Saturday, December 22, 2012

Revival

I took this photo from my car Thursday, while sitting in traffic on south Fair Oaks Avenue.

Old Town Pasadena was stopped up like my Aunt Tildy used to get after eating too much of Uncle Rory's Christmas cake. ("I can't help myself," she'd say, "it's the sprinkles!")

I got stuck in the middle of Old Town, then found my way out, then drove around instead of through it, to get to south Fair Oaks for more of the same. Most of the time Pasadena's an easygoing place, but this time of year along with Christmas and New Year's, we have the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl game, and everything is packed. It's fine, really. Really. It's fine.

So I got to sit in traffic and take this picture of the outdoor display area of Revival Antiques. It's a beautiful store, with gorgeous furniture, art and lamps inside. Outside, the unique pieces that can hold up to the weather wait to be visited. It might be chilly for us natives right now, but I'll bet at least our Wisconsin visitors will find the weather refreshing, and probably those from northern California, too. I just hope they don't mind the traffic.


16 comments:

dive said...

I love reclamation yards! Junk shops for Architects. I only wish they did gift cards so I could ask for one for Christmas.
Sometimes bad traffic can be serendipitous.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Those doors would make cool table tops!.

Leslie said...

Yesterday we ventured to Old Town to share our Friday afternoon cuppa at Intelligentsia, while waiting to see if the Mayans beamed us up.
For good measure, we took a hike through the lower Arroyo, just to see if perhaps they wanted to summon us up from an open field.
I'm happy to report that we nicely survived both the Pasadena traffic and the Mayans.
Life is good.

Petrea Burchard said...

I love them, too, Dive, and we have several good ones around here--not junk, not cheap, but fun to explore.

KBF, I saw a garage with doors like these instead of garage doors. I love the way people reimagine things.

Leslie, please check in every week and tell us about your Friday date! The lower Arroyo is one of the loveliest places to walk, either before or after a good cappuccino.

TheChieftess said...

Looks like we all made it through the Mayan apocolypse... I had to check the internet first though just to make sure...

Next I visit Petrea...that's a spot I'd love to discover with you!!!

Speedway said...

Doors, pre-decorated for Christmas, ready to provide a new greeting for guests. None of the difficulty of hanging the wreath, just put in the door, ready to go!

TheChieftess said...

That's the kind of Christmas decorations I could have used this year!!!

Petrea Burchard said...

Really--I wish I could hire a staff--to clean, cook, decorate, run errands...

Laura Monteros said...

Oh, man, I am just taking a break from cleaning. Sitting for my 4-month-old grandson every day doesn't leave time for that! But Christmas is coming, and Santa might leave coal if I don't....

Petrea Burchard said...

Laura, sitting for your grandson every day counts as being a good girl!

Katie said...

Delightful doors! And I bet it's pretty there at night with those strings of lights. Revival looks like a wonderful place to wander and dream. On their site they have some beautiful CA tiles and Arts & Crafts stained glassed doors, and in the Interior section under Oddities is a wacky vintage photo of a woman sitting on a lion in a cage! My kind of store.

Vanda said...

I was reminded of the rose parade today. I was driving by the Metro link station under the freeway bridge--you might know the place since it's close to a casting agency--and there's a warehouse type of place there where they make floats every year.

Bellis said...

Don't tell me Wisconsin and Oregon will be playing at the Rose Bowl game again? They're here so often, they should be buying condos in Pasadena. But both sides are a great crowd to have around.

Petrea Burchard said...

It's a gorgeous store, Katie, really.

Vanda, I can't picture it! I haven't been acting for several years so I no longer know where the casting offices are.

Bellis, I think it's Wisconsin and Stanford, not Oregon.

Adele said...

Very nice! I have this dream, involving an old window...

Sometimes, holiday traffic makes me happy. All those people, out and about, looking for things to give to their loved ones.

Petrea Burchard said...

Adele, I remember the feeling you describe but I've lost it somehow. Being shoved one time too many, feeling endangered in a parking lot by crazy drivers...maybe I need to live in a smaller town, like Sierra Madre!