Vintage Fascination No. 135

Welcome to a late summer edition of Vintage Fascination.  The grand kids are back in school and it seems like Fall is upon us.

This edition is split between vintage and vintage inspired.  Normally I include only vintage finds in this series but I buy things other than vintage when I’m out picking.  So you may see more non vintage or vintage inspired items in this series.

Vintage evening purses are a passion of mine.  I look for them every thrifting trip but rarely find one.  Beaded evening purses are my favorite so when I saw this small black one I thought, well maybe.

It doesn’t have a maker’s mark but a “Made in France” label.  That label sealed the deal.  It is small but holds my cell phone and a change purse.  So if an occasion arises this sweet little purse would make a perfect accessory.

vintage brooch

You know I love vintage brooches so when the sweet woman at my favorite thrift store brought this lovely coral colored flower out of the case it was love at first sight.  It isn’t marked so I’m not sure of its age but my best guess is mid-century.  My Mother had similar flower brooches during that time period.

Sometimes at the thrift store you find similar items bundled together.   I found a huge bag of crochet thread and yarn packaged together for around $5.  I can see several projects coming from this grab bag.  When I got the thread out of the bag I discovered it was from Richway which no longer exists.

Richway was the discount department store division of Atlanta-based Rich’s.  When Rich;s sold out to Federated Department Stores in 1976 Richway was part of the deal.  In 1986 Federated merged the Richway stores into their Gold Circle division.  In 1988 Federated sold the Richway/Gold Circle stores to Kimco which in turn sold many of the stores to Dayton Hudson later renamed Target Corp.  I told you all this to say that the crochet thread and yarn are from a period from 1970 to 1988.  So it is somewhat vintage.

Non – Vintage Items of the Week

  I love Simply Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell sold at Target.  So when I saw these two patch worked decorative pillows for around $2 each, how could I resist!  Normally I only buy pillow covers at thrift stores so that I can wash at thrift them.  Most decorative pillows cannot be washed; however, I have washed and dried them before with excellent results so I’m going to give it a try.  If it is an epic fail they cost around $4 total so not too much to lose if the washing experiment doesn’t work.

UPDATE

They turned out beautifully!

Pottery Barn Vase/Trophy

When I first saw this silver vase/trophy I knew it was coming home with me.  When I flipped it over I just had to laugh.  It is from Pottery Barn, my favorite home goods store.  It was originally $44 so I was beyond excited to pay less than $3 for it.

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Vintage Fascination No. 134

Welcome friends to another edition of Vintage Fascination.  A quick trip to take some things to Goodwill ended up being my first thrifting trip of the week.

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Here are the Vintage goodies I found.

Milk Glass Bowl

You know I cannot resist milk glass and when I saw this large vintage milk glass bowl into my buggy it went.   It is oval with a scalloped top and four tapered legs.

Milk Glass Bowl Bottom

 The pretty fruit design on the sides and bottom makes this bowl truly a lovely piece of milk glass.  This Indiana Glass bowl from the 1960’s in their Fruit Garland design is in excellent vintage condition.  The milk glass is vibrantly white.

Vintage Alum Bowl

Next is a vintage West Bend shallow aluminum bowl.  From the 1950’s this aluminum bowl has a grape and ivy motif with a crackle vein textured finish on the inside with a rolled edge rim.  Made in the USA aluminum bowls were very popular after WWII.  It measures about 14 inches in diameter and is about 3 1/4 inches in height.

Vintage LGBs

Last Christmas my daughter wanted to collect enough books to read a holiday themed book every night to her kids until December 24th when she would read the Night Before Christmas.  Of course, she wanted to accomplish this without  breaking the bank so she enlisted my help.  Well, we never met our goal last year but this year is looking better.  I made a big dent this week at Goodwill.  We have 10 books from last year’s collection efforts so we just need a few more.

vintage basket

I found another basket for the wall.  Just a couple more baskets and I’ll have enough to do a wall in the kitchen.

vintage copper mold
Copper molds are classic and I just couldn’t pass on this one.  It is in great shape but it doesn’t have a makers mark.  Similar ones on Etsy are around $25.

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Vintage Fascination No. 133 ~ A Lady’s Pretties

Welcome friends to a lady’s pretties edition of Vintage Fascination.

Not a lot to share but I love all of it.  Thanks for joining me.

What self-respecting lady doesn’t have her share of pretty hankies at the ready?  I found these at one of my favorite haunts.  This thrift store almost always has vintage linens.  These six hankies look as though they were a set.  They were 39 cents each.  How could I resist?

This hankie has pretty red hearts embroidered on it.  I wondered if the previous owner bought it as special occasion hankie for Valentine’s Day.  It even has the original gold label from Treasure Masters.  The label also indicates that the hankie is all cotton and made in Switzerland.

