How I Caught the Vintage Collecting Bug

Please join me today to hear How I Caught the Vintage Collecting Bug as part of the Fantastic Fifty Fall Blog Hop.  I am excited to be a part of this wonderful group of bloggers.

I love the vintage look and always had a few vintage goodies as decorative pieces around my house.  My early collection is items I inherited from my grandmother and my mother.  My grandmother is really the one who gave me vintage bug when she gifted me with her antique dough bowl.  She used it to make biscuits from the early 1920’s when she married my grandfather.  I’ve had it since the 1980’s and it is still my prize possession to this day.

Even though she gave me the vintage bug I didn’t get into real vintage collecting until I was well into my 50’s.  Before that I was busy raising two daughters with my I sweet husband.  .

Then in 2012 my life took a hard turn in May when I lost my husband to cancer.  As he and I planned before his death, I retired in December of that same year.  By then I had discovered blogs and knew I wanted to share my love of vintage and thrifting.

Blue Willow House became a reality in 2013.  My first post is about a vintage brass bar cart I found at one of my favorite thrift stores for $35.

Thrifting, collecting and sharing is a way of life for me since that first post.

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I can’t think of anything that makes happier that a great vintage find at a good price.  At this point in my life I am wise enough to know what makes me happy and follow that path.

My Philosophy

Getting older is a fact of life but being old is a choice and I choose not to be old.

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A Vintage Charm Christmas ~ Four Precious Christmas Angels

They are just four little Christmas angels so how could they mean so much.  I am going to share their journey with you.


Don’t we all have a Christmas traditions or two?  For me, the Christmas angels are my timeless tradition.


The four charming angels were my mother’s.  They always played a big part in our Christmas décor when I was growing up. The angels were our family’s Christmas tradition.


 We moved a lot while I was growing up.  My Dad was a construction engineer for a growing electric company and we followed him when he got transferred to build a new electric plant.  Every Christmas the angels were carefully packed away but came out no matter where we were every Christmas.


She displayed them in the living room on a table with a blanket of snow.  She believed in angels and she fostered that belief in me.


When she passed away the angels came to stay with me until I pass them on to one of my daughters who I hope will cherish them as much as I do.


She bought them to decorate the tiny two-room apartment that she and my Dad rented in an older home.  They had gotten married in October and this was their first Christmas together.  The year was 1950.


Being newly married she didn’t have much money to spend and they most likely came from the dime store.


Do you remember the dime store or the five and ten?  I think my age is showing.  You can faintly see Japan in blue letters on the bottom.


They are not fine porcelain or china but nothing could be more precious to me than these four little Christmas angels.

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Don’t forget that the Vintage Charm party opens at 8:00am EST Thursday, December 8th, we would love to see you there to share some of your Christmas inspiration!


Top 5 Things to Look For at Yard Sales This Year

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The top five things to look for at yard sales this year are my “most wanted” list and it might not be your top five but if you are vintage lover like me I bet some of our wants are the same.

No. 1

Vintage Ladders

Vintage wooden ladders are number one on my list this summer.

Red Ladder

 I like to use them myself and they sell like crazy in my booth.  


Right now I am using that vintage red ladder with makeshift white shelves as display piece in my booth.  Several people have tried to buy it including one other vendor who wanted both the ladder and the shelves.  Wonder what her plans were for my lovely red ladder.  So I know I can sell them if I can just find them.

Ladder Christmas Tree

We had a ladder Christmas tree in 2014 and my grandkids absolutely loved it.

Kodak X45 on ladder

After Christmas it stayed on in my family room as a display shelf.

No. 2

Vintage Outdoor Bits and Pieces

This group includes vintage picnic baskets, tennis rackets (with press), croquet sets, fishing reels, and thermos.  I included thermos here because I want to find the larger jug type thermos and the thermos packs like folks took to football games and such.

Aladdin Thermos

Never mind the cow, she is just along for the photo-op.

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I buy picnic baskets both for myself

Picnic Time

and  to sell.  This one got a makeover before it went to the booth.

Wooden Tennis Rackets

These vintage wooden rackets are in my grandson’s room.

Wooden Tennis Racket

My favorite vintage tennis racket find was the one above that not only had the press but an adorable red plaid cover too.  It was a quick seller in my booth.

Croquet Set

The partial vintage croquet set satisfied my appetite for a while but now the hunt is on to find a complete vintage set.

No. 3

Vintage Fishing Equipment

My booth needs some mantiques so what better than fishing equipment.

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Fishing reels are high on my “most wanted” list this year.   Ok, ok this one is not exactly a mantique but really what are the odds of e finding a pink fishing reel?  Trust me, if I find one its mine.

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Actually I looking for some more like this vintage Penn Peer fishing reel No. 209, made in USA with a red Bakelite handle.

Minnow Bucket Star

Even though reels are high on my list I would also buy minnow buckets,

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vintage fishing bobbers and

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vintage fishing lures.


Who could resist a vintage creel?  Not me.

