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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Vintage Fascination No. 143 ~ March

Welcome friends to the March edition of Vintage Fascination.

Here is what I found in the last few weeks.

 A Mirro Cooky-Pastry Press and Decorator Set in the original box.  The box includes all the discs (12) and tips (3) and the instruction booklet which includes instructions for use and recipes.   The box shows the “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval and the original sales price of $4.79 at Davison’s Department Store.

 The set doesn’t seem as if it has ever been used or only light use.  I wrote a mini-history of Davison’s Department Store here.

The Happy Birthday note was on the back side of a 1960’s style calling card.

Four dark aqua blue fishing floats were a surprise but happy find.  I love using fishing floats to decorate during the summer.  So you will be seeing these soon in a beachy vignette.

I can never resist a wooden bowl and this one is really pretty.  It has a scalloped top edge but it does not have a trademark.  It is pretty rough shape so a makeover is a strong possibility.

 I spied a pretty little silver plate teapot sitting on the shelf at Goodwill.  It is Gorham hollowware in their Newport pattern marked YB89.   I found it on Replacements.com but they had very little information about the teapot.  The handle isn’t original but a rustic replacement which matches the overall condition of the teapot.  The original handle was bamboo giving the teapot an Asian look.

White ironstone is always a happy find.  This pretty little platter is Knowles marked USA 53-1.   It is small only six inches long.

Jello molds are a staple in my craft stash and I rarely pass them up at thrift stores.  They are great to have on hand for projects.

On a quick trip to Goodwill, I found this pretty salad plate.  It was only a dollar and I could see it in a sweet vignette with a glass dome covering something special.   The pattern is Eastbourne (Old English) by Johnson Brothers who discontinued the pattern in 1949.

These adorable poodle salt and pepper shakers came home with me from a very bizarre antique/thrift store.  It is a combination antique and thrift store.  The front of the store was a series of rooms with antiques in each one displayed in a haphazard way.  Then in the back of the store was a large room and it was full of salvaged new appliances, building materials, and general brick-a-brack.  I picked up several things but only came away with the poodle salt and pepper set.   Nother had a price so you had to negotiate with a fellow sitting on a stool out front by the door.

When I saw these four leaf salad plates I knew they were going home with me.  Do you remember back in January when I shared five green Bordallo Pinheiro plates with you in Vintage Fascination No. 141 Part 1?  Don’t you think these salad plates will look great with the Bordallo Pinheiro plates I found in Florida?

Vintage for March

The salad plates have a brown border that gives them a distinctive look.  The trademark on the bottom of the plate reads J Willfred, A Charles Sadek Import Company Inc.,  Made in Portugal.  I found plates in the same pattern online accredited to Bordallo Pinheiro.

Non-Vintage Item for March

Napkins are always on my radar and this month I hit the jackpot twice.  First, I found four Vera Bradley napkins that seem to have never been used.  They are from the retired Java Blue pattern.  I immediately recognized the pattern in the thrift store since my youngest daughter had several Vera Bradley items in the Java Blue pattern.  I still have a Java Blue paperweight she left when she moved out.

Last week I saw a brown Toile pattern in the linens and went to investigate.  When I pulled the little bundle out it was six brown Toile napkins in lovely condition.   They are now freshly laundered and ready to use.

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Vintage Fascination No. 142 ~ February

Vintage Fascination No. 142 seems like a long time coming.

It is the middle of February already and this year looks like it is going to fly by.

This three-tier rose cake serving stand from Japan is in lovely condition.  Each plate has gold edge rims and the pole’s color is also gold.  The three-tier cake plate is 10” tall the top plate is  4 1/12”, the center plate is 6 1/12” and the bottom plate is 8 1/12” in diameter.

You know I’m a Blue Willow fan and just couldn’t resist these seven plates at Goodwill.  These vintage plates have a stunning transfer ware pattern in blue, set on an antique white background and measure 9″ across.  They are in good vintage condition. These unmarked plates have a Blue Willow pattern similar to some other pieces I have from Japan.

I’ve never seen a Spode Christmas Tree metal tray before so I snapped it up.  The bonus: it was only 99 cents.  I’m adding it  to my Spode Christmas Tree collection of accessories.

