Decorate With Vintage ~ A Vintage “State” of Mind ~ Souvenir State Plates

     If you’re a long time thrifter or flea market go-er, I’m sure you’ve seen them. Great piles of them, most of the time. Kitschy souvenir state plates, popular in the 60s and 70s…maybe even 80s?
I’ve often just let my glance glide over those piles…they didn’t interest me.
     But awhile back…longer probably than I realize…I was helping out a friend. Helping her by selling some of her items on Ebay and Etsy and she gave me a stack of these souvenir plates. I couldn’t say no…and really thought I could do something with them. But never did.
I’ve moved them around with me. Packed them and stacked them away until they were discovered afresh in some closet cleanout. Somehow they always survived the purging.
I even brought them to my booth (when I had one) and maybe sold one or two.

So when Hubby found them recently YET AGAIN, it was time to do something. I have a hard time letting go of things and decided to do some research. And I was pleasantly surprised to see the return to popularity of these types of items.

I turned to Pinterest (where else?) for inspiration.

How awesome is that? You could collect a plate from the states you’ve lived in or vacationed in.
States where family members live. Or a ‘dream wall’. Places you plan on visiting.
I like how the green solid plates are interspersed in there.

Here’s another:

 Photo Cred: Art School Dropout

Try catching up to that collection!

I really shouldn’t have been surprised. I have purchased a few souvenir state plates for myself over the years. New York (where I’m from), Washington / Seattle (where we are now and where Hubby is from), Montana (where Hubby grew up). Along with vintage postcards from those areas as well…I have a little collection that will someday go on display along with some family photos. IF I ever get my act together. I will be sure to chronicle it for you if I do.

So if I want these mementos, why wouldn’t other people?
Then I got thinking, there are probably some serious collectors of these. Or there are versions (older ones and by bigger names) that are worth some money. I think (off the top of my head) I remember Vernon Kilns being a good name. And of course the pink and turquoise designed ones are sure to be a hit. I went to Amazon and sure enough! There are books about collecting souvenir state plates.
Popular Souvenir Plates (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
I think this is worthy of some more in depth research!

Whatever the reason you hunt these down, for yourself or for resale, take a minute to appreciate the charm of these souvenir plates.
And be sure to check out the State Plate listings I’ve managed to get into the Retro Shop. With more to come!  (shoot! only 4? I’d better get crackin’!!)
What about you? Have you gathered any of these plates in your vintage hunts?

Linking up with Vintage Charm. Check out all of the other vintage goodies when you get a chance!

(Oh and I almost forgot! I read about this on another blog. When I do get around to hanging my plates…I’m going to use these. Genius!!(yuppers, this and any other Amazon link is an affiliate…just a disclaimer))

Flower Frogs ~ Not Just for Florists Anymore ~ Part Two

As we saw in Part One of this brief collectible exploration, the styles of flower frogs are numerous and varied.
But what if you’re not into floral arranging? What if you want to showcase the flower frog, and not hide it inside a vase? What else can you do with them?
Here are a few ideas:

1. Business card holder. (see top image)
2. Related to #1, a photo or greeting card holder. Any kind of ephemera holder, actually. I used one to display a flashcard in an Etsy listing. Use them to hold table numbers at a wedding. A sweet botanical print would look lovely on display.

 Photo from HWIT BLOGG

3. Crafts holder. I’ve seen this for pencils, paintbrushes, scissors, crochet hooks…. Go even further past crafts. Think makeup brushes for your vanity.

4. Decorative / altered art use. If you’re more creative than I am, look what you can do! I love the vignette in a cloche look! I’ve also seen just stacks of flower frogs in a cloche. Like a mini sculpture.
5. Display your collection. Stack ’em on a mantle. Display in a wall hanging soda crate. Intersperse them on your bookshelves. 
Not enough room in this blog to go through all the options so check out my Flower Frog board on Pinterest for more ideas! 
Anything else you’ve used flower frogs for? Unique display ideas? Feel free to share!

Flower Frogs ~ Not Just for Florists Anymore

If you’ve visited an antique mall anytime in recent years, you’ve probably seen them. They may have been made out of graceful glass, industrial metal or pretty pottery. They could have been spiky or figural or full of holes.
We’re talking about a bit of an under the radar collectible…the flower frog.

 Photo by Shannon P (that’s me!)

Flower frogs come in all different styles and materials, which is very appealing to the collector! You could collect just the figural ceramic ones, the various metal industrial ones or all the different colored glass frogs.
Doing research on this topic, let me tell you, the latent hoarder collector in me is very tempted. Look at some of these beauties!

(me again)

First off, a somewhat classic design is the spiky frog, which is popular in Japanese ikebana flower arranging. It’s called a Kenzan. This one is best for slender, flimsy stems.
Another fairly common style of flower frog is the clear glass variety.

These are great for tulips and other flowers with thick stems. These flower frogs can fit nicely into milk glass bowls and other containers. 
But it gets better!

They come in colored glass as well! The big glass makers all made them…Fostoria, Fenton, Viking. And it seems the color options are endless. Amber, carnival, peach luster, black, violet…

Or you could go mod…
There is quite the variety in metal as well, if your tastes run more toward the functional and industrial.
The cage design shown in the top picture of this post is somewhat easily found, sometimes they are painted green to help them blend in with the foliage.
Other options: 
This unusual wire style flower frog is great for thick stems or thin branches and would add a bit of texture to a garden industrial vignette.
Holy smokes! See what I mean? And I haven’t even touched on the figural ceramics! Here’s a taste, but try Googling that yourself too. You’ll see some amazing examples.
The list seems endless. 
But what if you’re not a florist? Can’t arrange a flower to save your life? 
Don’t worry! You could just collect flower frogs and display them or…
there are many other uses for flower frogs.
Which style is your favorite? Leave a comment below!
See “Flower Frogs ~ Not Just for Florists Anymore ~ Part Two” for display and repurposing ideas.

Also, Follow my board “Flower Frogs” on Pinterest for even more inspiration!