minute trailer for the TV pilot of “Virginia’s Treasures” here:  http://www.lyttleproductions.com/virginias-treasures.html

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