Adventures at The Antique House – Part 2

An apology…

Please forgive my tardiness in getting out Part 2 of Adventures at The Antique House.  I never intended this blog to be a discourse about my personal life, but one that encouraged, educated and entertained you with posts about vintage and handmade treasures along with a few other interesting tidbits.  I do feel somewhat compelled to offer a short explanation for my absence so I will just say that life-changing events happened at my house — not one, but two major surgeries both involving long and intense recovery times.  I think we are over the hump and moving forward now so it is without further adieu that I bring to you Adventures at The Antique House – Part 2!!

Synopsis of the plot so far…

…The setting is Small Town, USA.  The main characters are Mr. and Mrs. W.  The plot begins with Mr. and Mrs. W selling their old house and moving to a new one.  Well, not really a new one, but new-to-them.  As it turns out, this house probably qualifies to be on the National Register of Historic Homes.  As it also turns out, the previous owners operated an antique store in the building.  Mr. and Mrs. W purchased the house WITH all of the antiques included.  And…as it also turns out, Mr. and Mrs. W are related to me…

…Mrs. W explained that each of the immediate family members were going to be given a dollar amount to redeem for goods at what was appropriately being called…The Antique House

…I “oohed and aahed” for about 3 hours before carefully wrapping my selections in bubble wrap and heading for home…

And now for Part 2…

Mrs. W graciously showed me through the rooms of goodies time and time again.  And…time and time again.  Understandably, she didn’t want to break up sets of dishes, but a couple of Desert Rose serving pieces caught my eye.  Although certainly not a rare find, I knew they would complement a set of Desert Rose dishes that my daughter has.  Sale #1!!

Desert Rose Serving Pieces

Desert Rose Serving Pieces from The Antique House

Then I saw a white Milk Glass vase.  My daughter-in-law has quite a collection of Milk Glass and had just broken her vase.  So…Sale #2!!

Milk Glass Vase

Milk Glass Vase from The Antique House

Having secured a little something for my daughter and daughter-in-law, I set out on the hunt for me.  I love vintage linens and was looking for an apron like Grandma used to wear.  I searched for something like this one.  It’s what I would call a Farmhouse Apron.

Vintage Farmhouse Apron

Vintage Apron featured on JanesVintageToo

Linens, and especially aprons, were a little scarce so what I found to my liking was this apron.  It’s a single-pocket waist apron.  The black polka dots struck me for its simplicity and the red accents of Lazy Daisy embroidery stitch just added to its charm.  Sale #3!!

Vintage Apron

Vintage Apron from The Antique House

I spotted a stack of doilies and carefully looked through them choosing this hand-crocheted one accented in turquoise and yellow.  Sale #4!!

Vintage Crocheted Doily with Turquoise Accents

Vintage Crocheted Doily with Turquoise Accents

And now for my favorite purchase…

I have had a recent interest in vintage lamps.  A friend gave me one to list in my shop, but I couldn’t part with it so it is proudly sitting atop my antique sewing machine for all to see.  As I went from room to room in The Antique House, I kept going back to the room with “the lamp” in it.  Perhaps it’s a reproduction, but I don’t think so because of the age of the electrical cord.  Why was I drawn to it?  I think it’s because it reminded me of Grandma’s house.  It reminded me of simpler times.  Times when a child could safely roam the neighborhood.  Times of going fishing with my uncle.  Times when cousins played at Grandma’s from dawn till dusk.  And the list of memories it brought to mind could go on and on.  That’s why I like vintage.  It makes me smile and takes me to a wonderful time in the past full of happy memories.

So what I purchased for Sale #5 was something special to me.  I didn’t just take home a lamp that day.  I took home a heart full of memories.

I hope after waiting so long to find out what I purchased that you aren’t disappointed or that it seems somewhat anticlimactic.  I had a delightful time at The Antique House.  Sadly, I was unable to go back for additional purchases.  I believe Mrs. W has been bitten by the “Picker” bug.  :o)  I wish her well in her new vintage/antique adventure.

On another note…can anyone help me identify the year or style of my new-found lamp?  Does the electrical cord give you any hint as to the time frame?  I would like to purchase a time-era-appropriate shade for the lamp, but my research to date has not proved successful.

16 thoughts on “Adventures at The Antique House – Part 2

  1. I too love your purchases Mrs. A. and especially the reasons you chose what you did.
    💙The lamp is a beauty but I’m afraid I am no help with its age.

    What do you mean the picker but got her? Will the house remain full of antiques or she now in the selling business?

    • Thanks for going back and reading Part 1, Tina. It certainly helps to set the stage for Part 2. The Antique House was such a fun opportunity for me!!

      As far as Mrs. W getting the “Picker” bug…as she began to research her inventory I think she became more and more interested in what she had purchased. Mr. and Mrs. W are restoring the house to live in. She will be keeping some of the items and then will most likely begin the adventure of selling what she doesn’t keep.

  2. What a fun adventure you had! I love that the items you selected bring back fond memories for you. Thanks for sharing your special treasures!

  3. Fabulous finds! And the adventure of The Antique House is a dream come true! I’m guessing ’40’s on the lamp. Maybe late ’30’s.

  4. I love all of your purchases. Especially the aprons. My uneducated guess on the age of the lamp would be sometime in the 1930’s. I think in those times they added decals to lamps like yours. Love it.

    • Thank you, Sue. I am just drawn to vintage aprons. Whenever I go to a sale, I head for the linens first. Thank you for your guess on the age of the lamp, too. I think I’ll start researching the 1940s and 1930s for an appropriate shade.

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