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Vintage Savannah

It’s the 20th day of National Blog Posting Month and Madge is still in the game.

Vintage Savannah

Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, first settled in 1733.  The city survived the Civil War intact despite being at the end of Sherman’s march to the sea. Declaring Savannah too beautiful to burn, Sherman instead gave it as a Christmas present to President Lincoln.

With it’s cobblestone streets and quaint squares you almost feel you’re in Europe until the spanish moss draped from the towering live oak trees brings you back to the old South.

Savannah is one of Madge’s favorite cities and a perfect place for vintage and antique shopping.  Here are some of her never-miss stops.

Pinch of the Past carries architectural salvage as well as antiques and vintage items so there is a wonderful variety of goods. Check out this groovy Flair oven. Flairs are experiencing a big bounce in popularity from those wanting to fit out their mid century homes with authentic pieces.

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How about this amazing ceramic artisan teapot?  It’s huge with a cool woven tree branch handle.

Ok, Madge must admit this one went home with her and the pot now has a place of honor in her kitchen.

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One of most unique stores in Savannah is V & J Duncan Maps & Prints. Located in the heart of Savannah on Monterrey Square, the shop is in the ground floor of an historic mansion.   For fans of theShop exterior book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, V & J is right across the square from Mercer House.

Madge never knew how beautiful historic maps could be until she found this shop. They have maps dating back to the 1600s, many hand-colored.  John, the J in V & J is a retired history professor and is happy to regale you with tales from Savannah’s history.

Shop entry

In addition to maps,  the shop carries books and has a fascinating selection of antique prints covering any subject you can think of including botanicals, architecture, and animals.  Here’s a beautiful antique copper engraving of ladies hats circa 1820s, currently on loan to Madge’s shop.

The prints are organized by category and the maps by state, region or country. And speaking of animals, V & J even has a couple of them on staff.   Meet Sally and Emma, the two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who actually run the place.

Another favorite stop is the Habersham Antique Market.  Check out this grouping of 60s swag lights. Love the blues and greens.

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The information on this photo board indicates this was a cigarette girl.  No wonder cigarettes were so popular.

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The tag on this 8-track/radio combo indicates it was stolen from Marcia Brady’s bedroom.

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Well, after that laugh it’s time to go.  See you tomorrow.

Pinch of the Past

2603 Whitaker Street,, Savannah, GA  31401, 912 232-5563

V & J Duncan Maps & Prints

12 E Taylor St, Savannah, GA 31401, 912 232-0338

Habersham Antique Market

2502 Habersham Street, Savannah, GA 31401,  912 238-5908

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