Vintage Fascination No. 113

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Fascination.

My daughter and I did a bit of thrifting last week and I want to show you what we found.

This wicker briefcase is from the 1960’s.  It has a leather handle and a leather strip across the bottom with little brass feet.  It has brass locks, but unfortunately, there isn’t a key.

 It is a very charming vintage piece.  The label reads Formez.

Yes, I found this thermos twice before.  One I sold and the other is in my collection but I bought this one anyway.  For now, there are two in my collection since they make such cute twins.

A Oneida Georgian Scroll silver-plate water pitcher was just sitting there on the shelf.  I picked it up and put it back, I picked it up I put it back.  Ok, you get the picture I was a little undecided.  Finally, I put it in my cart.  Then I decided to put it back on the shelf went around the corner changed my mind again and bought it.  Now I’m, glad I did.

I can’t believe that I found another Florida souvenir plate. This one is in vibrant colors with flowers and fruits on the border with little scenes from Florida.  The scenes are Cypress Gardens (now closed due to flood damage near Winter Haven), Silver Springs (State Park near Ocala), Singing Tower (Bok Tower Gardens – National Historic Site near Lake Whales), Marine Studios (Marineland near St. Augustine), Sunshine Skyway (Tampa Bay Bridge)and Miami Beach.  A couple of these I’ve never heard of so I did a bit of research and noted where they are in Florida.

Jewelry boxes that I find at the thrift store normally aren’t as nice as this one  The inside is pristine but the finish is dark and chipped.

 So a paint makeover is definitely in order.  It is large with lots of storage even little side doors for necklaces.  Now I just have to keep my daughter from claiming it.

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My Favorite Vintage Finds in 2016

These are my favorite finds from last year.

 January

Vintage Children’s Books

February

Vintage Valentines

March

Vintage Shawnee Planter

April

Vintage McKee Tom and Jerry Mugs

May

Vintage Metal Picnic Basket

June

Vintage Paint By Number Canvas

July

Vintage Coleman Enamelware Dish and Flatware Set

August

Vintage Tool Box and Folding Ruler

September

Vintage Perpetual Calendar

October

Vintage Cosmo Magazine

November

Vintage Christmas Tablecloth

December

Vintage German Cherub

Thank you for following along on my vintage adventures.  I enjoy researching my vintage finds but most of all I enjoy unearthing them and sharing them with you.   

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Vintage Fascination No. 110

Welcome back to a Friday edition of Vintage Fascination.  My friend Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction asked a question.  Do other folks go thrifting the week between Christmas and New Year?  Well, my answers is a resounding YES.

Here is what I found on my quick shopping adventure to two thrift stores.

Store Number One

The colors on this vintage first aid kit caught my eye before I even realized what it was.  It is an Industrial 25 Curity kit with hooks for hanging on the wall. It was made by the Kendall Company, Bauer & Black Division, Chicago, Illinois, Made in USA.

 Inside the top is a list of the contents.  The contents are no longer in the kit with the exception of two wood splints.

When I saw this faded pink tin on the shelf there was no resisting it.  It is a Louis Sherry Canco tin candy box, which would have been a lavender color, but faded to a pale pink over time.  It is oh so shabby chic.  Louis Sherry was a well-known restaurateur, caterer, confectioner, and hotelier. During prohibition, Sherry closed his restaurant and concentrated his efforts on candies and pastries, until his death in 1927.  The candy company is still in business today and their candy is still sold in lovely tins.

This is a chopping block plaque kit by Demis Manufacturing Company in Stone Mountain, Georgia.  They have been in the craft product business since 1975 and have since moved their operation to nearby Lithonia.  Based on the condition of the kit it is from the late 70’s or early 80’s.  I don’t intend to complete the kit as the instructions state but go with another idea I have.

Store Number Two

I see these crocheted tablecloths from time to time but they usually have stains that I’m afraid will not come out.   This one is in perfect condition.  It is round and approximately 60 inches in diameter.

