Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day marks the traditional opening of the "season" here. I imagine by now the people who do not live in this area are starting to dream about summer. They look at that jar of shells they took home or that silly stuffed bear from the Wildwood boardwalk and fondly remember their brief week’s respite from the daily grind.

What is fun, though, is to look at the variety of souvenirs that exist, and especially intriguing are the items from the post WWII era. Families packed everyone into the station wagon and headed out to see America. We had won the war; we were moving to the suburbs, and all was right in the world.

It is intriguing to think of them stopping at the Delaware Water Gap and buying a plastic Indian, or going to Washington, D.C. and buying a souvenir plate with all the monuments pictured.

Of course, there are the ubiquitous salt and pepper shakers, the mini spoons with minute emblems of the tourist site unceremoniously glued on, and don’t forget the embroidered silk pillowcases. Shown here is an oil/vinegar set with hand painted roses and Wildwood, NJ proudly named. I am sure these existed for several resorts in the 60s.
In part, it is a look into another “time zone” even though it is only 40 or 50 years ago. How different those vacations were compared to the Disney cruise or the island jaunt that families take today? Even the car trip is a traveling entertainment center with its swivel chairs, DVD players, and food consoles. I remember having a pillow, a book, and pencil and paper--you never knew when you wanted to play the state license game. Speaking of license plates, you would have to be a graphic arts genius to identify some of the plates today! Yet, these “tacky” souvenirs in their own way represent a “kinder,gentler time.” Of course, current gas prices could bring a return to the lazy hazy days of summer under the boardwalk!

Monday, May 19, 2008

The earliest known glass salver, or server as it was sometimes called, was modeled after silver. It was created in England to serve beer or liquids and the "tray" kept it from getting "the Carpit and Cloathes." In the 17th century they are often shown supporting one or more wine glasses.

The most popular style was the molded pedestal stem. After 1800 the edge of the foot is usually folded upwards & most had solid tops. The most spectacular role of the salver was in a dessert pyramid comprised of two to five salvers of graduated diameter set one upon the other to create a pyramid effect. Each layer bore an arrangement of glassware (syllabubs) filled with jellies, creams, & sweetmeats. The smallest salver at the top was usually crowned with a 'Top Glass' for preserved fruit. And you thought Martha designed that look????

Interestingly, these stands were first made in America in the 1770s in Philadelphia. South Boston Flint Glass Works listed the form among its products in 1818; their salvers ranged from 8-15 inches in diameter and cost from $1.67 to $6.00 each. The following year, the firm extended the range down to 6 and up to 17 inches.

In the 1800s these stands were in everyone's homes. it...even a stack of Twinkies would look good on them. I use them in my shop for display pedestals as you can see.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

"You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle."
Paulo Coelho

That was my daily email quote...and my miracle today was that I managed to get a new keyboard to work with my computer...should have been an easy task...but nope.
All is well ~ I think ~

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I love auctions. When I first started my shop nearly 18 years ago, I was petrified. I was sure a sneeze, a hand movement, a blink would result in my buying some ugly pot or painting. But, alas...I mastered the auction~~thanks to mentors~~even earned a permanent number at my weekly haunt~~~~this is a picture of some treasures from last night...a wonderful gallery framed print...and Japanese piece...hand holding the shoe...and some post cards...doing well at auction is like finding the pot at the end of the just makes life a little golder!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

It just struck me as I was responding to a post on Make Mine Pink about a quote of Ralph Waldo Emerson that we have slipped so far in our abilities to be self-reliant.

We want everything done for us...not my fault...not my responsibility...not in my backyard. Not to mention his line "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"...change is the one thing that can make aging difficult. I have noticed that people do make fun of me because I keep up with modern culture, but it does work well in my college teaching. I think it keeps me least mentally...hard to stop the other issues...but, when we refuse to change, it does throw up the negativity. I can see it in some of the people who have been interviwed through this primary election process. Some of the responses border on frightening.

You know, this is a good is good to vent...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I have been reading about retail and the push to get people to spend their stimulus checks with them. Although I am a retailer, I would never want someone to buy something if they really could not afford it. That is why I have kept my prices reasonable...for under $10 you can find some real treasures to make you happy.

Rich smelling soaps...candles to light and soothe the soul...perhaps a small pottery vase or an old book...a beautiful cup and saucer tied with pretty ribbon...little touches to make you smile...a little stuff pillow hung on a door or a hook...all under $10...$5 even!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

This is Mount Pillow in my shop...I sold an iron bed, and, until I get another one set up, I have this pile. I figure if it collapses it won't hurt anyone though! I truly have a pillow fetish...have 10 on our personal bed!

Monday, May 12, 2008

I am trying to rework the shop for the new season. It is difficult to compete with the big boxes in my little box, but I try to give people value and variety. So much of the antique/vintage world overprices merchandise thinking they are dealing with museum treasures. In reality, everyone who sells used merchandise is part of the new "green" movement. Antique dealers were the first recyclers!

Friday, May 9, 2008


The new world of promotion brings me to the blog...I keep thinking blob...but, alas, the web log somehow became blog...this is an alternative to the web site, and at least I have control here...or do I? Hope springs eternal...