I was in downtown Tuna last weekend and one of the things I like to do when I am there is to browse the antique stores. I’m always searching for a ceramic donkey planter. I find aimlessly wandering in and out of the stores to be a very relaxing way to pass an afternoon. And it’s just fun to see stuff – dishes, furniture, toys, etc. – that I recognize from my own childhood. I’m not super big on antiques, I like them and appreciate them, but by no means am I a collector.
One of things I find that I’m drawn to lately are antique linens, which kind of disgusts my mother-in-law Cleo. She does not understand why I would pay good money for something someone else has blown their nose into. Yet I do. Here are a few of the hankies I picked up recently. Any ideas what I could do with them other than, um, stick’em in a drawer?
I guess I could have ironed them before photographing them. I wish you could see them in person – very retro and very charming. You would love them, I know you would.
This blue and red hankie is one of my favorites. Love the color combo. Would love to do a powder room in these colors and motif.
These are some aprons I picked up. My Godmother Rose always wore aprons and maybe that’s why I love them so much. The apron on the far left looks stained, but it’s not – it’s actually perfectly starched. Kind of makes me want to put on some pearls, high heels and get out the vacuum. These aprons are much more charming in real life. I have to take the resolution of the photos down to 72 (from 300) so my blog will upload them and it seems to drop the charm factor as well. Don’t know what to do with aprons either. Ideas? No matter, it’s enough just to posess them.
I also like to collect the odd plate which I use, sometimes to display on a wall or in a cabinet or on a tiny easel, sometimes to hold a bar of pretty soap and sometimes, yes, sometimes even on the table. Because I am so very creative. This is “Old Granite” by Johnson Brothers.
I fell in love with these two little pewter bunnies just waiting to hold up a candle. $5. Currently sitting in my kitchen window where I gaze upon it with affection.
I bought this little expandable Mexican box for the boy because I knew he would dig carrying it around and stashing stuff in it. And he does.
And it came with about 12 big heavy duty plastic forks and spoons which will no doubt make their way out to the sandbox. Which is better than my silverware, yes?
Do you antique/garage sale? What kind of stuff do you look for? And what is the psychology behind what you buy? Maybe we should do a carnival and show our wares.