Friday, July 27, 2012

Thanks Joe, Come visit Phoebes before the auction!

Thank you Joe of JWG auctions for the nice little plug on his new website!

We have lots of new items in the shop. Will be here till the auction starts and then you'll know where to find us!

Pottery and glass

We always wish you well!

vintage painting

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

JWG Auctions New Web Site
Right here in Downtown North Attleboro.

Check it out. Congrats to Joe on another successful auction for the North Attleboro Police dept.
Unclaimed evidence! Plan now to be there next year as it was truely awesome!

Have fun at the Block party tonight and we'll see you at Joe's tomorrow night!
You never know what you'll find!

2012 DANA Block Party –Today!!! Bigger and Better Than Ever!

2012 DANA Block Party – Bigger and Better Than Ever!
July 22nd, 2012 · No Comments
Downtown Associates of North Attleborough announces final details for the Annual Block Party and Volleyball Tournament on Tuesday, July 24th 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (rain or shine).  DANA thanks their 2012 chief sponsor, TD Bank; dunk tank sponsor Bank of America; and Kid’s Zone sponsors The Children’s Workshop, St. Mary’s-Sacred Heart Parish and Kerry Vigorito.
The popular “Kid’s Zone” will return to Veteran’s Park in front of Town Hall.  Kids can enjoy an expanded menu of activities, from train rides to a jump-a-roo, plasma scooters, bowling, twister, and a climbing wall.  Kids can try to dunk their favorite camp counselor in the Dunk Tank.  Enter the raffle to win your own plasma scooter for just $1 a ticket!
Radio Disney will return downtown after a long hiatus, and be located near the Kid’s Zone. Sponsored by Gulf Oil, they will play songs for the kids, and give away gas cards for the adults.  At dusk, a surprise movie will be shown; bring a blanket and pretend you’ve been chipwrecked in a tropical paradise with the kids!  Showcase Pro Wrestlers will return to downtown, located on South Washington St., not far from Town Hall.
Look for the Bristol County Sheriff’s IRIS Recognition Scanner, and get a free high-res scan of your child’s or a vulnerable adult’s eye.  The Lion’s Eyemobile will be downtown too!
We again welcome CAT Country WCTK from 5-7pm as they host a live remote with Cat Country personality Lauren Petisce, who will be on hand to greet fans, make announcements and conduct contests.  The Cat Country Mascot, Jake the Cat, will make appearances and will be available for pictures.
Satellite parking is available at North Attleborough Middle School, with shuttles by Park & Rec’s Big Red and  GATRA.  The shuttles will run from the middle school to the downtown fire station from 5pm to 8:30pm.  There will be NO PARKING along North & South Washington Sts. after 3pm on Tuesday.
A great variety of cars will be on display at our always popular Cruise Night, and will stretch along North Washington St. from High St. north toward Fisher St.
If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to help with any of the planning, execution or clean up, call the DANA office at 508-695-4814 or the Park & Rec office at 508-695-699-0145; email DANA at, or check out our Facebook page, search DANA 02760.

In the workshop ~ Phoebe's Hidden Treasures

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Antique Fan Collectors Museum

It's sooo hot. Made me think of how people managed before air conditioning.
Found myself here and it is very informational with Cool photo's to boot.

Check out the galleries!
Here is the link to the Fan Museum:

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Did you catch PBS' Show Market Warriors?

MARKET WARRIORS, premiering Monday, July 16, 2012, at 9pm, is a new 20-part PBS series that follows four pickers (antiques professionals) as they go cross-country to buy at flea markets and antiques shows, and then sell everything at auction. In each one-hour episode Bob, John, Kevin and Miller put their reputations on the line — as they're pitted against the clock, a budget and each other — to embark on nationwide treasure hunts, scouring flea markets and antiques shows for vintage valuables. The goal: to score the biggest profit in each show's final auction segment

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Milk Paint ~ Simply the Best!

