Sunday, March 4, 2012

Vintage Finds Stack Up


The local estate sale scene has finally picked up since the lull right after the holidays. There were so few sales in January, I nearly went through withdrawal. But, these past couple of weekends, I've scored a number of new treasures.

I'm sharing a few here today. I'll share more in a future post.





Got both of these nice vintage suitcases for a 10 spot. They're in excellent condition, inside and out. The insides are nearly impeccable and the big one has all the original hangers attached. Best of all? They don't even have a hint of that dusty, musty and moldy smell that so often accompanies old luggage.

I'm going to put these fine, old girls to work storing and hauling some of my craft projects.



But, right now, for purposes of sharing with all of you, I've temporarily loaded up the suitcases with some of my other recent finds. Lots of wonderful linens, some handkerchiefs, a vintage frame and a sweet vintage two-piece rabbit mold.

My favorite hanky is the yellow one with the crocheted trim. It reminds me of my grandma, who crocheted borders on all of her Sunday-best hankies. How a farm woman who, with my grandpa, raised several kinds of livestock, grew several commodity crops, tended a large garden, cooked, baked and maintained a house had time to also be a prolific crocheter, is a marvel. But, I digress. Someday, I'll tell you more about the remarkable woman who was my grandmother.








A nice red checkered tablecloth with tiny green rick-rack and fringe and two terrific flour-sack tea towels will be super additions to the summer kitchen. Also found the sweetest little hand-crocheted vintage baby bonnet in perfect condition and a pretty embroidered dresser scarf.



Admittedly, I've never used a mold in the kitchen for anything, so I don't know exactly what type of mold this nice little bunny is. All I know is that when I see something this darling for a buck, I'm not going to pass it up. It's not small--about 10" by 9"--and it's in excellent condition.

The old wood frame features some nice scroll work and will be nice to have around for a future project.

Still to come:  my husband expands his small, but growing, collection of vintage cake carriers.

Stay tuned . . .

Make it a great day!

24 comments:

  1. great finds don't you just love it when luck shines on you and cute things make their way to you? if these are future projects I can't wait to see what they turn into but some of them are just to sweet as is

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  2. ooo i love all those linens. i'm a sucker for that kind of stuff. i especially love the one in the bottom picture with the veggies. such a great color scheme.

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  3. We had suitcases like that when we were growling up only in green. I wish I still had them. Love the vintage textiles, I always buy them when I see them especially the crocheted hot pad. Laura

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  4. You scored some great stuff. I can't believe the great condition those suitcases are in. The ones I buy are usually rough on the inside an smell awful. The linens are so lovely.

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  5. Those suitcases are just fantastic! You really DID steal them -- haha! And the linens are like candy -- beautiful! (And thanks for the word for spacing words out on a piece of paper -- justified -- haha--- couldn't remember that for the life of me!)

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  6. OMG- What great finds.I have never seen suit cases in such great shape. And all the linens-love them, I collect linens too.I think the bunny mold is for baking (?).Thank you for sharing, Anna

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  7. I think that bunny is a chocolate mold-just in time for Easter.It's a nice big size too.

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  8. What great finds, Ann! Love all the wonderful linens...and the suitcases are in such nice condition!

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  9. I love the patterns and colors on vintage kitchen textiles and those flour-sack tea towels look like they've never been used. Really takes me back to my Nanny Goat's (my grandma) kitchen, a very favorite place in my memory. Now if the cake carrier you mentioned looks anything like the one I lost of hers I'm going to be sooooo super envious! Great finds.

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  10. Whoa thats really gorgeous suitcase you have their, great find! Got pretty collection of hankies, love the red and teal one.

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  11. What great finds.. Love the suitcases
    Bristol

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  12. Great finds! I like to find things that will do double-duty, and the suitcases fit the bill. I have two of my mother's old cases (from her honeymoon) and I store old toys in them.

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  13. Love the old linens, there is something about the fabric that jsut says "love me".

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  14. You found some really nice suitcases. Great other finds as well, especially the variety of linens.
    Mary Alice

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  15. I grew up with luggage like that and linens like that. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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  16. so fun! I am getting anxious for more estate sales to start up too. I did go to one a couple weeks ago that was in a warehouse!! :D fun! My parents had a luggage set like the one you got- I always remember as a kid they had little blue chalky disks in them that were like a sachet. Only I thought they looked like Necco wafers and tried one. blech! lol!

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  17. Great luggage!! Always a bonus when it doesn't have "that smell". :)

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  18. Wow!! Those are awesome set of luggage!! I'm keeping my eye out for a good one...at least one:D I'm definitely interested in seeing your husband's cake carrier collection. I came across a neat one at the antique mall not too long ago and contemplated started my own collection:P What does your husband do with them...will that be revealed too? :D

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  19. Love those suitcases. And that aqua and red tea towel really caught my eye. Love those colors!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  20. You have some luscious reds to stow in that suitcase!

    Ruby Fruit

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  21. Love your vintage linens, my weakness. Beautiful!

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  22. I just came across your photo from the linky party at Very Merry Vintage Style and I just had to check out your blog when I saw two of my favorites (vintage linens and suitcases)! Sweet!

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  23. Beautiful suitcases. They'll be great for storing all your craft supplies and look fabulous doing so! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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