Redesign and Redifine

There’s something special about purchasing vintage and antique furniture. Each piece holds it's own unique history and carries a bit of its past into it's new home. One way to rewrite the history of a certain item is to incorporate your own individual style. We offer a variety of services to our customers including painting, updating hardware, adding custom finishes, and adjusting the height of certain pieces. Whatever you can imagine, we can work with you to create a piece that helps bring your space together! 
 

Ed Quinn, our in-house craftsman and cabinet maker, is constantly working on projects for our customers. He can bring a piece to life with just the right touch of paint, stain or color. Recently, he has taken a large antique blue mirror, painted it a soft white, then overpainted with a dreamy eggshell blue. After the paint, he gently distressed the finish to form a perfect natural patina.

You also have the option of creating a custom piece from scratch using vintage and repurposed parts. We can find a separate top and base for a table that would work well together, and "marry" the two pieces together into a one of a kind piece. If there is a dining table that you think would make the perfect coffee table, we are able to cut it down to the exact size you’re looking for. For reference, a typical custom 7ft table would cost between approximately $750-$ 1500
 

We are also an exclusive distributor for Michel Ferrand, a furniture company who creates custom handcrafted pieces in France. His designs combine modern and traditional French styles with up to date finishes and color palettes. Since these pieces are hand crafted in France, they take up to 16 weeks to complete and ship from France. 

Whatever you can imagine, we can help turn that dream into a reality. Tell us about your dream piece, we'll do our best to find or create it for you.

Reduce, Reuse, Reclaim

In the world of home décor, nothing has a rustic feel quite like that of reclaimed furniture. Like the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We have a vast assortment of refinished and update pieces floating throughout our store, each one different from the next. The stories and history behind these redone wonders linger inside of them creating a mysterious allure. 

Warehouse 2120 is one of our vendors that have an incredible selection of refinished pieces. The boat wood collection captures the beachy vibes of exotic Bali and brings the old, unusable fisherman’s boats back to life. Never repainted, each section of wood looks beautifully weathered. You can practically see the ocean waves tearing apart at the original layers of paint.

 

We offer a variety of items from Warehouse 2120 including benches, armchairs, large wooden letters (perfect for a DIY!), coffee tables and mosaic mirrors. The end result of the boat wood furniture is anything but plain. These are all wonderful conversation pieces with a humble backstory and history that will intrigue everyone.

 

It isn’t just this one section we have that holds all of the refinished allure. Pieces all throughout the store are redone to add a little extra something. Vintage dressers get a fresh coat of paint, tables get new legs, and hardware is replaced to make them function like new again.

 

Come check out our selection here for yourself and see what we have in stock!

A Wonderland For Your Home

Winter is slowly creeping up on us and before you know it we’ll be hit hard with yet another thick blanket of icy snow that freezes everything in its path. Snow and negative temperatures may seem unbearable, but there are plenty of ways to combat the dreadful winter blues. For starters, change up your environment to be a cozy, warm escape from the reality of what’s right outside your door. Little tweaks to your décor can transform a room to be more winter friendly. Rugs to keep your toes warm, blankets to snuggle up with while relaxing in front of the fire, and lamps that add a glowing touch inside your home.

Just because you can’t see lively plant life blooming outside, doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. Take a couple succulents or whatever plants you please and bring them inside to add a little life back. 

Everyone knows that holiday parties are where the best food and drinks can be found. Invite some friends over for a fun celebration and create an area that’s pleasing to both the eyes and the taste buds. Festive vintage glasses and plates paired with a bottle of wine (or two) and a creative table set up will take everyone’s mind off the dreary cold.

Seasons change and so should your living space. Small changes can have a big impact on your mood this winter and help keep your spirits high. Try experimenting with different color schemes, textures, and styles in your home until you find the right fit. Go for deeper hues to reflect the winter ambiance or lighter shades to emulate an airy sparkle like that of fresh snow.

However you decide to redecorate this winter, keep it tailored to your own style. The majority of the winter is spent indoors staying away from the brisk weather, so make sure to keep it comfortable. Light a candle, throw on a couple blankets, and embrace the snowy days.

- The musings of an intern (E.M.)

