About seven months ago, my mom, Lucile Maran (pictured below), was faced with a difficult decision. The antique mall in which she was renting space in Naples was closing, and she was going to have to move out and find another place to set up shop. Or was it time to "retire"? After all, she was 83 years old, and maybe the mall closing was a hint that it was time to take a break. Or not. I visited Naples and we scouted around town, looking at the possibilities, and met Kathy Goodman, who was opening a new, high-end consignment shop that would be called "Up For Grabs".
Kathy was a good saleswoman, because my mom and I had enough confidence to pack up all her inventory and move it into a closet of an otherwise completely empty building that Kathy was in the process of renovating. One thing that "sold" us was Kathy's vision of the interior. She ordered crystal chandeliers, cheerful yellow polka-dot fabric, and refinished the concrete floors. Kathy has worked for many years as a decorator, and knows how to create an inviting space from an empty shell of a building in an old strip mall.
Fast forward seven months, and Kathy has put together a lovely shop, my mom couldn't be happier, and business is good. It's all about location, as we all know, and Up For Grabs is situated in the hub of the Naples resale/consignment/antiques/decorator district. My mom only has a showcase, but she does know how to pack it full of treasures, including her special majolica, sterling silver, chintz ware, and Victorian-era goodies.
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One area houses a huge collection of the ever-popular Franciscan Desert Rose dinner ware, paired with some pretty pink cabbage leaf plates.
Kathy installed beautiful crystal chandeliers all over the shop to give it a glamorous feel.
This mural at the back of the store is so well done, and sets a nice tone for the clearance area.
I can't get enough of these Italian gilt chandeliers with the porcelain roses.
This decorative piece may not be as old as it appears, but I'm inspired by it. Perhaps it could be replicated using images decoupaged on board?
Just look at the gorgeous colors on this celluloid covered photo album in my mom's showcase!
My mom calls her business "A Bed of Roses". We made her sign from an ironstone platter and some stickers. The majolica pattern you see behind the doll is the popular "shell and seaweed" pattern.
Another view of my mom's showcase:
My mom always has a nice selection of beaded and enamel mesh purses, like this lovely example below:
Gently used furniture is plentiful at Up For Grabs. I would never buy anything brand new in Naples, ever!
I certainly am glad that we met Kathy when we did. I knew my mom didn't want to be forced into early retirement from the antique biz!