the Old Opera House

August 14, 2012

In Arcadia, FL my husband took me to the best antique store I’ve ever seen. Not only the items there were fab, but the whole building was historical in itself. He did promise he was going to take me to the best place there and so he did! The Old Opera House is, like the name suggests, an old theater which hasn’t seen a performance in decades but now home to an antique mall. There is word of it being haunted but I didn’t see any such thing, unfortunately, as it would have added even more interest to the place. You can read more about the place and the ghost stories here.

The place was filled with all sort of objects and collectibles, mostly 20th century, but from all decades. There was such variety I am sure anyone would have been able to find something they liked.

The pink lipstick wearing Indian is too funny.

No household is complete without a lifesize effigy of the King.

Trying on the old fur cape…
The whole place felt familiar, as some of the details reminded me of my great aunt and grand mother’s apartments. I am thinking that it may be the reason why I am drawn to old things.

The side of the stage.

JFK and some books.

I was lusting after the white cowgirl boots, I have to admit.

Some more of the fun things I saw there: 
I regret not buying the Star Wars glasses. I did buy a couple of things and I’ve already shown them here.
It is indeed the best place to go shopping for antiques in Arcadia as it is definitely no ordinary shop.
Have you been antique shopping lately?

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  • Reply Pull Your Socks Up! August 14, 2012 at 13:27

    How you managed to get out of that amazing place without buying everything or moving in, I'll never know! I love the white boots too and can def see you rocking them! You're lucky to have had elderly relatives with lovely things, I think it certainly does make a person hanker after lovely old goodies:)) xo

  • Reply wardrobeexperience August 14, 2012 at 18:01

    great store and lovely pictures!


  • Reply Steven Brown August 14, 2012 at 18:30


  • Reply Connie August 14, 2012 at 19:28

    What an amazing place! I would want to MOVE IN!!

  • Reply O meu pensamento viaja August 14, 2012 at 19:51

    Adorei!É a minha cara para fazer compras. Em que cidade se encontra?

  • Reply O meu pensamento viaja August 14, 2012 at 19:56

    Flórida? Há quantos anos não vou lá!
    Tencionas mudar-te?
    Adoro-nos, aos portugueses ciganos sempre na crista da onda, sempre brilhando! Adoro-nos!

  • Reply señora Allnut August 14, 2012 at 20:48

    love your illustrated reports!, so many captivating things, absolutely charming pics!

  • Reply Karolina B-H August 14, 2012 at 21:42

    so many goodies!! and lovely pictures!!

  • Reply Connie August 14, 2012 at 22:01

    That “Three Flowers Travelette” box is beautiful. What are they? Hairpins? As you can imagine, I am a huge fan of Carl Larsson!

  • Reply Midwest Muse August 15, 2012 at 00:10

    This place looks so very cool!

  • Reply ernø August 15, 2012 at 09:57

    very cool shop and nice photos ! Like a treasure !

  • Reply EXECUTION STYLE August 15, 2012 at 20:44

    That stuff is sick!!

  • Reply Melanie August 16, 2012 at 04:57

    What a great place to explore! I remember trolling craft stores with my grandmother in Florida when I visited her once. Shells, shells, and more shells! – and shark jaws?! Barbie and Ken have changed so much over the years, and the Zoltar machine scares me.

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