February 2017 Container: Off The Beaten Path in France

JUST IN – February 2017 – French Container!!

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Please take a peek at our newest items under What’s New



When we visit Europe, in particularly France, we are not experiencing the country in the same way a typical tourist might.  We are seeing France in an “off the beaten path” kind of way.  Most visit the large Paris flea markets such as the Les Puces de St Ouen within the city limits, but we value the antique finds that are outside Paris.

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New FRENCH Container – JUST IN!!

We have just received a new French Container!!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of our merchandise —  These and all of the items received are found on our website http://www.crownandcolony.com   On the website you can find price and dimensions.  If you need additional pictures or more specific information on a certain piece please call us at 251-928-4808

French Provencal Chairs with Rush Seats

Copper Items/Bronze and Desks with Drop Fronts

Bar stools, Tian Bowls (large french bowls) and Anduze Pots



French country chairs

Dining room chairs and occasional chairs.

Several styles of smaller chests – painted.  Benches and Consoles.

Thanks for browsing.  Hope to hear from you soon.

Au Revoir!  A La Prochaine!!

New French Container

JUST IN – February 2017 – French Container!!

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Please take a peek at our newest items under What’s New


IMG_5501Crown and Colony 251-928-4808                 Aubergines 251-928-0902

RF Antiques 251-928-8336

Please visit all three of our stores!  We look forward to seeing you!

Our Address is
24 S. Section St., Fairhope, Alabama 36532

Au Revoir!  A La Prochaine!!



Our latest container of wonderful pieces of furniture and accessories!

Peter and Ann Fargason are at it again – Now that they are back from a recent buying trip to France, they have begun unpacking all the  wonderful goodies that came in on the latest container.

Our shops -Crown and Colony Antiques, Aubergine Antiques and RF Antiques- are a world of French flare that can be found in no other place.

Peter and Ann have taste in furniture and accessories for the home and garden that are beyond the imagination.  They shop for large Buffet Deaux Corps to small religious wooden statues.  All beautiful.

Here is a little peek into our day this past Friday — The unpacking of the container!

Every tag is carefully assigned…

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…and every piece of furniture is carefully inspected.  By the time it hits the floor in one of our shops it has been dusted, hinges in place and polished and waxed to show off the grain of the wood.

Here Peter measures to make sure this Buffet Deaux Corp will fit in a particular spot in one of the shops.



Rob, Peter and Jack move in an armoire with doors that have french wire.


Sun Burst Mirrors

 We have every style you can imagine and a multitude of sizes!



A variety of styles of Dining Rooms Chairs on this shipment!!


Dining Chairs in sets of six, eight and ten.  Bergeres, singles and pairs!




Bouillotte Tables


Enfilades (Buffets/Sideboards)



Jason and Ricardo – Our very dependable help – move a beautiful Louis Philippe style Buffet Deaux Corps


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We have many new mirrors – Stop by and check out all the new choices and visit our “mirror room” at Crown and Colony Antiques.

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Below, one of the many paintings that came in on this container.  Please view our website for more http://www.crownandcolony.com


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Accessories of every kind from barometers & bread boards to bronzes!


Call us at 251-928-4808 Crown and Colony or stop by any of the shops to see the latest container items in person.  What you have seen here is just a small portion of what is new!!

RF Antiques 251-928-8336

Aubergine Antiques 251-928-0902

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Au Revoir!  A La Prochaine!!







French and English container just in!!

We are so pleased to have yet another successful unloading of our containers – what a big job!  But, with lots of busy hands and feet “a movin” we really made headway.

How it starts:

Building a container starts with that simple trip from the US to London and Paris and of course back again!

The merchandise purchased in Europe is placed on a large freighter that travels across the sea to the port of Mobile.  Upon its safe arrival, Crown and Colony is notified and…

…a date is set for delivery and unloading at our warehouse.  Merchandise is loaded onto a large truck straight from the container off the freighter.


Container Day is in full swing when the Crown and Colony van arrives AND the eighteen wheeler pulls in to the warehouse.

-This day typically  starts bright and early – 7 a.m.-

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Some of our best help! Jason and Ricardo!  Reliable and hard working men are needed to move things along quickly.



Days prior to the delivery, lots of work goes on to clear the way for new merchandise that will be delivered to the warehouse.  Because that new empty space…..05-IMG_4081


…..fills up very QUICKLY!!


Before and after some unpacking!!    Below, Jack McCowan, RF Antiques, is  unpacking deer mounts, washed chests and other accessories.40-IMG_4125

Lot of rugs came in on this container.



A very large horn chandelier  – a three man job to get this off the truck and hung in the warehouse.



 It will most certainly look fabulous in a large great room or foyer.



The process of tagging begins as soon as items start being unloaded from the trucks and unpacked in the warehouse.

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 From an itemized listing of goods in a binder to matching item numbers up with the tags….marking off the sheet and tagging the furniture.  All a process of great organized detail.  Above, Julie Christman, from Crown and Colony works sorting tags for distribution.

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Once an items “tag” is pulled, the item is marked off the master list & the picture taking jumps into high gear!  All of the pictures taken at the warehouse are what you see on our website.  After the merchandise is “introduced” on What’s New, each item is moved into a specific category with an identifying number, i.e. #216 0000#.  Items are listed on the website with identifying numbers for inventory control and for the ease of the customer.

View all of What’s New here:



Peter takes the pictures, measures each item and documents all of this on a notepad.  All of this information, which is the final step in this long process, is loaded into the computer for customers to view on the website.



And after a very long day of hard work…

Baxter and Peter Fargason call this a wrap!  So do Bella and Bonnie!!


Come visit our three shops in Fairhope, AL.  All within walking distance to each other: Crown and Colony 251-928-4808, Aubergines, 251-928-0902 and RF Antiques 251-928-8336.  An abundance of goods are on the floor now from this container – just in from England and France.  See you soon!!


Au Revoir!  A La Prochaine!!