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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Grandma's Vintage House

I'm sure many of you think your Grandma's house is vintage--that's just the nature of them after all--but come with me to visit MY Grandma. She and my granddad are the reasons I'm such a junk collector. They passed the gene on to my mom, who passed it on to me! They are the reason I've bought stuff at auctions I don't need and have no idea what it is. They gave me the courage to bid on what no one else is bidding on so I can get a mystery box of great possibilities for just a little bit of money!

This is the chandelier in Grandma's living room. I love it!



Her house is filled with interesting stuff. Some people call some of it junk. In fact, I've called some of it junk myself. But then I grew up and learned that none of it is junk--it's fun and interesting!

I'm not going to show you the house--We'll do that another time perhaps. But come with me down to the basement!

When we were kids, this group of cousins and I were sent down here to play--perhaps to get us out from under foot??? It seems that these boys tried to make this place creepy--you know how boys are! That's me in the red shirt!



But anyway, there used to be a floor furnace hanging from the very low ceiling and it cast weird shadows all around. There's also a bedroom which I believe one of my uncles used. Too scary for me!

Come on, let's go. Maybe we can walk over to the Dairy Kreme for ice cream later!





I think the tin man left his hat on this old television set.



Was this perhaps Cocoa?



A collection of bottles and jars (and dead bugs). Who knows what they still hold?




Who is this woman? She was someone's unclaimed relative from an auction. That's sad, I think.




I've no idea what this interesting looking box contains. Probably poison now!



I'm kinda feeling sneezy. This place is a bit mildewy and basement-y and damp! Let's go back upstairs.


My aunt cleaned out this basement shortly after we took these pictures, so this 'good' junk is probably all gone by now. Truthfully--it was a bit moldy and mildewy. But fun to look through.

Hope you have a great Vintage Thingy Thursday. Go visit Suzanne, the Colorado Lady, to view more vintage thingies!

And go get an ice cream cone if you're so inclined!

28 comments:

Becky said...

I would love to explore that basement. I'm wondering if my daughters will ever consider my "junk" to be treasures? Love the new blog look, by the way!

Elizabeth said...

I would love to explore this house, wearing a dust mask, of course! I am inspired to be a keeper and collector by my parents. You can't MOVE in their basement!
I hope you'll come by on Friday for my big book giveaway!

Kelly said...

This is such a wonderful post full of super treasures. You took me on on memory journey into the basements we used to explore. Well done! ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

LV said...

So glad you chose to share your grandma's very interest, vintage items. I love going back down memory lane.

Lisa said...

Wow, cool post...memories are treasures themselves, aren't they?

CC said...

I love dusty,vintagy things...and old "treasure" boxes filled with surprises.I just love vintage thingies. Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.

Hilary said...

I bet there are some "interesting" things down there! You are too cute in that picture. Love the red knee socks.

Bea said...

What fun! I got to explore the basement and not get tangled in cobwebs! Love the light fixture.

Sarah said...

I'll bet there is some really cool stuff lurking in the shadows down in that basement!

Coloradolady said...

How fun was this!!!! LOVED this post...made me wish I was right there with you looking around...and forget about the mildewy and dampness...would not bother me....

The jars and bottles are great...loved those. The TV was a great vintage treat.

Have a great VTT!

Roslyn said...

I'm surprised you actually left that "junk" in the basement! I doubt I could have........

Lisa said...

Thank you for visiting and for your nice comments! You're a fellow librarian--Yay!!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow.. that is one interesting walk.. so many vintagey items.. and chandelier is my fave.. thanks for sharing

Marilyn said...

Wonder what Mom would say to all of that.

Lemondrop Marie said...

Very interesting field trip, thanks for taking us!

Lee said...

what a great post and such treasures to be found in there. I will join you for an ice cream!!

Barb said...

Dawn,
Thanks for coming by to see my rusty dusty stuff too.
don't you just love it??!! \0))

blessings on your day,
Barbara Jean

Becky said...

Nice trip without the spider webs ;)

I think the Abuela box might have held a laxative. My Spanish is very elementary but I think that's what i read.

Thanks for sharing!

Cindy at PlantSomeRoots said...

I'm happy to find your blog. We have a few things in common (but I'm a lot older than you). I'm an auction nut...every weekend whether I need to or not. And it is all because of my Grandmother. She started my addiction. Grandma has passed on, but my blog is in honor of both my Grandmothers and I write about them. The title of my blog is Plant Some Roots meaning to do something in life so you can pass it on and leave a legacy. Sounds like our grandparents have done that for both of us. Blessings!

Jewelgirl said...

Love the house tour, it is like many
of the older homes I have visited
at estate sales. It was fun! :)

viridian said...

Interesting pictures!

Kathi Fly said...

Love the photos and all of the "treasures"! When my grandmother died, my mother kept saying "let's just through it out" and I kept saying "no, I'll take it home" so I can relate!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

thanks for the tour of the basement..what fun!!..i love the look of those dusty old jars :)

The imPerfect Houswife said...

Found your blog from Colorado Lady and what I wouldn't give right now to be in my grandma's basement! What a neat, neat post - and so very Vintage-y! :) So nice to meet you and I can't wait to come back ~

Anonymous said...

All I can think of is the theme song from the Adam's family. Ha! And to think that I am part of this family and have been in this basement, oooww creepy!
Thanks Cuz! DH

Candace said...

What a cool basement! Reminds me of my own grandma's basement in the 50's! How fun it would be to rummage around down there! I also love her chandelier!
Cheers!

britney said...

Your grandma is really interested glad to hear this..
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