Hi everyone! I hope you are all well. We are hunkering down today as the temps have plummeted to the 20’s. And yet on Saturday, I wore sandals to show off a new pedicure(!). About 4″ fell yesterday and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. Strange weather this year, right? Well let’s move onto today’s post. I mentioned yesterday that I shopped a couple of estate sales and a thrift store over the week-end, so let’s take a look at my vintage finds, shall we?
I found this lovely grainsack-style towel in among a pile of traditional, terry cloth towels, under a sign that said 2 for $1.00. I snatched it up and that’s what they charged me. It needs a good soaking in some oxy to perk it up a little, but otherwise it’s in great shape (cost: 50¢, value: $10.00-15.00).
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I think this set of three linen hankies in their original box, with tags no less, would make a sweet mother’s day or wedding shower gift (cost: $2.00, value: $10-12.00). Notice the hand-stitched, rolled edges and the pretty white-on-white embroidery (likely machine-made). They date to probably about the 1950’s or 60’s.
Martha Stewart has an informative video,
All About Collecting Handkerchiefs that you might enjoy.
I couldn’t pass up this new linen towel with the great bird and flower graphic (cost: $1.00); it was just too pretty. And the green index box was too darn practical, especially as it is filled with index cards and dividers–all ready to go (cost: 25¢, value $10.00). [I have vintage linens available in my shop.]
This large, ironstone platter was a steal at my local Salvation Army (cost: $1.99, value: $15-18.00). Patterned ironstone tends not to be as popular as plain white, as was the case back in the 1800’s. English potteries shipped plain white to America (where it was preferred), but sold decorated pieces with transfers and hand-painting to the English market since they preferred their ironstone with decoration.
W.H. Grindley of Staffordshire England manufactured this piece. [Click here to read about my ironstone collection.]
There’s nothing super special about this enamelware pot, but at just 6 1/2″ diameter and 4″ tall, I thought it was cute (cost: $1.00, value: $10.00). It would make a great plant holder or vase.
What’s not too love about this vintage-y cigar box–it’s dovetailed and has a cool paper label and writing all over it (cost: $2.00, value: $10-12.00).
Not my idea of a fabulous piece of art, but I liked the frame (cost: 25¢).
This old souvenir paperweight came from Torquay, England, a popular vacation spot in Cornwall (southern tip of the island). Cornwall is to England what Florida is to the Northeast (except the weather is actually closer to Maine or New Hampshire’s). They are also known for producing red clay motto ware, sometimes called Torquay ware (cost: $2.99, value: $15-20.00).
I found this old egg crate in pretty rough shape–a bit dirty and misshapen (cost: $2.99, value: $20-25.00?). I know it can serve as a good display piece, once I clean it up.
Another option would be to take it apart and use the pieces for signs.
I found this oil painting tucked away in the back of a dark shelf at one of the estate sales. I’ve mentioned in the past that our area (NYC to Albany) was settled by the Dutch, and I wonder if this little windmill painting made its way over directly from Holland (cost: $1.00, value: $45-55.00?). I’d like to do some research on it.
I’m showing the back of the painting so you can see the signs of age. Both the wood and the canvas show signs of oxidation, i.e., aging caused by exposure to air. It’s what has caused the dark browning. Things like drawer rails or framed paintings with paper backings don’t oxidize to the same extent at those directly exposed to the air.
The windmill painting was not the only Dutch item I found at that estate sale. I also purchased a stack of seven dinner plates, two in this hand-painted floral pattern (cost: 25¢ each, value: $15-20.00) produced by Societe Ceramique Maestricht Co. in Holland.
This mark appears on the bottom of all seven plates.
The other five bear this attractive combination of hand-painting and stick spatter decoration. The style originated in Staffordshire, England and then gradually made its way to other parts of Europe. The cobalt blue decoration on the rim and the small cobalt flowers in the center would have been applied with a sponge attached to the end of a stick (cost: 30¢ each, value: $20-25.00 each). Likely made about the turn of the century. I think they are beautiful to decorate with. Stay tuned for a post focusing on this charming dinnerware.
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