This past weekend I spent a day antiquing through the state of New Hampshire. In total, I hit about fourteen shops which sounds like a lot but it really wasn’t. I went up and down route 4 which is known as Antique Alley. It should also be known as Bring Your Pocketbook, because boy can this stuff get pricey.
I pretty much wanted to take the entire room of glass you see above and shove it into the back of my car. A rainbow of glass, this room made me happy from the moment I saw it. I heart old glass.
Matter of fact, you can check out how I used an amazing score on Delphite glass plates I found at an antiques shop in this recipe. There is something about old glass that is so delicate and charming. So very different than the stuff that is manufactured today.
You know how I’ve been going on and on about trying to find flatware for A Beautiful Bite? Mission accomplished. This basket of antique silverware was a buck a piece. I loaded up on all kinds of fun vintage pieces that I can’t wait to photograph. I knew I’d find some flatware someday.
I also found a lot of things I wanted but had no business buying. See these crocks? I would totally collect them if I could afford them and if I had the room.
And how cool is this stack of luggage? I’d love to show these off in the library. That is, if I had a library. Which of course I do not.
These would look awesome in my imaginary library too. It would at least keep the kids away from my expensive books. If I owned any. I do not.
So, what did I buy? A half dozen of these antique Ball canning jars. Do you have any at home? Did you know that you can figure out the date they were made by the design of the Ball logo? The ones I found are from 1933-1960. So very cool.
And of course I found some Pyrex. One dealer was having a 40% off their inventory sale. So, I got a yellow Gooseberry Cinderella set for $19 and a large yellow fridgie for $9 which is pretty awesome because it completes my fridgie collection in that series. I can’t believe I just typed those words. I must be nuts.
I don’t collect hens, but I guess a lot of people do. I just liked this one because it’s blue and only $5. Sold!
Of course there’s always one that got away. I hemmed and hawed over this set. It was only $18 after the dealer’s 40% off discount. New and still in the original packaging, this thing sang a sweet song to my antique loving soul.
BUT it’s a tea and sandwich set. I know it says “snack set” but sets like these from this era were for sandwiches and a beverage. There are two problems with that. #1 I don’t drink tea. #2 Who eats a sandwich while drinking tea? Weird.
So darn sweet, but so totally impractical. It still sits on the shelf waiting for that tea drinking sandwich loving person that’s out there somewhere.
Such a fun day. I just love the thrill of the antique hunt. Do you? If you are an antiques lover, what is your favorite thing to find at an antiques shop? Any amazing antique malls or centers that you love to visit? Let’s talk antiques!