Tuesday, April 17, 2007

More Goodies From the Past

I thought I'd share with you a few more of the things my mom had sent home with me. Nothing quite as exciting as the Featherweight, but kind of cool nonetheless. I had some help with the box. If you haven't met her before, this is Spike. She hates to be left out of anything.

I don't remember seeing this set of pinking sheers when I was a kid, but they must have been around somewhere. The ones I remember had black handles, and I actually still have them, but these must have been from an earlier time. I just love the old graphics on the box!

Buttons! Who among us doesn't love buttons! I have plenty already but these will be fun to look through. I'm fairly certain there's nothing here that's really vintage (as in Bakelite) or antique, but they're fun anyway.

Spools of thread! All wooden spools! I don't know if the thread's still useable, but I love the old wooden spools. My husband got a gleam in his eye when he saw them too, so I'll probably have to guard them. If you saw my post a few weeks back about his hobby of making weird things from leftover "stuff," you'll understand why I need to hide these.

Rick rack and trims. Mostly the rick rack excites me because it's turning up everywhere now, and this stuff is the old cotton variety, not a cotton/poly blend. There's piping and bias tape and several other things too. I also "inherited" a bunch of zippers but I haven't really looked at them yet--not quite as exciting, I think.

My mom also gave me these neat little collectible Hummel thimbles. Do any of you collect thimbles? I hadn't before, but maybe I'll need to start. I don't know where she got these or why, but they're dated 1983 and 1984.

Finally--and I didn't get a good photo of it because it's still in it's original plastic bag and just reflected the flash--I found in the box a orthodontic tool for removal of bands circa maybe around the 50s or 60s. Weird, huh? I'm not sure how it got in there. My mom used to work as a dental assistant/front office gal but not for an orthodontist. One of my best friends is a dental hygienist--I'll have to see if she collects "vintage" instruments or knows anyone who does.

Tomorrow night I'll post the last few interesting things I got. I need some input on one of the items because I think I need to get a little "crafty" to turn it into something I'd want to use, so please stop back by and tell me if you have any ideas or suggestions.


May Britt said...

WOW....you got some goodies here. What a treasurebox. It must be heaven to open a box like this.
I collect thimbles and it is fun. So when my friends visit places they always bring back a thimble to me. And your thimbles are antique so please take good care of them.

Leigh said...

Fantastic goodies. Lucky duck!

Carole said...

I just love rummaging through old things. Your goodies remind me of when I had to clean out the drawers for the treadle. So many treasures were found. I have my grandmother's pinking shears with a black handle. The box looks familiar. Blue is cool. As for the thread, I'm still not sold on the "Old thread" theory and I really don't know what the hipe is all about. Logically it doesn't make sense. Wouldn't the old antique quilts have fallen apart? If it hasn't been sitting in the sun, I would think it's still good. I've used some of my grandmother's wooden spool threads for hand sewing the binding and have had no problems. If I'm not mistaken Harriet Hargraves says something about putting them in the fridge in a plastic bag to "recondition" them. I'll have to check it out. Happy exploring!

Kairle Oaks said...

You've got some fun treasures there, Kim. Wouldn't everything look great displayed in old canning jars? Make sure to hot glue the lid on the jar with the spools so that DH doesn't get them. LOL! I have my button collection in an old Almond Rocca tin. My girls still love to sort through them.

Knot Garden said...

What a treasure trove. Spools and buttons and trims, some of my favourite things!

Paula, the quilter said...

I collect thimbles too. I have found that an old hot-type drawer make a most marvelous display unit. I'll have to take a picture.

CONNIE W said...

I collect thimbles too but not seriously, just a few I've gathered here & there. Don't know anything about the Hummel ones. You have lots of goodies there!

YankeeQuilter said...

That is one fun box! I have a little table that the legs are made from wooden spools...not that you need ideas! Congrats on the featherweight!