And it helped that it was featured on 2 blog parties too!
I want to thank Cindy over at DWELLINGS for featuring it on her AMAZE ME MONDAY party.
And thank you also to Sherry at THE CHARM OF HOME for featuring it on her HOME SWEET HOME party!
And now for this post...
I have saved all my Summertime finds for this one post. Nothing major, just little things I bought from here and there. So I hope you enjoy the vignettes I created for these finds of mine.
I like to collect vintage souvenirs of places I have been. A very Victorian thing you know, to have souvenirs of your many travels in the parlor. The places I have been are not very extravagant though but oh well, it's still fun.
Pictured below is a seaside vacation postcard (the shell lifts up to reveal a small photo of the town) but what's funny is that there is no beach in Mason City, Illinois and I have not been there but I have been to a beach.
The three little dishes to the left of the postcard are St. Louis Zoo souvenirs. All 3 made in Japan. The tiny little giraffe plate is the size of a half dollar, so cute!
The floral cup and saucer is a souvenir of Meramac Caverns here in Missouri. I thought the teacup was such a pretty little thing with its elegant gold handle and hand painted flowers. I got the embroidered hand towel at the same mall but from a different dealer and look how good they look together!
The salt and pepper shakers are from Disney Land in California. I am not sure how old they are, but I do know the park opened in 1955. Pictured on the front is Snow White's Castle and on back are a Victorian looking man on one and a Victorian lady on the other. And behind those is a little Washington D.C. plate.
I had my eye on the below walnut carved corner shelf for a couple of years now and when I went in to that antique mall and saw that it had been marked down from $45 to $20 it didn't take me long to grab it!
I hung it up in my bedroom and brought up my Old Paris vase to put on it.
I was introduced to vintage wax fruit from Richard at My Old Historic Home, he had a big bowl full of it and I loved it! So by picking up a piece or two here and there I ended up with enough to fill my banana bowl and more...
And there's more fruit! These were popular back in the 1990's and are still being made but are not as pretty as these older ones. I got this bunch for a couple of dollars at a place where I volunteer, it's kind of like a thrift shop. Pictured with the fruit are two Thanksgiving postcards that I bought at a Postcard Show and Sale this Summer. I liked the berries on the cards.
At the same place I bought this little garden hut looking thing for my back flower garden. It now shares the bed with the Foxgloves (not blooming), the black eyed Susan's and the Cone flowers.
And NOW... for my teatime finds! I went to an Estate Tag Sale and got the below partial tea set! I paid $4 for it. It has an Austria mark on the bottom. Some of the linens pictured are from her sale also.
I bought the German tea tile from the place where I volunteer for $2. It has pretty white lilies on it.
A view without the tea tile...
and a view of the sweet little sprig that adorns the back of each piece...
Can you tell I really like this set?! My blogger tea friends are rubbing off on me! :)
I got these books from this sale too. The two with the pretty red binding are copyright 1903 and were part of a series. I only got these two, Elsie's Womanhood and Elsie's Children by Martha Finley. I like the embossed pansy bouquet on the covers. $1 each.
The Great Circus Street Parade was also $1. The seller had bought it back in the 1979 at the Circus Hall of Fame in Sarasota, FL. (I would love to see that!)
This is what the first paragraph of the Introduction in the book says...
"What was a circus street parade?
It was the greatest, most alluring form of advertising ever conceived by man-Madison Avenue included. The circuses used the parade to entice townspeople to the showgrounds whee the sights, smells and sounds of the tented city were simply too delightful to resist; they then purchased tickets."
And then the book shows all the beautiful detail and splendor of the chariots and wagons used in the circus parade during its golden age. All the gilt and gold leaf scrolls and swirlies! Beautiful!
Starting in the 1920's the first circus parade was discontinued. Circus owners complained that the traffic signals ruined their parade by breaking it into segments. The cities/towns said they could not afford to have traffic tied up by a "slow moving horse drawn pageant". and that the heavy wagons were cutting up the asphalt paving in hot weather. By the 1930's a circus parade was a thing of the past.
My mom got all these calling card, shown below, from an auction and gave them to me. I might add a few to my calling card holder and the others will go in my scrapbook.
As for the rest of my finds, you will have to wait until I do a post on my Victorian dollhouse makeover to see those items. I'm having so much fun with that house! While I was taking out the bathroom in my dollhouse to make a bigger parlor my husband was ripping the carpet out of our master bath and putting down faux marble ceramic tile. I will post about that later too!
Thanks for visiting and have a great week!
I am joining the following parties, please come join in the fun.
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy at DWELLINGS
A RETURN TO LOVELINESS with Kathy at A DELIGHTSOME LIFE
WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY with Patti at IVY AND ELEPHANTS
TREASURE HUNT THURSDAY with Pamela at FROM MY FRONT PORCH TO YOURS
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy at a DELIGHTSOME LIFE
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry at THE CHARM OF HOME
SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY with Cindy at MY ROMANTIC HOME
PINK SATURDAY with Beverly at HOW SWEET THE SOUND
TEATIME TUESDAY with Sandi at ROSE CHINTZ COTTAGE