Monday, June 18, 2012

Thrift Report: Nautique

I've noticed that some of my vintage finds over the last several weeks have a kind of nautical feel, which I love for summer. You know - to decorate my little beachfront vacation cottage. {Okay, maybe not. But a girl can dream, right?}

A cute little Georges Briard ice bucket in a shiny navy vinyl with white handles and gold toned hardware.

A 1960s-era Syroco wallhanging of a sailing vessel.

Another set of pretty blue goblets ~ perfect for a glass of wine on the porch in the evening! (Overlooking the crashing waves, of course. ;)

A coastal scene paint-by-number.

A pair of brass sailboats:

This second one is actually a brass wall plaque, with a ring on the back. I can totally see it hanging above the door of a beach or lake house!

And I've shown you this throw blanket before, but wouldn't it look amazing with all of the above?  I'm definitely having a navy and white moment -- so crisp and summery!

That's all from here. I hope everyone has a lovely, warm, productive summer week!


Linking up with:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Thrifty Love at Cap Creations

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Little Mid-Week Treat

Only my fellow vintage-lovers will appreciate this. I got home last night after work and what did I find sitting on my counter?

Vintage Cathrineholm. With lid!  Talk about a midweek pick-me-up....

Apparently the vintage fairies had made an unscheduled stop at my house. (Thanks, Mom!)


Monday, June 11, 2012

Thrift Report: Fun Finds

Just a few fun, random thrifted finds to report this week!

 I love this cheery little brass key hook for a mud room, beach cottage, etc.

A cute little acrylic memo/receipt holder with some retro typography.

A "bulletin ball" pen/pencil holder, probably from the late 60s/early 70s. Remember these?

A pretty, vintage modern hand-blown glass vase. It's more of a navy color in person...I am tempted to keep this piece!

An atomic-era gold-toned fruit basket. I love the balls on the ends of the handle and feet.

And finally, a cute little set of three white ceramic elephants, because you know how I love a good elephant. These came out of an estate and they were one of those finds that were covered in so much grim I couldn't even tell what color they were. Just look at them now!

There you have quirky collection of finds from last week. Wishing you all great thrifting luck this week!


Linking up today with these great blogs:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures

Friday, June 8, 2012

Weekly Highlights

Sometimes, especially during my busy summer season, I feel like time gets away from me. It’s such a cliché, but I can’t believe it’s already the end of the first week in June! In an effort to live more “in the moment,” to help me preserve some memories and more intentionally reflect on my days, I thought I’d start a new Friday series called “Weekly Highlights." I'll document some of the pleasant things, big or small, that have a positive impact on my week. 

This Week's Highlights: 

  •  The gorgeous, breezy, just-warm-enough days. It makes me feel like I’m at the beach, even here in landlocked Indy.

  • Popsicles. I bought a box of the old school treats for the first time in a gazillion years the other day when I burned my tongue and needed something to soothe it. Seriously? Were they always this good? 
{Photo via here}

  • A sweet friend-of-a-friend mentioning that she’s a fan of my blog. I’m still such a blogging newbie that it’s a total and complete thrill to realize anyone reads this stuff!
  • “Siri,” my new “personal assistant” courtesy of iPhone. Mainly, I am in love with being able to say “Wake me up at 7:45. No, wait, make that 8:10!” rather than fumbling with my uber-complicated alarm clock. It’s the little things that make me happy, folks. Plus, I programmed her to call me "goddess."  (What? Is that weird?)

  • My vintage nautical crocheted blanket got featured in a gorgeous treasury on the front page of Etsy yesterday! It’s always fun when that happens, because I’ll suddenly notice hundreds of views on my shop all at once and have to sleuth a bit before I realize why.

  • Parenthood. I know…it’s kind of sad when a television show is a highlight of your week, but I can’t lie. I’m hooked. A friend slyly got me addicted by slipping me seasons 1 and 2 on DVD, and I subsequently watched so many episodes back-to-back that I had to set a timer (Siri!) to remind myself to stand up and stretch periodically. If you haven’t seen it, give it a try. I absolutely love every. single. actor. This family is so quirky and yet real, you’ll fall in love with them.

