Sunday, August 4, 2013

Summertime Finds!

Oh my goodness! I don't think I'll ever be able to top my last post that I did on an Historic Illinois Town! It was a record breaker for me! I have had almost 800 people view it and have 41 comments so far!! Now that's exciting for me and my little ol' blog for we have never had that many of either!
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 more from the same place! You know how I love Victorian domes, well when I saw this Frenchy plastic pink one I knew I had to buy it for my daughter's room! It is from the Juicy Couture store, retail price $68 and I got it for $2! And the mirror it is reflecting in is a full body mirror that I bought at the same place because my daughter wanted it for a dance mirror. $10. The walnut stand is not a new piece and lives downstairs but came up to visit for this post!


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

24 comments:

  1. Gina, what great treasures you've been raking in!
    My favorites are the gorgeous fruits. I collect the stone fruit, but now I might have to keep my eyes peeled for some lovely beaded pieces like yours. I also love your calling cards, so romantic! And that holder is to die for! Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  2. Hi Gina,
    What amazing finds you have. I especially love the teapot and teacup. It is hard to believe that people can sacrifice all of their pretty things at such a good price. I love treasure hunting and I am lucky my husband loves it too. Take care,
    Karen

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  3. Good heavens what a find of treasures. I love treasure hunting too. I went out yesterday to do that, but so many places want a fortune now for some things. I am looking for deals, who isn't? I will go out today and look out further into the country areas. I do love the linens and that pretty unique teacup that is square. You have a wonderful blog and glad that more people have found that out too! Happy Sunday
    betsy

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  4. You truly got a lot of treasures for a great price!!! Lucky gal! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Gorgeous treasures and what a price! Thanks for sharing this beauties! Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  6. Oh how lovely,so many treasures at such great prices. Love them all especially the tea set x

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  7. Lovely! I especially like the teapots:).


    Blessings,

    Kim

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  8. Oh my goodness what wonderful treasures! I love all your tea finds! Enjoy!

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  9. Gina,

    Thanks for visiting my blogspot and leaving a kind comment:). To answer your question, I am hoping to learn how to weave hair so that I can do presentations on the art form. Trust me, as soon as I learn how I will be posting about it:).

    Blessings,

    Kim

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  10. Hi Gina. Wow, you certainly got some beautiful things and congratulations on the amount of lookers on your last post. That is way more than I have ever gotten..Happy Monday..Judy

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  11. Hello Gina, great finds I see. My favorite are the tea pots. I just saw similar fruits at a flea market this weekend. Enjoy your finds and thank you for always leaving such sweet and kind comments.

    Hugs,

    Janet

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  12. You hit the jackpot! Such lovely finds...love the old red books!

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  13. It is so much fun to collect treasures on holidays - you always remember where they came from and the special time you had! I have really enjoyed perusing your blog! Thankyou for sharing your beautiful things!
    Jennelise

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  14. Oh Gina you got a lot of treasures,love the tea pot set first
    and the waxed fruit, it all looks just like it will fit in your Victorian house just perfect
    I want that blue & white tea cozie for my tea pot
    oh and those old calling cards are so sweet I have a few and my sister has a scrapbook full
    like the Betsy Johnson pink head also

    you got a lot of stuff girl

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  15. Gina,
    So many treasures!! All so beautiful!! Love all of them!!
    As for the light fixture in my Powder Room, it was a discontinued model but they do still have it on their web site. Here is the link:
    http://www.epscostore.com/bathroom.html
    It is the one listed for $54. I bought mine at the store itself which is here, only 5 minutes down the road from me. The medicine cabinet was also bought at a local store and it was the last floor model left and i do not know the company that made it. There was no sticker or anything on it.I buy all my wall paper border on Ebay as it is much cheaper there.
    I am so happy with how the Powder Room came out. I think it has that turn of the century type of look. Any more questions, just email me!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  16. What amazing finds! What a great thrifting summer you've had! My daughter is coming home from Boston for a few days later this month and we plan to spend one day doing just that - hitting second hand stores, etc.!

    Thank you so much, Gina, for your kind words on my dad's tribute post. The meant so much!

    Donna

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  17. Hi Gina! Oh, I loved seeing all of your pretties! That ornate corner shelf is beautiful and those tea things! You did very well. The waxed fruit is so lovely! My mother had some of these and I wonder now what happened to it.
    Thanks for popping in to see me and I'm trying to catch up since I've been gone.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  18. Great pieces! So happy about your Historic post! Always a pleasure having up you share at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  19. Such great finds! My favorite is the brown teapot with the blue flowers. So delicate looking! I just found your blog because I love the Victorian style too, my house is a 1900 Victorian bungalow. I am a new follower. Please feel free to visit my blog if you have a moment!
    -Khammany

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  20. Oh, my word, Gina! So many wonderful finds - I am loving your tea set finds because you new this lady and will treasure them as I am sure she did - that corner shelf is wonderful! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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  21. Dear Gina,
    Those are the prettiest tea cozies I have ever seen!!!! What a bargain as well. Love your little garden hut too. I bet there will be some grateful fairies moving in.
    Ruthie from Lady B's Time for Tea

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  22. I am truly loving your finds - especially the teacup! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  23. Hi Gina,
    What wonderful finds! I really like your little tea set; so pretty! The tea cozies are nice too. Now, about my Anne of Green Gables Tea next week! You do not have to share anything related to Anne if you do not wish to or if you do not have anything like that. I welcome any teacup, teapot, coffee things, teascapes and tablescapes. Thank you for coming to tea and enjoy the rest of your week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  24. Hi Gina! Thanks for your sweet comments on my tablescape.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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