Friday, November 16, 2018

Bring on the Vintage Baskets!

I'm a huge antique and vintage basket fan and collector. To prove it, here are several pictures of my kitchen ceiling, where we hang some of our finds (along with pots and pans):



My husband and I started collecting baskets in the 1970s, when the whole country-style movement was just beginning and we could find antique oak splint baskets for, well, a whole lot cheaper than they are today. We lived then in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the picking was pretty great.

A lot of the baskets we collected then are either hanging from the kitchen ceiling or scattered around the house, in use, to store towels, books and magazines, plants, or blankets, such as this large antique gathering basket:
An antique rye basket holds a collection of blue and white ceramic balls:
We also collect vintage picnic baskets, which are terrific storage containers. And the extra ones we store under a long table in the living room:
In the summer a variety of baskets go out into the garden to bring in fresh veggies and flowers, or pick blueberries, like many of those that we've got hanging, above, from the kitchen ceiling.

Of course, as an Etsy seller, I sometimes part with some of our vintage basket finds, like these (find them here and here and here):


Wire or metal baskets, like these two in the shop, are also terrific (find them here and here--and check out how great they look filled with fruit or books):

 And vintage ceramic baskets, like this hand painted one made in Portugal:
This silver plated vintage Bride's Basket is another beauty:
I love baskets so much I started a Pinterest page for the ones I find online here.

And I have another Pinterest board just for Wall Basket Decor here.

All the baskets currently in my shop can be found here.

There's a tour of my house, showing all of the baskets on my ceiling and elsewhere (although probably looking a little bit different because I might have sold some or purchased others)--this can be found in the "About" section of my shop--if you scroll over to the fourth picture, you'll see the video.

The great thing about shopping for and collecting baskets is that they can still be found in garage or church sales or auctions and estate sales. Or from Etsy shops ~ just put "vintage baskets" in the search bar and check out a few thousand!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Bring on the Vintage Brass!

Vintage brass adds a sparkle and vitality to any decor.

Made from two natural elements, copper and zinc, the similarity of brass to gold in both flexibility and color accounts for its popularity from Medieval times to today.

Once, highly polished brass was the most desirable because it looks like gold. But today, with the surge in decorating with vintage, brass with aged patina is also sought after. And the question becomes: to polish or not to polish?

Actually, I think it's up to the preference of the owner--and the type of item. Some items I polish and some I think look great just the way they are.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Collecting Cast Iron

Every day I use cast iron pans in my cooking. Couldn't do without them.
Collecting vintage cast iron has become increasingly popular in the last few years. Not only are cast iron pans and other cooking utensils handy in the kitchen, but they're also wonderfully decorative when displayed on the wall.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Musings on Vintage Mason Jars

I love vintage Mason jars!

If you came to my house and saw how many I have you'd realize what an understatement that is. I started out years ago collecting the big aqua ones with the zinc tops.
I use them in my kitchen pantry to store dried beans and peas and flour and sugar and various cooking needs.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Selling on Etsy: A Frustrating Lesson

It was one of those days....

Last Friday I photographed a terrific vintage glass cloche and gray marble cheese server for my Etsy shop:
I filled out most of the necessary listing forms: title, description, tags, etc., but ran out of time to finish it completely, since we were heading out to a football game in Vermont and I had to pack and otherwise get ready to leave.

Friday, September 22, 2017

A Hurricane, A Broken Mug, and Etsy

Last week most of the world was watching as one of the largest hurricanes on record, Irma, headed straight for the Caribbean islands and Florida.
Since we have friends in the USVI, Puerto Rico, and throughout Florida, including my brother in Tampa, our concern, focus, and prayers for all in Irma's wake was intensely personal.

Fortunately, all our loved ones were safe, with only minimal damage, but the devastation throughout this region was massive, to say the least.

Just after the worst of it had passed, I heard a "cha-CHING" from my iPhone, signaling a sale in my Etsy shop. I looked to see what had been sold: