Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Vacation Vintage Finds

Week one was spent at 1515
No cousin weekend, everyone cancelled on me but Mr. came over on Saturday for my birthday and we had a nice relaxing day together.
But cousin Karen and I have been out hunting as you saw in my previous post.

Last Friday we went to Champaign and I show you some pictures.
One place was going out of business after 45 years and everything was 50% off.
here were the picks from that day

this Christmas Mustache Mug was marked $39 but was 1/2 off

usually Christmas dishes are marked Bavaria or Austria so I was pleasantly surprised to see it was French.
The elderly store owner asked about my collection as we discussed it I noticed this hanging by the check out
a Nickel Plate train ticket.
My Grandfather worked on the NP and I have a small collection of his items at 1515 in my Dad's bedroom so I thought this would be good to add to it.
As I took it down the lady said "Oh honey you can have that"
how sweet of her but she was not done
she came from around the counter and gave me a package marked
"Christmas mice"
I want you to have this too!
In the car I unwrapped this and memories flooded back, I had the girl mice somewhere at home? Memories of buying Christmas trinkets as a little girl.
What a nice lady she made my day!

at the place with all the color coded booths I got this for $3, a seasons greetings box full of these Merry Christmas matches.

But look at this!
Copyright 1915
And what a great little book it is to plan a Halloween Party
Full of games, things to write for fortune tellers, plays, poems.

It is just adorable!

Happy to find these little pottery vases I collect for my kitchen window.

But there was shopping in Charleston too!
Looks like they are going for $50 or more so I was happy and it is in perfect shape.
I also got a yellow bowl that goes with my yellow hostess set and a round pixie in pink

$4 for a planter was great too!

Found these at a little garage a lady has open at her home on Saturdays

the pretty little basket was $3 and the toothpick holder $1.75
one more
brown transferware gravy boat for $1.75
to add to my collection 


But then sometimes things come to you.
Cousin Karen had things she inherited
she wanted to know if I was interested?
Oh MY!

Never used!
I paid her $40

Then this!
14 pieces of Fostoria!
square and round nappy's, plates,creamer and sugar.
I happily paid $60 for all of it.

But the best new thing was.............
Handmade by my sweet cousin Karen
she is about my 5th cousin and we met each other when I was the Charleston Riot Chairperson but we love being together and she has been such a blessing in my life.
What could be better?

What was your favorite thing in my new finds?

Friday, October 14, 2016

OH I Love This Color Wheel!

Vacation= Pyrex hunting!
My cousin went to a antique mall in Champaign I had not been to.

Oh my!

I can not believe the number of Cosco carts and table and chairs they had.
Just love it when antique dealers set their booths up like this!

alot of yellow Pyrex hostess sets.
Loved the cart in the front on the left

How about some Pink!
the gooseberry Pyrex was $160 set.
I have the set minus the smaller pink bowl that I am still hunting!

Now for some......

Balloon Pyrex chip and dip was $145! 
they even had a old turquoise bottle of Melmac cleaner!
Look at that gorgeous turquoise table. Everything was in such great shape.
I think I just stood there in awe.

Hope you enjoyed.
Yes, I have found some finds and will share soon.
One huge place was going out of business after 45 years.
The lady was so sweet she kept giving me things free!

Tomorrow is my Birthday and we are going on a "Chicken Run" today.
Amish restaurant that has the best all you can eat fried chicken.
Then shopping in Arcola/Arthur.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Oneida and Fostoria Made Melmac?

A trip to my jeweler to get watch batteries turned into a grand discovery!

Fostoria and Onedia made Melmac dishes?

I have used the same Jewelry store for over 20 years. They have been in business since 1936 and are a 3rd generation business. They use to also be in the bridal business and I got my wedding dress there also.

Recently the owners wife passed away. I miss seeing her smiling face, and she always wore a flower in her hair. Since they have been in business that long, do you remember when we got married we purchased our china, crystal and wedding rings all at the jewelry store?
Her son has taken over the business and is in the process of going through things.
In a back room they had drug out boxes from the basement.
Do you want to see what we have Ann?

I spotted the white melmac immediately! My friend has been looking for some. Here was a entire set, plates, bowls, cups, saucers serving pieces in pristine condition..........NEVER USED.
When I flipped them over and saw 
I was astonished.
I quickly was calling and texting my friend

then I spotted the turquoise!
My friends favorite, flipped them over and saw
I thought they would look good with the white
the pattern is Retro Chalet and is from the 50's.
Yes these have been sitting in storage since the 50's!
I picked up all 60 + pieces for my friend for $1 a piece.
found information on line about them

I felt like Mike and Frank unearthing things that have been boxed away for 60 years!
Are you wondering if I got anything?

Fall Onedia melmac
only 3 dinner plates, platter, one cup and sauce, 2 sizes of bowls
great design creamer and sugar
$20 for all mine
Love the fact they are new, never used and vintage.

I need to go back, why?
American Fostoria with the stickers still on
Picked up 3 plates and this saucer

The use to have my blue Fostoria Navarre Blue
but could not find any
But if you like Navarre they have plenty of creamer and sugars
or some assorted glasses
they even had more fostoria like my Mom's holly
clear plates with etching.
another table had 1980's stoneware sets, Candlewicking, coin glass, fostoria juice glasses, candlesticks! It was overwhelming.

and these I thought were Blue Ridge dishes at first
they had a creamer and sugar
the company went out of business in 1957 before I was even born!
I need to go back and really spend sometime there.
They also were bringing out vintage jewelry and I bought a beautiful brooch for $20.

It was wonderful and sad at the same time.
I wonder what Mrs. Butterfield would think? 
I guess as things went out of fashion they went to the basement.

My friend is delighted and plans on using them.

How about a kitten update?

Pounce shows a interest in helping with my blog posts!

Jasper is enjoying the cooler weather and the windows open

But they are great buddies

found the asleep in a storage bin 

Last week we were in Chicago for my cousins wedding

she was beautiful, yes that is the groom looking at her with adoring eyes.
5 of the 7 of us were together again
Winkler cousins

Mr went with me.
the next morning we had a great breakfast at 
Southern Belle's in Plainfield
check out that omelet!

Vacation started today.
Love fall, my birthday is a week from Saturday
so that means.....Cousin Weekend!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Think Back When You Pass By..........

When You pass by a sad looking house, remember it was once someones beloved home.
It was once a home filled with laughter, tears, the smell of home cooked meals.
Do you pass by one?

Under the porch eaves little girls had a tea party

even the kitty cats called in home

they played in the green grass the surrounded the brick home

the lives of a family were the center of that home
 hope dreams wishes
were imagined on the porch

There are many of them we pass

who peered out those windows?
who walked the steps?
who cared for the lawn?
who sat in their wheelchair on the porch and spoke to the passerby?
who was pulled away from the picture window by her sister just before it broke during a tornado?
over 100 years has passed.........
some stained glass is still there, some has disappeared.

families gathered on those steps
flowers were planted

Stop and look and imagine sometime
The sad of now once was happy then.
Please look at me, don't throw me away.

The first home was of my Grandmother's cousin.
The second home is of my Great Grandfather's sister Emma.
How I wish both would be preserved for a new family to enjoy once again.