At one time, toothpick holders were expensive cases carried on ones person. Some toothpicks were personal items made of gold, silver and ivory. Other toothpicks were just whittled out of wood as needed. Toothpick holders as we know them today were not necessary until disposable wooden or quill toothpicks were introduced in the 19th century.
Toothpick holders were made of glass, ceramics, and metal. They did lose their popularity when Victorian etiquette frowned upon cleaning one's teeth at the table. In the 20th century, they became a collector's item. Today they can be found made of wood along with glass, ceramic and metal in all different shapes.
Imperial Glass Bellaire Toothpick Holder Vintage Purple Slag Glass #505
Vintage Imperial Glass Toothpick Holder. This vintage glass toothpick holder was made by Imperial Glass. IG's mark is on the bottom inside the holder. The toothpick holder is a purple slag glass. It is in pattern #505, aka Bellaire. It is approx. 2 1/2" x 2 1/2". It is in good condition with minor wear and aging .
A Bobble Head doll has a head that bobbles or wobbles to and fro when tapped or jostled. These collectible dolls are also know as Wobblers, Nodders, Bobbing Heads, Bobbie Heads along with other names. They don't necessarily need to be a doll, they can also be figures of animals or even a set of salt and pepper shakers,
Typically when people think of bobble heads, they think of the sport figures, baseball stars. One might also remember the Hula girl bobble head seen in numerous movies, TV shows and commercials. The one I remember is the pig that always sat on the dash of my Mom's van.
However, bobble heads date clear back to around the 1760's- 1770's!! There was a painting done in 1765 of Queen Charlotte in her dressing room at the Buckingham Palace which shows 2 bobble heads in the background. At this time, bobble heads were Chinese figures according to the National Bobble Head Hall of Fame. By the early 1900's animal bobble heads were being made in Germany. From there they just grew in popularity and became a collectible.
Trinket boxes are just little boxes or containers to hold trinkets and/or other tiny objects. You can use a trinket box to hold your jewelry, small mementos, pins and needles, paper clips and maybe even small pieces of candy.
Trinket boxes can also be called decorative boxes, ring boxes, jewelry boxes, or even gift boxes. They can be made of porcelain, soapstone, alabaster, glass, wood and cardboard. They come in a vast variety of shapes, with different decorations, for different occasions.
Brevetto Perenti Flavio Trinket Box Black and Gold Metal Velvet Jewelry Box Italy
Vintage Metal Trinket Box. This vintage trinket box is marked Brevetto Perenti Flavio, made in Italy. It is a light weight gold tone metal with a black and gold design. Inside is a red velvet type fabric. It sits on 3 small feet. The box is approx. 3" x 1 1/4". It is in good condition with some wear, aging and tarnishing to the metal. The box is VERY hard to open, but it does open.
Otagiri Nautilus Shell Cobalt Blue Vintage Heart Covered Ceramic Trinket Box Japan
Vintage Otagiri Trinket Box. This vintage ceramic trinket box is heart shaped. It is in cobalt blue with a Nautilus Shell on the top. It is marked Otagiri Japan. The heart trinket box is approx. 3 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 1 3/8". There is some minor wear and aging .
Fostoria Jenny Lind Trinket Box Cameo Roses Milk Glass Pin Box
Vintage Fostoria Trinket Box. This vintage milk glass trinket or pin box is in the Jenny Lind pattern. It was made by Fostoria Glass from 1955 - 1965. The box is approx. 5" long x 3" across. It is in wonderful condition with minor wear and aging.
Curt Schlevogt Pink Blush Glass Powder Jar Vintage Trinket Box 1970's Art Deco
Vintage Pink Glass Powder Jar. This vintage glass powder jar or trinket box is by Curt Schlevogt. It is in a pinkish blush color.The jar has a band of flowers around it. It was made in the 70's as part of the revival of the Ingrid Collection. It is approx. 2 1/4" tall x 3 1/4" across. It is in good condition with minor wear and aging.
Hummel Wooden Music Box Vintage Trinket Box Kissing Girls Telling Secrets Cabaret Swiss
Vintage Hummel Wooden Music Box. This vintage wood music box is also a trinket box. It features Hummel artwork on the lid of 2 little girls either kissing or telling secrets. The music box plays Cabaret and was made in Switzerland. It dates to the 70's. It is approx. 4 1/8" x 3" x 2 1/4". It does play but does lag. The music box also has some wear and aging.
Spooners are also known as spoon holders. They were set on the table and filled with spoons. Teaspoons were used most often at meals and teatime so the spooners were just left on the table.
Spoon holders can be used for much more than holding your silverware at the table. You can add some mints or nuts with a small serving spoon. Or even add a small spray of colorful flowers. Mini Christmas ornaments or tiny Easter Eggs would also add a pop of color to your holiday table! Or just display them as is on a shelf!
