“Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign” & A Song

Hello, friends!!!

How was your weekend?  Did you catch the 60th Grammy Awards last night???  Huge night for Bruno Mars.  Emmylou Harris & Chris Stapleton sang a beautiful version of “Wildflowers” together as a tribute to Tom Petty.  I loved Donald Glover a/k/a Childish Gambino’s performance.  I adored him on “Community” and since then his career in both acting and music has exploded.  He won the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance for his song “Redbone”.  It was well deserved, as that song has all kinds of old school 1970’s soul feels to it.  Swoon.

If you have loved antiques & flea markets as long as I have, you know that signs are a huge collectible.  Store signs, street signs, building signs, etc., are in huge demand.  While I do not own any myself (still on the hunt for the right one for me), I do love admiring them whenever I come across ones I find really interesting.  Most of the ones I like are too big to hang in a normal size house, so by taking pictures of them I can bring a piece of their beauty home with me.

The first time I saw this one with its individual letters, I spent over 30 minutes shooting it from different heights and angles for the right effect.  This was just outside the Delaware Water Gap.  Unfortunately, I have never been around at night to photograph it all lit up.

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Vintage soda signs are some of my favorites.  I spotted the two below in Pennsylvania.

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Old store signs have so much character.  I spotted this beauty in Kentucky.

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The signs on sides of buildings which are made part of the structure itself are like early graffiti experiments, except they were not free hand.  I really love this type of graphic.  I saw this in North Carolina.

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Now for our song of the week.  I loved seeing U2 last night  and it had me thinking about the great messages in so many of their songs.  One that has resonated a lot for me over the years is 2000’s “Walk On“.

It is a great reminder that who we are is unique, and the moments we have in life are ours, no matter how much others try to take them away from us or rewrite history about them.  I love these words:

“Walk on, walk on
What you got they can’t steal it
No they can’t even feel it
Walk on, walk on…

Walk on, walk on
What you’ve got they can’t deny it
Can’t sell it, or buy it
Walk on, walk on”

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you   🙂

Until next time, happy digging!!!

 

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Shop With Me: Antiques Flea Markets & This Week’s Song

Hello, my lovelies!!!

One of my favorite things about living in New England is that I am basically a short car ride from an antiques flea market at any time.  This means I am able to indulge in my favorite hobby all year round.

Over the last two weeks I have visited two indoor ones.  Although I did not purchase anything, I had a great time looking at all the treasures and basking in the memories so many of the items brought back to me.  Sometimes that means more to me than actually finding anything.  Also, looking at the displays inspires me to style my items in new ways.

I really enjoy looking at children’s items.  Whether it is toys or furniture, the simplicity of these items cannot be beat.  Like these Lincoln Logs.  I loved playing with these when I was a kid.  They were like our generation’s Legos.  It felt so empowering to create a one of a kind toy.

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Tiny desks are just adorable.   Perfect spot for a teddy bear and a tea cup.

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I spent hours playing with all the Fisher Price Little People toys:  the farm, the bus and the airplane.  Raise your hand if you were one of the kids that put the people on your fingers to play with them like puppets.  Me, too.

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Despite my love for the Peanuts, I never had a Snoopy phone.   The colors and the scale of it just did not go with my style.  But I always love to look at it whenever I come across one.

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Enamelware is still one of my favorites, too.  I have a big oval tub similar to the one in the picture.  I use it to hold my wet, snowy boots in the winter to save my rugs.

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I love this old butter churn.  I think it would make a great display for cookie cutters on top of a refrigerator or pantry cabinet.

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Old metal medical stools like this one are just so cool & versatile with endless styling purposes.  If the price on this one was not in the three digit range, it would have come home with me.

old medical stool

I have had a dream for decades to own my own jukebox.  I came close to buying one a couple of times when I owned my house, but practicality always won out.  But if I buy another house, I will have one……my sensible side be damned!!!  LOL

Wurlitzer jukebox

Now it’s time for the song of the week.  The first time I heard this tune on “Grey’s Anatomy” I was swooning.  The music, the lyrics, the vocal…….all beautiful and evocative.  Add to that a reminder to look inside yourself for a virtue is a song I must have in my life’s soundtrack.

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own.”

Snow Patrol:  “Chasing Cars

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you   🙂

Until next time, happy digging!!!

 

A Vintage Find & A Song

Happy Monday!!!

Are all of you staying warm in this deep freeze that is supposed to end this week?  By Friday in my part of New England, it is supposed to be near 50 degrees.  Right now, it is 13 degrees.  Wild, right?

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I came across a winter picture from my house in NY.  I always loved how my maple tree’s branches glistened after a storm.  But I do not miss shoveling snow!!!    🙂

Very quickly, did anyone catch the Golden Globes last night?  Shout out to “This Is Us” winner Sterling K. Brown!!!  So great to see legends like Shirley MacLaine & Carol Burnett there, too.  And so glad there were big wins for “Big Little Lies”, “Lady Bird” & “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.  I saw all three and they were fabulous!!!  Plus, it is really nice to finally hear the conversations about valuing women with equal pay and zero tolerance for harassment.

Now that you have graciously allowed me my soap box moment, let me share with you my first vintage find from my first estate sale of 2018 (yes, I ventured out in this arctic freeze to dig, LOL!!!)

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Pretty, right?  I do not have any blue dishes as I try to stay with plain ones or white ones with light pink patterns, but I just fell in love with the soft color and the delicate design.  The edge of the dishes and the cup handles are lined with silver.  I think it will be gorgeous on a fresh spring table.  I really love them and I am so happy I found a complete service for four.

Since it is Monday, it is time for music.  The song I have chosen for this week’s inspiration is a hauntingly beautiful ballad written by the man who also penned “American Pie”.  The first time I heard today’s song, it immediately reminded me of one of my favorite Robert Frost poems, “The Road Not Taken”.  I always felt an incredible ache every time I got to to the last stanza of the poem because I believed the author felt regret with the choice he made.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

But then I read the poem to a sage friend of mine who thought the author was actually happy with the road he took.  Suddenly I realized how myopic my thinking was.  Of course there are two sides to the poem.  There is to everything.  You just have to choose to see them.

I do not think I am alone in feeling like at one time or another, I may have gone in the wrong direction than where life intended to take me.  But I have come to believe that in the end every road I have taken is my intended journey through life, so…….

There’s no need for turning back
‘Cause all roads lead to where I stand.
And I believe I’ll walk them all
No matter what I may have planned“.

Don McLean:  “Crossroads“.

Until next time, happy digging!!!