McKee Jadeite Bowl – Thrift Store Find

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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.

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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.

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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.

Heart of Ohio Antique Mall – Springfield, Ohio

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Because of back problems the past two years, I haven’t been able to travel too far and my daughter and I have taken one day a week during the month of September for a “staycation” day in an area that doesn’t require too much driving.  We enjoyed our last day of this year’s staycation traveling about 1-1/2 hours to Springfield, Ohio.  We pass through the charming town of Yellow Springs and love to have lunch at Young’s plus a stop on the way back home for one of their renowned Bull Shakes made with cream from their own Jersey cows.

It’s about 30 minutes from Yellow Springs to a huge antique mall called “Heart of Ohio” with 650 dealers.  I found a treasure -a  handmade book rack that I would date to the 1940s with my favorite Scottie theme.  I imagine it was made from a kit and includes flaws like the very visible screws and holes drilled in the wrong place, but that made it more lovable to me.

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When we got in the car, my daughter handed me something she had bought as a remembrance of our trip.

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It’s Roseville and the chips (which I don’t mind) made it very affordable.  I love the little dog lapping up the spilled milk.

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On the way home, I was telling my daughter I had seen a small “Made in Japan” Dutch planter which I talked myself out of buying.  Later that evening, she came out with another package that she was going to save as a Christmas gift – the planter I wished I had picked up.

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This was a very successful day.

One week of our staycation we went to a favorite restaurant (Grand Finale in Glendale, Ohio) and our favorite local antique mall (Ohio Valley Antiques in Fairfield, Ohio).  We’re at these two places so often, I didn’t think about taking pictures.

Last week we visited an Adams County, Ohio, store.

The first week we stayed local with lunch at our favorite barbecue restaurant (Eli’s in the East End of Cincinnati) ….

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…Stopped off at Avoca Park in Terrace Park …

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…and did some antique store browsing in Milford, Ohio.

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I’m beginning to really love this staycation idea.

Collectibles of the Week–Memories of School Days

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I  have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years.  Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some are inherited, some were purchased at antique malls and 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.  Each wek, I’m going to pull out an item and post COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.

The day after Labor Day will always mean the first day of school to me, even though my grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been in school since the third week of August.  It just seems appropriate for school to begin again in September.  I brought out my antique granite ware alphabet plate (pictured above), made in Austria.  My daughter painted the old-fashioned school scene.

Birthday gifts one year were this 1930s era pencil box with the Scotties along with a little case that has a 1929 postage stamp affixed.

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Inside the box are all the items needed to start out a successful school year, including a holder for a pen nib.  We used these pen holders and dipped the pens in an ink hole on our desks for penmanship lessons and adding new spelling words to a thin pad of paper that was covered in oilcloth.

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I’m lucky to have my father’s two arithmetic books which he would have been using in about 1918-19.…

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…and four of my mother’s books with notations from her eighth grade class in 1929-30.

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I loved school from the first day to the last day of the last year and enjoy seeing these old keepsakes.

Collectibles of the Week – Covered Dishes

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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 …

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In September, I take down the chickens and put up the squirrel and acorn …

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In November, naturally, the turkey has the prize spot …

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The mini-dishes which are about 3 inches across the bottom are perched somewhere in the kitchen year around – a hen

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…and a cobalt blue scottie

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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.

 

Collecting Collectibles

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Sometimes I wonder how I’ve managed to accumulate so many collectibles.  Here are two recent examples.

Yesterday, my older daughter and I stopped by an estate/yard sale and rummaged through the small items.  I found this small Hull pitcher for $3.00.  It has a repair on the handle, but I like these small containers for flowers, so that doesn’t bother me at all.

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I worked in an office for most of my life and enjoy vintage desk accessories.  I saw this note/calendar pad for $1.00 and picked it up immediately.

 

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Then I opened it and saw my father’s name “John Applegate” (he passed away in 1978).  That cinched it.  My father kept his harness horses in Barn A at our local county fairgrounds and we thought there was a very slim chance that the notation “BLD A” might refer to him some way.

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I Googled the company name, Shepard & Young Tool Co., and found it was a business based in Birmingham, Michigan, incorporated in 1956 and dissolved in 1986.  It’s not likely, but possible, that someone used this corporate giveaway to make some notes here in Ohio.  Either way, I like the piece which has a 1960 calender.

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So, I have two more collectibles to enjoy.  The pitcher will be used throughout the summer for the fresh flowers that my daughter arranges and the desk pad will set right by my computer with a refill of fresh paper.

 

Collectibles of the Week–Tiny Bisque Dolls

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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 have a small assortment of little bisque dolls (2-3 inches tall), all gifts from my older daughter.  I love the tiny bride and groom in their late 1920s clothes.  The groom wears gold-rimmed glasses and has a wonderful coat with tails.

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These two little girls might be standing outside the church watching the newlyweds come through the doors.
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This is a wonderful collection of Dutch figures.

