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Treasure Hunting: What IS It?

Since I haven’t written about a found treasure recently, I thought I’d share one I purchased a couple of weeks ago.

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The frame is made of wood, but the scene itself is on metal.  It’s roughly 25 inches long and about 7 inches tall.  And….it’s reversible. This is the other side:

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I just don’t know exactly what it is.  I’m thinking it may have been on the top of a child’s dresser or on the end of a crib, because of the pegs located at the bottom.

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The little hook on top could possibly have been added later, after it was no longer attached to the item of furniture.

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When I bought this, it was specifically for the side showing the children playing by the seashore. We plan to hang it over a doorway at our beach house.

Your thoughts as to what it might have been?

~These Days Of Mine~

Treasure Hunting: E-bay

For several years, I’ve been discovering treasures on E-bay. I’ve bought everything on there from my wedding dress to furniture to cylinder heads for Motor Man’s racing engines.

One of my favorite things to find are items pertaining to this area of Virginia where I’ve always lived.  Last week, I discovered three yearbooks from the school I attended. I was in elementary school in the most recent of these, the 1962 Colonial Trail.

(The yearbook’s namesake is the section of state highway 10 as it passes through  Surry County, where our school was located).

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As I looked through the 1950 and 1958 volumes, I recognized many of the students’ names as folks I came to know years after they had graduated high school.

Just as with the music from that era, seeing the photos in these yearbooks makes me think of a “nicer” time in our country. The students seemed more innocent in a way, and much more respectful of themselves and others.

For example: this photo of the 1962 May Queen and her court. The girls look so graceful in their beautiful evening gowns and long gloves. And the guys look proud to be escorting the queen and princess.


I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the lovely young lady on the right is my friend, Linda, whom I came to know about 15 years ago. I’d say she was the perfect choice for May Queen.

See? You just never know what treasures await you on E-bay.

One of the top hits of 1962 was this instrumental by Acker Bilk. Listen and be taken back to a simpler time.

Treasure Hunting

My friend, Donna, and I have recently become antiquing buddies. She suggested a (possibly) weekly blog post focusing on my treasure hunt finds.

Earlier this summer, Donna told me about a new-to-me antique shop. It’s only open one weekend each month, and this past weekend was “it” for July. Unfortunately (for Donna), she was out of town on vacation. But Marshall readily agreed to accompany me. He IS his mother’s son.

To torment Donna keep Donna informed, we placed all our finds on the tailgate of Motor Man’s truck and took this picture. I then texted it to Donna.

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My half of the goodies includes all of the enamelware and the miniature rolling pin. The antique Arithmetic book, published in the 1800’s, the 8×10 glossy photo, and the tiny collection of fairy tale books (pink cover) are Marshall’s. He’s still researching information on the photo, the fairy tale book set is identical to one he had as a child, and he’s finding the word problems in the post-Civil War math book to be interesting reading.

The graniteware coffee pot will be displayed in my kitchen, and the more well-used enamel pieces will probably become outside flower planters.  I thought the the little yellow pail would be cute filled with seashells.

Here’s the large white enamelware pitcher that’s barely visible in the background of the above photo. It makes the perfect planter for this sedum.

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As of now, I’m planning on Wednesdays being Treasure Hunt day here on These Days.  Feel free to comment and tell us about your favorite shops and the treasures you find.