Exciting news coming down Main Street! The friendly dings of the Metro Light Rail will begin greeting Downtown Mesa on August 22—packed with a family fun morning of celebration! Main Street has been under construction for three (three!) years preparing for the Central Mesa extension of the Metro Light Rail system. The new phase will provide four additional stations at Alma School Road, Country Club Drive, Center Street, and Mesa Drive. Located between the Center and Country Club Stations, Antique Plaza now has a more convenient for our customers to take public transportation to come visit us!

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The Metro Light Rail system opened in December 2008 connecting Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix. Each stop has a variety of public art displayed throughout the station. A sculpture at the Center stop stretches 40 ft. off the ground. Another at County Club resembles a cactus bloom and even lights up at night. The map is very easy to navigate. From a station, decide whether you wish to go west toward Phoenix, or East toward Mesa. Sharing the road with cars, it is a great mode of transportation. There are specific locations to place bikes on the trains and even various park and rides, where you can park your car for free and catch the light rail to your destination. Why do I care about the light rail so much? It’s convenient. It’s air-conditioned. It’s cheap. It’s safe. It’s reliable. And I don’t have to drive or park!

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One of my first trips on the light rail was to a cat show at the Phoenix Convention Center. I ended up purchasing a very large cat scratching post and hauling it home to Tempe on the light rail. It was definitely a conversation piece, and I love talking about my cats!

ANTIQUE PLAZA LIGHT RAIL SALE

Be sure to head over and check out the storewide sale on August 22 & 23! Dealers will be discounting 10-50% off and we will stay open until 8pm on Saturday for all of the light rail celebrations. The Antique Plaza is your destination to reminisce and now the light rail can be your vehicle there. Take a seat, and enjoy the ride!

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Daily Fare:
1-Ride $2.00
All-Day pass $4.00

LightRail Map

Slickables, a local cookie and ice cream eatery has just moved in to Downtown Mesa. There’s nothing like ice cream sandwiches on these hot July days! We’ve been working tirelessly on some renovations over at 120 (the Antique Plaza Annex). But we took a break to check it out and cool down.

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We each made an ice cream sandwich (you choose two cookies, and your favorite ice cream flavor and they make you an ice cream sandwich for only $2!) What better pairing than an ice cream sandwich and some antique hunting.

Eat This, Buy That

EAT: M&M & Peanut Butter cookies with Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream

BUY: This retro metal sign/checkerboard. We aren’t sure if this was hung on a building or actually used as a game board, but either way it has that ice cream parlor nostalgia! Dealer #69 $125

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EAT: Funfetti & Double Chocolate cookies with Chocolate ice cream

BUY: These two-tone cowboy boots, just like chocolate with more chocolate, these suede and dark leather boots are the perfect combo and the arrow detail is 100 percent awesome. Dealer #360 $34 

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EAT: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut & Peanut Butter cookies with Strawberry ice cream

BUY: This vintage vanity stool. The cute retro print would make this the perfect addition to your makeup station, entry way or anywhere you needed a little femininity. Dealer #312 $44 

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We hope you head over to Downtown Mesa to make your own pairings! Slickables is at 142 W. Main St., and is open Sun-Thur 11 am – 9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 10 pm.

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Like the Chinese zodiac printed on a sticky takeout menu, animal door knockers are known to each have different meanings and energies behind them. They serve as a popular way to set the tone for all who enter your home. So, which one is your spirit animal?

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Dragons and serpents: Protection, eternity, power, good luck

Lions and cats: Strength, courage, solitude, cleverness

Frogs and lizards: Transitions, healing, fertility, adaptation

Horses: Honor, wildness, vitality, power

Goats and sheep: Gentleness, material and spiritual wealth, good

Birds: Spirit, hope, freedom, intuition

Elephants: Wisdom, patience, reliability

Squirrels: Playfulness, socialization, mindfulness

Sea creatures: Discovery, cleansing, regeneration

Dogs: Loyalty, steadfastness, friendship

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Greg recently found this brass Basset Hound door knocker while we’re all in the midst of working on putting together our new shop PAST in the Antique Plaza Annex. We were immediately drawn to it, especially because we are currently working on an amazing gate project (coming soon!). The gates will be used to create a pen in our back craft room (also coming soon!) for the dogs when we bring them to work—because everyone knows the main perk of running your own shop is being able to bring your furry best friends with you!

