Mean Irene, hammers the East Coast!
While following the recent Hurricane Irene reports I couldn't help but associate some of the headlines with my baby sister. Be prepared if you're in her path!
This is Irene's "terrifying face", watch-out when she's not happy!
Irene "less then expected but still a bruiser." Irene "hammers the East Coast." Actually I think I hammered her in this photo!
She looks so sweet, doesn't she.....but even if Irene didn't harm you directly, she still just may mess with you. I try to stay on her good side!
Without a doubt there is going to be quite a bit of damage. Well maybe not, but she might scare you...just ask her ex-husband...lol!
Ready or not, Hurricane Irene!
Losing some power but still whipping up trouble even at this age.....Happy Birthday sister!
I'm completely amazed at what my sister finds at the thrift store. This past week she found this great Baileys' Wink Cookie Jar and matching Boy and Girl Wink Mugs.
The Baileys' Wink set is in mint condition. How my sister could walk into a store and just happen to lay her hands on this before anyone else, is a mystery to me.....like good vintage hunting karma. Wonder how I can get some of that?
She's even been known to walk up to the counter with a cart full of items, only a few dollars and leave with it all! That's some kind of negotiating skills, or a sweet smile......I'm not sure which works better......lol.
Irene also found this mint condition lavender Blendo pitcher with six matching glasses. I'm hoping it matches the large salad bowl already down at the antique booth.
We have quite a nice collection of Blendo glass now, enough to setup the whole tower with it at the booth. I like being able to group similar items, it gives such a WOW factor!
I was very psyched when I found this crazy handmade baby quilt. I'm always attracted to handmade fabric and linen items, but this is the first quilt I've found made like this.. The quilt has one worn spot. I figure a few well placed embroidered daisies will save this item.
I love the complete randomness of the fabric pieces, which really isn't like me at all. When I layout offices, I always prefer the plans with all the systems furniture lines up in rows. Not to mention my obsession with Greek Revival homes, which are usually always very symmetrical in design.
I guess that's why I love treasure hunting, you never know what you'll discover......maybe even something new about yourself..................Jolene
I have a new obsession, and it's all my sister's fault. A few months ago I didn't even know that Glidden Pottery existed, and now I can't stop searching for it on the internet.
Irene brought home this very simple covered pottery baking dish. I knew right away that it was special. The thickness of the pottery, and the glazing were exceptional. Fortunately there was a name on the bottom, Glidden 165. One of the first things we do is search for information about each item we list. This can be one of the most interesting things about buying vintage. You get to discover gifted designers, companies, and fabulous objects that you may never have seen before. As soon as I saw the various designs and types of pieces I was hooked.
The next Glidden in my growing collection, is this adorable rooster covered casserole dish. I'm totally considering keeping this one for myself because it matches my kitchen colors and style. Many of the mid century pieces that I buy I love, but they don't quite go in my french country house.
Then I just had to have this spotted Wild Cat skillet. It's so cute that I have a hard time imagining someone cooking with it, but after all that was what it was made for.
This is starting to feel more like a collection with the addition of this teal speckled casserole dish. The one great thing about these purchases is if I don't sell them I'll enjoy them myself.
And isn't this dish super too! Okay so now you're thinking that I do have a shopping addiction.....and you would probably be right about that. I do feel better knowing I can blame this out of control episode on my sister Irene! She has no idea of the damage she has done to my checking account.....lol!
I found this video, and just had to share it. I love the way they are using their Glidden pottery collection. It's not just admired on a shelf, but put into service for a wonderful party.........I'm so inspired.........Jolene
Dad used to wonder if either one of us had any common sense....well I have to say I think I have more then my sister. For example....My sister brings home a sweet group of Orioles glasses in mint condition. She ask me how to get two that are stuck together apart without breaking them. My response "Maybe if you put them in the freezer they'll shrink-up...but I'd Google it to be sure." She insists that I can't be right, because when you put a water bottle in the freezer it expands. A little while later she tells me that she found out that you put ice in the inside glass and then dip the bottom glass in warm water. And I say, "See I told you that the ice makes the glass shrink." She again tries to disagree.....I slowly and calmly say, "The inside glass needs to shrink and the outside glass needs to expand so that the glasses come apart...get it?" She still didn't believe me. I say, "Okay in terms you can understand. If I drop an ice cube down a guys pants do I have shrinkage?" She smiles and says, "Oh...okay I get it now!" Then she makes this face and says...."Well I am a real blonde!!!"
