Snag » Private Stash All Found. All Vintage. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Happy Spring! Wed, 30 Mar 2016 21:14:24 +0000 It’s a wonderful feeling knowing warmer weather and garage sale season is right around the corner. This past month I did find a few Easter goodies worth sharing. First up is a circa 1930s paper mache bunny candy container. He came from an antique store my family made a quick stop at while taking a mini-spring break vacation.

Paper mache bunny

My other Easter scores were found at a Salvation Army. I was super exited to find these beauties waiting for me in a cart being brought out from the back. The cart had been full of items and when I walked up to it only a few things were left sitting in the bottom. I asked the person stocking the shelves if I could have them out of the cart, He responded with a smile and a “please help yourself, then I won’t have to put them onto the shelves.” I collected them up quickly and thanked him!

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From the cart came a glass bunny candy container nibbling on a carrot. He was priced under $1.00! 
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An amazing pre-WWII lithographed paper mache egg. This had price tag stickers holding it closed so I waited until I was home to remove the stickers carefully so not to damage the old paper image. I was hoping for more paper mache eggs nested inside but instead found the metal egg.

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A surprise metal egg with great graphics was nested inside the paper egg. Not to shabby!


But the best out of bunch, only priced at $1.99, was this large antique glass egg! These victorian era eggs are blown glass and handpainted.  Happy dance!

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Private Stash: Frae Scotland Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:18:04 +0000 One of the reasons I like thrifting and finding small things is the ability to glimpse into the past. I was cleaning out a bookshelf and found this little pouch I purchased at a flea market ages ago for $0.50.


Why did I purchase it? Who knows. But when I got home there was a little surprise waiting for me.


A set of gift tags from someone named Irene. Apparently these were very important to the little girl who received them and she saved them for over fifty years.


Even the customs declaration from Edinburgh! The weird thing is I found the lady who Irene was sending gifts to from the magic of the internet and she just celebrated her 85th birthday. I love these little reminders of how important people are to each other. Happy Friday everyone!

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The China That Almost Was Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:29:26 +0000 Today I drove by a few signs saying, “BIG SALE!” Normally, I have at least one screaming child in the car and don’t stop. But this sale was seriously two minutes from my house and I decided we would conquer it.

There was quite a bit of nonsense, but I did happen upon this beautiful set of china. It had a complete twelve place settings except for one teacup.


Sorry for the crummy picture. You’ll see why I don’t have a good photo.

Now, normally I’m not a china person. For some reason, this pattern called to me. They looked like orioles, my husband’s late grandma’s favorite bird. They were the family’s great aunt’s, and probably around ninety years old. We worked out a great deal and I went to work packing them up and took them to the car.

If there’s one thing about Iowa it’s that everyone knows everyone. This great aunt was from a small town and I was going to write down her name and do some research and see if I couldn’t find out a bit about her. While I was waiting for the family to write down the name, the eldest of six siblings showed up. They introduced me and said I was buying aunt so and so’s china, and the sibling started crying and shaking. She had reserved the china as something she wanted and it had accidentally been placed in the sale. What?

So, I drove away with it as fast as I could. Just kidding. I helped her unpack it and told her it was no big deal. Thank goodness I hadn’t left five minutes prior. Here’s hoping I come upon this pattern again.

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Weekend Finds: Barton’s Ice Mints Tin Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:07:50 +0000 Well another weekend has past and another room is wallpaper-less. Remember the snow geese?

Mudroom Built Ins

I’m a little disappointed there wasn’t a better image of the wallpaper before (I must have disliked it that much), but here is a closeup for the scrapbooks.

Snow Geese Excellence

And now this is what the wall on the right looks like.

Mudroom Progress

Even though taking down the wallpaper is the most time-intensive part of the process, I’m dreading the patching. See what happened next to the door? I’m not even sure what all that nonsense is. There were three layers of wallpaper in some places. It can only improve from here.