Holiday Gift Guide

Already thinking about making your list and checking it twice?  This is your guide for finding creative and unique gift ideas for everyone on your list.  We have an endless amount of small treasures perfect for that special someone in your life.  Below are a few examples of our carefully curated gift baskets- we can put together a basket for any denomination, syle, or trend.  Just call us or stop in!  Don't want an entire basket?  No problem!  We'll help you find anything and everything you need.  Not sure what to get?  We now offer gift certificates :)

THE DAD BASKET

IF YOU'RE LIKE US, THE MEN IN OUR LIVES ARE ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT TO SHOP FOR.  EVERY YEAR I TELL MYSELF I'M GOING TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND AMAZING, AND EVERY YEAR MY DAD ENDS UP GETTING A DVD, CHOCOLATE COVERED PEANUTS, AND A GIFT CERTIFICATE (SORRY DAD!).  HERE IS SOMETHING WE'VE PUT TOGETHER THAT COULD BE THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR THE DAD DILEMMA.

THE CRAFTER

I THINK WE ALL HAVE SOMEONE IN OUR LIVES THAT INSPIRES US TO DO MORE- TO LEARN, TO EXPERIENCE, TO CREATE.  I HAVE SEVERAL LADIES IN MY LIFE THAT ARE A CONSTANT FLOW OF CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION, AND THIS BASKET WOULD BE A PERFECT GIFT FOR THEM.  HOPEFULLY THIS WILL HELP YOU AS WELL AS YOU'RE BROWSING AROUND FOR GIFT IDEAS FOR THAT CERTAIN SOMEONE.  WHETHER THEY ARE A COWORKER, NEIGHBOR, OR IN-LAW, THESE LITTLE TREASURES ARE BOUND TO PUT A SMILE ON THEIR FACE.

THE FASHIONISTA

UM, YES PLEASE!  THIS WOULD BE GREAT FOR (ALMOST) ANYONE.  THESE ARE UNIQUE BASKETS AND STORAGE OPTIONS FILLED WITH SOFT GOODS, BOOTS, SWEATERS, AND PURSES,  WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?  MOM IF YOU'RE READING... I'LL GLADLY TAKE ANY OF THESE!

THE CHEF

IF YOU'RE LUCKY LIKE ME, YOU HAVE A CHEF IN YOUR LIFE.  MY HUSBAND DOES ALL THE COOKING AROUND OUR HOUSE (I'LL TINKER WITH SOME BAKING IF I'M CRAVING SOMETHING DELICIOUS, BUT HONESTLY, IS IT WORTH THE MESS?).  WHEN IT COMES TO KITCHEN ACCESSORIES IT'S A WHOLE NEW WORLD OUT THERE.- NO MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING ELSE THAT IS NECESSARY FOR CREATING A FOOD MASTERPIECE.  WE HAVE PULLED TOGETHER SOME FUN LITTLE PIECES THAT COULD BRIGHTEN ANY CHEF'S DAY.

THE EVERYONE

STILL NOT SURE?  NO PROBLEM!  WE NOW GLADLY OFFER RAMBLE MARKET GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR ALL OF YOUR DIFFICULT LOVED ONES (OR PERHAPS THOSE THAT LIVE FAR AWAY...) WE CAN FILL THESE BABIES OUT FOR ANY AMOUNT YOU LIKE!

 

THANKS FOR TAKING A MOMENT OUT OF YOUR CRAZY DAY TO HANG OUT WITH US- DON'T FORGET THAT SHOP SMALL SATURDAY IS COMING UP NEXT WEEK ON NOVEMBER 28TH!  WE'LL HAVE THE COFFEE BREWING AND THE CHOCOLATE BOWL FILLED :)

HAVE A WARM, HAPPY, DELICIOUS, AND SAFE HOLIDAY!!!

Say Goodbye To Journey's Eye

The wonderful and amazing Journey's Eye Studio is leaving us at the end of the month *SAD DAY* Jody has been a vendor at Ramble Market since February and is A TON OF FUN.  She is an avid collector and stylist with an appreciation for the past and a modern eye. Jodi teamed up with Steve Tyrell, the creative genius behind the re-cycled, re-purposed and custom made creations that you see in their shop.  Jody and Steve will be relocating and opening up a shop in Nashville, Tennessee, so please stop by and say hello, congratulate them, and grab some of the carefully curated and amazing items while you still can... the countdown has begun!  Here are some pictures of the Journey's Eye Studio to inspire you to stop by...

Deal or no deal? -Deconstructed Armchair

Have you ever walked out of a store wondering if you just got a steal of a price or... *ekk* paid too much?  I think at some point we all have.  The antique and vintage market is a unique industry that requires true devotion to understand the product, where it comes from, and how that translates into a retail value.  Here is the first of many price-comparisons of some of our favorite pieces and most common customer purchases.  Today I'm featuring the deconstructed armchair- happy shopping!

