buried treasure

silly little clippings

This morning, my husband brought me in a bunch of boxes that, according to the newspaper the contents had been wrapped in, had not been seen by my eyes since August of 2002. (THE SAME MONTH THAT I STARTED BLOGGING!!!) There was so much treasure, like Auntie’s Mel-Mac dishes and Uncle Herb’s Kentucky Scotch Whiskey decanter and 100-year-old bubble glass frame of Auntie, Aunt Moody, and their parents, great-Grandma and Grandpa Grauvogl.

I am so over the moon.

I’ll be sprucing things up and sharing more soon. Some of it I plan to sell on Etsy as I’m totally not invested in the Depression glass or a lot of the other stuff that I have accumulated. The little vases in the photo? I doubt that they are worth a thing, probably soda fountain glasses, but I’m so glad to have those girls back to hold my silly clippings.

[I am logging my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

 

it started out innocently enough

vintage glass and crystal

As I move through the house painting, I am doing my spring cleaning at the same time.

Yesterday, I was taking some of my glassware down to hand wash when I got the idea to put all of my vintage crystal and clear-glass pieces together on the table. Some items, like custard cups, I didn’t bother taking out because they are holding Q-tips and make-up pads and kosher salt. And yarn and crochet hooks. And eyeliner shavings. And holiday lights that I thought would look cool on top of the fridge. (They don’t.)

This is about half of my collection. I am especially trying to identify a few pieces like the gold-rimmed shot glass (?) that belonged to my great-grandmum Anderson. What? When? Where?!

There is also a set of glass salad bowls and a matching serving dish… I have never seen anything else quite like it.

Off I am to sort this all out so that I can move onto tea sets and the Pyrex collections and lots of delicate China.

 

gold-rimmed shot glass

[I am logging my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

crocheted apron

crocheted aprong

At some point, I picked up this tiny crocheted apron. It’s the perfect size for my 18-year-old daughter, not that she wears it other than to politely pose for her mum.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

grandpa + grandma anderson's wedding portrait

grandpa + grandma anderson's wedding portrait

Mary Jane and Garland “Bud” Anderson on their wedding day.

Is Garland the coolest name or what?!

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old’.]

wooden fruit + beer crates

wooden fruit + beer crates

At a tag sale eight years ago, I spotted five wooden crates and nabbed them all immediately. They were a buck a piece. Since then, they have traveled all over the house, being used as bookshelves, to hold craft supplies, and as a pedestal for the snake.

It seems that my man is always in need of a place to unload his stuff, and I’ve not been entirely happy with any of my previous attempts to accommodate that, so yesterday I decided to create a landing strip for him to empty his pockets and toss his boots. I added one of my sets of refrigerator trays to put his change and the odd array of items that he seems to collect.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

help-me-identify-this-craft pillow case

help-me-identify-this-craft pillow case

Last month, I posted a photo of a sofa doily that, at first, I thought had been crocheted. Then, I suspected that it was tatted since I found similar doilies online that can be verified as tatting. Adding to the mystery, I now realize that this pillow case has the same weaving as the more-solid portions of the sofa doily.

What is this craft about which I am clueless?

(For investigation purposes, there is a huge copy of the image HERE.)

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

floral print

floral print

I have considered fixing the frame of this old picture, which hung in the hallway of my childhood home but, frankly, I like it this way.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

champagne glasses

champagne glasses

I have a set of four champagne flutes, but I’ve been hoping to score some vintage champagne glasses for quite some time.

While painting today, I found these in my own dining room cabinet.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

what is "things that hold", alex.

what is "things that hold", alex.

This month, I began a whole-house, repainting and restyling project. It quickly became apparent just how important all the little vintage containers that I have are to attractive organization. I have shifted around dozens of catch-alls already, and I always have a pile of them waiting to be filled. These are my present empty-nesters.

That heart-shaped sewing box? It is another Valentine’s Day gift, which was filled with chocolates, that my grandpa bought for grandmum, much like the other one that I shared.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]

mirror from my childhood home

mirror from my childhood home

When I was 12, my mom had a new kitchen put in the house. For some reason, this mirror was salvaged from over the sink, where I stood looking at it many evenings while doing dishes. The house was sold about 17 years ago. It helps to make my house a home.

This mirror has appeared in my photos again and again and again and again.

[This year, I’m going to log 365 of my family heirlooms and thrifted finds. All items will be considered vintage by the 20-year standard.  You can find all of the entries under the category ‘something old‘.]