The lazy days of summer are upon us. Lemonade and Iced Tea are a daily staple here until the first chill of Fall! This July seems to have a bit of a more laid back feel to it! June shows and events have come and gone and school is out for the summer. We are in a cleaning and organizing mode here at the Port! Picker's Field is ready to explode! We're staging and bringing in some of our latest finds. There's always something unique making its way into the shop or onto the porch. We've added several mantels in differing styles to our inventory this past month as well as more doors and shutters! Can you ever have enough shutters? We've been overrun by some of the neatest industrial carts. We have them in all sizes and shapes to suit any purpose from home to retail. Look for more photos to appear in the July Album. And don't forget we always have something in stock for your outdoor displays and gardens. There's a great selection of unique bins, boxes and containers to house your seasonal flowers and plants. Keep an eye on our July New Inventory Album for the latest finds as well as Instagram and Facebook. Follow our 2016 Show & Event Schedule on this site for our upcoming shows and events. Save the Date for our Annual Open House on September 17th! More details to follow! Have a great summer!
Mike & I had a very busy May! Arts in Bloom was a success. Thank you to the Artists who displayed their artwork as well as to those who showed us their painting skills throughout the weekend. Great seeing everyone especially all of the children who participated in the Dig into the Arts. Check out our Facebook page for photos from the weekend. We added a ton of new inventory which allowed us to revamp sections of the shop. If you missed the collection of new inventory, check out May's Album. We have a few shows and markets coming up in the month of June. Next Saturday we will be set up at the Mullica Hill, NJ show at the Fairgrounds. We are the first space at the entrance to the show. We'll be bringing our Early American Antiques along with some Garden Elements to include Urns and Gates. We will also be displaying a taste of our Architectural Antiques. If you're looking for something in particular email us with your request. We can always bring it along with us or you can stop by the shop after the show. Our shop is located 20 minutes from the Fairgrounds. Our next venue in June is the Clover Market's new market location in Collingswood, NJ. The one-day market will be held off Haddon Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 19th. We are looking forward to a Clover Market in New Jersey! Mike will be set up that day with lots of unique finds! Stop by this summer! Always changing daily! Look for our June Album this week. We'll be adding new inventory throughout the month. Have a great June!
Mike & I are making plans for our 3rd Annual Spring Open House in conjunction with Salem County Arts in Bloom, May 21st and 22nd. We had a great time doing it last year and look forward to it each year. Hopefully we will have a sunny Spring weekend! We will be hosting, as site #38, the Salem County Art League for the Arts in Bloom Weekend throughout the County from 10am-5pm each day. This will be our third year being a part of this great event. The tour is FREE!! This is a self-guided studio tour throughout picturesque Salem County, NJ. Tour booklets are available at the shop or online. You can preview the different artist studios and locations and plan out your weekend! The Salem County Art League will be painting on site and offering children a chance to paint as well with the weekend's Dig into the Arts Program. The shop is packed with new inventory for this beautiful Spring Event. We have been adding great selections of early smalls, furniture, industrial tables as well as some great architectural items including a nice assortment of doors, windows and ironware. Check out our May Inventory Album with photos of what's new. We will, as always, be treating you to delicious snacks and refreshing drinks. Please join us for a fun Open House Weekend. Always feel free to call or email with any questions. Looking forward to seeing everyone Arts in Bloom Weekend! Suzanne
I don't know about you but this is my favorite time of the year! It only takes a few blooms to get me motivated to get the shop ready for spring! Mike and I were busy rearranging the porch this week for the arrival of a few new industrial carts and barn doors. One of the carts made its way into the shop as well. It's always fun to utilize existing shop items to welcome a new piece. We've been acquiring some old hardware store fixtures as well. If you like drawers you will love the ones we added this week and will continue to add throughout the weekend in various sizes. We add new inventory on a daily basis. Always remember to look regularly on this site for new monthly inventory albums. The albums contain our latest finds. New items were added to the March Album this week. If you like Instagram, both Royal Port and Salvage and Son add photos to our sites throughout the week. And Sunday afternoon is a great time to check out the weekly album of new inventory on Royal Port's Facebook Page. Mike & I are also making plans for our 3rd Annual Spring Open House in conjunction with Salem County Arts in Bloom, May 21st & 22nd. We had a great time doing it last year and will expand on it this year. The Salem County Art League is making preparations as well. It is a free event. We have the tour brochures available at the shop. Save the date for this great event. Stay tuned for more details. Think Spring!
