Monday, July 19, 2010

Vintage Treasures from Murphy's Basement

When I visit my hometown, Bedford, Pennsylvania, one of my principle activities is browsing antiques.  When I was little, there was a store downtown called G.C. Murphy's.  When we were old enough to walk across streets, it was a huge deal for my friend, Brandee, and I to walk to Murphy's and do some shopping.  I don't know what we were shopping for, since we didn't have any money, but it was a big adventure for us. 

Now, long after Murphy's was closed, the storefront has taken on a new life as Founder's Crossing.  A treasure trove of handcrafted goods, art, antiques and all sorts of interesting goodness.  One of the featured artists there, that I just have to mention, is Kevin Kutz.  His work captures the local spirit just perfectly.  

But, my fave part of the old Murphy's is the basement--which houses the antique selection.  It stretches about a half a block under the building and it's chock full of all sorts of interesting bits from Bedford's history along the Lincoln highway to my favorite, the jewelry cases.  My mom can hang with me for about an hour, but then she heads home to bake something up for when I come home all excited about some random old things I've found.  Cool-stuff-hunting and mom's cooking...makes for a perfect day, if you ask me.

Here are some finds from my recent visit home.  Check out these pinks!!!  I'm in love!!!

And, vintage lucite in oranges...I'm in heaven...and look at that clasp!!!

What am I gonna do with these?  I don't know!!!  haaaaaaaaaaaaaa  But, of course, they had to be mine!!!!


  1. Sounds like a perfect weekend! I love the pieces you found...and I know you will create something beautiful with them..

  2. Those orange beads are SA-WEET! I love them!
    Nice finds, Jen.

  3. Great stuff. You are going to have a blast!

  4. Sounds like a perfect day to me!

  5. I remember Murphy's along with Woolworth's. But what a great way to repurpose the store. It sounds like heaven!

  6. There used to be a GC Murphy's here in DC! Love those orange lucite beads....and that clasp, mmmm! Great finds.

  7. Wow~ I have to check them out!

  8. Love these!!!! Way to go on the cool finds. I know you will enjoy these treasures:)

  9. Those are treasures! I would love to go antiquing with you!
    Enjoy the day!

  10. Ohhh those oranges are devine!!

  11. I love all of these! You can only do good things with these beauties!!


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