Showing posts with label Farmhouse Finds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Farmhouse Finds. Show all posts

Friday, November 9, 2012

Lanterns and More Antiques and Collectibles HQ Site

Vintage Lantern on Etsy
Dietz Red Lantern available at PrairieAntiques on Etsy, only $16.50 makes it bargain of the day.
I was noticing how much interest is coming back into the old and Antique Lanterns. Thanks to the helpful article on the Antiques and Collectibles HQ, it is apparent that these items are not just decorative, but useful. In case you don't know, this site is a newer source of information on antiques and collectibles They are adding new posts all the time and are a wealth of information on some topics already.  They indicate that antique lanterns come in all shapes, sizes, and are truly functional!

vintage lantern on Etsy
Now here's something neat. Antique Lantern $38 at RiverHouseDesigns on Etsy.
Now it all depends on what you are willing to pay for your antique lantern. They range in price from $12-$90 for most regular lanterns. Once you find Victorian, or the ones made in England, or furthermore those for the old railroads seem to be the most expensive.
vintage railroad lantern
PickersAttic on Etsy offers this authentic railroad lantern for $125

Most antique dealers will tell you to keep the original rust, dirt and grime in place to not disturb the "authenticity" of said object. As for curb appeal, there's nothing wrong with refurbishing a $12 lantern just the way you like it. Now some people go the extra mile, and recreate old lanterns into something superb.

lantern birdhouse
LynxCreekDesigns on Etsy has found a way to make something functional out of this lantern. $39.99 in her shop.
Collecting lanterns can be a fun hobby of yesteryear. Find them in attics, basements, old garages, flea markets, and thrift stores. Not to mention they are great when camping!

Don't forget to visit AntiquesandCollectibles HQ to see what else they are posting up!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Vintage Snippets: Feed and Seed Snack Holiday

Oh How I Love Thee , find them at CatNapCottage.
Found these by accident today while I was searching for something blue for a Squidoo article.  Oh, how I love these.  I mean really, really adore these.  CatNapCottage has brought vintage full circle upcycling these old seed sacks, and making them useful for Christmas decor.  Now you know I was just talking about how grain and feed sacks make for the best decorating, but I totally missed these.  Do visit this shop!  Cindy's shop  is loaded with more upcycled creations from pillows and more, so do check it out.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Etsy Vintage Snippet: Enamelware Nesting Bowls

OurVintageHouse hits home with these great bowls.
I just want to say I adore these vintage enamelware nesting bowls by OurVintageHouse on Etsy. Out of Chicago this shop is loaded with all kinds of cool finds, but these bowls are my absolute fave. They would look great in any home. Imagine them holding croquet balls, potatoes, or fruit (you can always lay a paper towel in the bottom or small linen napkin).
Good design and color: Our Vintage House hits a home run!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Farmhouse Finds on Etsy : The Latest in Chic Shabby Industrial Decorating Trends


Shabby chairs in tiny sizes aren't just great to decorate your home, put planters on, but try hanging on the wall as a tiny shelf like they did.... available for $45 from Blue Bonnet Fields. 
Another option is to find old wooden swings, and mount them to the wall.

I first saw one like this on the HGTV show Cash and Cari, but since then I've been finding them all over. They range in price from $300-$1500 and are just awesome.  Often wooden with metal adornments, sometimes with one shelf or two, in all shapes and sizes, the trademark cast iron or metal heavy duty wheels will show you their age and authenticity.   This one above, is a huge steal at $335 from wesbenn.

Call me old fashioned but nothing says industrial farmhouse than an old milk can. You used to see these everywhere, but over time they've become rusted out and harder to find. This one above is a real steal featuring the popular Borden's milk company and is priced at $30 at TwinAcres.  I personally would love this sitting in the home, outside of the home, or with cattails in it.

I love old sap buckets. Common in New England, they can be found in all shapes and sizes.  Drill a hole in the top for easy hanging, and put your kitchen utensils in there. You can easily refurbish the outsides with a coat of Rustoleum paint, and as you can see, this one above was made into a cute little recycle bin or trash can with vintage buttons.  Available for $19 at RetroChalet.


I love these for bringing fresh cut flowers or herbs from the garden into the house.  You can find them shabby, small, large, one handle or two, and simply lovely and chic.  This one, available at RollingHillsVintage for only $22!

Other Great Etsy Industrial Farmhouse Finds:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Vintage Wire Baskets : Farmhouse Finds and Garden Time

Thanks to Asha of Chico, CA for sharing this picture of how she uses her wire basket!
Summer is here and one of my favorite things are use of old wire baskets. There's nothing like display of fresh lemons, herbs, fresh cut flowers, or fresh eggs in baskets like these. The shabbier the better.  If you have a basket with rust, use it to weed the garden.  Old baskets never die, they just get better with age.

Lemons never looked so lovely, for sale @ The Lazy Peacock

'A Tisket a Tasket Whose Got My Basket?' by RetroChalet

Wire baskets, egg baskets, salvage and industrial bliss. Here are a few antique baskets that you can't miss. Great for summer veggies or taters,Herbs or Fresh Cut Flowers, even Tomaters!

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Wire Basket

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Vintage Not Just For Eggs Ba...

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Red Metal and Chicken Wire G...

Small Chicken Shaped Wire Eg...

