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Ted’s Tip No. 154

A collection begins with one thing. Vintage dinner plates found at flea markets and estate sales are an easy thing to collect. You can mix & match designs, or really be a sleuth finding more of a certain pattern.



 

 

Vintage Here, Vintage There, Vintage Everywhere 

When we search for vintage goods for the shops, often it does not get put out right away. I like to save the little ‘gems’ and dot them here & there in displays. It sometimes takes awhile for a spot to open up or for a display to come to life from an idea I have dancing around my head. I think the same holds true for all of us and our home. If you want to inject a little vintage goodness, you might have to wait for the right moment to find the perfect spot for that awesome find. Never fear, you will. If an object spoke to you enough that you purchased it, you will always find a home for it. That home might just take a bit of time. But once it does, promise, the wait will be incredibly satisfying. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 120

Single vintage utensils are a lovely thing to add to a cheese board or serving platter, instantly spiffing it up with their beauty. They are an easy and quite useful collection to begin, that you will find yourself reaching for time and again.



 

 

Brimfield

We returned from Brimfield elated at all the amazing vintage goods we acquired for WK, and beat as we walked through miles & miles (literally) of antique stalls. Brimfield is truly awesome, and if you have any hankering for vintage, it is mecca. If you ever get the chance to go, go. It is about an hour and a half from Hawthorne, so we often feel its pull on us if it is happening when we are here. It is a bit like preparing for a race, as you need to be fully rested and on your game, or the enormity of it all with swallow you up. It is in the town of Brimfield in Massachusetts. It overtakes the town 3 times a year, for 5 days at a stretch, in May, July and September. Folks come from around the globe to sell at it as well folks to buy from them. It really is hard to describe just how big it is. Tent after tent in field after field filled with every kind of vintage good you can imagine. From tables overflowing in one booth with all items under $10 to a booth next to it selling things for thousands of dollars. From jars of old marbles to polished Tiffany & Co. silver to long tables that seat 20 to buckets of wooden tennis rackets to exquisite oil paintings and just about everything in between. Truly, awesome. Goods will start arriving soon at the shops as well as on our website and I can’t wait to start playing with it all in displays.

Sending tons of safe vibes & thoughts to all in Florida and the South in the path of the hurricane. We have many family and friends in Florida, many who fled and many who stayed. My heart goes out to you all…



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 70

White plates, both vintage & new, make it simple to start a collection as they are readily available at flea markets, antique malls and tag sales.  The simplicity and slight variation of designs mix together easily, so you can host a dinner or gathering in a snap.  



 

 

An Instant Collection

20160410-041420.jpg Just In this assortment of divine pitchers in a variety of three styles as well as many sizes. Truly, an instant collection. To love just as they are, filled with flowers, or serving your favorite beverage. Pitchers are such versatile things to have around. If they are stunningly pretty, even better. These have such a vintage vibe to them, like they were plucked from an antique shop in London or the English countryside.

A lovely, lovely Sunday to you!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 49

20151125-050828.jpg If polishing silver is what deters you from having cherished family silver pieces out & about for visual enjoyment, then let them tarnish. Enjoy the patina it takes on. But have it out, use it, love it. They will bring back such fond memories of travels, family & gatherings.



 

 

A Whale of a Collection

It all started with this whale glass. The artist Margot Larsen sent me these as a very sweet gift, which we then started carrying at WK because we liked them so much. They were the first thing with a whale image we had ever received/had. Next came the metal whales we started selling at the shops that I found at a show last January that are made from recycled metals. Soon, that whale found its way onto our table and into our hearts. I think a collection has begun. Interesting how a collection can begin without even really knowing it.

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Ted’s Tip No. 42

20150709-051719.jpg A collection can be as simple as objects with your favorite number on them. They become part of your hunt when you are traveling or out & about shopping. Display them together for a spirited reminder of your finds.



 

 

Collections

20150422-063125.jpg Collections can really be just about anything and they can start just about anywhere. It can be as simple as shells from walks on the beach. A collection can be a few things or many things. Rare or not. Expensive or not. A vintage pair of cufflinks you find on a trip and then you start doing that on each vacation. A small bud vase you spot at an antique mall that you like, then you build on that and start collecting more on future shopping excursions. A collection can be just to look at on a shelf, or my favorite, things you actually use. I know someone who has a collection of hot sauce culled from over the years. End result, a collection should bring you joy. Joy in the hunt. A satisfaction from finding the needle in a haystack sort of thing. A collection can be something you began in childhood, or something you begin today. However it is pulled together, collecting should bring enjoyment to your life. Happy collecting!