Monday, January 31, 2011
Welcome to Second Chance Tuesday! Today I'm showing one of my favorite vintage things to find: an old autograph book.
The old hand writing and vintage sentiments are so much fun to read. I just found this book from 1940 and alas, it has sold already before I could write my post about it...but luckily I took pictures of what I considered the best sayings.
May 15, 1940
May your life be as bright
As the electric lights
And your friends as true
As the red, white, and blue.
I love it!
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Friday, January 28, 2011
Powerful pinks pop off these postcards. Neat alliteration, huh? Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers works much better! Moving on...
This dresser set is soooo sweet. I love how the two pin dishes stack right on top of each other and then fit right inside the larger box for storage. Such a great gift idea or maybe for yourself if you want to treat yourself for Valentine's Day!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Today I'm linking up with a Valentine Party over with the French Cupboard.
We are sharing vintage and/or handmade pieces. I think I may have a little of both?
This vintage card (which incidentally just sold this morning) is very old but has me wondering if it was made instead of mass produced.
Pretty maiden in her scarlet pink cloak...
The paper and then the printing inside makes me think it was printed on a printer for the home. But I'm just guessing. Either way it is a neat reminder of a friendships and love!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Spring is Around the Corner: Rose Curtain Panels, Victorian Die Cuts, PARIS Opera Glasses, More Paris Postcards
If you like French themes, you'll love this week's selection:
More real Paris postcards, turn of the century. LOVE these.
Vintage Mother of pearl opera glasses, marked Paris!
I get a big kick out of reading the sweet sentiments hand written by classmates back in the day. This one is from 1940 and chock full of fun and creative sayings. I'll be doing a separate post about this later.
Six panels of cafe or cottage style curtains in a rose barkcloth style. GREAT for making whatever you'd like out of them, or keep them as curtains!
To see the rest, click here.
Monday, January 24, 2011
As for my choice today, I'm running a post from 2008, right before my official "GRAND OPENING" of Bella Rosa Antiques. It will be three years this May 1st. Time has flown!
Anyway, here are some interesting tidbits about paper collectibles:
Ephemera ~ What is it? Vintage Postcards, Letters, Calling Cards...
Everyday we probably use all kinds of paper items that get tossed in the trash. Some people save these printed pieces for either sentimental reasons, or for financial records, or for family history.
How many of you save the greeting cards sent by family and friends? And if you save them, for what purpose? I save Christmas cards for several years and then after awhile, make them into cute and fun gift tags to use on next year's packages. But, this would mean the cards were no longer in their original condition.
So this is what leads me to today's post. Ephemera. That is what this paper stuff is called and the much older pieces are highly collectible today. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the term ephemera means "the printed matter of passing interest." Or dictionary.com puts it like this: "items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, esp. pamphlets, notices, tickets, etc."
Luckily some people decided to save some of their paper items. Really collectible items are things like a Civil War document, a letter signed by a famous person, or a deed to a famous piece of real estate.
My favorites are vintage postcards, letters, old photos, wedding invitations, marriage certificates, calling cards, etc. Some of the beautiful images are still vibrant and stunning to this day.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I've got the winter blues really bad! Here's the "Blue Plate Special Weather Forecast"...They're serving up a heaping portion of frigid temps with a side dish of more snow.
I'm going to survive the week by using my crock pot as much as possible. Delicious smells wafting through my house will perk me up!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Maybe now we text or tweet these things. LOL!
Beautiful rose fabric. This is ready to be sewn into a pillow.
Maybe I should just do it myself and then put it back for sale in the shop?
Do I dare get crafty on y'all?
Hold pens, scissors, other crafty tools!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I had such a great time! Here's just a snippet of what I found and what I listed last night:
Vintage tin with sweet colors and graphics and a pretty sachet bottle.
When I saw this feathered sweetie I did a double take. It reminds me of the pink ruffled fan I sold not too long ago...and fell in love with! I imagine it in the hands of Marie Antoinette? So frou frou and fluffy.
I thought this was a rare find... an antique stereoview card of a newly wedded couple. Romantic as the card depicts them "alone at last!"
Check out my other finds on Bella Rosa Antiques!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Not only is it cool on the outside, it has three compartments for make up inside! Rouge (still intact) , pressed powder, and a neat lipstick holder. So of course my mind starts imagining the former owner using this little cutie at a Saturday football game or maybe at the student lounge. I have such an imagination!
Norwich Univ is a military school. It was probably a gift for a young man's mother?
Either way, it is fun to learn more about it.
It is also available right now on ebay... not in my Bella Rosa shop. I'm not abandoning ship, I just decided to see if I can find the right collector for it. Of course, anyone is free to bid on it... here.
I'm off to work on my other finds ... soon to be listed with more history behind each piece!