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Showing posts with label vintage suitcases. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Curbside Blue Crate







It may not be a crate per say....but it is kind of like 3 crates hooked together. Not sure of it's original use, it was laying by the roadside during our annual clean up week. A few oil stains lead me to believe it had been left in the garage for sometime, and...I had to have it!



I have to say, I was glad my husband was helping my son with his find, an entertainment center, if he had been with me, he could have talked me out of getting this, or tried to shame my junk habit.
But he wasn't.....and it is mine!



It goes perfectly with some other recent garage sale finds, like "new" old wheels, horseshoes and a rusty lantern.




I love the display, it has the perfect rustic charm.


I also came across a wonderful chippy pump at a sale for $10.  Can't wait to find the perfect place for her!

I have a few more curb side finds to share and some amazing garage sale finds! Stay tuned, curb side shoppin' is still in progess the rest of the week.




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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Collections- Luggage, True Blue Shelf






My collection of vintage luggage has taken over nearly every room. I decided I have to consolidate it to only a couple rooms. I have loved the stuffed dresser look, replacing the drawers with the suitcases but was unable to find the right dresser. I found this great bookshelf at an estate sale. Complete with dust cobwebs and garbage pail kid stickers, I needed to give it a good cleaning.







It was going in one of the white rooms, my bedroom has a blue chair that has just the right pop, having that burst of color made me want to paint the shelf, I kept with the blue, for now- I can always repaint!











Tip from Donna @ Conghaile Cottage  Place doilies or place mats under suitcases to keep from sticking over time to paint!! I read her tip and went to check, after only 1 day....slight sticking was already occurring!


 Most of this luggage had ended up here in the living room. I had liked the display but the room had become too crowded and needed some bigger pieces moved around so this display had to go.


They have made the rounds in the house, and I feel as though I should stop buying them now!! I just hate to leave one at a sale if it has a good price! With a total of 14 and limited space, I must stop! I have paid less than $35 for all of them! I see one for that price at most vintage resale stores. Do you have any collections that are getting out of hand?










The newest piece......maybe the last????

Be sure and enter the giveaways!! Ramsign -ends Aug 31
 and a Sam's Club cookbook -ends Aug 25

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Identity of a Vintage Suitcase








I wonder if a vagabond ever owned one of my vintage suitcases. I wonder where they have been. A vagabond generally had no place of permanent residence, they as you say lived out of their baggage.  Perhaps they just couldn't settle down, perhaps they were running from another form of baggage, maybe they just wanted to see the world in a time when it was safer to do so.
Did this trunk ever cross the ocean? Did it store attic treasures- baby's first shoes? Military attire?
When  I graduated high school, I remember my grandmother trying to convince me to buy a set of luggage.  I wasn't opposed, I just failed to understand why. I wasn't planning on going anywhere, I had no dream to see the world, why should I spend my money on luggage?  It seems to me that generations ago luggage said something, who you were, where you had been and most of all where you were going.  Important things were nestled inside for family vacations, college trips, and babies born. "A time when excess wasn't fluent, you owned what you needed, not necessarily what you wanted,. Simply said- it fit in a suitcase. It was who you were.
Some suitcases must have a story, this young man cared enough for his case to take the time to stencil in his name. He owned it. Someone even mended it at one time. It wasn't tossed aside or replaced, it was valued.



I never knew this man, I bought his case at a sale, I looked him up on the internet, he was born in 1945, war
time. A time when many things were thrown in a bag
A time when many bags never returned home
A time of great heartbreak



The heartbreak of the Holocost


Mr. Ulmer was a restaurant owner and he died on Christmas day 1997. What kind of life did he live? Where  did he go?





What is valuable now, do we know? I think we know, we just forget. Day to day we move along a little like a vagabond.  Unsettled, untethered, wandering back and forth in our lives, keeping busy to buy things. Things that we would never pack in a suitcase.



I admit I wander, looking for things I do not need, forgetting to celebrate the things I have. One could say no one needs vintage suitcases and they would be right.
But, I look at them and I see what was, what should be. I touch them and wonder what touched the owner. Who were they?
What was their life like.
Was it joyous, filled with family and friends and Sunday dinners.......
   or did they meet too early an end.
    Did they long to escape?














Did they elope?
Perhaps they packed it all up and stood at the edge of the Grand Canyon, dressed in their finest, they gasped  at the beauty before them.
Perhaps they fled in fear and they gasped at the horror they saw.
But they lived, and they owned these, and now I do. I treasure every one of them. I wish I knew their stories.









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Friday, April 13, 2012

First Sale Finds 2012




It is the first weekend of garage sales. Before it arrived we had one of the nicest Springs on record and...no garage sales! I had to get out, which meant I went to an antique store and a Antique Show at the mall. I found a couple things but not at my favorite prices. What I love about a garage sale is that one undiscovered item that no one but me has wanted ....especially when it is cheap. Sales from dealers just are not the same. I did go on a day that was 20-30% off so that helped.



I figure everyone needs just one more suitcase right?



And this.....wood...box...uhm falls today into the why did I buy this?

If you know me this carpenter's tool box does not surprise you. I realize that my passion for tool boxes/tool trays really leans to the large size! This one was found at the one lonely sale in an old man's garage along with the shoe forms below.



At the mall show I found a booth that was more my style and price. I was delighted to find this pully! Not something I see or for that matter have ever seen at a sale around here. Having seen all the wonderful uses on line for them I quickly bought it. AT $15.00 I have no idea what it is worth but it is mine now.





The same booth had the architectural corner pieces, $8 for the set



and a fun wooden box.


So the mantel got a redo.....but to tell you the truth I aint diggin' it. It just isn't coming together.







I think as soon as these plants fatten up this will be a great corner.


As for my wooden box....I am still unsure what to do with it. I am not liking anything so far. Ideas welcome!


Now....yesterday the sales finally started and there are some today but, that lovely Spring has given way to chilly cloudy rainy yuk. I did manage yesterday to get a great funnel for only a buck. As soon as I asked if he would take the dollar for it the owner takes out a sharpy and writes a huge 1.00!! I about fainted, I quickly used the secret super mom spit and because of the awesome layer of crud and oil on the funnel, it came clean. My fingers on the other hand were not so clean.

My last find were these wall sconce curtain holders with milk glass calla lilies! love them, I have never seen anything like them, have you? I would love to hear if you are familiar with them. I paid $5 for the set.

So for today...I am debating whether or not to brave the rain and cold for the few sales that are out there or to wait until tomorrow when it looks to be at least a little sunny.
Considering I am still in my pj's and in a blanket with coffee and it is 11:00 I am thinking, tomorrow is a better option.

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