Saturday, October 26, 2013

Terre des Hommes Thrifting

If you read my Wetcreek Blog, you know that we are staying in our Beltway Apartment at the moment. In order to get away from the dust and stuff of our remodeling, I walked to the local Terre des Hommes shop to browse. 

A recent article in the local paper explained how the new garbage pick up charges had changed the charity and recycle shops' intake of donated items. Instead of residents of the community paying to throw away unwanted items or clothing, they now donate them to local thrift shops. 

The Terre des Hommes shop that I visited is so small that if someone donates furniture, that furniture is then donated to an even larger thrift shop in town. That way not many donations are going to the dump. And the sale of recycled items is on the rise. More and more people are "thrifting."

Whenever I visit this kind of charity shop, I am on the lookout for vintage items. I did see some DPS scarves with the care facility laundry labels still glued on. There is virtually no way to remove those labels, and who wants to wear another person's still labeled with their name scarf?

But I did find a few "bargains." In this apartment we needed an oven casserole dish. For Pyrex collectors, I found a Borcam (Turkish made) clear casserole dish without the lid for 75 Euro cents. It is in perfect condition. I would show a photo of it, but I am presently "packed in" our spare bedroom while the painters are painting the living, kitchen, and foyer. And the casserole dish is in the dishwasher.

I also found two spools of Durable Vissersgaren (durable fisher's yarn/thread) that were Made in Holland.

Price: 25 cents

And a vintage cotton tea towel.

Price: 25 cents

Since I was alone, I could search to my heart's content, too. ;)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Another Auction Viewing

Although we are not planning to buy any furniture for the Beltway Apartment until we are finished with the remodeling, we are still looking at auctions and such in case we see something interesting. 

I did not take many photos at the Atlas Auction House ( preview in Deventer, since their own photos are probably copyrighted and much better than my photography.

I like the cabinet on the left of the photo. The right cabinet is beautifully painted, but not my style.

As Dutch as you can get. Windmills on blue and white.

I really like this secretary with the different wood finishes. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Brocante Market in Deventer

Today my hub and I walked into the center of the city to visit the Brocante Market. 

My grandmother C would have called it all "knick knacks" but I think I heard my hub say "a lot of junk." He even said, "We could bring our whole house contents here and maybe sell it." I think that was why I looked, but there wasn't much there that isn't already tucked away somewhere in our home back in the US.

Here are a few photos of the stalls of "goods" (or "bads") :((((

Green wooden stools were popular, as were green toothbrushes, green glass jars, and even a green wooden doorknob.

Some enamelware and other bric-a-brac.

Too much stuff to appreciate!

Interesting displays. Maybe I should have asked before shooting.

North American and Scandanavian school maps plus lots of blue and white dishes.

Now I know what to do with my collection of embroidery hoops and doilies.

We said goodbye to this relaxing brown bear.

And this is all we bought--a 10 Euro metal watering can. (That may or may not fit into our suitcase to take back home.)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Antiques "Eye Buying"

Not being too impressed by the items to be auctioned off next weekend, we went upstairs to look around in an antiques shop in Twente (Nederland).

Here is some of what we saw for sale:

Delft Blue (real or souvenir/Made in Holland?)

Blue and White and Old plates galore

Painting is a day at the beach way back when.

Sweet Pink!

Soup tureens and that TALL silver tower. Bring on the tea and cuke sandwiches!

A little glue and old cups, vases, and saucers. There is art there somewhere.

Just my Blue Danube. No price tags!

Sorry, but these dolls look creepy to me.

Love the dresser, but not all the clocks.

Beautiful, but my hub wants a double door one.

Like the stodgy guy on the top shelf of this handsome desk.

End of an era!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

No Smoking!

We are back in the Beltway Apartment. Yesterday we stopped by our favorite auction house to pick up our Deventer carpet that we bought online a month ago. My hub lugged it into the livingroom, but we haven't unfolded it yet to see what we really purchased. We will do that today or tomorrow when we have time.

Last evening after our first full day back here in Nederland (the whole day in the pouring rain ), my hub slept in his trusty Jysk recliner while I sat in mine in front of our small tv and browsed on my iPad the online catalogue for the next auction.

And guess what I found in the catalogue! An identical twin of our tobacco pot.

Antique 19th century oak tobacco pot decorated with Chinese copper trimmings. 17 centimeters tall.

But no tobacco is allowed in our pot back home. It is only "for the show."

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Prim Rag Dolls

(photo explosion)

I found the following prim rag dolls at an antiques/ brocante shop on Thursday. The most expensive one was $1.25. Most were $.50. They are not super old, but they were dusty and stained. Notice the details.

This baby has a lovely dress and pantaloons, but no hair!

Views from the back.

And lacy sleeve cuffs.

What a simple face!

A quilt rabbit with a lacy shawl.

Love the heart nose and the rope hair.

Sweet rear view.

A true "rag" doll.

No face, very Amish.

Gingham with a difference.

And those lacy trimmed pantaloons are precious.

Mr. and Mrs. Patch Rabbit

Wooden limbs and painted shoes.

Now I could draw that face!

 Back view of Mr.

A loop for hanging to display. Clever idea.

Mrs. in all her glory.

Same simple face.

Her dress makes her "fluffy. "Pantaloons are really primitive. 

Love the detail on this little dark girl.

The French knots work.

Homespun and gingham make this doll complete.

And then my favorite! I plan to try my hand at making one of these.

Meet Quilty Baby.

From the rear.

Sleep Tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite!