Showing posts with label vintage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vintage. Show all posts

October 4, 2013

Fun Finds: Vintage Kitchen Chair

I am such a sucker for vintage chairs.  I've been finding quite a few lately.

Here's the latest.

The red and black plaid vinyl had me chanting Yes! Yes! Yes! right in the store aisle. 

The back even has some fun detailing too!

Sadly, there was only one lonely chair.  
I think it will fit right in with my other mismatched chairs in the kitchen eating area.

Have you found any lonely chairs lately to bring home?


September 30, 2013

A Vintage School Chair

Around here we look forward to Football Season all year long.

Every Sunday afternoon I host faithful group of Packer fans as we cheer on our team.  I never know how many people to expect, sometimes it's just our core group of ten, sometimes it's more.  However many show up it's always a good time even when the Packers aren't having an "A" game.

With so many people to accommodate  I'm always on the lookout for seating that is easy to move around.  A recent trip to the thrift store produce a fun addition in the form of a vintage school chair.

It's just the right size to tuck in between the sofa and the sliding glass door to the back yard. Yet still allows plenty of room to walk between the two.

Right way I thought it was perfect for the kids to use.  
The handy little table is perfect for game day snacks!  
What's football without snacks!

The chair is perfect in many, many ways.
I love the hand-painted number on the back.

A newly sewed ticking striped pillow adds a little softness and looks so pretty against the dark stained wood.

And of course underneath, I made good use of the shelf by adding a couple red vintage books.

So far, the chair has worked perfectly for us.  The kids love using.
I love how perfectly it gives the room a little unexpected vintage flare.

Hope you have a wonderful day,

September 24, 2013

Silver Pitchers Big and Small

I always get excited when I score a tarnished silver piece at the thrift store.  Don't you?

I have a modest size collection, which of course I love adding too.  I thought it was perfect timing when I found two small sized pitchers just last week.  Now I'm always in love with silver, but I love to use it more around the house during the autumn and winter months.  Since autumn has finally arrived, and I'm starting to dig out all my other silver items this score was timely indeed.

In order to use them right away without having to put much thought into it, I clipped a few Limelight Hydrangea's to fill the pitchers and set them both on a pretty platter.

Now I can admire my two new favorite things.  I love how similar each pitcher is to the other.
They both have pretty detailing and fluted sides.

They both have unique handles which I adore.

Hydrangea's go so well with tarnished silver don't you think?

Hope you all have a wonderful day,


September 17, 2013

Vintage Bibles

I recently started collecting vintage Bibles.

It's a small collection.  Two Bibles and one Common Prayer book.

The petite, tattered versions call out to me.

At first I had them stored away in a room not often used.  But just last week I moved them into our living room and made a display with them on my desk.

Every since, these well worn books of hope, faith, and love have become a gentle daily reminder to me.

A single glance throughout my busy day reminds me to set a better example for my family . . . to pray more often . . . to show more compassion.

They are beautiful books, inside and out.

Hope you all have a lovely day.


July 24, 2013

Fun Finds

It's that time of week again when I get to share my thrift store finds. 

I don't know about you but I love these posts.  I think it's because I enjoy hunting through thrift stores for deals and steals so much!  It gets my blood pumping and my creativity flowing.  I just love it.

This past week I found quite a few items to delight me.

Sorry I'm grouping items together for quick photo shoots.  The weather is so nice out right now I feel like being outside and in the garden or cycling with the kids.  I'm sure you'll see my treasures in future posts soon enough.  LOL! 

First off I found a floral printed tea towel that I think it will be wonderful remade into a pillow cover, don't you!

This next find brings me back to my collage days.  
A 1950's Shorthand Dictionary.  
Oh how I could have used this back in the day when I was struggling through shorthand classes!  Now it just makes me smile and surprises me that I actually remember most of it.

I also found a large serving platter with a unique shape, three brass candlestick holders that I plan to paint, and a small brown and white ironstone transfer-ware dish.

Finally, I came across this red and brass oil lamp.  
I don't think it's in working order anymore but I just loved it's bright red paint.  It will be a welcomed addition to my home to add a pop of color.

 Hope you all have a lovely day,


June 24, 2013

Flea Market Finds

You may remember one of the highlights in taking a camping trip to Hayward, Wisconsin is our yearly stop at their amazing Flea Market.  It's held every Monday from Memorial Day until Labor Day and I look forward to it all year long.

I always find amazing items and the prices are very good.  This year it didn't seem like I purchased much but every single item was a personal "score" for me.

