Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hunting for Vintage

I appreciate more and more the beauty built in to the utility of old things.

But when I went out on my flea foray this week, I wasn't thinking to myself, "I need an old stoneware crock with a lid. Oh yeah, and in my favorite color."

But there it was. Priced for chips and cracks. But there wasn't a one. And did I mention a LID!?!? A Pittsburg Diamond #2, for the cost of maybe a lid alone.

Now I HAD been on the lookout for old wooden spools to put my lengths of antique lace on.

They fit nicely for the moment in the creamy bamboo motif McCoy pot from the same shop. So smooth and beautiful with wonderful crazing.

Who even needs the plant? But wouldn't a white Alyssum look sweet in it?

Few things speak to me of a whispered past like old ironstone pitchers. This one is tiny and in bad shape. And has the most lovely details. It still wants to be a laundry scoop, water a leaf in the teeny McCoy pot, or support a bedside rose.

I filled my doily quota a long time ago. Or so I thought. This specimen intrigued me with a technique of which I am less familiar. What's that loopy stitch called? It sure adds a lot to the pineapple design.

A single vintage Euro sham with lovely details hopped right into my cart nice as you please too.

All pristine, with expertly done embroidery and hand-crochet lace.

And finally, this antique etched and cut glass compote in a sort of egg and dart design completed my trip. I'm am very far from an expert on glass. Perhaps you know the pattern?

I've mentioned my recent love affair with this uncolored crystal before. I would simply call the pattern GORGEOUS!

Besides its beauty and elegance, there are a thousand ways to use it. Fruit? Dessert? Flowers? Shells? Soaps? I simply love what just one piece of glinty glass adds to any arrangement of old things.

Give me vintage! Or better still. . .  let me go hunt down my own!


Happy hunting to you too!
Ciao! for now!


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  1. Hello Jacqueline... I like your blog very much. We have similar tastes. I also love white jugs, sea shells, old linens and thrifting to name a few of our similar preferences.

  2. What a great hunt! All things fav is the little ironstone pitcher. That detail on the handle is too cool.

    Enjoy your treasures,

  3. Jacqueline~I so look forward to your blog posts. They are always so inspiring. I agree with you about the enduring quality of vintage stone ware. By the way I love your side board re-do post with the dogs! Where did you come these figurines? Just over time, in thrift stores?
    Susie at Puddle Jumper Creations

  4. Hi J,
    Oh the thrill of the hunt!! I am green with envy, you have scored well!! Love the handle detail on the little pitcher, and OMG those shams, seriously, wow!!! The doiley stitch looks like a bullion stitch in embroidery, maybe someone was clever and combined too styles? regardless it is a unique beauty!!
    Did you notice we are back to posting at similar times? Daylight saving messed us up :-) and we both used Alyssum and sweet in a sentence tonight... funny huh??

  5. Oh Jacqueline, you are a woman after my own heart. What a wonderful collection. Finding the perfect colour for pottery is tricky especially in white or cream...I think you have done it here. Those spools are so interesting. I never thought to look at them that way. My father worked in the textile industry. We used to have cases of old bobbins kicking around our garage. When I see them in the shops now, they are so expensive. I wish I had saved a few...they are priceless. Thanks for reminding me of a wonderful memory :)

    Jeanne xx

  6. Love your vintage whites with all their textures ~ so dreamy and soft.

  7. Jacqueline, I was directed to your blog by a friend. It's so nice to have a friend who KNOWS exactly the kind of things you love...and your blog will be one of those. I can see your McCoy pot filled with an assortment of mother of pearl of my favorite 'white' things. I'm putting you on my list of favorite blogs...pat

  8. Jacqueline ~ what lovely treasures you have found. I LOVE the vintage doily. I have no idea what kind of stitch it is, but it is just wonderful ;-)

  9. Jacquline: The hunt is what I live for! LOL But to come home with treasures! I don't know what's better...FINDING what we're looking for or finding something that you didn't know you needed! Love this post! Happy WW

  10. Oh nothing better than finding a treasure(or 3 or 4 or 5) love them all and your blog too! All the best,Chrissy

  11. How beautiful. I love every bit of it. you scored!

  12. Oh My, what lovelies you found!! Every thing is just wonderfully aged. A very successfuly hunt! Pamela

  13. Awesome finds! And I love the idea of using the ironstone pitcher for a laundry scoop. It reminds me of my late friend, Lena, who would feed her cats in antique china. Thanks for the sweet memory even though you didn't know you were providing it. :-)

  14. Beautiful treasures Jacqueline!
    I love the colours of everything!
    That glass bowl is just beautiful!!

    Pamela ox

  15. What beautiful things you brought home with you. That sham is gorgeous and I love the handle on your pitcher. Wonderful treasures!

