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Ellene Meece's Blog (42)

Summer Tea Parties with Mismatched China!



A wonderful way to show off china sets is to invite the girls over for an informal tea party on the back patio - mixing it up with an assortment of vintage linens and napkins and then adding a variety of your vintage china cups, saucers and teapots!…



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Added by Ellene Meece on May 26, 2010 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Holidays - Hallmark or Historical?

While many holidays are based on a historical or religious significant event, others are seen as manufactured for commercial purposes. Hallmark, who celebrates their 100th year in 2010, is seen as the leader in capitalizing on manufactured holidays. What do you think?



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Added by Ellene Meece on February 28, 2010 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Flow Blue China

Have you ever squinted your eyes while looking at a city’s lights from distance or an array of Christmas lights displayed before you and noticed the blurred beauty it can bring? That’s what happens with design where the blue color has slightly blurred the lines to create Flow Blue. It enhances the scene!



I wrote about Flow Blue China this afternoon on my Collectibles Treasures Blog where I quoted an article… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 31, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Marketplace Vintage Selling

This past weekend, I reserved a table at a Ladies Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado and displayed my Vintage Jewelry. It was my first marketplace experience and it was so fun! And I sold quite a bit too.





Even though I love vintage selling online at Grandma's Treasures Online, I now have the itch to additionally take… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on May 3, 2009 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Kitsch, Kitschy, Kitchen - Sentimental Art

Kitchy Kitchen Art



"Kitsch Kitchen" by Janet Hill - Janet Hill Studio



Shop more paintings at Janet Hill's Studio Shop.



Kitsch is the German and Yiddish word denoting art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an existing style… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on April 5, 2009 at 10:50pm — No Comments

My GREEN SALE!

I'm having a GREEN SALE in honor of St Patrick's Day running March 1-17!



Grandma's Treasures Online is offering 15% off anything in the store that is solid GREEN. And 10% off anything in the store that has some green on it anywhere!



Also, check out my other GREEN offers!…

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Added by Ellene Meece on February 27, 2009 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Ladies - Spit in Style!

You know all those vintage spittoons (or cuspidors as they are also called) that are adorned with pink roses, decorated optic glass or shiny iridescent glass, no man would dare to use them as they are too pretty! So, I am convinced the feminine spittoons were reserved for “ladies only” who could spit in style!



Back in the day, these fancy cuspidors were placed around hotel lobbies, in train cars, in parlors of homes and anywhere a… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on February 26, 2009 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Miriam Haskell Distinct Vintage Jewelry



As most people know, Miriam Haskell began selling jewelry in 1926 but didn't start signing her pieces until 1949 when her brother took over the business side of the company - said to be due to her mental instability. That left 23 years of unsigned pieces for people to wonder, "Do I have possibly have a piece of Miriam Haskell jewelry?"



I would say her style and craftsmanship is so distinct, she probably didn't need to sign any of… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on February 20, 2009 at 7:23pm — 6 Comments

Imperial Candlewick - Elegant Vintage Crystal

If you desire stunning and exquisite vintage crystal to grace your entertaining events, consider Imperial Candlewick!! Manufactured in Bellaire, Ohio, it’s legacy is among the strongest in the glassware industry.



National Imperial Glass Collectors Society writes about the company Imperial, “For over eighty years, the people of the Imperial Glass Corporation in Bellaire, Ohio produced some of the… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on February 19, 2009 at 9:53pm — No Comments

My Personal Collectible Treasures Journey

I’m on a journey in search of collectible treasures.



For years, diminutive back roads had subjected me to slight collectible treasure contact. For example, in the 1970’s I decided I would like to collect candles – that is wax candles. I gathered these wax creatures and figures everywhere I traveled until one hot summer day, I came home from a trip and walked into my un-air-conditioned Texas house and found my existing assortment totally melted down to unrecognizable globs. End of… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on February 17, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Watch your Figure - Figurines that is!



Figurines have become one of America’s favorite collectibles. So, a word of advice to those who pass them by in garage sales, flea markets and even retail stores like they are unwanted calories: watch your figure but don’t forsake those figurines! They could bring in great added value to your collection of treasures.





Whether made from wood, bronze, ceramic, spun glass, pewter, resin or… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on February 7, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Could Failing Manufacturers Boost Sales in Antiques and Collectibles?

How many of you received this update this week from Replacements, Ltd.?



"....Based on the calls we are receiving, you have probably seen in the news that there has been recent turmoil in the tableware industry, with many famous brands filing in bankruptcy or operating in insolvency, including divisions of Waterford Wedgwood, Johnson Brothers, Franciscan, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Rosenthal, Hutschenreuther, Tirschenreuth, Lenox, Dansk, Gorham Stainless, Royal Worcester, and Spode.… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 25, 2009 at 9:02pm — 2 Comments

Franciscan Pottery



Apple Pattern (shown above)



Here's what I know about Franciscan Pottery: It was first named such in 1934. Gladding-McBean and Company of Glendale, CA were the first manufacturers. Dozens of different patterns were produced but in 1962 Gladding McBean and Company merged with the Lock Joint Pipe Company (can you believe it?? :) and became Interpace. The Franciscan line continued in California until 1984. That's why you will see many… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 22, 2009 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment

Vintage Snowmen?

Ever wonder how long people have been building snowmen out of snow?



Wikipedia says, "According to old diaries and chronicles, this activity dates back to at least the Middle Ages, when in Europe every new snowfall would find townsfolk making snowmen in the streets."



Well, I live on the Western Slope of Colorado and here's what a snowman looks like out here (photo take last week right in front of a Victorian house from the early 1900's):…

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Added by Ellene Meece on January 21, 2009 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

Vintage Hats and Bonnets

Did you know that hats for women began during the Middle Ages when the church decreed that their hair must be covered? The evolving of the hat since that time is truly intriguing! The Vintage Fashion Guild provides an very informative history of women's hats.



One of my favorite hats is the ‘cloche’ style of the 1920's. Brims were optional but were more predominant on summer hats, where the lady could be protected… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on January 20, 2009 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Hallmark Keepsake Collectibles - Just in Time for Christmas!

The ups and downs of the secondary market on Hallmark Keepsake Collectibles in the past has been like no other roller coaster ride! Today, even though the prices have stabilized, as always, I would say collect them - just because you love them. The ornaments are especially charming and a great treasure to pass down from generation to generation with all the memories of Christmas to give them meaning.



1973 Betsy Hallmark Keepsake Ornament -… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on November 19, 2008 at 9:32pm — 6 Comments

Watch your Figure...Figurines that is!

Figurines have become one of America’s favorite collectibles. So, a word of advice to those who pass them by in garage sales, flea markets and even retail stores like they are unwanted calories: watch your figure but don’t forsake those figurines! They could bring in great added value to your collection of treasures.



Whether made from wood, bronze, ceramic, spun glass, pewter, resin or porcelain, figurines can find a special place in your… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on November 7, 2008 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

Vintage Living in Northwest Colorado!

In this world of antiques and collectibles we do a lot of looking, buying and selling, exchanging, researching, and talking about it. But, what if we invited others to "experience" it? Last month, I decided to open up the 1950's guest cottage, located on our little ranch in Northwest Colorado, to anyone who would like to experience vintage living. I don't have it completely decorated yet, so there are not so many photos of vintage interior but what I do have is some comfortable living space in… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on November 4, 2008 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Metalware - All Things Bright and Beautiful

I love this pretty silver water pitcher made by Silver International Company that I inherited from my mother and grandmother. It adds a sparkly touch to my cozy kitchen.



Metalware represents… “all things bright and beautiful.” Brass, silver and silverplate, gold, and copper…are a few examples of materials used for these “bright and beautiful” collectibles. Cast iron and pewter are examples of rather dull but yet beautiful… Continue

Added by Ellene Meece on October 24, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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