Double-Stacked Fireplace Mantles

Fireplace Mantles - Who says two objects cannot occupy the same space? Not me!
Who says two objects cannot occupy the same space? Not me!

Not a Gimmick

This is not a trick design feature. I am stacking fireplace mantles simply because I have too many hearths and mantles, and too few places to put them. So I placed this deep black hearth directly over the opening of the flat pine fireplace mantle. To the unsuspecting eye, it all blends together.

Fireplace Mantles grow on Trees

Let me go on record stating that I do not collect fireplace mantles.

I stated that for my husband’s sake. Charles is not convinced because I keep bringing them home. It’s not my fault. I keep finding them. They are too nice to be relegated to the local transfer station or the power co-generation facility. (I remember when we simply called it the Dump).

Presently I have five of them in the house. I just sold Faux Fireplace No. 5 at my newest space at 101 Treasures. Charles is thrilled, because this one had been relocated to the garage next to his squat rack and barbells, rendering his space useless for most of the winter.

Design Elements

When my shop space includes a back wall, a fireplace mantle or hearth provide an appealing backdrop for staging a faux room. The fireplace is always a focal point in a room, and this works well in a store front as well.

When featured in my shop space, faux fireplaces provide a strong design element that brings cohesion to all the other items within the “room”. If someone actually wants to purchase the mantles it’s a bonus, even though it requires a total redesign of the shop space. But I’m OK with that. The empty room is my blank canvas, and I love the creative process.

This Black Beauty will leave my dining room this week, and make it’s way to the shop. Spring is coming, Charles can move his barbells out to the driveway, to free up garage space for my next acquisition.

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My latest Antiques Co-op Space – 101 Treasures

This photo is Day One at 101 Treasures. There's more stuff there now.
This photo is Day One at 101 Treasures. There’s more stuff there now.


I am delighted to have a new space in another shop. I am now a dealer at 101 Treasures in Wilton, New Hampshire.

I am still in my flagship location at Covey House in Fitzwilliam, NH.

Why 101 Treasures?

Friends are often perplexed when they hear I have spaces in various shops. They’ll often ask why not just get more space where I am.

This is a peculiar business. An item can sit in Shop A for five months with no bites. Then I move it a few miles away to Shop B and the item sells in the first week.

Many shops have different followings. Others share many customers. Oftentimes customer demographics can vary greatly from one location to another.

When I find a new treasure, typically I know where it’s going. This item is a Shop A piece. That one is a Shop B piece.

It’s about People

Every Co-op shop has a micro-culture that is unique. The shops have a distinct personality that emanates directly from the owner.

What is the owner’s personality? What are her values? Is she hospitable? Do you feel welcome as you step into the shop? What is the business model? All these factors are important if you wish to rent a Co-op space.

This is not overly complex. It’s common sense. People enjoy doing business with people who they like and trust. That is the same whether you’re a vendor renting space in the shop, or a customer seeking her next treasure. What do you look for when you visit a shop for the very first time? How do you feel when you leave? Do you know you will be back?

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