Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jade-ite and more!

I found three of these little darlings and loved their creamy color. They're marked "Corex" made in Canada. (that would have been the Corning Glassware plant in Leaside, Toronto.) For my American friends, they're made off the U.S. Cremax pattern, and are very similar to Piecrust in design. Production began in 1948

Then I spotted Jade-ite! I had no idea if it was real or fake, but they looked old and were the right color . They were also available in a Forest Green glass, but they looked nicer in the jade. I picked the best ones they had and made like a bandit to the Goodwill cashier.

According to my trusty reference book "Fire King and More" by Gene Florence, they're called Fire King Jade-ite Leaf and Blossom set. Worth a pretty penny too, so I did well!

I also found these beautiful green vintage goblets to match my Depression Glass.

Not bad, all of these for $20!

(Merry Christmas to me!)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Cavalier" Luminarc, France

"Cavalier" Luminarc, France, originally uploaded by Lydia Koby.

I love my red Luminarc glassware! My parents used to collect these back in the '70's, and I've been fortunate to have "thrifted" a complete set of 8 of everything! I'm looking forward to using them again over the holidays, they look so festive on the table. I've even been able to add a few pieces of green to spruce up the set.

Friday, November 26, 2010

My Fair Lady

What an unusual plate! I saw this beautiful plate (much used and loved) sitting on the shelf @ Salvation Army Thrift Store. When I turned it over, I was surprised to see it called "My Fair Lady". My youngest daughter is just learning "I Could Have Danced All Night" for her vocal lessons, so I've had that song on my brain! I don't know anything about Meakin, but I love what I see.

-Mary do you have any info on this plate? They had a saucer as well, but chipped and no cup to be seen...

- notice how I chased that sunbeam onto the floor!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jade - ite!

My first pieces of Jade - ite and I'm so excited! After months of searching through all my thrift shops, I finally had to cave in and buy from a dealer.
I've always loved this color and wanted to have at least one piece for myself. While at the Vintage Glass Show & Sale in Mississauga this past weekend, I searched out the best (and lowest priced) pieces I could find.
"Fire-King Jane Ray", by Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation, 1945 - 1963. Two tea cups and two saucers for $15. Now I'm happy...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tupperware Picnic Set

Just in time for a Fall Picnic!

... a Flickr friend asked that I revisit my Tupperware Picnic Set. This set was given to me by my Mother - in - Law many years ago. She got it as a hostess gift for holding a Tupperware party back in the 70's. It's complete with an orange and white striped cooler bag to hold all the goodies. (easy to spot in a packed trunk!)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Moon and Star Basket

Sigh... Depression Glass - no, but vintage none the less.
Bought this beautiful pink glass basket from Goodwill for $3.99. This one I could NOT leave behind. It's Moon and Star by L.E. Smith Glass Company. 1970.

Now to decide where to keep it, and what to display in it. Though it looks lovely all by itself.

Any suggestions?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Tea Cups

I've always been drawn to tea cups. I must have gotten it from my Mom, because she loves tea cups and has tons of them! A few years ago my sisters and I bought her a huge curio cabinet for her 80th Birthday. It's almost full of tea cups!
Now my curio cabinet is much smaller, and I rotate my favorites on display. Here are a few of the "current" faves:

"Foley" Bone China 1850 EB Made in England. This was gifted to me by my Aunt Stella from Montreal. She sent a package to me a few years ago with several tea cups inside. I love the bird!

"Regency" Genuine Bone China Made in England. Another fave from my Aunt Stella. It's the most delicate shade of yellow.

"Paragon" by Appointment to HM the Queen & HM Queen Mary. Fine Bone China - Made in England. Yup, Aunt Stella again.

This one just says Fine Bone China - England. I have 3 of these (two put away for my girls). My Mom gave them to me, I love the delicate gold!

From 100 Years of Royal Albert, 1930's Polka Rose. My husband and daughters gave me the first 5 decades for Christmas, I hope to get the next 5 decades this year!

and finally

These are demitasse cups, Karolina China, Made in Poland. They have Gooseberries and Blackberries on them. My sister loves to have Expresso when she comes to visit, so I THRIFT-ED 5 of these from the local Salvation Army for $2.50. We're Polish, so I thought it fitting to have some Polish china.

