Tag: antiques

14 Aug 2016

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum  2

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.com

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.comReady to step back in time? Well we have found just the place to make you feel like you’re back in the early 1900’s! The W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum is a hidden gem in downtown Jennings, Louisiana. Just a block down from the Heywood Building, the museum’s exterior looks like an old storefront, and when you walk through the front doors you’re transported back to 1910 China, Louisiana!

Originally started to supply workers and farmers with goods, the store remained open until 1949 when they left for lunch, locked it up, and never opened it again. Eventually they boxed everything up (and we mean EVERYTHING) and stored it in a warehouse until the grandson donated everything for the creation of the museum in the 1990’s.

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.comThe museum is absolutely overfull with old merchandise. Shelves and shelves of medicines, dry goods, fabric, and so much more can be seen, and almost everything still has the original prices posted! They kept everything including the original wholesale catalogs from which the merchandise was bought, so the curators of the museum can actually look back to see when things were purchased and for how much.

There are also some amazing examples of hand-woven Coushatta Indian baskets that were brought in by the Native Americans to trade for goods.

Along with the merchandise, the actual display counters were also brought to the museum. One measures 17 feet long and was brought in one piece! You can also walk through the original store doors.Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.com

This museum is such a cool find, and it would be a perfect way to get out of the house but still escape the heat and learn about early twentieth century life in small town Louisiana! It’s only $3 for adults and $1 for students, and there is a side room with rotating exhibits as well as the amazing Children’s Telephone Museum in the back portion (stay tuned for a separate post about that!).

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.comThe museum is open Monday through Friday 9 to 5. For more information check out their website tuppermuseum.com, and we hope you take a trip back in time there very soon!

Keep smiling!Lexi

15 Jun 2016

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: The Steamer Trunk  0

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: The Steamer Trunk | bonveillercher.com

We have another downtown Jennings, Louisiana, find for you, and this time it’s on the Louisiana Antique Trail! Nova Barnes opened The Steamer Trunk in December of 2012 fulfilling her dream of having a shop on Main Street and loves to fill her shop with things her customers will “treasure and not just fill space.”

The Steamer Trunk is filled with so many fun finds ranging from antiques to clothing to an adorable little book nook! Nova also makes her own jewelry and will repair yours. They also repair and sell furniture, and her daughter makes the soaps and bath scrubs available.

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: The Steamer Trunk | bonveillercher.com

One of our favorite things at The Steamer Trunk is her “Artist of the Month” series. Each month she features a different artist and sells their pieces in the store with all proceeds going directly to the artist. With no gallery in Jennings, this is a great way for local artists to get their name and works out to the public. If you’re an artist and would like to be featured please contact Nova; she’s always looking for new artists!

If you’re looking for a unique gift stop by The Steamer Trunk! Gift certificates and free gift wrapping is available. It’s located at 526 North Main Street in Jennings, Louisiana. Check out their website thesteamertrunkla.com and their Facebook page. Also take a look at the Louisiana Antique Trail website, louisianaantiquetrail.com, for other amazing antique shops.

And keep following along as we make our way along the Louisiana Antique Trail!

Keep smiling!Lexi

 

05 May 2015

Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum  0

Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.com

 

Did you know there is a history museum in Lake Charles? Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.comI sure didn’t until a few years ago when I saw the Imperial Calcasieu Museum on a list of extra credit opportunities for one of my college classes, and I enjoyed it so much I knew I had to head back and share this amazing find with my mom and our readers!

The Imperial Calcasieu Museum is located at 204 West Sallier Street in Lake Charles on the site of the winter home of Charles Sallier, one of the founders of Lake Charles. It opened in 1963 to celebrate the original Imperial Calcasieu region now split into the five parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis. The exhibits range from locally found arrowheads to WWII memorabilia to antique toys and so much in between, and it’s the perfect place to learn more about the area whether you’re just visiting or have lived here all your life.

There is so much to see, we can’t share everything!

Here are our five favorite finds at the museum:

Borealis Rex Paddleboat Steering Wheel | Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.com1. The steering wheel from the Borealis Rex Paddleboat – Measuring over six feet in diameter, it’s an impressive sight. The Borealis Rex brought mail, goods, and passengers between Cameron and Lake Charles from 1905 to 1930.
2. John James Audubon’s beautiful Birds of America collection and Quadruped collection – We learned that in order to paint the animals, Audubon first had to kill the specimens then posed them in the scene. His work is simply amazing.
3. The 1910 Lake Charles fire exhibit – This impressive display shows before and after photographs of the fire that destroyed City Hall, the Catholic Church, and the Catholic School among other buildings for seven city blocks. They also have water grenades, signage, and other interesting artifacts from this great disaster.
4. A working Edison phonograph and horn from 1908 – This piece is not only easy on the eyes, but it still plays lovely music!
5. An original World War I woman’s uniform from a local resident – Originally bought from Abercrombie & Fitch for $135, this uniform looks like it could have been purchased yesterday.
1908 Working Edison Phonagraph and Horn | Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.comWorld War I Women's Uniform | Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.com