See what I deal with everyday......lol..........Jolene
Do you ever get so excited when you see that perfect retro item at the thrift store that maybe you don't examine it as carefully as you should? This has happened to me twice in the last month and both times it involved pitchers. My sister has been away on a trip for a few weeks buying lots of great new items we will be listing soon....well any way I decided to visit her favorite thrift store to see what bargains I might fine. I couldn't grab this small pitcher off the shelf fast enough! I was thinking how lucky I was to make such a great find for only three dollars. It never occurred to me that there was a reason it was so inexpensive. I carried it around for awhile as I search for other items, but couldn't wait to call and brag to my sister about my great deal. As I described the pitchers black and gold antelopes running across the glass, she stopped me and finished the description for me. She in fact had almost purchased the same pitcher a few weeks before, but had noticed a crack along the handle and had returned it to the shelf. How could I have made the same mistake again, not checking for a crack along or on the handle? Well I was just so taken with my find that I didn't want there to be anything wrong with it. Then I thought why not find a different purpose for this item. I think it makes a great marker container, and the crack really isn't that noticeable. I know my sister thinks she's a better thrift shopper then me...and every once in awhile she's right.....geez....I hate when that happens!........................Jolene
Once upon a time I lived Christmas everyday of the year! Wondering how that's possible? I worked at the Walt Disney World Christmas Chalet, and it really was the best job ever! Imagine everyday is Christmas....... twinkling lights, decorations and the smell of pine, what happy memories. No wonder this is my favorite time of the year.
The best part of my job was coming up with a decorating theme and then creating it on one of the Christmas trees. The most unique tree I created had an African theme. The tree was beautiful, covered in lions, tigers and giraffes.
I have an amazing collection of Christmas ornaments that I have collected over many years.....I'm like my Aunt Anne, I can't pass up a visit to any Christmas shop. Out of all my collections, my sister would love for me to sell these.....but this isn't one I plan to part with now or ever. Sorry Jolene, you're not getting your hands on this vintage merchandise!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all.........Irene
I think most of my adult "issues" and my pack-rat syndrome stem from childhood trauma. The whole time I was growing up, as far back as I can remember, my sister told me that Mom and Dad got me from the Salvation Army store. She said if I wasn't good they would return me! Now when I visit any thrift store I feel right at home. This warm feeling comes over me, I'm happy as I move from row to row......It's like coming home again.
I now know where I belong, thanks sister!
After getting the website launched my sister noticed that there were more pictures and stories about me. She's not one to complain much so I knew that deep down this was really eating away at her! I told her that it's normal for parents to take more photos of the first kid and that I'm sure they loved her too....blah, blah, blah. You know the stuff you say when your sister is bitching and you've heard it all before. Then I decided that the only way to get any peace around here was add some more pictures of her....hope she likes this one from our recent trip to Pennsylvania!...........................Jolene
It was quite a shock to realize the my sister has described me as a "packrat" all these years. I had no idea she thought about me this way. Why are older sisters soooo mean!
It all started when my sister moved to the attic and I got my own room. Uncle Chuck made me the neatest furniture, it was painted white with gold trim. One wall unit was huge! It had several open shelves and cubby holes and tons of space for storage. I spent most of my early years filling it with what I considered the coolest stuff ever!
My furniture is long gone but I'm still collecting stuff today and I bet you'll think it's cool too..................Irene
Sisters team-up to sell and blog about all things vintage. Irene, is an extreme bargain hunter and collector. Jolene is an interior designer that loves decorating with retro items and wears vintage everyday!