Monday, March 4, 2013

well loved.

While a lot of people like vintage,
I think there is definitely a differentiating point between them.
Those that enjoy vintage items, and then those
who take it a step beyond and like what others might consider
 a lil more on the "junky" side.

You can guess what category I fall into.

That is to say, things don't have to be in great condition
in order for me to love them.
When I was buying one of my finds from this week,
the cashier said "Oh, I love when things look used and loved!"

I know just what she means.
My favorite finds from this week fall into that category.
But I'll save those for last :)

I guess you could say that my vintage Disneyland souvenir plate collection
was really started and inspired by my kids.
Seeing it through their eyes really makes the magic of it 
come alive in a new way.
So now, when I happen to come across them at a good price,
I add them to our collection.

This tiny one is so cute--
and who can resist Tinkerbell?

This wooden double heart decoration is going to get upcycled somehow.

 A vintage game from the 1960's, Mille Bornes. 
I just love that it's called the "French card game craze."  :)
I'd never heard of it before, but apparently it's still made today.

I think the card illustrations are pretty cute.

A glass storage container and teeny little owl figurine.

I love vintage badges.

A kitschy tiger to repaint.

I'm not crazy about the frame, but once it's repainted 
this will be much better!
I "love" the 60's/70's feel it has with the lettering.

Something about this little pair sharing an umbrella
really charmed me, so I bought this for my shop.
Living somewhere that gets a lot of rain, I guess you could say I sympathize!

Now we'll begin the trip into junky town!

I can't pass up religious figurines if they have a certain shabby appeal.
I never pay much for them, so I always feel like I'm "rescuing" them in a way.
I've mentioned it before, but my grandma had figurines like this when I was growing up,
and I love the personal meaning they hold for me beyond the obvious.
You'd think I'd have tons, but so far my collection is still pretty small.
I'll stop at some point I'm sure, before things get scary...
you know, figurines on every surface and such. 
But not yet.  ;)

 I like the crackle on this one,
and the fact that she has red, heart-shaped lips.
A little unusual.

This one is a bit more subdued and serene,
but just as pretty.

I bought this (circa 1900's) book, "The Perfect Woman," from an estate sale--
even though, as you can see, its condition is far from it.

It's subtitled "Perfect Womanhood for Maidens, Wives, Mothers:
A book giving full information on all the mysterious and complex matters pertaining to women."
I mean, how could I not buy it?

Seriously though, I love the glimpse books like these give
into what life was like...even when odd or just disturbing.

It has some really lovely illustrations.

And a few strange yet imminently fascinating ones.

 Don't you love the swirly old handwriting?

This is a really cool, dinged up, rusty
and scabby little trunk.

The colorful stickers caught my eye.

I could imagine this trunk belonging to a little boy way-back-when.
Being filled with treasures like little metal cars, favorite rocks, etc.
Without thinking about it, I bought these two textbooks
and they seemed to really capture that same charming vibe.

Maybe it belonged to someone like this guy?
Freckle-faced, cute, and a little mischievous. 

By the way, is it just me, or would this text have been titled
"The Air Around Us" today?
Even that seems old-timey. 

 It has such cute illustrations in the corners...

...and all along the bottom of the book, some little elves 
having many adventures.


 Another battered trunk. Yeah!
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

And lastly, something that I found just so so so adorable,
despite its imperfections and missing items:

a vintage Toll House cookie set!

As you can see from the photo above,
there are quite a few things missing.
But what is there is so cute!

Hard to read, but this says
"Kay Stanley's Sugar Sprinkles."
Kids must've been more careful back then.
My kids would have ripped open every package
on the first day ;) Ha!

The wee cookie pan was still there, though.

The cookie cutters...

and more sprinkles.

Such a darling little cookbook.

I'd have to say that my favorite item, though,
is the little box of Cut-Rite waxed paper.

With waxed paper still inside.

How about you?
Do you go for the junky sometimes, too?

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Liz said...

Oh wow - where do I start! So many amazing things in one post. Love the book for women - fascinating! But I think the kids toys are just wonderful. Well done for finding this lot!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Jolene Forrester said...

I'm a sucker for anything with funny retro graphics, no matter what shape it's in. You picked some real winners here! said...

WOW! So many great finds!! Milles Bornes--- we played that almost everyday in 7th grade french class. My teacher was lazy. :)

Vintage Coconut said...

Yup! Junky all the way OVER HERE.
I love vintage, Kitschy, Junky .... (Well not actual garbage... but you know what I mean. *haha*) You found so much fantastic stuff HOLY HECK!
I would have been over the moon with your finds.

Cameron said...

Wow, what a treasure trove of days gone by!

Iprefervintage said...

Junky? No, I see what was.

Other times I see potential and what something can become.

I think you have a good eye. Some fun items there.

Katie said...

Great finds - as usual! Hard to choose but I'd say my favorites were the little mini trunk and the freckled-face boy... oh and the tollhouse set too!

Eartha Kitsch said...

That cookie set is completely blowing my mind! Incredible. That little chalkware boy's face looks SO much like Jackie Cooper when he was on "The Little Rascals". If you don't remember him, please check him out on Google images. I thought it was supposed to be him because they're so similar.