 

We could go on and on with our list because there are so many other interesting artifacts. They also have four scenes set up with mannequins and proper pieces of history, including an old-time barber shop with a beautiful display of shaving cream mugs that once belonged to local men.Fearless Finds: Imperial Calcasieu Museum | Explore the history of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas in this quaint museum full of fun and interesting finds! | bonveillercher.com

While all the exhibits are fantastic, our absolute favorite part of the museum was our personal tour guide the museum’s Executive Director, Susan Reed. She is so knowledgeable and welcoming, and she shared so many interesting facts with us!

The museum also has the Gibson-Barham Gallery which displays revolving fine art, cultural exhibits, and even live plays! We were able to take a sneak peak at the “Feathers and Fins” exhibit which included works of art from local public school K-12 kids. The next exhibit is “Playing with Fire” and opens May 15 from 6-8 and will run until June 27. It features pieces from local ceramic artists.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. Museum Members are admitted free.

For more information call 337-439-3797, visit their website at www.imperialcalcasieumuseum.org, or find them on Facebook.

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P.S. No we didn’t forget about the amazing Sallier Oak that stands outside the museum! We have decided it deserves its own post, so keep a lookout for it coming soon!

20 Mar 2015

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: Rooster’s Antique Market  0

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: Rooster's Antique Market of Lafayette, Louisiana | bonveillercher.com
After coming across Rooster’s Antique Market’s Facebook page, we couldn’t wait to make our way to Lafayette to check it out! Then when we got there and discovered the Louisiana Antique Trail brochure, everything just fell together so well, and this blog series was born!
 
Rooster’s is at 3209 Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette, Louisiana, and can be easily found by looking for the giant metal rooster marking its driveway! The market has a collection of vendors with lots of antiques, including furniture, art, collectibles, and many other fun finds. I had to resist buying several different Louisiana wooden signs! They also sell Maison Blanche Vintage Chaulk Paint.
Bon veiller, cher: Following the Louisiana Antique Trail - Rooster's Antique Market in Lafayette. | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
Their hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10am-6pm. For more information call 337-216-0513, follow them on Facebook, or visit their website RoostersAntiqueMarket.com.
 
Stay tuned for our next stop down the Louisiana AntiqueTrail!
 
18 Mar 2015

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail  0

Bon veiller, cher: Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: Follow along with us as we travel down the Louisiana Antique Trail and discover all the special and unique shops across the state! | bonveillercher.com
Since I was little, my mom and I have loved antiques and shopping for vintage items. I love finding unique pieces or discovering the stories from the past, and each antique shop is different from last. Looking around one a while back we found a brochure for the Louisiana Antique Trail that listed 95 stores all across the state!! Obviously we knew we had to try and visit each one for the blog! They even have a website devoted to it at LouisianaAntiqueTrail.com!
 
So keep following along as we share what makes each shop special along the trail!
15 Mar 2015

Fearless Finds: The RE Market  0

Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.com
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.comSpring is in the air, so what better place to be than the Spring Fling at The RE Market?! This past weekend The RE Market had sales, refreshments, and art classes to welcome Spring, and I got to speak with the manager and a few vendors as I looked through the booths.
 
The RE Market has something for everyone! They have antiques, vintage finds, repurposed home accents, architectural salvage, and so much more. Looking for a gift? The RE Jeweled booth by designer Celia Joe Black has creations made from repurposed items and is a must stop. I also had the pleasure of meeting Susan Sarradet Bergeaux in her booth, Sunset Creek, which features home accessories and interior design. There are far too many amazing vendors to name; you’ll just have to go see for yourself!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.comThe RE Market is located at 303 North Lake Arthur Avenue in Jennings, Louisiana, a street over from the Donut King. Formerly the old 7up Bottling Company, the building has a very eclectic, shabby-chic look to it, which is perfect for this type of business. It just fits! While walking around, my sister said “Come here, you’ve got to see this!” and led me to the inside of the original front doors of the building to a large tiled 7up logo on the floor. It was so cool!
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
Kayla Gary, the manager, and her lovely staff welcomed me in, and she couldn’t talk enough about the start of The RE Market and how they’ve grown in the past three years. The business started out as a 200 square foot cabinet showroom, and now it’s this 10,000 square foot “REpurposed, REnewed, and REmarkable” place housing 30+ vendors with a waiting list!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
The RE Market is open Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm. For more information you can call 337-821-0083 or 337-275-7312 or visit their website at REaccents.com
 
P.S. The RE Market is stop number 44 on the Louisiana Antique Trail! We will be doing a blog series about this soon as we attempt to visit all 95 shops on the trail! Check out LouisianaAntiqueTrail.com for more info.