  • My beloved boy Gus treed a cat last night. A neighborhood kitty was in the back yard when I let Mr. Gus out for his nightly constitutional, and before I could blink, she was perched on a branch 30 feet above ground with Gus snarling and trying to climb the tree trunk. {So glad he's chubby and slow!} Thankfully the kitty managed to make her way down sometime overnight, but not before I spent a long night worrying, creeping around the base of the tree with a flashlight, and contemplating calling the fire department. Finding her gone this morning was definitely a "high!"
{Guarding the tree, and taking it very seriously.}
  • I'm also still on a bit of a high from last weekend's epic yard sale trip, which is definitely the BIGGEST highlight of my last seven days. Here's one more find from that trip that I forgot to share in my earlier posts:


This stunning chartreuse Abingdon vase is one of my favorite art deco pottery forms. Another $1 find from last weekend...I'll probably sell it, but I'm loving gazing at it in the meantime! Definitely a highlight.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, relaxing weekend full of many highlights and memories! 


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Restaurantware, I Love You

I was so excited to find these "mystery plates" during the Historic Highway 40 Yard Sales last weekend!

I could tell by the weight, feel and design that they were vintage hotelware or restaurantware china. I didn't recognize the logo, though:

I glanced at the price....25 cents per plate.....but ended up putting then down and walking away. Random sets of plates don't sell that well in my shop, so I'd made a vow not to succumb to their charms unless they were sure-fire sellers (jadeite, Fiesta, Blue Willow, etc.).

I browsed the sale for a bit, but couldn't take my mind off the plates. At the last possible second, I wandered back over and gave them a second glance. They were in perfect condition, appearing unused; I loved the bright aqua border, the cool logo, and the peaked shape around the rim; they'd look awesome with my everyday Fiestaware if they didn't sell; and they were only a DOLLAR for the set!  Clearly the only choice was to buy them, right?

Sunday night, while vegging on the sofa recovering from my weekend of mega yard-saling, I decided to research the plates. I know that vintage commercial china can be super difficult to identify unless the logo clearly includes the business name, but I decided to give it a try. There was always a chance that the logo was for an obscure club, school, or company and not a restaurant or hotel, but I gave it a shot anyway.

I knew the plates were Syracuse by the stamp on the back, and I was able to pinpoint the era of production (late 60s) via this fantastic site.

The logo, however, eluded me. I couldn't think of a well-known hotel or restaurant chain from that era with the initials "MW," and I had absolutely no other clues to go on. What does a determined soul do in such a case? Turn to the most basic, random Google search, of course!  I searched for "vintage MW logo," and came up with this!

On Flickr, someone with the account name "jonrev" had posted an old, unattributed photo of the Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, IL from 1965. And do you see it? On the right? It's the logo! Right above a sign for....that's right.....MONTGOMERY WARD!

As soon as I figured it out, it seemed so obvious. Montgomery Ward department stores had cafeterias and lunch counters. I actually ate at one as a kid (yes, I know that dates me). And yet, I'm pretty sure I would never have come up with that on my own if not for jonrev's photo!

I don't know why, but I'm even more excited about the plates now that I know where they came from. I'm such a history geek; knowing the provenance of something (even if it's super humble, like in this case) is important to me. I still can't decide whether to list the plates in my shop, or keep them -- such is my weird attachment to them.

Vintage hotelware and restaurantware is such a cool snapshot of Americana, in my opinion. I have another set of three Hotel Belvedere (NYC) plates in my shop right now:

They're older and definitely not in mint condition like the MW plates, but I still think they're as charming as can be. If they don't sell, I may have to keep both sets and start a collection. (Just what I need...another collection! ;)


Linking today with:
 Vintage Thingie Thursday at ColoradoLady!
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Thrift Report: Get Your Kicks on Route...40?

It was an amazing thrifting weekend here at Tatter and Fray. You might even say epic. Possibly my best vintage-hunting experience ever.

