Thursday, October 27, 2011

Christmas Already???



It might be Halloween at your house, but it’s been Christmas at mine for several weeks. That’s because the Annual Christmas Open House at Southern Antique Mall (where I rent my booth) will be held Sunday afternoon, November 6. The Open House is our biggest event and the staff and dealers are working very hard getting everything ready for hundreds of shoppers that will visit that day. So I apologize if I haven’t stopped by your blog as often as usual or posted as often to this blog….I’ve been very busy! 

Can I make it up to you by showing you a makeover?

Last July I found this unique candle tree and I knew it was perfect for Open House.


I haven’t been able to find anything about it online, but it has an Alpine/Scandinavian look to it. It stands 24” tall and 20” wide and is completely made of wood with the cutout areas constructed from thin plywood.


The natural brown color was just too drab for me, so I grabbed a can of heirloom white paint and added some red candles.



Now it looks more like Christmas to me!

Next week I’ll show you how I incorporated the candle tree into one of my booth vignettes. In the meantime, here are a couple of other displays that I’ve been working on:


The mantle is decorated in green and gold. A large Mason's platter is surrounded by an EAPC egg plate and several pieces of Moon and Star glassware including decanter/glasses, candlesticks and sugar/creamer.




Turn around and you'll find a fun vintage display in turquoise and red.




I’ll post more pictures from the booth as I complete the displays.


If you'll be in the Laurel area on November 6, please consider this an invitation to join me at the Open House. There will be door prizes, delicious food and, of course, some great shopping. Back2Vintage is located on the second floor.


I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense

Monday, October 24, 2011

Cooler Temps = Fewer Yard Sales


I guess it’s inevitable…..When the weather turns cooler, the yard sales get fewer!

Look at those sad eyes!


Though there were a few yard sales advertised this weekend, only one sounded worthy of a gallon of gas, so Mom and I checked it out. The finds were fewer, too, but we did uncover some interesting things.

Mom found this neat framed picture.


It’s neat because it has a hidden feature……It opens to reveal a spice rack with an Herb and Spice Chart. It is dated 1965.



I discovered a 1968 large-print New York Times Cookbook as well as two small muffin tins. I thought you might enjoy the Apple Muffin recipe I found inside.



And those sad eyes you saw above…..They belong to the cutest little ceramic poodle (with white fur) sitting on a turquoise pillow. It is about 5 inches tall and is marked Japan.



Are there still yard sales in your area?


I’m linking 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, October 20, 2011

"T" is for....


Wanna take a tour?

An alphabe-tour?

Thursday is the perfect day to tiptoe through the “T”s in my booth. I won’t bore you with tidbit trays, tablecloths and tackle boxes (but they’re there) because I have some other terrific things to show you …… so let’s not tarry!!!


“T” is for….

Tankard
milk glass



Tampa Nugget Cigar Box and Tupperware



Teapots
This one is made in Japan



Trivets
Does anyone know what the one with turquoise handles is supposed to hold?



Tumblers



Tiki Salt & Pepper



Thousand Line Platter
by Anchor Hocking



Tomato Juice Glasses



Turtle Trinket Box



I don’t have a Tiffany Lamp (I wish) but I do have a
Tiffany Mug



And, of course, anything Turquoise



“U” is up next …….hmmm…this letter thing could get UGLY!


I’m linking to the following parties:

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

Monday, October 17, 2011

Worth the Trip

Have you discovered the website EstateSales.net? I’m fortunate that some of the estate sale professionals here announce their upcoming sales on that site and post pictures of many of the items for sale. Looking through the photos for the only estate sale this weekend, I wasn’t too excited about what I saw; however, I’ve learned that not everything is pictured and some of the best things are discovered in person.

So Mom and I checked out the sale Friday morning, regardless of my skepticism, and found out that it was definitely worth the trip.

I found a set of 3 Pyrex refrigerator dishes WITH LIDS in the Early American pattern, a set of Lefton Mr. and Mrs. Claus hugger salt and pepper shakers and a great hammered aluminum tray.



Take a closer look at the handles on the tray!



There were several old books. I brought home a 1952 World Atlas, a child’s book of Bedtime Stories, a book entitled Sewing Made Easy (I need that!) and an old dictionary for crafting!



But the best kitschy, vintage finds were these 3 sheer aprons. There is a green apron with red stitching, a white one with green holiday flocking (both perfect for Christmas) and then there’s the cute one with the bright pink and purple flower.


Oh, my, my!!! 

Would you wear that pink/purple apron???


I’ll be linking to the following parties:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Feeling Groovy?

I’m thinking that I would feel pretty groovy
if I carried this mod hot pink suitcase on my next vacation.


Found at a local yard sale





Now where are my white patent go-go boots?


I’ll be driving my VW bus to the
Pink Saturday party at How Sweet the Sound
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tom Tom the Piper's Son



Tom Tom the piper's son
Stole a pig and away he ran,
The pig was eat and Tom was beat
And Tom went roaring down the street.




This Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme is the inspiration for a teapot designed by Shawnee.


I was fortunate to find this one in an old junk shop a couple of weeks ago.


According to my Shawnee book, it was made sometime between the mid-1940s to 1954.


As you see, it was pretty dirty filthy. The pig has a little chip on his right ear (back side), but I guess that just gives it “character.” Still, I think it was quite a find!

I gave it a much needed bath!!!



I’ll be putting in my booth this weekend.



Do you, or anyone you know, collect teapots?


I’ll be linking to the following parties:

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

Monday, October 10, 2011

A Great Time for Treasure-Hunting



With sunny skies and morning temps in the 70s, it was a great weekend to check out the area yard sales. Armed with the classifieds and mugs of coffee, Mom and I left early Friday morning with high hopes of finding some treasures for my booth. We logged over 50 miles on the car, but it paid off because we found…....

Two matching ceramic wall pockets, a Nashco New York metal tray, a blue/white cow creamer and a hard-to-find "Star of David" stuffed egg plate.



We also found a vintage brown/white train case by J C Higgins, a cute fabric bell pull with 3 yellow birds, a 1959 calendar plate and a vintage GE kitchen clock.



We continued the hunt Saturday morning and continued to add to my growing inventory.....

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I picked up a box of vintage Christmas ornaments, a Waechtersbach Christmas tree mug, some holiday guest towels and a vintage copy of The Night Before Christmas.




Did you treasure-hunt this weekend?


I’m linking 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
Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style

Thursday, October 6, 2011

"S" is for....

It’s a beautiful sunny day here in South Mississippi, so I think it’s the perfect time for the next segment of the Alphabe-Tour. If you’ve been following me for a while, then surely you know that “S” is the next letter. If you're new, then get ready for some vintage cyber-shopping. I’ve shuffled things around in my booth since the last tour and I’ve found several things to show you. I think a couple of them will surprise you and others will, I hope, make you smile.

“S” is for….

Stuffed egg plate



Snowflake Snack Tray by Indiana Glass



Sandwich Glass Sherbet



Strainers



Scoops



Spring Blossom Green Refrigerator Dish and
Snowflake Divided Casserole by Pyrex



Salt & Pepper Shakers
various manufacturers and patterns



Santa S&P Shakers by Holt Howard



Stadium Checkers and SunCrest Soda Bottle



Shuttlecocks (for badminton)
Yes, those are real feathers!



Did you see something special?

I’ll tease you with the “T”s next time!!! 




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.



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