Treasure Box Wednesday: Deco Delights, Hollywood Hearthrobs and More

Riiiing! Rinnnnggggg!
"Hello, who's calling, please?"
"It's Lady Luck. And do I have some secondhand goodies for you!"

That's how I felt on Saturday after spending the day journeying down Route 30 in the direction of Ligonier and Latrobe. I ended up going to a few places I don't go regularly-- like Rossi's Pop-up Flea Market in North Versailles. And I'm really glad I gave it the time, because it turned out to be one nifty thrifty day.

I'll start with my favorite item, simply because I'm so excited to share it with you all. It's an art deco styled push-button phone I found at the L&L Fleatique in Adamsburg...

Note, it's not trimmed in red-- no, that's just the reflection of my sofa through its crystal-look rim! How cute is that?

Now, I know obviously there were not push-button phones during the 30s and 40s. But I instantly loved the shape, the incredibly art deco feel to it. Why, it's deco right now to the font of the numbers...

Another Fleatique find seems to have leapt right out of the time machine from my childhood. Great for storing small, otherwise scattered office supplies, it also called to mind my lengthy crush on ol' Doctor Jones...
You don't see many metal character-printed lunchboxes these days, and if you do, they're either all rusted out or the vendor knows its collectible and is asking a small fortune. At $8, I really couldn't say no.

I also picked up a copy of the book Chocolat-- the original text the delightful off-beat movie was drawn from.
At Rossi's Pop-up Flea Market, then, I found a Cape Cod Avon plate for one of my friends who collects it...
...And a fourth moonstone Anchor Hocking dinner plate for me!...
Now I can do a full table setting for four. Given how challenging it can be to find certain pieces of this stuff, I'm pleased I was able to track down this one.

And that pretty much puts the receiver down on today's Treasure Box.

If you missed Sunday's little humor post on "The Crotchtastic World of Retro Knitting" (trust me, that title will make sense once you see it), click here.

And otherwise, perhaps I'll see you this coming Sunday for our next post!

11 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I <3 this book :)
LOVE the phone! Super score! I love art deco :)

monah said...

I just saw a phone like this in black. Didn't buy it. First time ever and now yours. It is glam. monah

Colleen said...

Oh My Gosh, the phone is way too cute! Very Hollywood. Will it reside next to the Madame's bed? And, Chocolat... One of my fav movies of all time! Probably the only Depp flick I've ever liked :)

Lynda said...

Wow! Love that the numbers are in art deco font! What a haul. I just returned from some thrift stores. Now to decide what I'll do with all of the stuff. Love your post!

Jenn Thorson said...

Juju- Have you read it already? Can you tell me whether it's much like the film (without giving away any spoilers, that is)? :)

Monah- Oh, I bet it probably looks sharp in black, too. How funny is that, though? I'll have to look up the manufacturer and see when it was made.

Colleen- It will reside next to Madame's computer desk, actually (I know, totally took the romance out of it, didn't I? :) ) I don't currently have a phone on my third floor where my desk is, so this is just what I needed.

I'm actually quite fond of Johnny Depp, but Chocolat is such an entertaining film, and I get so caught up in the tale, I always sort of forget he's actually going to be in it. :)

Lynda- You sound like my kinda gal. :) I hope you find just the right spots/functions for your treasures.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Very cute phone! I must say I love the plates you found and so nice to have four of the clear plates. Very pretty!

Anne said...

I love the plates. I read Chocolat. I didn't care for the book or the movie. But I was still glad I read it.

Jenn Thorson said...

Linda- Thank you!- I'm excited myself. Putting together sets of glass from the Depression era is fun, but it can take a while. :)

Anne- Oh- I understand, I've had books like that. I read "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote not long ago because it was considered a classic. Yet, I found myself surprisingly unimpressed. I think because it was a forerunner of the crime genre, it had spurred on too many other things I'd read over the years, so its importance really didn't have an impact. Funny how that works! :)

Kimberly said...

That phone is so 80's....about 1989to be exact.

Jenn Thorson said...

Kimberly- I would suspect you're right because the 80s also had the big 1940s reprise of design going on... The big shoulder pads, the pencil skirts-- a lot of stuff designed to echo back. Funny how stuff comes around and around again.

Melanie said...

Oooh, I LOVE that phone! What a find!

That moonstone is so pretty. I hardly ever see it around here.

Does your friend need more cape cod pieces? I just got a load of it at an auction.