A few weeks ago, I read about the upcoming 9th Annual Historic National Road Yard Sale. It's one of those "World's Longest Yard Sale" kind of events that have popped up across the country over the last 10 or 15 years. I've never attended one, though I've always wanted to. I had no idea there was one so close to where I live!
Historic Route 40 Sign

Also known as the Old National Road, this four lane highway runs from Maryland to Missouri, and passes right through the center of some of the prettiest little towns I've ever seen. For the last nine years, a woman in Dublin, Indiana has organized an epic yard sale on the weekend after Memorial Day that spans from Baltimore to St. Louis. For the last nine years, I've managed to miss any and all information about this sale. Until THIS YEAR, that is!  This year, I heard about it. I put it on my calendar. I decided that, weather permitting, I would check it out. My hopes weren't high...I envisioned a few clusters of sales here and there with miles and miles of bleak interstate in between. In short, I had no clue.

My mom graciously agreed to accompany me on this adventure. We set off bright and early Saturday morning, with near-perfect, cool and sunny June weather. We headed straight for Highway 40, which runs right through "Antique Alley" in central Indiana.  ( did I not know about this?)  We weren't three miles outside of Indianapolis when we ran into our first Highway 40 sale. And it only got better from there!

{That's my mom in the teal sweater, checking out some vintage milk glass.}

{The vibe along this stretch of Hwy. 40 is authentically retro. Not a chain store or a fast food place for hundreds of miles.}

{I didn't notice the pig statue in the background until right now. What a massive missed photo op!}
{This town rented booth space on the courthouse square to residents to set up yard sale tables!}

{Architectural salvage or be the judge.}
{Old school snacking.}

{Entrepreneurial spirit at its most charming}

It was, in a word, amazing. The perfect mix of junk and vintage; of vintage dealers and regular people selling their treasures; of rural and small-town. I loved every moment. Next year, I'm spending at least two days; maybe three. It basically goes on forever...hundreds, possibly thousands of tag sales stretching across the country. It's overwhelming and awesome at the same time.

And finally, here's what I picked up along the way:

There was so much out many sales we missed, so many things I passed over. I could do a whole separate post on the things I passed up....the golden yellow Dansk lidded casserole for $6; the huge box of antique glass-lidded canning jars (including at least four blue ones) for $5. When you're faced with SO much incredible vintage, you start to lose perspective. Your head starts to swim. Still...I'm happy with everything I bought. Here's the breakdown:

Vintage rose vase in a pale green slag glass, $1.

Two jadeite saucers in the Fire King "Alice" pattern and one lace-edged milk glass plate. $3 for all (I talked them down :).
Vintage water pitcher with ice lip and red bakelite handle. Marked $5; got it for $3.
I'm pretty much in love with these restaurantware plates ~ 4 for $1 ~ more on them later this week!

Early green stoneware pitcher -- McCoy I believe -- with a little chip in the spout. I won't sell it in this condition, but for 50 cents, I still had to save it. I'll clean it up and put it in my own collection.
This big aqua iced tea glass matches a set of three that I already have. I've been looking for a fourth to complete the set FOREVER! $1

Two gigantesque brass deer. The price? Brace yourselves....$1 each.

Vintage glass ice bucket with chrome handle. $2. The handle has some rust, but I think I know a trick to get rid of it.
Two vintage Leonard egrets or cranes. I've never seen a set before with the black enamel treatment. Love them....$4 for the set!

My first purchase of the day... mint condition marked McCoy planter or bowl with a grape pattern on its original 60s-era stand. $4

A bunch of silver barware. They will all be used to complete existing sets. $4 for all. find of the day, an art nouveau style brass fireplace screen. I spotted this one on a side-street sale as we were driving by, screamed, and made my mom go around the block so I could check it out. It was $20, which is more than I spent on anything all day. I intended to talk them down a bit, but this was the only seller all day who was unfriendly, so I just paid the sticker price.

Well worth it, don't you think? I don't have a fireplace, so it's going in the shop, though I'm enjoying gazing at it while it's here!

Well folks, there you have the highlights of my epic Highway 40 adventure. I can now confidently recommend partaking of any of these multi-state sales if you have the chance - what a blast. Thanks to my mom, who did all the driving; my job was to scope out the sales and yell things like, "for the love of God, stop!" when I saw something good. All in all, a fantastic way to spend a Saturday!

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