Friday, August 9, 2013

To all the PYREX I've loved before......

...To all the Pyrex I've loved before, that has traveled in and out my door, I'm glad it came along, I dedicate this song, To all the Pyrex I've loved before.

LOL.....I have no idea why in the world this tune came into my head the other day while I was cleaning up some Pyrex that I found at the local flea market .......but boy it really does fit a Pyrex collector like me to a T!! I was getting together a few extra pieces for a co-worker who has seen me collect Pyrex for the better part of 20 years now and decided that they would like to own some too. For someone like me who absolutely loves this stuff, it can be down right hard to let pieces of pyrex go to other homes because of the fear of it being "mistreated".  I feel like the pyrex "social worker" who checks out the person first and makes sure it is going to a "pyrex friendly" home where it will be taken care of and appreciated and treated lovingly. They must promise NO DISHWASHER use on these pieces...then and only then will I let them "adopt" my cherished 

Hopefully this will be the beginning of a new Pyrex collector among us.
I hope these pieces have a long and happy life in their new are free little long and prosper! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"IT" is kind of scary...but I kind of like it......

Ever come across a vintage piece that gives you mixed emotions.....I felt sorry for this poor Ole clown reamer, he has definitely seen his better days for sure. But then again, I was drawn to "IT" (aka Pennywise the Clown).....I find myself wavering from the "I like it" to the "it's a really sort of Stephen King kind of creepy" feeling.  He is old and cracked but good grief some days that is exactly how I feel and I would hope that someone would have pity on me and show some kindness and not let me end up in the trash.  He is pretty much un-usable but I still couldn't watch them throw him in the trash so I brought him home and cleaned him up and set him on a shelf.
Someday you may see me on an episode of "Haunted Collector" with this reamer as a source of mysterious happenings in our house. But for now the closest thing to a scary clown at our house is my husband.
I also found this old 1958 Buttermints tin with wooden sewing spools in it. 

I don't know much about nesting dolls but I like them and when I come across them really cheap (like for $1) I bring them home.
But my biggest weakness (besides Pyrex of course) is vintage cameras.

Hopefully next week's flea market finds will be as much fun as these were. Good luck to all in your vintage hunts.!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Pyrex-ing the Flea Market

What a great weekend! Sunshine and hundreds of tables of treasures just waiting to be found. I have been collecting Pyrex for over 15 years and have a pretty extensive collection so whenever I find pieces that I don't already have atleast one of, it makes me very happy. Plus I met a fellow pyrexer in the process. She was out looking for good deals too.  It is so nice to meet people that you share the love of pyrex with, especially since my husband and children don't share the same appreciation of it that I do.
I found these "Friendship" mixing bowls on the way out of the flea market, I didn't see them on the first trip thru the tables and boy was I so glad they caught my eye.  The lady said she had just gotten them out of her car and put them on the table when I saw them. She had them all wrapped so carefully and I knew they were mine as soon as I looked at them............they were perfect...not a scratch!
I also came across this "New Holland" casserole for $2, and I love it!

I also brought home extra pieces that I already have but just could not pass up because they were only $1-2 each and you can never have too much!

I am already looking forward to this next weekend and to the next great pyrex treasure that is out there just waiting to come home with me! 
Good luck to all and may this weekend be filled with your greatest finds yet!
Lisa Jones Allen

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

That time of year again.....

I am so glad that spring is here and yard sale and flea markets are all abuzz.  Yep, picking, thrifting, it is a sickness......but what a way to go.......pyrex in one hand and a vintage camera in the other. My husband will never understand the attraction of the good ole american yard sale and that my suv just automatically knows to pull over when it sees one.  Last week was not a huge pick but I did find some things that I like.  I have collected lots of silhouettes over the years and I came across these at the flea market. These are old thermometer advertising silhouettes. I love the one with the red, white and blue colors.
                 When was the last time you saw a 4-digit telephone number on an advertising????????
 I also found this little guy, it is a 1966 Bosson's Poodle head, he is a little worse for wear but he was cheap and I brought him home......can't resist those puppy dog thing is you don't have to feed him or clean up after him.
 I also came across this old gem a few weeks back..............whew it made my back hurt just thinking about ironing my husband and childrens clothes with it, but one thing is for sure, you wouldn't have messed with a woman who could iron with that baby every day. Makes me thankful for the dewrinkle cycle on my dryer. 

No matter how much I love my antiques, I am thankful for all the new time saving inventions that the years since have given us.  I don't think I would have survived as the essential pioneer wife. But that is why they say necessity is the mother of invention and you do what you have to do.
So I will still go "picking" for my old treasures with an even more thankful heart for my new treasures.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Looking into the eyes of the past......

Gosh, where do the hours and days go?  This year is already down a whole month and spring is approaching fast.......which is great for us yard sale lovers.  Thrift stores are great, but they are all seemingly increasing their prices daily.  I am looking forward to those spring cleaning yard sales where you can negotiate prices and hear some great stories all at the same time. 

Since I haven't posted in a good while, I decided to share some photos of some great old photographs that I have come across over the past several months.  I LOVE pictures!  Sometimes when I come across these, I just can't believe that someone would get rid of these, but I guess there are people who aren't as sentimental (or hoardish) like I am.  I think about who these people were and did they not have any family that wanted these keepsakes or were they accidentally lost in the shuffle some where.  One thing is for sure, they have found a home at my house.

                                      To me this lady looks like the ideal picture of a grandmother

                                                            This is probably a civil war era tin type

                                                              These 2 are also tin types

             These are B&W proofs of an ENTIRE wedding......I got the entire box from beginning to end.

The look on the bride's face in the mirror........I wonder if her life turned out the way she expected it would or even better than she dreamed.......

As the weather warms up, I will be out and about looking for all things vintage and just maybe I will find some more really great reminders of the past that have been lucky enough to be preserved in a photograph.