Monday, October 27, 2008

Something Wicked This Way Comes.......

I'd like to introduce you....if you have not already a shop that will enchant you....and will not soon forget.

Gothic Rose Antiques is a shop that caters to those interested in the strange and unusual. And this time of year is quite a busy time for proprietress Crystal. Located in the Gold Rush mountains of Northern California, Crystal collects the "bizarre and the beautiful" and describes herself as "a Designer of the Dark and Purveyor of Fine Macabre Goods."

I think you will enjoy this special tour I have arranged for you of this little shop of horrors.

Follow me.

Ram's skull

Black Cat Bookends , Mysterious Pair of Old Japan ware Pottery Bookends

Witch's Hollow , Decorative Book c. 1921 with Color Plates

This is "Little Pierre" - little man mannequin, c. 195o's, dressed in vintage sequined beret and tiny tuxedo

Wicked Real Paw Foot Talisman on Velvet Cord

Vintage Papier Mache Halloween Owl

Opera Ball Masks

Vintage Artist Made Blackened Moon Pottery Wall Decor

Witch's Cauldron

The Secrets of Hand Reading - c. 1965, illustrated, palm reading book

Golden Statue Porcelain Bust. Quite Romantic!

Gothic Gypsy Side Chair with Flemish Artwork - Lions and Dragons carved into this rare chair

Antique Glass Eyeballs - Hand Blown German Eyes almost life size used for larger dolls.

Candle Burning Book ...what purposes are they talking about?!

Goat's Head....draw your own conclusions here! Eeeek!

Little old bottles filled with herbs....and such $20 each

Victorian Boots.....perhaps worn by a witch once upon a time!

Crystal's library is quite large, and kind of scary. Be forewarned!

Full Mount Taxidermy Raccoon with Spike Collar

To find out more about Gothic Rose Antiques, please visit her website here. I have given a somewhat tame smattering of the very large inventory to be found on Crystal's site. Crystal is a collector of things such as Victorian taxidermy, vintage jewelry of sometimes ghoulish design, books that are sometimes enchanting and sometimes sinister, photos of the bizarre such as sideshow freaks and mortuary portraits, skulls human and otherwise, old weaponry, costumes and masks, and other strange things best left unmentioned. So if you are intrigued, there are many more wonderful and wicked things to see.

Crystal also has a blog sure to capture your imagination. Stop in and leave a comment or two....if you dare.

All photos courtesy of Gothic Rose Antiques blog and website


SimplyGrove said...

Come over to my blog for a table giveaway:)

Style Court said...

Another bust with a necklace :)

Katie, you are really getting into the Halloween spirit!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Well darn, I want to go there too! I am off to her website now!! Spooky days to you, Katie!

Alex said...

Absolutely awesome post! You made my day...what a cool shop.

katiedid said...

Hi SG! I am headed on over!

Courtney....Sacramentans are really overboard when it comes toHalloween! I think this city alone is what drives sales up this time of year! Hahaha.

katiedid said...

Hi Pamela! Her website is scary too!

Hi Alex...I am so glad you enjoyed!

beachbungalow8 said...

I love anything with a natural history museum vibe. Those taxidermy pieces are super creep-ola

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I'm loving your "spirited" posts! I am totally digging the displays at Gothic Rose and wishing I lived near by to pop in for a visit. I'd take any one of those books in your post! And next year, I SO want to fill my apothecary jar with eye balls (faux, of course. :-)

Jersey Girl in DC said...

What a great shop and truly unique! Love it! Especially that old copy of Witch's Hollow!

LindsB said...

What a super creepy place, I love it!

thebubbreport said...

Wow! I am so impressed with whomever merchandises/curates that place!!! You have me totally pumped up for Halloween!


Piper Jacquelyn said...

Oh my this place looks fabulous! When I think of Halloween, this is exactly what I want to picture - very creepy, interesting...I love it. Wish I lived closer!

Mélanie said...

I would love this shop, for sure !
I love bizarre

citysage said...

Wowee! Definitely worth taking a day trip out of the Bay Area for! So crazy spooky cool...not that I wouldn't wear those awesome lace-up boots for everyday...Wouldn't they look great worn to toughen up a sweet, girly dress?

Jules said...

what a fun shop! all of the heads are so scary - especially the ones inside the cabinets and the baby heads in that jar. great "spooky" post!

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... GREAT shop!


Didn't she use to be in a shop in Petaluma? I remember her distinctive style. I think I have also seen her at the Alameda flea market. Off to check out her website.
Lisa & Alfie

katiedid said...

Hi all! Thanks for having fun with this! I certainly did!

Hi Lisa! Yes, she has a space in Sienna on Mainstreet in Petaluma. At least I think it is still there. My Mom used to work there and at Chelsea's across the street, both owned by the same person. They are both great antique collectives!

Susie Q said...

Wow would I love to see this shop in person! Still, your images were almost as good as being there.
Popped in from Joni's blog and am loving it here. You are such a talent Kate...and your blog is glorious! Just bookmarked it as a favorite!