EAPG Spooner Plain Ruffled Rim Glass
Antique EAPG Glass Spooner. This antique Early American Pattern Glass spooner features a slightly ruffled rim. It sits on a short pedestal base. I have yet to be able to identify the pattern. It is approx. 4 3/4" tall and 4" across the top with a base of approx. 2 3/4". There is quite a bit of wear, aging and scratching to the spooner.
Personally, I think a shelf full of colorful books is one of the most inviting objects in a room, the first thing which catches my eye. I recently read an article from the Wall Street Journal about decorating with books. The focus of the article was based on recent interior decorating trends of turning the books around on the shelf so you just see the pages, backwards books.
If you don't like a rainbow of color for you book shelf, an option is to find books with spines all the same color. Or you could choose 2 different colors and add other vintage goodies as accents. It doesn't need to be the whole shelf or several shelves. A grouping of 3 or 4 books makes a beautiful decorative display. Stack them, tie a piece of jute around them, add some greenery, whatever makes your idea of a warm inviting display.
Both salt and pepper used to be served in cellars with small spoons. However, the salt would gather moisture and clump. In the 1920's, Morton Salt added magnesium carbonate to salt to prevent the clumping. This allowed for salt to poured out of a sealed container. Since pepper was always served with salt, and thought of as a pair, pepper shakers were also created.
The automobile industry is responsible for salt and pepper shakers becoming a collectible. People could travel more easily and shakers were a perfect gift due to size, price and subject matter.
Even today, salt and pepper shakers are quite collectible. You can choose to collect by style, colors, singles or by what they are made out of. Anyway you choose, they are perfect to be put on your vintage shelf display!
1. The Salt and Pepper Museum
2. Wise Apple Vintage
3. Smithsonian Magazine
Hallmark ornaments available in my store
I am one of those people who just cringes at the thought of upcycling a book. I have boxes and boxes of old books with major damage, missing covers and pages, and no spines. I like to look at them and wonder how they were once loved. However, deep down, I know that some books can be so damaged they have no life left in them. To upcycle these books and give them new life can be a thing of beauty.
1. Recover old containers. The above picture is paper mache canisters decoupaged with old book pages. You could use pages with custom messages or add some pictures depending on the look you are going for. With pages from an old childs book, you could use these for your nursery decor. For complete instructions on how to do this, check out Trash2Treasure's Blog.
2. Embellish those dictionary pages. Take a page out of one of those old dictionaries and either print your design right on it or paste a cut out image ontop of the page. I've actually done some art like this. Take the page with coffee on it and add a steaming silhouette of a coffe cup. Coming from someone who isn't really artistically talented, I recommend printed a trial page before you actually print on the page you want to use.
3. Turn it into a clock. If your book has a pretty cover still, what better way to upcycle then to turn it into a clock. What time is it? It's time to read! While you could turn it into a functional clock, the one above is actually being used as a table number! For instructions on how to do this, check out HillCityBride.
4. Create your own Junque Journal. Junque Journals, or junk journals, are something that was recently been brought to my attention. However, it seems like they have been around for a while. There are numerous options on what to use to create your journal. The one above is a vintage sewing magazine with a hanky layered on it. For detailed instructions on how to make your own, check out Tangie Baxter.
5. Holiday Decor. There's something warm and homey about upcycled book holiday decor. With the holidays coming up, it's the perfect time to get started on some new seasonal decor! All of the images came from Pinterest and are linked. Pick and choose, get creative and breathe live back into those old books and pages!!
The company we know now as Tonka Toys didn't originally start out as Tonka Toys. In 1946, Mound Metalcraft was created in Mound, Minnesota. Their original business model was for gardening tools. The founders of the company were Lynee Everett Baker, Avery F. Crounse and Alvin F. Tesch. They purchased an old school house, being used as a manufacturing plant, from Streater Industries. Along with the purchase of the building, Mound Metalcraft also purchased the tooling for 2 steel toys.
Tonka continued to grow for 25 years. In 1982 - 83, they moved to Texas. In 1991, they were purchased by Hasbro and moved to China in 1998.
Check out the Tiny Tonkas available for sale on our site!
A bolo tie is typically a braided cord clasped together with an ornate fastener which slides up and down the length of the cord. It is a casual tie which is usually associated with Western Wear. The history of the bolo tie is not concrete. There is mention of them being introduced in the 30's along with the 40's.
Part of the issue with dating the bolo tie is the fact they are called different names. It is known in Argentina is the Lariat while in Britian it is known as the Bootlace Tie. It has also been called the Bola Tie and the Cowboy Tie. Whatever the name, it is worn the same way, under the collar.
While bolo ties can be traditional, there is no standard for the fastener. You can make a statement with your bolo tie by adding a slide which represents who you are. Bolo Ties have also become popular for woman to wear as well.
Whatever the ccassion may be, a vintage bolo tie would be a conversation piece! Check out my selection of bolo ties below!!