Treasure Box Wednesday: The Other Half o' Fun


When last we left Treasure Box Wednesday, my thrifty bud Scoobie and I had had an exciting adventure down Route 30 here in Pennsylvania. And like one of those excellent shopping dreams you just don't want to wake up from, so many things ended up being 30%-50% off!

Well, I'd shown you a number of items from that trip last week. And I have just a few more to share with you now.

One of my absolute favorites is this delightful hand-tinted bubble-glass photo of a brother and sister reading together...


Sorry about the glare! Because of the bubble-glass, it's a little hard to film without getting a reflection.

I'm guessing because of the style of the frame, the kids' clothes, and the big bow in the sister's hair, the photo is from around 1910-1920-something.

You can see my new li'l chillins here...


Don't they remind you a little of Darla and Porky from The Little Rascals?

One other thing discovered on this trip was... okay... brace yourself for the not-surprise...

A second lamp.

Yes, yes, I know. My friend "Da Old Man" of "Crotchety Old Man Yells at Cars" has already informed me I need a 12-step program for lamp addiction.

And he said that last week before he even saw this one, I'm almost embarrassed to admit...


But I do make room for them. And I give some to other family and friends. So, it's not solely pure lamp greed...

Please don't stage a lamp intervention for me. I need them! :)

In much smaller finds, I uncovered this nice vintage Valentine's hankie at the Salvation Army Thrift Store...


And last, for a whopping $1, I got this pastoral scene tin plate at the Good Samaritan Thrift Store...


Now, before we go today, I thought you all would enjoy seeing the mantle shelf I'd gotten a while ago at Denise's Antique Mall, all cleaned up and polished...


It was going to go on the mantle you currently see it sitting on. But I'm afraid the way the lip of the mantle comes up, the logistics are wrong. I need to rethink where this will go.


It wasn't a pretty scene, but I guarantee you'll get a chuckle. (My absurdity might as well at least entertain others.)

Anyway, that's it for today. Wishing you, er, shelf-shatishfaction in all your decorating projects this week! See you Sunday!

13 comments:

Da Old Man said...

You know, in the future, Jenn's Lamp Museum could be a major attraction in the Pittsburgh area.

chyna said...

I'm thinking the child pic is younger than that, like maybe the 50's? In any case it is adorable! Still astounds me what people will sell of their family momentos.

gail said...

I think your children are from the 40's or 50's. They remind me very much of the professional protraits taken of me and my sisters in the late 40's and early 50's. It is a darling picture and so are the other items you bought.

Jenn Thorson said...

Da Old Man- Now see there's an excellent idea! The House of Mud, the World's Largest Ball of Twine and my Lamp Museum! :)

Chyna and Gail- Thanks much both of you for the input on the age of the portrait! I was thinking that bubble glass was from an earlier era than the 40s/50s. I know it typically to be done in Victorian prints I've seen in antique stores, so this is interesting to find it might be later.

They are cuties. They had to come home with me.

Andrea said...

Jenn,
No need to apologize for the lamp addiction. Many of us are closet lamp hoarders and just aren't willing to admit it to millions of potential readers on a blog. LOL My problem is, I have so many lamps with no shades, so they are here, there and yonder in my house, with no bulbs, laying on their sides, in boxes, under beds, etc., waiting for the day when they get to be plugged in and penetrate the darkness. Why do the lamps always outlive their original shades???

Serena said...

Love the Valentine's Day floral hankie. Were you supposed to use it only on Valentine's Day, though???

Gail said...

Maybe someone put the portraits in an older frame. I think you are right about the curved glass frames being from Victorian times.

Jenn Thorson said...

Andrea- I know some of the earlier shades were made of silk and fairly delicate. So things moved to attics and garages didn't hold up terribly well, but yes. You'd think there'd be a few more vintage shades lurking.

Every now and then I'll find one. But not too often.

Serena- I suppose you could use it whenever, but a handkerchief collecting book I read did talk about how in the 50s, these hankies became accessories, really. They were inexpensive "treats" ladies could buy for themselves to change out for different occasions or give as little holiday gifts. So I imagine it might have been used on the holiday.

Gail- Maybe you're right. I probably need to do a bit of research of framing trends and educate myself more.

Kristine said...

Am I mistaken or is that little girl in the photo wearing pearls?! No matter what it's age, that makes it perfect!

Jenn Thorson said...

Kristine- You have very good eyes-- she is indeed wearing pearls! And teeny pearl earrings.

icandy... said...

Great place you have here!
Happy day!
Christina :)

Lois said...

Hi Jenn!
Oh my gosh....you are a tonic for me...you make me laugh!
I just finished reading all about the shelf for the shelf incident!
Geeze....that sounded like something I would do..LOL!
I am glad that help was close by!
Thanks for sharing and for making me laugh.....I really needed it!
Lois
PS There's no such thing as having too much of anything. So you have an extra lamp or two...who cares? I am always saying that I am in the dark about stuff that goes on around me....maybe I just need a new lamp!?!?!

Jenn Thorson said...

Christina- Thank you- glad you've enjoyed visiting!

Lois- Oh, I'm happy you got a laugh from it. I think I learned a valuable lesson about ladders and lifting!