Vintage Treasures

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“The whole thrill of junking is that you just know the next table will have what you’ve been looking for your entire life.” ~Mary Randolph Carter

A few of you have written, asking me to share pictures of my vintage and antique store loot. I went to lunch and did a little treasure hunting with my friend Nancy yesterday. Some of these things were found yesterday, and some of them were found on another excursion a few months ago. Enjoy!

Old books are a passion of mine. Look at some of these titles! I was especially thrilled to find the old copy of Joan of Arc.

My favorite book to read around Christmas time.

“It is not that I belong to the past, but the past that belongs to me.” ~Mary Antin

This will be a fun one to read while gathered around a campfire. Maybe on Halloween? πŸ˜‰

“Each item in a collection has it’s own story, it’s own memory–the search, the day you bought it, who you were with, the vacation…” ~Trisha Guild

My other passion…vintage linens!

I adore white Damansk

I couldn’t believe the deal I got on this Damansk table cloth(pictured above) …it’s in pristine condition and fits our table perfectly!

More red and white!

another collection…vintage tea towels. I’ll be sharing more pictures of my vintage tea towels and linens in my tea book!

Vintage baby dress patterns and an entire bolt of vintage calico fabric.

a vintage children’s weaving loom. Did you have one of these when you were little? I remember making potholders for hours! I wonder where I could get some of those stretchy fabric loops so Gracie could make some? Hmmmm…

Just what I needed. Another purse. I couldn’t pass up the velvet roses!

Where are your favorite places to shop for vintage and antique items? Do you have any special collections or ideas you’d like to share?


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  10 comments for “Vintage Treasures

  1. Chantelle
    October 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Beautiful collections – LOVING the books. Thanks for sharing some personal treasures with us. πŸ™‚

  2. admin
    October 20, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks Chantelle! Half the fun of collecting is the hunt πŸ™‚

  3. October 20, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I LOVE those kids knitty things. I have seen those darn stretchy loops at craft stores and such, I don’t think it would be hard to find at all. And LOVING the purse. Adorable! So perfect for fall!

  4. admin
    October 21, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Thanks Kristina! I’m going to check Michael’s and JoAnn Etc. for the stretchy loops. I thought the purse would be perfect for this time of year too πŸ˜‰

  5. October 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I love to collect Milk glass vases. I have a pretty big collection. I like to try to find ones I don’t already have, so that I don’t have any 2 the same. Once we are moved and unpacked I will take a picture and share. I just love the beautiful lines and that creamy delicious glass…. I need to go flea market shopping! πŸ™‚

    • admin
      October 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm

      One of my BFFs, Chantelle, collects milk glass too! I would love it if you’dΒ take a picture of your collection to share πŸ™‚ I like milk glass too…but my favorite is alabaster. I have yet to start this collection. I seriously don’t know where I’d put it! LOL

  6. Kimber Dunn
    October 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I’m loving all your collections Melissa!!! So much fun! How do you find space to put everything? Do you “cycle” out your collections so you can enjoy each one at a time? Do you ever have things you have forgotten about and come across it later, to enjoy like a new christmas gift? I do that sometimes, and laugh at myself, but it’s so much fun!

  7. admin
    October 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks Kimber! yes it is fun. Because I like to collect things I can actually use, the storage issue really hasn’t been a problem. Most of my vintage linens live in an old glass front china hutch in one of our upstairs bedrooms. My teacups have their own built in china cabinet in my living room. I keep my vintage and antique valentines in antique candy boxes in a seasonal bin in my attic and take them out especially for Valentine’s month (I decorate my house in a Valentine’s theme the entire month of February.) The only thing I’ve had a hard time finding space for are my old books. I have so darn many of them and find it close to impossible to part with any of them. We’re talking about installing “statement” bookshelves in our dining room. πŸ™‚

  8. January 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Just saw this and that you asked me to take a picture… I am going to be moving it soon, out of the China Cabinet that Chris is taking, so I will take a picture as soon as I get them settled again! πŸ™‚

  9. admin
    January 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Sounds great! Can’t wait to see! πŸ™‚

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