Monday, January 22, 2018

A Purge Proposal

I'd really like your feedback on something I'm thinking about doing in 2018. 
I would like to do some purging, as I do each year. I have previously participated in the 40 bags in 40 days lenten challenge for mostly clothing and housewares. Sometimes dropping off at the local charities just isn't quite the way I like to purge (but I still do). I was thinking, over the course of 2018, to purge some of my vintage stash of inventory, only this time give you, my readers, a shot at my 'stuff". Free. No strings attached. Giveaways. No sponsors other than me (remember, I'm a non-revenue producing blog). I probably wouldn't do it in the 40 bags, 40 days style, but maybe 40 boxes in 40 weeks, or something like that (logistics not worked out, but I'll have a system).

Items purged could be among a range of several categories of stuff - textiles (runners, tablecloths, quilts), dishes (transferware, ironstone, porcelain, ceramic), glassware, metals (silver, copper, silverplate, pewter), wood (boxes, boards, crates), jewelry (brooches, bracelets, necklaces), kitchenwares, accessories, etc., or even various holiday decor. Perhaps you choose a category if there's not something specific you have in mind. If your request is something specific and I'm still fostering it right now, or it doesn't belong to me (i.e., it is one of my Panoply sisters' things), or has already sold in our booths, I will let you know. You choosing the category allows me the element of surprise of either timing (when I quit fostering a particular item) or an alternative in selecting for you. Shipping can be expensive, so it wouldn't be something like an entire set of dishes, or something really huge in packaging, unless we can work out an agreeable shared shipping cost. I'd certainly entertain that idea.

What do you think of any or all of this?

If you would care to comment, or drop me an email and let me know what you think of this, I'd very much appreciate it. My email can also be found on the "Contact Me" drop down menu at the top of my blog. Spend some time and browse my menu of "Panoply Antiquing" and you'll see the kinds of things I buy (Vintage Finds), sell (Panoply Booth Displays), collect (My Collections), and use in my home (My Home). This will be among the stuff I'm purging, and please don't be shy in communicating. I may try to figure out that rafflecopter thingamajig to make it work easily for me if the response becomes overwhelming (in order to give as many as possible a chance at receiving).

My goal is to have a win-win for me in clearing some things out and, hopefully, welcoming things to those who may be interested in receiving. I know some people don't like attention drawn to them, so I fully intend to accommodate anonymity. However, I would need your address to send you stuff if you are the recipient. I don't sell address lists, email or physical. I may take photos of what I purge and eventually share that as an organizational thing, but I won't disclose who gets what. If you choose to do so, that's your business.

I'll let you know what the general consensus is from the feedback I receive - probably by sometime in February - and whether it seems worth pursuing in 2018. As always, I appreciate your readership.

POSTSCRIPT: You may be interested in reading this post for the outcome of this purge proposal:
Panoply Purge Recap

Rita C. at Panoply

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Before, After the Holidays

I guess I'm a bit of an enigma. As per google dictionary:
  1. a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.

You see, I love Christmas and all its decor detail - red, green, plaids, checks. However, I can't wait to get it all packed away within one month of having it out, and bring out the calm cream, white, and green decor.
Before and After Holidays: Dish displays in sunroom, kitchen bar area
After holidays: kitchen bar area
After holidays: sunroom hutch
I love the family frenzy of hosting as many as I did this year - 32 - but I love the peace and quiet that January promises (barring any major snowstorms and illness which, so far, so good).
Sunroom  before (with Christmas decor) and after holidays (winter calm)
Winter sunroom, looking north
Winter sunroom, looking south
Before and After Holidays: where I relax
Before & After holidays: details
I love the sleeping garden in winter, a time where I sit inside and devour magazines and books and binge-watch a program or two. Yet, I couldn't wait to get outside with the two mild weather days we enjoyed last week. I raked leaves leftover from the late fall we experienced. It felt good to be out in the garden. A huge bunny jumped and scampered off as soon as I opened the wooden gate to the garden. We're both ready for spring. 

Are you any less of an enigma this time of year?

(A special thanks to Linda of Life and Linda with Dishing It and Digging Link Party #184 for featuring this post!)
Rita C. at Panoply

Monday, January 8, 2018

Too Late to Classify Vintage Finds

I found some more vintage finds in late November-December that I never got around to showing you. I was already in the throes of holiday decorating, and didn't get this stuff listed, stocked or stored until now. Predating Craigslist and Facebook yard sales, we used to have a weekly Ad Bulletin that published on Tuesdays, and if you placed your [free] ad on Monday, it went into the section called "too late to classify". That's what all this stuff is with regard to 2017 - too late to classify.
From estate sales:
Two Fire King "Tulips" mixing bowls

Brownfield Roseville transferware platter

Two Longchamps wine stems, Two hand-painted Napoleon bee chargers

Sugar skuttle, scoop in original box

Mikasa Poinsettia candy dish

Five porcelain dipped feathers in basket

1/4 oz. Joy Parfum, in original box

1950s Kiddie Santa

Miniature wooden bowling set

Cast iron replica of 1930 Coca Cola delivery truck 

1933 engraved women's tennis trophy/ashtray

Binolux 7 x 50 binoculars in case

1912-1959 48-star USA flag
From our trip to Wheeling, WV:
Car-Snac tartan car carrier (designed for over the seat)

Wood/leather hiking/skiing poles

Handmade airplane from crate
Columbia kitchen scale

Another sugar skuttle, scoop

Stained glass window
From an estate sale we passed (but stopped for), on a walk in the neighborhood, mid-December:
Hand-chased ceramic lamb
Wooden Asian cabinet dolls

Hand-carved leprechaun, brass owl trio, cowbell
Brass deer, glass trees (2 of 3, one not pictured)

So, that's my loot that was too late to classify. I don't think I left anything else behind. ;)
My flock has grown this past the point where they look cute and cozy as winter decor.
Stay warm, my friends!

(A special thanks to Linda at Coastal Charm Show and Share No.389  and Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home with TFT for featuring this post!) 

Rita C. at Panoply