This sweet little dish comes from Torquay on the southern coast of England. These souvenir wares have been manufactured in that area for decades. They are also known as “motto ware” since they invariably contain a pithy saying of some sort. Production ceased in the 1980s. This later piece, in perfect condition, is worth about $15.00.
They remind me of Pennsylvania Dutch redware, only less sturdy and not as old. Torquay ware chips very easily, so it is rare to find a piece in perfect condition. Check out the Torquay Pottery website for more interesting info.
I thought this cutting board would be a nice addition to my collection, especially since our last name begins with a “P.” I’m considering staining it to give it some age. For $4.00 I decided it was mine.
Valentine’s Day inspired me to snatch up this little hand-painted creamer. I’m kind of a sucker for pink roses. It’s not worth a great deal, probably about ten dollars.
I know these are new, not vintage, but I landed such a great deal, I wanted to share it: brand new leather gloves (originally from Target)–just two bucks! I’m always losing gloves, so I like to have spare on hand.
Nostalgia is often the reason people buy vintage, and I am no exception. During grade school, I owned a suede belt similar to this one. I’ll learn whether such things are popular or not when I list it in my Etsy shop (for about $12.00).
More non-vintage purchases. This time from Michaels: the burlap-y ribbon cost just $3, marked down from $10, and the letter stamps were just $1.80, so I couldn’t pass them up. Could I?
I also picked up two wool sweaters, circa 1980 for $1 each. My plan is to felt them. I’ve been researching the process since I’ve never done it before. It seems like a great way to upcycle unattractive, wool sweaters. I’ll report back.
It dates from about the 1950s and I’m quite smitten with it. Happily, I bought it for half off at the second day of an estate sale that I just happened to drive by. I’m going to have to give some thought to whether it’s a keeper or a seller. What do you think I should do? Keep or sell?
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