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.
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.
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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Saturday on our way to lunch in our small town of Loveland, Ohio, my daughter and I stopped off at a thrift store sponsored by our local autism group. My daughter spied this great McKee jadeite bowl for only $10. It’s a nice size serving bowl measuring 8 inches diameter by 2-1/2 inches deep.
I have a lot of jadeite, mostly Fire King, so this was a new piece to add to the collection. I use my jadeite as my everyday china and this bowl will get a lot of use.
We stopped at a favorite restaurant, Paxton’s Grill, and then drove on up the road to two more antique stores in Lebanon, Ohio, but I didn’t find any more bargains.
I have a large collection of vintage creamers and sugar bowls which I use for flower arrangements. I had just gotten some of my autumn-looking pieces out of storage when my daughter came home with a $6 bouquet from the grocery store and made the old china even more beautiful.
I have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years. Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some were inherited, some were purchased at antique malls, gift shops or thrift stores – all are precious to me. Some items are kept up year-around while others are brought out seasonally and on holidays. Unfortunately, many priceless-to-me objects go undisplayed and unseen for years, so each week, I’m going to pull out an item and post a COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.
I love all of the covered dishes I’m sharing this week. The rooster and hen are on my kitchen window sill throughout the summer …
In September, I take down the chickens and put up the squirrel and acorn …
In November, naturally, the turkey has the prize spot …
The mini-dishes which are about 3 inches across the bottom are perched somewhere in the kitchen year around – a hen
…and a cobalt blue scottie
All of these dishes were birthday gifts throughout the years. The rooster, turkey and squirrel go back to the 80s and 90s and are reproductions. The large hen and the two small dishes are vintage, probably from the 1940s.
I’ve been wanting a Harker Hotoven rolling pin for a long time and finally found one at an antique store in Lebanon, Ohio, for a reasonable price.
When I got it home, I realize I already had a pie plate in the same pattern. It is quite discolored and crazed, which I don’t mind. It shows that it has been used to bake a lot of pies. My daughter found the rack at a thrift store for $4 and it’s perfect for displaying the two pieces.
Today, we visited a local thrift store and found a Universal water bottle with a beautiful marigold pattern. I love these vintage patterns for china and pottery.
I also found a lovely pale pink and green Hull vase which is perfect for displaying while I’m waiting for spring to arrive.
These two items were only $15 each – a bargain even with a few imperfections.
To add to a week of very nice collectibles, my daughter gave me this darling 2-inch high pitcher for St. Patrick’s Day.
It was a very good week for collectibles.
About 30 years ago, my oldest daughter gave me a beautiful set for Christmas that included a tiered plate, a basket, two candle holders and 4 mugs. They were purchased at Lazarus department store in downtown Cincinnati and I have loved them and used them every Christmas.
On Saturday, we visited a lovely thrift/consignment shop (Vintage Market & Thrift, Loveland, Ohio) and saw eight dessert plates to this set on display. The original price was reasonable, but there was also 75% off on Christmas items, so I snatched them up. They were still in their original boxes which were in mint condition and still had the remnants of a Lazarus label on the side.
…and a Homer Laughlin platter.
The total cost was $14.95. Now, that’s a bargain.
From the archives – January 4, 2011
My oldest daughter and I are the only ones in the family who celebrate Sweetest Day. We give small bags of candy to my other daughter and her family, but we try to have something special for each other. My daughter made this wonderful mosaic of pieces of a favorite Roseville vase that I had dropped and shattered along with slate-like remnants from my old childhood home which had been torn down. The center picture is one of me with my mother, sister and if you look closely, our beagle Sissy, taken in 1945 near the back porch of the now-demolished house.
She also gave me a vintage gravy boat with a wonderful design. Today it held some premium toffee from a local candy shop but in the future it will hold one of her sweet fresh flower arrangements.
We went out for lunch and then stopped at a favorite antique mall where I picked up a few more small pieces for my daughter to use for flowers:
There’s no lid for the sugar bowl, but that really doesn’t matter since I only want the pieces used for decorative purposes.
I couldn’t resist a more practical bowl for my kitchen. I like the 1930s-40s Hot Oven bowls which measure about 4 inches in diameter and I especially like the vintage design on this one.
Now, we’ll settle in on this rainy night to watch a show from the Lewis and Hathaway series via Netflix. It was a very good Sweetest Day.
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