This next item speaks to me.  It is a deep aqua color glass insulator from an electric pole.  In my previous life, I worked for a public electric utility so when I see these glass insulators they like to come home with me.  I have several.   This one is a Hemingray-42 made in the USA.

Cookie cutters are always on my radar and when I saw these large vintage copper cutters I knew they would come home with me.  In the past I found a few small copper cookie cutters but these large ones are fantastic.  Not sure what I will do with them but for now I’m hanging on to them.

This crystal salt and pepper shaker set made of thick crystal glass have stoppers in the bottom.  This sleek design gives them a very elegant look.   This set with a thumbprint design is truly lovely.  These are most likely from the 1970’s.

Fire King Wheat is one of the most recognized patterns produced by Anchor Hocking.  Produced from 1962 to 1966, it was a popular pattern. This beautiful Wheat creamer and sugar set is in excellent condition.  There are hardly any indications of use.  I already have a few pieces of this pattern.

My small collection of old bottles did not include a blue Bromo-Seltzer bottle until recently when I found this little beauty.  This cobalt blue bottle embossed Bromo-Seltzer, Emerson Drug Co.Baltimore, MD originally had a screw on cap.  It advertised that it was “an aid for the pleasant relief of minor stomach upset, nervous tension, and headache” and “effervescent antacid – analgesic compound”. It also provides relieve for “neuralgia”.  What the heck is neuralgia?

Vintage Inspired Item

On a recent trip to Bargain Hunt I spied this Vintage Charm Spot On 3 Piece Mixing Bowl Set, inspired by the 1967 New Dots pattern by Pyrex.  For $12 they hopped in my buggy. 

The nesting bowl set includes 3-cup, 6-cup and 10-cup mixing bowls.  They are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe.  I love them.

UPDATE

A question came up regarding the trademark on the bottom of the bowls.  They can be distinguished from the original Pyrex bowls by the trademark on the Vintage Charm bowls.  The trademark clearly states that this set of bowls is inspired by Pyrex.

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Vintage Fascination No. 141 ~ Part Two

Welcome friends to Vintage Fascination No. 141~Part Two.  Today, I’m sharing more Delray Beach vintage finds.

These are from the Goodwill and the Habitat Restore both of which are on Federal Highway in Delray Beach.

I found an ironstone platter that carries the Johnson Brothers trademark.  It has the bull in a china shop trademark which Johnson Brothers began using in 1980.  The trademark does not indicate a pattern name.

An engraved vintage Community silver-plated baby cup is joining my growing baby cup collection.  It has an engraving for Erica Suzanne’s birthday 6/24/76.   The patina on this little cup is lovely.

 The cup handle is a Community flatware pattern but I don’t know which pattern.  If you recognize the pattern, please let me know.

From Restore’s silver offerings I found this mini champagne bucket which serves as a toothpick holder.  It is silver-plated but is not trade marked.  It is so charming with the little lion heads on each side.

A plaid tin that previously held Land of Burns Scotch Shortbread caught my eye.  When I picked it up it was extremely heavy and when I opened it a bunch of nails spilled out.  Nails re-donated, tin stored with Christmas decorations.  I cannot find any info on this tin, if you know anything about it, please let me know.

Two small creamers sitting on the shelf next to each other were just too cute together.  The larger one is by Buffalo-Oneida and the smaller one is by Hall.  Made in the USA these two little ironstone creamers are most likely restaurant ware.

Vintage Inspired Item

When I first picked up this little round cotton Battenberg lace tablecloth I was sure it was vintage; however, it isn’t.  It is a Martha Stewart product with a new looking tag.  Even though it is new, I see a lot of uses for it.

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Vintage Fascination No. 141 ~ Part One

Welcome friends to Vintage Fascination No. 141~Part One.  When I decided to turn Vintage Fascination into a monthly series I really didn’t know how much I would miss it.  Part of the reason for turning it into a monthly series was to help curb my thrifting habit.  It did help some but I had a couple of good days finding treasure after Christmas.

After Christmas I drove back to Florida with my youngest daughter to spend a few days.  It was such a pleasure to be in the warm weather and enjoy the beautiful flowers in south Florida.  There are a couple of thrift stores in Delray Beach that I really like so I took an afternoon and went shopping and was well rewarded for my efforts.  All of these treasures came from Goodwill and Habitat Restore on Federal Highway, Delray Beach.

