Sunday, August 20, 2017

My Summer Mantel Display: The Jersey Shore, Vintage Style!

Well hello there! I am happy to be back on my blog again after a brief hiatus called SUMMER!

We were so busy with the store, vacations, summer camps, etc. Always a good thing! We even found time to go treasure hunting! (An even better thing, right, my vintage lovin' pals?)

With all of that behind me now I wanted to do a post on my summer mantel before I change it Mid-September.

This is my ode to the Jersey Shore. Not the Jersey shore you saw in a raunchy reality TV show, but the REAL Jersey shore I've known and loved. Born and raised in NJ plus doing a four and a half year stint working at a local TV station for the Atlantic City/Wildwood area, I grew to love my time spent there.

So, whenever I find vintage NJ beach themed items, I pick them up. I have sold some of my Ocean City, NJ things but to tell you the truth, those are hard to come by.

I love mixing old aqua glass bottles with shells, books, etc.

This year I decided to also add in my Philadelphia Magazine pictures. I do think these are original covers that were mounted on foam core.

I love them and barely take them out of my office for fear of damaging one as they are dated 1910.

If I ever get a beach house, these will be framed and used for wall d├ęcor.

I also thought this little "beach chair" was too cute and had to be added to my vignette. The plate and vase souvenirs made out of china are fun to collect and are perfect for my mantel.

I love the deep navy blue of this pitcher.
I also get a kick out of the caption:
"Bathing in front of the big hotels."

Is that what we are doing? Bathing?
But then, I remember... we are wearing
bathing suits.

This is a close up of a small portion of a vintage painting... it sits below the mantel on top of the fireplace insert.

Hope you enjoyed my "little tour" of the mantel... stop by and say hi if you have a chance, I've missed chatting with all of you!
While all of the souvenirs in this post are from Atlantic City, here are a couple of other posts I've written about Ocean City, NJ ... just click here and here. 

And while you're at it, you might enjoy this poem by Ogden Nash, titled Seaside Serenade. I wrote a post about it.... Just click here.


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Jill, I've been missing you! Love your Jersey Shore mantel! The souvenir's are fantastic! So much fun to look at!

rush said...

What fun your vignette is! Lots of wonderful memorabilia of a time gone by! Thank you for sharing.

I recently saw a picture of some relatives taken long ago. Those people, when they went to the beach, they sat on the sand in their "Sunday" best, with their hats, gloves and high heels. Amazing! Their place was most likely on the beach of Lake Erie, because they lived in the Cleveland, OH area. It also looked like it was cold, too. Times have changed.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Jill I LOVE everything about this! Such memories -- we went to Wildwood for family vacations MANY times. I still remember the 'souvenir' shops and begging for all of the little trinkets for my parents to buy me! BOY I wish I still had those things! I'm pretty sure I had a fan like the one you have! I love those magazine pics and the way you displayed all of these treasures. Hard to believe summer is coming to a close . . . sad sad sad :(

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

So glad to see you pop up in my email! I just love your mantel. You have captured summertime at the beach perfectly. Those magazine covers are quite special too.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Hi Jill -- I wanted to let you know that when I tried to reply to your comment, it said your email was invalid?