Another find I just couldn’t resist is this pair of Laura Ashley pillow shams.   This lovely pair of pillow shams works well in a shabby chic or french country bedroom setting.   The tag reads the Laura Ashley Collection, A Revman Product, made in the U.S.A.  Laura Ashley is only one iconic brand that has been with Revman since the company’s founding in 1988.

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Top Five Posts of 2016

At the beginning of the new year, it is sometimes eye-opening to look back and see what your top posts were.  It helps to see what people really like to see on your blog.  Based on my top posts I will be making a few changes this year.  Nothing major just a little shift in focus.

Here they are in reverse order:

Number Five

How I Made an Easter Centerpiece with Vintage Finds

 Number 4

 Get a Jump Start on Spring Projects Now

Number 3

Vintage Collecting: What I Collect

Number 2

FTT Week 66 – Vintage and Thrifty Finds

Number 1

Top Five Things to Look for at Yard Sales This Year

To see how I did with my list of things to buy at yard sales see Most Popular Post of 2016.

Maybe there is a correlation because all five of these posts are favorites of mine.  I’ll share a few more of my favorite posts soon.

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Most Popular Post of 2016

Some years I am completely surprised by the most popular post of the year.  This year I was not surprised at all.

Top 5 Things to Look For at Yard Sales This Year

This post was part of a blog hop that included 14 bloggers.

So here is the update on what I did buy throughout the summer and fall at yard and estate sales and my favorite thrift stores.

Vintage Ladders

 I did pick up a couple of wooden ladders that went straight to my booth.  Since they went straight to the booth I don’t have any photos of them.  Speaking of my booth, sadly I am closing it at the end of January.  When new owners took over I wanted to give it time to see how things went.  They made some improvements but overall I’m just not happy there anymore.  So I’ve decided to open an Etsy shop.  More about the new Etsy shop later.

This red ladder is in my booth so I will be bringing it home.  It is a keeper.  I envision several uses for it over the next few years.

No. 2

Vintage Outdoor Bits and Pieces

A few picnic baskets made their way home with me.  Some went to the booth while others joined my collection.

This picnic basket is in my stash awaiting a makeover.

A picnic jug was a fun find to add to my thermos collection.

Another great find was this Coleman enamel ware camping set

with matching flatware.

I always pick vintage tennis rackets with a brace and this one has a bonus – a vintage cover.

No. 3

Vintage Fishing Equipment

Here is where I failed.  Epically!  I didn’t buy any vintage fishing equipment but it is still on my radar and I did find a couple of reels in my garage that belonged to my late husband.

No. 4

Vintage Christmas Decor

This group is where I scored the most finds.

At an estate sale I picked up a bunch of Shiny Brites and

bubble light strings with

replacements.

There were also several strings of vintage Christmas lights and bulbs.

A cool mid-century round tablecloth made its way home with me from one sale.

Two candle holders made in Japan and

a Santa planter were excellent Christmas finds.

A vintage Disney Merry Christmas snow globe made my grandkids very happy.

My very favorite vintage Christmas find was this apron. that cost me less than a dollar.

No. 5

Ironstone and China

Britain Castles ironstone fits right in with all my blue and white dishes.

A pretty tea set that I cannot part with made it into my china cabinet.

Currier and Ives Rocky Mountain by Royal China went to the booth and sold quickly.

Pretty platter and a pink depression glass bowl were excellent finds.  I kept the platter and took the bowl to the booth.  It has not sold.  Depression glass isn’t as popular a collectible as it once was.

I fell in love with this pretty ironstone pitcher the moment I saw it.

Another pretty platter

and a sandwich plate with a cross stitch pattern joined my collection.

Clearly, I cannot pass up dishes decorated with pink.  There were several more ironstone and china purchases along the way.  I figured you had seen enough.

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Vintage Fascination No. 109

Last week I dropped into one of my favorite thrift stores in between stops during some last-minute Christmas shopping.

Boy, I’m glad that I did.  Here’s what I found.

Loved this crusty bread box on sight.  The green graphic looks like the quilt squares that people paint on barns.  I’m not sure how I’m going to put it to use, but for now, it is joining my bread box and picnic basket collection in the sunroom.

Then I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spied this Wedgwood cup and saucer.  It is blue embossed ivy Queen’s Ware.  The bottom of each piece has the Wedgwood trademark printed in color.

