Feb 22, 2011

Vintage-- Just what is vintage?

The scavenger hunt at ESN this week is for Vintage pieces.

This got me to thinking about "just what is vintage?"
I decided to do a little research.
This is what I found.
First, I did a dictionary search of the word: Vintage
I found that it mostly, or primarily, refers to wine. 
Here are some definitions of Vintage as an adjective.  I think in describing our items we usually use "Vintage" as an adjective.
6. (of wine) of an outstandingly good year
7. representative of the best and most typical: vintage Shakespeare
8. of lasting interest and importance; venerable; classic: vintage films
9. old-fashioned; dated

I also found some who claim that the term "vintage" is over-used.  It probably is.  I know, I was not really aware of the nuances of vintage. Maybe we tend to use it as "old fashioned and dated" rather than as "representative of the best" of an era.  There seems to be a consensus that vintage items must be well made.Some sources say that vintage items should be at least 40-50 years old.  Others say at least 20 years old.  I also get the idea that a vintage item should be listed with a date or at least a date range, like 1950's.

It is pretty standard to consider that an antique must be 100 years old.  This has always fascinated me, because things that were not considered antiques when I was a child can now be antiques.  In fact, I have quite a few pieces of antique reproduction furniture that I acquired new in the 1960's and 1970's.  I have joked that it is wasn't a real antique when I got it; but I've had it so long that it is now--or soon will be.  I wonder now how these reproduction pieces fit into the "vintage" "retro", "antique" scheme of things.
Here is one take on antique vs. vintage furniture. As you can see here, not everything old is vintage.
Apartment Therapy also offers some insights into the difference between antique and vintage.

With all this in mind, I searched ESN photos for "vintage" items.

Carolina Blue Lady has a number of vintage Avon pieces listed. These are from the 1980's which at this point qualifies as vintage, using the 20 year old criteria.
One example is this 1984 Avon Christmas Lyre Ornament
which you can purchase here
Carolina Blue Lady also has some lovely vintage glass pieces available.

I found that Bargain Express has several sets of vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers. Even though there is no date listed, they are "made in Japan" which puts them well back in time. One example is this bird/pheasant nodder set.
Look here to get details and/or purchase.
You can also find vintage collectible coins at Bargain Express.

ComycGyrl has several Easter Cards that are described as Antique.  There are also a number of pieces of vintage glasssware including some neat collectible character glasses and advertising collectibles in her store.
Here is one of the antique cards:

See it in more detail here.

If you are interested in the good quality old "vintage" things or in collectibles of any sort, or even antique items take a look at ESN.  You are likely to find what you are looking for plus many ecrater shopkeepers are even happy to look for that special item for you. Of course, I would like for you to check out my store, Hazel's HodgePodge soon.

Feb 14, 2011

"There is Sunshine in My Soul Today"

Oh, the beautiful sunshine! We've had 4 glorious days of sunshine all in a row.  This has been such a dreary cold winter that the sun seems such a blessing.  Even when the temps are still cool, it feels so much better when the sun shines. And each day is warmer than the one before. We have actually had no heat running today and the doors open for a while .
 At church Sunday, Hubby even lead the hymn, "There is Sunshine in My Soul Today!"  How appropriate!?!
"There is sunshine in my soul today,
More glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky,
For Jesus is my light,
o there's sunshine blessed sunshine
While the peaceful, happy moments roll;
When Jesus shows His smiling face,
There is sunshine in my soul."

I also like "Heavenly Sunlight". 
"Walking in sunlight, all of my journey,...
Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight,
Floodingmy soul with glory divine."

It it any wonder that the song writers compare our Joy in Jesus as Saviour to Sunshine or our journey as a Christian to "walking in Sunlight"?
Whether it is physical Sunlight or spiritual Sonlight, what joy to have it!!!

Hubby knows I like yellow roses best and got me a bouquet of them for Valentine's Day.
They are brightening my office and adding a little spot of sunshine to my indoor space.
I want to share this collage of them with you.

Our Scavenger Hunt at Ecater Store Network this week is also Sunshine. Bright  yellow things always seem like a spot of sunlight even on a dreary day, so I decided to look for sunshine yellow objects.
Here's a few items I found.
Beautiful Sunshine Yellow Dishes
available at CarolinaBlueLady
Vintage Shawnee Ashtray in Yellow Brown
available at ComycGyrl Collectibles
Beautiful Hawaiian Print Shirt is one of several
Eccentric Thrifter

Unusual Yellow Vinyl Record  available at 
Bargain Express

You can shop for more yellow items to put more sunshine into your world at ESN. 