So that’s what happened to me this weekend. And I did want to share a little gem I found at a thrift store.


It was so brightly colored you couldn’t miss it.


Another Barton’s tin! If you remember a long time ago I found one and wanted to keep my eye out for any others. Lo and behold this little guy was only $0.25. It is now holding my bobby pins.

BartonsTin_3What about you all? Any big finds over the weekend? Are you partial to snow geese?


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The Mysterious Art Deco Lamp Wed, 07 Jan 2015 05:23:05 +0000 Over the holidays I received a package from a friend and client. She has been over to our first house a few times and knew I was a psycho enthusiast for all things vintage. There was a nice note saying this piece was her mom’s and sat up on a shelf in their house for many years. She had thought it was so neat since she was a little girl and wanted it to go to a good home where it would be loved.

What I received is beautiful and mysterious.

Helen Dryden Lamp

This lamp had been rewired and had new felt and no markings. I searched for “metal Art Deco face lamp,” “silver lady lamp,” “1930s lamp no one can photograph because it’s so reflective” and found nothing. I told Tammy about it and sent her a crummy picture. She emailed me back twenty minutes later with a link.

My husband jokes I don’t know how to Google anything, but I think Tammy is just magic.

This chrome-plated lamp was designed by industrial designer and illustrator Helen Dryden in 1937. Tammy was equally excited to see Ms. Dryden also illustrated several Vogue covers. She was a very successful designer and even had a hand designing the interior of the 1936 Studebaker Dictator and President vehicles.

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Helen Dryden’s Vogue catalog cover in 1921. From

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Helen Dryden’s Vogue catalog cover in 1913. From

This piece has such an interesting history and I love that it is from a dear friend. Now to find the perfect place to display it.

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Private Stash: Vintage Wrapping Paper Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:07:33 +0000 With the holidays quickly approaching, the Snag team is going to take a break until the New Year. I am currently knee-deep in making my son’s present: a Wild Kratt’s creature power suit complete with power discs. Anyone else’s kid obsessed with this PBS show? Anyone?

We usually give our son one present from us and one present from “Santa”. We have never lied and said Santa did this or that, but merely the books we read featuring Santa and the stories he hears from other kids have him wondering and believing. While all of our other presents are wrapped in colorful “new” wrapping paper, I’m going to wrap his Santa present in, you guessed it, vintage wrapping paper. It will magically appear in the middle of the night.

Here’s a few selections of my vintage paper collection. And they’ve all been cheap. About $0.25 a pack!

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My favorite is the snowman one by far. How about you?

Happy hunting and we will see you in 2015!

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The Aluminum Tree Conundrum Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:11:26 +0000 This weekend we finally broke out my vintage aluminum tree. I bought it last year and was pretty excited. After measuring each branch to figure out exactly how to put it together, we put on all of the vintage ornaments I had scored from the year before.

Hanging Ornaments

Look how big my little four year old looks! Suddenly he feels like he is ten. Luckily his stuffed animal Froggy is in the picture and I can cling to the memory of his younger self.

Aluminum Tree Ornaments

After all the ornaments were hung I was feeling good about our tree this year. And then I noticed this…

Aluminum Tree Skirt

What’s that? You don’t have a tree skirt? Don’t mind the industrial aluminum braces hanging out at the bottom of the beautiful tree. So last night I searched Etsy and Ebay for a tree skirt and everything was decidedly…kitschy. Not that I mind kitschy sometimes, but with this tree I feel it needs something more modern.

Hopefully this weekend I’m going to get crafty up in here and make a modern skirt. You will be the first to know if it is a success or a failure. If only this was still available:

Jonathan Adler

Thanks Jonathan Adler for selling this last year and not having one available this year.

In the meantime, what are you all doing for a tree skirt? Do you have your Grandma’s appliqué skirt? Sheepskin rugs? A basket? A mound of presents? Please comment and share!

