Yearly Archives: 2013


Happy Holidays

We hope that this post finds all of our readers happy and healthy during this special time of year. All of your kind words and support are such a treat. We love what we do and are thrilled that you all recognize that and enjoy it. From our Uncommon Objects family to yours, we wish you all the most joyous of holidays and a bright new year!

See you all next year!

Le Petit Phantom
December 2013

Uncommon Vlog #2

Hello friends! Here’s hoping that our newest blog post finds you all well…

So, tomorrow is Halloween, and you will find no tricks here, only treats. For your viewing pleasure, here is a little something to get you in the Halloween spirit, in the form of our second vlog! We hope that you enjoy watching as much as we had making it.

Till next time!

Le Petit Phantom
October 2013

Janette Bibby

Janette Bibby

Welcome to the next installment of our Uncommon Objects staff/vendor interview series. In this installment, we are sitting with staff member, vendor and manager Janette Bibby. If you’ve seen any of the staff members with extra huge grins on their faces, and a slightly glazed over look, nine times out of ten, it is because Janette has brought in some of her amazing baked goodies! Let’s get to know one of Uncommon Objects most well loved fixtures…



Janette, can you tell our readers what you do and how long have you been at Uncommon Objects?

Hello! I’ve been a vendor at Uncommon Objects for about 10 years. I joined the staff 6 years ago when I moved to Austin.



If you can, please tell us how you got involved in the antiques world? What is it that keeps it fresh and exciting for you?

I learned the business of selling vintage goods from two pros. First, Charity Cornelius, one of the original vendors at Uncommon Objects, who has been involved in the vintage world most of her life, took me under her wing and showed me how to look at things with a new, appreciative eye. She helped me set up a space in a mall in Dallas, where we were neighbors. It was there I learned how much work it really takes to keep a space fresh and interesting and profitable.
Then, for several years I had the great opportunity to work with Steve Wiman, helping him set up in Warrenton, Texas, the huge bi-annual antique flea market that takes over the countryside between Austin and Houston (which, incidentally, is happening again right now). Working with Steve was/is a continuing education. I’ve never met anyone so dedicated to consistently creating something artful and extraordinary with objects once loved and then discarded.
When Steve invited me to join Uncommon Objects, I was so happy! I eventually moved from Dallas so I could be here year round and concentrate on trying to make my space worthy of this amazing store. How can I not be inspired by all the hard work, remarkable objects and beautiful, sometimes literally breathtaking, display work going on around me all the time? It’s contagious and frankly, it’s just too much fun! I’m one of those lucky people who loves her work.





You are also an amazing quilter. Your quilts have a delicious organic feel and beautiful color stories. What inspires your quilt making? Do you feel that your quilts and display work inspire each other?

Thank you! I’ve always been compelled to use my hands to create. I love to bake, garden, do needlework and make quilts…creating something pleasing from raw materials. Playing with colors and textures makes me happy. Quilting is a way of experimenting with those raw elements of texture and color. It’s functional art. I suppose styling my space is an extension of that impulse to create something appealing and useful from the materials I have gathered.









I’m sure you’ve seen some fantastic pieces come through the shop. Any particular ones (including your own) stick out in your mind?

Once we had a stuffed dog. I had never seen one before! I suppose someone loved their pet so much, they couldn’t quite let it go out of their life. We got so many comments on that dog. Then, of course, there was the stuffed squirrel band! Rather mundane compared to those, my favorite personal find is a fine silver tea set I bought from another vendor at Uncommon Objects. All the pieces, teapot, sugar and creamer, are crafted out of silver to look like pumpkins on the vine. Combining my love of tea, tradition and autumn, it’s one of my very, favorite things.

Thank you Janette!

Till next time friends…

Le Petit Phantom
September 2013

Take a peek inside

In our last post, we teased you with a short video announcing the arrival of our vlog. Well, here is the first, of hopefully many more vlogs to come!

We hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into our shop! We will be bringing more videos in the coming months. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay on top of all Uncommon Objects news and all future vlog episodes.

In other news of note, the fantastic blog, Rock n’ Roam visited our shop and sat down with Uncommon Objects owner, Steve Wiman for an interview. Loads of beautiful photos, interesting tidbits, and find out which celebrity was in the shop while the interview was taking place!

