Treasure Box Wednesday: Linens, Lamps and Lambie Lovelies

If streamlined is "In" and frills are "Out," you can just label me merrily "outdated." After all, how could I possibly complain when we Fans o' the Frill have the chance to get beautiful doilies, tablerunners and tablecloths such as these, with absolutely NO competition for them? And at just a few dollars a piece!

Yes, the Red White and Blue came through with a number of delicate hand-done pieces-- like this white and beige table cloth...


This bright garden of embroidered roses...


And the delightful table runner below. I'd picked this one up originally because it had cherubs on it, and as you all know, I am pro-Cherub. But I never expected to get a bit of history right along with it...


I don't know if you can read it, but the print there says, "Work by Henry Drexler age 74 years old." (I've read it a couple of times, and I'm 95% sure it says, "Henry.") Was "Henry" short for "Henrietta," or was this fine needlework done by a Mr. Drexler? Does our friend Henry live still, or was this tablerunner donated upon the crafter's passing?

As with the owners of my vintage postcards, I always find myself longing to learn more of the story behind the piece. But while the tale of Henry Drexler may be lost to the hands of time, I do know I'll think fondly of Henry's talents of the needle every time I pass this on my table. Yep, a little piece of Henry is living on in linen!

Other items I found at the thrifts this last week include this courting couple photo frame. I plan to give to my friend Scoobie to go with her regal French decor...


I also discovered a shabby lamp I hope to use in my spare room...


And a sweet 50s lamb planter that is going to be part of a much larger Easter eggstravaganza I've got planned. (Grin!)

If you think this lovely lambie is cute, I think you might just want to stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for the full Easter blow-out.

Well, that's it for this Treasure Box Wednesday. I thank you each muchly for popping by to spend some time here.

And if you missed my Sunday's post of "Decorating for Denial: Beating the Winter Doldrums," you can still catch it by clicking here. Take care!

15 comments:

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Wow! You are a girl after my own heart! I found you from your comment on Rosepetitemaison! Love your thrifted treasures!!! I'll be back for a longer visit!

Andrea Amu said...

Neat iteams for the week! I love that lamp that you scored for $5.00! And how interesting is that cherub embroidered linen... wonder if it was done by a male "Henry"!?!

ThriftShopRomantic said...

How-do, Miss Priss! :) Excellent to have you visit! (And Rosemary of the Maison is a great lady-- very talented and crafty, isn't she?)

Andrea- I do wish I knew about our friend Henry. I don't envision a 74 year old man embroidering, but maybe it was a project for a senior center or something? I just don't know!

Lidian said...

What lovely finds, as always! I want to know more about Henry though...I sense a good story there.

The linens are gorgeous, and reminded me of my mother's collection - she adored beautiful old linens, and I still have some of them.

The French Nest said...

I love your collection of vintage lace and napkins and that lamp you snagged! oh la la!

Kate

Michelle said...

I just found you and love all your pretties! That lamp is beautiful..you have a wonderful blog!

Michelle

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Merci beaucoups, French Nest! :) I'm going to seriously have to stop buying lamps-- only there are so many excellent vintage ones out there.

Hi, Michelle-- thanks a bunch for stopping by! :)

Carrie said...

Your linen finds have lovely embroidery. The one by Mr. Drexler is really special.
My siter gave me one of those photo holders several years ago and I have sepia-toned photos inside.
Last week I got a pretty lamp for my guestroom at the local thrift shop. It was priced at $3.00 but when the cashier saw that the cord needed replacing, she gave it to me for free! Now I just need a new cord kit.

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Wow, Carrie-- you just can't beat "free"! I think people don't realize how easy, too, it is to rewire a lamp so it's nice and safe and like-new.

Rose Mary said...

I can't wait to see the Easter 'blow-out'! Love the little lamb. Those linens are really something,aren't they? And people just practically throw them away! I bought a box full of them off of ebay a few months back. I love to look at all the colors and stitching and wonder just 'who' made them. It is a shame that Henry will forever remain a mystery!

THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

I should go to thrift stores this week and look for Easter things. :-)

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Ah, Rose Mary, I think you'll like Easter a lot, then. I've been hoarding and planning for a year for this one. Easter is the best!

I should probably see if I can Google Henry and put on my detective hat. :)

Bluest Butterfly- thanks for fluttering by! :) I've taken a peep at the thrifts for Easter things but haven't found anything inspiring. Here's hoping you find something great.

Sweet Designs said...

Love your new linens! I especially love the little lamb planter, sooo cute!

Thriftgoddess said...

Is that a real Fragonard? LOL, just kidding! Nice finds...

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Sweet Designs- thanks-- there's a bit of a story that goes with my lamb planters, but I'm saving that for tomorrow's post. (sneaky laughter)...

Thriftgoddess, ah, yes, Fragonard, of course! It's a little-known fact that the original 18th century Fragonard paintings were actually just three inches high and were designed to carry family photos in them. :) (Watch, now, some kid will fail his school art history lesson because he scrapes that bit of misinformation off the internet... (grin))