Vintage Picks of the Week – Ice Cream Time

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our new series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Mary Ellen at aunthattiesatticvintage.com

Chromolithographed Serving Tray from Ms Dow’s Antiques ‘Tique Talk

Hall Company’s Quality Ice Cream Tray

What I Like About It: I love the colors and the jolly faces of the children. When I have ice cream I feel as though it’s my birthday too!

How I Would Use It: I would hang this on the wall as a decoration but absolutely put it back into service serving dishes of ice cream to children of all ages. If I could bear to give it away, I’d give it to a family named Hall or someone who lives in Binghamton.

 

Metal ice cream mold from TreasuresTooVintage on Etsy

Ice Cream Mold – Pewter – Vintage Lady’s Shoe Candy, Chocolate, Craft Mold – c. 1900

What I Like About It: This shoe has style and  would be quite fun to work with.

How I Would Use It: How about Ice cream shoes for a gal’s night out or bridal shower. Present the ice cream shoe and all sorts of candy to decorate it and give an award to the winner. Of course everyone’s a winner with a nice ice cream dessert they decorated themselves. Quick! Before it melts! Another way is to mold chocolate or marzipan for all sorts of holidays, Halloween, Mother’s Day, add a Buckle for Thanksgiving. Crafts! Mold paper shoe containers…you’d need to experiment but you just know that this mold will bring out the creativity in you.

Raffia Ware Ice Cream Bowls from SentimentalFavorites on Etsy

Vintage Raffiaware, Pink Plastic Bowls, Ice Cream Bowls, Thermoware Straw, Pool Party

What I Like About It: I love the color, the tiki quality of the raffia and the fact you can use them on the pool or patio with no fear of broken glass. Reusable ice cream dishes are cool!

How I Would Use It: Of course I would use it for ice cream but also cool pieces of watermelon or even for side bowls for make your own tacos or custom salad additions.


So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks Of The Week – The Charm Of Celluloid

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

Today’s picks are brought to you by Linda at Selective Salvage


A brief history lesson: Celluloid was one of the original thermoplastics, invented in 1856 and registered as “celluloid” in 1870. Because it was easily shaped and less expensive than ivory or horn, it quickly became known as “French ivory” and was used to create lower end jewelry. During its heyday, celluloid was also used in the production of dresser boxes, picture frames, charms, buttons, buckles, dolls, fountain pens, mantel clocks, accordions and kitchen items. Because the compound is flammable during the manufacturing process, it was soon replaced by bakelite and catalin for large scale commercial use. Celluloid is also prone to aging which make authentic pieces in good condition highly collectible. Now for the fun stuff: 

Metal drawer pulls with celluloid trim, c. 1920’s

What I Like About It: The elegant lines of the metal leaf design coupled with the contrasting celluloid oval elevate this set of drawer pulls to the “work of art” level.

How I Would Use It:  To jazz up a “plain jane” dresser. I’d like to see them as the main feature in a Pinterest worthy IKEA hack. 

Vintage celluloid and metal hardware pulls offered by efinegifts

Easter greetings – chicks in a celluloid cart, c. 1920’s

What I Like About It:   As a vintage lover, any piece that makes me think about starting a new collection is special….and this Easter greeting card falls into that category. 

How I Would Use It:  Perhaps it’s time for an Easter collection? But then again, who doesn’t love chicks? Two reasons for this charming celluloid card to find a vintage loving cottage to call home. 

Easter greeting card offered by Pocket Full Of Heirlooms

Vintage celluloid necklace with carved acorns & leaves

What I Like About It: I love jewelry and a one-of-a-kind vintage necklace like this ranks high on my list of pieces that would be fun to own. 

How I Would Use It:  What a silly question….I would wear it, of course. 

Celluloid necklace with carved wooden detail offered by Vintage Renude,

So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks of the Week – Books for Adventuring

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Laurie at NextStage Vintage.

It’s officially summer which means adventures ahead, so how about a few books to help you have more fun.

The Complete Handbook of Bee-keeping

What I Like About It: Bees are fascinating. I love seeing those working honeycombs between panes of glass they have at some science museums. I love watching bees work the flowers and flowering weeds in my gardens. But would I like having my own hives? 

How I Would Use It: I would use it to read up on the ins and outs of bees so I could visit a real beekeeper and have a reasonably informed discussion.


beekeeping

The Complete Handbook of Bee-Keeping is available from FeltersCottage on Etsy.

Rocks and Minerals

What I Like About It: Rocks are awesome. And they can be easier to identify than birds and butterflies because they don’t fly away before you find them in the book. Golden Nature books are a true vintage treasure. They are easy to read and easy to follow.

