Vintage Fascination No. 114

Welcome to the 114th edition of Vintage Fascination.  When you read this post I will be in South Florida visiting my younger daughter.

 I didn’t do a lot of thrifting last week since I was getting ready for my venture south; however, I have a few things to share.

This wooden bowl marked “Made in Occupied Japan” was a surprise find last week.  It is from the late 1940’s.  It has a small crack on the side but it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

 The items designated as “made in occupied Japan” were exports.

All packaged together was a sweet little tea set with a pine cone motif.  It was a bit of a mystery purchase because I couldn’t tell what pieces were in the package until I got it home and opened it.  Several pieces of the pretty little tea set are missing but it was just too pretty to pass up.


The remaining pieces of the tea set include teapot, creamer, sugar bowl with cover, four teacups, and three saucers. There is a larger plate has a repair.  Manufactured by Grantcrest of Japan this is a charming mid-20th-century toy tea set.

I walked away from this pretty hand embroidered dresser scarf (table runner) with crocheted blue edging because it had a hole near the middle.  Then I went back and grabbed it since a cute centerpiece or bowl would cover the little hole.  It has flower pots embroidered on it giving it a kind of outdoor vibe.  So I am going to use it on the table on my deck.

An adorable double handled baby cup was sitting right next to the Grantcrest toy tea set.  It was less than a dollar so you can see that I couldn’t pass it up.  Besides a new collection is beginning to take shape.

 It is Kirk Stieff pewter with a cow jumping over the moon on the bottom and clouds and stars on the side.  So sweet!

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No. 131 ~ Ready for Vaca



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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.


Vintage Children’s Books


Vintage Valentines


Vintage Shawnee Planter


Vintage McKee Tom and Jerry Mugs


Vintage Metal Picnic Basket


Vintage Paint By Number Canvas


Vintage Coleman Enamelware Dish and Flatware Set


Vintage Tool Box and Folding Ruler


Vintage Perpetual Calendar


Vintage Cosmo Magazine


Vintage Christmas Tablecloth


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


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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Vintage Fascination No. 108

There hasn’t been a Vintage Fascination post in a while because I haven’t been thrifting much these days.  I don’t have a lot to share except for a couple of things that I just can’t wait to show you.

These vintage finds came from a little online shopping at Antique Flea Finds.

The other thing that I just couldn’t resist was this vintage French blue & white enamel house number 67 plaque sign.

There were several house plaques available but I picked this number because it has a personal meaning to me.

When I saw this vintage German stucco cherub angel head with gilded wings it was love at first sight.

She is so pretty and delicate.  You can hang her on the wall but I probably never will.

Antique Flea Finds

Isn’t she lovely?

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Wordless Wednesday 122 ~ Vintage Doll Suitcase Decorated for Christmas

Doll Suitcase

No. 122
From the post ~ How To Decorate For Christmas – Vintage Style

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