Many already know, or can tell with little effort, I have a fascination with all things Romantic. Just take Baroque-Rococo/Persian/Nouveau-Bohemian periods, throw in some Funky Cowgirl (mainly the colorful boots), and you've just described my style.
Recently, I ran across an wooden gypsy merchant's cart in an antique shop. My jaw dropped, as I lowered to my knees right in front of the cart and ran my fingers over and around the intricate carvings... I knew it was an original old-world handcrafted piece of art. I looked around for the shop owner, who was not far off, and said, "Where in the world did you get this, and how the *hell* did it get to be in Bristol, Virginia?" The owner chuckled at me as he began his story of luck of acquiring such a piece. He was in the process of having it appraised. He said they expected it to fall in the $3,000-10,000 range; depending on authenticity/history. I was floored. I did not want to leave this cart in that shop. I wanted him to let me take it home and take care of it. I would display it with respect and love. --- I told him that, exactly. I have witnesses, they found me to be quite entertaining. I'll add photos below, so on with my post for now.
This all brings me to other recent findings in my attraction to all images Gypsy! Here is one of only a few that you might find interesting, as I did enough to write this post. Wouldn't this make the perfect vendor cart for an art fair?
Custom, handcrafted, one of a kind Gypsy wagons, see more photos of this at the link:
Then today, I run across this GEM of a find. I LOVE Airstream trailers. Now here is the best of both worlds.... well, at least in my Gypsy Affaire world.
Find out more about this Airstream here at "Off Beat Home".
Here are two photos of the handcrafted Gypsy cart I found. I will post a folder containing about 20 closeups of the carvings and traditional artwork on my Facebook page if you wish to see them.
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