I love popping into antique stores at this time of year. If the store does it right, the setting is perfect for that old fashioned Christmas feel, and yesterday was one of those days.
As soon as I walked in I was greeted with antique tables set in the finest of china from years gone by, and sparkling chandeliers twinkling above. And as I moved in closer there before me was a table-top tinsel tree… a Mid-Century Modern aluminum tree! I had my camera and didn’t even think to take a picture of it
But it looked something like this – only without the ornaments.
It was marked at $39, which I think was a good price. But I didn’t buy it. I hope I don’t regret that moment of discipline, because later that day it was gone!
As I wandered through, I did find a few little treasures to keep.
Like this ceramic bowl made in 1952. I’ve been looking for another serving dish, but didn’t want just anything.
I love the swirly shape, and that it’s not too deep. This bowl is a light speckled gray and will pair perfectly with a bowl I have that was a wedding gift to my parents. You can see that bowl and a little story about it here.
And I picked up a few more vintage glass ornaments, which you already saw here.
None of these are Shiny Brites – I checked! They’re from Poland, hand blown glass ornaments like the ones Shiny Brites were modeled after. I actually checked a lot of the ornaments in the store, but I couldn’t find any Shiny Brites.
But the neatest thing was a little side comment I overheard as I was gazing at the treasured ornaments on the tree…
Two ladies were passing by and one said, “Oh look, here’s all the old ornaments like we used to have.”
She stepped in closer and spent some time looking at them, even picking up a few, and then she said to her friend, “They cost so much now.”
In that moment I could sense a little reflection, a visit back to that time in her life. And it was then that I actually decided to buy just a few more to add to what will one day become our own moments of reflection… of this time in our life.
I found another little something to go with the surprise for Kaleigh I mentioned here. I can’t reveal it until after Christmas though
And for a moment I thought I had found the bar cart we’ve been keeping at eye out for. Do you remember Ms Martini Needs A Cart?
This one isn’t exactly what we have in mind. It’s brass, but the style isn’t quite it. And that turned out to be a good thing, because it was pretty wobbly. We actually want to use the cart when we do find it, so wobbly is not good!
After this store I shifted from antiquing to thrifting, and made one quick stop. I wasn’t really looking for anything, just browsing the household goods to see what was there.
And this little dish caught my eye.
It kind of reminds me of a tiny cloche! Can’t imagine why
But I think it’s a mini butter dish.
I’ve never seen one this small. How about you?
I can think of lots of ways to use this dish, and it was such a fun little find. With this purchase my antiquing and thrifting was done for the day… but just for the day!
*Update – see the comment below from my friend Carol of The Design Pages…
And this is why I love to blog. I am always learning something new! Thank you, Carol
How about you? Any plans to shop vintage, antique or do a little thrifting? Are you looking for something special for your own story, a piece that might become a reflection of this moment in time, too?
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