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Sunday, December 14th, 2008
4:51 pm

can anyone tell em more about these teacups or what they say? I got them in old sacramento (caifornia) at a small nostalgic type thrift place for a dollar apiece. the man said they looked like they were from the late 40's.

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
6:57 am
You know you're into antiques when...
you've collected so many old chairs that your living room looks like an intervention.
Friday, July 18th, 2008
8:58 am
Friday, January 26th, 2007
10:50 am
New antiques community
The Antiques Guide is a community created to help identify and perhaps value items that may or may not be antiques. Generally an antique is defined as being 100 years old or more, but many will say that items from as late as the 1970s may be considered antiques provided they have a value as collectible.
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
11:04 pm
project partners wanted
My most recent ongoing project is historical art. I'm looking for ppl interested in vintage photography, antiquated crafts or modeling for shoots with antique furniture and props. Local to Portland OR is preferrable but not necessary. Please email me with your AIM or Yahoo screenname if you'd like to chat about the project, or if you are passionate about history...
Monday, December 25th, 2006
10:23 pm
Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
5:30 pm
spooky past-world decor!
Other then a Jack, we don't need any "decorations" to make our place spooky...most of my possessions used to belong to dead ppl anyway. In fact, some of the rooms in my place are like stepping back through time.

When the time came to furnish my own place and replace my possessions, I found that I could get antiques and repros just as easily as modern garbage at the thriftshop. The result was a gradual feeling of regression into the past with the skillfull application of old wood, brass, and alot of research into how things would have been placed and used. Eventually I started collecting more specialized items as Fate permitted; things like a large spinning wheel, a washstand, a secretaire, bedcurtains, and other things we just don't make or use anymore. I make a great many things as well, in the old tradition, and do ALOT of reading and research.
Piece by gradual piece, the place has started looking like a real Victorian interior, and I love it. I cherish the possessions of the dead, as I hope someday others will cherish the things I pass on.

In the meantime, I enjoy browsing eBay and bidding on things dug up out of ancient pits or rivers, or cruising mouldy basements searching for treasure to add to my little world...
Saturday, August 19th, 2006
9:24 pm
Josephine Baker 1906-1975

Josephine Baker sashayed onto a Paris stage during the 1920s with a comic, yet sensual appeal that took Europe by storm. Famous for barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred dance routines, her exotic beauty generated nicknames "Black Venus," "Black Pearl" and "Creole Goddess."
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
8:47 pm
Edison Standard Phonograph


"The smaller horns became near extinct in that the popularity of the flat record coincided with the popularization of the automobile. It seems that the smaller horns worked quite well for filling auto's with oil. As the flat record replaced the cylinders, the horns were thusly otherwise useless."

Thursday, July 27th, 2006
4:59 pm
Hi! I work for an interior designer and one of our customers has this gorgeous silk lampshade from the late 1800s with a horrific tear. My old lampshade contact passed away this winter, and I can't seem to find anyone to do the repair work. Could anyone suggest someone for me? At this point, I'll send it anywhere, just so long as it can get done. I'd really appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!
Friday, June 2nd, 2006
8:21 pm
Antique Mason Jars
Don't know if anyone is a jar collector... these were the last jars Ball made like this in the 1930s. I don't know the value of the them so they are marked for $20 for a set of 3. They have zinc lids and are aqua in colour as well.

Friday, May 12th, 2006
2:30 pm

They don`t make em like this anymore
Monday, February 6th, 2006
2:09 pm
this is what makes it all worthwhile...
On opening up an old frame, my heart almost stopped from the surprise of seeing these intense eyes staring up at me from behind the backing of an old print:


Someone long ago had given up hand coloring this image and inserted it face down between the existing image and the frame back. It hasn't seen the light of day for at least 100 years.

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
9:51 am
I'm coming to the realization that I would rather live in an empty house then have modern furnishings. Particleboard and mass-produced items that fall apart in months cost way more new then the old stuff I find at thriftshops and garage sales. Hell, I can construct better looking and sturdier things myself, and wouldn't have to employ a sweatshop to do it!
Monday, September 5th, 2005
8:05 pm
double score
I found this at a thrift shop and snagged it up! Turns out it's older then I thought initially...and IT WORKS. After doing my research, I discovered this to be a One & Eight Day Peerless mantle clock with calendar function and hour chime, made by Welch, Spring & Co, most likely sometime in the 1870's. It is made of rosewood veneer with reverse glass painting, and still had its original key. More about the manufacturer here: http://timekeepers.ca/history_welch.htm

POST NOTE: I found the date for the modelof this clock: 1868-1869, one of the earliest models they produced. Woot!

I also found (against all odds) another spinning wheel...missing the wheel, but retaining the one piece my existing wheel is missing...the spindle mechanism! A quick study of the piece revealed that much of the body had been replaced at some point, but the main pole that once held the wheel itself was original to piece and made prior to 1825. Wow!

Thursday, September 1st, 2005
3:11 pm
Hoping to find a good home for this.. I hate to part it from my collection but necessity dictates. Translation from a linguist connection in the family says it’s in Russian, non-modern , and entitled, “How to tell a future by circles and to get fair answers to your questions”. It’s from 1808 and has 110 handwritten pages. A pic is behind the cut for you to see, hehee, I think you’ll understand why I am going to miss it.

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
6:33 pm
My latest thrift store find. Obviously not an antique, but I like the look of it. :-)

Someone wrote on the outside with magic marker. The outside seems to be made of some sort of vinyl, does anyone have any ideas of how to remove it woithout destroying the finish?
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
6:58 pm
I have an old Akubra Slouch, or digger's hat, of my grandfather's. Unfortunately, the crown has been a bit misshapen, anyone know how to fix that?
Thursday, April 28th, 2005
6:20 pm
vintage kitchen
I collect vintage kitchen stuff, lots of which get used. My kitchen is filled with spice grinders, mortar and pestils, copper kettles, pewter plate, footed bowls, old silver teapots, medieval medicine jars, porringers, and SCA feastgear. Like every room in our place, the kitchen is set up for alternative lighting with lanterns and sconces. We are stuck with a modern stove and fridge, however...
Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
2:00 pm
Hi!My name is cassandra, and i love antiques! I love Mission style furniture and i have just started a collection of antique sewing items. I just wanted to ask everyone, that if they are going threw their sewing stuff and down sizing, to please let me have stuff..

I have recently started collecting antique sewing stuff (i have a 1892 singer sewing machine, a spool cabinet Clarks ONT,a Half woman Manican, and a sewing box)

I need to fill the spool cabinet with the wooden spools..So if you have any wooden spools, let me know. I am also looking for Buttons..Also if you have anything like old paterns, or trading cards, or Anything different that you don't want anymore...I am willing to take it. I am also looking for Sewing Birds.

If you don't have any sewing stuff please ask anyone around you.

I AM NOT currently taking fabrics. I would love to set up shop and decorate my den with the accessories first.

I am really excitted about this collection. I really have never collected anything before

If you need my address to send stuff Please send me an email with your email address, and I'll give it to you.

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