I did it! I finally found some LuRay at a thrift shop.
It had been a really, really, really long time since I had come across any... and I've been collecting LuRay for even longer. You can read some of my other posts that I've written about this pastel, mood lifting dinnerware, here, here, or here.
Either there isn't much of it left or folks are hoarding it!
Not sure.... but I was soooo thrilled to see it on the shelf.
I wasn't even at this particular Goodwill to shop for myself. Bebe had a school event for for literature class: Hans Brinker Day. The kids were encouraged to dress up, so there we were scouring for a Dutch costume in the skirt aisle. After we had narrowed it down to just one skirt that she liked I said "Quick... Mommy is just going to go look in the back!"
All I heard were groans in protest - BUT YOU ALL KNOW I JUST HAD TO!
And I'm so glad I did.
I think it was round two in the "pink" aisle, you know.... how Goodwill organizes by color... when I saw a small stack of three Sharon Pink LuRay dishes. A small platter, a berry bowl, and a coupe soup.
It was like I had won at BINGO!
So up to the register we went. I was checking out and watching the girl wrap the LuRay when all of a sudden it hit me (I'm slow to think these days) THEY ORGANIZE BY COLOR!!!!!! There must be more in the other color sections!
So back we went, on a scavenger hunt, with of course, more protests! Bebe started enjoying it a little, I think...now that we were on a mission. It was great having someone else there with me who knew what it looked like!
I was right, of course. They had separated the LuRay (for shame) and we had to dig through the green, yellow and blue areas.
I found two bakers, one in green and one in blue. Unfortunately they were both chipped. The chips looked really fresh, too. Rats.
But I did get another coupe soup in yellow and one in blue. Success! I spent 19.00 on the five pieces, which I thought was pricey, but I was just happy to have found my favorite vintage dinnerware.
What a perfect time of year to find some LuRay Pastels - SPRING!
What have you found lately? I'd love to hear about it!
Come join me and link up on my other blog for Let's Talk Vintage this week!
You can also join in and link your vintage blog posts every Tuesday at 9 am Eastern!
Monday, March 27, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Stella. The big, scary, blizzard of the year, is happening in March. We were SO CLOSE to having Spring. SO close! I have been hearing the Spring birdies chirping though.
This is the view from my office window.
My shop is normally closed on Tuesday's
so I don't have to worry about opening up today!
I just posted the "Let's Talk Vintage" link party
over on my other page for Vintage & Co. I'm
looking for new recruits... I'd like to build the
party up a bit... it is hard because I am running
so many things!
This is the sofa table I worked on.
It had the original furniture store label
stapled underneath. It came from a store
that is now a thrift shop! Oh the irony!
Anyway, it was marked 1989.
Not too old but old enough to be updated.
I chalk painted it white and gave it the
stress treatment. LOL.
In the picture it
looks like I painted the center taupe but that
is a burlap runner. I love the stone wall at the
shop... makes everything look that much better!
What do you have going on this week? Are you
snowed in like we are?
Next post I'll share a couple of finds from
last weekend... we went to an annual
church sale, right down the road
from where we live.
Stay warm! Think Spring!
Let's Talk Vintage!
Let's Talk Vintage!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Today I'm going to try and get my office whipped back into shape... I've been so busy I've let it slide ... into vintage chaos. Piles of things here
and stacks of things there.
So while I am working on it I'm going to share some things that have sold in my Etsy shop. I'm always curious about what has sold in other shops so maybe you'll find this post
Here are the 10 most recent items:
A sweet pair of little ballet pink baby shoes.
A vintage Holy Communion box,
rosary, pin and pendants.
A Jack Dempsey restaurant menu.
A Honesdale, PA plate in memory of the 1902 flood.
A Bond Hotels "restaurant china" plate.
A vintage and very lacey romantic card.
A Lefton Bunny planter or vase. I have a
few of these myself and I don't think I
have this one. Now wondering why I
didn't keep it????
A Little Women book.
A Hull pitcher. Love these.
The blend of pastels is so pretty.
And a vintage children's book from a local school
called "Miss Fifi Duverall." She has a heart
for the Golden Rule and comes up with a plan
to teach it to other dogs. So cute!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
I'll be linking up with:
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
We have been so so
busy here... I know, it
seems to be a trend with
many of us.
We just really have a full plate.
My Dad has been living with us off
and on since Thanksgiving.
