Die Cut Scrap

I was pretty excited about finding this wedding-themed embossed die cut sheet at a small town antique mall last week. It’s in great unused condition and is such a fun addition to add to my ephemera collection of old cards. It also might be fun framed and displayed with my small unintentional collection of wedding cake toppers. It measures 9″ by 13″ and was printed in Germany by AGP Co.






If you want to learn more about die cut sheets called Victorian Scrap visit Austin’s post here. Not a bad find while I patiently wait for sales to start.

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A Few Thrift Shop Finds

Yesterday was cold and we had a blizzard warning in the forecast so, after dropping off my kids at school, I headed out to run some errands. For me errands usually means also sneaking in a few thrift store stops. Even with the schools dismissing at 12:30 because of the weather, I was able to sneak in a few finds. At Goodwill I found 3 pieces of pale blue Wedgwood jasperware to add to my sister’s lovely collection. My total was under $4.00 for the 2 small plates and trinket box so my sister was very happy. It was just starting to snow when I snapped these pictures.

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My next stop was Salvation Army where I found a large Chalkware dog. My guess is it dates to the 1940’s and was given out as a carnival prize.

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My last find is a needed sign of spring. This extremely kitschy Easter decoration is made of a hand blown egg. One side is open with a glittered interior and two mini plastic bunnies inside. The outside of the egg is decorated with an ornate gold ribbon trim, straw flowers and has a white plastic base.

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Warmer weather has to come soon. I can’t wait for garage sale season to start.

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Weekend Finds: Black Glass Plates

This weekend I had a chance to hit up three of my favorite thrift stores on the way to see Tammy and Austin. My husband was along for the ride and I could poke around while he wrangled our two kids. Yes. Not a ton was found, but I did add to my black glass plate collection.


This plate shows a mural from Peoria, Illinois, originally housed in the Great Central Insurance Co. It depicts “crime punishment and prevention from ancient times to present day methods.” You can see cavemen, Hammurabi, Roman Law, Queen Elizabeth and so many other references. What a topic for a decorative plate.


Shortly nearby were two more. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find so many other plates, let alone pirate-themed ones. The above plate is very thorough in giving details and amounts of sunken treasure.


Legend of buried pirate treasure? Sure, why not. All of these have a signature on them but so far I have come up empty handed. If I can figure it out I’ll let you know. I’m thinking of hanging them all together somewhere. This collection is getting a little out of hand but I’m going to roll with it.

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Slim Pickins

You may have noticed the radio silence on our blog last week. Unfortunately it was the result of a thrifting dry spell we’ve fallen into. The schizophrenic late winter weather we’ve experienced lately has put a damper on not only thrifting and tag sales but also our abilities to complete any projects to show you. Sigh. You’ll have to settle for this one measly find—and technically Tammy is the one who found it so I can’t even take credit for that.


Dansk Kobenstyle cookware always makes me happy and I rarely say no to a piece. When Tammy texted me a picture of this bright yellow casserole, I predictably didn’t say no.


Kobenstyle was designed in 1956 by Dansk resident designer Jens H. Quistgaard and was an immediate success with the original production run lasting 30 years.


Elegant and sleek, the enameled steel cookware is defined by its signature delicately welded handles and curvaceous silhouette. The handle of the lid is designed to allow it to be used as a trivet beneath the casserole when serving.


Kobenstyle was discontinued completely in 1985. The black bottom and “France” stamp would indicate that this piece is from a fairly late production year as opposed to earlier years which had colored bottoms and may have had a “Denmark” stamp (first year of production). You can read more about dating Kobenstyle in this post.


So, that’s my puny haul, lovely as it is. I hope some of you have been finding some great stuff in this winter lull. If so, please share! We love to see what our readers are hauling home.

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A Mixture of Finds

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This past weekend I found just a few smalls finds. The three items in the image above are the contents of my haul. Not very exciting, right?

This old glass bottle is not in great condition but that is what I liked about it. It almost has the look and feel of sea glass that has been rolling around in the ocean for years. So pretty!


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The 1950s Dwight Eisenhower “I Like Ike” campaign clip-on is for my son’s presidential campaign button collection, for which he has informed me to only buy the buttons reading, “I Like Ike.” He doesn’t want to collect the other ones I have picked up over the last year. He is only 6, so maybe when he is older he will like them all.

The antique photo will be added to my growing collection of tiny portrait pins. The back of the frame has a patent date of May 31, 1898.

These next finds I picked up here and there over the last few weeks. A ceramic bird container, an antique hat pin and a cool old wooden butter mold.

photo 1 (49)I know very little about butter molds but I couldn’t pass it up at the amazing price I paid.

photo 2 (50)But my favorite find over the last couple of weeks was this extremely heavy, all metal, vintage card catalog. Luckily, it comes apart into 5 sections for moving, but don’t let that fool you, this thing is still crazy heavy! Sorry for this bad picture, I took of it right before it was loaded into my car. It’s going to be stored in my garage until I decide where it to display it.

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I’m sure I will have no problem filling all sixty drawers!

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