  • Deconstructed French Napoleonic Chair-
  • Currently on special at Restoration Hardware for $1355
  • Deconstructed Frame Sarreid Bainbridge Chair-
  • Currently $2248 at the Classy Cottage
  • Deconstructed Armchair-
  • Currently $1550 for a PAIR at Ramble Market, two colors available (grey, oatmeal)

 

Spook up your house!

Need a few creepy items to place around the house to scare the kids (or the hubby?).  Or perhaps maybe just a few items that hint at the spooky nature this time of year brings.  We may not have ghouls and goblins but these are some of our top items that scream "EEK" to help you spook up the house this Halloween..
  • Vintage original paintings
  • $29.00 a piece
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  •  Eclectic goodies could give anyone the creeps.
  • Creepy Clown $24.00
  • Antique Bronze Bells $29.00
  • Vintage Books $1.50
  • Putting candy (or eyeballs... ) in these stylish fall baskets would be great for the Kids. 
  • Basket Set $40.00
  • Smaller Basket $6.00
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  • Haunting your house this year? Well i know these eyes follow me everywhere I go.
  • 6 piece set of 1950's portraits $875.00

Top 5 Birthday Presents at Ramble Market

Are you like me?  Always on the hunt for the perfect present for that special someone?  Well, Ramble has those unique one-of-kind items that will make an instant memory.  Here are few of my favorites:

1. Fill up one of our great decanters and gift it!  Perfect for liquors, sangrias, or decorative waters. Pricing Varies $34 - $55

2.  Make that special day unforgettable with a one-of-a-kind hand carved pirate mug.  This statement piece will leave a lasting impression.  $150

3. How about a table lamp made from a wood knot?  This special buy is a statement decor item for sure. $90 

4.  Take this galvanized tool box and fill it with love....or candy.  Whatever suits your pleasure.  This industrial choice is a match for all types.  $35

5.   Fill these glass vases with flowers or twigs and bring a gift that keeps on giving.  Pricing varies $32-36.  

Ramble on in.  Snag one of these beauties.  Wow that friend or family member forever.  What are you waiting for?

781-790-5260 - 39 Green Street Waltham, MA 02451 - www.ramblemarket.com

 

INTRODUCING JOURNEY'S EYE STUDIO!

Hey Ramblers, so far 2015 has been an exciting (and snowy!) time for Ramble Market. We have two new vendors that we're soooo excited about. The first of which is Journey's Eye Studio

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Journey's Eye is basically a TON OF FUN. Owner Jodi Issacs is an avid collector and stylist with an appreciation for the past and a modern eye. Jodi teamed up with Steve Tyrell, the creative genius behind the re-cycled, re-purposed and custom made creations at Journey's Eye to form "In House", a brand which allows them to take the pieces they find and craft new and imaginative uses for them. 

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Journey's Eye specializes in personality pieces that are sure to provoke a smile and stand out in any room. Unique pieces with architectural interest and a sense of humor are their passion. The best part is, if they don't sell it, they can probably make it. Want a lamp made out of old car parts? No problem. A napkin holder made out of llamas and lucite- sure thing! Custom furniture for your bar or restaurant? Absolutely. 

So come to Ramble Market and see for yourself. Journey's Eye will bring a smile to your face and make your imagination run wild. 

LOOK OUT FOR LUXIE!

Amongst all of our fabulous furniture and awesome antiques is Luxie Boutique, a little shop full of designer deals and secondhand steals. For this week's Stuff With A Story I interviewed Luxie's proprietor, Seana Ambulos about what makes a great deal and why shopping secondhand is the way to go!

How would you describe Luxie Boutique?

"Luxie is a high-end and designer resale shop focusing on current trends, styles and classic quality design." 

What do you look for in the pieces you select for Luxie?

"Quality. The thing I like most about resale clothing is you can see how well things have held up over time. I understand manufacturing, how things are made, why I would want to get cottons from Peru, or cashmeres from Scotland or Italy. So I factor that into the items that I pick. I understand the seasons, the variety of clothing that you need within the span of a season. The beginning of one season and the end of another requires a totally different wardrobe."

Why do you think someone should shop at Luxie vs. a typical retail store?

"Variety, pricing, and one on one attention. We work closely as stylists and we want to make sure its a personal experience." 

What’s your favorite item in stock right now?

"The Celine trench coat. It probably retails for close to $3,000 and I can sell it for $498, which is a obviously a great bargain."

What’s the most amazing piece you’ve ever gotten a deal on?

