Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday : Vintage Bits and Pieces

Welcome everyone to Vintage Thingies Thursday. If you are new to this party, please take the time to read and follow the instructions for participating in Vintage Thingies Thursday, click HERE. I try and keep things fairly simple, so please make sure you follow the instructions. Please only ONE link per week. Lastly, if you link in, LINK back to my blog, so everyone can see all of the vintage goodies being showed that day. If you don't link back here, they won't know who to visit......thanks so much.

First off, I'd like to thank everyone who read last weeks post for VTT and commented or sent me an email. I was amazed by the amount of emails I received on the research I had done on Mary. So many of you cheered me on, and made me feel not so strange. It is nice to know there are wonderful folks out in this big ole' world who understand and get me and my heart! It is a good feeling because sometimes the people who should be the closest to us, don't really get us at all......just sayin'!

As you guys know, a couple of weeks ago we were in Colorado. While we were there, the guys and I decided to take a drive and do a little treasure hunting.....more like digging in a bunch of junk. Nonetheless, it is a fun thing to do.

First, we stopped at a sight that is basically an old dumping area. I found a old granite piece of something, it was white and had red accents, and if you can believe this....I left it laying there. Now, I wish I had brought it home. I guess I was just not feeling myself that day. As Matt is doing in the picture, sometimes you have to dig to get to the good stuff!!!

After the digging expedition, we headed down a dirt road, and this abandoned house was sitting in the distance. Steve and Matt decided they were going to check it out.

Me, I stayed in the car. I had on flip-flops, and this was not a SHORT distance. Again, not like me, but I was tired and decided to take a few pictures of the surrounding area.

There is no telling how long this place has sat empty.....forgotten.....abandoned. (Matt, I stole your picture from facebook...thanks in advance!!)

Oh, I wanted to be there poking around too, but I enjoyed myself taking a few pictures of the sun setting and the surrounding scenery.

Soon, the guys came back with a few things in their hands. Of course the first thing I asked them was what was inside. Matt told me I was not going to like it....well, that to me meant it was full of goodies!! I asked what exactly that meant. Again, he repeated you would not like it one bit. "Why?!" I rather impatiently asked.

Well, Steve and Matt exclaimed that someone smashed boxes of dishes into bits. "What kind of dishes?!", I asked. Steve just shrugged and said he did not know, there were some pink and some green. Oh, my heart....I thought could they have been Jadeite dishes???? My mind was matter they were smashed to bits, were they salvageable??? I quickly asked, "could they have been used as mosaic pieces?" Now, I tell you, ass soon as I asked that, Steve rather quickly stepped on the gas, and said, "no......besides it is a hike and you did not want to make the trek in the first it's dark."

Talk about treasure hunting regrets on this trip.....ugh.....Steve on the other hand I am sure had a vision of me dragging boxes of broken dishes up the hill insisting on taking them home....and you know, had I been there, that is exactly what I would have done......and he knew it, so he sped away rather quickly before I had a chance to get out of the truck and head down the hill!!!

However, he did bring a great old jelly jar glass from the old house. He said it was the only one that was not broken. I love the edging and cut glass on this one, it is so pretty.

Hard for me to imagine that only ONE glass was not broken.....but he insist that is the case. Since he and Matt were in there for a good bit, I have to assume he was telling me the truth! LOL

He also brought me a little white tea cup and I got this piece of a plate. The cup was broken as the handle was gone, and well, so was the plate. He asked if I wanted it, and of course I did.....they are in my flower garden here at home. Reminders of treasure hunting in forgotten places in the mountains, good stuff.

This is a real vintage find and we did not have to go digging around any where to actually find this. During our remodel work, behind one of the walls we tore down in the master bedroom was this bottle of alcohol left in between the walls. It is a glass bottle and of course I wanted to keep it. The cap said .49 cents. I don't really know how old it is, or if it is vintage, but I don't remember seeing alcohol in glass bottles in a very long time.

This is the back, sure is a lot of information the back! Treasure hunting is so much fun, and whether you have to go looking for it or it just happens to find you, the thrill is still the same, over the top goodness!

Have a great Vintage Thingie Thursday everyone!! Stop back by Friday, I'll have pictures up of where we found this little bottle that was in between the walls. I will also have the finished remodel of the master bedroom at our cabin. Have a great weekend everyone!!


  1. I hope you get to go back to that house and check it out. Now I'M curious about what's in there. This is my first time participating. Thanks for hosting.

  2. You're too funny! Now if that had been another kind of alcohol bottle, I'd understand how it got into the wall!

  3. Beautiful scenery. That abandoned house is really out there in the middle of nowhere! Sounds like you all had fun treasure hunting.

  4. Maybe you will get another chance to get the broken dishes. At least you got a good jelly glass.

  5. I have no doubt in the near future, we will learn the contents of that old house. I love the sky views you took. My deepest sympathy goes out to Matt and Steve.

