Category Archives: Vintage Goodies

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)…

Buying “Smalls” on Vacation

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…

This Way Madness Lies

The other day started off great. I had yummy coffee before going to the gym, lots of camaraderie at the gym and later, on my way home, a bit of fun at Goodwill. So far so good. Then I got a few sales. Super!! But, alas, I discovered that one of the sold items wasn’t…