Sleepy Poet Antiques Mall, which is a large warehouse compromised of 55,000 square feet of antiques. Each dealer has its own stall and sets its own prices, and you can find some fantastic pieces. It is more organized than Washington's Rough and Ready, but you definitely would be missing out on some great finds if you didn't do a little digging.
Generally the prices are great. There are some things that are a bit high, like some of their silver. But you can find some fantastic vintage pieces that are just perfect (and perfectly priced) for a little DIY project. Sleepy Poet is a great place to find faux bamboo furniture and objects, occasional chairs to recover, and the perfect piece of art to fill in that empty space on your wall.
One of my favorite finds is this fabulous shell console table. It would be so pretty in an entryway or even a living room. And it is formal enough that it is not limited to use in beach houses, like alot of shell motif pieces. It was priced at $450, but we bet you could negotiate this down a good bit.
We love vintage tole light fixtures, as we posted about here. While you generally see chandeliers, tole lamps are fabulous too. The lamp below reminds us of Hollywood regency style, a la Kelly Wearstler. We would probably paint it all one color (and maybe leave the gold?) and add a modern shade.
I spotted this bamboo end table up high above. Wouldn't this make a fab little bar, especially if you painted it another color? We would probably play it safe with black, but red or even turquoise could look great too!
I can't stop thinking about this pewter serving set with thick leather handles. It consists of a heavy tray with leather handles, an ice bucket with a leather carrying strap, and a water pitcher that also has a thick leather strap for a handle. It was priced at $70 which is a great price, and it would look so pretty in a den or study. It is rare to find a serving set that is masculine yet just beautiful.
A bit hard to see from this picture because of the white metal ceiling, but this white tole chandelier is gorgeous. It is vintage but still in working condition, and we love the asian-inspired lines of it.
This set of two twin headboards is absolutely stunning. Obviously the chintz fabric would have to go, but that would be easy to replace with some more modern. I don't believe these are antiques, but you can't beat black bamboo with gold trim.
This 1920's art deco style china cabinet is so pretty. It isn't too large, and the lines are great. It was marked down to $120, which you can't beat. We think it is just perfect for a makeover, similar to the one Eddie Ross did here.
It's a bit hard to see the detail of this mirror here, but it is an octagon with a white bamboo frame. It would be gorgeous in an entryway, and at $85, it is a bargain, since we have seen similar frames on eBay pushing $400.
This coffee table is absolutely gorgeous. It is made of dark wood (mahogany?) and has fabulous square wood cut-outs below the glass panels. You can't see from this picture, but it also has great curved legs that add a feminine quality to it. It really is the perfect coffee table. And even better: The $150 price includes two matching end tables. We aren't big on matching sets, but we feel quite certain we could find another place to use the end tables!
Elephant garden stools are popping up everywhere, but we have never seen one with such brilliant colors before! It would be perfect in a sunroom or even as an end table in a living room. We definitely do think garden stools are a better place to rest your drink than your body, so "stool" might be a misnomer. But at $45, we think this little guy is perfect!
I glanced up high and spotted this fabulous koi! My assumption is that it is the base for an end table- it was quite large and would look great with a piece of glass on top. Maybe we'd leave it cream colored, or maybe we would paint it a fun color like turquoise.
You know how much we love quatrefoils. How gorgeous is this pendant light? This is case in point of why we love places like the Sleepy Poet. You could never find something this unique and interesting at Pottery Barn or any other mass marketed store. It was priced at $265, which sounds a little high, but I suppose in the grand scheme of light fixtures, it's not really that bad.
This red chinoiserie cabinet is so pretty and in perfect condition. Yes, you can definitely go overboard with chinoiserie pieces, so we think it is best limited to a piece here or there around your home. But this could be a gorgeous sideboard in your dining room or even a bar in your den.
MoS Washington spotted this sterling compote in perfect condition. We love setting silver pieces around the house (and this would be perfect for holding all your leftover Halloween candy). This one was priced at only $45, so we seriously considered a purchase! Sleepy Poet also had a fantastic collection of vintage silver trophies, julep cups, and other gorgeous pieces.
This set of silver also caught MoS Washington's eye, and I absolutely love it. It has a fabulous Greek key pattern on the base of the pieces of silver. It is vintage yet so modern (and it even had my monogram!). It was $590 for 18 pieces, so we passed, but I will probably dream about it tonight...
We have said so many times how we would love to make an end table out of suitcases like you see here. An antique shop like the Sleepy Poet is the perfect place to find those suitcases. We saw everything from steamer trunks to vanity cases with stripes a la Goyard to suitcases with their original souvenir stickers to this gorgeous turquoise leather suitcase.
This vintage tole "wheat" table caught our eye. We have seen similar tables sell on ebay for quite a bit higher than this table's $140 price tag. It is a bit low, but in the right room this could be a perfect end table.
Finally, I cannot stop thinking about this pair of turquoise pineapples. They are large- probably 24" tall, and we see them flanking either side of our white brick fireplace. Pineapples are so welcoming, and a trip to the Florida Keys over Labor Day has made me love them even more. Make them shiny and turqouise like these, and they are really hard to resist! They were priced at $45 each, which we can live with. Maybe I will go back for them...
If you are ever in Charlotte and have a few hours to kill, the Sleepy Poet is worth a stop! I'd even venture to say it's worth a special trip if you are in NC at all. They have a great selection, and it is a well-run operation. Everyone is very helpful and knows what they are doing (which is sometimes rare in antique stores). You can sometimes negotiate on pieces over $25, but generally speaking, pieces are priced fairly, so there isn't too much need to try to haggle (although I love to do it!). It is located on South Boulevard in a big warehouse, between Woodlawn and East Boulevard.