The last thing I needed was another swan, but I couldn’t resist these beauties at the Broadway Antique Mall in Lebanon, Ohio (near Cincinnati).
After all, my collection didn’t include a piece in blue and here were two little examples. One is such a gorgeous color ….
…and the other is an unusual example with a cork in the opening. There is a very light fragrance, so I’m assuming it held perfume at one time.
The large set with the candle holders is also in a color that I haven’t seen before and will be so pretty in autumn arrangements. My daughter discovered this set and gave them to me as a surprise gift – no occasion, just a gift.
I also found a unique piece to add to my Dutch collection.
What a fun day at the antique mall!
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’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.
We completed the last of the once-a-week vacation days that my daughter and I have enjoyed this month. I’ve had medical problems the past year that have been manageable as far as going out for lunch or dinner, but have not allowed me to stand and walk long enough to browse through antique shops. Since I’m better, this is what I chose for our annual fall vacation. Fortunately, my daughter also loves antique shops and has patiently been the driver and dining companion. For the last day, I chose a location that is about an hour from our home – Waynesville, Ohio. The village was founded in 1797 and was an important Quaker settlement. There are still over 200 historic homes, most of them in the shopping area of several blocks and side streets. We stopped for lunch at the Hammel House Inn which was built in 1799. The original brick walls are still visible and the fireplace is homey and charming.
Our table was near an open window where we could look out onto the long front porch.
We had a lovely lunch. I chose the English Grille. The salad with strawberries was especially delicious.
My daughter ordered a Reuben sandwich and the cheerful and efficient waitress took our picture.
We don’t usually have dessert, but couldn’t resist some really good quality vanilla ice cream with just a drizzle of chocolate, pecans and whipped cream.
In just a two-block area, we visited three antique stores. The Olde Curiosity Shoppe is one of our favorites.
I found three items to add to my collection – a baking dish and pitcher with the poppy motif that I love and a Roseville bud vase in the freesia pattern which was reduced in price because of a chip that I didn’t mind at all.
There’s also a great quilt shop, Fabric Shack, which is familiar to a lot of my quilting friends around the country because of their excellent online service.
On the way home, we stopped off at a farm market called Hidden Valley to check out their very well stocked rustic store.
There were even a few animals to see…
…and we bought some fudge and cookies to take home.
I’m glad that my daughter and I were able to share these days and enjoy so many beautiful things that southwest Ohio has to offer.
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My daughter and I are continuing to have one day a week this month as a staycation day, lunching and then visiting an antique shop in the Cincinnati area. This week, we went to lunch at a restaurant we’ve been enjoying for over 35 years. This beautiful place is located in the equally beautiful village of Mariemont. Mariemont was founded in the 1920s as a planned community village and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007. The area has houses built in the English architectural styles from Norman to classic Georgian. The Mariemont Inn is a Tudor Revival which opened as a hotel in 1929 and the restaurant is named after the term the founder used to describe the village – a National Exemplar in practical town planning.
There are two large dining areas plus party rooms and several areas like this beautiful lounge.
My daughter and I always order a favorite turkey and dill crepe when we have lunch here. The potatoes are simply wonderful – crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
We left the gorgeous Mariemont Inn ….
And drove a short distance to the Cincinnati suburb of Oakley. The antique store, Duck Creek Antiques, is housed in a building that used to be the Grace A Rush Bakery, in business from 1937 to the late 1980s. Mrs. Rush had a thriving fruitcake business in her home in upscale Hyde Park before she moved to the building in middle class Oakley. I raised my family in Oakley and remember the bakery and the wonderful Grace Rush fruitcakes very well. It’s nice now to browse through the booths of over 150 dealers on two floors in this 1930s building.
I found two items at reasonable prices: A large soup cup with a Dutch motif….
….and a small ironstone syrup pitcher.
Another very beautiful and successful vacation day.
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My vacation plan this year is to spend one day a week during September to have lunch and browse an antique mall with my oldest daughter. This week, we revisited Glendale, an area near Cincinnati that we love. The village was begun in 1851 by 30 gentlemen who wanted to live in a rural area but still work in downtown Cincinnati. The first house was built in 1852 and many of them from the pre-Civil War era are still standing and in beautiful condition. We like to just ride through the streets and look at the old homes and gardens at different times of the year.
A more modern addition in an old building is the Cock and Bull Restaurant. We had never eaten here before and in the spirit of vacation adventure, decided to give it a try.
We sat by a window with a view of one of the early houses in the village.
I don’t usually order fish but staying with the Cock and Bull theme, I decided to order fish and chips. It was wonderful – two large portions of thick white fish with a great, light, crispy topping.
My daughter ordered a fish sandwich and a glass of Guiness.
After lunch, we drove a short distance to Fairfield, Ohio, to the Ohio Valley Antique Mall. This is a huge mall and a favorite of ours. My daughter rented space and sold antiques here a few years ago.
The store occupies 65,000 square feet (plus an in-store café) and every inch of it is filled with pretty booths and displays. I liked this booth which included a lot of replacement lids along with its other treasures.
I was drawn to this old refrigerator and thought a bit about buying the paper storage unit on the wall with a Dutch motif. I liked it a lot but I just don’t have the wall space for it.
I did buy a small creamer pitcher that I love. I like these little pitchers for serving sauce for dessert or for a small arrangement of flowers. The piece was marked Germany.
When I got home, I realized I had a sugar bowl on the mantel from the same line, only with a water lily instead of roses.
I’m really enjoying this vacation.
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I’m unable to go on my regular vacation this year, so have planned to take one day a week through the month of September to go with my daughter to a nice restaurant for lunch and then on to some antique store browsing.
Both the restaurant and antique mall I chose this week are old favorites and both are housed in early 1900s buildings nestled in historic neighborhoods.
GRAND FINALE RESTAURANT
We’ve been going to the Grand Finale Restaurant since it opened in l975. It’s located in a beautiful, old community called Glendale (Cincinnati) and the building started out in the early 1900s as a saloon, and then from 1928 to 1970 was a corner market. The building is sedate even on a busy corner…..
…with lovely Victorian décor throughout a large dining room and patio area. Our table looked out on a small, lush garden, one of my daughter’s favorite spots.
The staff is excellent as is the food – starting with salad and hot rolls.
My daughter ordered our #1 favorite on the menu, Chicken Ginger with Spinach Crepe.
This time, I decided to try their Chicken Potpie with Puff Pastry Topping.
It was perfect.
VENICE ANTIQUE MALL
After lunch, we drove about 30 minutes to Ross, Ohio, to check out the antique store. It’s housed in an early 1900s building which was the entertainment center for the surrounding neighborhood which is still rural. Until the late 1940s, there was a restaurant (with chicken dinners) on the first floor, bowling alleys in the basement, and a huge dancing pavilion on the second floor.
Now, every floor and every nook and cranny is filled with antiques. The outside of the building looks very similar to the way it looked in the 1920s.
It was a lovely visit to a great old store and I even found a little piece of 1930s-40s era ovenware to add to my Dutch collection.
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