I’ve had a vintage hat on my “want list” for a while and I found a lovely one this week.  It is a beautiful vintage ladies electric blue doeskin felt 100% wool, birdcage veil hat by George W. Bollman & Co.  Made in the USA the overall condition of this hat is excellent.

All markings and labels are inside the hat including one that states that the hat was “counter-fit by Frank Olive”.  I date this hat as post-WWII~early 60’s.  I love it!

My last find this week for  “lady’s pretties” is a vintage ecru doily.  It is very delicate.

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Vintage Fascination No. 130

Welcome to Vintage Fascination.  I am so happy that you are here today.

I have a few things to share with you this week.

This is an elegant vintage 3-strand crystal necklace with a lovely rhinestone clasp.  Graduated in size, the largest beads are in the center.  The original vintage hook clasp features a lovely decorative silver attachment which holds the three strands of beads. Each end has a bar of small clear rhinestones.  The choker adjusts from 13 to 16 inches.

The clip earring and the triple strand crystal choker made from decorative wide AB crystal beads of faceted glass are a set.

 “AB is the abbreviation for a special finish applied to rhinestones and beads in the early 1950’s to make them more radiant. The finish was given the celestial name Aurora Borealis, taken from the phenomena in the northern skies known as the Northern Lights”.  To learn more about this special finish applied to beads and rhinestone click here.

This mid-century souvenir bracelet from Washington DC consists of links portraying the five most famous Monuments.  The Monuments depicted are Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial. White House, and the Capitol.

Backed in dark blue each resin dome covers a gold 3-D Memorial portrayed and identified by name.  It is in good vintage condition.

Don’t you love this beautiful mixing bowl, made by Kobe Kitchen in Japan?  It’s a wonderful example of mid-century Japanese enamelware.  It has a decorative floral design of blue, yellow and orange flowers mingled with scrolling green vines.  I have plans for this bowl that I will share with you soon.

I just couldn’t resist this pretty handled cake plate.  It is joining my collection of platters and plates with pink flowers.  This cake plate does not have trademark making it harder to date but it is probably from the late forties or fifties.  My grandmother had similar ones that she received as premiums with gas or grocery items.’s

At an estate sale, I picked up six National Geographic magazines from January 1985 through June 1985.  The June 1985 issue cover is iconic.  The cover features a beautiful young Afghanistani woman and caption “Haunted eyes tell of an Afghan refugee’s fears”.   National Geographic magazine is well-known for its maps and most issues include a map.  At the same estate sale, I found 4 National Geographic map slipcases full of maps.  I will share them with you once I’ve gone through them.

That’s all for this week but come back next week to see what else I find.

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Vintage Fascination No. 129

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Fascination.

I have a few fun finds to share with you this week.

These skates were on everyone’s Christmas list back in the day.  Still, in the original box, these Sears adjustable metal roller skates with red leather straps are just rusty enough to give them a great patina.  They fit girls size 10 to women’s size 6 or boys size 9 to men’s size 5.  The price of these skates when they were new was $5.99.

I’m not sure how old this piece is or what its purpose but it is pretty.  Made from metal it could be a grate of some sort.  The glossy black is ok but I plan to paint and repurpose this piece.

I don’t find wooden bowls very often so this one came home with me.

  The bottom stamp reads “Woodpecker Wood Ware Hand Made in Japan”.  It is an unusual design but I believe it is a salad bowl.  Has anyone seen one like it?   It is in excellent condition for a mid-century piece.

My daughter and I are planning a basket wall in her apartment so we are both on the lookout for interesting baskets.

So far I’ve found these two.  So the search goes on because we want a nice variety to work with.  These baskets aren’t truly vintage I know from collecting baskets for years but they are both perfect for our use.

That’s all for this week but come back next week to see what else I find.

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Vintage Fascination No. 128

Welcome to a Florida edition of Vintage Fascination.  I’m visiting my daughter this week and I plan to do some thrifting while I’m here.  I’ll share whatever I find next week.

Not too many treasures this week but I had a haircut on Thursday, luckily there is a Goodwill nearby.  So I dropped in for a few minutes.

This European-inspired beer stein is charming.

This one has German inscribed on it!

They both have JAPAN stamped on the bottom

and probably were imported sometime after 1952.  My daughters may fight over these.

This cheese cloche made by Dolphin is still in the original box and has never been opened.  Well, that’s about to change.

Dolphin is well-known for their wonderful teak wood kitchen treasures.  The Delft blue tile is  “Danube Onion” design.

I won these last two finds in an online auction.   Jadeite is favorite of mine and I have a small collection but rarely find it in my neck of the woods.  A jadeite cup and saucer in the Jane Ray pattern by Fire King arrived in perfect condition.

The small jadeite plates are also in the Jane Ray pattern.  They are in lovely condition for their age.  These salad plates measure 7 inches in diameter.  Produced from 1945 until discontinued in 1963 the Jane Ray pattern seems to be the most plentiful.  So I stalk online sellers for it at reasonable prices.

