Sunday, August 20, 2017

My Summer Mantel Display: The Jersey Shore, Vintage Style!

Well hello there! I am happy to be back on my blog again after a brief hiatus called SUMMER!

We were so busy with the store, vacations, summer camps, etc. Always a good thing! We even found time to go treasure hunting! (An even better thing, right, my vintage lovin' pals?)

With all of that behind me now I wanted to do a post on my summer mantel before I change it Mid-September.

This is my ode to the Jersey Shore. Not the Jersey shore you saw in a raunchy reality TV show, but the REAL Jersey shore I've known and loved. Born and raised in NJ plus doing a four and a half year stint working at a local TV station for the Atlantic City/Wildwood area, I grew to love my time spent there.

So, whenever I find vintage NJ beach themed items, I pick them up. I have sold some of my Ocean City, NJ things but to tell you the truth, those are hard to come by.

I love mixing old aqua glass bottles with shells, books, etc.

This year I decided to also add in my Philadelphia Magazine pictures. I do think these are original covers that were mounted on foam core.

I love them and barely take them out of my office for fear of damaging one as they are dated 1910.

If I ever get a beach house, these will be framed and used for wall décor.

I also thought this little "beach chair" was too cute and had to be added to my vignette. The plate and vase souvenirs made out of china are fun to collect and are perfect for my mantel.

I love the deep navy blue of this pitcher.
I also get a kick out of the caption:
"Bathing in front of the big hotels."

Is that what we are doing? Bathing?
But then, I remember... we are wearing
bathing suits.

This is a close up of a small portion of a vintage painting... it sits below the mantel on top of the fireplace insert.

Hope you enjoyed my "little tour" of the mantel... stop by and say hi if you have a chance, I've missed chatting with all of you!
While all of the souvenirs in this post are from Atlantic City, here are a couple of other posts I've written about Ocean City, NJ ... just click here and here. 

And while you're at it, you might enjoy this poem by Ogden Nash, titled Seaside Serenade. I wrote a post about it.... Just click here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Hubs at Magnolia Market = Fixer Upper Inspiration


That man of mine! He actually went to the infamous Magnolia Market while in Texas recently!
I asked him to look on the map and see if he
was near Waco. Turns out his hotel was only
an hour and a half away. So off he went!
I love the pictures he took so I could almost be there, too.
How fun is this green vintage car?

And speaking of green...
there was plenty of it in the displays.
There were oodles of home decorating pieces and ideas!!!!
Lighting, a key element in decorating.


Love the display tables .... nothing like good 'ol chippy metal and sturdy wood tops. Great inspiration
for my Hubby to see... he was getting new
project ideas for our vintage shop.

Here are some faux flowers to bring 
soft pastels into the mix.

There were unique items... yes, mostly made in China
as the hubby told me... but the fun "Fixer Upper"
style was readily available for the consumer
to use in their own homes.
Look at the general store style drawers on this display piece. Love it!
He said there was a garden outside where real plants/flowers were grown. Here is
 where you can pick them up! The sign
is just awesome too. Joanna Gaines
has such clean lines and simplicity to
her décor and it works so well!
Awww.... "a must have flowers always and always"
Love the candlesticks.
I love these wall words and I sell them
in my shop, too, in black. There is a local
vendor mall where I get mine. Hubby
said mine were priced a lot lower!
Well, when you have your own hit TV
show, you can charge more!

And not to forget the men... my hubby liked "CHIP'S CORNER" a lot! T-Shirts and hats, industrial stuff,
the shelving made just like they create on the show.
So, of course, he did a little bit of shopping.
Brought Bebe and I back some souvenirs like
T-shirts and a really cool laser cut
wall art piece... just like "Jimmy Don" makes!
I think they are actually made in the USA
by Jimmy Don himself. I'll try to get a photo
of it soon.  For now, I've got my own
shop to tend to, totally inspired now!

Thanks for stopping by...
 I'd love to hear what you think of "The SILOS!"

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Peek at Magnolia Market & My Thrifty Finds

Hello my friends!
This week has been super busy
as my hubby was in Texas for
job training, so I was solo
for the week, running Bebe
here and there.  
He DID manage to drive over
to Waco, TX to see Magnolia
Markets! (My suggestion) 
I think he is bringing
Bebe and I back t-shirts.
I am going to do a separate
post with all of his photos
so stay tuned!
Today I'm going to share some of my
recent thrift shop finds. I rarely go
to purchase things for myself but
today I'm going to show you finds that
I think I am going to keep!
(At least for awhile!)
Being the Nutcracker family that we are, I was so happy
when a friend pointed these out to me. I look forward
to using them during the holidays. This is a set of four
 dinner plates, but I could always use a few of them on a 3 tiered stand, too.

Moving backwards in time on the calendar, I also found this vintage turkey vase or planter. It would be perfect for our dessert silverware orfor display.

We usually host Thanksgiving so this was a fun find for me.

And still going back in the timeline, who can
resist this brightly colored candy corn dish
for Fall? I think Bebe will enjoy it the most!
I will enjoy using these wine glass markers
that I found. They depict different nations...
an Eiffel Tower for France, the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Statue of Liberty for the US, etc.

And last...  this was a unique find. As a former local tv producer, I was excited to find this unusual piece. It is an old TV studio camera.
It has the large circular piece on the top which shows that in the old days they used FILM. Yessiree, they had to edit the film everyday to bring you the news. No digital easy stuff!
Anyway, I'm not sure if it is simply a paper weight or was
it an award at a previous time? I just love it, either way.
I still live in the same town as the TV station where
I used to work so I'm wondering if it was a former employee's?
I rarely share my thrifty finds that I keep so
I hope you enjoyed seeing them. Always
fun, always a treasure to be found!
I'm off to go to work and open up my shop...
Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Fun Vintage Style Easter

Hello, hello my dear friends!
The Easter holiday went by so fast, yes?
We were super busy.  We went hunting for vintage, finished some family room remodeling, ran our vintage shop, went to Easter church service, and hosted family for Easter along with an egg hunt.