Made right here in Massachusetts. We swear by the stuff. Here is a link to their website:
From their press release section:

 Old Fashioned Milk Paint and new SafePaint for Walls are safe for people and the environment.
 Milk paint is one of the most ancient forms of paint known. Milk protein (also known as casein) and
crushed limestone mix to form a very strong binder. Clay is added for body and earth pigments are added
for color. The paints are made in powder form to avoid adding chemical preservatives. Water is simply
added to the powder before use.
 The ingredients in milk paints are 100% biodegradable.
 Old Fashioned Milk Paint was first produced in 1974 as a natural, authentic finish for reproduction furniture
and the restoration trade. It was formulated to adhere to porous surfaces such as bare wood and raw
 SafePaint was recently introduced to meet the growing demand for safe, interior wall paint. SafePaint is a
breakthrough that uses an old technology to meet modern needs. It can be used on many nonporous
surfaces including previously painted walls and new drywall with joint compound, which was unheard of in
early milk paint formulations. SafePaint is a milk paint based on the original formula, but refined through
modern innovation to give it properties that the original formula did not have- while still retaining its
natural, safe qualities.
 Both formulas contain zero VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) and zero HAP’s (Hazardous Air
Pollutants). They are free of harmful chemicals, plastics and synthetic preservatives.
 Both have a soft, matte appearance and deep, rich colors. The twenty standard colors are easily mixed to
produce many other colors. The original formula has a somewhat uneven, mottled, “old world” look while
the new SafePaint maintains a more uniform appearance.
 Many people who suffer from allergies or multiple chemical sensitivity are able to tolerate milk paints where
they are not able to use most conventional paints, even many that have low or zero VOC’s.
 Milk paints have just a faint milky or earthy odor when wet, and no odor when dry. One may paint a room
in the afternoon and sleep in it that night without fear of breathing harmful fumes.
 Old Fashioned Milk Paint and SafePaint are safe for use by pregnant women, for children’s furniture and
toys, and for hospital, school and nursery walls.

Friday, July 13, 2012


Found this on an awesome antiques informational website. Tons of articles to help you in your search for collectables and antiques!

by Fred Taylor
   When you read the catalog for an auction that will be presenting some genuine antique furniture, it's always interesting to read the descriptions. Some of the most alluring will describe a piece of furniture as having "original finish" or "original brasses". That's a real selling point when looking at a chest of drawers that may be 200 years old and think that those brass pulls have been there undisturbed for that whole time. Can that be?
Click link to read the rest:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cleaning clouded glassware

Ack...someone put your best glasses in the dishwasher.
The kiss of death for antique glassware.

The horrible hazing will not go no matter what...ammonia, hot water hoo.

I did try something that saved my Kosta Boda Vase
( in dishwasher by surly teen)

It was a crazy tip but I was gonna try anything.
Went to Market Basket ( why would you shop anywhere else?)
and got a big ol box of foaming denture cleaner tablets
No need for brand names. I think I got a life time supply for less than three bucks...
Just add the tablets to the glass to makes a difference...repeat till the glasses are clear again.
work on the heavy crystal vase and hope this trick works for you.

Have a wicked good day!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cleaning Cast-Iron Cookware

How the folks from TLC do it:

My way....
If it's really gross or you just thrifted it and bringing it home for the first time...
Wash with hot soapy water....use a steel wool pad. Scrub till no raised spots or rust remain....ugh.

Wipe dry and place on gas burner...low heat till all water evaporates away.
While still warm, dip a paper towel in some good edible oil and wipe the pan well.

Cold pressed oils wont go rancid as quickly as more processed oils. You can also place it n the oven 300 degrees for a bit....oven is good when seasoning several pieces.

Once it is seasoned....

I try never to wash... a well seasoned cast iron pan....I place a good amount of kosher salt and scrub off debris with the salt and a few paper towels....wipe with more oil. The salt will take away excess oil and no bacteria will grow in salt...My gramma taught me...long ago.

Leaving too much oil behind makes the pan tacky and looses the non stick thing you worked so hard for....
male sure to rub all excess oil off till a paper towel comes clean.

Good luck and happy cooking.