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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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”.
I love Roseville pottery but I’m not willing to pay the high prices the pieces bring. I am willing to buy a piece with a chip which makes it much more affordable and I don’t mind the imperfections. This Roseville Freesia #15 bookend has a chip at the top and I was able to buy it for $26.
I don’t really collect salt and pepper shakers, but I liked this one, marked “Made in Japan” on the bottom, because of the Dutch theme and because the colors match my kitchen. It’s also interesting that they are joined with salt on one side and pepper on the other. This piece was just $9.50.
I had a good day at the antique store.
Back in January, Susan Branch had a post about some darling bird salt and pepper shakers she had found while antiquing. Click on the link below to see her post.
Probably every one of her readers wished she had some cute little bird salt and peppers. Yesterday, my daughter and I were browsing through one of our favorite shops, Covered Bridge Antiques in Mt. Healthy (a suburb of Cincinnati). Guess what I saw on a shelf at a very reasonable price?
They are about 2-3/4 inches tall, are marked “Japan” on the bottom and have holes with cork inserts. They are just perfect for spring.
I also found this precious glass basket which is 3-1/2 inches tall, including the handle.
This piece is going to be filled with something sweet and included in an Easter package to a special friend.
It was a good day at Covered Bridge Antiques.