Feb 11, 2011

Sports and Me?

The theme of this week's ESN scavenger hunt is SPORTS.
I'm not really a sports fan myself.  I do like baseball and we follow the Houston Astros.  Last summer I was really seriously wondering why, but you know you have to stick with your team no matter what. When I was a kid, the family followed the San Antonio Missions (Texas League Team). In fact, Brooks Robinson was playing for the Missions when we were going to the games and listening to Jim Wiggins announce the games on the radio every night. 
When it comes to playing sports, I was always the kid no one wanted on their team. My knowledge of football leaves an awful lot to be desired.  The same goes for basketball and some other sports. So my interest in the Super Bowl is mostly in the commercials.  And, I must say, I was rather disappointed in most of them this year.  We walked in from church just in time for the Star Spangled Banner.  I didn't catch the much publicizd mistake, but thought it was a "pretty awful" rendition.  Hubby's remark was, "Who told her she could sing?" 

Honestly, I'd rather be watching Home and Garden TV most of the time. Anyway, I got to looking around ESN photos and found some really neat things at Walls that Talk for decorating with sports themes. Some of these would be really neat for your boys' rooms or maybe a "man cave".  Just pick your sport.  

This is one of several sports items available at Walls that Talk.

I love Christmas Tree Ornaments.  Most of the ones I have a very specialThey commemorate an occasion or an interest, or they were given to me by a special person. Some are custom made.  This one from Comyc Gyrl Collectibles could be very special to a Buccaneer's Fan.

Comyc Gyrl Collectibles has a good selection of Sports Cards
AND this cute collectible Christmas Tree Ornament

Now, Sports Fans  have March Madness to look forward to and then it's back to Baseball Season.  Hope the Astros play better ball all season this year than last.  Everybody wants their team to be the winner, no matter what sport or what level: Little League, High School, College, or Pro.  I hope "your" team is a winner this year.
And You can be a winner by shopping ESN and the ecrater stores.

Feb 1, 2011

Happy Birthday to You!

The ESN scavenger hunt this week is about Birthdays. 
This made me think of how kid's birthday parties have evolved.  What ever happened to the simple little parties we had as children?  Picking the invitation, filling in the time and date, and delivering it was just the start of the process. On the designated day and hour, neighbor children, schoolmates and their siblings, family friends, and relatives of all ages dressed up and came together to celebrate the honored Birthday Boy or Girl.  The games, in our circle, were pretty much the same at each party. We played Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Drop the Clothes Pins in the Bottle and probably Drop the Handkerchief and/ or The Farmer in the Dell. There was always a prize for the child who got the most clothespins in the bottle.  By the way, The bottle was a glass milk bottle until the late 50's when they started using paper cartons for the milk.  The one who got the least got a "booby" prize.  The person getting the Donkey's tail nearest the correct spot also got a prize and the one getting farthest from the spot, again got the "booby" prize.  After the games, the honoree opened gifts which were humble by today's standards. This was exciting to the Birthday Boy or Girl.  Next, "Happy Birthday" was sung, the candles blown out as a wish was made. Then,lastly the cake was served, usually with punch,ie, kool-aid. Sometimes, a scoop of ice cream accompanied the cake. Guests received a small Party Favor, thanked the hostess for inviting them and the party was over.  It was a time for learning manners as well as having fun.

Summer before last my Sister-in-law put together and old fashioned birthday party for my granddaughter Anna.  Anna and her siblings enjoyed Pin the Tail on the Donkey, an egg  and spoon race, and a dart game.  Aunt Bev made a beautiful chocolate cake with cherries on it. We also had
 ice cream sodas before the games.  Anna was truly the person of the hour.  Since she is such an animal lover, the book she got was a very special gift.
 Afterwards, Uncle Bobby let them all ride the horse, Old Gray.  He was waxing nostalgic about pony rides we had as kids also.

I decided to look through the ESN pictures for things reminescent of the parties we had "way back when".  Here are 3 of the items I found.
Mama might have served kool-aid from a pitcher like this one
from Carolina Blue Lady.

Darling Book for Recording Memories of Birthdays and other Events
Available at Eccentric Thrifter
Maybe your mom kept a book similar to this for you?

You might have won this as a prize or taken it home as a "favor"
at a mid-century kid's party
Get it now from ComycGyrl's Collectibles

Whether you are looking for the perfect Birthday Gift for Someone Now or if you are waxing nostalgic and want something collectible, ESN is a good place to start your search.