Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Remember that? We’re focusing on the something old today! Our Christmas in July team members shared these charming vintage items and stories.
These are handmade earrings made from vintage spider web lamp-work glass beads! They were made in the 1950’s in Japan, and are an enchanting and very rare find from the good old days. I’ve made these gorgeous works of art into wearable jewelry, perfect for the lover of vintage style and also the modern fashionista.
Well, I have something inherited and blue! This bottle was in my mother’s dining room curio cabinet. I always remember it as a child and when she passed away, it’s one of the things I kept. Well, for this entire time, I thought it was a cruet, but wasn’t sure of the Maker or pattern. I asked in one of my FB Etsy Groups and it ends up being an antique Barber bottle for hair tonic, etc. Goes to show, in the world of vintage and antiques, you are always learning something new.
I adore vintage buttons and crystals and when I find the right box I love to decorate with them! The pewter buttons are from Austria and used to be on folk outfits there my grandmother had a huge button box and I loved playing with them as child.
That is what my house is all about as I have collected vintage items for 40 years. It started when my sister in law bought me a Fenton Bell for College Graduation. From there it went viral to cookie jars, tea pots, milk glass and you name it. A few years after my mom died and I found her purses I opened my Etsy Shop. I have chosen this art deco hall tea pot for my charming vintage item.
When I lived in West Virginia I opened a craft store in my home – JAMs Hobby Shop. I sold my handmade items, painting supplies, and taught painting classes. Upon moving to Florida, I had to try the craft show outlet, because my Florida home was not big enough to house my craft store. Thirty years ago I gave my dad a 1 1/2 inch picture of a wooden cash register to use at the shows. From that small picture, he made the cash register, which I stained and painted. He could make anything. I sure do miss him very much.
Many years ago I started collecting vintage clothing. I fell in love with this gown with the faded blue fabric showing through the exquisite lace. I love the crisp cotton fabric and the tucks in the hem Most of all I love the sleeves and the lace that folds back at the wrist. I was never the right size to wear this but it was enough just opening the closet to look at it. But the time comes when it needs to be shared. I bet that ‘s the way a lot of us feel about vintage clothing!