Saturday, March 14, 2009

Vintage Retail Therapy

Hi again - twice in one day :)

I haven't had the best week - just a little down in the dumps trying to figure out what direction to take finding a job. Well, I've been wanting to look around in some local antique and thrift shops and today I went out in the rain and did just that. No, I shouldn't be spending money on unnecessary items right now, but I did on a few things that have brought me little crumbs of happiness, so I guess it was money well spent.

I saw so many things in this antique shop from my childhood and they made me smile. There was a vase in there just like one that my grandmother had but it was red and white, and the one she had was blue and white. If it had been blue and white, I would have bought it. These are the things I came home with. None are terribly old by any means, but I liked them.

This one is my absolute favorite; I could use him for so many things but for now he is just setting on my little spice rack. It's a small open box and the front of it is a Scottie dog.
I bought the whiskey decanter because I love Canada Geese so much, and thought this was very pretty. The little dog was just cute
and the tin will bring some fresh color to the top of my kitchen cabinets
When I went on a road trip with my friend Gail last Thursday, I picked up a spice rack for $5. I'm going to paint it but just stuck in on the wall as is for now. Originally, I was going to put some sewing related items on it but changed my mind.

While I'm going down memory lane, do any of you remember either of these little toys? I remember getting the little black chalkware baby for 10 cents at Woolworths when I was very, very little. They were all just piled together in a glass bin; her arms and legs are connected with string.
I got this little mouse toy for a birthday when I was maybe about 9 or 10 years old (just guessing). He comes apart and each section of him is a top. His name was Mr. ...something..that's the part I can't remember. I've always loved both of these little toys and am surprised they've survived all the moves in my life.


Betty said...

What nice treasures you found. And, your memories come to life with the pictures. Thanks for sharing them with us.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I've never thought of using a spice rack to decorate but I'm going to be on the lookout for one! blessings, marlene

nikkicrumpet said...

Well there is nothing like a little retail therapy to make the world a brighter happier place. I'm glad you found some pretty things that gave you a boost! Have a great weekend my friend.

erin said...

Hi Phyllis,

Gracious, nothing like a little shopping to brighten your day - and what fun treasuers you found.
Have a wonderful day and I hope you find a job soon. Keep thinking those beautiful thoughts and creating beautiful things.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Phyllis, Yes, money well spent for a bit of happiness and memories. I love the scotty dog and the little spice rack is adorable.
Good luck with finding your job. I will keep you in my prayers.
Have a great day.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

You found some wonderful treasures! I'm in love with the dogs... they put a smile on my face. ☺

Have a great day! ♥ Diane