I love anything vintage! I have always been drawn to fabrics, notions, dishes, fashion, Pyrex, furniture and music from the 40's and 50's. Invaribly I will fall in love with something and find out it's from those decades. I even wore my Mom's 1949 class ring for many years. I always want to know the story behind whatever it is that I have found. The item means so much more when it has a story.
Take for instance, this vasoline glassware... I went to a yard sale several years ago and saw this breathtaking piece of art. I asked the elderly lady about it and she said that she was selling it for 35 cents. I told her that I would have to pay her more cuz it was worth a lot more than 35 cents! She went on to tell me that she had gotten it from her brother for her 13th birthday... over 65 years ago! She was sad that no one in her family wanted it. I immediately knelt down beside her and took her hand... and told her that I would cherish it forever and that I would think of her every time I looked at it. And I have... to this day.
That's why I prefer yard sales to thrift stores, because I can get some history along with my find. I feel such a sense of responsiblity to pass along that history. Have you ever noticed on "The Antiques Roadshow" that when they disclose what the item is worth, that it's always worth a whole lot more when it has a personal story associated with the item.
I got these linens over the weekend at my little thrift store. I wish I knew who made the two doilies and who wore the pink & aqua apron and what was talked about over the meal that was served on the table that this aqua tablecloth graced... and who made up this chenille bedspread each morning...
... and oh my gosh, this was a little girl's apron! Could you just cry, it's so dang sweet! I think I might have to frame it. You've got to enlarge and check out the detail! Oh and btw, 99 cents!