It was a beautiful afternoon here in central Iowa—perfect weather for taking a stroll through a local antique fair with my husband. We were eager to go since there aren't many antique events in our area. We saw many lovely pieces of furniture. If only I had a place for this lofty cupboard in my kitchen. I'm always trying to find ways to squeeze in one more piece of furniture. I've even dreamt up ways to make room for an old cupboard in our upstairs bathroom by moving the clawfoot tub!
I thought the dark green glassware below looked so charming displayed in this antique pie safe—another piece I wish I could have brought home!
There was a surprising number of vintage quilts compared to recent past antique events in my area. I liked the creative way the first dealer displayed hers on a ladder.
I decided to give this lovely red and green appliqué antique quilt a home. It was marked $20 and after my husband did some bargaining, I got it for $15. As you can see, it has some condition issues. The red fabric has disintegrated over time but I still fell for it and I think the overall piece is quite striking. It’s less-than-perfect treasures like this that have taught me an important life lesson—not to always seek perfection! After all, something doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Some of the treasures I hold most dear are tattered and torn.
The dealer said it was from the 1930s but it seems to have some characteristics of the red and green appliqué quilts of the late 19th-century. Although I love studying quilt history, I’m no expert at dating quilts. So if any of you who happen to read my blog have any insights on it, please feel free to email me or leave a comment. No matter what its age, I think it's a treasure worth preserving. I'd like to eventually reproduce the pattern and make a version of my own.
As some of you regular blog readers might have already guessed, I’m a pincushion fanatic. I seem to gravitate toward any display of them. This collection of vintage pincushion dolls was a welcome sight. The little lady with the green scarf in back went home with me!
Isn’t this small vintage chicken feeder cute with the little gourds spilling out from its lower compartments? I went back to look at it a second time but couldn’t figure out what I would use it for.
I always enjoy sifting through old books. There's something about these well-read treasures that adds instant warmth to a home. Our library shelves are filled with them and I like to accent tables with stacks of small vintage books.
As a dollmaker, I can never find too much vintage trim. This vendor had a bunch of fun ones in addition to some pretty buttons. I found a bag filled with lovely grey and white ones to use on my pincushions.
I hope your Sunday afternoon was as pleasant as mine. It seems it was over in a blink of an eye and soon it will be back to work as usual.