Wedgwood starting using this circular mark in 1940 indicating that the piece is Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston Embossed Queen’s Ware, made in England.  They added a circled R in 1974 to show that the name Wedgwood is a registered trademark.  Since the circled R isn’t on my teacup or saucer it predates 1974.

Then on the same shelf, I saw this Anchor Hocking snack set still in the original box.  A while back, I went to a bridal shower where the hostess served us on a classic snack plate with a teacup.

It isn’t uncommon for a bridal shower or tea party hostess in the south to use these time-honored pressed glass sets.  The hostesses mother loaned her several sets for the shower. This grape motif Serva-Snack set appears to be unused.

 I couldn’t pass up these mid-century handmade pink crocheted drinking glass coasters.  Takes me back to simpler times when people sat on the porch with some lemonade or sweet ice tea with a little drinking glass coaster or doily slipped onto the glass to keep it from sweating on your hand or the furniture.

For 95 cents this wooden box with a French graphic just had to come home with me.  It is not vintage but such a bargain that I will find a use for it.

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Welcome To My Rustic Thanksgiving Table This Year

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For my Thanksgiving table this year I wanted to use some of my brown transferware.

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There are six of us this year so I’m mixing two different patterns, oops three.

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 The first four plates I’m using are Spode Woodland – Snipe, Pintail, Quail, and Mallard.

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 The other two plates are Royal Stafford  Thanksgiving china with a colorful turkey.

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 The third brown transferware pattern is the cup and saucers from the Fair Winds pattern by Alfred Meakin.

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The Woodland pattern suggests a rustic theme so I couldn’t resist pulling together a lot of natural elements for a centerpiece.

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 The centerpiece uses lotus blossom pods, bird nests, mini pumpkins,

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orange gourds, wood slices, and a bundle of wheat stalks.

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Of course, had to display my turkey soup tureen.

Sources:

  • Water Hyacinth Placemats – Pier One
  • Spode Woodland Plates – Goodwill
  • Royal Stafford – TJ Maxx
  • Brown Lenox Goblets – Smyrna Thrift Store
  • Flatware: Oneida American Colonial Heirloom Satin Stainless – 1971 Wedding gift
  • Napkins – On Hand
  • Turkey Tureen – The Classy Flea
  • Wheat Stalk Bundle – Target
  • Flameless Candles – Hobby Lobby

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Surprise I’m Here With Some Thrifty Christmas Finds

Ok, I’m already showing you some thrifty finds even though I said no more weekly reports.  What can I say,  my daughter talked me into going shopping and thrifting with her on Saturday.  There were just too many things I couldn’t resist.   All the finds are for Christmas so I needed them.  Right?

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So here is the all the loot.

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Most of the loot is thrifted but a couple of items that are not.  Of course. they were thrifty.

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How could I pass up this adorable Santa planter? (thrifted)

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Christmas tree candle holders with a blue “Made in Japan” sticker. (thrifted)

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Love these Santa Fitz and Floyd salt and pepper shakers I found.  (thrifted)

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These Wilton Christmas tree cookie cutters were one of the several fun finds on Saturday. (thrifted)

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You know I can’t pass up a set of cookie cutters. (thrifted)

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Couldn’t believe this 2016 Lenox snowman ornament was in the thrift store. (thrifted)

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This mid-century round Christmas tablecloth was a cool find. (thrifted)

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Yea for Wal-Mart and these adorable BHG “Holiday Time Car salad plates.  I bought all they had at my local Wal-Mart which was only 7.  They are already sold out online.  I have a fondness for woody station wagons since my Dad once owned one like the one on this salad plate.  (Wal-Mart)

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I have lots of pieces of Spode Christmas Tree.  My husband started me on this collection during an anniversary trip many years ago.  Now, I try to limit myself to buying only one new piece each year.  I will enjoy my morning hot tea in this pretty mug during the holidays.  (Marshalls)

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Vintage Fascination No. 106

Welcome to the 106th edition of Vintage Fascination.

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Come along with me to see the vintage and vintage inspired goodies I found this week.