He may be on his way
to early Dementia or Alzheimers.
Anyway, we are trying to maintain
our shop, family life, school, ballet etc.
I am wondering how I am keeping
up with it all.
I do give things to God
when they build up and I can't
handle them anymore.
His shoulders are big and
can carry it all...
"Come to Me, all who are weary and
heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."
to share about it. We sometimes
try and handle the world on
our own and that doesn't always work out!
So let's take a peek
at what we have been
up to... you can see the
furniture makeovers on my
Vintage & Co. blog here.
A customer requested some steampunky items
for a bar area... I thought this Czech glass seltzer bottle
had a great look with this wire mesh.
I'm starting to gather softer colors in the shop for spring.
Hold on... I'll show you what's in the china cabinet that these things are sitting on:
Are you surprised? Yep, there's some LuRay in there!
Nothing says spring like vintage pastels.
And this pretty soft green teapot made its way to the store, too. I held back some things from late
summer treasure hunts, just for Spring.
There are always music themed items in the shop. Since my Sister is a music teacher I always pick them up and see if she is interested. If she doesn't want them they go to the shop. I'm not sure if I showed her these two though!
Thanks for stopping by... going to start
working on a French style dresser, planning
on turning it into a buffet.
See you soon!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Hello my friends!
I'm giving a quick update on some
new things I've discovered for selling.
Both online (Bella Rosa) and my
brick and mortar shop, Vintage & Co.
Some are new, some are inspired by old.
And some are actually vintage or antique.
Some are handmade by vendors, which
is something new I discovered!
Some were made by me, which is something
I would not have attempted a year ago.
I ordered burlap on Amazon and decided
to stencil my own pattern on it, which
as it turns out, I really liked!
I made this wreath, too.
I decided to add green into my shop inventory
since we are approaching St. Patty's
Day and spring. Turns out I like that, too!
I discovered new ways of displaying some
of my inventory. It is good to change
things around, they get noticed more!
I discovered I can add in "new" items
that have an older look.
Like this old "outhouse" piece... paired
with a newer lake house hanging sign.
The garden stakes are new but have a great rustic look.
I discovered I had some old keys still
left in my inventory and quickly brought
them to the shop. One of my favorite
things to use as display.
I also love old wooden boxes. This one is
neat with graphics already painted
on the side.. .the perfect place to stash
some motto stamp blocks!
And as always, I discover how much I
enjoy setting up inventory in my shop.
I get inspired by old issues of
Country Living magazine, Romantic
Homes, Somerset Life. It helps
get my mind in motion and then
it just flows from there.
What did you discover this week?
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day!
What will you be doing for such a romantic day as this?
I'm not positive but the hubby may be making us
dinner... his best dish: Chicken Marsala.
Yesterday I decorated a kindergarten open house
for Bebe's school. I do it every year even though
she is in 3rd grade now. (How did THAT happen?)
I've also been busy with our store,
Vintage & Co. We had a Valentine
Tea over the weekend.
So, needless to say I still have some things left to do for today. Gift wrapping special things for Bebe, some
chocolates for her Daddy. A few years ago I
made the pink Valentine cake, above.
Probably not going to happen this year!
Cake, no cake, it doesn't really matter.
Because love is all you need.
Hope your day is happy, whatever
For God so loved the world...
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Now that we are into February we have been
getting the urge to "hunt down some vintage."
We know that spring will be here before we
know it but you know how that goes...
So, here are some of the things
we have found recently.:
This wonderful vintage bookcase.
We decided not to go with chalk paint on this piece
nor did we distress it. It will most likely
go into a child's room or baby nursery.
Funny thing about selling vintage... you just never know
what will sell. As soon as we placed the bookcase
next to the vintage baby armoire, the armoire sold!
It had been sitting in the shop since day one.
Saw just three of these "The Hotel Hershey" plates
at a second hand shop and realized they weren't old.
But, if you've ever been to The Hotel Hershey,
you just love anything from there!
They would also go well with the creamers
I showed you last week!
I also had the chance to pick up some costume jewelry...
I love displaying them at the checkout counter.
These are just a few of them.
I was really running low.
Other things I like to display:
Red books, picture frames, roses, ephemera,
all good things for Valentine's Day.
I added some pink things to the mix...
for a touch of romance.
I'll be back with more vintage finds
next week! Enjoy the day!
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