Hi everyone! I’m Frankie. Welcome to my website! As a passionate collector with an artist’s “eye” for color, pattern, shape, and texture, I have assembled, over 40 years, a distinctive eclectic selection of vintage and antique finds from around the globe. As a young girl in Maryland, I was a captive audience in my grandmother’s weekly search for sterling silver, china, and crystal. In the early 70s, I joined in the “thrill of the hunt” – seeking brass beds, quilts, and Americana. A chance encounter in the 80s with Anatolian Arts in the Washington, D.C. area, rocketed me into a world of ethnic textiles, tribal kilims and rugs, beaded jewelry, and new cuisines & cultures. I attended lectures at the Textile Museum and researched dozens of reference books. Hooked on antiquing, I hung out in the 90s at flea markets, auctions, and with antique dealers at their shops absorbing their knowledge – art glass, Asian décor, lacquer bamboo, Bakelite, industrial medical cabinets, faience pottery, textiles, lucite, and more.
Art is in the “eye” of the beholder. For me, I express my creative skill and imagination by wearing exquisitely embroidered garments, paisley shawls or designer costume jewelry. I decorate my home with vivid pattern kilims or silk kimonos as art hung on the wall. Currently, I have a vibrant 19th C ikat chapan mounted on canvas as a focal point in my living room. My treasures include bold textiles and jewelry, decorative objects, and mid-century pieces that will comfort your soul and dazzle your eyes. With them, you will be able to create, for yourself and in your home space, a vignette reflecting your own personal artistic individuality!
With my move to Sarasota in retirement, I found the perfect friend, my neighbor Brenda, to assist me with other well-traveled friends in opening “Frankie’s Finds Sarasota.” If you are in the local area, please visit me at the shop in Lockwood Village Plaza, click here for directions and hours. If you have any questions about my products, please call me or use the form in the “Contact Us” section for further inquiries. I look forward to you falling in love with my cherished articles of beauty!