Hi everyone! Did you do any garage saling or thrifting this past weekend? I found myself stuck at home with a bad cold. I had plans to drive to Barre (VT) with my mother on Sunday to visit my aunt, but we had to cancel. I would gladly have kept our plans, but when you’re visiting 88 year olds, you should definitely not do it with a cold. We’ll be rescheduling, but it was a disappointment. So today’s finds include buys from previous weeks that simply never made it into a blog post. Ready?
My sister has been working on downsizing and she recently passed on this pair of salt and pepper shakers that she inherited from my grandmother. Gramma always had them sitting on her stove and she used both quite liberally in her cooking. For me they say “Gramma” louder than almost anything I have of hers (cost: free, value: priceless of course, to replace: $15-20.00 each)
Do you recall seeing this same mark ( Diamond-O-I) on the bottom of some bottles I wrote about a while back? (A Cool Collectible: Amber Bottles–scroll down a bit to #6 wine, to find this same mark and what it signifies.)
I don’t buy every single cooking pamphlet that I find, but I do buy every single one that has anything to do with Lancaster County, the Amish, or Pennsylvania Dutch, because they sell quickly (cost: 50¢, value: $6-9). Available.
It contains a number of photos and extra information, in addition to recipes for dishes like: Green Tomato Pickle, Snow Pudding, and Flannel Cakes.
A graphically pleasing piece of ephemera for a sewing collector, printed in 1947 (cost: 25¢, value: $4-5.00).
This is another piece my sister passed on to me, a Hazel Atlas (A under H mark) refrigerator container (cost: free, value: $8.00). I’m using it to hold packets of sweetener in my “beverage station” right now.
My “accidental collection” of apothecary jars has gotten rather out of hand, but don’t you love the shape of this one (cost: $2.99, value: $25-35.00)? I own one other like it, and I think three will make a good place to stop.
I’m a huge fan of cabbage-y dishware and this beautiful white teapot is no exception (cost: $3.99, value: $25-35.00).
The pattern is “Country Ware,” and the English maker, Coalport China, which dates back to 1795.
A set of antique, hand-painted butter pats with gold gilt trim (cost: 66¢ each, value: $8-12.00 each). Available.
The Japanese used “Nippon,” meaning “Japan,” to mark their wares prior to 1921, after which America began requiring use of English for import into the country. This stamp, with an “M” in a wreath, was used by the Noritake china company from 1914-1921. The “M” refers to the company’s owner, Ichizaemon Morimura.
I’m not typically drawn to souvenir plates, unless they are quite a bit older, but I grew up near the North Pole, a kitchy kid’s nirvana in Wilmington (NY) in the heart of the Adirondacks. Think: Santa Claus all summer long, a perpetually frozen “north pole” that you can grab onto, a candy shop, the Peppermint Swings ride, and more. I had friends in high school who operated the rides, made fudge, or acted in their little shows. So of course I couldn’t pass up the plate (cost: 50¢, value: $10-12.00).
This guy has seen better days, but a little cleaning will make a big difference (cost: $1.00, value: $15-25.00).
I picked up this alarm clock thinking the galvanized casing made it pretty unique (cost: 25¢, value: $8-10.00). Available.
Final Find: I bought this 1960’s era napkin holder to hold some vintage and antique paper goods in my booth. The more I look at it though, the more I want to use it for napkins (cost: 25¢, value: $6-8.00). We’ll see how I end up using it…
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