Scotland 2014

It’s been two weeks since I got back, and needless to say, THANK GOD I’m home. As you all may know, my mother lives in Scotland and I was long overdue for a visit so I spent three weeks there from 3/24-4/15. Needless to say, I NEVER want to close my eBay shop for that long again, especially considering how much the trip cost and the recent home renovations the two months prior.

I spent the first two weeks of this trip doing the obligatory sight seeing with a friend and then the last week picking at the “antique malls” in the area. They were TEENY tiny compared to Texas but had some very lovely things. I DID NOT come back empty handed. My combined suitcase and carry on weighed approximately 90 pounds. Damn you, glass! I spent a lot more on inventory this trip vs my last but the quality of the items more than made up for it. I WILL go back to the Scottish Antiques and Arts Centers! I did notice that the dealers at the car boot sales and antique shows were way less willing to haggle than in previous years, which was a bit of a let down. News flash, dealers! Knocking £2 off an item is NOT a discount.

Anyways, onto the picks!

My most notable purchases during this trip were a German Bohemian Biedermeier glass beaker by Friedrich Egermann, an antique Afshar Persian prayer rug (yes, I brought a 7 foot long rug back in my suitcase), a rare Jens Quistgaard pre-Dansk Anker-Line skillet (yes, I brought a cast iron skillet home in my carry on), and a rare 1920s Choisy-le-Roi opaline glass starfish bowl.

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I also got some Scandinavian glass goodies (Riihimaki x 2 and a mystery glass viking ship that weighs a ton), a carved Victorian box, a cool wedgwood Egyptian revival pendant, and lovely bohemian deco ring.

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Highlights of this year’s Scotland trip included the gorgeous Highlands (per usual), visiting Doune Castle where they’re filming Outlander, Tantallon Castle (again, my favorite), playing with some Highland cows and seals, touring a nearly empty Edinburgh Castle with Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery lobby, and my first visit to Abbotsford house, the estate of Sir Walter Scott. Enjoy the pics!

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The Highlands

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OUTLANDER!!!!!!

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Tantallon Castle and Bass Rock

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Ghost Town-esque Edinburgh Castle, tourist free!!! (Other than the Backstreet Boy)

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National Portrait Gallery lobby is amazing!

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Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street

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Abbotsford House (and shots of the most amazing wallpaper I’ve ever seen, early 19th century hand painted from China)

Until next time…

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