Really? How did we fit it all in.  It wasn't easy, but we managed to get it all done!

My Step-daughter and her family were here. 
They have a new baby and she was soooo cute
in her Easter outfit and 1st Easter basket. 
I made our family's traditional deviled eggs. I think this recipe and tradition is in it's fourth generation! That's a lotta eggs!

Bebe shares the tradition of her father's family ... finding the elusive Easter basket. He hid it this year in the dryer. She had looked in there but didn't realize it was under a pile of freshly cleaned laundry! That Easter bunny is sneaky!
The egg hunt was fun...
this may have been the first year
all of the eggs were found! It's tough
to find them in the woods and remember,
that Easter Bunny is super tricky... Sometimes
the bunny himself doesn't remember
where he put them all!
Bebe was declared the winner...
she may have had the hometown
advantage but she worked hard
to get the win!
Hope you enjoyed our fun
Easter traditions!
I'll be linking with my other
blog's linky party:

and also on the Vintage Charm
link party later on this Thursday.

Last week, Sharon of
Blue Willow House
gave my LuRay post a
Thanks so much!
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Blooms and New Finds Too!

Spring has been blooming all around us with new birth.... such an amazing time of year!

It also means those who live in colder climates start to get out more and hit the sales!

We've seen church sales, estate sales, yard sales, you name it!

Some of our latest finds have turned into new objects for sale in my shop, Vintage & Co. Like this octagon table! It was given a new coat of chalk paint and looks nice and bright.

Old books, ladders, and some cast iron pieces, too.

Ladders are doing very well in the shop. This one received a little extra special TLC and new paint.

Anything related to farmhouse is a winner! These burlap eggs are not old but thought they'd be perfect for the shop as an add on at check out.

I also added a couple of chalk board "signs" and asked our store helper, Rachel, to come up with some chalk writing for them. She never disappoints!

What did you find recently? I'd love to hear about it!
I'm still selling as Bella Rosa Antiques on Etsy and I still have my site but I'm debating on closing that shop. We'll see what the future holds!

Also, feel free to link up with me and other vintage lovin' bloggers over at Let's Talk Vintage this week! (And every Tuesday at 9 am Eastern!)

In addition I am linking with:

Monday, March 27, 2017

LuRay Pastels Dinnerware, Hidden Treasures at a Thrift Shop

I did it! I finally found some LuRay at a thrift shop.

It had been a really, really, really long time since I had come across any... and I've been collecting LuRay for even longer. You can read some of my other posts that I've written about this pastel, mood lifting dinnerware, here, here, or here.

Either there isn't much of it left or folks are hoarding it!

Not sure.... but I was soooo thrilled to see it on the shelf. 

I wasn't even at this particular Goodwill to shop for myself. Bebe had a school event for for literature class: Hans Brinker Day. The kids were encouraged to dress up, so there we were scouring for a Dutch costume in the skirt aisle. After we had narrowed it down to just one skirt that she liked I said "Quick... Mommy is just going to go look in the back!"

All I heard were  groans in protest - BUT YOU ALL KNOW I JUST HAD TO!

And I'm so glad I did.

I think it was round two in the "pink" aisle, you know.... how Goodwill organizes by color... when I saw a small stack of three Sharon Pink LuRay dishes.  A small platter, a berry bowl, and a coupe soup.

It was like I had won at BINGO!

So up to the register we went. I was checking out and watching the girl wrap the LuRay when all of a sudden it hit me (I'm slow to think these days) THEY ORGANIZE BY COLOR!!!!!! There must be more in the other color sections!

So back we went, on a scavenger hunt, with of course, more protests! Bebe started enjoying it a little, I that we were on a mission. It was great having someone else there with me who knew what it looked like!

I was right, of course.  They had separated the LuRay (for shame) and we had to dig through the green, yellow and blue areas.

I found two bakers, one in green and one in blue. Unfortunately they were both chipped. The chips looked really fresh, too. Rats.

But I did get another coupe soup in yellow and one in blue. Success! I spent 19.00 on the five pieces, which I thought was pricey, but I was just happy to have found my favorite vintage dinnerware.

What a perfect time of year to find some LuRay Pastels - SPRING!

What have you found lately? I'd love to hear about it!

Come join me and link up on my other blog for Let's Talk Vintage this week!

You can also join in and link your vintage blog posts every Tuesday at 9 am Eastern!

Also linking with:
Vintage Charm

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Stella. The big, scary, blizzard of the year, is happening in March. We were SO CLOSE to having Spring. SO close! I have been hearing the Spring birdies chirping though.

This is the view from my office window.
My shop is normally closed on  Tuesday's
so I don't have to worry about opening up today!
over on my other page for Vintage & Co. I'm
looking for new recruits... I'd like to build the
party up a bit... it is hard because I am running
so many things!
This is the sofa table I worked on.
It had the original furniture store label
stapled underneath. It came from a store
that is now a thrift shop! Oh the irony!
Anyway, it was marked 1989.
Not too old but old enough to be updated.
I chalk painted it white and gave it the
stress treatment. LOL. 

In the picture it
looks like I painted the center taupe but that
is a burlap runner. I love the stone wall at the
shop... makes everything look that much better!
What do you have going on this week? Are you
snowed in like we are?
Next post I'll share a couple of finds from
last weekend... we went to an annual
 church sale, right down the road
from where we live.
Stay warm! Think Spring!
Linking with:
Let's Talk Vintage!