Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vintage Thursday

While in Mansfield Ohio the other day, I did a little shopping. Okay, I did a lot of shopping. Revise again: I did a LOT of shopping! not the usual mall, tourist stuff though--you know that's not my thing. My friends and I share a passion for the old, the quirky, the unwanted and the vintage. Since I've been selling on eBay my taste, and my searches, have broadened considerably.

This is good and bad. It means my brain is stuffed with a random assortment of odd facts about useless things. It means I buy all sorts of weird things and think I can sell them (I usually do). It means my home office is a total disaster, filled to overflowing with stuff I have not had time to get listed for sale yet. It means I dig into dark corners of doubtful shops seeking those odd things at low prices that I might be able to sell--or better (or worse, depending on your point of view), that I might want to keep.

I came home with literally boxes and bags full, enough to fill my friend's trunk and half of her back seat. I should feel ashamed and I would if it were not that my friend Donna knows me well and is willing to humor this strange passion I have.

Here are a few of the things I dragged home (but only a very few, trust me--there's lots more. I need a store!):


This is a gilt-edged lipstick tray. See the holders for the lipstick tubes? I had never seen one of these before.


I love these plates! The photo doesn't do the pattern justice. Marked "Betty Pepper for AMC" these are so retro and classic with their red and white design and stylized flower print. I have found only a few examples of this pattern online.

This is an unusual item--a pressed glass plate with a reticulated border (the things you learn on eBay!) with an image of Little Miss Muffet in the center. These seem to be fairly rare, and this find is in good condition.

This beautiful piece is ceramic with Mary and Joseph depicted in decoupage. The crazed surface makes me think this might have some age on it; gold felt on the back is quite worn. I think it's lovely, even aged as it is.

A vanity trinket box or powder dish with flowers in perfect condition on top. The base is a very light blue. So often the china flowers on these pieces are broken or chipped but this one has survived intact.

Linking to Colorado Lady's Vintage Thingie's Thursday again today. Stop by her blog and check out the neat things other bloggers have to show.

11 comments:

LV said...

What great finds. I have never seen a lipstick holder like that either. All are keepers.

tipper said...

Never seen a lipstick holder-just imagine the lady who had that sitting on her dresser : )

Love the Mary and Joseph ceramic.

A Vintage Green said...

I think the mirror tray lipstick holder is so charming. So retro.
-Joy

Marie said...

Great finds! I hope you find appreciative homes for each of them soon! (I especially loved the red flowered dishes!)

JJM said...

I must admit I enjoy seeing your vocabulary grow as you learn more and more through your research. (And you allow your friends and family and fans to learn right along with you, which is wonderful!) Love this blog, I really do.--Mario

Coloradolady said...

Oh, the plates are wonderful! I wish I could find a pattern like that locally!! love the decoupage too, I remember when that was popular. Happy VTT!

Granny Sue said...

Mario, it's good to see you here :) I enjoy sharing the odd things I learn as I continue exploring. I learn a lot from other bloggers and from my followers too.

Coloradolady, don't you love those plates? I've never seen any like them. They would fit so well in a 50's kitchen, wouldn't they?

Granny Sue said...

Tipper, I have tried to figure out how/what the Mary and Joseph piece was--was it mounted on something to hang on the wall? That doesn't make sense because of the felt backing. Was it a paperweight? I just don't know, but its patina is so lovely and the image tells the whole story. I imagine how Mary felt, and wonder what Joseph might have been thinking.

Granny Sue said...

Exactly, LV and Joy--retro and so feminine too. do you think she might have had one of those gilt trays too, or those little gilt powder boxes? Maybe a mirror on a stand, on a dressing table with a curtain over the legs? So many images come to mind...

Granny Sue said...

Marie, I'm hoping they find good homes too. That's one of the things I like about doing this--people who buy them are usually planning to use them in their own homes. I'm sure a few dealers have bought things from me, but mostly it's people who collect or who are looking for something specific for their home.

Karen g @ It's Still Life said...

I have never seen a tray like that with spots for lipsticks. I am not sure I would have realize that.
You made me laugh as I read your blog. I do the same things, but still haven't found a friend to do it all with. I am a loner on my trips. Would be fun with someone tough.

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