Monday, March 17, 2014

A LITTLE GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY


A green afghan to keep you warm since March has been so cold this year!


Some stirrers for those hot drinks!


Utensil holder.


Green buttons.


1960's Date Book. Make sure you mark March 17th!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

Is it really suppose to look like this on Valentine's Day? More snow on the way!

How about a few Valentine's to warm your heart? Isn't that what it's all about anyway? This one is sweet and most of us can remember exchanging these at school parties.

These are from a mid century tablet of funny valentines and are sure to bring a smile.


Last, but not least, curl up next to a warm fire with a cup of tea and read an ideals publication, full of heartwarming illustrations, stories and poems.




Sunday, February 2, 2014

JOY OF COOKING AND OTHER GREAT VINTAGE COOKBOOKS

It's another cold, snowy day here in St. Louis. A perfect day to pull out all those cookbooks and find the perfect comfort food recipe. Of course, the Joy of Cooking is a classic, known to most people who enjoy cooking. This one is dated 1971 and is by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. It contains over 4,300 recipes.

On a recent trip to Kansas City, I found 3 vintage cookbooks. There are great cookbooks being published now but many are more like coffee table books, full of large photos, not so many recipes. Not so with the vintage ones, they have page after page of tips on selecting, preparing, serving foods. Most recipes are basic and easy to make with ingredients you already have on hand. I have my mother's favorite recipe books and use them all the time. Maybe you will remember seeing or using a few of these.

The New McCall's CookBook by Mary Eckley. Dated 1973. Over 600 recipes.

The Redbook Cookbook by McCall's Publishing Company, dated 1971. It contains over 1000 recipes!

Larousse Treasury of Country Cooking. Contains French Provincial Recipes as well as recipes from 50 other countries by Vineyard Books. Dated 1975. Contains over 500 pages.

More information on these and other great cookbooks including The Settlement Cookbookcan be found in my etsy shop Antiques Galore Gal

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

SAYING MERRY CHRISTMAS WITH GOODWILL THRIFT ITEMS!


This beautiful tree is in my youngest daughter's apartment. She chose to use red and green colors this year. Not only is it beautiful, it is almost completely decorated with ornaments and trims from estate sales and our Goodwill Outlet. We visit the Goodwill Outlet often, it's where everything is sold by the pound. You just load up your cart, push it on a scale and out the door you go!


Most of the ball ornaments were purchased from estate sales we went to for $2.00 a box. This one, however, was a "freebie" given out by an antique store with purchase. They wouldn't let us buy it, but fortunately, my daughter found a set of dishes she wanted so it went home with her.


It's a heavy ornament, made of glass and opens to a Christmas tree. It will be treasured for many years, not only because it's a beautiful ornament, but the memories that will come with.


Did you get a good look at the tree skirt? It was a goodwill find. We thought it was an afghan at first. Can you imagine someone donating this? Of course, it went right in our cart and has found a home. In bright red, white and green colors, how lucky was that?

Now for the crocheted tree topper, also a goodwill find. I thought it was probably used to cover a bottle and used as a decorative piece. My daughter had another idea and it became the tree topper.

I just wanted to mention that everywhere I shopped this year, I was told "Merry Christmas", not Happy Holiday and I very much appreciated that! It's the first time in several years that this has happened. I vowed a few years ago to not send Christmas cards unless Christmas was mentioned. No Season's Greetings or Happy Holiday cards from me.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!! And hoping you have the best New Year!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WEBSTER, OUR BOXER


We lost Bosco our other boxer last January. He was 10 years old and part of the family. We miss him, but have great memories. We love Boxers and finally decided it was time to have a new puppy. Boxers are affectionate, playful and of course, protective of the ones they love. Our boxer Webster is just 6 months old. He is loving his first snowfall. I just wanted to share this picture my daughter took of him playing in the snow.

Here is a picture of him soon after we got him. This was also taken by my daughter.


More pictures are on Instagram www.instagram.com/Webster_the_Boxer

To see Webster in action, you can visit his You Tube channel, www.youtube.com/WebsterTheBoxer

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

HAPPY OCTOBER!

I just wanted to share this wonderful photograph taken by my daughter and wish everyone a Happy October! She carved the pumpkin to make this pumpkin candle holder. I was impressed as I had no idea she was so crafty! She has another project I'll share soon, it will be perfect for the upcoming holidays.

I know I've been gone for a while, I'll have an update soon about everything that has happened the last few months.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

REMEMBER THIS???



How many of us remember a world before this throw away plastic world? A world where items were made of wood and meant to last a lifetime. Plastic has it's place in todays world. It's lightweight, cheaper and lot's of time very pretty. And yes, there are people that prefer it. I'm not one of them. I found this in a basement buried under piles of other items from the past. As soon as I saw this mid century mobile I knew it was coming home with me!



Okay, so it does have red plastic rings for small fingers to clasp and shake to make the jingle bells ring. I'm concentrating on the beautiful aged wood, colors and simple design. Even the cords holding it together are still intact.