Duchess by W.H. Rindley is a flow blue pattern.  It is white with gold leaf and a pretty scalloped edge.  This oval vegetable bowl is missing its top and overall it isn’t in the best shape but I just could not leave it behind.  The printed trademark on the bottom incorporating a globe and steamer boat tells me the bowl is circa 1891-1914.  Even in its less than perfect state it is lovely and I treasure it.

Flow blue pottery has a cobalt blue under-glaze over white clay. The blue designs have an unclear or unfocused quality, often called flown. Adding certain chemicals during the firing of the clear over-glaze creates the flown effect . Manufacturers in England made the majority of antique flow blue pottery during the 19th to early 20th centuries.

I almost missed this lovely mid-century Art Deco style dresser set.   The set consists of a brush and mirror.  The brush has natural bristles and the handles are gold tone metal.

This ironstone platter in a swirl pattern matches my collection of Johnson Brothers ironstone in the Regency Snow White pattern.  This platter doesn’t have a trademark or county of origin but works well with my Johnson Brothers ironstone.

You know I love milk glass, so with Valentine’s Day looming I couldn’t pass up this little beauty.  A milk glass heart surrounded by an edging of small hearts is sure to make wonderful Valentine’s Day decor.

Non-Vintage Item(Maybe-see update)

They had five of these beautiful green leaf motif plates made in Portugal.  I cannot decipher the back-stamp for the company that made them.  They were less than $2 each so no way I was leaving them behind.

Update

After reading my friend Rita from Panoply’s comment I looked at the bottom of each plate and believe that she is correct and that these plates are Bordallo Pinheiro.  He’s the Portuguese artist most credited with a lot of the majolica patterns.  Bordallo Pinheiro makes fine earthenware in their Portugal factory and have for over a century. These plates may be vintage after all!

They are large enough to use as chargers and look great with the vintage rose plate.

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Vintage Fascination No. 140

Welcome friends to November’s edition of Vintage Fascination.  I’ve fit in a few thrifting adventures this past month and 

I am excited to show you what I found.

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I’m worried that my favorite thrift store is going to close soon.  There is a huge sign out front that the store is for sale.  The employees don’t think the store is moving but closing.  Oh no!  I have found some of my best vintage treasures there.  Just this week I found an old homemade Christmas wreath that is falling apart but it has a bunch of vintage picks.  So, I am taking it apart for the picks.

I was so excited to find it but as I was congratulating myself on my wonderful find I spied a plastic bag filled with a mixture of Christmas decorations and ornaments.   When I went through the bag it was about 50% vintage.  Between the two finds there are flocked Santa’s, plastic reindeers, angels, etc.

Just let me tell you this is a big boy thermos not only does it hold 2 quarts it also weighs about 5 pounds empty and measures 14.5 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide.  It is a vintage A-945DH Aladdin Stanley hammertone green thermos.  These hammertone thermos look so industrial to me.  It had a metal carry handle at the top but it is missing.  The black top at the top that held the handle is removable.  It is in rough shape on the outside so it was someone’s workhorse thermos.  The stopper and stainless-steel top are in excellent shape and based on the shape of the outside of the thermos are any indication they may be replacements.  This thermos made in Nashville, Tennessee is probably from the 1980’s.

Baby cups are my latest obsession.  Of course I don’t need another collection but what can I say baby cups are so sweet and they don’t take up much space.  At least that is how I sold myself that starting another collection is okay.  The one I found is a Sheridan Taunton Silversmiths LTD formally Sheridan Silver Company which was founded in 1944.  Sheridan Silver Company became Sheridan Taunton Silversmiths LTD in 1973.  Based on the trademark the manufactured date is 1973 or later.  This sweet little cup isn’t engraved but it is in very nice shape.

These Enesco embossed white molds caught my eye.  They are approximately 4 1/4 inches in diameter with a different fruit embossed on each.  They have a hook for hanging on the wall.  Enesco is an American company specializing in the import and distribution of giftware.  They were prominent from the 70’s through the 90’s.

These two tiny gold baskets are just adorable.  They are two inches by one inch.  Not sure what I will do with them but you will see them again in the near future.  The bottom of each basket shows Japan as the country of origin.   There is a bit of gold paint loss on the top edges of the baskets.   They are from the 1950’s.