This door knocker holds special meaning for us at PAST, because we started this business as four best friends who are always by each other’s sides. The fact that we all live for the thrill of the hunt made the Basset Hound in particular that much more fitting! We’ve had some challenges along the way (working full-time outside of PAST being one) but it’s also presented us new opportunities to grow and chase our dreams—and so far I think we’re knocking it out of the park!

So stay tuned for some PAST vintage shop updates, as we scramble to get a million and one projects completed before September’s Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market! Hope you’re all having a great summer!

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We don’t often get in the kitchen to bake (we’re usually out and about finding items for the shop!), but this year we’re braving the summer heat, turning the oven up to 425 and making pies to celebrate the Fourth of July!

Here are the three Independence Day desserts we baked:

Blueberry Cheesecake

Myna, dealer 48 at the Antique Plaza, had some great advice when we told her we were making pies for the Fourth of July—make cheesecake instead! Myna expressed that she enjoys cheesecake in the warm summer months, so this blueberry cheesecake is in honor of her!

Apple Pie

Of course, nothing is American as apple pie, especially when it comes complete with a star-studded crust! Bonus points for homemade whipped cream.

Berry Crumb Pie

Jeri, dealer 35 at the Antique Plaza, supplied us with this award-winning recipe! This berry crumb pie has red, white and blue ingredients, making it absolutely perfect for this holiday. (We adore you, Jeri!)

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Blueberry Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust

  • 9 whole graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin (measured from 2 envelopes)
  • 12 ounces Philadelphia-brand cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups fresh blueberries

Topping

  • 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 1/2-pint baskets blueberries
  • 2/3 cup blueberry jam

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Blend first 4 ingredients in processor until graham crackers are finely ground.
  3. Add butter and vanilla; process until moist crumbs form.
  4. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and 1 inch up sides of 9-inch-diameter springform pan.
  5. Bake crust until deep golden brown, about 12 minutes. Cool.

Filling

  1. Pour 1/4 cup water into small saucepan; sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand 10 minutes. Stir over very low heat just until gelatin dissolves. Set aside.
  2. Blend cream cheese, cream, sugar, and lemon juice in processor until smooth. Add berries; puree until smooth (some blueberry bits will remain). With machine running, add warm gelatin mixture through feed tube and blend well.
  3. Pour filling into crust. Cover; chill overnight.
  4. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Release pan sides. Transfer to platter.

Topping

  1. Beat cream and sugar in medium bowl until firm peaks form.
  2. Spread cream mixture thickly over top of cheesecake. Place berries in bowl.
  3. Heat jam in small saucepan over low heat until just melted. Pour jam over berries; toss to coat.
  4. Mound coated berries in center of cream, leaving 1-inch plain border.
  5. Chill cake at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

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Apple Pie

Ingredients

Crust

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons (about 1/2 cup) ice water

Filling

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced

Instructions

Crust

  1. Dice the butter and return it to the refrigerator while you prepare the flour mixture.
  2. Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse a few times to mix.
  3. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas.
  4. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball.
  5. Dump out on a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Cut the dough in half.
  7. Roll each piece on a well-floured board into a circle, rolling from the center to the edge, turning and flouring the dough to make sure it doesn’t stick to the board.
  8. Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan, and unfold to fit the pan.
  9. Repeat with the top crust

Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
  2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly.
  3. Use a cookie cutter to cut stars out of the remaining dough, gingerly placing them over the top of the apple mound until you have nice coverage.
  4. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
  5. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

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Berry Crumb Pie

Ingredients

Crust
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks chilled butter
Filling
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast nuts for five minutes. Remove from oven and chop.
  2. Turn oven up to 450 degrees.
  3. Mix nuts, flour and sugar in small bowl. Coarsely dice butter with pastry cutter and place into mixture.
  4. Press half of curst into pie or tart pan evenly.