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Dutch items always go up in my kitchen in January when I’ve taken down the Christmas decorations and the other little cuties are in other spots in the house throughout the year.

Collectibles from the Butler County (Ohio) Fair

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I  have so many wonderful collectibles acquired over the last 80+ years.  Some were gifts, some were part of my life growing up, some are inherited, some were purchased at antique malls and 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.  Each week, I’m going to pull out an item and post a COLLECTIBLE OF THE WEEK.

My collectibles this week are from the Butler County (Hamilton, Ohio) Fair.  This has remained one of our favorite fairs for over 50 years because it has never changed from being an oldtime county fair.  My only complaint about the present-day fair is they no longer have harness racing.

One of my favorite collectibles from 14 years ago is a coverlet with all of the things I love about a fair – horses, farm animals, displays, the midway, fruit and vegetable exhibits.  It comes out every year to display on the couch and usually winds up wrapped around one of the grandchildren.
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Another favorite which I’ve had for about 20 years is an original photograph from the year they built a new grandstand – 1913.  Click on pictures to enlarge.

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In later years I received a gift of a copy of the complete panoramic photo of that glorious day in Hamilton.

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I love the old touring car and all of the dressed-up clothes the people were wearing.

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From about the same era, I have a Ruby Glass tiny cup with the inscription – Butler County Fair – 1915.

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My older daughter and I visited the fair yesterday to check out the exhibits by her and the younger daughter.  They accumulated a pile of ribbons including a blue ribbon for the younger daughter’s knitted shawl and a Best of Show for the older daughter’s crocheted doily.  It’s the 164th year for the Butler County Fair and it’s still the best fair in our area.

Collectibles of the Week–1930s Keepsakes

 

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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.

These are two collectibles that I remember seeing over 80 years ago.  The parrot wall pocket (marked “Made in Czechoslovakia” hung on the wall of our one-room flat in downtown Cincinnati.  Mother had very few “collectibles”, barely getting by on my father’s WPA salary in the midst of the Great Depression.  I wish I had asked her where the wall pocket came from originally – probably one of her better-situated-financially aunts gave it to her.  I can remember when I was a toddler, Mother would take the wall pocket down and give it to me to hold while I fell asleep – kind of a security blanket.  She used to play a hand game with my little sister and me that involved a song about “Dicky-Bird, Dicky-Bird, fly away” and we called the wall pocket “Dicky-Bird”.  Mother would say, “Now, take Dicky-Bird and go to sleep”, while she sat nearby rocking my sister and singing one of her well-loved ballads like “Barbara Allen”.
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Somewhere along the line the parrot was dropped and broken.  I don’t recall ever taking anything else to bed with me.

Mother was very proud to have owned a brush just for me and my curly dark hair, and kept it at hand to also brush my little sister’s straight blonde hair.

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It’s made of metal and  the back shows a lot of brushing went on at our place.

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What amazes me is that Mother managed to hang onto these two items through many moves, three devastating floods and for almost 60 years.  They were passed on to me when she died in 1991.

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Lillian and Mother – 1933

Collectible of the Week – Stuffed Scottie Dogs

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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.

To begin my weekly collectibles posts, I’m going to start with the last one I received.  My daughters and two grandchildren spent last week in Washington, DC, and brought back this wonderful little stuffed Scottie dog from the White House gift shop.  It’s named Fala after the Scottie that President Roosevelt had in the 1930s-40s and one of the reasons I’ve always been attracted to Scottie dogs.

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During my childhood, there were Scotties on everything – clothing, decorative items, toys, linens, etc.  I’ve never owned a Scottie dog but love them as they’ve been represented through the years.

I already had a shelf full of stuffed Scotties from previous years and brought them down to dust off, photograph and feature.

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Scottie in kilt (bought at a Celtic festival 15 years ago), Yomiko Classics large Scottie with shaggy hair and soulful eyes, (birthday gift ca 1990s)

 

Small Scottie with Mary Engelbreit tag (bought at the Mary Engelbreit store in St. Louis ca 1980s), large Scottie (a birthday gift ca 1990)
Small Scottie with Mary Engelbreit tag (bought at the Mary Engelbreit store in St. Louis ca 1980s), large Scottie (a birthday gift ca 1990)

I feel happier whenever I look at one of these wee bonny pups.

Grandma Moses Canister

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One of my favorite collectibles to get out at Christmas time is a canister that we found in an antique shop about 25 years ago.  It’s a large metal canister with a Grandma Moses scene on the outside.

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A few years ago, I found a copy of an ad which offered a Free Grandma Moses Canister with the purchase of a 3-pound can of Spry.  The ad is dated February 15, 1959.
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I was a former P&G employee, loyal to Crisco, but I know I would have grabbed this tin with a painting by one of my favorites, Grandma Moses, if I had seen it.  I always get the canister out at Christmas time, insert a can of coffee in it, and keep it on my stove close to the percolator.

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