Spring is here…

13 Apr

Happy spring! Here I am, dressed to go to the Cheekwood botanical garden to see all the spring tulips. As you can see, I enjoy a theme…and I also enjoy dressing up a little to go to tourist-y attractions. I always think it’s more fun if I am dressed up for it…not crazy-formal, but on the dressier side of casual. Why not?

My 1970’s-era wrap skirt is a $5 purchase from the World’s Longest Yard Sale last summer and the shirt is from the Kayce Hughes annual clearance sale…I paid $12. Cheap, cheap!  I’m always looking for deals and  trying to make my clothes budget go a tiny bit further…IMG_1803Cheekwood is very beautiful this time of year; if you have a chance to go before the tulips are done blooming, you really should. It also features a circa 1935 mansion-turned-art museum with very nice china and silver collections, including some Paul Revere silver. IMG_1801I’ve got some new spring-themed items in the booth, including this Pyrex “Ivy” patterned Cinderella bowl chip and dip with the original cradle. IMG_1793And I’ve got some new Pyrex snowflake…wrong time of year for it, but aqua is such a popular color that I figured that I would put it out anyway….IMG_1796Hopefully spring has sprung, wherever you are, and you are getting to enjoy it!


Mrs. T

Hippity Hoppity!

30 Mar

Easter is less that a week away…I love vintage Easter décor, pastel colors, Easter candy (make mine See’s please!), pretty flowers, new dresses and church services. For me, Easter is also the start of yard flamingo season (I only put mine out in the spring/summer). Easter might just be my favorite holiday. And what is more perfect for Easter than bunny slippers?

photo credit: Boudoir by D'lish at http://boudoirbydlish.bigcartel.com

photo credit: Boudoir by D’lish at http://boudoirbydlish.bigcartel.com

These are bunny slippers for grown-ups made of recycled mink coats, made by burlesque star Catherine D’lish, and available here. Amazing, right? FYI…this isn’t a sponsored post and I don’t own these (on account of, unlike Dita Von Teese, who does own then, my slipper budget is not $499-$599)…I just thought that they were really cool.

photo credit: Boudoir by D'lish at http://boudoirbydlish.bigcartel.com

photo credit: Boudoir by D’lish at http://boudoirbydlish.bigcartel.com

They come in lots of colors, including pink. I KNOW. Sigh. One of you lovely readers needs to buy them and if you do, please tell me how awesome they are so I can live vicariously through you.

But for bunny slipper fans on a budget, we do have options! IMG_1772These are Flip Hops, available on Amazon here for $20-25 depending on your size. Bunny slipper cuteness that won’t break the bank! They are super-comfy…these are actually the second pair I’ve owned…I wore the first out. And yes, I do realize that wearing slippers that are reminiscent of Ralphie’s deranged rabbit costume from “A Christmas Story” could be considered a questionable life choice. But whatever. Dita Von Teese wears the mink version! That probably makes it okay.  (Again, not a sponsored post, I bought them with my own $20 because I genuinely like these goofy things.) I will warn you that they run large, so size down if you order them.

Happy Easter!

xoxo…Mrs. T

Flea Market Haul: March

29 Mar

Hi there! Flea market season starts picking up in Nashville in March…this month had several return vendors and lots of good stuff. Thankfully we are finally having a bit of spring weather…it has been a cold and snowy winter here.

IMG_1768I’ve gotten a few good things this weekend. Here is my haul from today…IMG_1770The Mister spotted the four “Ranger Joe” Hazel Atlas children’s mugs…he had seen Frank Fritz buy one of these little mugs on the television show American Pickers a few months ago and tried to get it for me as a surprise, but apparently they could not locate it to sell it to him. He was so pleased to find them…and he paid exactly what Frank paid! The tin is a coffee tin…I liked the horse decal.  The sampler is from the twenties–I will frame it and put it in the booth. The yellow clock was a bit of a gamble. I love vintage clocks and I always try to stock a few in the booth, but this one was black with dirt when I found it in a jumble of stuff. After scrubbing it for 45 minutes with Barkeeper’s Friend cleanser and a toothbrush, this is how it looks! So cute, right? It works great.

IMG_1764And this is my haul from Friday…two nice barkcloth curtain panels, a great cake cover, two really cute glasses with holiday graphics, a cookbook, a gardening book and the sweet pink McCoy flower pot. So, not a ton of stuff, but I was happy with what we ended up with.