Steve and artist, Jill Bedgood will have an exhibition titled, “A Conversation: Piecemeal” on August 1, 2013 at UTSA’s Satellite Space.


As mentioned, the opening reception is August 1st from 6PM – 9PM, with the show running until August 18th. Please visit or call 210-458-4391 for more information.

Till next time!

Le Petit Phantom
July 2013

An Uncommon Vlog

Hello friends! Here’s hoping that our latest blog post finds you all well. As you may have noticed from the title of this post, we are starting a vlog! What’s a vlog you ask? Well, think of it as a video scrapbook. A way to share sneak peeks at the creation of our displays, stories behind our favorite items, and more. This is something we are very excited about, and hope you are too! Here is a taster of what you can expect…

Till next time!

Le Petit Phantom
July 2013

All signs point to summer

It is now officially summer, and that got us thinking, what triggers memories of summer for you? My answer was simple…signs.

Whether it be signs for refreshing ice cream, the circus coming to town, or the tag on the back of Granddad’s tractor, signs bring all the promises of summer alive. The promise of yummy treats, adventure around every corner, and friends and family to share it with. Here’s hoping these images will bring back memories, or inspire that bright summertime feeling for you!

Thanks for reading friends…and while you’re at it, share with us what brings those memories of summertime flooding back for you!

Le Petit Phantom
June 2013

Springtime blues, yellows and greens

There is nothing quite as enchanting as ushering in the lovely warmth of spring. The bursting of a myriad of colors, shaking off winter’s chill, and shades of blues, yellows and greens beckoning thoughts of sea and sky. By bringing color and texture into your space, with organic pieces, you can enjoy the thrill of spring without leaving your home.

Till next time!

Le Petit Phantom
April 2013

Steve Wiman

We wanted to update you all on two events showcasing the fantastic work of Uncommon Objects owner, Steve Wiman. First up, Steve will participating in Pecha Kucha night at Alley #111, located on 9th Street and South Congress Avenue in Austin, TX.


The event will be Thursday, April, 18th at 8:20pm. For more information, please visit here, and you can find out more about Pecha Kucha here.

Steve will also be destroying a portrait, as part of a larger work by photographer, Rino Pizzi, for the transFIGURATION project. Steve’s performance will be held at our own Uncommon Objects at 8:00pm Thursday, April, 25th. The transFIGURATION project is in conjucntion with the Fusebox Festival. More information on transFIGURATION can be found here, and you can read about the Fusebox Festival here.

We hope to see you guys at these very worthwhile events!

Le Petit Phantom
April 2013

Van Harrison

Welcome to the next installment of our Uncommon Objects staff/vendor interviews. Please say hello to Van Harrison!


Can you tell us how long you have been at Uncommon Objects, and what attracted you to becoming a vendor here?

I’ve been at Uncommon Objects for 3 years and 4 months. I was attracted to Uncommon Objects because it is, hands down, the best antiques shop in the country, and I wanted to be with the best!

When did you know you wanted to make a living in the antiques world?

It just kind of happened for me. I’ve always been around antiques and vintage stuff. My mother is in the antiques biz. I never truly understood that I could make a real, honest to God living off antiques until 3 years ago.

Do you have an interesting story behind a favorite find?

I’m pretty rare in that I have no attachments to anything I sell! I like the items I sell, but at the end of the day, I could walk away from it all and be happy. I can say, however, the most interesting item I currently have is a taxidermied Jacobs ram. It’s an ancient breed of sheep with four horns…super cool!!

How would you describe your asthetic?

American Industrial and large scale items. I love anything big, bold and beautiful!

Le Petit Phantom
April 2013

March tidings

Happy March to you all! March in Austin means one thing – SXSW. If you are in town, we hope that you are enjoying all of the films, music, food, and fun that SXSW has to offer. The shop is filled with new treasures for you all to enjoy, and we love seeing the familiar faces (and new ones) the festival brings.

Here are a few words from the woman herself…

“I live on a remote ranch, high in the mountains of New Mexico. I work alone, and have been making and selling jewelry since 1993. When I am not making unique jewelry at my workbench, I can be found helping my husband work cattle, or having a grand time on one of my ranch horses.”

Be sure to stop by to see some of Margaret’s wonderful designs!

In other news, we thought we would share some press our shop has received that you might have missed…

The Travel Curator


The Guardian UK

Thanks for reading! Till next time.

Le Petit Phantom
March 2013

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