Thanks to Mom Wald who requested these photos, and to Kimberly Shaw who inspires me to no end with her beautiful photography and paintings of tea cups. You should visit them and see what they have:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tavern Plates - Delfe, Holland

No Depression Glass, but I found these interesting little beauties at our local Goodwill last week. There are actually 5, but the last one is chipped, so I didn't photograph it. (poor little thing) They were all taped together, and priced for 2.99. I could see the Delfe mark - and the first plate and thought they were cute! They're just 4 1/2 inches round. The mark is of Royal Sphinx Boch, 1970, Holland.
I guess I've started my Christmas shopping!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Green Glass

OK, Mary, I had to chase down that last sunbeam of the day to take these photos!

I finally found a GREEN Depression glass plate!
Alas, only one was to be found at our Goodwill, and I doubt I'll ever find this set again, so I'll have to settle for an eclectic mix of plates.

It's called "Roulette, or Many Windows", Hocking Glass Company, 1935-1938.
A beautiful shade of light green.

While looking for green glass, I've also found these pretties :

They're "King's Crown, or Thumbprint" Indiana Glass company, 1970's

and these:
"Mt. Vernon" by Indiana Glass - 1967.

I'm happy with my green "thrifted" finds, all under $2 each.

Oh, and Labatt Blue and Corona are getting along great. Here they are having a snooze in the sunshine.

...till the next sunbeam!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Meet Labatt Blue!

Thank you so very much Erin "Yard Sale Snoop" !
You and your wonderful family brought this Blue Beauty all the way over to us.
He/She (we're not really sure - it's so young) is settling in very well at it's new home.
It found the food dish, hopped onto our fingers a few times and gives a wonderful little chirp which sounds like a light saber (according to my daughter). Our older budgie - Corona - is avoiding the new addition for the mean while, but is not hostile. Let's hope they become friends.
We've settled on the name Labatt Blue for now - sounds like a theme here.
It was so wonderful to meet you and your family. I hope you had a nice day at the Conservation Area nearby.
Isn't it wonderful how things could work out for this lovely creature?
Now if only I could get it to pose on some Depression Glass for a great shot...

New addition to our family!

Here I've been so busy this summer, not checking my computer nearly often enough - and then when I do log on - what do I see??? A cute budgie out in the WILD awaiting rescue! My fellow blogger "Yard Sale Snoop" managed to cunningly rescue this cute young budgie and will be bringing him to his new home with us. We can't wait!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Old Cafe, Hocking Glass Company, 1936 - 1940

Here a few more of my favorite Depression Glass pieces.
I came across the pink candy dish in a "Bibles for Missions" store in Guelph last summer. I loved the pink color, but didn't realize it was true Depression Glass at the time. It must have been used under a metal planter, as it had a rusty ring around it and it definitely was filthy! For $1.99 I thought I'd try to clean it up a bit and give it a new home. Well I could have done a CLR commercial (a Calcium, Lime and Rust remover here in Canada) with the result!

Looked it up in my trusty Depression Glass book and discovered it's origins:

Old Cafe, Hocking Glass Company, 1936 - 1940 .

The finish was so smooth and it was in perfect condition. It made it into my Curio Cabinet in a place of honor.
Months later, I found the same candy dish in Crystal and it came with a chrome handle. Again, perfect condition - from a Salvation Army Store!

Then my sister took me antique shopping in Guelph and I happened upon the little Sherbet in pink. Had to have that, but paid $10 for it. There weren't many pieces made to this set, so I don't know if I'll come across many more, but I do love them!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Good Morning Sunshine!

Isn't this a beautiful way to be greeted in your own garden?
I wish every morning would be sunny like this...
Enjoy your mornings!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sugar and Creamers seem to find ME!

I've been asked what I collect or look for while Thrifting or combing through Antique sales, and I thought the simple answer was Depression Glass. But taking a look at the items that I've found, I've now realized that the majority of them are Sugars and Creamers!

Many of them are Depression Glass, but the rest are Vintage Glassware or China that catch my eye at the time and pique my interest.