I know that I am a bit slow to update this blog, but if you’d like to follow what I’m up to on a more day-to-day basis, my Instagram link is in the sidebar…it is faster and easier for me to share little bits of what’s going on around here in that way.
Happy spring!
Mrs. T


Just a quick hello…

12 Feb

IMG_1678 Hi there! How is it we are already halfway through February? I had the Mister take this photo to show off the paper edging (with cactuses!) that I added to my jadite cabinet…it’s a flea market find, along with the $8 cashmere sweater I’m wearing.
IMG_1671 The Mister took this fun panoramic shot of my booth…we’ve been filling it up–I’m excited about the white Hoosier cabinet we found. You guys know I’ve wanted a Hoosier cabinet forever.
IMG_1672 We went antiquing in Franklin last weekend. I love to see what other dealers put together in their booths. It was so pretty and sunny…I’m ready for spring! Is it spring yet?


Mrs. T

Jadite Delivered to Your Door?

3 Feb

A couple of years ago, I came across a jadite grease jar with what I thought was the wrong lid. It looked like this: IMG_1635At the time, I thought that the original Fire-King grease jar lid, featuring little tulips, had been lost and some resourceful person had found a spare to fit from a cottage cheese jar of the same size. This is what the tulip lid looks like: IMG_1660I went ahead and sold the jar with the cottage cheese lid in the booth. Later, I read that jadite was occasionally used in dairy promotions…specifically to sell cottage cheese. Here’s a photo from one of the jadite collector’s guide by Joe Keller & David Ross: IMG_1659 It’s not the same dish; that promo featured a chili bowl, but it got me thinking…why not a grease jar…which is actually a better size for cottage cheese? At any rate, I had no way of knowing whether or not it was a cottage cheese promotional jar or the wrong lid on a regular grease jar…and the jar was sold anyway, so I quit thinking about it.

Until last week! When lo and behold, I found another one, you guys! So, it can’t be a coincidence…this was a promotion by Nashville Pure Milk Company in which cottage cheese was sold in jadite grease jars. I’m definitely keeping this one. I wonder if I will come across any more? Be on the lookout, Nashville friends…

Another interesting thing…the Mister was helping me at the Glencliff sale and he picked out this a tiny cookbook. (That is, after he nabbed all the jadite at this sale because you really don’t come between The Mister and the jadite. He has pointy elbows and he will use them.)  I opened it today when I was prepping some things to put in the booth and a little card fell out. Look at this…IMG_1655 And here is the front of the card: IMG_1656 The cookbook, published in 1954, was a promotional Christmas gift from their milkman at Nashville Pure Milk Co. Can you imagine getting jadite jars of cottage cheese delivered to your door?? Sign me up for that!! Also, this milkman has better penmanship than pretty much everyone I know, including me.

So, a fun little mystery was solved, and I feel like a got a peek into life in that little Glencliff cottage, where a nice milkman brought fancy jars of cottage cheese and free cookbooks at Christmas. Those were the days!


Mrs. T

Vintage Skills: Ironing

20 Jan


Let’s talk about one of my favorite old-fashioned skills…ironing! (Note: I read a lot of Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a kid and have never gotten over my subsequent overly-romantic view of old-fashioned skills.) I understand that a lot of people “don’t iron” but I guess my question is, why? You can make ANY outfit look 110% better by ironing it. Want clothes to hang better? Iron them. Want cheap clothes to look more expensive? Iron them. Want to look more grown up and put-together, even in casual clothes? Iron. Want to feel productive and accomplished while watching “Downton Abbey”? Friend, pick up that iron. Want to work on those bingo wings? Iron! Want your sewing projects to turn out better? Seriously, learn to iron.

I actually prefer to use the Tennessee pronunciation of ironing: ahrn-nin. Every time I turn on the iron, I loudly announce to everyone within earshot that I am going to be ahrn-nin. It does not get old.ironing2 I’m not going to lie, ironing is tedious and boring, but it’s not hard! If nobody ever taught you to iron, it’s not too late to learn. Here’s what you need to get started:

1. An iron. A cheap one from Target or Wal-Mart is FINE. You don’t need fancy settings to get good results with an iron.
2. A gallon jug of distilled water. This is VERY important! Never put regular water in your iron. It will create mineral build-up and will cause your iron to sputter and not work well. Seriously–trust me on this! Your iron will last longer and work better with distilled water. You can find it with the bottled water at the grocery store.
3. An ironing board, although you can cover a table with a towel in a pinch. Available at Target or Wal-Mart, cheap.

Before you start, make sure that your iron is on the right setting for the type of fabric you are ironing. Cottons and wools will need a higher heat and a steam setting to get the wrinkles out. Silk and rayon don’t need as much heat. On your lighter settings, you won’t need steam. Just check the label on your clothes, and set the dial on the iron accordingly.

When you iron, keep the iron moving–don’t let it rest on the fabric for any length of time or you will risk scorching it or leaving an imprint of the iron plate.

Another tip: don’t pack your clothing tightly in your closet; this will create wrinkles. Clothing needs a little room to hang freely.