This sweet little pitcher is French made by Deshoulieres.  Founded in 1826, Deshoulieres is the leading French porcelain manufacturer specializing in tableware products.  The bottom stamp on the little pitcher is Deshoulieres with France underneath encircled with an oval.  I cannot determine a pattern name but suspect it is restaurant ware.

This lovely Colonial couple isn’t a recent vintage find.  My Grandmother had this couple in her home from the time I was a little girl.  I always loved them so she gave them to me.  These figurines imported from Japan are from the 1950’s. Unfortunately, I’ve never had the perfect place to display them.  Now they just don’t fit my décor style.  So what do I do with them.  They were sitting on the table in the kitchen while I debated their fate.   My daughter saw them and wanted to know what I was going to do with them.   I told her that box they were on their way to Goodwill.  Nooooooooooo, she said.

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  She knew they were my Grandmother’s, her Great Grandmother that died when she was about six months old.  So we wrapped them and put them into a box with other items she wants from my house.  I’m under orders from her to let her see any vintage items before they get the heave ho.

Vintage Inspired Item

I ran in Target the other day and as always I check the end caps for bargains.  There on one of the end caps sat a blue and white splatterware enamel colander.  It was on clearance at a ridiculously low price so I happily put it into my cart and it came right home with me.

 

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Vintage Fascination No. 139

Welcome friends to Vintage Fascination.

 Vintage Fascination is now a weekly series but beginning in October it is becoming a monthly series.  I don’t thrift as much during the winter so nothing to share with you.   I still plan to post several times a week so keep coming back to see what I have planned to share with you.     

Also, you may have experienced some problems accessing BWH in the last few months.  My hosting service tried a fix last month but it didn’t solve the problem.   So, in the end we had to move BWH to a more powerful server which is good news since my old server couldn’t handle my current level of traffic.  Yea!!   Thank you, so much to my lovely loyal readers.

You know how I love baskets and I couldn’t pass up this Peterboro handled basket.  This basket must have been someone’s keepsake because it still has the original Peterboro basket label on it that tells the story of the basket company.  Here is what the printed label says “The town of Peterborough, New Hampshire is steeped in the history of basket making.  The roots of the Peterboro Basket Company extend back to 1854, when Amzi Childs wove the first basket on Depot Street.  An industry leader, we continue to manufacture and develop a wide range of innovative, top-quality baskets just as you received.  The wood used in your handcrafted basket is Appalachian white ash (a New England hardwood).” 

The basket also has a brass label on the front identifying it as a Peterboro basket made in the USA.  Learn more about Peterboro baskets here.

When I saw this vintage globe in such excellent condition that it just had to come home with me to join my collection.  It is a Repologle World Nation Series 12-inch globe.  It is from the 1979-1981-time period.  The colors on this raised relief topographical globe are bright and vivid and there are no blemishes or tears. 

Apparently, I can never have enough cookie cutters and these three little guys are so sweet.  They are mini cutters for making cookies, cutting out pie crust for decorating the top of a pie or fondant for cake decorating.  The three-piece set includes a rabbit, horse, and lion.   

This metal cage flower frog is joining my collection.  I don’t have a domed frog like this one.  It would make an excellent holder of pencils or paint brushes in addition to its intended use of flower holder.  The metal has a nice patina consistent with its age.  

The five vintage spice shakers I found are larger than the typical size shakers seen in a wall rack. The shakers are Cinnamon, Cloves, Paprika, Pepper, and Nutmeg. and have bright hand painted colors accentuating the raised embossed fruits.   All the shakers have their original cork stoppers and a blue “Made in Japan” sticker.

NON- Vintage Item

I saw a transparent glass pumpkin with a top sitting on a shelf with a lot of Fall and Halloween décor.  It didn’t have a price and as you know normally if an item isn’t priced in a thrift store they won’t sell it but I always ask.  I’ve gotten lucky several times just by asking.  The woman at the checkout counter asked if a dollar was ok.  The price was perfect because a transparent glass pumpkin was on my project list.  Pottery Barn has recycled glass pumpkin candle cloches this year.  So and not spend $69 dollars on one I wanted to create a similar pumpkin for my breakfast room table.  So, the dollar transparent glass pumpkin is perfect for my creation.  All I had to do was add battery operated lights.  I love it and so do my grandkids.

