2017-08-16 / Top News

Treasure hunting in Naples yields some choice finds


I love shopping in Naples — always have.

I still remember visiting a thrift store on U.S. 41 that had as its landmark a restaurant called Fat Philly’s — something tells me they sold sandwiches.

We’d stop at that store on our way to an antiques shop in Old Naples called Bibelots & Beads.

That was in the 1980s.

My mom and I still love to shop our way south from Fort Myers when we can. But I now live in the Palm Beaches. So when a friend suggested he and I do a day trip from the east coast so he could deliver a table to his boss’ accountant, it was a no-brainer.

Along the way, I introduced him to a few stores.

The Guadalupe Resale and Consignment Shop (www.guadalupecenter.org), in North Naples, always has a nice selection of clothing and collectibles. My friend found a set of Fostoria American water goblets priced at $7 for 10.

SCOTT SIMMONS / FLORIDA WEEKLY SCOTT SIMMONS / FLORIDA WEEKLY We headed south toward another of my favorite haunts — the Avow Hospice Treasures shop (www.avowcares.org/ shop-treasures/), where my pal found a set of tart pans for a song and I found a set of 10 linen cocktail napkins for $4.

I also scored a pair of Fenton cranberry glass hurricane shades at Up for Grabs Consignment (www.upforgrabsnaples.com).

But it was just north of downtown, at The Shelter Options Shoppe (www.nap- lesshelter.org/options/), that my friend hit pay dirt, scoring a set of eight gorgeous quality shield-back chairs at $25 apiece. We earned a 10 percent discount by liking the thrift shop on Facebook.

It was like a jigsaw puzzle, but somehow we managed to squeeze all eight of the chairs into a Prius.

We ended our day at Treasure Island Antiques (www.treasureislandnaples.com), which is 12,000 square feet of antiques shopping the way it used to be — interesting, carefully selected items attractively displayed.

A friend and I somehow squeezed eight large shield-back dining chairs into a Prius. A friend and I somehow squeezed eight large shield-back dining chairs into a Prius. Next time, I want to take my pal to the Auctions Neapolitan gallery (www.auctionsneapolitan.com), The Antiques Center of Naples (www.antiquesnaples.com) and your choice of shops run by St. Matthew’s House (www.st matthewshouse.org), which has stores from Naples to Fort Myers. ¦


A 4-inch Moorcroft Clematis pattern vase

Bought: Treasure Island Antiques, 950 Central Ave., Naples; 434-7684 or www.treasureislandnaples.com.

Paid: $95

The Skinny: Grandma loved her Moorcroft lamp.

It had pride of place in her living room atop a marble Victorian table that had belonged to her much-loved mother-in-law — she even referred to it as “the good lamp.”

The lamp, made from a 1920s Moorcroft pottery vase in the English company’s Pansy pattern, had been an expensive piece in its day.

Like the table, the lamp had come to her by way of my great-grandmother, who had the vase drilled during World War II to make a lamp.

It remains an object of beauty, with its deeply saturated reds and blues and its motif of pansies delicately outlined with the “slip” of the clay.

Over the years, I have cultivated a garden of the Art Nouveau pottery in Pansy and Anemone, Orchid and Sunflower patterns.

This little vase, in the Clematis pattern, dates from the 1950s, when Walter Moorcroft, son of the pottery’s founder, was running the place.

It’s pretty and will coordinate well with Grandma’s lamp. ¦

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