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September 21, 2023 1 Comment
Hello and Welcome to my first Blog!! As you may already know, my name is Tricia. I live in Embden, Maine – a very small town of about 1000 people. I have always been fascinated by old things, old ways and well, basically anything old. I also enjoy traveling in the State of Maine so when I was presented with the idea of combining the two (thank you R&S) in 2020, it seemed serendipitous!
Antiquing Recently with Sophie Mae, Age 2 Months
I seek and source what appeals to me, hoping that others will share my interests. I am also happy to take requests! While I will always focus my concentration on vintage (20-50 years old) and antique (at least 100 years old) sewing items, my interests are quite varied, and you can expect to find a wide variety of items on the shelves. There will usually be a sprinkling of the following:
Victorian, Art Deco, Flapper and some Mid-Century fashion, purses, and accessories.
Automobilia – whatever cool collectibles I come across!
Antique Medical Items and Oddities – I mean, wow! The “cures” of yesteryear….
Books and Paper Goods – Only the prettiest, most interesting, or unique!
Baby Related Items – Especially Victorian era through the 1930’s. Btw, these make great baby shower gifts, nursery decorations and surprises for Grammy!
Tools – ‘Cause tinkering is fun! And it’s more fun with old tools which also have great aesthetic appeal for displaying!
Vintage Kitchen Ware – The things we remember our Grammys using!
Toys – These can be overdone, I will only buy the most unusual, cutest toys I find!
The Day Trip
In each of my blogs I will include a bit about where I have traveled since the last blog, what I saw, did and of utmost importance – what and where I ate!! So, the last trip was to Brunswick, Maine. I spent hours in Cabot Mill Antiques. It was one of the last hot days here in Maine, 90 degrees – no AC in that old mill! But no matter when you’re antiquing! Lunch was soooo fun, Cameron’s Lobster House! It’s an old-fashioned drive in, the waitresses take your order at the car and bring a tray with your food, the tray fits onto the car window! Our waitress got a mighty tip that hot day!! The burger (I’m not a lobster person, sorry 😊) was amazing, the milkshake perfectly dreamy and the fries crispy. I give it all the stars!
Inside the Vast Expanse that is Cabot Mill in Brunswick, Maine
Original Sketches by Robert McCloskey for "Make Way for Ducklings" and "Blueberries for Sal" as exhibited at Brunswick Library, Maine
After lunch I attended an exhibit at the Brunswick Library which made me a bit misty: The original drawings and concepts by Robert McCloskey for his children’s books, “Blueberries for Sal”, “One Morning in Maine”, and “Make Way for Ducklings”. These were done by the author/illustrator in the 1940’s and feature his daughters, Sal and Jane. How many times did my Dad read these books to me??? With sound effects!! He was never too tired, no matter how late he came out of the woods or got off the log truck. Thank you, Dad.
This section will feature the most interesting find, fun side trip, yummy surprise or even a Shocker!
This time: A sterling silver date ring – 1896! These date rings were the class rings of the time and a real splurge for most folks. I think this one may have been worn as a wedding band. It was quite tarnished and rather out of shape, having obviously been worn for many, many years. I have removed the tarnish and encouraged it back to the original shape as gently as possible.
1896 Sterling Silver Date Ring
What I’m Reading Now
I’ll end each Blog with “What I’m Reading Now”. As mentioned, my Dad instilled in me a great love of reading. I enjoy sharing ideas for and from my endless TBR (To Be Read) stacks! My current read is “Colony” by Anne Rivers Siddons, a Maine author, a Maine story – Thank you, Kathy for mentioning this book and the history behind it!
Have a great day, I’ll be seeing you by and by!
November 17, 2023 1 Comment