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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Vintage Thingie Thursday

I officially moved to Ohio in 2007, but I actually moved for Christmas 2006. After David and I got back from Christmas in Connecticut, I didn’t take any of my stuff back to Michigan with me. For the next five months, my daily commute would be 2 hours each way, spending one night a week in Michigan packing and filling my storage. Then in March we packed my storage into the big truck with the furniture and moved everything to Toledo, part to my new storage and part to my new home.

David liked my train knick-knacks, although knick-knacks weren’t totally his thing, at least trains was a common interest. He was a little uneasy about my M&Ms collection and a bit unsettled about my heirlooms!

I eased him in to cohabitation with my stuff with my beige Correll dishes, much less breakable and gender-neutral than his more masculine set. Then I carefully chose the first treasure from my Great Grandmother’s estate to show him. David loves cats and has an especially soft spot for Siamese cats because he grew up with Siamese. So I unwrapped and showed him Mums’ salt and pepper shakers that had lived in her living room since the early 50s.

Aren’t they sweet?

My Great Grandmother went to work for Ford Motor Company in 1944, retiring in 1962. Once World War Two was over, Mums found that she liked having a job and extra money. She spoiled herself a bit.

Okay she spoiled herself a lot. There were so many ceramic and resin pieces from 1949 to 1951, the point where she knew she was going to get to keep the job she enjoyed and that money would be there to invest and to enjoy.

When David saw "Salt" and "Pepper," he held them like they were kittens and in response to my asking if we could please keep them displayed somewhere, he took them right to the China Cabinet and sat them in the prominent window where they’ve lived ever since.


Coloradolady said...

Fantastic story about these cute S&P shakers. They are so cute!! What a great way to ease a person into a collecting paradise!! What a great family treasure!! Happy VTT!

LV said...

I loved visiting your blog and seeing your vintage things. You have been fortunate to have all these great treasures.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Beautiful post! You got a good one!!

Betsy said...

These are so precious. They look so cute in the cabinet, almost like they're watching you. Thanks so much for sharing them.

Antiques And Teacups said...

I can see why he loved them. They are precious! Thanks for sharing them and the story.

Edna B said...

I love your little cat S & P shakers. They bring back memories from the 40's and 50's. I still have a couple of "old" knick knacks. Some things are just too difficult to part with. lol. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

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