Saturday, April 12, 2008

Omaha Score!

Last weekend I drove my son to Omaha to play in some lacrosse games. He scored in the final seconds of a game, and I made the most of the few seconds I had to antique! Actually, it was one and a half hours, but it wasn't nearly enough time for the old Omaha market district. (Thanks to Beth for suggesting this area to me.) I shopped at the Fairmont Antique Mall, which was in the old Fairmont dairy building, and at Second Chance Antiques, which was just as a review in Country Home magazine had promised--absolutely jam-packed and home to two cats. This tin is probably my favorite find. I've never seen one with raised detail like this, and the flower basket is a motif I love. Here is a detail of the side of the tin. The wheat sheaf is the perfect motif for a Kansas resident like me. I thought this chunky little jar would be great for storing buttons or ribbon in my craft room. Of course, I loved the blue and white floral lid. I think someone may have just covered it with contact paper. Feeling the influence of Sugar*Sugar, I scooped up the vintage clothespins. I recently bought two bags of old lace trim for just $1.99 a bag at a Savers and I liked the idea of using the clothespins to store the lace pieces. I probably won't paint them in pastels, but I will paint them, since the acid in the unfinished wood would be bad for the lace. Perhaps a chocolate brown color would set off the lovely old yellowed tones of the lace. I also found a couple of holiday items and some sewing notions, which are a favorite of mine. Because I like the silhouette of the crocheted shoe, I'll just leave it as is. I bought the card of bone rings because I've always wanted to make a ribbon chatelaine. I think these rings may be smaller than the ones usually used and I may not have enough of them, but if that's the case, I'll just tuck the card into my French memo board. I absolutely loved the little crocheted cup-- such detail in such a tiny piece! Now I just have to find the perfect thimble to put in it. The man at the register told me he could tell by a code on the tag that it had been there for 24 years. I'm not sure if that's true, but it was so dirty I thought it might turn out an ecru color after a good soaking in Oxiclean, if I was lucky. Turns out it was a pretty, pale shade of yellow. I love a road trip, no matter what the destination, because I never know what I'm going to see or find along the way.

1 comment:

The Apron Queen said...

What an amazing collection of hankies. I'm impressed! My vintage hanky apron show & tell is up. Do stop by. I'll even fix you a plate of my Just Peachy Cobbler. :D

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