Normally, I like tuck my finds into existing displays around my house but my poor neglected garden is calling out for attention.  Instead, I grouped everything together on my coffee table for a quick photo shoot in order to share with you my finds and then get myself out into the garden.

As you can see, I found some great items.  

Including this adorable set of cow salt and pepper shakers!
Normally I'd pass up items like these since I feel they are a little too cutesy for me.
But I couldn't for some reason walk away from this set.

Black enamel ware is always welcomed in my home along with mason jars.  I was so happy to find such a large one.

I adore vintage postcards and every once in a while I come across one that makes me gasp - - like this one.

A set of ten mini, red book quickly jumped into my market bag.
I pasted up a similar set last year and regretted it.

Always on the look out for embroidered linen, I was pleased to find two new items to add to my collection.

I can never pass up a pretty white plate either!

It seems it was the year of "mini's" this year at the flea market.  I picked up a handful of delightful items that I adore.  Two mini bird flashcards, two packages of white buttons, a milk cap with a delightful red cow (will look wonderful in my kitchen) and finally a vintage photo of a farmhouse to add to my collection.

I forgot to take photos of the items I bought for outside.   Two metal buckets, a vintage garden rake and a pretty blue pulley.

So you see, the Hayward Flea Market never disappoints.

Have a wonderful day,


April 23, 2013

Junk Bonanza Finds

This year I had the privilege to attend the Junk Bonanza not just one, but two days.  Once by myself and once with my mother.  I had a wonderful time as  you can imagine looking for treasure to bring home with me.

What to see?

It was the year of the gravy boat for me it seems.  I love ironstone gravy boats and have been looking for them the pass couple of year with minimal luck.  I was delight to find I had my pick from many, many choices this year.  I came home with four in all shapes and sizes.

My newest love are ironstone butter pats.  I was able to find seven of them in two different styles.

Of course vintage clocks are always on my watch list so I was happy to find two more unlike any I already had in my collection.

When I saw this petite cast iron final I just knew I could find a place for it in my house.

Also found a tattered bible for a great price.

Picked up five milk caps to add to my collection.  I plan to frame them up and hang in my kitchen.

Mom spotted this light fixture globe which she thought I would love,  she was right.

I think it would be fun to display it on shelf along with some vintage books.

And finally, I purchase my very first vintage watering can.  It's sure to be the start of a collection.

Hope your all having a wonderful day,


April 2, 2013

Fun Finds: Vintage Sewing Notions

At the thrift store the other day I stumbled upon a baggie filled with tiny thread covered, paper spools!

I'd never seen anything like it. 
I thought they were cute, so of course they came home with me.
Don't you just love them.

Those tiny spools of thread got me thinking.
As much as I enjoy sewing . . .  and all things vintage . . . .
It only seems natural that I should have some sort of vintage sew collection . . .
I thought so!
With the new collection in mind, I've been slowing adding to it.
Since my first purchase, I've found a handful of thread on wooden spools . . .

I think they looks so fun and cheerful in a metal basket.

Don't you?

I even had luck in finding this pair of scissors. 
Not sure if they are really considered sewing scissors but I'm proclaiming them to be just that!

Not a shabby start, if you don't mind me saying.
Don't you just love the thrill of a new collection!
Have a great day,

March 25, 2013

Vintage Book Display

Vintage book collecting is so much fun!  

My collection is constantly growing.  
I'm always on the lookout for new treasures to find in the correct color, size and type.  Of all the types of books I collect, my favorite are children's early reading books.  I love their fun graphics and cheerful colors.

One book in my collection is a particular favorite of mine.  It's called "Happy Days With Our Friends".  Such a delightful title isn't it?  Every one of my girls have snuggled up next to me to read from this book during their kindergarten and first grade years.  We have found this type of book to be very helpful for the early reader, since most of it is very sight word based and it works nicely with the modern curriculum taught in my girls classrooms.  

Sadly, this happy, cheerful book has seen little use in our house as of late.  Since it holds such warm memories for me I wanted to find a way to use the book in my decorating for spring.

Surprisingly, only a little bit of jute twine was needed.  I simply tied a piece around each side of the book with a simple knot.

The twine holds the pages open and makes it easy to prop the book up on a shelf so we can see the pretty, cheerful illustrations.

I am so happy I gave this quick and simple idea a try.  It's prefect. 

I'll show you where I used it soon, once I have the rest of the room finished. 

Talk to you soon,


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