Sometimes I'm able to pick up more pieces to add to the Sugar and Creamers, other times they'll be the only pieces in my collection.

Very odd. I know some people limit their collecting to Tea Cups, or Shakers or Butter Dishes - but Sugar and Creamers? (I rarely even take Sugar or Cream in my Tea!)

Some of the sets are from my memories, I do know this started me off. I saw the same Sugar and Creamer that my Mom always used and started from there.

The set holds fond memories of family get togethers, and I want to foster that with my daughters. I try to use fancy glassware when my family comes over, and even try to use it daily.

So enough self examination, I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of my sugar and creamers!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Peonies in Milkglass

This must be what this vase was made for!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pyrex Primary Mixing Bowls

My set is complete!
Hubby took pity on me, searching and searching for the elusive RED and the correct shade of Blue. He took us over to St. Jacob's Market and Cambridge over the weekend to do some outlet shopping and antiquing. Walking from stall to stall, we searched for those perfect bowls. Finally found them, but had to buy a whole set to get them! I don't think having some extra Primary bowls will be a hardship, do you?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My First Depression Glass pieces...

This was my first find of Depression Glass. Actually at the time I wasn't even sure that it was real Depression Glass. Salvation Army - I was hunting for some green glass plates, to no avail. I spotted a stack of 5 saucers, 4 teacups and 2 "badly" chipped sherbets - all taped together in one clump. They looked like peach colored glass, were grimy and dull looking. I did not think they could be anything special. At first.
I went home empty handed, but that night I regretted not buying them. They were only $6.99. Even if they weren't anything special, I liked them. So two days later I stopped into Sally Ann's again, and they were still there! I grabbed them and rushed to the cash before I could change my mind. The cashier told me she thought they were pretty, even if they were chipped, and gave me 1/2 price. What a deal. So I stopped by the library on the way home and got a few books out on Depression Glass to set me clear as to what to look for - there was the peach colored set! DOGWOOD, Apple Blossom or Wild Rose, by MacBeth Evans Glass Company, 1929 - 1932. Only it's "Pink" depression glass. Took them home, cleaned them up till they shone, and got to examine them. The 2 sherbets were chipped, one saucer was chipped, but there were 4 perfect teacups and saucers! I was hooked - and now everywhere I go I look for pieces to add to my lovely Dogwood set!

-Thanks for all the encouragement and interest from all of my "cyber" friends. I'm learning so much from all of you and enjoying my new found hobby of collecting vintage glassware. And a special thanks to Mom Wald, for her many kind words and guidance. She's "talked" me through my first Etsy encounter, PayPal and Flickr and is a wonderful inspiration of Friendship!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Start With Depression Glass

Well, it wasn't really Depression Glass that got me started, it was actually Pyrex Festiva Plates in Spring Green...
We had bought a full set of Corelle Chutney for our everyday dishes, and I wanted some salad plates to coordinate with the set. I had seen some pretty green glass plates at our local Zellers store quite some time ago and thought that I would pick some up to coordinate with our dishes. By the time I got around looking, they were no longer available, not even at our Corelle warehouse. A saleslady suggested that I check Ebay for some Depression Glass in Green, as the color was the same. And so it began...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Royal Lace - Hazel Atlas Glass Company 1934-1941

Isn't this a lovely set I came across? Why is it that I manage to find sugars and creamers all over the place - but I can't find the ONE that I need for my favorite set (Dogwood - MacBeth-Evans Glassware Company, 1929-1932)? I'm in search of the "thick" glass Creamer in Pink : if anyone out there has one to spare, please let me know!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy Spring to Handsome Harold - from Charming Corona!

Just had to blog you back! Charming Corona is taking a second away from his favorite dish (any Tupperware lovers out there recognize the pink divided dish fridge magnet???) to wish his cyberfriend Handsome Harold a Happy Spring. Hoping we all have a wonderful spring - Lydia and Corona

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rose and Thorn Console - U.S. Glass Company, 1930's

Rose and Thorn Console - 1930, originally uploaded by Lydia Koby.

-a nice way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Found myself this wonderful, old bowl in GREEN! I had no idea what pattern of Depression Glass this was, or who the maker was. It presented a challenge, and a wonderful addition to my collection.