"There’s been so many, I’m really really lucky. I would have to say, a Chanel pocketbook. I got it on sale for $298 and it had the black caviar leather, with the Lagerfeld interlocking C’s and gold chain. It would have retailed for $2200." 

What got you interested in the resale industry? 

"I know I’m a dealer, but I think of myself as a picker, because it comes so naturally to me. My parents were collectors and we were always stopping at yard sales or barn sales. I could either stay in the station wagon with 5 brothers and sisters and the dog, or I could get out and start learning something."

THANKS SEANA! 

For the rest of the holiday season Luxie is featuring 50% off "Velour Galore and So Much More!" which is a combination of sparkle, velvet, satins and silks. Classic styles for the holidays and New Years. Plus, 30% off the Fall and Winter collection, which includes shoes, boots and handbags. 

FORGET THE MALL, SHOP SMALL!

Black Friday is upon us once again. But tomorrow something way more exciting happens: SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! Okay, so maybe coming to an antique furniture store for holiday shopping sounds a little wacky. BUT! Ramble Market isn’t just an antique furniture store! We've got 12 different vendors all under one roof! Not only do we carry a HUGE assortment of antiques and collectables, but we also have second-hand designer clothes and accessories for the clothes horse in your life, AND tons of other one-of-a-kind items that would make great gifts!

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If you’ve already been to Ramble then you know. You know we’ve got bookends, and bells, paintings and pigs. Yes, pigs. Tiny, metal, adorable pigs… and goats…

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There's even a moose! 

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What does Ramble have for that fashionista in your life? Our shop Luxie Boutique has everything from Jimmy Choo to Louis V. Sterling silver jewelry? Check. Designer shades? Check. Luxie Boutique is full of beautiful vintage treasures of all kinds. 

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But there’s always that certain someone. That “What do you get the person who already has everything?” person. Well, fortunately, Ramble is MADE for people like that. For instance, does that person already have an antique Mongolian brass bell? Or say, a coffee table made out of reclaimed boat wood? What about a cowboy bathtub? DO THEY HAVE A COWBOY BATHTUB? Because we do.

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We’re just saying, if you want to show someone how much you care, that you appreciate their special place in this world and you want to celebrate that with a unique gift, Ramble Market just might be the place for you. Now we know, everyone loves a Starbucks gift card- but seriously, don’t you think they’d like something totally unique just as much (if not more?)

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The best part about shopping with us this season is that you’re supporting a small business. I mean, we’re a big place, but a small business nonetheless. Not only that, but so much of our inventory is vintage, recycled, up cycled and repurposed that you don’t even need to feel guilty about consumerism and carbon footprints and annoying plastic packaging! And oh yeah, we have gift cards too! Take that Starbucks!

So this season, and especially this Small Business Saturday, shop local! We'd love to see you at Ramble Market and help you find that perfect one-of-a-kind gift!

Did you know....

  • Small businesses have created 8 million jobs since 1990.
  • Small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes (Source: Seattle Good Business Network).
  • If you spen $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your local economy. If you spend the same at a large business only $43 stays in the local economy.

GATHER 'ROUND

The heart and soul of each home has a prime seat at the dining table. Ok, the kitchen gets some points in the heart and soul department, but when it comes down to the 3 F's family, friends and FOOD it all happens at one place, the Dining Table, (except in certain kinky corners of California , where family, friends and food come together in the bedroom).
Here's a little bit about different dining table styles and forms that we current have in stock:

Finely Handcrafted rustic trestle table, made with reclaimed hardwood, top constructed with exposed 2 inch butterfly joinery. Craftsmanship this good is so rare to find these days. You could build a house on it, it's so sturdy, but it's a beautiful graceful form.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -J.R.R. Tolkien

This is a gorgeous signed Dunbar mid century walnut dining table with rosewood legs, all original finish and 6 original fabric Dunbar chairs. Circa 1960.

“First we eat, then we do everything else.” -M.F.K. Fisher

Fine handcrafted French round oak table with a 4 leg pedestal base. (We have other round tables in stock as well.)

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." -Virginia Woolf

A "sawbuck" table with a painted base, newly made of old wood sitting on top of a classic 7 foot pine farm table with turned legs.

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” -Alan D. Wolfelt

Super cool, extra fine quality vintage mid-century modern solid walnut dining table with  6 chairs (2 arm, 4 side). Table has 3 original leaves. It came from a Weston home, purchased by the family and directly shipped over to them from Sweden in 1964. Possibly made by Dux.

"The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." -Mark Twain

Another fine French made 10 foot walnut table, with inset marble top, not shown...2 original leaves with the same marble insets. Total length is 12+ feet long with the leaves inserted!

