The Alameda Antique Faire is a treasure trove of fantastic finds, vintage treasures and upcycled garbage art. There are regular booths that are there without fail each month and then there are some others who’ve jumped at the opportunity to sell their wares. After one thwarted (rained-out) attempt, I made my way, this past weekend, out to Alameda Point for the Antique Faire. I wish I could say that I did it monthly without fail, but really, I only get out there a couple of times a year.
This time, I shared my experience with my dear friend and neighbor, Goose Cooper. She is a kindred spirit and willing to get up early (7am on Spring Forward Daylight Savings Day no less) which is when the best stuff is still around, apparently. Neither of us had particular items in mind, but I’m always on the lookout for vintage textiles and Goose, interestingly, is really into “stands” – things that you put things on.
After fortifying myself with a cup of tea and a breakfast burrito, we charged forward, deciding on our “method”. Lots of people have a specific way they like to approach the vastness of the airfield runway where the Antique Faire takes place. Start from the front, going down each aisle, go directly to the back and make your way forward, or meander aimlessly by going to where you are drawn. We chose the “go-to-the-back” method with a little meandering thrown in.
This week, there were fewer vendors and shoppers than normal, because the Faire got rained out the week prior. This was an “off-week” or unscheduled week for the Faire to happen and some vendors had other commitments while some faire-goers, I imagine, had no idea it was happening. We both decided it was better because of it. Fewer things to distract us, I guess.
I was really impressed by the “Junk” art this time around. Some favorites were these creatures made from car parts that look like robots and planters made from doll heads. We saw a stand-up organ that rolled around on a brass base. I did see a vintage 20’s dress or two, but the condition and size did not work for me.
There are many booths at the Alameda Antique Faire that span several spots with upholstered and refinished chairs and furniture. These might not appeal to all Antique enthusiasts, but their booths are very pretty and well appointed and in my opinion, a feast for the eyes. In most cases, they’ve rescued something from the trash and gave it new life. It always makes me feel I wish I had a second house to put it all in!
During our meandering, we also talked with some of the dealers and met two women who run market tours in the south of France (www.letrip.org) in addition to selling antique posters. What a dream – going to Antique/Vintage markets in France! There was also a booth called Filthy Gorgeous that had an amazing array of well-priced vintage items and these really cute paper feathers. Goose ended up making her purchase HERE. And we decided to take a trip to Benicia where their store is located, for further hunting in the future.
Alameda Antique Faire
In the end I came away with some treasures that I didn’t anticipate finding – A wool hat, an embroidered jacket and a pair of (not quite as old as me) vintage Joan & David spectator oxfords – nearly a whole outfit! And Goose bought a round garden stand with a lovely “old” patina and casters. So fun and I can’t wait to come back!
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In the last two weeks we have experienced a sharp increase in inventory here in Alameda. The cooling affect from San Francisco housing market has rippled it’s way across the bay and everyone is waking up to the fact that the market has shifted.
Home owners that have been on the fence waiting for the market to peak are now taking advantage of the last selling cycle before winter and rising interest rates. Later this year, rising interest rates will have a subtle affect on buyers since they will have to reduce their target price.
While no one I’ve spoken to is expecting a correction, we are expecting to return to a normal market, with longer days on market, some price reductions, and homes selling for fewer dollars at or above the asking price. This is all good news for buyers while some sellers may be disappointed that the market isn’t what it used to be.
Last Starlight movie in the park from ARPD is Inside Out. Tonight 6:30pm! It’s always fun to get out your blankets and cuddle up for a movie. There are pre-movie festivities as well. The movie starts at 8:15pm. Leydecker Park.
2. SUP Half Day Yoga Retreat
Get on your paddle board and join Mike on Sunday from 10am to 2pm for SUP Half Day Yoga Retreat. This is 4 hours and includes a Moroccan lunch!
3. Second Friday Art Walk
It is always lots of fun to the do the Alameda Art Walk. It’s on tonight! You wont want to miss this one as it is raising money for animals. Several 2nd Friday locations are participating in the fundraiser: Vintiq, The Fireside Lounge, Redux Studios & Gallery: A Social Enterprise of SVdP of Alameda County, Jingletown Art Studios , 3Dot Art Gallery
Guy Blume’s Funk Fest 2016 raised nearly $1700 for the Alameda Boys and Girls Club last Sunday. Guy, the Realtor Guy, not only played in the band, he helped to raise money and put on a fun event for his clients of all ages. The event was hosted at McGees, and it was a great event for everyone. There were even giveaways and great music.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB MISSION:
TO INSPIRE AND enable ALL youth, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO NEED US MOST, TO REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AS PRODUCTIVE, caring AND responsible CITIZENS.
