Hi there! I hope you enjoyed your enjoying the long weekend. My sweet daughter came home from college for her first visit since she left in August. Needless to say, it has been so good to spend time with her, but on Saturday she had plans, so my sweet husband chauffeured me to several garage sales. I’m looking forward to sharing my treasures with you soon 🙂
Today I thought we could take a look at some reader comments, questions, and insights that I’ve received over the past few months. I love hearing your interesting stories and learning the fascinating facts you have to share. I guess it goes without saying that a blogger without readers who engage via comments and emails would not be much of a blogger; they’d be more of a diarist, LOL.
Never in a million years would I have guessed, four year ago when I started my blog, the warm friendships that I would develop with readers all across the country and into Canada. Why am I getting all goopy? A couple of days ago, while reading an email from a reader, I got teary with the wonder of the lovely friendships that I’ve formed with you, usually over our common interest in vintage, of course.
And so I wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU for reading, for conversing, for praying at times when I’ve been in need, and for sharing your passions with me. You are awesome.
I’d also like to thank everyone who entered
my 4th Blogaversary Giveaway and congratulate
Nettie the lucky winner!!
And now, let’s take a look at some of those comments, shall we?
One reader, Elaine, read my post about Wade Whimsies, and she shared a great website filled with info about these darling pottery collectibles. It’s called Pricklepin, and it references a number of English manufacturers and various collectible characters, like Winnie the Pooh and Brambly Hedge.
Janice, who blogs at A Positive Outlook, wrote me a while back and mentioned that she had made one of my projects: the jute webbing and mini wreath Christmas ornament. Pop on over and see her darling renditions.
While we’re on the topic of this Christmas craft, I want to mention that the lovely people at Country Sampler magazine wrote and asked if they could use it in their special Christmas issue.
They just sent me a copy, which I think can now be purchased from your magazine stand, and there I am on page 54. My first publication in the hard copy of any periodical. Thank you Country Sampler! The issue is filled with great ideas that I know you’ll love.
Help with Identification
Lois wrote and asked if I could give her any information about her Burleigh Ware set of china, and after doing a little research, I told her what I had learned.
Burleigh pottery, a 20th century china manufacturer, is located Burslem, a town near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire–England’s pottery manufacturing center. “Stratford” refers to the name of this pretty floral pattern, which I believe dates to about the 1930’s-40’s, and it is rimmed with 22 K gold. They are still in business today, and you can find out more on their website: Burleigh.
Geo. F. Basset Co. (seen at the bottom of the mark) refers to an American company dating to the 1870’s that imported china from France, Bohemia, and England. They would have imported this china into America and distributed it to various stores throughout the country for resale.
It’s hard to value china in today’s market because it is greatly undervalued, and of course I don’t have it in my hands to feel the weight and texture of it or see any details.
If you had an entire set I would value a set of 16 pieces (4 place settings) at about $50, if in excellent condition. Individual serving pieces could go for $10-30.00 each. It might take some time for the right buyer to come along since, as I mentioned, the market for china is not good right now.
Not too long ago I started a private Facebook group
for readers who want to chat about vintage & antiques.
We’ve been posting our latest finds, pieces we want more info about,
photos of our antique booths, and projects we’re working on.
Feel free to join Your Vintage Headquarters here!
When I admitted that I didn’t know what these discs were, several readers helped identify them back in April, but “Katzcradul” was the first: “They are aluminum racks that you would place in the bottom of a pressure cooker/canner to keep food (canning jars) slightly elevated out of the water.” I’ll be using them for a craft I have in mind but it’s always good to know an items original purpose. Thanks!
Rita from Panoply suggested, and another reader, Kathy, concurred that perhaps this leatherette container is a camera lens holder. Kathy further suggested that it could be repurposed into a crochet hook or knitting needle holder. Good idea…
This over-sized safety pin garnered a number of comments at Vintage Finds #179, which I got for free at an estate sale, along with a large number of other free items. Carrie commented generally that she “would have lost [her] ever-loving mind” had she been on the receiving end of such generosity(!).
Virginia said, “I think the large safety pin may have been used by a college laundry service. Had one when I was on the swim team, could have stinky clothes washed for free!”
Another reader commented that “When I was about 11 years old in the 1960’s, I had a kilt skirt that was very popular at the time. It had a safety pin identical to yours that held the skirt together in the front. Mine was red and beige plaid! Loved that skirt! Great find!”
And finally, Sandi, from Old New Green Redo, wrote, “Dear Diana, Free, honestly—you have the Thrift Fairy on your shoulder all the time. The large pin is probably from the late 50’s, early 60’s. Kilt pleated skirts were popular at that time-and the pins were used to keep the skirt front from opening. Often they had tassels attached and sometimes school charms. Very nice lot you found, thanks for sharing!”
I love the idea of having a Thrift Fairy on my should–made me laugh out loud!!
Kathy had a few suggestions for how to use these little cuties: votive holders (add a velvet ribbon for glamor), vases for your children’s dandelions and violets, and, if you can find lids, lotion holders (their original purpose, of course). Add a vintage label for even more interest and decorating possibilities. Great ideas Kathy!
Kathy (from the milk glass ideas above) also recommended a dollar store cleanser called Awesome. This is what she had to say about it: “Have you discovered Awesome? It’s a dollar store kind of cleaner but IT WORKS!!! The orange fragrance leaves a nice CLEAN scent. Just spritz a nasty, grimey treasure and watch the brown crud drip off. All those nooks and crannies with eons of cigarette smoke/dust/grease run off! It is good [for cleaning] inside bottles, too. It also takes off the stickum from price tags and jar labels with a bit of a scrub.” Thanks for the suggestion Kathy–I’ve got to get some–
That’s it for this installment of “What Readers are Saying About Vintage & Antiques.” I hope you enjoyed it and will keep those comments coming!
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