Category Archives: Vintage Goodies

February Ups and Downs

Here in my part of the world–Silicon Valley–the weather has been too good! It should be chilly and rainy. Instead it’s been dry, sunny and reaching temps in the 60s and 70s. Things are blooming too early. I have three Razzle Dazzle witch hazel bushes (really more like trees) which are now happily in blossom…

Artisan-Made Lovelies

While vintage stuff is a passion of mine, fabulous artisan-made items are a close second. Finding handmade quilts, paintings, jewelry and pottery make my heart pitter patter. In fact my oldest daughter and I have a standing date for our city’s annual clay and glass festival which is a feast for the eyes. Last year…

Buying Rust: The “Frank & Shirley” Brass Tray

I promised myself…no more buying rusty metal things unless they look better that way, like these antique rusty cast iron bits which for some reason I adored. And then a few days ago at my neighborhood Goodwill I found a huge brass tray–20 inches long and nine inches wide with chain-style handles. It was fabulous! But it had…

From a Tomb and Sweet Things

It’s not often antiquities pass through my hands, but recently a friend gave me this little box of old (really old) enchanting Egyptian bits and bobs that belonged to her grandmother. (Thank you dear friend.) It was her grandmother’s handwritten note that intrigued me the most: “From an Egyptian tomb 6000 years old – 1884.”…

What I Bought, What I Didn’t, What Sold

I’ll admit I had this large aluminum “chip and dip” roulette wheel thingy in my basket at Goodwill. I thought it was kinda fun, but as I continued to shop I changed my mind about it. Yes, it was nicely made (by Metal Works, India), but it wasn’t vintage and it is big (13.5″ diameter)…