If you are reading this and thinking, “Oh, I use Downy Wrinkle Release and it really works just as well as ironing”…sorry, but no. It makes things look slightly less wrinkly, but not crisp and pressed.  The same goes for throwing something in the dryer with a damp towel…it’s only slightly better than not ironing.

Ironing is a skill; you will get better with practice. If your collars and cuffs don’t look great at first, keep at it! Pat yourself on the back for making the effort and tell everyone in the house not to bother you….you’re ahrn-nin!

With love,

Mrs. T

Collecting: Clarice Cliff “Tee Pee” Teapot

13 Jan

I love vintage western-themed china or dinnerware pieces. I have mentioned before on the blog that I collect Homer Laughlin china in the Mexicana and Hacienda patterns. This Christmas, Mother gave me a new addition to my collection–a teepee teapot. This 1950’s era teapot was created by popular English Art Deco ceramist Clarice Cliff for the Canadian tourist market.
The body of the teapot is a teepee; the spout is an Indian chief and the handle is a totem pole (apparently. To me, it looks like some kind of weird monkey?).  IMG_1527 Here is a better view of the spout. The detail is really nice and the theming is very cool. From what we’ve been able to glean on the internet, this is a popular piece with collectors of both Clarice Cliff’s ceramics and novelty teapots alike.IMG_1528 Here is the stamp on the bottom. It was designed to appeal to 1950’s-era tourists to Canada who would purchase items to take home. I totally would have bought one, wouldn’t you? IMG_1531 The colors of the teapot go well with my Homer Laughlin, don’t they? I love this piece–it’s very unique! The only problem with being a collector of dishes is storage. There are so many dinnerware patterns that I would love to collect, but I mostly concentrate on jadeite and my Homer Laughlin. People are often surprised to hear that almost all the Pyrex I have found or picked has been for the booth; I do not keep very much of it, at all. I like Pyrex but I really like it all and since I can’t settle on a pattern or color as a favorite, and I don’t have room for a huge collection of it…I tend to send it on to the booth rather than keep it.

Thanks, Mother, for the great teapot! And happy collecting to all of you!


Mrs. T

And…we’re back!

11 Jan

Hi! This is what I wore today (1960’s cardi, Caro-Nan basket bag, Tatyana jeans). IMG_1522It was not as much fun as what I wore yesterday (Bathing suit, beach towel, coconut water in an actual coconut).
IMG_1517We are back from Liberia, Costa Rica where we stayed at the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo–this was a work trip for the Mister.
IMG_1470 As you might have suspected, it did not suck. We also went to Nicaragua, which was very interesting. I enjoyed it very much. We saw the colonial city of Granada…
IMG_1474 This Nicaraguan city actually did look like a lot like my old-timey vision of what I imagined Costa Rica might look like. When we were walking around, I remembered that I had seen the downtown area before on an episode of House Hunters International! costarica2 That donkey and cart are still there, seriously. Okay, maybe a different donkey. IMG_1490We stood on the edge of a live volcano near Granada. The Mister insisted on getting way too close to the edge, of course.
IMG_1492 Seriously, Mister, that is not okay. Move away from the edge, Mister!IMG_1503We also went to another town in Nicaragua (Cateliena? Catelena?)…and there were several streets that had small, family-owned nurseries on either side that were very pretty. We also went to a museum and a Mercado…it was a busy trip from beginning to end. We are glad to be home in Tennessee, although we are not glad to return to the cold.

I’m seeing lots of end-of-year recaps and new year’s goals on other blogs. You know, I just love to read blogs and it’s fun to see the general upswing in interest in blogging that appears at this time of year. People have renewed energy and good intentions. I like that.

It’s so easy to get burned out on blogging, in my opinion. I mean, it’s often just stupid hard to find inspiration to write when the day-to-day stresses of work, etc. grind you down, especially over a long period of time. Once I’ve fought through a day of work and/or the Green Hills Kroger parking lot, I have nothing left for you people, sorry not sorry. And honestly? Sometimes, it seems like when you are blogging, you just are talking to yourself anyway, or in my case, an audience consisting of the Mister, my mother, aunt and mother-in-law. And I talk to myself enough. You should see me when I’m alone in the car; it is an ongoing, very animated conversation. (As my son says, totes craycray.) I thought for a long time that family members were the only ones reading my blog, and eventually when I had a job that took more and more hours of my week, my desire to write or take pictures of my latest vintage acquisition fell to the wayside. I felt vaguely bad about it, but I figured nobody would notice other than family (and they cut me a lot of slack)…until one day several months ago. I happened to be filling in for an absentee cashier at my job and was ringing up a sale for a nice lady whom I had never met. Out of the blue, she said, “I wish you’d update your blog.”  I was stunned. Strangers read my blog? I mean, I know it’s a public website and for strangers to read it is actually the point. I just never figured they were. I know that I have a site statistics page but I’ve always strongly doubted both it’s accuracy and my ability to interpret it correctly. But here was proof positive that somebody read it and what’s more, they liked it enough to say something about it to me, a total stranger. Wow.

