Last Sunday I had one near perfect afternoon. My friend Hunt Slonem (extraordinary New York artist) was in town and we decided to explore the antique stores of Columbia and Franklin. There is nothing better in this world than antiquing with someone that loves the art of the find. As we wandered the aisles and pondered the china, linens and such, I thought, for me, this is Nirvana; for others, I am sure antiquing may be Chinese water torture.
I mentioned to Hunt an incredible store called Scarlett Scales, but how it was never open. On previous trips, I would peer through the windows of the locked doors and absolutely drool. Scarlett Scales Antiques screamed SoHo, the way it used to be. As we rounded the corner of South Margin Street, there it was …And it was open!
So fellow Styleblueprint Devotees, here is my Absolute Find of the Week:
Scarlett Scales Antiques
Scarlett Scales (Yes- this is also the owner’s name. She was named such by her very literary mother who loved alliteration) opened the store while a student as O’More College of Design, hence the quirky hours. She grew up in a family who loved antiquing as a hobby; she knew early on that design and antiques were in her future. Many of her items are re-caste from architectural finds with lots of lamps and ceiling tins.
Together, with her ever so talented Dad, she has collaborated to create empire tables that are in covered, quite painstakingly, in galvanized metal. Her father is the type who will wander through a farm, pick up a gnarled piece of fence and create an object of beauty.
She is proud of her gift items: most of which are quite affordable. Everything from jewelry by Lizzy Couture to soaps and tiles. My personal favorite is the concrete crown caste from the tiara of Ms. San Antonio 1973 for $18.
The entire store feels so comforting probably because it is eclectic and familiar all in one breath. It fits together so nicely; it makes you sigh with happiness. Scarlett’s magic graces the store from a totally retro garden made from gears and chains to her funky architectural lamps. Oh, did I mention she is only 27?
Consider this perfect weekend (not necessarily in this order)
- Go to the Main Street Festival
- Stop by Scarlett Scales boutique
- Order an incredible (probably the best in a 50 mile radius) margarita and homemade guacamole from SOL on Main Street
It doesn’t get any better!
Scarlett Scales Antiques
212 South Margin Street
Franklin, TN 37064
Open 7 Days a week!