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Vintage Fascination No. 127

Welcome to Vintage Fascination.  Summers are always hard for me to find the time to go thrifting.

So I only have one vintage find to share this week, a tin globe with astrological signs on base.

It is a mid-century Ohio Art Company metal astrological globe.

My new to me tin globe joins the globes in my collection.  Here are a few of them:

I love the muted colors on this globe.

Look at some of the country names on this globe.  So many have changed since this globe was current.

This light aqua globe is one of my favorites but it isn’t in the best shape.

This is a newer globe but it is going to get a makeover soon.

I even made a globe bowl.

This is another Ohio Art globe and it is a bank too!  Here I was using it on my ladder Christmas tree back in 2014.

I even have a tiny globe key chain.  This little globe was on my junky Christmas tree also in 2014.

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Simple Sunday ~ Gnomes

Welcome to Simple Sunday.

This week’s project is the rehabilitation of a couple of thrift store gnomes.

I found these two very faded gnomes at the thrift store for seventy-five cents each.  Though faded they are in excellent shape and perfect for a rehab with a bit of spray paint.

Now to pick the paint colors.  Of course, I consulted Pinterest to help visualize gnomes painted solid colors.  On Pinterest, I found gnomes painted a variety of colors some even had hats painted one color and the body painted another.  Food for thought.

Gnome number one.

Gnome number two.

Now the twins.  I am always amazed at the change a can of spray paint can do.

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Vintage Fascination No. 122

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Fascination.  This find is from a couple of months ago but I am just now getting it unpacked and ready for use.

As my daughter and I walked into our local Goodwill I spotted a huge lot of milk glass in the display case.  I hustled over to check it out.  It is a luncheon service for eight with lots of extras to go with it in Imperial Glass’s  Vintage Grape pattern. The price was good and it was senior day with 25% off so how could I not take all this milk glass goodness home with me.

 Imperial Glass Corporation founded in 1901 was located in Bellaire, Ohio.  It became a subsidiary of Lenox, Inc., in 1973 and sold to Arthur R. Lorch in 1981 eventually going bankrupt in 1984.  Imperial Glass produced this pattern from 1950 until 1980.

First up are the luncheon plates with an all over grape pattern.  The plates are 8 inches wide.  The bread and butter plates are identical to the luncheon plates but only 6 3/4 inches wide.  With an all over pattern, they are simply stunning.

The saucers have an embossed grape leaf in the center

and the footed cups are so sweet.

The set includes eight Champagne/Tall Sherbet glasses.  Won’t they be perfect to serve something pretty and pink?

The set also includes eight 5 3/8 inch water goblets.

The extras include:

 Quarter Pound Covered Butter Dish

16-ounce Pitcher

Footed Creamer and  Open Sugar

 Salt and Pepper Shakers

Pickle Dish

Fruit Bowl

I wonder if originally the set included dinner plates or maybe it was always just a luncheon set.  I can’t wait to do a tablescape with these dishes so be looking for it soon.

By purchasing the set, each piece cost me less than fifty cents.   Of course, my daughters just roll their eyes at me and remind me that I already have too many dishes and it’s true.

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Vintage Fascination No. 121

Welcome back for another edition of Vintage Fascination.  Yes, I missed the last week with my fun giveaway of an Aladdin Heritage Plaid Lunch kit.  If you entered the winner’s name is at the end of this post.

My daughter and I went thrifting last week and here is what I couldn’t come home without.

Couldn’t pass up this nice deep round basket with leather handles.  It probably isn’t vintage but I never leave behind a nice basket with great storage potential at a good price.

This pretty Knowles platter is joining my collection of pink themed platters. It features pink and white dogwood blossoms with taupe stems and leaves.

The pattern is Blossom Time.  Most Knowles dinnerware has a date code under their back stamp, where the first two numbers show the year of production.  So this platter made in the USA is from 1951. The Knowles factory was in West Virginia but closed in 1963.

My bedroom is undergoing a few changes and I am looking for white/neutral decor.  When I saw this kitschy white cat and kitten planter I just couldn’t resist.  I found two like it on ETSY for $12 but I paid about a dollar for mine at Goodwill.  It doesn’t have a maker’s mark that I can research but it is probably from the 60’s or 70’s.  Not sure how I’m going to use it in my bedroom, any suggestions?

While I was looking around I saw this sweet little Dutch boy and girl figurine.  I put in my cart thinking I probably wouldn’t buy it but it came home with me.  So it is joining my blue and white collection.  It does not have a trademark or country of origin.

You should never ever pass up a nice wooden cutting board in the thrift store.  They are a fraction of the cost you would pay regular retail.  Most of my wooden cutting boards are decor only but you can clean them up and use them too.

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The winner of the Aladdin Heritage Plaid Lunch Kit is Chelle and I have notified her via e-mail.

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