Topping

  1. Mix sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Gently fold in berries and spoon into the crust.
  3. Sprinkle remaning crumb crust over berries.
  4. Bake for approximately 30 minutes and serve warm.

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  1. Silver Cake Plate (and dome, not pictured) – Dealer #52 – $28.50
  2. Clear Pedestal Cake Plate – Dealer #69 – $35
  3. Vintage Wood and Son Footed Cake Plate – Dealer #7 – $20
  4. The Good Housekeeping Cook Book – Dealer #35 – $12
  5. Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book – Dealer #7 – $12
  6. Joy of Cooking Cook Book – Dealer #7 – $12
  7. Silverplate Cake Server – Dealer #411 – $17.99
  8. Red Handle Rolling Pin – Dealer #88 – $12
  9. Red/White Apron – Dealer #360 – $12
  10. Blue Plaid Plates – Dealer #20 – $3.50 each
  11. Star Cookie Cutters – Dealer #89 – $1 each
  12. Blue Creamer/Sugar (only sugar pictured) – Dealer #22 – $21.50
  13. Serving Tray – Dealer #312 – $95

Which pie would you want to try? We hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July! And remember to come down for free hotdogs (with all the fixin’s) this weekend at the Antique Plaza!

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new bohemiansSo far in June, we’ve shown you how you can use your coffee table to throw the perfect outdoor dining experience, we’ve looked to the birthplace of coffee tables for some inspiration, and now…we present to you the perfect coffee table book! This new book is beyond incredible—the images in here are to die for. I’ve been a fan of boho style for awhile now, with it’s impeccable way of injecting natural elements, infusing bright colors and of course balancing it all out with mid-century mod clean lines.

My first reaction to Justina Blakeney’s book The New Bohemians was “LOVE!” my second thought was…we totally have some of this stuff in the Plaza! So please, sit down and enjoy some wonderful eye candy from her book, along with items from Antique Plaza to recreate the look in your own home!

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This room (both images from the same room, just different angles) is neutral but still so eclectic! I loved the stacked suitcase table, and using an old-school paper cutter as a table is just genius! I’m also loving the casual draping of the rug over the rattan chair.

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I cannot think of anything better than this balcony at the current moment. I could just imagine lounging on one of those chairs with a glass of wine, and that tile is the perfect pop of color.

P.S. one chair is pictured, but we have two in the shop!

 

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Lounge meets modern with this amazing couch. The kilim pillows really work against the warm-toned leather, and the mix of the burl wood on the coffee table is a great centerpiece. The lines on this sofa are almost identical to our own Percival Lafer couch!

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Industrial barstools and glam chandeliers might not be the most obvious combo, but it really looks so easy-going. The white walls are the perfect backdrop and that huge cactus brings in a little bit of Arizona style. I would love to duplicate this look in my own kitchen!

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Who knew minimalist boho was even a thing?! This picture captures that look through and through, with a bright MCM classic chair, southwestern rugs and a touch of industrial furniture and accessories. The concrete floors bring the design full-circle. (psst…. Greg let’s do this too!)

  1. Suitcases #88 ($55, $55, $45)
  2. Paper Cutter #69 $35
  3. Canvas Chair #69 $45
  4. Percival Lafer Couch #69 $550
  5. Chandelier #22 $285
  6. Industrial Stool #35 $185
  7. Industrial File Cabinet #312 $58
  8. Herman Miller Chair #69 $175
  9. Southwestern Rug #5 ($200, 75)

In case you forgot, the book is called The New Bohemians, and it would be at home on any coffee table in America! Lucky you, we have a copy that could be yours! Comment on which item you would most like to have in your home on this post or on Antique Plaza’s Facebook post for your chance to win! (Contest runs through July 7th) It’s that simple! Good luck!

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