3.09.2011

vintage finds wednesday...

These are my newest vintage finds but I didn't find them, they were given to me by my mother - she who taught me the thrill of the hunt, the bargain hunt that is.  I was up visiting her last weekend and spied these in her house and whadda know, they came home with me :)

First there is this very old mustard tin container.  It belonged to my great, great uncle who kept medicine in it.  I like to imagine this man I never met, sitting in his little house in Ireland in the 1940's, taking it out to comfort himself...


and how about this?!  This is an awesome old cash box from a department store in Liverpool, England where my mother grew up.  It even has the original key, so fun...


Obviously I'm keeping those finds because I'm sentimental and I like to have things in my house that mean something to me.  They have both found a home in my new studio.

I'm not keeping this next one (though I want to).  This fabulous 1980's Givenchy necklace my mom found for me is now  in my shop sorry sold already!


Are you sentimental?  Do you have things in your home that make you smile when you walk by them?

25 comments:

jandjhome said...

Beautiful pieces. I do have some pottery pieces made by my grandmother and a jug/porron made out of Cuban clay that was brought by my great grandparents. I love the sentimental pieces.

Tess Kincaid said...

Yes, I'm a die-hard romantic and my house is full of family heirloom stuff that makes me smile. (but you knew that)

Love your deliciously patina-ed metal objects!

kroney said...

Glad you like the tin and the cash box. I had forgotten about the box, good job you peeked into
that cabinet.
I have a knife that mum and we girls used to peel potatoes. We called it "the sharp knife." I like to hold it once in a while.

kroney said...

P.S. The little mustard tin belonged to your great, great uncle.

Directions Not Included said...

That cash box is a very neat piece. I love the sentimental objects from my family. I have a few which I can't wait to take out of boxes to display.

MJM said...

I like to decorate with as many sentimental pieces as possible. That's what makes my apartment feel like home!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes I am sentimental and I do keep things belonging to various friends and relations who are no longer here. When I die Isuppose they will lose their identity, which is sad.

Moniek said...

Amazing findings!

quintessence said...

Well I see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!! Love the cash box and of course the necklace is fabulous - not surprised it's already sold!

Andrew H. said...

I have a handful of tools from my Dad that I like to think of him using years ago. I consider myself lucky that I was able to learn from someone who knew so much.

vintch said...

what great pieces! oh i just love their rustic look. i have an old dentist office bench in my study that makes me smile so big. it's a craiglist find, and it's two blue vinyl chairs joined together by an old wooden bench. it's truly unique, and such a conversation piece:)

Felicity said...

One of the special treasures that I see every day is a round tortoiseshell 'cuff & collar' box owned by my Grandfather.

It has his initials CRKE engraved in gold on the top and now holds some of my treasures.

I love it because it was my beautiful Grandfather's but also because it harks back to a time when men wore detachable cuffs and collars on their shirts and needed somewhere to store them.

Oh, also because it looks lovely.

xx Felicity

Diana Mieczan said...

That necklace is so beautiful:) I have a few sentimental pieces from my childhood that I keep around my house and each time I look at them I feel so much better:) Kisses, my dear
Enjoy your day

ag. said...

I love that cash box! It's so fun to think of all that these pieces have been through!

Krystal said...

i really like that money box...it kind of reminds me of something my grandparents had around when i was a kid!

Angela said...

What a nice post! I must now take pictures of my old heritages! You are right, they make me happy, too.
If we know the family story of those things, we should write it down and attach it so it will not be forgotten!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

that vintage box is so cool- love the peeling paint look.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Not too sentimental about "things" but I am sentimental about my dogs and family (in that order - haha!)

Estelle said...

What treasures! Thank goodness your mom saved them and that necklace is very cool. I'm a total nostalgia junkie! So many old goodies in my garage I don't even know where to start!

Vintage Home said...

Oh your mustard tin is so dear...and that cash box..WOW!
I have my mothers family enamel "potty" I love it so much and I believe i should do a post about it!
Thanks for inspiring!

audrey marie said...

oh lovely pieces! they're all great!

Kimia Kline said...

these are amazing finds

Maria said...

I LOVE these pieces! The cash box is amazing! And I must Echo MJM, I too decorate with sentimental things. Much prefer to be surrounded by the things to which I have a connection.

RockinJ9designs said...

My children's home decor. I'm all cowgirl so they have thrown in western silly bands around the house. The matching boots sit side by side. Oh, then there's the plastic cowboys and indians shooting over a log on the counter. Last, but not least is Woody and Jesse sitting in chairs at the candy jar :) Love my kids!

Jane Schott said...

As I age and look around my house I see that the things I live with after all these years mean so much to me...this painting from here, that table from Round Top, that lamp from Edinburgh. If you don't have children to measure your life by, I guess this is just another way.