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Initially, I picked up this planter because of its neutral color.  When I flipped it over and saw the Hull trademark into the cart it went.  The price was a bit on the high side for a thrift store but it is in perfect condition for a mid-century piece.  Just a little history on Hull pottery.  A.E. Hull Pottery Company of Crooksville, Ohio founded in 1905 made decorative home goods including cookie jars, planters, vases, piggy banks and such.  They operated until 1986.  Hull items are highly collectible and mint condition pieces fetch a very good price.

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This adorable vintage inspired Little Debbie snack jar looks new and in perfect condition.  I cannot find any information about it on it on-line.  It is clearly a promotional item but how you received one is a mystery.  If anyone knows anything about the Little Debbie’s snack jar, I would love to hear about it.

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This little cedar chest tugged at my heart-strings as soon as I spotted it on the thrift store shelf.  I received one just like it when I graduated from high school.  The local furniture store presented all graduating seniors a little cedar chest.  Of course, there was a catch you received a post card and had to go to the store to receive the little cedar chest.  The furniture stores wanted the chance to sell you a full-size Lane chest. The presenting furniture store’s name is on the inside of the lid.  It was a beautiful little box for keepsakes, gloves, or jewelry.

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This cedar chest was “Presented by Bert Maxwell Furn. Co., 479 Second Street, Macon Ga.  The little key that locks the box is missing.  By the way, I still have my little cedar chest and its key.  It holds mementos from my senior year of high school.

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This green three-piece nesting enamelware canister set isn’t vintage but vintage inspired. As you can see it mixes well with my vintage jadeite.  I picked this set up to sell in the booth but I’m going to keep it for now since it does go so well with jadeite.  I still dream of a rustic weekend getaway place where vintage jadeite is the star of my kitchen.

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I just couldn’t pass up this package of Gretna Collection paper dolls.  The paper dolls are not cut out but on full 8 1/2 by 11 inches.  They aren’t actually vintage but a late 20th-century reproduction.  I can already think of several projects for these paper dolls.  The graphics are lovely.  The set includes a heavyweight envelope to store the paper dolls.

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Vintage Fascination No. 105

Welcome to Vintage Fascination No. 105.  The weeks just keep rolling around in what seems like an increasing pace leading up to the Holidays.

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  Thrifting time is short these days but I did manage to find a few things.

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A 1970’s etched glass cocktail shaker caught my eye. It has a chrome top with a pour spout. The etched design is flowers and stems. I am always on the lookout for vintage bar cart necessities. So this cocktail shaker makes a nice addition to my vintage bar ware collection.  I found the vintage Libby glassware a couple of years ago.

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This horsehair brush with a long wooden handle with nice patina is a drafting brush. My husband had one like it at his office that hung from the edge of his drafting table. I don’t know what became of it. It is used to brush away erasure debris from drawings.  It is about two feet long.  The drafting brush I found is in good vintage condition and it is a keeper,

milk-glass-cruet

Based on my research this milk glass cruet held bath oil. The cork stopper still smells like a lovely perfumed bath oil. Milk glass was very popular during the 1960’s as I can attest. My Mom had a very nice collection. This milk glass cruet is circa 1963 by Avon.

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I am reasonably sure this is a Williams Sonoma stoneware cake mold.  Even though it is no longer available here is what their website says about their mold.  “Inspired by traditional molds for baking German gugelhupf, Polishbabka and American ring cakes, our pans capture their charming style in white-glazed stoneware. The durable clay absorbs and retains heat exceptionally well, so sponge, marble and poppyseed batters bake through to a tender crumb and a golden exterior. Embellished with high ridges and charming oval dots, the cakes require just a simple glaze or a dusting of powdered sugar for a perfect presentation.”  Now I will probably never bake a thing in this mold but I already have a Christmas project in mind using this stoneware mold.

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This Taylor, Smith & Taylor floral cross stitch pattern handled cake plate is ivory stoneware and made in the USA. The cake plate is 11-inches in diameter (not including the handles) and has an embossed rope design around the inner rim.  The Taylor Smith & Taylor mark is on the back of the plate in green,

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