Why do I collect? That's easy... because it's so much fun! Ever since I can remember I have been going to flea markets, antique shops, yard sales, you name it. Wherever I could find some sort of interesting treasure or cool piece of junk! I love driving around in search of new places or revisiting my favorite spots. I come from a family of collectors and have lived amongst antiques and collectibles my whole life. I have a passion for decorating especially with things that I find in my travels or even things found in the trash... which by the way can be some of the best stuff! But for those who share the same passion, I don't have to tell you... you all know what fun it is and how addicting it can be! Here I will share my collections, interesting finds, decorating tips, photos, projects, friends collections and thoughts and whatever else I may find along the way.



Can't have enough of these stands! Great for displaying pottery or anything although I am running out of places to put them!


I counted 196 pieces of pottery in one room! Yikes! :-)



The ANTIQUE BARN at Springtown is loaded with stuff! Antiques and collectibles... Kitchen and household items, glassware, pottery, jewelry, linens, artwork, furniture, vintage accessories and more... something for everyone! Be sure and stop in if you are antiquing in Bucks County. 3171 Route 212, Springtown, PA 18081. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 - 5 and Sunday 12 -5. I Love it!!


So I am totally loving these vintage souvenir tree bark canoes! 3 so far... need 10 to call it a collection! Stay tuned!



... And yes, I collect vintage Madonna planters too! This collection had been packed away in boxes for a long time because I haven't found the right piece of furniture to display them yet. I was visiting a friend who has a really cool collection of vintage religious stuff and I was inspired to unpack some of my favorites and display them on a small corner shelf for now. This collection was also featured in a cool art exhibit at one time called In The Eyes Of... the show featured religious artwork chosen from various collections and my Madonna's were displayed on high ledges that went all around the gallery. It was very cool!




Vintage shell boxes and flamingos! Love them too!


Vintage Florida souvenirs are the best! Love them! Here are a few... more to come!



Yay! Another GUEST COLLECTOR! Shown here are some highlights from my friend Jo-Ann's vintage hammered aluminum collection. The round and oval pieces are signed "Rodney Kent". Most hammered aluminum pieces made their way into homes from the 1930s through the 1950s as wedding gifts. Colorful anodized aluminum wares were popular with homemakers through the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Names to look for on collectible hammered aluminum pieces are Arthur Armour, Continental Silver Company, Everlast, Buenilum, Rodney Kent and Pamer-Smith. Anodized aluminum is very popular with collectors today... pieces that may have sold for 25 cents or less years ago at yard sales and flea markets are selling for much more now, especially the colored aluminum pitchers, serving trays and larger bowls when found in excellent condition. Thanks for sharing Jo-Ann!



I love the look of old packaging from art supplies. From fun pastel and paint tins to cool boxes from pencils and charcoal, this collection is kind of scattered around our art studio. Little groupings are placed on different shelves and ledges for an interesting look!



I find that I go through phases with my collections. As much as I love all of my collections, I will rearrange stuff and then find that a certain collection no longer fits in. That doesn't mean that I don't still love the collection, but I guess I have gotten as much as I can get out of it and it's time focus on another collection or start a new one. After a trip to the flea market this past Sunday with good friends Tom & Alan (See older posts / Guest Collectors), we were talking over brunch and Alan suggested that it might be fun to post past collections, so... here's one that I loved... but no longer have as I have sold them all... snowglobes... over 200!! Shown here is part of the collection when it was displayed in my Manhattan apartment. Along with the snowglobes went vintage postcards from the US States, the beginning of my (world) globe collection and a framed vintage Florida map tablecloth. As much as I loved the snowglobes, I don't miss dusting them!!
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