Last weeks treasures

September 16th, 2006 by Susannah

Unearthed last week a small collection of mostly haberdashery! An old wooden shadow box, vintage piggy bank, half a dozen old spools of coloured ric-rac, a couple of metres of sturdy pink polka dot fabric, button sample cards, old fancy dress ‘Bear’ paper pattern by Weigel’s and a hand glazed cup (signed ‘Pam’ underneath!)

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I think the shadow box was intended for displaying thimbles (it is not a printers tray although it looks similar to one in the photo). I’m going to paint it up and create a collage in it. It’s quite small 5 x 6 2.5cm boxes. So a nice size for a project and not that old, so I don’t feel I am ‘destroying’ anything valuable.

I love the vintage piggy bank. It reminds me of a bigger one my Mum has saved from her childhood. This one is tiny, about the size of a tennis ball. It’s made even more special by ‘Katoomba’ written on it’s top! Having grown up in the Blue Mountains I have found myself collecting vintage tourism memorabillia of the area by default. So…cute piggy AND nostalgic piece!

But wait…I am not done yet….look look look!!!

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More vintage trim!!! I trekked back to my local antique store where I originally found this vintage trim and they had more!!! LOTS more!! 20 old sales sample cards from W Schuller & Sohn. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I found 8 old sales sample button cards. 195 individual button designs in total, by Goko Trading Company (Osaka, Japan)

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10 Responses to “Last weeks treasures”

  1. thebutterflycollector
    September 17th, 2006 22:33

    wow , you found some fabulous things! I especially love the card of white buttons! They are beautiful!

  2. house-n-baby
    September 18th, 2006 08:53

    Lovely finds !

  3. Melanie
    September 18th, 2006 21:26

    I love the sample cards! Where are you shopping, if you don’t mind me asking?

  4. Shell
    September 19th, 2006 20:01

    Wow, you must have felt euphoric discovering all of that fabulous loot! Love the trim and the buttons and the shadow box, and well, everthing. What great finds. 🙂

  5. Clair
    September 20th, 2006 12:56

    what a great haul! I haven’t been thrifting in about three weeks, i think i am starting to develop a twitch pmsl.
    Love the rick rac and the shadow box.

  6. ingrid
    September 21st, 2006 15:14

    What lovely things! I just adore the piggybank. And the buttons too. You must have a fabulous store nearby.

  7. pyglet
    September 26th, 2006 09:19

    So jealous! So jealous!
    The ric rac!
    The pretty coloured buttons!
    The wee piggy with those beautiful eyelashes!
    The polka dots!
    The embroidered trim….really really drooling!

    Next time I am in VIC I am hiring you as my op shop guide. You obviously have the vintage fairies well and truly looking after you!

  8. Selena
    October 2nd, 2006 01:01

    Wow, these store samples are incredible! I love your descriptions of everything you found and especially the photos. I wished I could have been with you in this thrift store.

  9. Kristy
    October 7th, 2006 02:58

    Wow what an amazing haul.I am going green here.I adore vintage trims and buttons.

  10. umbrellabella
    April 18th, 2009 00:31

    Geez! Wonderful finds what an adrenalin rush. I just love your photos too 🙂

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