Thursday, September 29, 2011

Time for a Giveaway!

THANK YOU!!!

It’s been a little over a year since I started this blog about my vintage finds and collections. Over 200 of you have been kind enough to click the “Follow” button and come along for the ride. I had no idea that I would make so many new friends and I want to say “Thank You” by having a vintage-inspired GIVEAWAY.




If your number is drawn out of the hat, you will receive the following items…..

A sweet Nippon creamer



Two glass bobeches w/rose motif (to catch candle drips)



A White Sewing Machine Co. trade card



 An oval embroidered linen doily
and
Two vintage-style decorative magnets


AND 

You’ll notice a piece of calligraphy in the background of several pictures.
A short poem about friendship fell out of an old book I bought a few weeks ago,
so I lettered it on pink parchment paper especially for the winner.


Here’s how to win the Giveaway:

1 - You must be a follower of this blog.
2 - Leave a comment below telling me that you are a follower
(or that you’re a new follower)
AND that you want to be entered in the giveaway.




This giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday October 2, 2011 Central Time.
I will draw a name Monday morning and will notify you if you’re the lucky winner. Be sure you have an email address on your blog or provide a way for me to contact you; otherwise, another winner will have to be chosen.

Good Luck!


I’ll be linking to the following parties:
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at A Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

Monday, September 26, 2011

Another Whazzit and More!

Have you ever bought something at a yard sale even though you didn’t know what it was or what it was used for?

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There were only a couple of yard sales this weekend, but that didn’t stop Mom and I from checking them out. We also stopped by an old flea market that we don’t usually frequent. That’s where we found this:


It is rusty, crusty and looks like some sort of comb. I’m guessing it’s a grooming tool for an animal, but I’m not sure. Do you know? It is approximately 8” long including the handle and the metal part is approximately 4” square.


Can you help me out?


The yard sales yielded some interesting finds, too!  I found this red camping lantern....


It’s pretty small, though.


It had a friend…..a red coffee grinder.


Do you know what they REALLY are???


Pencil Sharpeners!!!



And remember this group of things I found at the World’s Longest Yard Sale…..? 
See the owl trivet at the bottom of the picture?






I found his baby brother….or maybe it’s his baby sister!


Anyway, I hope you’ll give a “hoot”
and help me with the Whazzit!!!



I’ll be asking about my "whazzit" at the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Shopping by the Decade



Do you seem to favor a particular decade (or two) when you shop for vintage goodies? “They” say that we usually prefer items from our parents’ decade (when we were kids) and our grandparents’ decade (when our parents were kids). For myself, I think that holds pretty true. I was a young adult in the 1970s, but items from the 30s, 40s and 50s really appeal most to me.


With all that said, it’s very hard from me to buy (or re-buy) items from the 60s and 70s. Avocado green, harvest gold, flower power, owls, butterflies and mushrooms ….. I threw all that stuff away years ago!  All but the music, that is. 70s music is still my favorite!!!




Still, I want to satisfy my customers’ tastes and wants and lately they have been asking for owls ……. pictures, figurines, salt and pepper shakers, anything "owl."


So even though I picked this guy up and put him back down three times before finally deciding I had to buy him (for my customers, of course) this 18” long macramé owl came home with me. Heck, I could have made this thing back in the day. I learned how to macramé in the 70s! Remember all those macramé plant hangers?!!


I just had to show him to you before I take him to the Antique Mall. I actually think he’s pretty cute, but I do hope that one of my customers still wants an owl.

He would be perfect for Halloween, don’t you think?




Do you prefer items from a certain decade?


I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at A Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, September 19, 2011

Something to Sink My Teeth Into!



It’s been almost a month since I’ve written a post about my “weekend finds.” There haven’t been any estate sales nearby and the yard sale ads haven’t had those appealing catchwords like “antiques” or “old glassware” or “cleaning out 30 years of stuff.” Finally this past weekend proved to be promising since there was an estate sale in town.

Mom and I got up early Friday morning and found ourselves standing in line with 50-60 other people outside the sale. I guess we weren’t the only ones needing a “weekend finds” fix! There had been a partial listing of the estate sale items in the newspaper, so Mom and I decided to divide and conquer to get to more items. Mom planned to head straight to the vintage ceramic Christmas tree that I wanted. I decided to go to the kitchen to get any Corning Ware that was left (it’s a big seller for me!) and then free-style for anything vintage that caught my eye.

