What the Heck are Antique Pockets?


Can’t believe I’ve never heard of them. Learned of this fairly common item used by our multi-great grandmothers through Thread on Arrival, A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery by Lea Wait.

Apparently in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, women and girls didn’t have pockets sewn into their skirts. Rather, an invisible slit was sewn into the skirts, camouflaged behind a pleat.

The ladies could reach a hand through the slit to access items stored in a pouch tied around their waist with a thin strip of fabric. Some of the pouches had drawstring tops, some were embroidered.

Women who were less well-off generally had plain pockets which were lost over time. Some of the embroidered ones owned by wealthier women remain, and are cherished, collectible antiques.

Joseph Auslander’s Delightfully Simple Comment About Spring

Years ago I framed a copy of a Vermont Life Magazine, printed back when it was a full size publication. It’s since hung on my bedroom wall, the featured words and picture offering encouragement throughout the seasons whenever I glance at it while preparing for an evening’s rest.

The back cover of the magazine, the side that I see, depicts a lovely red farmhouse surrounded by flowering crab apple trees.

The quote below the picture reads:

Spring has come, like the silver needle note of a fife. . .

The simple, profound statement was composed by Joseph Auslander.

It’s difficult to explain why I’m so moved by such simple words and the photograph of a modest country house. The combination just seems so symbolic of New England’s values: tradition, nature, hope for the future. . .

It doesn’t matter if I stop and ponder upon the photo and the simple simile in the delicate spring season during which it was written, or on a dark, dreary evening in late autumn.

I always walk away with a sense of renewal.


Vintage GE TV in it’s Own Console

A friend who’s made his career the sales, care, and repair of television sets says this thrift shop find from a while back was likely manufactured in the late 1950s or early 1960s.

Didn’t check to see if it still works, but it’s a great piece of history.

They don’t make ’em like this these days. Quality and workmanship have gone by the wayside. Today’s TVs are barely as thick as a piece of paper. Not to my taste. To me TVs should always be furniture pieces.

Growing up, we displayed photos and plastic floral bouquets on the expansive top of the television. At Christmas Mom and I arranged a display of deer and other creatures within a forest, complete with cotton ball snow.

Sure, the TV’s energy attracted dust, but back then there was more time. It was rather rewarding to move each individual display piece, and swipe a damp cloth across it.

(The shows were better back then too. Except for a few selections, screenplay craftsmanship has gone down the tube over the past few decades.)

Can Collies and Swans Get Along?

I’m guessing the answer is “no”?

Swans, I’ve heard are elegant and highly independent birds. So perhaps a dog who might try to herd them wouldn’t be welcome.

But this lovely collie and the two graceful ceramic swans look lovely together in the window display of a local shop.

Autumn Gold from Alliance, Ohio

This Autumn Gold pattern china brought back memories when I spotted it a few weeks ago.

When I was little, we received some pieces as customer gifts from a local gas station. Several plates and bowls. My mom served my meals on one of the little plates.

I especially like the lovely cream and gold wheat patterned sugar and creamers and coffee cups. We didn’t have those.

I never realized these dishes were made in Alliance, Ohio.

Forgotten Christmas Ornament Offers a Delightful Moment

Spotted this last week at my favorite second hand shop:

It’s almost spring but I guess someone forgot to put this little apple away after Christmas at the thrift shop. Or, like me, they decided to leave a trace of Christmas cheer on display until winter is over.

Either way, the sight of this beautifully crafted, glossy little apple made my day.

I almost asked to purchase it, then decided to leave it, to perhaps offer a moment of delight to the minority of others like me, who can be lifted from the depths of late winter depression by a moment of whimsy.


Currier and Ives and Other Lovely Winter Scenes

A lovely selection of nicely framed prints awaits thrift shop browsers. At least the one in the right foreground I believe to be a Currier and Ives. The others are similar in style, but I’m not sure of the painter.

We must consider the beauty of winter, even as we struggle with ice and snow.

There are many trade-offs as times change. Home life is much easier during the cold season than it was back then, but at least in earlier days there wasn’t the necessity of traveling treacherous highways daily.

Not for Sale – On Display at My Favorite Thrift Shop

This thrift shop is more upscale than most. I love the photos hanging along the stairway, like this one – is it perhaps set in Paris?

Reminds me of an Audrey Hepburn movie. Romance on a rainy day.

Love the gingham umbrella.




The Beautiful Tradition of Holiday Serving Dishes

I’ve always had a place in my heart for lovely floral serving bowls like this one on a shelf in my favorite shop.

My mother even served leftovers in the worn ones. The like new ones we saved for Sunday dinners, which were elaborate when my grandmother was alive.

I understand the youngest generation doesn’t have much appreciation for beautiful dinnerware, even as collector’s items. Pretty dishes are overlooked or placed outside as garden art.

Perhaps when they become more rare, they will return to favor.

Fun Vintage Find – Butterfly Perfume Bottle

Did anyone receive a perfume bottle for Christmas? Found this one in a lovely thrift shop.

Reminds me of the ones my great Aunt gave me on several Chrismases in a row when I was a child. One year she also gave me a bottle of Chanel Number 5 to go with a pretty misting bottle.

My mother said I should consider it an honor to receive such a quality, timeless scent.

I never received a bottle quite as elaborate as this. I would have loved this design from nature.