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Shopping Tips

Happy early birthday to me!  This weekend my kiddos were home sick so our weekend camping plans were cancelled and I spent time hanging at home, rearranging decor and shopping online.  {Yes, I ignored the piles of laundry and barren refrigerator…isn’t that what Monday is for?!}  I did manage to steal away for a couple of hours, though, to visit some of my favorite local stores.  While it’s true that I go shopping a lot, I don’t tend to purchase things very often, but this weekend was different.  So, Happy Early Birthday to me!

While at a local shop, I spotted a vintage camera that I swear was calling my name.  But I resisted….and then thought about it all night long!  So I raced out the next morning to see if it was still there and I was in luck.  I am completely smitten with my “new” Kodak Recomar No. 33.  It was made during the 1930’s for amateur photographers and is in beautiful condition.  There are no tears in the bellows and the Cable Release is intact, whereas I find this piece is often missing in many of the vintage cameras I’ve previously come across.

Isn’t she a beauty?!  She’s the first piece in my vintage camera collection.  Every collection has to start somewhere, right?!

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I also made a stop at HomeGoods and if you follow me on Facebook, then you’ll already know that I found the most fantastic blue velvet tufted Chesterfield and an amazing linen and burlap settee!  But I also came across some super cute blue and white chicken salad plates.  For $2.99 each, I just couldn’t resist.

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I love when items have special details on them and as the sales clerk started wrapping the plates, I noticed that the floral pattern extended to the underside as well!  I know no one will ever see this once I’ve set the table, but just knowing that it’s there makes it extra special.

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The salad plates came in two different shapes – I bought the square.  They also had three different styles of bowls, appetizer plates, dinner plates, mugs, and more, and the pattern came in red, blue and black.

HomeGoods Chicken Plates

 

Aside from these two purchases, I bought two other items from Etsy.  Lately, I’ve been browsing Etsy almost every day because I’m looking for some vintage sconces for my downstairs bathroom.  But I also regularly look at the listing for white ironstone because for some reason, I have a hard time finding ironstone locally.  I currently have four pieces but would love have more, so when I spotted this adorable sugar jar from Edith & Evelyn I knew it was going to be the next piece in my collection!

TIDBITS & TWINE Ironstone Sugar Jar

 

This is a W&E Corn Burslem piece from the early 1900’s and has a gorgeous scalloped detail on the top with a corn pattern around the body.TIDBITS & TWINE Ironstone Sugar Jar 2

 

 

I was just about ready to check out with my purchase when another item in Cindy’s shop caught my eye.  Opera glasses.  I have long wanted a pair to include in my downstairs cabinet and these fit the bill perfectly.

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These Lemaire Fabt Paris glasses are circa. 1880 and in working condition.    The leather, once black, is very worn, but that gives it part of its charm that I love so much!

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And while on the subject of Edith & Evelyn, I love the vintage trophy cups currently available in her shop.  I didn’t buy any, but coincidentally came across them on Pinterest last week.  I can seriously think of a thousand uses for old trophy cups, but with Fall just around the corner, would’t these look great displayed in a grouping filled with cotton branches, feathers, and acorns?

Trophy Cup

 

And last but not least, I received some vintage wooden blocks this weekend.  My friend Kelly from Co-Op Chicks knew I loved these and gave them to me when I was helping her get ready for her Barn Sale.  I love vintage wooden objects like hat molds, cutting boards, spools, shoes forms, etc., so these are right up my alley!  I’m thinking that they would look cute under a cloche as part of a Christmas vignette.

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I am in love with my new purchases and can’t wait to incorporate them into my home.  Of course, as a personal rule, whenever I add something to my house, I try to get rid of something else so that I don’t find myself drowning in stuff!  So, this week I’ll have to spend a little time cleaning out the cabinets and my room of extra decor to make space for my new treasures.

 

Hope your week is off to a great start!
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P.S. – If anyone is looking to sell pieces from their personal ironstone collection, please email me!  :)

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. I love, love, love IRONSTONE. I’ve gotten very few pieces from consignment shops and Good Will. The majority of my pieces (platters) I have bought all off of Etsy.

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Lori – I’m so jealous! You’re one of those lucky ones that comes across ironstone at thrift stores! :) Do you have your ironstone collection grouped together in a display or do you use it throughout your home?

      1. I have most of my large platters framing the sides of an antique hutch I purchased off of Miss Mustard Seed. I have my smaller platters stacked in my office on my desk holding paper clips, some of my soup tureens I have turned into planters for orchids and boxwoods, and the others are on display all over the house!! I love my ironstone.

  2. Hi Kim,
    You made some terrific purchases over the weekend! I think I have ironstone listed in my etsy shop. I have way too much in my own personal collection that I’m always willing to sell out of…if interested let me know what you’re looking for.
    Mary Alice

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Mary Alice – Too funny! At the same time your comment came in I was browsing your Etsy shop and looking at the gorgeous tureen you have listed. :) I’ll send you a separate note with my wish list of items in case you have any of them that you’re willing to sell! Thank you!

  3. Miss Mustard Seed regularly sells Ironstone in her online shop

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Kathryn – I check her shop all the time! I was lucky enough to buy one piece from her but I swear her items sell as soon as she posts them! :)

  4. Kim,
    Thank you so much for the shout out for our shop, Edith & Evelyn Vintage! We appreciate it so very much and absolutely love your blog…….I’ve just sat at my computer for over an hour perusing your posts and have signed up to get it in my inbox! Now, I’m heading over to Facebook to give you a “like”! Thanks again!
    Cindy
    Edith & Evelyn Vintage

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Cindy – Thank you so much for your kind comment and for following along with the blog! I’ve already made space for my new treasures and can’t wait for their arrival! :) Kim

  5. Happy Birthday Kim. You found some great treasures. Love that camera it is gorgeous.
    Have a great start to the new week ahead.
    Kris

    1. Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Kris – Thank you and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!

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