Saturday, December 31, 2011


I've done numerous posts about my major collections -- mostly dishes!  And when I first started blogging in 2008, I even did a series on my collection of favorite chairs and their stories.  The chair posts can be viewed here, here, here, herehere, and here.
Today, I thought I would share four of my smaller collections.  They may be smaller in number, but big in effort as I've diligently looked for these items in my price range for 20-30 years.
The first is my 'Clark's ONT' thread boxes.  They are small at just 3 1/2"x4 1/2", and probably were given out as advertisement.  The top one has an insert that contains a pin cushion and is signed by the same cabinet maker as signed our large Clark's spool cabinet that dates to the 1880s.

Below are three wicker picnic baskets.  The one in the middle is quite large, and the other two were given out as premiums at Bob's family's grocery store in the 1950s.  They are great for storage of other collections - one holds my collection of old hymnals.
 I began looking for flash cards with the word 'home' on them, and never found any; but I've picked up these three that say 'house'.  Not quite a collection are the flower frogs as I only have two that belonged to my mother.
 As a child, Dick and Jane books were a favorite of mine as they contained my namesake - little sister Sally.  The framed page on the left shows Sally with Mother at the sewing machine.  My favorite is in the middle - "Work, work, work. Sally can work. See Sally work".  The one on the right is a huge page from a teacher's display book.
These are just four of the things I look for when out and around.
I'm joining the following parties to start the New Year.  Please check out these blogs and thank them for hosting.
The Polo House for the collection party on Jan. l
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party on Thursday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday


Anonymous said...

Love you sweet collections Sally! THe sewing thread boxes are great finds and love the flash card houses-what a neat idea! I have several picnic baskets too but how fun to have yours with family history!!

Happy New Year dear friend!

bee blessed

Babs said...

Your "small" collections are so interesting. I remember Dick and Jane..just barely, LOL, and I love baskets and boxes. Your Coats and Clark thread boxes are a neat thing to collect. My parents had a family grocery store too. So many family owned stores went by the wayside. Thanks for sharing your collections. I'm headed back to look at some of your other posts.
Happy New Year,

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Oh Sally!
Thanks so much for sharing these!
You photos are fantastic.
I did not know little "Sally" was your namesake!
I used to call on Scott Foresman Company in Glenview IL, the publisher of this series of grade school books, and in their main lobby they have a very large display of all the Sally, Dick and Jane books and all the learning aids that went with them.

You will have to make it a point to go see it all someday!

Thanks so much for linking this all up. I truly appreciate it!
Happy new year.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love the spool boxes. They remin me of my seed box with the lithograph on the inside cover.

Sarah said...

Each one of these is fun! I well remember Dick and Jane. Was interested to read Alison's note about the display at Scott Foresman. Wouldn't that be a treat to see? I'm going to go back to look at your posts on the chairs. We have lots of different chairs here, but never thought of them as a collection. LOL We seem to often add them in pairs. Do you do the same?
Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

i love the thread boxes! i just gave my SIL a Clark's thread vintage paperweight for Christmas.
Those Dick and Jane flashcards are unique. I have the books ( my mom taught 2nd grade) but I have never seen those?

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Ok...I am moving in! You have the best collections...omg...I love those thread boxes...and the picnic baskets...oh and the Dick and Jane...ok, I know they are your collections, but I am going to go back and enjoy them one more time!!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Sally!

I love your collections!

Chatelaine said...

Great and unique collections. I like the house flashcards.

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.

SmilingSally said...

I used to love the Dick and Jane books--mostly because of Sally with the sweet blonde curls!

Happy New Year!

A Few Pennies said...

Sweet collections and lovely vignettes; I need to find my vintage green flower frog--neat idea to use as card holder!

Okio B Designs said...

Wow - you've got some incredible collections! Love the flower frogs holding the vintage Dick and Jane cards. Happy new year from your newest follower - coming over from Coastal Charm!


{northern cottage} said...

what great little collections that hae so much history and fun! I would love love to have you link up for my first linky GOING ON RIGHT NOW.

Come on over & join in the fun! xoxo

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Visiting from WOW. I enjoyed seeing your collections, especially the Dick and Jane things. I learned to read with them.

Aimee - said...

I LOVE your style!!! I totally want you to stop by and join my link party that just opened!!!

XO, Aimee

bj said...

OOO, Sally, I love these little collections. So interesting. I love collecting....however, I am about out of room. :))

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes.
It is so nice to be 47.......again. :)))
xoxo bj

The Cranky Queen said...

You gotta love it...being a collector junkie! Not just collecting one thing, but, my dear, are in a club chocked full of collector junkies, ME included...Love all that you collect...we gotta stick together cause so many "just dont get it!" Thanx for sharing, Tiffany

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Lovely collectins, Sally! The baskets are my favs! I hope that your 2012 is off to a great start! Happy Saturday!...hugs...Debbie