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Private Stash: Vintage Snow Books Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:41:44 +0000 Today marks an important day (at least to a four year old) in Iowa: the first day it snows. My little guy woke up and exploded into our room so excited about snow. Usually I go all bah-hum-bug when it comes to snow, but his enthusiasm was infectious. We’ll see how that continues into February. Don’t even get me started on February.

Along with celebrating birthdays with vintage books, I also have a few books celebrating the first snowfall. My favorite is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Snowy Day CoverThis book is so sweet. Our 1962 original copy is falling apart at the seams so more than likely I will need to find another one at a used book store. This book won a Caldecott Medal, and if you ever want to find quality vintage books, look for the golden Caldecott seal.

Snowy Day Tree

My son got all sorts of ideas on exactly what to do in the snow other than run around and get cold. Yes, he found a stick and smacked a tree.

Snowy Day Hill

And yes, he slid down a hill. The illustrations are just gorgeous.


Snow by Roy McKie and P.D. Eastman is another classic, also published in 1962. My vintage copy bit the dust so I ordered this one, which is a 1993 reprint.

Snow Skiing

One thing that usually differs from the original copy is paper quality. This one has considerable bleed through since the ink is so saturated and the paper so thin. Oh well, it still gives my son ideas for snow play.

Snow Fridge

I’m giving this one a couple months before I find a snowball in the freezer.

Snow Snowman

And he was really upset with this page. This will happen too I’m sure.

Snow White Cover

Ok, ok maybe this is a cop-out, but I didn’t have any other kids books about snow. My 1937 copy of Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs is in pretty good shape. It’s the Brothers Grimm tale, not the Disney movie, so you know things are going to get creepy.

Snow White Forest

Dark animal-infested forest? Check.

Snow White QueenEvil queen? Check.

Snow White Dwarfs

All seven dwarfs looming over a sleeping Snow White? Check.

Snow White Prince

Snow White Wedding

Although at the end I have to say I’m a little disappointed in Brothers Grimm. I won’t give it away, but I expected something a little more gruesome for the Queen.

Any vintage books about snow that you recommend? Does anyone else save up books like this or am I the only one with way too many books on hand?

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Vintage Halloween Cardboard Cutouts Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:51:36 +0000 With Halloween only a week away, I decided to share my small but growing collection of Halloween die cut paper decorations. I found my first two pieces last year. I’m guessing they date from the 1950’s. Over the past summer I picked up two more. Yeah!


A large owl and a black cat sitting on the moon.


I snagged both of my newest additions at a church rummage sale this summer. This first one is a mad tom cat with jointed front body, hind legs and tail. He was made by the Beistle Company. This bright blue is his true color.



And last is this smiling black cat wearing a bow tie. His body is made of a large black honeycomb making his face pop out. This cat also has the markings of the Biestle Company.



Hopefully, I can continue adding to my collection this coming year. I can’t believe Halloween is creeping up on us so fast. Happy Halloween!

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Vintage Children’s Birthday Cards Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:07:16 +0000 I love finding old cards, especially when they are still in their original box. I found this adorable box on a table at a garage sale and was pleasantly surprised when I opened it. It was nearly full of old cards. The others, long gone, had been handed out years ago as birthday greetings. The ones that are still in the box are just too darn cute not to share!

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Can you see the Good Housekeeping seal of approval on the lid of the box?

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Inside is a color and cutout lion. What kid wouldn’t love this?

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Continuing with the circus birthday theme is this clown card with another surprise inside.

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Yes! Color and cutout finger puppets!

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Surprise! A mini board game.

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This last one is by far my favorite in the box. Oh I would have loved this one as a little girl!

The cutest little cutout house!

The cutest little cutout house!

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Each card is marked “Made in USA” and made by “A Sunshine Card” company. Printed on the side of the box is a $1.00 price. Can you imagine a box of twenty-one assorted children’s birthday cards with games and cutouts inside for $1.00 in stores today? I’m very excited to use the cards I have doubles of.

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