One Sunday morning we were reading the paper and enjoying our first cup of coffee when we scanned the local estate sales and found a listing for the entire contents of the former home of a miniature collector. I don't think I've ever gotten dressed so quickly or dashed off so fast in my life!
I was lucky enough to find this handcrafted 1/12th scale pastry shop at the sale. The sign over the door was instantly recognizable to me -- it was handpainted by the late George Schlosser, an extraordinarily talented miniaturist whose paintings and painted signs fetch high prices at auctions and on the secondary market. There's a second, much smaller sign inside the shop also painted by George which reads "Fresh Bread Daily". :)
Although I emptied the contents of the house as soon as I got home and replaced everything inside with items from my own collection -- from beautiful little cakes, cookies and breads and a table set for high tea to a tiny handcrafted cappuccino maker and a baker's rack made by former IGMA Fellow Al Masch -- I have plans to completely renovate the interior with wood flooring and fresh wallpaper and 'plant' my own miniature geraniums in the windowbox. Hmmm. Or maybe hydrangeas.
What a serendipitous and thrilling find!