Sunday, March 14, 2021

Time Change and March Madness

A year ago this month, COVID 19 hit and the world has been crippled since then. We are slowly getting back to pre COVID living and we moved the clocks ahead an hour so the sun is with us longer.  I'm a happy gal.  

It's been an interesting weekend of finds from vintage hats to antique parian.  March madness doesn't get better than this.

I couldn't resist this like new pair of vintage metal swivel bar/counter stools with their 1980s padded seats. 

I have a sweet spot for these vintage copper clad baby/toddler shoes and this one is a sweet slipper with a frame.  I'm going to add a vintage photo of a child to this before I bring it into my booth space.

Purchased a box lot of vintage hats.  Lots of great styles and spring colors.  If your church is still not open come Easter Sunday, then why not wear it to your Zoom service.

Adore the rich colors of this hat filled with roses.

Hard to see how beautiful this Craftsman Style stained glass pendant lamp is.  A high end lamp, this is beautifully made and a nice size.

Vintage chalkware religious figures sell really well for me and I was delighted to find this Miraculous Mary made in Italy.

A great pair of vintage metal vehicles.  I decorate them for Christmas
 with bottle brush trees and wreaths and battery operated mini lights.

An extraordinary find. 1880s Parian Porcelain bust of a Classical Woman.

Sweet vintage Capodimonte bisque figurine of a young boy holding grapes. 

Did a little personal downsizing and decided to sell my antique salt glaze, impressed barrel Allspice crock, circa 1890s-1900s.  This was my kitchen tool  holder for years.

Same with this marvelous multi colored sponge ware Cookie jar. Circa 1900s.  Both pieces are now in my main booth space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall. Sometimes it's just the right time to downsize pieces and the enjoyment you receive is now passed on to another. 

This sweet pelican replaced my antique Allspice crock.  He's not old, he's just a charming, gulf blues pottery pelican that just seemed right for this Florida livin' gal.  

So our days now have more functional daylight and we are slowly reopening our lives up again. It's been a tough year and my wish for all is better times going forward.  Blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Monday, February 15, 2021

It's February Already?

 Greetings gentle readers.  I turned around in December and now it's already February in a new year.   Where did January go?  This pandemic working from home and with so many small businesses shuttered has the days just blending together into long weeks that I don't even know what time of day it is at times.  With a new year comes another reorganization at my "day" job so I'm on my 9th manager in 4 years, another new role and we start all over again with a new organization.  Oh, if I could only retire, sigh.  

Still, the weekends are always generous with Goodwill hunting and visits to my favorite haunts for treasure.  The last few weeks have been bountiful in nifty finds.

A stunning ruby red martini shaker. Very Art Deco and always sought after.

One of my favorite finds in January was this marvelous Art Deco, 8 day, mantel clock by Foreign.  Beautiful veneer marquetry case with lovely Westminster chimes and on the hour sounding like Big Ben.  Foreign is a UK company that manufactured clocks for the export market, the movement is German.  Circa 1928-33.

How fun are these vintage Deadstock, Crescent molded ivory plastic candles with bulb in the original box.  Never opened or used and has original penciled on price of .69 cents.  Circa 1950s.  Love the boxes that I'm not sure if I would take them out and use them or keep them in the box and display as-is.

My local Goodwill always has the most unique pictures for sale like this antique, late Victorian print of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in original, heavy frame.  Most likely a convent or rectory piece.  Circa 1900s.

I practically squealed with delight when I came across these six dessert plates from my local Goodwill.  Highly sought after, Fostoria Crystal, Wisteria (neodymium, alexandrite) plates.  The pattern, Lafayette, in the color Wisteria is avidly sought by collectors because of the color-changing from pink, amethyst to pale blue depending on natural and artificial light.  Circa 1940s.

Who doesn't love a display of gorgeous antique flow blue china?  I usually don't find great bowls like these and certainly not over two consecutive weekends. 

Pair of pretty milk glass items.  One is a late Victorian, pressed milk glass soap dish with lid, circa 1890s and the other is a vintage Westmoreland Paneled Grape milk glass lidded candy dish, circa 1940s.

Marvelous mid century modern, vintage petite point ladies ashtrays.  When smoking was fashionable you had fashionable ashtrays for your card games and patio time.  Circa 1950-60s, these are too pretty for cigarette ash.  I would place my rings or earrings in them or would use to rest my pen at my desk instead.

Found a nice mix of antique marigold Carnival Glass.  This glass seems to be peaking again with interest as I've begun selling it quite well again.

A weekend find, this marvelous 1930s pyrography box has damage to the bottom, but that is an easy repair.  I love the poinsettia work so this will be part of my Christmas display decorating next year. Yup, this one is a keeper.

Have to do a little research on this pretty little late Victorian oil painting in the original frame.  Pansies were a favorite flower of the Victorians and this is dated 1884.

And finally, my sweet girl wishes blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Two days 'til 2021

 What can I say about 2020 that hasn't already been said.  Like so many, I just want 2020 to be over.  I want COVID to go away, I want our economy to return to where it was in March, I want the small businesses that are struggling to become prosperous again and those that closed, reopened with a new start.  I want schools reopened so our young people can socialize and get back to their education.  I want people to be kind again.  I want, I want, I want.    

