Vintage 101: Jadeite, Dating Fire King Pieces

New to Understanding Jadeite? Great article!
by: Parsimonia

According to a handy guide written be eBay seller screech109, there are three main companies that produced these pieces: Jeanette, McKee and Fire-King (Anchor Hocking). Because they were made with scrap glass (green glass melted down with other glass) there can be differences in the shade of green (i.e. some of the pieces might be darker), and there might be slight swirl-like patterns in some of the pieces…  Read Article

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Jadeite, Jadite, or Jade-ite?

As a new collector and fancier of Jadeite, it has been rather confusing trying to understand the different spellings and markings… or no marks for that matter. What’s vintage and what’s not? Well, there’s no way around it, you have to do the research. There’s a lot of information on Jadeite online, but this article was the most helpful to me. Thought I’d pass it along, bookmark it… it will definitely come in handy!

Source: EstateSales.org

Jadeite, Jadite, or Jade-ite? No matter how you spell it, jadeite is that gorgeous green milk glass found in old homes, estate sales, flea markets and antique malls all over the U.S. and Canada. First created in the 1930s, jadeite is used for all types of things, but most commonly dishware and kitchenware. It first became popular in the Victorian era, then fell out of style for a time until World War II when glass companies found it could be stylish, plus affordable, to make. Now it’s trendy again… Continue Reading

Marks, Labels, and Pyrex, Oh My!

What’s the first thing a novice collector does when a piece of glassware catches their eye? Why pick it up and look at the bottom of course! But do you know what you’re looking at? Other than the obvious, Pyrex, Corning-ware, Fiesta, Fire King, etc. etc. there’s a whole lot more to be familiar with. But lets start with Pyrex for now, here’s a super helpful GUIDE

Also, on one of my web searches to identify a piece, I ran across Glass Lovers Glass, a website loaded with information on marks and labels, thought I’d share.

Vintage Pyrex 101: A Guide to Pyrex

The Everlasting Appeal of Pyrex!

Here’s the scoop on Pyrex, it’s collectible, and it’s out there for those who enjoy the treasure hunt. I found this awesome guide to help those interested in collecting. See Guide

Photos and Article: ESTATESALES.org

1930’3 Sheet Music Cabinet

Finding this 1930’3 sheet music cabinet for $40 bucks is what pickin’ is all about! I cleaned it up and modestly touched up the wear brought on by time. In my opinion, a piece like this is greatly enhanced by its vintage character.

From the Workshop

Doll chair cookbook rackA few finished pieces from my workshop. Best cool find this week was a vintage oak youth chair in sound condition…  just needed a little sprucing up. It’s perfect for what it’s intended, but also can be a real eye catching decor piece for the country inspired home. 

Here’s the perfect example of what I mean about using a vintage piece as a decor piece. What a unique way to display cookbooks!

Below are before and after pics of my vintage thrift store find. Used chalk paint, dark wax, and a ton of buffing.

Signs can be a creative challenge, but sometimes it’s all about the hardware that gives a simple saying just the right flair. Hanger is an old piece of wire found in our shed. Lettering and corner flowers are painted in acrylics. A few berries tied to wire with raffia adds the perfect touch.

 

Who Visited the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall?

Pawn Stars Mark! He was spotted here on July 27th at 9am, how cool is that?

Brass Armadillo Antique Mall – Phoenix

Country Chic at the Brass Armadillo, Antiques and Collectables

Are you looking for something unique? Maybe you’re a collector, a picker, or just fancy the hunt for that vintage or shabby chic piece to compliment your home decor. If so, you certainly have heard of the Brass Armadillo in Phoenix, Arizona. No? Well then you are in for quite an adventure! I love the thrill of finding antiques and collectables too and finally took the plunge into turning my hobby into a business at the Brass Armadillo. Here’s our booth with all our cool finds, it’s a mere glimpse of what you’ll see at the Brass, so go spend the afternoon and have some fun!

You may not by familiar how this works, so here’s the inside scoop. Many, if not most antique stores/malls have spaces of various sizes that are rented by dealers, or vendors. The Brass is no different, all the booths there are rented and run by individual folks who spend a great deal of time finding merchandise to stock their space. Some of us travel, some are local pickers, and other scour the internet looking for sought after antiques and collectables for you to enjoy.
It’s fun, but it’s hard work! Fortunately, my husband Dan and I work together in this adventure, he’s the muscle and I’m the eyes, teamwork!
Stop by and visit our booth, all the aisles are named after States, and the booths are numbered above and to the side. Our booth name is Country Chic at 158, Washington. We specialize in Country Furniture, Western Decor, Collectables, Fiestaware, Pyrex, Corningware, Glassware, Chicken inspired decor, and MORE!

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