Distinctive pieces abound at Catonsville's Objects Found
By By Marie Marciano Gullard
For The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM
If you walk into Objects Found with a purpose, you will more than likely head to one of 12 themed rooms filled with antiques and collectibles amassed by the woman who runs the store, Reggie Sajauskas. If your visit to this Catonsville consignment emporium is a casual one, take off your watch and cancel your plans. There’s a lot to see.
A room at the rear of the 3,000-square-foot store is appropriately called “Bed & Breakfast.” Here, kitchen treasures from the Victorian era to midcentury modern are displayed in homey vignettes that include teapots on lace table runners draped over an oak buffet and entire sets of dishes displayed artfully in painted hutches.
“We sell a lot of copper kitchenware,” says Sajauskas, a licensed antiques dealer, estate liquidator and appraiser, who has been in the business for 20 years. “Teapots are big, and ours are priced from $15 for a contemporary piece all the way up to $250 for Nippon [porcelain].”
There are decorative plates, fruit and wine crates with colorful labeling, glassware and bowls — hundreds of them.
“One of my favorites is a large wooden one — those big dough bowls for kneading and letting the dough rise,” she says.“It’s beautiful for a country kitchen. The industrial look in kitchens is trending now, and I carry quite a bit of steel and aluminum [as well].”
Sajauskas also has a select group of vendors with whom she deals when customers wish to commission certain household items. One such carpenter on the Eastern Shore handcrafts pie safes with any piece of custom artwork and labeling requested.
Objects Found customers include interior decorators who take pieces to their clients for approval and set directors (one from the hit series “House of Cards”) who rent from the store. Unlike many antique shops, no sale at Objects Found is final. For Sajauskas, it’s all about her customers.
“We have a group of women from Monkton who take a field trip once a month or so,” she says.“They come at 10 a.m., shop until noon, go have lunch at one of the local restaurants and then come back to make final decisions about their purchases. They are packed and back on the Beltway before rush hour!”