Tidying Up With……Vintage!

Have you been following all the hoopla about the new show on Netflix: Tidying Up With Marie Kondo? Cute little Marie Kondo from Japan shares her KonMari method of organizing and keeping only the belongings that “spark joy”.  (This post contains affiliate links. You can read our full privacy and disclosure policy here.)
Tidying Up...Netflix timed the release just right to line up with everyone’s “resolutions” for 2019 to get organized! While I didn’t set a resolution, it definitely got my wheels turning about cleaning out and decluttering. I had my husband watch it as well and he is all on board! We just have to find time.

One of things that I liked about Marie Kondo’s suggestions for tidying up had to do with finding storage for the items you’ve decided to keep. Even inside drawers, you can use little boxes and dividers to keep things from jumbling together.

Or.. items that you’re keeping, such as photos, can be put in boxes or containers that “spark joy” themselves. They can be on shelves or left out on a coffee table.

So I started to look around my house to see what unused containers or boxes I could start to gather up in preparation for my tidying up bonanza! In my unlisted inventory (ahem) I found this amazing vintage metal cribbage board box.

DSC_0002-002I think it will be perfect for collecting together my reselling receipts! I’d much rather have vintage boxes and baskets holding my clutter than plastic containers from the dollar store. Wouldn’t you?

I turned to Etsy to see what other ways there were to hide and contain the clutter!

The imperfect perfection of Sweet Petunia Vintage:

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Eight Immortals Decorative Box

Wooden Box with Handle

Alfred Knobler Paper Mache Box

The thoughtfully curated vintage treasures of MeMeandMeVintage

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English Floral Biscuit Tin

Natural Picnic Basket Storage

Flemish Pyrography Box

The always fascinating finds of Shelly Is Vintage :

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Black Safety Deposit Box

Small Brass Hinged Box

Four Drawer Industrial Metal Box

And last but not least, fun vintage “stuffs” by Sfuso

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Red Enamelware Refrigerator Box

Vintage Black and Decker Tool Box

Fabulously Red Toolbox


Do any of these vintage storage containers “spark joy” for you? Click on the links and hop on over and check them out!!


If you don’t have Netflix but would like to read about the Kon-Mari method, you can get her book on Amazon:

A Thrifted Vintage Tea Party Baby Shower

Tea Party Baby Shower

So this summer has been a bit busy and is about to get INSANELY more busy…but more about that in a bit. This past Saturday, I hosted a tea party baby shower for a friend. (this post contains affiliate links)
The reason I’d like to share this with you is because it combined my love of vintage and thrifting. And a fun time was had by all!
The theme was a tea party and we went a bit eclectic. We made it an outdoor room/garden party type setting.
TeaParty5We used furniture we had and my MIL has a tub full of vintage linens, fortunately.
I don’t have the greatest picture of them, but the favors were mismatched tea cups that I thrifted here and there over the last few weeks. I added little organza bags of tea, candies and honey straws. The guests had fun picking out a tea cup they liked to bring home.

TeaParty7I also picked up some random, flowery plates and simple parfait glasses from thrift stores in different sizes. These were made into the tidbit trays.

TeaPartyTeaParty3One of the funnest things I went on the thrift hunt for was vintage baby planters. Remember those? I had one as a baby and it stayed in my room my whole childhood. It was shaped like a bassinet and was also a music box. They are at almost every thrift store and I’ve always thought they’d be a nice decor item for a baby shower! I finally did it!
My friend gathered flowers from my MIL’s gardens and made the arrangements. Good thing, too. I couldn’t arrange a flower to save my life.
They came out super cute.

TeaParty4We also used other vintage baby planters to hold silverware and other items.
All in all it was a fun time! Any time you can incorporate thrifting, recycling, re-using, vintage, repurposing into an event or decor…it’s a great thing!

So back to my INSANELY busy summer. In less than two weeks (I get anxious just typing that) our little family is headed off on a cross country road trip!! We will be gone 5 weeks!!
It goes without saying that the next couple weeks will be busy finishing up preparations for this epic journey! My to-do list needs to get out of my head and onto paper.
We will be visiting family in Montana and North Carolina. Visiting Yellowstone. Stopping by to see friends in Utah, New York and Ohio. My Grandma and aunt live in Massachusetts, so we’ll have a quick zip over there too.
Then it’ll be jetting for home to get back in time for school to start! Yikes.

I had been hoping to get another installment of Selling Vintage A to Z posted before I go…but I’m giving myself permission to not worry about that. 🙂 Maybe as we’re driving I’ll be able to get some drafts written and I can post ASAP in September. Or maybe post from the road!

But if not, have a great summer everyone! Thanks for coming by!

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!