Five Good Vintage Finds


In the past week or so, I’ve had good luck in finding five vintage pieces to add to my ever-growing collections.  The first was from eBay – a 1930s era paper fan with artwork by Fern Bisel Peat (1893-1971).  I collect vintage scottie pieces and this one is in near-mint condition.

ScottieFan (2)

The back shows an advertisement for Triena children’s laxative (Allied Drug Products of Chattanooga) that was for sale by Farmers Mercantile in Nelagoney, Oklahoma.

ScottieFan (1)

I found three wonderful items in antique malls – a Homer Laughlin gravyboat ….


….a Jadeite bowl with lip ….


…. and a set of chubby pre-WWII made-in-Japan bird salt/pepper shakers.  I’m particularly drawn to these birds which were sold in dime stores in the 1930s.


The last item, and the biggest bargain, was found in a Goodwill thrift store for less than $3.00.  This Roseville child’s plate is well worn and faded, obviously used a lot, which I prefer in my pieces.  There was one in almost identical condition selling on eBay for $25.


It’s unusual for me to buy this many pieces in a short period of time, even at good prices, but when I see them, I grab them.


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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.

11 thoughts on “Five Good Vintage Finds”

  1. I love all your finds but of course the fan from Oklahoma got my interest right away. Nelagoney is pretty much a ghost town now up by Bartlesville in Osage Co. – part of the Osage Land Grant. We also call this kind of town a “spit in the road town”. It is some of the most beautiful country that Oklahoma has to offer – it was a big oil town back when that fan you have was given away.

    Anyway, they are all lovely finds!

  2. Since you can’t control when you see things, I don’t think rationing purchases is necessary just to not buy too many at once. Good you could. Love the fan and … well,I just love them all too.

  3. What womderful finds, I especially like the child’s plate with the little bonnet girls. Makes for a fun day when you find such wonderful treasures although the hunt is the best pastime.

  4. Oh, what wonderful finds! Of course you have to get them when you find them. They won’t be there later! I really love that jadeite bowl. You did very well with these.

  5. What great finds! My favorite are the birds, and learned something today, I didn’t know Roseville made plates for children.

  6. I have a pair of similar blue bird salt and pepper shakers–not as chubby. They were in my grandparents’ house when I was a child and i suspect they predate WWII.

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