Look at the strap, after 50+ years the buckles and springs are rusty but haven't broken. No push button adjustments here.



I admit, I'm old enough to remember these being used above a crib, on a stroller or a playpen (now called "pack and play" for younger readers) and will always be drawn to anything that reminds me of that time. Thankfully, if not thrown away, it will last forever for future generations to appreciate and love. Of course, with the rust, I would never allow a young child to play with it, but would be perfect for a vintage wall hanging in a child's room or even in an grown up child's craft room for a gentle reminder of the past.

Friday, May 10, 2013

ONE CHAPTER OF MY LIFE CLOSED, ANOTHER OPENED...



After much soul searching, I have closed my shop in Kimmswick. I know I had big plans, I even posted about them here. Life changes, however, and I decided to move my business closer to home.

This chapter of my life closed when I finally took my sign down, on the very last moving day. My last day of business had been a couple weeks earlier, I couldn't take it down until I knew I wouldn't be back. It just didn't seem real.


I want to thank all the wonderful vendors I've had over the year, especially Kathy from Timeless. She had just painted and moved into her room when I made the decision to close. She was a little mad, a little sad, a lot tired, but overall very understanding and continues to cheer me on in my future endeavors. A great new friend!

A special thank you to Debbie and Dale from the Bunny Patch for being the best friends you could ever ask for. Debbie and I went to market several times together, some of the best times of my life! I could fill a book with all our stories, including driving home in the middle of the night from Chicago in an ice storm, driving home from Kansas City and realizing our merchandise was flying out the window! lol! Dale was always there to offer a hand when I needed something moved or the grass mowed. You don't find people like this very often!

This is a picture of the Bunny Patch during Strawberry Festival. I would stop in almost daily before driving home. Sadly, they have sold their business and will be closing in a few months as well.


As for the next chapter, I'm going to continue to sell from my booth at The Green Shag Market and my 2 Etsy shops, Antiques Galore Gal and Vintage Tinsel.

I can't forget all the customers I've meet over the years, I hope you can follow me to The Green Shag where I'll be spending a lot of time. I have some ideas for the future, but will wait until I'm sure before I post. So stayed tuned and thanks to all!

The Green Shag Market LLC
5733 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 646-8687

Sunday, March 24, 2013

TIMELESS, OUR NEWEST VENDOR AT ANTIQUES GALORE GAL


I'd like to introduce you to the newest vendor at Antiques Galore Gal. Kathy and her shop called Timeless. Offering a selection of vintage and handcrafted items that will blend in with any decor.

Kathy has been a long time doll collector and has brought in several dolls as well as doll clothes and paper dolls.

Do you like vintage clothes and vintage jewelry? She has both as well as some handcrafted necklaces.

She made this fabulous display from windows.

Her room is packed and I know you will enjoy looking around at her items. Be sure to stop in and say hi!

Booth space is still available, reserve your space now and move in before Strawbery Festival. No commision, no long term contracts!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Mini Antique Mall

Goodness, it's been a while! I didn't plan on taking a break, but life has a way of taking over. A lot has happened the last 6 months, including the birth of a beautiful granddaughter, my second grandchild in 2 years. Another big event is person that shared my shop space retired and moved out. For the first time in years, I have the shop all to myself. I've decided to convert the upstairs to a mini "antique mall". Not as big of a change as you might think since I've always had a renters and items on consignment. However, I am now thinking of taking on about 20 quality antique dealers. The beginning is shown in the photo above. Much work had to be done in preparation for this, including cleaning, painting and booth spaces. As you can see, the wall color was very dark. I like dark colors, but it had started to look dingy.
I took the plunge and painted it a country white. The floors are painted a dark brown. A huge difference, but I'm liking it.
Here are a few photos ...
Stay tuned for more photos as I continue to work. I have 2/3 of the upstairs done, working on this last side which was painted yellow and will share photos as soon as it's completed.
Interested in booth space? Just stop by or call the store! Looking for quality vintage and handcrafted vendors.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

100 DAYS OF SHOES IN KIMMSWICK, MISSOURI

The City of Kimmswick and the Friends of the Kimmswick Post Office are sponsoring 100 Days Of Shoes. The goal is to collect 100,000 pairs of shoes to donate to non profit organizations.

The official kick-off date is July 24th and will end October 28th. You can drop off your shoes at City Hall or any participating shops. These shops will have a sign posted that says they are a drop off site.

Kimmswick City Hall

Celebrity shoes will be auctioned to help cover the expenses for the shoe drive. Any funds remaining after the shoe drive is over will be used to help restore the Historic Kimmswick Post Office on Front Street in Kimmswick.

Here is a picture of the newly painted post office front.

And before it was painted.

More information on our historical post office and fund raising efforts.

For information on the 100 Days Of Shoes you can contact Michael Erbschloe at michaelerbschloe@cityofkimmswick.org
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