Monday, August 27, 2012

Hurricane on My Mind!

Here we are, two days away from the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and we're watching Tropical Storm Isaac as he heads our way. I'm hoping that he fizzles out there in the Gulf, but I doubt that's going to happen!

If the electricity goes out, I can always crochet a few more spiral scrubbies for my booth.

Looks uncannily similar to a hurricane, doesn't it?

If I don't post for a few days, you'll know why!
Prayers appreciated!

I'm linking to the following party:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Friday, August 24, 2012

Eight Days a Week?

I think the Beatles MUST have been mistaken about there being eight days a week!

Mom and I went yard sale-ing this morning and found some embroidered dishtowels. Each dishtowel was embroidered with a bird and a day of the week.

There were only seven days!
...absolute proof that the Beatles were wrong!!!

Have a great DAY!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, August 20, 2012

Heatin’ Up the Kitchen

The temperatures outside my door are in the 90s ….. just too hot to think about cooking; but almost everything I bought at the yard sales this weekend could easily contribute to “heatin’ up the kitchen” on this side of my door.

Check out this large, and very heavy, 14” cast iron skillet. The Cajun Cookbook is just one of several cookbooks I found that you’ll see pictured in this post.

There were also two vintage Fire-King baking dishes….one in the Wheat pattern; the other, Nature’s Bounty.

More vintage cookbooks …. I also found a pretty sandwich-glass sugar and creamer set.

Mom didn’t feel like heating up her kitchen either, but took the cookbooks home with her anyway. She insists that she has to “read” all of them before I can put them in the booth.

Stay Cool!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Step Right Up!

OK, I admit it. I’m vertically challenged. I need a step stool to reach the high places in my kitchen. I figure there are probably a few more “challenged” ladies out there and so I love to find vintage step stools to offer in my booth.

This yellow/chrome 1950s Cosco step stool is my latest find.

Usually the “step” part pulls out or flips out, but this one did neither.

I was stumped until my hubby just flipped up the seat!

Hum.....…I guess that would be easier for a man to figure out!
I'm just saying!

I’ve already taken it to my booth and I added a cute yellow apron with black zigzag stitching and a vintage cookbook that I found at the same sale!

Do you have a vintage step stool?

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hunt, Buy, Wash and Dry

That’s my to-do list almost every weekend….. Mom and I hunt and buy vintage treasures then I wash and dry them (at least the things that are washable) for pricing and display.

So what made it to the drying mat this week?

First, we found 6 cereal bowls. I was told that they had been used for serving ice cream…. Homemade ice cream! Yum!!! I haven’t been able to identify the manufacturer, but I suspect they may be GlasBake because of the little "bumps" on the bottoms.

Next, we found a sweet platter with a pretty rose decal. It is marked USA. I thought the cute Made in Japan salt and pepper shakers were the perfect companions to the platter.

I wondered, though, how one could distinguish the salt from the pepper since they were not marked, but after closer examination I noticed that one of the holes in the pepper shaker had been purposely filled in. How clever!!!

Lastly, we discovered a red-dot Hazel Atlas mug, a pretty Delft heart-shaped box, a vintage Calumet Baking Powder can and an Alabama souvenir plate.

It’s funny…  I rarely find a Mississippi souvenir plate.
Maybe I should to go to Alabama to find one!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blue Willow

A few weeks ago I bought about fifty pieces of Churchill of England china in the Blue Willow pattern. Churchill’s Blue Willow is newer than most of the china I buy (it’s dishwasher/microwave safe) but it’s popular because it can be used every day. The willow pattern itself is quite old, however, and is one of the most recognizable china patterns. It was designed by Thomas Minton in the eighteenth century and since then many china companies have produced wares in this popular pattern.

Though I’m sure most of you know that there is a love story behind the willow pattern, I thought some of you might not be aware of it or may like to revisit the legend…

A rich Mandarin gentleman had a beautiful daughter who angered him greatly by falling in love with one of his accounting clerks, a poor man of lower social class. The father fired the clerk, built a wall around his castle to keep the clerk out and planned for his daughter to marry a rich Duke. The wedding was to take place the day the blossom fell from the willow tree.

On the eve of the wedding, the young clerk disguised himself as a servant and slipped into the palace. The young lovers escaped over a bridge while being chased by the Mandarin. They escaped on the Duke’s ship to a secluded island where they lived happily for many years.

The Duke eventually learned of their refuge and sent soldiers to put them to death. It is said that the gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves.

Some believe the legend is a fabricated story used to promote sales of willow china. The willow pattern is most often found in blue, always on white, but has also been produced in pink, green and brown.

Do you have a piece of Blue Willow?

I'll be linking to the following parties:

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


There's always a sense of excitement when Mom and I set out on a weekend morning to check out the local yard sales. Mom keeps the sales notices in hand as she "navigates" while I drive. On the way to the first sale of the day, I always ask, "Wonder what we'll find today?"

Our treasure-hunting has been rewarded recently by finding the Siamese Cats TV Lamp and the bilateral postal scale, but those discoveries are not the norm. Though we anticipate the discovery of such unique retro objects, we usually find the smaller-ticket items that fill up the booth and are the bulk of my sales. That's been the case recently.

Here are a few of the things we've uncovered.....

Vintage print in metal frame, McCoy planter, biscuit/cookie cutter

Footed mugs, maker you know?

Large footed aluminum colander
Wrapped, coiled basket with attached lid

Aluminum measuring cups, fabric lined basket, tree bark tumblers, Pyrex mug

Wonder what we'll find next time?

I’m linking to the following parties:
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove