~** ViNtaGe **~
One Of a Kind FiNds!*!*!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

ViNtaGe Pieces Tell-A-SToRy...

 ~*A Christmas Tree Story*~

What I love about "ViNtaGe" ~ is that just about every piece has a story to tell!!!  A*N*D this one most certainly does!!!  This PAST "July" - I was shopping our local flea, and stopped dead in my tracks!!!  This fab older wooden Christmas tree display prop, with vintage bulbs was leaning up against a trailer...  I must of stood there for 15 minutes trying to decide if I should purchase it or not...  Some pieces are like that! 

 "The Self-Talk Process" began... 
 Firstly, it made my heart beat! ~ So different, maybe one of a kind???  Perhaps a prop from a school play???  It had so much character with the old paint brush marks!  But it's soooo tall, nearing 7 ft.  If I decide to part with it and take it to a SHOW, it would be difficult for me to handle ~ and those fragile bulbs ~ I wouldn't have time to screw them back in during set-up...  The string lights were stapled on the board too...  My draw to this tree was so strong, that I went back a short while later, & to my surprise it was still available ~ maybe because it was July???  I Still Could Not pull the trigger on this piece!  I only took a couple pics of it and moved on.  After shopping the entire flea, and still feeling haunted by the tree, - I went back for *One Last Look*...  It had now been SOLD...  My heart sank...  I started chatting with the Dealer...  OMG!*!*! He said he had ANOTHER ONE - Had bought them as a "pair" from an older man in his 90's!  I asked if he would be at the next flea in September - he said yes!  Soooo come September, I hit his booth "First Thing" ~ HE DID NOT BRING IT!!!! 

-H O W E V E R -
THIS TIME, I got his contact information!  We ended up driving to his home to purchase it.  Initially, I was surprised to "see" it was slightly different.   No stapled-on lights, along with a few more chipped off imperfections, but nothing that drew the eye...  

As you can see in the pic below ~ it ALL worked, with the ViNtaGe Wooden Tree being a major anchor piece in this year's *2022* Seasonal Christmas Vignette in-our-home!*!*!

~ Fun - Facts ~
I remember where I purchased just about 90% of all the vintage items in this vignette.  I JuSt LoVe That!*!*!

I adorned "Prancer" with real mink fur fragments - for some whimsey!!! & added some sleigh bells too...  LoVe how the tree background makes-him-pop!

I LoVe having the SPaRkLe Lights on at Nite...

~* HaPPy HoLiDays *~

Saturday, November 26, 2022

ViNtaGe Christmas

from Christmas Past...
- Vignettes -

Each Year I "comb-through" old seasonal pics, to get some inspiration.   I'll have to say - I've really missed SeLLiNg-My-SHaBBies at HOLIDAY SHOWS this season!!!  It always *kick-started* my HoLiDay SPiRiT & Display Ideas!  

I LoVe incorporating 
Architectural SaLvaGe in my vignettes!!!

STILL LoVe this Whimsical Reindeer!!!
He just might pop into this year's Christmas Display...

~* ViNtaGe Tire Wash Stand *~
One of those fab pieces that got away!!!
  Perfectly ChiPPy in-all-the-right places!!!
JuSt FaB for HoLiday Greens on-the-porch...  

I doubt if I'll ever top this Christmas Vignette from last year...  
This pic does not do it justice...  
~*My Most FaVoRiTe Ever *~

Blast From The Past!!!
3 French Hens Christmas Holiday Show in -2016- 
when the "Farmhouse/Repurposed ViBe was Hot"

ViNtaGe Christmas Bottle Brush Trees
*~Nothing compares to the real-deal!!!
character, time-worn patina, advertising label

~* Real Tip Trees *~
So inviting - in vintage containers...

I'll be working on This Year's Vignette over the next few days!
Can't Wait to *SEE* What Develops!!!

~** Enjoy your HoLiDays **~

Tuesday, November 22, 2022



~* HaPPy Harvest *~
Can't wait for the Turkey Roast 
and desserts!