I actually do feel better, just writing this down and I give these wants over to God and ask for his blessings to all as we end 2020 and enter 2021. 

I've been on shutdown mode as my company closes a day before Christmas and then reopens again on January 3rd.  Spent the holidays with my sister and we had 6 days of laying around like third base, watching movies, laughing 'til our sides hurt and just relaxing.  Now I'm spending the last few days of my time off visiting local restaurants and thrift and antique stores in the area and while home, spinning fiber on my wheels.  So far, this really has been a lovely time off and below are some of the finds found this end of year.

Marvelous vintage map of Florida.

Nice vintage martini shaker and ice bucket with etched bamboo stalks. 

Pair of retired St. Nicks.  

Acquired this yesterday at a local thrift store.  A marvelous, Tiara Indiana Glass, Chantilly green sandwich glass punch bowl with 12 matching cups and ladle.

Really big, framed, Chinese propaganda Cultural Revolution era silk tapestry of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. Built during China's tumultuous Cultural Revolution, the double decked bridge was considered groundbreaking when it was unveiled in 1968.

Lightly sunpurpled, early American pressed glass (EAPG).  I have such a weak spot for EAPG and the hard part of finding it is parting with it.

Another lovely piece of EAPG, and that same question, do I keep or do I sell?

Charming little faux Hummel planter with Christmas theme.  Circa 1950-60s.

Nice set of vintage Italian nativity scene figurines. They still have the prices on the bottom and each figurine is marked 29 cents and 5 cents for the sheep.

My favorite find this week is this late Victorian, quadruple plate server engraved with the word, "Cake".   Definitely a keeper for me and it will now be a part of my personal collection.  I think this is a marvelous way to close out 2020 and so I end this blog post with my traditional sign off ... Blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch

Monday, November 16, 2020

The season is upon us

 November is half over, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then Christmas will follow quickly after.  2020 continues to confound and I'm not sure if I'm ready for the holidays or want to jump in whole hog.  I am grateful that in spite of COVID, sales at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall have been the best in three years.  I suspect that antique/vintage shops have become the new entertainment with conversations around the history of things we offer.  I have noticed more and more families coming to visit and the conversations are around, "Dad, did you have this when you were a kid?" or "Mom, what is this?"  This makes me happy as a new generation is being introduced to what their parents and grandparents lived with and it generates a love and interest in the vintage and antique pieces of tomorrow.  

Saturday errands morphed into a quick stop at two of my favorite haunts for treasure and I came home with an eclectic mix of interesting items.

I have a weakness for antique books and this Tarzan, the Untamed, by Edgar Rice Burroughs published by Grosset & Dunlap, 1920 was a surprise sleeper.  Has a much higher value than I thought but I still have it priced below book value for the antique book collector.

One Hundred and One  Famous Poems is another find.

Lovely impressed leather bound binding. Dated 1929.

Sweet little, Armetell ware bicentennial commemorative mug by Wilton.  Circa 1970s

Found a pair of these lovely needle and petite point canvaswork pieces beautifully set in gilt wooden frames.  Very 1970s

Nifty vintage wrought iron shelf unit with hooks to hold hats, towels, bathrobes, etc.

I adore vintage and antique instruments as holiday decor.  This is an antique violin that has seen much better days and someone painted gold leaf.  This would look lovely on a mantle with pine boughs and bright red ribbons.

I sold one of these 1960s small toy accordians about 20 years ago and was delighted to come across another one.  This one is in great condition with the paper intact.

I'm selling a lot of antique and vintage clothing these days so I pulled this one out of my 1960s closet and brought it into my booth space.  Groovy princess cut shift dress with a teaser neckline.  Brilliant psychedelic purple barkcloth.

These vintage beer taps just called to me and I can't explain why.  I just like them and I hope a collector will enjoy them as well.

I love these fussy little Victorian pieces.  
Pretty holly transferware with gold lustre trim nappy.  Circa 1890s

Mid century import, marigold carnival glass decanter is a pretty thing.

Vintage tin tinsel from Germany. Heavy and in original package, never opened.

Sweet, vintage "Light of the World" child Jesus print by Charles Bosseron Chambers in original frame.  This is a small piece 5 x 5 inches.  Circa 1940s.

My mother had Christmas Lefton holly pieces and I always remember them on the family living room center table.  She had candlesticks, nutmeat and candy servers, a teapot and creamer and sugar and we used them throughout December.  Finding these brought all of those memories back but still, these will be in my Romancing Christmas space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall.

Found a bag full of items that were part of a VFW grouping.  Need to do a little research on two of the pieces before I put them in the display case.

Terrific pair of chalkware Holy Mother and Passion of Christ statues.  I remember seeing these in Catholic homes all over northern New Jersey as a little girl.

A weekend of finding a lot variety of nifty items is a great way to start the week before Thanksgiving.  My sister and I will get together and have a great time eating, relaxing, forgetting about our day jobs and binge watching Hallmark Christmas movies and a few on Pure Flix.  

So my wish for you is continued health and a gentle Thanksgiving.  Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch