Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Poor Man's Summerland



Summerland California is a beach community situated on a hill south of Santa Barbara and north of Los Angeles.  It  boasts some of the most exquisite and expensive antique shops I've ever been to.





Well, the other week, I found Center Street Antiques, or what I like to call, "A Poor Man's Summerland."




It's located in Soquel, near Santa Cruz.




Many of the dealers here also sell at The Alameda Pointe Antiques & Collectibles Fair,




like Trinidad, of Atelier de Campagne.




The treasures here, literally took my breath away




and the best part were the prices!




Hence...




"A Poor Man's Summerland."




I actually told one of the dealers that it reminded me of  "A Poor Man's Summerland" and she said that many of the dealers there come and buy from them!




Trust me,




there are a lot of serious treasures to be found here!




Here is just a sampling of what caught my eye.
































My favorite treasure!

















































































Even though I get to see several of the amazing dealers who sell their treasures at Center Street Antiques each month at The Alameda Pointe, it was a treat to come to this beautiful spot and see them in their element!  I can't wait to return!


30 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a fantastic shop. You are so right, there are tons of treasures there. Loved it all. Hugs, Marty

Kathysue said...

Terri, I love virtual shopping with you and seeing it all through your eyes. It is always such a treat, Kathysue

La Petite Gallery said...

This was a great visit, loved the shells over the door. What are those huge clam shells?
the clam shells hanging fixture was great. I might try that.. I enjoyed this, thanks for all the work you put into it.

yvonne

Everton Terrace said...

Would love to have a stroll around that shop - well I suppose I just did! Thanks for taking me shopping this morning. I'll have the wicker luggage please.

cityfarmer said...

I trust you ...

are all those sold tags yours??

couldn't name a favorite if I had to

La Dolfina said...

No, Joy... I wish!
I did get one lovely thing that my Mom found me. I'll take a picture and add it to this post.
You'll smile when you see it!
xo

vignette design said...

That's it, I'm heading south! I love shopping in Soquel. It has been awhile since I've gone there, and I can see they have loads of treasures calling my name!

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Terri, I love Center Street Antiques! I've been meaning to take a ride down but just haven't had time. I always find a treasure there! AND so funny...that red chandelier with the seashells was at the Long Beach flea many months ago and Janet (FrenchBlue) and I were ogling it. It is so cute! BTW, did you want to still look at that folk art ship painting before I list it? Lynn

pretty pink tulips said...

Terri, that was just a treat to see all those treasures!!! Keep you eye out for those sterling napkin rings! G & T!!!!xoxo Elizabeth

lisaroyhandbags said...

What amazing treasures! You truly are surrounded by some amazing places to shop! I NEED to visit there!!! :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

You show us the most wonderfully eclectic spaces on your blog - I love it! Thanks, Terri! xo

It's me said...

What a fantastic shop !! a lot of great pictures !! thanks !!!! love Ria....

sharon said...

Wow, you did have fun! I like the portrait of the young boy. That sort of thing is very popular here at the moment.
Sharon

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

You live in rustic shelly beachy nautical shopping paradise!!!

Have a wonderful weekend and Labor Day!

cityfarmer said...

after seeing the fabulous silver cloche ... I rearranged today and place mine front and center on my ottoman tray .... remember it?
you said i should keep it always ..

Dovecote Decor said...

My girls and I did the Summerland antiques tour, when we were there! Oi! The prices were high. I'd love to visit that little town and am putting on my travel list. Thanks La!
All the Best,
Liz

la Brocanteuse said...

Hello Terri. I enjoyed this post very much - what a lovely shop. thank you for sharing. xox Colette

Blooming Rose Musings said...

What a beautiful shop. Definitely along the Summerland lines. I could easily get lost in a place like this and be very happy. Did you bring any treasures home with you? Thank you for sharing this lovely place with us. A beautiful respite for a warm summer day.

Draffin Bears said...

What a fabulous shop and just loved having a look around - thanks for sharing your lovely photos.
So many gorgeous treasures and look forward to seeing what your lovely Mum found for you.

Happy weekend
Carolyn

Love of the Sea said...

Wow - this place is amazing. I love several of your picks...especially the light fixture with the red wood and the clam shells...that is spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Summerland one of the most expensive antique shops in the world? I don't think so. And Center Street is still quite expensive. All they do is gather up things from garage sales, yard sales, estate sales and mark it up. I don't shop stores anymore. I do my own hunting.

joanny said...

Theresa:

Good eye -- great photo's lots of wonderful treasures, and love the portrait of the lovely grand lady with the lovely smile and touch of pink color.

Lots of good cheer to you,
Joanny

and yes I will vote for Trish.

Lumo said...

There are many things would love to own, maybe I shuld start to plan an antiquing trip to California... But first, next week, I will check some Parisian antique markets

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Incredible Therese
I could go a little crazy in a place like this.. Love the demijohn.. the portrait of the boy.. and the House Beautiful magazine!! fantastic

Thanks for sharing so many wonderful photos.. xxx Julie

Glamourshoes said...

Can I come shopping with you? Wow! The pearl-handled knives, the portrait of the boy, the oyster shell planter, the giant clock in the background of one of the pics, etc, etc! So much fun!

Angie said...

Beautiful photos!!

Everything Coastal said...

Gosh, how did I miss this post earlier this week? I want to go! I propose a lunch date after I get back from Seattle. We could have a whole day in Santa Cruz exploring - can't wait!

Love the shell chandeliers, love the coral (even though I just can't buy it..)

Everything Coastal said...

The House Beautiful magazine is absolutely fabulous too!

Caron

Splendid Willow said...

Therese, you can't go to Santa Cruz without me!!!! I thought we had a deal! (:

Anyway, I just came to your blog today to say hi (summer is over. I have happy kids in school and I will be more blog alert!) but also to let yo know that we are coming to Santa Cruz for Thanksgiving (booking our tickets this week). Now where will you be?

Love to you, Mon

Cashon&Co said...

those prices ARE good! i so wish i was there to shop with you and your mom.