  16. yes, who needs the plant indeed! I would rather grow vintage spools.
    Your items are great finds!

  17. Hi Jacqueline! Oh, my goodness, you must have not had to look very hard - look at all your treasures! The big crock is amazing. I've never had one of those. My heart is beating fast as I look at the beautiful crocheted piece you found. I crochet and I don't have a clue what the loopy stitch is! I've never seen anything like that before.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. Excellent finds Jacqueline! I went antiqueing on the weekend too! So much fun!

  19. Hi Jacqueline
    How lucky you were to find just the right piece at just the right price.. now that doesn't always happen.. and I love that euro sham too.. you certainly did well.. all beautiful pieces.. Here in aus.. there are a lot less flea markets and vintage is usually restricted to aussie pieces.. I would go nuts over your way...

    Thanks for popping over my way.. and have a great week.. ciao xxxx Julie

  20. Dear Jacqueline, it's wonderful to see your creamy white vintage kitchenware. It looks like a tiny segment of Provence transported into your kitchen. Some dry lavender stuck into an old battered jug might complete the look. I love the crochets (I've always loved them). People in this country throw them away. I go around hunting charity shops and buy these crochets - I feel they need to be rescued (from getting into the wrong hands). Such lovely things done by hands should never be abandoned like this.

  21. Beauty filled post! Love the dish at the end and I think it would look pretty filled with a mixture of shells and soaps!

  22. Great finds...'what a crock'!!! Robx

  23. Wow, you had a great day, Jacqueline...wonderful finds! I love every single thing!

  24. Jacqueline, what a lovely blog you have. I am having such fun looking through your beautiful photos, and am so glad you commented on my blog so I could in turn come over here and meet you! You have such an eye for pretty things. Love your blossoms in the blue hour - they are just gorgeous!

  25. What great finds! I've missed your posts the last week or so. We had company over spring break and they were ataying in the room with my computer. :(

    Glad to be back to see your glorious posts!

  26. Such pretties you found. I think the more chips and cracks the better in old ironstone....does that make me crazy? LOL

    Enjoy all your new finds.


  27. What Fabulous Treasures.... I Love all the detailed photos, Thanks for Sharing~

  28. Beautiful vintage kitchenware, I lake it!
    Greetings from Croatia.

  29. I thought I scored but I think you have me beat!


  30. I'd say that was one successful day! Fabulous finds...and the doily; amazing! I mean who takes the time to look at the stitches that someone labored over decades ago...I'm fearful that this has become a lost art.
    So glad to see others appreciate those small touches in vintage pieces.

  31. So beautiful! I love cream and white pottery, rustic wood... those spools are darling. Thanks for visiting me over at Bird/Like, it gave me a chance to discover your pretty blog!

  32. i just love all your finds! especially the vintage doiley,sham and spools :)
    fell in love with your blog, i'm a new follower!

    take care,

  33. Beautiful pictures.

    barbara jean

  34. Wow, love the crock with the lid! What a treasure.

  35. what fabulous finds!! Is the doily tatting? It's very intricate like some that I've seen. So nice to have found your lovely blog. Thanks for sharing this at Transformations and Treasures!

  36. Hi Jacqueline,
    Just wanted to tell you that I love your blog...such fun and beauty around every corner :)
    I'm your newest follower and am looking forward to exploring more of your pretty posts...

  37. good morning! Just wanted to let you know I featured your fabulous finds at Transformations and Treasures party this week! Enjoy! :)

  38. Hi Jacqueline, what a lovely post. You really had a successful day of shopping. I love the white but my favorite is the glass compote. It surely is not ordinary pressed glass (and I love pressed glass too). What pleasure looking at our pretty things gives us.

    We would love it if you would visit us.
    Warm wishes,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest


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