Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hunting for treasures

Yesterday was Victoria Day here in Canada. Typically, we celebrate with a cookout and your favorite outdoor activity.  Here in our little village the Annual community fleamarket is held in the local grocery store parking lot.  Hundreds of tables are set up by venders trying to sell their antique, vintage and often junk.  It was a very hot and sunny day and the Mister appeased my desire to poke around other peoples junk because I just knew I'd find TREASURES!  And I did!!


I was tickled pink when I discovered these vintage PIN CUSHION DOLLS or also known as half dolls. Between 1900 and 1920's every proper Victorian woman valued and used their sewing supplies and in true Victorian era style, pincushions were elaborately adorned. These 1/2 dolls were sewn atop the pincushion or even powder puffs. Many of the pincushions looked like beautiful dresses and skirts and that is where the lady stuck her pins and needles. You can see at the base of these the holes through which the dolls were sewn to the cushion base.
Here are closer photos of the dolls.  My favorite is this lady with the yellow brimmed hat.
The lady with the fan appears to be quite warm!  :-)
There were two of these lady reading dolls and I decided to get them both.

Honey Can and Vintage Cookie and Biscuit Cutters
I have a HUGE cookie cutter collection.  Many years ago when my children were small, we used to pick out unusual and fun cookie cutters wherever we visited.  I used to send cookies to school and soccer game treats in very unusual shapes and animals.  WELL...when I saw these very old cookies and biscuit cutters I just had to add them to my collection.  These really brought back memories of my grandmother's wooden knob topped metal cutters that she used.  The bunny and Christmas Tree in the back row are mounted on a piece of metal with the handle on the opposite side.

I also have a collection of very old tins and boxes in my kitchen but all of mine are from the United States.  When I saw the Pure Canadian Honey tin I had to get it to add some Canadiana to my collection.

These marbles were purely an impulse purchase.  They brought back so many memories a playing marbles during recess at school and after school with friends.

These are some of my favorites from the lot. 

I was doing a little GOOGLE search on rules for playing marbles since I couldn't remember all of the details.  I discovered some wonderful history and fun facts about marbles.  Also, common terms and phrases we use today originated from the game of marbles.

These are my treasures I brought home from the Flea Market yesterday.  I was quite pleased with my finds.  As they say, "One man's junk is another man's treasure."

Until next time,



  1. Hi Jennifer, Sounds like you have a lovely day and your finds are so lovely too! l used to collect Marbles they are a great favourite here too:)x

  2. It sounds like you celebrated the Queen's birthday in style, Jennifer! ;) Fab and fun finds.

  3. Oh wow, I love your finds Jennifer. Fabulous.

  4. Lucky you to find such treasures! I'm feeling a twinge of sadness after seeing those cookie cutters however! I had a huge can of those wooden-handled cutters that belonged to my grandmother. I passed them on to my daughter who tossed them in the trash, calling them too "old" for her taste :( I hope someone like you found them and treasures them as much as I did!

  5. Wonderful way to spend the day. Thanks for sharing your treasures.


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