Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Recent Vintage Finds

While in Ohio, I made a little time for some antique and vintage hunting. Here are my finds:In the last few years I have developed an interest in painted vintage hangers, hat stands, and paper-covered boxes. I've loved antique Christmas ornaments for years, especially the mini ornaments for feather trees.

A close-up of the Christmas ornaments:Aren't they cute?

Our northern Ohio destination was Cedar Point, oldest amusement park in the country (I think). After two days of rides, we got a little wanderlust and drove around. One of the towns we visited is Milan, Ohio (pronounced MY-lan; almost nothing in Ohio that exists as a name somewhere else is pronounced the same way--Versailles is VER-sails-no kidding; New Concord is New Con-CORD, etc.). This is fairly amusing for my east-coast husband! Milan is the birthplace of Thomas Edison, so naturally we had to pay a courtesy call. How adorable is this house?
We discovered some antique shops on and near the village square. I found the pink hat stand at Milan Inn-Tiques. Then we found Sights & Sounds of Edison:This shop had the round paper-covered box and the Christmas ornaments. If I'd had more time, I could have spent hours in that shop. It was a curious mix of Edison memorabilia and American antiques. I didn't notice that the two shops are apparently owned by brothers! I picked up the business card at each shop and both are owned by couples named Gfell. Milan is a nice little historic town--check it out!

We also spent a day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. This was my second visit--it's a great place. We saw a beautiful sunset over Lake Erie. The R&R Hall of Fame is the triangular shaped building to the left of the sun.Lots of great ephemera on display that would make great art projects--ha!


Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Love all your Ohio finds. I love the cheery colors on the vintage hat related stuff and the ornaments are very pretty.

CARole said...

Love the tiny ornaments. The two on the right are German and very collectable. I remember buying a paper bag full of old ornaments for $1. years ago. While going through the bag, I found several of them. I didn't know that washing them would take the paint off!!! thankfully I only ruined a couple, but they were perfect for I did that. I still enjoy them each year hanging on my feather tree. Your reminding me that I need to go antiquing in Maryland soon.

Jenny said...

Carole, thanks for the information about the mini ornaments. I have a few dozen of these and would love to have you take a look at them. Maybe I'll do a post on them closer to Christmas with pictures; would you mind checking them over for me?

If you go antiquing in Maryland, I'm curious to know where you like to go, but I won't insist if your haunts are secret!