Vintage Fascination No. 144 ~ April

Welcome friends to Vintage Fascination No. 144 for the month of April.

I enjoy sharing my favorite vintage finds with you once a month so much.

My daughter and I spied this vintage salt and pepper shaker set at almost the same time.  She is probably going to take this set since they are larger than most of the sets in my collection.  The bears are adorable but have no markings.

Do you check out the basket aisle at the thrift store, I always do?  I have found some great baskets on the cheap that way.  On this trip, I found four vintage rectangular wood berry baskets with green banding.  They aged to perfection with excellent patina.  Not sure exactly what I am going to do with these little baskets but they are going into my Christmas crafting stash for now.

This past weekend my oldest daughter and I went to two estate sales in our area.  One was just around the corner at the home of a local pharmacist that owned his own drug store for years before the big guys came to town.   He had a great choice of old pharmacy bottles but they were quite pricey.  There were a few antiques but they were priced at retail and really nothing appealed to me except a white metal drug cabinet but it wasn’t for sale.

We left there empty-handed and moved on to another estate sale on down the road a couple of miles.  It was the home of a couple who spent quite a lot of time in the Orient.  We didn’t buy much but I came away with a metal pencil-case that I love.  From walking around the house the couple had quite varied interests in art, music, and had quite an extensive library.  A lot of the art and books were not for sale.  My daughter bought a copper bracelet and a trinket box.  The trinket box is hand painted depicting our solar system.  The artist signed the bottom of the box.

I came away with a Wallace Motif pencil box.  The Wallace Pencil Company began manufacturing wooden pencils in St. Louis in 1915.  By 1979 it sold 120 million pencils per year.  Before the 1950s, they packaged some of these pencils, such as its Motif line, in metal tins.  Dixon Ticonderoga acquired Wallace Pencil Co. in the 1980s.  My sweet little pencil box is full of Van Dyke colored pencils, all nicely sharpened.

A New York souvenir tray found its way into my shopping cart one day at Goodwill.  A couple of years ago I one of these trays in a magazine in someone’s cabin.  It was their home state.  I loved that idea so I have a Georgia tray just waiting for a cute little cabin or condo to hang it in.  This New York tray displays all the famous landmarks that you would expect but a few not so famous ones too.  These state trays can be very educational too.  Like did you know the State Flower of New York is the Rose both wild and cultivated?

I have bought and sold several citrus reamers over the years but this is the first Hazel Atlas Crisscross pattern lemon reamer I’ve found.  It is depression glass and made prior to 1938 when Hazel Atlas discontinued the Crisscross pattern (source Ruby Lane).  The juicer came in three sizes.  This example is the smallest reamer of the three at 5 1/2 inches in diameter.  It’s a keeper.

You may recall that I already have a fruit strainer on a stand but try as I may I could not leave this strainer behind.  I think it looks like a witch’s hat, so don’t be surprised if I come up with a junk witch for Halloween this year.

This black and gold tole tray is not in the greatest shape but I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it.  This beauty is a vintage metal Nashco Tole round tray featuring a pretty cabbage rose bouquet in yellow and creams,  The tray is black with gold accents.  It still has the original Nashco foil sticker on the bottom.  The tray has a bit of paint loss, a little rust, and some dents evidencing its true vintage condition.   It will join the other Tole trays in my rear stairwell.

There was two 1970 era plastic thermos on the shelf at the thrift store this week.  I bought them both without thinking twice.  One is a quart blue striped thermos.  It has a handle and a spout top.  It is the first thermos I’ve found that has a spout top feature for pouring or sipping.   The other thermos is green with a beige top and stopper but it is devoid of a glass liner (no photo).  Even though disappointed that the green one thermos isn’t complete I can use the top and stopper on other thermoses in my collection.  In fact, both already found a new home not sure what to do with the green shell of a thermos.  Any suggestions?

Non Vintage

To my knowledge, this adorable red plaid tote bag isn’t vintage.  It does not have a label giving me any sign of maker or age.  It is very well made and it stole my heart as soon as I saw it hanging in the thrift store.

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Sharon

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