How I Would Use It: I would bring it to a nice rocky beach or on a hike and see how many specimens I could identify.

Rocks and Minerals

Rocks and Minerals Golden Nature Guide is available from Throw it Forward on Etsy.

Vintage Italy Travel Books

What I Like About It: Before I go anywhere, I like to read about it. Not the must sees, those I already know about. I like reading about the out of the way sites that you might miss if you didn’t know about them in advance.

How I Would Use It: Alas, for now I would be planning my fantasy Italian tour. But what fun I would have doing it.

Italy travel books


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Vintage Picks of the Week – Vintage Pool House Decor

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by JayDee at ThirdShift .

If you know me, you already know how much I love Spring. But I love Summer even more! There is just nothing better than those lazy days of Summer, especially when you are hanging out at the pool! Here are some of my favorites for decorating that pool house.

Swimming Print

What I Like About It: I love vintage illustrations! I love that the illustrations of the past were drawn by hand and I appreciate the character they have. I especially love the theme of this print and the subtle colors make it even more interesting.

How I Would Use It: This vintage book page would look fabulous framed and hung on the wall in a pool house. What fun!

 

Vintage Life Ring

What I Like About It: I think vintage life rings have a lot of character! I especially love this life ring because my Dad was in the Navy, and the year shown on the life ring was the year my Mom was born. <3

How I Would Use It: This life ring would be awesome hung in a pool house! I realize it’s a Navy life ring, not related to a swimming pool, but I still think it would be so cool to hang this on a wall in a pool house!

Roadside Pool Sign Print

What I Like About It: I love the retro feel of this roadside pool sign. Reminds me of when I was a kid, walking to the country club every day to swim in the Summer – they had a sign that was similar. Good memories.

How I Would Use It: I think this print would be perfect for a bathroom in a pool house. The bright colors and simple lines would make it look cool in any room.


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Vintage Picks Of The Week – Beautiful Brass

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Tina at GirlPickers.

 

Antique Scale

What I Like About It: I love the design of this and while most of it is this gorgeous cast iron, I think the brass pans are the shining glory of this piece.   

How I Would Use It: I would have this on the kitchen counter with bananas on one side and apples on the other side.  Instant decor that would change with the fruit of the week!    

Antique scale

Antique Sleigh Bells

What I Like About It:  The sound.  I just love the sound of sleigh bells.  I can just imagine it’s winter, the snow is falling lightly, and I am in a horse drawn sleigh headed to family’s house for Sunday dinner.  

How I Would Use It:  While I would probably use a shorter version, I would love to hear these bells every time I come in my back door.  

Antique sleigh bells

Brass Bookends

What I Like About It: I like the intricate detail on these bookends and the fact they are eagles.  Brass is heavy so these would hold the larger books in place.

How I Would Use It:  I would used these on my bookshelf for books of course! 

Brass eagle bookends

So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks of the Week – Hot!

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Dot at Attic and Barn Treasures.

It’s officially summer so let’s find something hot besides the weather! Vintage hot that is.

Hot Water Bottle/Bedwarmer

What I Like About It: I love using vintage items in unusual ways – different than what they were intended for.

How I Would Use It: I would hang this on the wall with dainty silk flowers in the spout. This would make a cute display for the bedroom or bathroom!

Leyser Hot Water Bottle Bedwarmer 1900’s

Hot Rollers

What I Like About It: I just love hot rollers! They are just what we need when we need a little help in the hair department on hot and humid summer days!

How I Would Use It: As intended of course – and they look neat sitting on your shelf, dresser or just store in a drawer.

Dominion Hot Rollers Carousel

Red Hots Jar

What I Like About It: I just adore storing my stuff in vintage glass. So much the better if they don’t “match” whats on the label. 🙂 

How I Would Use It: So many uses for this! In the kitchen for my pups favorite treats, as a display for your small collectibles like marbles or on a table to hold candies. Place on a shelf or counter so all can admire the vintage label.

Koegel’s American Red Hots jar

 


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Vintage Picks of the Week – Vintage Sofa Styles

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Pam at Vintage Renude.

Vintage Tropical Bamboo Sofa

What I Like About It: If this doesn’t get you ready for summer, I don’t know what will. 

How I Would Use It: Set this beauty on a screened porch and pour a Mai Tai, I’m ready for the weekend!

Stickley Mission Oak Settle

What I Like About It:  I’m a sucker for anything Stickely. Those clean lines get me every time!

How I Would Use It: I would set this fabulous piece in a master bedroom or sitting room and use it to curl up with a good book.