Thank you for all the generous donations!
Another goal for the night was to announce #ilovealameda, another way that Guy Blume is giving back to the community! Check out our original articles and local tips about everything Alameda. Like us on Facebook to get the feed.
FUNK FEST GALLERY:
How fun is your agent? Guy is knowledgeable and professional – but he knows how to lighten a mood as well. Join his huge following of happy clients!
Looking for the best things to do this weekend in Alameda. Check out our list!
1. Celebrate Boxers!
Crown beach will be overtaken by dog lovers, hosted by the West Coast Boxer Rescue.
WHAT: West Coast Boxer Rescue Boxer Bash 2016!
WHEN: Saturday, August 27th, 2016, 12 noon to 3 pm
WHERE: Crown Memorial State Park @ Neptune Picnic Area – 1252 McKay Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
WHO: All dog lovers are invited! Friendly dogs (of all breeds) are welcome.
HOW MUCH: Donation of $20 per adult is very much appreciated at the time of reserving a ticket, but you can select a free ticket option and donate at the event also. Kids under 10 and dogs eat free. All proceeds benefit dogs in need!
Tickets are available at: http://wcbr2016.eventbee.com/
2. Music Off the Grid
Come join John Rybak for a fun afternoon of music @ Off The Grid Alameda. He’ll be playing the usual acoustic roots ‘n’ blues favorites with some new surprises mixed in.
When: Saturday, August 27th 12-1:30pm
What: Music of John Rybak
Where Off The Grid Alameda
Park St & Franciscan Way, Alameda, CA 94501
Who: All ages, free show!
Herbs and Spices Catering is one of many who will be bringing their flavors to Urban Paradise at Rockwall. Event is 21+.
Where: Rockwall Winery
What: Food & Wine
When: Saturday August 27, 2016 1-4pm
Experience Urban Paradise! Join us for a beautiful afternoon of wine tasting and relaxation. Nosh on delicious eats, enjoy gourmet cheese spreads, groove to live music and take in amazing views of the San Francisco skyline.
The Rock Wall Wine Company portfolio (30+ wines) will be paired with delectable bites from some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. We will also be releasing some new wines at this event. Revisit some old favorites, try something different and discover a new must have! Sample bites from local vendors, identify aromas and expand your palate at the sensory stop. Take a tour of the cellar, get silly in the Rock Wall photo booth, commemorate the day with a henna tattoo, play some lawn games and take home a beautiful Rock Wall wine glass!
4. East End Arts & Crafts
The Alameda Museum Lecture Series for August features local author and historian Woody Minor.
Where: Alameda Museaum
What: Historical talk on East End Craftsman homes
When: Thurs Aug 25th, 7-9pm
The lecture will focus on Craftsman houses as they developed in the East End, from the bungalows of Robert C. Hillen to residences by Delanoy & Randlett, including designs by architects like A.W. Smith and T.D. Newsom. The talk will also delve into the area’s history, from Indian mounds and Gold Rush cottages to vanished Victorian mansions. Admission is $10 at the door, free for Museum members. Sponsor: Jim Smallman, Alameda Preservationist.
Check out the new Teppangaki restaurant in Alameda Landing. They just had their opening, and there are mixed reviews on yelp. But give it a try and let us know if we should go and report back. Tuesdays kids eat free. This sushi does look amazing!
photo: yelp Paul H.
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Celebrating nine years as a destination for the arts in Alameda, Rhythmix Cultural Works presents its third annual Wine, Women & Song Festival featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest women winemakers, musicians and artists. Experience tasty temptations and luscious libations alongside contemporary art and world-class music ranging from jazz fusion to taiko to rhythm and blues.
2. $20 Movie and a Meal
Have you seen Ghostbusters, Bad Moms, Jason Bourne, Pete’s Dragon or Sausage Party? The list of summer movies is pretty great at the Alameda Theatre this weekend. This might be a good time to try the Cinema Grill red carpet entrance. They have a deal for a $20 movie and a meal. Great seat, good food and cocktails.
This skewed take on The Pilgrim’s Progress comes from the comedic geniuses David and Amy Sedaris of NPR and Strangers With Candy fame. Sister Elizabeth Donderstock of the Squeamish religious order gives up her life’s work – making extraordinarily delicious cheese balls – to try her luck in the real world. Her wandering adventures lead her to an array of quirky and hilarious characters as she struggles to figure out where she belongs.
4. Get that house organized and school supplies bought!
We know… this isnt really a fun thing to do this weekend, but the reality is school starts Monday August 22. A week earlier this year, so the reality is many of us will be at home doing this.
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