"Age and glasses of wine should never be counted." -Unknown
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Mid-century American walnut vintage dining table and chair set, super mint condition, comes with original pads, that kept it so perfect for SIXTY years. It has 2 hidden 18 in leaves that pop out from under the to when expanded, mechanism is simple and works like a Charm!

"We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly." -Anna Thomas

7 foot English pine Farm Table, made from beautiful reclaimed wood, with a "racetrack" shaped top and black painted base, accompanied by 6 sturdy beechwood dining chairs, with sea grass(rush) seats.

"My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people." -Orson Welles

We'll leave you with some (we think) fascinating historical info about dining tables from Bill Bryson's book, At Home. Cheers!

     “[In Shakespeare’s time] dining tables were simply boards laid across trestles and cupboards were just what the name says- plain boards on which cups and other vessels could be arrayed. But there weren’t many of those. Glass vessels were rare, and diners were generally expected to share with a neighbor. Eventually cupboards were incorporated into rather more ornate dressers, which have nothing to do with clothing but rather with the preparation, or dressing, of food. 
    In humbler dwellings, matters were generally about as simple as the could be. The dining table was a plain board called by that name. It was hung on a wall when not in use, and was perched on the diner’s knees when food was served. Over time, the word board came to signify not just the dining surface but the meal itself, which is where the board comes from in room and board. It also explains why lodgers are called boarders and why an honest person- someone who keeps his hands visible at all times- is said to be aboveboard.” -At Home, Bill Bryson

STUFF WITH A STORY: MID CENTURY MODERN

Ramble Market is officially off the bench and IN the Mid Century Modern game!

Mid–century Modern is a significant design movement that encompassed furnishings, architecture and design starting in the mid 1930’s and running right through the mid 1960’s. It is a pretty hot look in home furnishings, and no wonder, it is beautifully designed, streamlined, and well constructed from quality materials like solid walnut and teak. Danish Modern is term given specifically to the Danish and Swedish furniture sold here in the US starting in the early 1950’s and popular here until the late 70’s. 

We have acquired estate goods from several Boston are homes that were filled Mid-Century. One in particular, in Chestnut Hill, was like a Mad Men set, every piece was bought in the late 50’s and early 60’s. There was nothing in the house, it seemed, purchased after 1965, so that was a lot of fun for us to discover. We were able to purchase every piece from the 6 room house, from floor to ceiling, and wall to wall. We have also been lucky enough to find Mid-century goods from other estates, and have taken a few great pieces in on consignment to sell for a couple of local residents. 

Our first example is this super cool (our highest rating, lol) sectional sofa in original fabric, possibly by Dunbar(we are looking into the attribution). It came out of the Chestnut hill home (no pets, one daughter) so again, great original condition. It is comfy and most poeple, I think, would use without reupholstering, maybe just a good cleaning. It is kind of our favorite piece from the Chestnut Hill home. (Shhhh, don't tell the other furniture!)

Following are some of other our newly arrived favorites…

A Swedish walnut chair and ottoman that was recently reupholstered in a cool tawny leather, folks lemme tell ya, it is sooo comfortable… It might be the most comfortable chair in the world actually. 

A crazy long credenza signed by Furnette, designed by Robert Fellner and Mark J. Furst, in the mid to late 1950's. It has tambour rolls left and right and an original accessory cabinet that sits on the top left side. We even found an original ad from 1959 that shows a smaller version of the exact piece!  Got yourself a 16+ foot wall?? This baby is for you! 

This is a walnut dining table and chairs, probably American made, c 1950’s, in like, right-out-of-the-box condition. There is a full set of pads with this, which they must have used religiously, to protect the top. We rarely see goods from any era in such pristine condition. The chairs have a rather, shall we say, colorful vinyl seat covers, and are tight as a drum, plus… wait for it….they are also super comfortable!

It also has 2 hidden leaves (pictured). It is a leaf system used by some manufacturers today, but this is the earliest example (by 25 years) that we have ever come across. 

Next, is a super clean-lined Danish Teak coffee table from 1955 designed by Peter Hvidt & Orla Mølgaard Nielsen for France and Son, Denmark (note photo of makers tag found on the underside of the table), in mint fresh condition. Behind it we have an American made long, cool low slung Mid-century sofa. It’s in original fabric, but most people would probably have this one reupholstered.

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What we didn’t post are the mid-century accessories and art work, tons of fun in this category, these are the devils in the detail!

 Come visit and bring your Don Draper Fedora and your Peggy Pill Box!