No. 4

Vintage Christmas Decor

Summer may just be the best time to look for Christmas Decor ans I always keep and eye out for it.  Just last week I scored vintage Christmas decor at the thrift store.  You can read about it in VF No. 79 Christmas In April.

McKee Tom and Jerry Eggnog Cups

These McKee Tom and Jerry eggnog mugs need the matching bowl.  I will be looking for one this year but will be very lucky to find something so specific.  Usually you just have to keep and open mind.

Shiny Brite Green Box

Shiny Brite are my favorite vintage ornaments

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to find but I try to keep an eye out for any vintage ornaments.

Woolworth's Aqua Ornaments

So when I found these aqua ornaments from Woolworth’s I had to take them home with me.

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This vintage Christmas planter and bottle brush tree are the kinds of things I’ll be looking for this year.  I love them and they are quick sellers during the Christmas season at my booth.

Santa Mugs and Elf

Vintage Santa mugs and knee huggers are always a great find.   This knee hugger isn’t vintage but a very good reproduction.

Few Bottle Brush trees

Vintage Pulz houses are also a great find.  This one needed a little home remodeling when I found it but it had all the missing parts with it.  So with a little glue it is good as new again.


Vintage blow molds are also on my “wanted list”  this year.out

Another post you might enjoy: How to Decorate for Christmas Vintage Style.

No. 5

Ironstone and China

Ironstone has moved down on my list because it is a bit pricey now and my personal collection is overflowing.  I recently thinned out my collection by taking some things to my booth.

White Ironstone Creamer Tree

I took some ironstone platters and some of these ironstone creamers.

White Ironstone Platters

Most have already sold.  So I will keep an eye out for more platters which sell well.

Place Setting

By collecting Johnson Brothers Regency pattern (swirls) over the years I have finally accumulated enough to serve eight.  See my Vintage Style Easter Tablescape.  It is ironstone and it mixes well with almost any other pattern or style.

Desert Rose Tablescape 3

I love to do tablescapes and you don’t need a whole set of dishes to do that.  When I did the Franciscan Desert Rose Tablescape I had four dinner plates.

Haviland B&B Plates

There are four of these Johann Haviland bread and butter plates and I’m planning a tablescape with them soon.   

Note:  I didn’t share five individual things but categories of things I’m looking for this year.

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2015 Christmas Ornament Exchange – A Waterless Snow Globe

Welcome to the 2015 Ornament Exchange! Erlene at My Pinterventures partnered 80+ bloggers to exchange ornaments and we are sharing our creations or special finds with you!  Through November 13th we are sharing our ornament tutorials or shopping trips. Then on November 14th come back here to the link party for everyone to share their Holiday ornament tutorial or shopping adventure and to see all the ornaments in the 2015 Ornament Exchange. 


When I received my exchange partner Bobbie St. Clair at From This To That, I couldn’t wait to see if she was a vintage loving girl like me.  Well she is, so I pondered what to do.  Do I buy and ornament or make one?  

I decided to make a waterless snow globe.

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Here’s how I did it:

Ornament Supplies

Supply List:

  • Small Glass Jar (jelly jar from Fortnum and Mason)
  • Gold spray paint (on hand from another project)
  • Mini bottle brush trees (Hobby Lobby)
  • Small reindeer figure (Hobby Lobby)
  • Snow (on hand from last Christmas)
  • Santa bell (Hobby Lobby)
  • Hammer 
  • Small nail

Spray Paint & top


  1. Spray paint top of jar gold set aside to dry
  2. Glue the reindeer to the bottom of the jar 
  3. Glue the bottle brush trees to the bottom of the jar
  4. Sprinkle in some snow flakes 
  5. Place a dot of glue on the back of the jar
  6. Starting at the dot of glue wrapping red and white twine around jar top
  7. Place another dot of glue in back to secure the twine when finished wrapping
  8. Tie on the Santa bell
  9. Use the hammer and small nail to make two small holes in jar top
  10. Thread twine through the holes and tie inside the jar lid to make a hanger
  11. Put the top on the jar and done

Making this ornament was quick and easy.  My favorite kind of project.  I’m going to make a few more for the booth.

Santa Bell

 Now I’m hoping that Bobbie St. Clair likes it.

Don’t forget to come back here on November 14th to share your Christmas ornament tutorials or shopping adventure and to see all the ornaments in the 2015 Ornament Exchange link party.



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My Favorite Three Christmas Blog Hops & Linky Parties

There were a lot of great blog hops and linky parties during Christmas this year.  Here are my favorite three.


The Tumbleweed Contessa Holiday Best linky is a great party to share your recipes and crafts through Christmas Day.


The Vintage Merry Christmas blog hop starts at Hey, What’s for Dinner Mom and continues on to Adirondack Girl @ Heart, Deanie’s Stash, A Little Bit of Everything, and Random Anny.

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At the Creating Christmas party each day a different blogger shares their Creating Christmas theme and themed linky party.

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Hope you have time to take a look at some of these fantastic holiday posts.

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