  6. I love the sweet jelly jar,the cup and plate. Broken or not..I would have had to have them, and you have done such pretty things with them.
    Happy VTT Suzanne..and have a lovely weekend.

  7. Wow- the will power you had to stay in the car- even with tired bones, lol! My mind is reeling thinking of boxes of busted up jadeite back there- I go bananas when I find pieces of it washed up on the beach! Please let us know if you decide to go back and nose around! :)

  8. There is nothing I like better than a bunch of broken dishes. I have made stepping stone and have pieces in my container garden. Thanks for VTT I love it.

  9. I like your plate fragment & cup in your planter! Thanks for hosting :-)

  10. I love the sky photos and also how you used the broken china in your garden. I wonder if you will go back to that little place and check it out?? Thanks again for hosting this party!

  11. All that history. All that character. That's why we love vintage thingies, Suzanne.

    I would love for you to join in on the fun for all three of my linky parties:


    You can get the details here:

    Each party runs for six days, so come on by!

    Hope to see ya there!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  12. Ok first of all never go on a road trip with thongs! What were you thinking? I would've been running in zigzags with my hands in the air in that field!

    Thanks for the great pics! I love the jelly jar :)

  13. It's a shame that all those old dishes were broken--I love old dishes too!

  14. Ahhhh yes! The thrill of the hunt! How fun is that!

  15. We lived in Colorado briefly--I loved it there, your pictures make me ready for a visit!

  16. in Nebraska there are abandoned little old houses very similar to that one. My hubby and I have stopped and he always goes in but I tend to be a scaredy-cat and keep watch outside, lol.

    You always tell a great story. Happy VTT :)


  17. I remember last year when you showed us the great finds you got from an abandoned house. Looks like you guys had a great weekend. Love that rubbing alcohol bottle, I have a collection of medicine and grooming product containers in my powder room.

  18. One glass is good but I can imagine that you really won't miss going in next time. Finding these treasures is so awesome.

  19. What a fun adventure. Makes me wonder about that abandoned house. Thanks for hosting Vintage Thingie Thursday. ~ Sarah

  20. Next time carry your sneakers!

  21. Hi Suzanne, That is a cool place to go treasure hunting. Thank you for hosting today. Have a great week....Julian

  22. You have such exciting adventures! Too bad all the dishes were broken ... or were they? I think we will find out sooner or later.

  23. Good morning Suzanne, I linked up to three meme's this morning. This is the first time I have done that. I hope you don't mind. It was just the appropriate post to do this today.

    Your adventure in Colorado really brought back memories. I can picture my hubby doing the same thing. HA! Not that we can blame them. We DO love to collect stuff don't we? The dishes in the flower pot looks great. Why haven't I figured that out? Because I'm not you I guess. Smile. How sad the dishes were broken. it is a good thing he left in a hurray. I have a feeling you would be doing some mosaics right now.

    Have a wonderful day.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  24. Sounds like a fun day!

    Happy VTT!


  25. I guess you'll just have to trek out there with them next time - to be sure they aren't telling a tale, and to be sure they don't miss something!!!

  26. Thanks for doing Vintage Things Thursday! How fun!

  27. Love hearing about your trip, great pics and stories. I love vintage toiletries, that alcohol rub bottle great!

  28. Hi Suzanne! Another fascinating post today. There are old abandoned places like that in Idaho too, but I have never had the nerve to walk inside! What great finds. Now I'm wondering about the family who lived there. Could be another research project for you! Happy VTT, I love it!!

    Susan and Bentley

  29. Suzanne,
    Please help me out when you have time. Cannot link up. Just pick any pic from my post and thanks so much!

  30. What fun finds- I've never been treasure hunting like this before. The old jelly jar is really great.

  31. OK, a woman after my own heart! I LOVE to do this type of junkin. We're going to be in colorado the end of July visiting our kids in Buena Vista, maybe I'll spot some places to junk when I'm there. The jelly jar glass is cute. Happy VTT

  32. Hi Suzanne!
    I so enjoyed your post last week and thank you so much for your encouragement for my genealogy exploration! I looked online last night and there was my mother's family genealogy already entered. What? Huh? Wow! Eureka! :) Grand Ma Smith, not listed ... one step forward, two steps back ... but still so very exciting!
    Sorry you missed out on your dishes, broken or otherwise! Love your jelly jar and the alcohol bottle - everything but the kitchen sink listed on there. Love your little succulent growing in your found cup too.
    Thanks again for hosting VTT!

  33. Suzanne, your trip sounds so much fun! how I wish you went into the empty house!.. even with broken dishes here and there, my instinct said there are few more pieces to be salvaged home! teehee.. *being in eveil mode* grin* teehee..

    anyway, the jelly jar just lovely! yeap.. the cut and shape looks pretty!.. have a great weekend and take care


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