Sunday, July 4, 2021

Windfall Weekends

Hello my children.  I initially began writing this blog back in April and then as life would have it, got delayed with my "day job" and it took the 4th of July weekend to finally complete the blog post.   It was a windfall weekend...well actually like several months of weekends and I found a widely diverse selection of great items that I'd like to share with you. So good that I ended up keeping a few for myself...not sorry.

Like this magnificent Libby Corn Maize butter keeper in that coveted custard with blue accents, Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG). 1889. Yup, this was an instant keeper.

A stunning brides basket insert.  Pale pearl iridescence with hand painted flowers. Yeah, kept this one too.

I'm weak for these sweet copper clad toddler shoes that were the popular thing to do from the early thru mid 20th century.  I fill them with Christmas florals and decorate with them.

A magnificent, American Brilliant Cut Glass signed Libby condiment server. Another keeper.

A large, Red Cliff soup tureen with original ladle.  This is such a gorgeous piece and I did bring into my space at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall. 

Set of five Fostoria luncheon plates.  Elegant Depression glass pattern:  Romance.  Pretty etched ribbond and roses. Circa 1930-40s

Adore EAPG and sun purple glass and this heavy decanter just pushes all my right buttons.  Another keeper.

A yard sale find, this gorgeous stained glass lamp was in my booth space less than 48 hours before it sold.

Charming vintage spice rack shaker set. Six ceramic shakers in wooden holder. Made in Japan. Circa 1950s

Lovely Art Deco, hammered tea service with the engraved initial S.  This set is in lovely condtion.

Really nice mid century still life of crocks, jug and fruit. Signed and dated; Erma Douglas 1977.

Antique Imperial Glass covered candy dish in peach and blue. Pattern: crackle Circa 1920s.

Pair of stained glass pendant lamps and a fantastic, vintage, 1980s Maitland-Smith "Case Bisque" Tessellated Fossil Stone and Brass inlay, Waterfall Console Table.

Charming little 1928 handbook of painting by Dutch Boy paints.

I acquired a selection of 1950s souvenirs from Ireland, among them the courting cart (The Quiet Man), hand cart with genuine peat bricks, luck pig and the national symbol of Ireland, the harp.

When GIs returned from the Pacific theater, post WW2, they brought back these lusterware tea sets to their loved ones.  Circa late 1940s.

A delightful recycled metal horse sculpture.  

A great 1940s turkey planter. I use these to serve freshly baked bread sticks for the holiday table.

Lots of neat items found over the last few months like this huge dresser tray with rhinestones; a cut to clear decanter; candlewick basket; and 1935 Hobnail, Czech Bohemia glass Amethyst 3 Part Divided Relish Plate.

Two pair of miniature Satillo serapes in marvelous condition.  Brilliant colors of hand spun wool over cotton warp. Circa 1940s-50s.

Its been a busy, busy last few months for me.  My day job employer has gone through yet another reorganization and I'm on a new team again of which I'm not really feeling them.  They just don't communicate and it's not a happy/fun group to be with.  I'm hoping things will change for the better.  Still, I receive so much joy with my booth spaces at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall and the dealers and owners there.  We all have such a good time together and we have just begun our Christmas in July month long event.   Hoping everyone who reads this is healthy and happy and enjoying the summer and as always, blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch

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