We hope all are having a great New Year. It was a beautiful Christmas Season at the shop and it was so nice to see so many of our long time customers as well as so many new ones! Mike & I are always talking shop! We enjoy what we do! We discuss ways to keep the Royal Port fresh for our customers each time they visit. This occupies a lot of conversation when we're not talking about our son, Sammy (who by the way turns 9 this week). This year we will continue to add more of an Urban and Industrial feel along with our growing Architectural Inventory to the second floor. We are loving the transition that has been happening this past year. I have definitely fallen in love with our inventory of early factory, mill, industrial and urban objects. We will also continue to add to our always growing collection of Early American furniture and smalls. You will start to see some new display options pop up throughout the shop and especially the second floor. We have added many photos to the new January Album. We continue to add to our Facebook and Instagram pages on a weekly basis as well. Sunday afternoons are a good time to peek at the Facebook albums I post with the new inventory for the week. Our new show schedule is up too. As always please feel free to call or email with questions. Happy New Year! Suzanne
We hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas Season! We are adding new inventory daily until Christmas. We have been having fun adding antiques as others are going out. For the most up to date notifications of new items make sure to like us on Facebook and Instagram as well as our December Album. We have added additional hours as well for the week leading up to Christmas. We will be open the week of Christmas, December 21st-23rd from 10am-5pm and Christmas Eve from 10am -3pm. We will be closed Christmas but reopen Friday,December 26th and Saturday, December 27th from 10am-5pm and Sunday December 28th from 11am-5pm. If you are looking for something, for that special someone, feel free to call (856-339-0400), email, or message us through our Facebook page. We wish you a very Merry Christmas & Much Happiness and Peace in the New Year! Suzanne, Mike & Sammy.
We get a lot of unusual things into the shop but once in a while we get something that gets us talking. That was a few weeks ago when we acquired three beautiful Butterfly Back Windsor Chairs with Bamboo Turnings. It's not that we don't have any of this style chair in our inventory, but these three were different. The reeding on the butterfly section stood out as an unusual detail that I hadn't seen before in that style chair. Then I decided to place them and asked Mike if he had cleaned them and he said yes. The cobwebs said something else. We like to clean our inventory. While cleaning a piece it exposes its details from top to bottom and inside out. It allows us to see if anything has been changed, if something is loose, how it is constructed and whether it is marked. Being marked means a lot when it comes to Windsor Chairs and their makers. These chairs were no exception. They wanted to tell me their story. Normally a chair is signed or branded on the bottom. These three were an exception. While cleaning them I noticed a maker's branding on the back of the top of the seat where the spindles meet the chair. That branding was the letters T.R. on either side of the center spindles. My next step was to research the chairs online by their details and markings. Not getting anywhere I went back to the old way of researching. It was time to pull out my books on Windsor Chairs. I was thrilled to find the maker and information about him in Charles Santore's Book, The Windsor Style in America. Santore's book revealed the maker's name was Thomas Rain of Philadelphia. Rain worked at various addresses including Front Street, Water Street and Coombs Alley from about 1790-1815. Santore noted seeing the branding on a few styles of Windsor chairs. I believe that more of Rain's chairs may exist but the branding lies beneath what were probably painted Windsors. These chairs have hints of color on them that suggest they were originally a painted Windsor. I thought it was important for us to blog about the discovery and to document our 3 chairs. This way when someone googles his name our story will appear. Just adding a little to history!
It was great seeing everyone for the open house! Fall is always a fun season to add shades of its colors inside and outside of the shop. Pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and mums always add a warm feeling to the shop and a warning that cooler days are upon us! (especially here at this old mill) The porch is full of fun things to add mums and stalks to warm up your stoop or porch. The shop is packed with what we love and Picker's Field is always ready to be picked. Don't forget to check out our September new inventory album. Our latest finds include over 30 various industrial carts. We are cleaning and bringing them into the shop each day. Stay tuned to our facebook and instagram for daily postings and as always feel free to call or email with requests. Happy Fall. Suzanne
Join us for our 11th Annual Open House at the Royal Port Antiques, Saturday, September 19th from 10am-6pm. It is a great time to welcome in the Fall Season! The shop will be decorated with pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and all the fun things that create that Fall feeling among our collections of antiques, architectural & industrial. Sweets, drinks and snacks will be there for you to enjoy throughout the day! Fresh inventory will be arranged tastefully for your arrival. Mike, Sammy & I will be there to assist you with some great finds and discounts. Shop Picker's Field and enjoy the beautiful view of the Fenwick Creek and Salem County's beautiful wildlife. Mark your calendars for this fun day of antiquing. Our open house cards are available at the shop and shows we are participating in prior to the open house. Please mark your calendars! See you there! Suzanne