Friday, January 31, 2014

Where to Find Cottage Antiques

Can it be true that it has been over 18 months since we closed The Cottage? That time has flown by, but not to worry - we haven't been sitting idle. In July of 2012 we opened a booth at the I-29 Antique Mall and maintained that space until the end of 2013. Today you can find our treasures at The Vintage Market and ReDezign (under one roof) in Beresford and the newly opened Picker's Antique Mall in Sioux Falls. Come along and I'll show you around...

 
The Vintage Market can be found at 123 North 3rd Street in Beresford and is open Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 12-4. There are a lot of creative people that have brought items to The Vintage Market! 


 
 
 
If you follow the pathway through The Vintage Market you will come to ReDezign (they also have a separate entrance around the corner on Hemlock).  Here we have a booth with some different types of items - advertising signs, crocks and miscellaneous.

 
 
There's a 'new store in town!' Picker's has only been open a couple of weeks, and we have some beautiful furniture in our booth there.
And, of course, like any antique mall you will also find just about anything you might want or need. It is located in Sioux Falls, just north of 41st Street on Shirley Avenue (right behind Savers). They are open Tuesday thru Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.
 


 
 
I don't know why I love antique and vintage things, but I sure do! I look at these pieces from the past and wonder about the people that previously owned and loved them. It would be wonderful if each piece came with a written history telling us where they were purchased and at what price, where and how they were used, and what path they took to end up in one of our booths.
 
I invite you to stop by one of these businesses and see what you can find that you love!
 
Till next time...
Blessings
Gail

 
 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Edyth's Month

 
My Grandma Edyth has been on my mind a lot this month. The fact that I am working on "her page" in my ancestry scrapbook probably started it off. I've been looking at pictures of her and remembering stories about her. As a family, those of us who remember her have been sharing memories of our feisty and funny Grandma Edyth.

There was nothing easy about her journey, but I especially think how difficult it must have been to have three sons serving in the Navy in the Pacific during WW II. Her youngest son remembers hearing her cry at night during those difficult times. And I would imagine the most difficult would have been the 'not knowing' if they were safe. Months could pass before the next letter would come, and that must have been mental and emotional torture. 

And it is so appropriate that all this remembering is happening in the month of January. Edyth Webber Anderson was born and died in the month of January - leaving us one day before her 95th birthday.
 
Those of us who knew and loved her miss her still. We miss her wonderful sense of humor and her laugh! We miss her fingers, crooked from arthritis and her soft, paper-thin skin. And we miss her insisting that she was 5'4" tall when she obviously would have had to stand on tip-toe to reach 5 foot. She was always the measuring stick when our kids were growing up - the goal was to be taller than Grandma Edyth.
 
All this remembering makes me wonder what my children & grandchildren will remember about me. I'll take comfort in the fact that the things that seem to mean the most are simply the things that make us who we are.
 
Till next time...
Blessings,
 
Gail

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

To Crop or Not to Crop...

The major project that I am focusing on in 2014 is pictures. I, probably like most of you, have pictures tucked away in boxes, drawers, bags - and any little space that is available. The other day I ran across a group of pictures from 1990 - thinking that was not so long ago, I was shocked when I realized that it was 24 years past. Frightening! At the moment I am in the process of gathering every picture I can find and sorting them by year. I'm finding it a difficult task, but I will persist.

What I really want to mention today is the background of pictures. What I am finding most interesting in very old and not so old pictures is the background or surroundings that make up the picture. Outdoors it might be the vehicles or buildings, and indoors it would include the d├ęcor or styles of that time - perhaps foods or dishes. To demonstrate, I am going to use a picture that we used as our Christmas card this year. It was taken in 1959 or 1960 in my parents' home.

 
I love all the tinsel on the tree! The rule was that we had to place it on the tree one strand at a time, and of course it all had to be removed the same way as we undecorated the tree. It was saved until the next year when the process was repeated.
 
And I remember so well the draperies in the living room and all throughout the house that my mother lovingly sewed. This was in the 50's and they were made of a somewhat nubby fabric called bark cloth. She purchased the fabric at Shriver's Department Store in Sioux Falls.

 
The picture window was always decorated at Christmas time and each year Mom came up with new ideas. And of course there is a Saturday Evening Post in the magazine rack!

 
But here was the best find in this picture - the little choir boy that still comes out to sing each Christmas in my home!

 
The tendency today is often to crop our pictures in an effort to highlight the people; but if that had been done to this picture, I would have missed out on the opportunity to be reminded of and reminisce about the home I grew up in. Give this some thought the next time you are cropping a picture.
 
Another option would be to periodically go through your home and take pictures of how you live today. January would be a great time to do that. And if things aren't perfectly picked up and cleaned, that's even better. Someday the kids will enjoy seeing the toys they played with strewn across the floor and their childhood shoes piled by the back door. And whatever happened to those dishes we used to eat off of every day?!?
 
Till next time...
Blessings,
 
Gail