I’m not always good at approaching strangers. Maybe you aren’t either? That’s okay. But as we move into this new year, I just really want to share this with you; your small effort could be the thing that pushes someone onward. So, if you like a blog? Maybe try to comment–not all the time, but every once in awhile.  I’m working on this myself. If you blog? Keep going. I love real people’s stories and ideas and style and humor and insight so much, don’t you? If you used to blog and you got discouraged and quit? Come back. Somebody misses the unique brand of “you” that you put out there. If you’ve always wanted to blog but you think nobody would read it and it’s all been done before? Be brave! Try it anyway. And if you talk to yourself in the car? Friend, you are totes craycray but you are not alone.
Here’s to a great 2015!
Mrs. T

Taking our act on the road…

3 Jan

costarica1So, the Mister and I are in the process of packing for a vacation to Costa Rica. I have never been there, so I am very excited. We are not actually fancy vacationers; this is a trip through the Mister’s work and we are going to spend time with clients of his company. And to have fun! Last year, the company sent us to Nevis, West Indies. It was the first time that either the Mister or myself had had a passport stamped in over 10 years.

It probably totally looks like this, right? I tend to have a highly romanticized notion of what vacation destinations should look like.

Because the Mister and I have done so many driving trips in the last several years, I have gotten into the bad habit of packing every single thing I could possibly imagine wearing into my collection of aqua vintage Samsonite Silhouette luggage. It makes me sad to travel without this luggage, but the luggage itself is heavy and has no wheels, and I really need several pieces including the train case if I’m going to take it. Do you like/collect vintage luggage, and if so, do you use it for travel?
This is the set I have (although not my actual set because I’m too lazy to haul it up from the basement and photograph it for you). I started buying the pieces on Ebay about 8 years ago…they are definitely more expensive now! You can still find them at estate sales pretty easily, but estate sale folks generally know that they have gained in popularity and price them accordingly. I love the color, the 1960’s look of them and their durability–the Mister worries about taking them on airplanes but I never do; they are very sturdy. If you are looking for a vintage set that you can actually travel with, there’s a lot of Samsonite Silhouette out there and it comes in lots of fun colors like red, bright pink and avocado green.
I look forward to telling you all about our trip!
Mrs. T

Christmas Recap

30 Dec

IMG_1400 So, in November I came to the conclusion that my life would not be complete without a pink phone. (FYI, we don’t have a landline so this would be a non-working yet still somehow still very essential-to-my-existence telephone.) I mean…I don’t know, you guys! The heart wants what it wants. I conveniently located one in a booth very close to my own booth in Gas Lamp Too antique mall in Nashville and took a picture and sent it to the Mister.

The Mister enjoys surprising me for holidays. That is to say, he does not actually appreciate being told what to buy me. However, I figured that he might make a special exception for this phone, which anyone could see that I just had to have. Because a 50-year-old pink, non-working phone is the obvious gift of choice for a 41-year-old wife and mother of two. I mean, I clearly needed one. Maybe more than one.

Being the Mister, he ignored my request for the phone, which I took as an indication that he was taking me very seriously and had very likely already purchased it. He is wiley, the Mister. But I am on to him.

A few weeks later, we were working on re-stocking my booth at the antique mall. I subtly suggested that we stroll by the booth where my pink phone was located…only to find that is was gone.

“You did buy it for me, right?” I asked. “Absolutely not,” he responded, “If you are waiting for me to get you that phone, you will be very disappointed. Or maybe I can get you one at the flea market?”  The last time the Mister bought me a phone at the flea market, he had a loud debate with a vendor about whether or not Dinah Shore was a lesbian (The Mister says yes, by the way), but still…Dinah Shore’s orientation is not something we discuss with strangers at the flea market with geriatric phone vendors! Although if the Mister is anything to go by, that is exactly what we do discuss.

“I feel very confident that you have somehow both purchased this phone and squirreled it away in such a way that I will never suspect that you actually have it. And if you have not,” I declared ominously, “There is always the flea market.”

“I’m not paying flea market prices for a pink phone.” FYI, the vendor of the Dinah Shore debate seems to be a nice man but he does charge a lot. He will throw the occasional free trumpet solo in with your purchase, which may or may not add value, depending on what you think of flea market trumpeters.

“Humph. You can’t fool me.” I rejoined, silently noting that there was still one flea market weekend before Christmas, and wondering if poor Dinah Shore would be rolling over in her grave, again.


Well, Merry Christmas to me! I’m the proud owner of one totally useless pink phone and I couldn’t be more pleased. I hope that Santa Claus (or your very own version of the Mister) also brought you whatever your little hearts desired.

Love from,
Mrs. T


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