Sunday, November 6, 2022


 ViNtaGe Turkey Sign
Authentic Cape Cod Cranberry Box
FaB Red Berries
~*JuSt Perfect for a Seasonal Thanksgiving Vignette*~ 
 "More-Recently" I snagged this ViNtaGe CAPE COD CRANBERRY BOX, at the last Elkhorn Flea, in Wisconsin ~ of all things ~ in the booth "kitty-corner" from me!!!  I just knew this box would be a Fab "Go-With" for my Seasonal Thanksgiving Vignette!*!*!   
My Friends Sue & Dave have *The BeSt* RED BERRIES that they harvest come mid-to late October!!!  I love getting *My-STaSH from them ~ just about every year...  They last/stay vibrant well into February...  I then use a hint of the them for my Valentine's Seasonal Vignette... 
~** Over-The-Top FaB **~
Probably in the "Top-5" of my most R*A*R*E & Cherished ViNtaGe Finds!!!
I'll never let go of THIS ONE!!!
*But should I pass before my time*
It's Already *promised* to a good ChiPPy-SHaBBy Customer...
The Turkey is big - approximately 30"x30".
It has an "easel-like" prop arm on the back.
My-GUeSS, it was a road-side sign in front of farm where you picked up your Thanksgiving turkey!?!?!
Looking forward to completing the rest of this year's
~*Seasonal THanKsGiVinG Vignette*~
Using my One-Of-A-Kind
ViNtaGe Finds
- CeLeBraTe the HaRveSt -



Monday, October 10, 2022

ViNtaGe HaLLoWeeN ViGNeTTe in-our-home...

~* ViNtaGe *~
Sooooo Much More-Interesting than brand new!*!*!

~*ViNtaGe HaLLoWeen*~
Candles & Candy Boxes...
Witches & Owls...

These ViNtaGe "Gurley Brand & Fanny Farmer" Candles
 are my most favorite collectible!!! 

*Less Commonly Seen*
ViNtaGe FANNY FARMER Witch Candy Box!!!
I was soooo thrilled to acquire this last year!
NOW ~ Looking for the Fanny Farmer OWL CANDY BOX - lol on that...
LoVe these 1950's or so ViNtaGe Graphics!!! 

ViNtaGe HaLLoWeen Bottles
Witch Labels, Crow Label, Embossed OWLS...

Antique Mache Owl
Gypsy Witch Cards
with FaLL adornments in a wonderfully time-worn & tattered leather bag!!!

ViNtaGe Wooden WiTCH!!!
An awesome find some years back in Ohio...


Sunday, October 2, 2022

HaLLoWeen ViNtaGe/Antique Witch - OwL Bottles...

~ ViNtaGe HaLLoWeeN ~
LoVe the Paper Label Graphics on the  WiTcH Bottles!!!

 still has some  "bubbly gooey-residue" still left inside!!!

Gurley-Brand WiTcH Candle
from the 1950's makes a fab "go-with" adornment to this grouping!*!*! 

My FaVoRiTe Seasonal Halloween Vignette!!!


Wednesday, September 28, 2022


It's A  Wrap!*!*!
SeLLinG ChiPPy-SHaBBy ViNtaGe Finds
at ELKHORN'S -2022- Season Finale

Despite the "BiZaRRe" Weather
(Cold, Bouts of Rain & Wind, Peeks of Sunshine, & A Very MUDDY BOOTH), So Thankful you came, and you bought!!!
September 2022
SeLLing ChiPPy-SHaBBy ViNtaGe Finds 

ALL my "hard-to-find"
Architectural SaLvaGe Pieces - S*O*L*D...

abounded in my Booth, along with a FaLL ViBe

*JuSt AwEsoMe Galvanized/Metal Basket with the 
BeSt-Ever Naturally Time-Worn OLD ORANGE PAINT RING...
  Sooooo Perfect for FaLL!*!*!

For the LoVe of Naturally Time-Worn
 ChiPPy-WHiTe Paint PaTina...
FaB Old ChiPPy-WhiTe Cabinet

wanted this Metal Cabinet with top Drawer!!!
It went to a good home!

JuSt "Jaw-Dropping" PaTiNa!!!
Window Grate Covering

Since I'm NOT doing any Christmas HoLiDay Markets - *THIS YEAR*,
I brought some to the Flea.  ~ FaB SeLLers!!!
Wish I had taken some close-up pics of the time-worn & battered 
*Letters-to-Santa* Mailbox!!!  LoVed the Scroll Top Bar!!!

HaPPy ChiPPy-SHaBBy Customers,
Scored this FaB Old "STOVE", with a Christmas Vibe!!!
I was Sad to see it go...  AND it was WHiTe!!!

The Cape Code Cranberry Box Label was AMaZING!
A good number of shoppers thought the berries seen - were cranberries!!! - REALLY Crab Apples!  FYI Cranberries grow in a BOG - some in Wisconsin.

Had just the right place for BOTH ChiPPy SHUTTERS
at Home!!!

~* JuSt THriLLed*~
to be included with some of *The-BeSt* ViNtaGe Pickers!!!

What's Up Next
~*ViNtaGe Halloween Vignettes*~
My FaVoRiTe!*!*!