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Wednesday, June 27, 2012


I haven't posted the 4 R's--Repurpose Rethink Reuse Recycle in a while so here goes. Enjoy !!

Used Gutters & Chain to create a Garden Wall

Old Gate used for hanging & display

Old Buffet with missing Drawers

Old Washboards combined with wood for a table with storage

Old Pie Pans and Rolling Pin made into a 3 tier tidbit

Old Shutter and wiring made as useful decorative storage

Galvanized Watering Cans & Feed Trough made into a water feature

Ends of wood Baby Bed made into signage

Old Windows and Primitive Table made into a showcase

Old Coca Cola Cooler with missing compartments turned into an Island

Saturday, June 16, 2012

All Aboard


Have you ever taken a trip on a train? It use to be the way to go!
Imagine sitting back and looking out the window for long periods of time enjoying the scenery.
Or how about being in the dining car being served delicious food on china and then maybe a friendly game of cards with others as you traveled high speed across the country? 

Reed Barton Silverplate Shaker and China 

Our Country was totally transformed by the Railroad.

Railroad Lamp Lenses

Safety Rules,Timetables


Teachers Packet for Educating about the Railroads

Globes for Lanterns

Uniform Buttons and Pinbacks


L&N SwitchLock Key

Signal Lights

Switchlocks some with keys and some without

Framed 1909 Rand McNally Indiana Railroads Map

All photos are some of the Railroad Collectibles we have available currently.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Forgotten Sleeping Porches

Sleeping Porches were once very common and used as multi purpose spaces. Great way to have extra sleeping for a very large family and were also practical for use when having company. They were on the front,back,side or upper levels of  homes of all styles, in the city and the country. 

A great memory--grandma's sleeping porch. The sounds of the night crickets or frogs, cool breezes, and fresh air. In the winter, down covers and many handmade quilts, seeing your breath from the cold but feeling the warmth under all the covers. Ahh a relaxing afternoon nap maybe.

These two photos were an advertisement for Armstrong Flooring in the 1920's showing the flooring continuing onto and being used on the sleeping porch.


This photo is from a how to decorate magazine article 1920's

Can you tell I have been dreaming about adding a sleeping porch upstairs?!

Monday, June 4, 2012


Since adding my business on Facebook I have increased the publics awareness to my Business. I work long and hard and for many hours on a regular basis to share with my fan base on Facebook. More than most small businesses I am aware of. I try to share my experience and knowledge because it not only draws customers to me and my business but also those in my community. I share the information to promote what I have available and to try to interest those whom normally might not be attracted to Antiques and Collectibles. I also promote things happening locally in the community for all to enjoy and experience.

Facebook has been a wonderful resource for these purposes and fits my advertising budget because all it cost is my time. Which I enjoyed sharing freely as long as it worked. I will have to reconsider now that facebook has opened itself to Wall Street and investors. Why you ask?!!

For every post I make on facebook now, it only reaches about 9% of my fan base. In other words with over 900 fans only 80 some of those fans receive my posts on their newsfeed!!! 
If I want more fans to see my posts it will cost me $5.00 every 400 fans. Sooo  it will cost me $10.00 for every 800 fans thereby costing me more than $10.00 for every post I make on Facebook to try to reach all my fans. THAT IS FOR NOW AND SURE TO INCREASE.
WOW that is pretty expensive advertising wouldn't you say!!!

Just liking a page on facebook no longer means you will see their posts on your newsfeed(home page) !! The only way around this issue is, if you want our posts sent to you, you must on a pretty regular basis click like , make a comment or share for most of the posts that we make. This holds true for all business pages you have liked. For every like,comment, or share on our posts the percent of fans that see that paticular post increases a tiny bit. So please if interested in our page and what we share, or as encouagement for me to continue making these posts occassionaly make your mark and help us get the word out. As always you are appeciated.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Depression Age Kitchen Glassware

Not just every dollar mattered but every penny did during the Great Depression starting around 1930 and continuing into the 1940's. Those that had money to spend did so sparingly and on necessary items that were made to endure the test of time. Depression era glassware was such an item, especially the kitchenware type which is what this post is about. Some of this glassware was given free in boxes of detergent, at a local gas station, etc. This was a great way to intoduce,promote to housewives what was available and also to promote,guarantee certain products were bought from certain individual companies regularly for their survival.

Some collectors prefer the glassware by certain manufacturers,patterns,or colors. Some collect because of their usability and endurance.  Others inherited a piece from Grandma and now are trying to complete a set. Whatever reason nothing brightens up a kitchen more, or reflects the everyday of times gone by in a fairly inexpensive manner. So pretty much the same factors sell these products today as in our past. Yes some pieces are very pricey but overall not.

Sapphire Blue Bakeware

All photos included are just some of what we have available. We always have way more than I am willing to photograph so enjoy looking here but please come by to see us in person!!

Tulip Mixing Bowls

Pink Mixing Bowls
Mayonaise Maker,Choppers

Glass Rolling Pin

Measuring Cups
Waffle Batter Jugs,Syrup

Ovenproof Bowls

Refridgerator Leftover Dishes

Greese/Drip Jars 



Milk Pitchers

Fruit Glass Lnife,Ladel,Glass Salad Fork/Spoon