Baseball cards, teapots, antique signs — what do you look for at flea markets and garage sales and antique shops?
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Well, I’m not a New Englander born and bred…however I have a deep love for New England so like to think I could be an honorary New Englander! Being Irish, there are a lot of similarities between New Englanders and the Irish, the green hills of the countryside and the deep history of working the land as a means of living for a start! I collect articles and stories that envoke the spirit and images of the real New England day to day way of life, that you may take for granted as a native, but to an outsider looking in they read beautifully and jump right off the page, transporting me to New England, if only for a few minutes!! I also collect postcards from around the world via friends, family, colleagues, clients and anyone who knows me! I like to collect some shells and pebbles from the beach too, but realise now that this may not be the best thing for the beach!! I always pick up something on my travels, that is indicitive to the region…be it sand from a local beach encased in a pretty “bottle” with a shell top from Portugal, to a bottle of Vermont Maple Syrup – once consumed the bottle depending on the shape etc. will be used as a home for a tealight/votive, for storing shells as a decorative measure or for some other storage solution! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle as they say!! My mom collects Antique Delph (dishware/crockery) this includes teapots, platters, tea-sets etc. She has some beautiful pieces… Hope you enjoyed this piece! Happy Collecting!!
When I had the beach in Scituate, Massachusetts, all to myself in the wintertime or at night, I couldn’t stop myself from picking up the whitest, smoothest pebbles. I’d have to stoop and get that one, then another, and just one more over there, gleaming, or being tumbled. The small stones would weigh down my jacket pockets. I could stand in line at the supermarket and feel their coolness and jiggle them like marbles, and for a few seconds I would be back at the beach. I could reach in and place a pebble on my father’s inland grave. It could only have been put there by me. Now I place pebbles of Vermont marble or glittering granite–white, and from me. I still can’t help it!
I cannot pass up any soft paste china, especially if it is in a “Hope,Faith and Charity” design, as well as children’s alphabet dishes, transferware in too many patterns and colors to name, samplers, schoolgirl art and sentimental items like mourning jewelry and calligraphy/ autographed albums. My husband collects teeshirts from any Harley-Davidson dealer! Talk about diverse interests!
we started going to antique stores in our area about 8 or 9 years ago.loved them right from the start,i started collecting egg cups, never realized there were so many well 9 years later i have quite the collection about 180 of them thank god for the built in china cabinet. now we travel all over new england, from ct, r.i. all the way to maine at times and we love it.
I’m the envy of my friends since my husband loves antiquing, flea markets and assorted thrift/junk shops more than I do! He collects Santas, snowmen, eggs and marbles. I collect 1930’s dishware and hedgehogs (not live ones!). Our children live in Maine, so we’ll be expanding our collecting range this summer.
I LIVE IN NEW YORK AND WHILE IN NEW ENGLAND, I COLLECT A SMALL ROCK FROM EVERY BEACH WE VISIT. WHEN I GET HOME I PUT IT IN MY FLOWER GARDEN SO I AM ABLE TO RE-LIVE MY TIME AT THE BEACH. IT HELPS ME TOLERATE THE LENGTH OF TIME BETWEEN BEING BACK IN NEW YORK AND TRIPS TO THE OCEAN AND THE BEAUTIFUL NEW ENGLAND SHORE.
…AS A POST SCRIPT TO MY PREVIOUS COMMENT- MY HUSBAND COLLECTS PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING WITH A SHIPYARD BREWING CO. LOGO ( PORTLAND MAINE) ON IT- FROM CASES OF BEER TO CLOTHING TO ASSORTED NOVELTIES AND GLASSWARE. HE EVEN WORE A SHIPYARD SWEATER TO HIS MOTHER’S FUNERAL! TALK ABOUT A DEDICATED FAN!
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