Monday, October 22, 2012

Treasures . . . In More Ways Than One

Every once in awhile you find a place where you feel like you've stepped back in time . . . and you just want to park yourself there for awhile and drink it all in.  That's how I felt last weekend when while visiting our daughters at college, we stumbled upon a tiny shop that said, "Quilts and Resale".  The store was PACKED with great treasures (which I'll show you in a second!) so as we dug through tables, boxes, bins, shelves, we piled . . . and piled . . . and piled our purchases on a table for this dear lady to add up and box.  Here is some of what I came away with and all of these are listed in my Etsy shop with more to come!
 After researching, I found this is a vintage Lefton porcelain cigarette box with matching ash trays.
 This darling little cup and saucer still have their original stick on labels on both the cup and saucer.  They were produced in occupied Japan.
 A two yard piece of flat lace from a manufacturer in New Jersey
 Vintage Bridge Tallies and Score Pad - these are lovely with such beautiful details and printed in Italy.
 I adore vintage jewelry and it's hard to part with these! They are seed beads that were strung on string and then wrapped around wooden balls -- not a single bead is missing!
 I love milk glass and this pedestal bowl is another I've added to my shop showing how I use these to store earrings (hung in the lace openings) and jewelry in the bowl. SOLD

Now are you ready for this?  This sweet gal is 93 years old; she completed her 1000th quilt in June of this year; her quilts are in 37 states and 4 countries; one of her quilts is in the estate of Red Skelton (if you're under 50, google that one!).  I wish I had gotten her name and photographed more of the shop but I was just overwhelmed by it all! A treasure of a lady with a store brimming with treasures -- what a lovely time we had!  I have SO much more to list so check back often as I hope to get them added in the next week or so.
If you're ever in Oquawka, Illinois, stop in for a real trip down memory lane!  The resale shop and town are right on the Mississippi River -- it's a beautiful, little spot (especially with my hubby and girls there!)
Linking to these parties this week . . .
The DIY Showoff
Marvelous Mondays
From My Front Porch to Yours
Under the Table and Dreaming


  1. What a wonderful shop and a great photo of you and this sweet lady! I like the photo of your hubby and girls, too! You are all so photogenic! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

  2. Don't you love it when you stumble on wonderful little shops like that? We have several like that in Nova Scotia....little shops owned by little old ladies who are 80+ and they still work everyday! Amazing isn't it? You look beautiful picture too Lauren! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

  3. It sure does look like you all had a great time. All the items are so pretty. I want to know what the sweet woman knows to still be smiling at 93 :)


  4. Une excellente publication qui réunit bonheur et BONHEUR !...
    gros bisous

  5. Oh how fun was that, I bet every treasure had a story!


  6. Wow, how fun was that. I think the storekeeper is what made that store even more exceptional.

    I am your newest follower, and invite you to come visit my new blog regarding anything vintage..The Pink Geranium

  7. I LOVE finding little spots like that!! I bet you'll be back :)

  8. It is so special to find a place like this where you know the owner remembers these things as new. Very special treasures that will go to the right people.


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