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Copper Kitty Egg Basket

Vintage Metal Basket

Vintage Wire Egg Basket

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Ugly Duckling - Vintage Bird...

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Vintage Crocks, Ringware and Stoneware Bowls Farmhouse Chic is Here to Stay

Can you tell which bowls are vintage and which are reproductions? Read on and find the answer at the bottom of article. 

For those of you who aren't into ringware or stoneware, or those old vegetable crocks, once you see their functionality in the kitchen, you just may be!   I will be the first to admit,  I wasn't a big fan of chunky ceramics. In fact I associated most old primitives with dull yellows, dirty looking creams, or browns which turned me off.  Over time I began to love them. Collecting them can be fun, exciting and a bit of a mystery. Like the orange bowl below, much older pottery is not marked, and may only show the marks of industrial manufacturing of yesteryear. Some may leave us with many questions as to their origin.
MoxieDeluxe offers this orange ringware bowl for $60
Whippoorwheel offers this great bowl from the USA for $25!

Whippoorwheel explains, "This crock is a beautiful representation of Americana. I can see it full of big red apples or festive fall gourds on the center of your table or center island. Pretty two tone colors of blue and cream set it apart."   I would have to agree, this bowl has minor flaws, but the price is right to hold your vegetables, notions, or fruits on the counter just perfectly. It is also odd to see ringware on the bottom, and handles on the side, making this bowl a ooak find!

    Old Crazed Granny Bowl $22 at VintageStarrBeads
I don't mind buying an old bowl that may have crazing, age wear,  or have minor chips or cracks when in fact they will only be used for display of potatoes, onions, bananas, or apples. These are the ones to be had for the best pricing and have the best history. the or minor cracked up bowl.   Diehard collectors may think that's just crazy, (and of course they aren't going to gain value) but I think these are the bowls with the most character, history, and that can be had for the best bargain prices. For a fraction of a "mint condition" bowl, I won't mind if it suffers an accidental mishap down the road.

I love my old stoneware bowls and crocks. Imperfectly perfect is okay with me.  See my mother's famous meatball recipe HERE.

As for the early primitive colors, I used to think if crockery was brown, it should be put down and left on the shelf at the thrift store or flea market for someone else to adopt. I no longer think this is the case, because I've grown to love the way in which the items were made, you can't get thick bowls like this one below anymore...
This bowl, for $15 is a steal at 5girls09s
This bowl would look great with bright Vidalia onions or Granny Smith apples in it! Mix and match the neutrals and off colors with the vibrant brights for a great display!  Magazines like Country Living, Martha Stewart, and Southern Living often use stoneware bowls in their articles. I can see this bowl full of fresh chives out of my garden, the bright green against the dirt brown would look au' naturale! (I've even seen bowls like this holding colorful yarn balls once and it looked fab.)

Revival Style offers these Bauer Crocks, and ringware, crocks, and bowls in her shop.

The above crocks are just perfect for storing potatoes or onions in your kitchen. The thick ceramic keeps the vegetables cool and prolongs their life.  It also saves you room in the fridge.  The ones above are in cool off white, versus the normal browns you often see.  They are a bright and attractive addition to your kitchen.  If you don't have room there,  they also serve well as magazine holders in the living room, or to hold umbrellas by your front door.

The best part of old bowls is you never know what colors you will find. This beautiful one is a bargain at $20 from thefarmerswifect

$TIP$:  To achieve total Farmhouse Chic on a budget, start with some less desirable colors and make them look beautiful with what you put in them. Get artistic! Fresh cut flowers from the garden or herbs laying inside or across old brown bowls would look lovely. Cream or shabby muted bowls that appear a bit dingy and less desirable will look lovely holding red apples or red onions. You can use your imagination and spice up any old bowl into something grand. Chipped up or slightly crazed finds may serve as good fill ins until you can afford better examples, and who knows, you may grow to love them as much as their former owners did.  

This item from RecordWallets, is an IPhone Case.

Buyer Beware: If you are looking for true VINTAGE stoneware mixing bowls or crocks do your research as some are being reproduced today.  In fact, I've seen a few repros floating around that could easily fool any of us.  Check out this page at the Bauer Pottery company, where you can look at their nesting bowls which strongly resemble the ones of yesteryear and are available in most sizes!  Roseville Pottery is making "oven / microwave safe" reproductions of their bowls, in fact, in the very first photo of this article, the large cream bowl with blue ring is a newer repro. Luckily I was able to tell when I realized that older vintage bowls were not microwave safe!
Walmart has these mixing bowls, the entire stoneware set for under $23.  Newer reproductions may have keywords like "MADE IN CHINA" or "MICROWAVE SAFE" to tip you off. 

Fiesta by Homer Laughlin is of course still offering their stoneware bowls and dinnerware today, and I use plenty of them in my kitchen. I have to say that my Fiesta casseroles are the best, (round, and new small individual size). They go right in the oven and I find with a little Pam they don't stick like Pyrex or other vintage cookware does.  Hubby is a chef and cooks in nothing else than my Fiesta Pie Bakers and Casseroles.  So it is we mix the old in with the new, leaving shabby vintage bowls to adorn my kitchen full of fruits and vegetables.  Sometimes, a vintage girl can mix some new in with the old for a good effect.♥
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