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Vintage Fascination No. 138

Welcome friends to Vintage Fascination. I took an unscheduled blogging break for a couple of weeks but I am so excited to back today to share a few recent vintage finds.

Vintage Rustic Wooden Recipe Box – This rustic wooden recipe box probably once held wonderful recipes because it is well used. I wish those recipes had been left in the box. The two-piece box has a removable lid with a metal pull on the top. The top fits snuggly into the box. The box has “Recipes” etched on the front. I found an identical recipe box on Etsy for $25 but I’m going to give it a makeover and use in my kitchen.

Vintage Wisk Broom – I saw this whisk broom with an unusual handle and thought how it would make a perfect Halloween decoration with a little embellishment. It looked old and had a black tape repair so I looked on ETSY and sure enough found one like it without the repair tape. The seller was asking $26 so my $1 purchase is looking pretty good. My granddaughters love it and with Lacy now that she is all ready for Halloween.

Vintage Hand Painted Pink Angel – Last year I had a pink Christmas tree in my Dining Room so when I saw this pretty little pink angel. There was no way I was going to leave this charmer behind. It is does not show a country of origin.

Vintage 1952 Calendar Plate – This 10″ plate features a calendar for the year 1952. It is a beautiful cream-colored plate with gold details, lettering and trim. The detail in the center of the plate is windmills and ships. I found several on Etsy priced from $9.99 to $22.95.

Non-Vintage Item of the Week

My daughter and I made a Target run the other day. Naturally you must walk right past Bulleye’s Playground when you enter the store so we started looking around at the Fall and Halloween goodies. We both picked up several items then I saw these sweet little velvet pumpkins and they were only a dollar each. Yeah, by now everyone has seen them all over blogland but I just had to share them in that dough bowl that I passed up a couple of weeks ago. Yeah, I just had to go back and get it.  Luckily it was still there, so it came home with me.

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Vintage Fascination No. 137

Thank you all for your patience and I am so happy you are here today for another edition of Vintage Fascination.  Hopefully the problems with the Blue Willow House are over.

I visited a couple of my favorite thrift stores and found a few interesting vintage and not so vintage goodies.

Vintage Federal Glass ~ Blue Daisy

When I had a booth I sold a Federal Glass Heat Proof bowl with a top in this same blue daisy pattern.  So when I saw this two and a half quart bowl I just had to get it and its smaller one quart companion bowl without a top.

As an added bonus blue and white is my favorite color combination.  Made in the USA in Columbus, Ohio, these bowls are from the 1960’s.

Vintage Vera Mikasa Dishes

When I first saw these dishes I knew they were special.

Designed by Vera Neumann who was best known for her boldly colored linen patterns and scarves for Mikasa. This pattern was part of their Stylemanor line. The pieces have serene images of dune grasses in a neutral palette of browns. The pattern is aptly named Dune Grass.  I scored three dinner plates.

Mikasa produced the pattern during the 1970’s in Japan but discontinued the pattern in 1979.

Vintage Shawnee Puss & Boots Salt and Pepper Shakers

Me, my daughter and best friend went to one of our favorite thrift stores this past weekend.  I found several things that I really wanted but only two things came home with me.  One was this adorable Shawnee Puss and Boots salt and pepper shaker set. 

They were a great price so they came home with me to join my growing collection of vintage salt and pepper shaker sets.  They are from the late 1940’s or 1950’s and one even still has the cork stopper.  I have several Shawnee pieces that I collected over the years.  

Vintage Book & Map Page Bundle

The other thing I bought was a bundle of vintage map and book pages.   I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these but the patina on them is just so lovely. Yes, I could have made these vintage book page bundles myself but for the price I couldn’t pass them up.

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Well, I figured out one thing I could do with the vintage book and map page bundle….create a Fall vignette for the foyer.

The one thing I really wanted to buy was a vintage dough bowl.  It looks very much like the one I inherited from my Grandmother (photo above) see here in a Thanksgiving Tablescape 2013.  and it was priced well but my daughter reminded me I already have quite a few dough bowls.  It one of those things I just can’t get out of my head so I still may go back and get it.  Do you ever do that?

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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 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 and I just found a pink Simply Shabby Chic duvet set at Bargain Hunt for $32.  The decorative pillows look great with the pink duvet. 

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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