Apr 9, 2011

Mystery Vintage Wall-Mounted Accessory

We acquired this piece during a recent estate sale jaunt. It was an item in one of those miscellaneous "lots" commonly found at such sales.
Do you know what this is?
  
      We just love picking up those miscellaneous boxes and lots at estate sales. Often, you can acquire them for just a few dollars. Other buyers frequently pass over these miscellaneous lots because it just looks like a bunch of uninteresting leftovers.

       A case in point: we recently won a box of assorted items in an online estate sale auction for $1.00. We made the $1.00 bid and figured someone else would certainly swoop in and take it with a hefty $2.00 bid before the closing bell. We were wrong.

       As it turned out, that $1.00 bid resulted in some pretty neat vintage finds, including collectible 1950s mugs, milk glass, orphan pieces of fine china in excellent condition, and much more! Guess it's true what they say .... one woman's junk is another woman's treasure!

Which brings us to the item in the photo. We almost passed over this little piece when we first pulled it out of the box along with miscellaneous other items destined for the trash bin. But when we took a closer look, our vintage-lover's curiosity was piqued. We don't know what its original purpose was, but thought it would make a neat vintage bathroom accessory -- perfect for rings or other jewelry, or even to hold a little decorative, round bar of soap.

We did a bunch of research trying to figure out what it was, and also put the question to the experts on several Etsy vintage teams -- including the Vintage Lovers team and the We Love Vintage! Do You? team. Many creative ideas were bounced around, but a general consensus emerged. What do you think it is?

Click here if you're stumped!

Apr 4, 2011

A New Life for Vintage Easter Post Cards

We just love this repurposing of vintage Easter post cards! What a great way to use and display these wonderful, old-time treasures. We'll have to keep this in mind when the Fourth of July rolls around... and May Day, and Halloween, and Christmas....

Vintage Easter Post Card Garland, by Vintage Scraps on Etsy

Apr 1, 2011

Fruits and Vegetables and Felt - It's Spring!

We never cease to be impressed, and inspired, by the creativity and talent of the many artists selling their handmade pieces on Etsy. Today, we ran across these delightful needle felted fruits and vegetables, complete with their own grocery bag.

Needle Felted Groceries - by LauraLeeBurch on Etsy
What a cute idea -- and just in time for spring, too.

We also love the sweet felted pink pig puppet in Laura Lee's Etsy shop. Those ears are just huge!