Recent Finds: Wardian Case, Camel Back Sofa, and Stool

I had a major score moment this weekend! I found a glass terrarium (Wardian case) with a stand at Grace Sales in Marblehead for $85. I’ve spotted them at fleamarkets before but they were usually rusted, had broken glass or newer versions that used plastic rather then glass for the walls. When I was in Brimfield this spring with the design*sponge team we saw a few but they were really pricey ranging from $500-$800, yikes!

Below a photo of the terrarium showing how the top open ups. Update: I filled the case with beautiful ferns and mosses. See here: An Antique Terrarium For My House.

Below a camel back sofa my mom gifted to me. The sofa is for our first floor living room which we haven’t even starting renovating. She’s renovating her house and needed to get rid of it. I’m thinking of reupholstering it in a ticking stripe (my inspiration photo here) or maybe a simple menswear plaid wool?

At the very bottom a stool I also picked up at Grace Sales over the weekend too. I don’t know what I am really going to do with it but I liked the lines and it was a great shape for the price. For now it will probably become a little side table.

Grace Sales Co.
185 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA

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  1. Okay, I’m joining the comment pool pretty late here, but, oh… that Wardian case! I have been haunting Craig’s List and flea markets and antique stores for a year now without any luck. I am so very jealous, but I can’t wait to see what you fill it with.


  2. I love your Wardian case find! I did a post on Wardian cases awhile back, and for some reason, it’s one of the most popular searches that brings people to my blog. The good ones are very pricey. Looks like you got a winner!



  3. Not sure why my message got cut off…but anyway, happy to send you pictures. I love the idea of plaid!


  4. Hello!

    I recently got my hands on a chippendale wingback sofa through craigslist, very similar to yours. We had a very reasonably priced slipcover made for it


  5. That is more typically called a “Wardian case” named for Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward. Read all about it in wikipedia.

    I am VERY envious. It’s lovely. That was a major steal.


  6. Good thing you saw that terrarium first, I would have scooped it right up!

    Is Grace Interiors the old Stanley Interiors? On Pleasant Street?


  7. Yay! As a long-time blog stalker, it is super fun to see you starting to buy more furniture, etc.! Love all these pieces.


  8. I am sooo jealous of that sofa. I have been looking for one like that forever! I would love to see it in the menswear plaid- gorgeous!


  9. oh boy am I ever jealous. My girlfriend and her husband have a terranium just like this in their guest room in Santa Monica. I’ve been trying to mimic their sweet little set-up myself, but they don’t come cheap! What a treasure you found! x


  10. Oh I forgot to mention. My mom took the chairs back! She wanted them for her kitchen and I decided they were just a little too petite for what I wanted to use them for…

    SO the search continues for a pair of wing backs to go with the sofa…


  11. Katy, what amazing finds! The ticking stripe is such a fresh, but classic option for the timeless shape of the sofa (that photo from Domino has long been in my inspiration file).

    Are you planning on pairing the sofa and your Craigslist wingback chairs together? They have similar legs and would be a dashing pair.


  12. Amazing scores! I especially love the sofa, which will look great in either fabric you’ve suggested (I’m partial to ticking!)

    A terrarium is on my ultimate, ultimate wishlist! This price is amazing!