Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lacy Lovelies

As a historical costumer I've learned a little about lace, at least enough to recognize the good stuff. I came across this handmade battenburg lace doily at a garage sale. I think I paid 10 cents for it.

Unfortunately it has some stains that I haven't been able to soak out. I think it's beautiful anyway. Speaking of Battenburg, I need to repair the lacing on my tablecloth. Not a hard repair, I just need to do it. Along with a hundred other things LOL!

This bobbin lace doily came from a thrift shop. I spent a lot of time (and money!) at the thrift and antique shops this winter.

One of these days I will excavate my sewing room and drag out the lace trim to show you all.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Im In Love

Garage sale season has started in earnest so it's time to dust off the blog. I found a beautiful pink milk glass bowl yesterday and I am in love with it. The guy running the garage sale gave me carte blanche to pick through the containers in the garage. This beauty was buried deep in a plastic bin in a tiny bathroom.

Jeannette Glass Company Shell Pink Milk Glass Lombardi Bowl

How much? $1.50!
A couple of pickers showed up at this garage sale. They were a marvel to watch. They were very fast and were very good at spotting the vintage stuff. They beat me to the cheap cast iron plant stands but Miss Amateur here beat them to the milk glass.

I did most of my hunting Friday. It seemed like a fine thing to be able to go on a Friday as I am usually working. But thanks to Spring Break and a tax return I was able to go out and have a great time.

I added to my china collection. I really should stop though. I over-loaded my cabinet that I keep my china in and had to box up most of it. I'm eyeballing the closet in the media room thinking it would make a great place to put shelves to hold my hoard.

This was a set of 7 dinner plates and 7 bread and butter plates. $3.00 for all.
It has a pattern of white on white with platinum trim. I tried to capture the pattern but couldn't quite manage it.

8 dinner plates, 8 B&B plates, 2 berry bowls $5.00

I've been entertaining myself at the thrift and antique shops while waiting for garage sale season to start. I finally have a silver tea set! The tea pot came from a thrift shop, the rest are garage sale finds.