I’ve been a California girl for over 30 years now but I look forward to my annual visit to see family members in New York some 2,700 miles away. It is a tad bittersweet though. So many of my family, including my beloved mom and gram, are gone now, but there’s my dad, a favorite aunt and a few cousins that make my trips a delight, along with my youngest brother who joins me from another part of the country.
I can count on lots of good conversation, food, wine and antiquing. For my antiquing I have a couple of go-to spots in my small hometown where I know I will find good stuff at reasonable prices…and this trip was no exception! I found a great selection of smalls to bring back.
Curious what qualifies as a small?
They are definitely no bigger than a breadbox. Most sell for less than $2,000, and some for under $50. They tend to be between 70 and 200 years old. And if they fulfill these criteria, they can be just about anything, from a silver nutmeg grater to a matchbox made out of the remnants of a samurai sword. Such is the world of ”smalls,” a category of antique usually greater in personality than size or price. – “The Big Business of ‘Smalls'”, New York Times
Here are a few of my favorites from this trip…a large Victorian celluloid mantilla hair comb with red rhinestones. Isn’t it striking?
I love all things wood and this small antique painted wood dumb bell was so charming and ready for a new home!
This old leather railroad conductor’s wallet/folder, though well worn, intrigued me. I had to buy this one. Hoping some train buff loves it too.
I adore sterling silver jewelry and this vintage Siam dome ring is a perfect “everyday” ring. At size 8 it’s too big for me, but perhaps it would fit you.
This odd bit is actually an old copper or bronze bar pin. It has a most intriguing design and feels a bit brutalist to me, though brutalist jewelry is mid-century and this closes with a C clasp (1890s-early 1900s).
Math anyone?? This 1958 Math Magic game was a Salvation Army find for less than $2! Not a small, but too good to pass up.
In the end, these all fit in my suitcase with a few other finds and three bottles of delicious New York state wine! All in all, it was a fabulous trip, but a bit sobering flying into San Francisco airport through the haze of wildfire smoke and later watching the devastating news. Praying for safety for those still in harms way.