Leather Chesterfield Sofa

What I Like About It: What’s not to like! An antique leather Chesterfield couch to me is the holy grail couches.  This one is perfect!

How I Would Use It: This fabulous couch would sit prominently in my living room. It would be the centerpiece of my decor.


So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks of the Week – Antiques From The Barn For Summer Living

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Mary Ellen at Aunt Hatties Attic Vintage.

Bright Red Pulley

What I Like About It: I love the strong color and the industrial and agricultural usefulness.

How I Would Use It: I’d use it to hang a very heavy planter filled with red flowers. The color is not only cheerful, it also attracts hummingbirds. Be sure to spend some quiet time within view of this to enjoy the beauty of the flowers and the amazing little birds it will attract!

A Fire Engine Red Pulley will brighten up your porch decor!

Laundry Stand and Tubs

What I Like About It: Laundry was such a chore when these were in use. The washstand had to be very strong to hold two tubs of water filled with laundry. These look very old fashioned so they would be perfect to use in a new fangled way!

How I Would Use It: Would your grandparents be scandalized if you set this up at your outdoor party filled with ice,beer and other beverages? Be certain to attach some magnet hooks to hold some churchkeys! These would also be great to chill up some watermelons.

These washtubs on their sturdy stand are ready to party!

Wooden Drying Rack

What I Like About It: I love the design and strength of these racks.

How I Would Use It: I would set this up in a sunny area near the swimming pool, lake or even an outdoor shower to hold wet bathing suits and towels.

Eight long arms to hold damp towels and bathing suits can be folded down when not in use.

 


So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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Vintage Picks Of The Week – Miniatures

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

Today’s picks are brought to you by Linda at Selective Salvage

Pennsylvania Grain Painted Cupboard (17″x 8 “x 6.5”)

What I Like About It: It would be easier to list what I don’t like about this piece….which would be nothing. I love the yellow comb grain painting, the stylized form and most of all, I love the charming carved rooster adorning the back splash. 

How I Would Use It:  We are cupboard collectors, meaning cupboards of normal stature. I would love to have a collection of miniature cupboards displayed inside one of them and this particular piece is the one I’d start with. It is perfect. 

Antique Grain-Painted Cupboard offered by Austin T. Miller, American Antiques

 

German Apothecary Shop Model (16″x 30″x 16″ )

What I Like About It:   This apothecary shop would have been wonderful to visit back in its heyday in the mid 1800’s, but in miniature, it’s even more special. The cabinets and counter outfitted with scales, a mortar & pestle plus an assortment of bottles are fantastic. Top it off with the druggist sign. Heavenly. 

How I Would Use It: As a display piece in my bathroom in a spot where I could have fun rearranging all the tiny treasures. 

Antique Apothecary Shop Model offered by Bradbury Art & Antiques on 1stdibs

 

Salesman Sample Fedora (1.5″x 4 “x 3.5”)

What I Like About It:  I love salesman sample pieces, regardless of the product they represent. Couple that with the fact that I’m a fan of ’20’s mysteries where the heroes all wore fedoras and you’ll know what I like about this find.

How I Would Use It:  As a display piece on our living room shelves right next to the Dashiell Hammett books. 

Vintage Salesman Sample Hat offered by Simon and Simone on Etsy

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Vintage Picks of the Week – mid century fabrics

Vintage Picks Of The Week

It’s time for our series, Vintage Picks of the Week! We scour the internet looking for just the right piece of vintage to add to our decor, and include ideas on how we think these pieces could be used.

The Picks this week are brought to you by Laurie at NextStage Vintage.

Cotton bright floral print

What I Like About It: The colors, the scale, the pure happy. This vintage yardage from Sharon’s Antiques is delicious in every way.

How I Would Use It: This is a skirt just asking to be sewn. I’m not a tiny size, many vintage clothes are. My solution is to make my own vintage out of vintage fabric.

vintage fabric floral

Gray cotton with abstract people and animals

What I Like About It: Those crazy cute little humans in hoodies. The charcoal, black, white and pink…sigh…thank you antiquefabric.com for showing me something this wonderful exists.

How I Would Use It: This one would probably be best as a dress, perhaps one with a nice full skirt (and pockets).

vintage gray fabric

1950s atomic barkcloth

What I Like About It: Everything. Every. Single. Thing. It’s atomic, it’s barkcloth, it’s absolutely fantastic colors. From Etsy seller nicework in the UK.

How I Would Use It: This swank barkcloth would have to be used in some kind of home dec way, I’m going with valances.

vintage barkcloth

 


So there you have it! My three favorite vintage picks for the week! Make sure to check back to see what items are on the Pick List next week!Hand pointing right | Antique Design Illustrations

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