Thanks for stopping by!

Well, THAT was fun! Thanks to all who came to Mrs. Darling’s and Patina Decor’s spring event… and a special thanks to Michael J. Mazgai, who brought along his trusty camera!

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It’s Mrs. Darling’s spring thing!

Mrs. Darling’s spring open house will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday, May 14.

Stop by for some refreshment and cheer!

And new old goodies, of course, including items for the garden.

Don’t forget to stop by our neighbors, Patina Decor and Rob’s Vintique!

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Ready for a spring road trip?

Mrs. Darling’s friends to the south, Vickie and Jaymie at Mora’s Antiques, are having a spring open house on Saturday, April 17, from 10 am. to 7 p.m.

They say they’ve got some great stuff saved up — plus some goodies they picked up in Texas at Round Top.

The shop is at 142 N. Main Street in Lake Elsinore; call (951) 245-5326. We’ve also posted a link to their Facebook page. Refreshments will be served.

(And yes, yes, Mrs. Darling and some of her closer neighbors are plotting their own spring fling. Check back for details!)

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Howdy, neighbor!

In case you weren’t part of the throng as Patina Decor opened next door to Mrs. Darling on Friday evening, have no fear — not everything is gone! In fact, there’s now some new goodies brought in to replace what sailed out the doors.

Of course, you missed a heck of a party. Funny how Riverside’s antiques lovers all seem to be friends with one another.

We’ll try and get some pictures posted soon. In the meantime, stop by and see for yourself — both shops are open Wednesdays-Saturdays. (Why not make an afternoon of it? We hear that new Thai restaurant at Brockton and Sunnyside is excellent!)


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Welcome Patina Decor! (And yes, it’s the Vintage Bliss crew!)

Mrs. Darling is delighted to welcome a new neighbor, Patina Decor — and in case you hadn’t figured out the clues in the previous posting, it’s owned by Pat and Larry Whalen, former proprietors of Vintage Bliss.

Think sparkle and chandeliers and florals and cottage…

The grand opening — and boy, is it going to be grand! — is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at 6510 Magnolia Ave. Mrs. D (who will offer 10% discounts during the evening) and Rob will stay open late to join in the festivities; there’s parking behind the building and all along Sunnyside Drive. Click on “directions” above for a map.

Patina — which will offer more vintage fare than the old Bliss — will then be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; call (951) 683-0767 or e-mail

See you there!


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Mrs. Darling rings in the new year with a new phone

Mrs. Darling now has its very own phone number — (951) 683-3500.

Better yet, that means we’ve been able to fire up the ol’ credit card machine! No more trips to the ATM! (We just can’t do debit…)

A belated holiday thanks to our new friend at wanderlustnpixiedust, who snapped some lovely shots of the Christmas open house! (And thanks to everyone who visited Mrs. Darling’s and made the holiday season so bright!)

Next up — Valentine’s Day. Be prepared to fall in love with some sweet vintage Valentines cards.

And check back soon to find out about Mrs. Darling’s new next-door neighbor, a familiar name to dedicated Riverside antiques and vintage aficionados — it promises to bring about a sort of old-fashioned euphoria, if you will — think time-tested rapture,  a sort of classic nirvana…

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Open house sneak peek…

Photographer extraordinaire Carrie is out of state, but this should give you a general idea of what’s in store at Mrs. Darling’s open house on Friday. It’s all sparklier and brighter in real life…

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