Mom scored the ceramic Christmas tree and a Mikasa ceramic holiday box.



I found a huge 5-quart Corning Ware casserole plus a Moon and Star crystal relish dish and an Anchor Hocking 3-spout measuring cup. Of course, I couldn’t pass up an old Charleston, SC cookbook.



This Samsonite train case and Nashco tissue box also went in my pile. I immediately thought of Carol at The Polka Dot Closet. I wonder how she would refurbish that train case.



And then my free-styling paid off!
I saw the most unique item at the sale….. the pinnacle of “vintage-ness” …….so cute and so practical……something to really “sink my teeth into!”



A Chopper Hopper for me!



And one for Hubby, too!!!




Well, we don’t have dentures yet,
but it pays to be prepared, huh???



I’m “hopping” over to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm


Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Cup of Versatility

Yesterday I found an old and unusual-colored custard cup at my local thrift store. It is marked Fire-King Oven Glass like its sister line, Sapphire Blue, which I shared with you here. My Fire-King book calls this color Custard. Hmmm...that should be easy for me to remember!



When I got home, I added my custard-colored custard cup to a growing collection of custard cups in many patterns. One of my favorite sets belonged to my husband’s grandmother. I don’t know the name of the swirled pattern, but one of them is marked Anchor Hocking. I’ve seen plastic ones in colors that mimic this swirled cup, but I’ve never seen any others in glass.



I have more Blue Sapphire custard cups than any other pattern. I love the icy blue color!



These vertical-ribbed clear cups are also made by Fire-King.



Ubiquitous Pyrex custard cups come in different sizes and are probably the easiest cups to find.



But the beauty of these little containers is their versatility. Sure, they are perfect for custards, puddings and gelatins, but their other uses are numerous.

Who needs new prep cups when vintage custard cups will fill the bill? They are the perfect size in which to measure dry ingredients during meal preparation. Prep cup is just a new name for a custard cup! Think green.....Go Vintage!!!



A couple of ladies saw this stack of Fire-King Meadow Green custard cups in my booth a few days ago and reminisced that their mother fed them out of cups just like them when they were babies.



They are also perfect for serving condiments, sauces, and jellies……peanuts, mints and candies…. au jus for dipping…..or serving salad dressing “on the side.”


While custard cups are obviously great for the kitchen, they are equally as useful in the office. Use them on a desk to hold paper clips, rubber bands, binder clips and push pins. In the craft room you can use them to organize buttons, beads, pins, screws, nails or any small items that need to be corralled.


Pair the cups with an old muffin tin and you can pull out only the cupful of items you need at the moment.....while the muffin tin keeps the other cups corralled!



How do you use your custard cups?


I’m linking to the following parties:

Time Travel Thursday at A Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, September 12, 2011

Have You Met Renee?



I met Renee of Where the Grass is Greener many months ago when she honored me by becoming one of my first followers. She is a very talented artist and her work was recently published in Somerset Home Magazine where they featured her beautiful switch plates. I was overjoyed when I won her recent giveaway …… a switch plate created especially for the winner. I have a craftsman home and I requested a design using ginkgo leaves. She even used some of my own dried ginkgo leaves!


That one switch plate was a great win, but Renee sweetened the giveaway by including two more switch plates of her vintage-inspired designs!


But wait….there was another little package! It included a sweet note and a little leaf magnet that Renee made from a piece of vintage jewelry.


If you haven’t met Renee yet….go visit her at Where the Grass is Greener right now. She has just finished a gorgeous set of switch plates for a California beach house and she gives you a peek at the results. She's also very gifted at finding vintage treasures at rummage sales and estate sales!


Thanks, Renee!!! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

"R" is for....



The time is right for the next rendition of the Alphabe-Tour. “R” is on the roster today, so I have rummaged through my booth and found several relics to show you. I doubt anything is particularly rare but I hope you will have fun browsing through my findings. In addition to reamers, rugs and rolling pins, you’ll also find that…

“R” is for….

Roosters



Roses



Refrigerator dishes



Restaurant Ware



Recipe books



Roseville candleholder




Royal Ruby by Anchor Hocking



Rulers


and
Royal Crown Cola bottles



“S” is next……See you soon!



In order to make it easier for you to check out previous installments
of my alphabetical tours, just click on The Alphabe-Tour tab under my header.
From there you can quickly visit any of the previous letters.



Join me at these fun parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at A Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove