Two New Collectibles


I received two new collectibles as Easter gifts.  One is a set of salt and pepper shakers marked “Japan”.  I particularly like the chubby birds that were made in the late 1930s.  They remind me of the inexpensive dime-store items that my mother, grandmothers and aunts had in their homes at that time.

The second collectible is a good addition to my Dutch items.  This is a tiny calendar with some of the pages still in the holder.  It is marked “Souvenir of Holland”.


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

9 thoughts on “Two New Collectibles”

  1. I love the little bird salt and pepper shakers. They remind me of my Mom too. She had what we used to call a What Knot shelf and she collected all kinds of stuff. Birds were her favorite.

  2. Very nice Easter fists to add to your growing collections. I so vividly remember walking the aisles of the 5 and 10 cent stores. They were our WalMarts of the past, but so much more personable.

  3. A nostalgia moment. I used to collect salt and pepper shakers–not antiques, just whatever I found that appealed to me. Alas, one move, they all arrived broken. I suppose it is just as well. I no longer have space to exhibit whatnots.

  4. Ah, the old five-and-dime stores… what fun! So many treasures to explore…

    Love your chubby birds and the Dutch calendar…

  5. I love the birds, especially. I remember those types of things being in the dime stores in the 50s, too. I think my mother had a bluebird. It’s amazing that the souvenir still has some pages in it!

    I miss the Woolworth’s and Newberry’s. Nothing else we have today has quite the same atmosphere, especially a Woolworth’s with a downstairs with a fabric section and embroidery transfers and the beautiful racks of DMC floss. There was a store in Lemmon, SD, that was very like that, only one floor, and I loved to walk downtown and spend an hour there just browsing. It’s one of the things I miss most about being on the road with Paul – no summers in SD!

  6. That calender holder is incredibly cute! The clog looks like there’s somebody doing ballet in it. The birds are also lovely – it’s sweet how they remind you of your childhood. Abigail x

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