Shelf Styling – Displaying My Favorite Finds

Open kitchen cubbies are perfect for display! eclecticallyvintage.com

  While this desk is usually piled high with school forms, cell phones, junk mail, pieces of string, pocket change and whatever else we happen to toss on there when we walk through the door, my open kitchen cubbies are always ready for their close up. Being a self professed hoarder ... I mean collector, I love having a place to show … [Read more...]

                 

Public Service Announcement – Collectors Beware!

Vintage Squirrel Nutcracker eclecticallyvintage.com

This is a public service announcement.   When I was making my rounds through my local thrift shop, I spotted this furry little woodland creature made by the Godinger Silver Art Company and I went nuts! $3.50 later, his head was peeking from my purse and I was headed home with little Julio (naming nutcrackers is the first sign of … [Read more...]

                 

I Scored at the Thrift Store – I Need a Vintage Glassware Intervention

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  I need help. I can't pass by a cool set of vintage glassware without scooping it up (case in point - these vintage glasses). They combine my love of two of my favorite things ... shiny things and cocktails. You know a Jersey girl can't pass by anything gold either. What's a collecting crazy, bling loving, cocktail sipping … [Read more...]

                 

It’s Hereditary – the Collecting Gene

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You all know I love a good collection.   From my globes, milk glass, and mid century decanters to my loving cups and silver platters ... well, let's just say I probably need an intervention.   But I think I've created little monsters ... collecting monsters that is. You see, they have my eyes, hair and sense of … [Read more...]

                 

I Scored at the Thrift Store – Vintage Pyrex is Reunited!

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Reunited and it feels so good ... Reunited and it's understood ... Remember my vintage Pyrex and my Pyrex centerpiece? Papa bowl, mama bowl and tween bowl were a happy family but always felt something was missing. So imagine my surprise when I spotted this lonely little baby bowl at an estate sale. I think I heard it call out … [Read more...]

                 

Collectingitis – Colorful Vintage Glass Decanters

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    Ciao Bella! These mid century Italian beauties rival the great works of the Italian masters.     Ok, so maybe they aren't the Sistine Chapel but they are still amazing.     And with the light streaming through their textured glass, I can almost hear the angels … [Read more...]

                 

I Need a Collecting Intervention

Vintage Corkscrew Collection

Remember Chrissy Snow? How about Jack and Janet? Who could forget the Ropers? Three's Company when it comes to collecting - but why stop at 3? Scatter them throughout your house and you may run the risk of looking like you came straight from an episode of Hoarders. But display those thrift shop finds together and suddenly they look chic and … [Read more...]

                 

And the Ribbon Goes to … Creatively Disguising an Ugly Wall Vent

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I had a problem. A huge, ugly wall vent. But how to disguise wall vents? In fact, it was downright hugly (huge + ugly = hugly). Each time I climbed those three flights of stairs up to my attic, huffing and puffing from the exertion, that vent taunted me. "No," it said, "you can't cover me because I need to suck air in or your heater & air … [Read more...]

                 

Fab Friday Finds – Vintage Pyrex

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How many birthday cakes were whipped up in these vintage pyrex bowls? Oh, I'm sure they could tell quite the story. This pattern is called Butterprint. (Is that poor Amish couple expected to churn butter in addition to all their other farming chores)? They lay abandoned on the thrift shop shelf waiting for me. How could I say … [Read more...]

                 

Fab Friday Finds – Stuck Behind the 8 Ball

Vintage billiard ball collection

Timing is everything? It was definitely true the day I loaded up my car with my closet clean-out donations for the thrift shop. After donating, and feeling mighty fine about myself I might add, I saw a man unloading his donations in the car next to mine. I admired his vintage billiard ball set (I know, mother always said not to talk to … [Read more...]