08 February 2010

Bottling Plant ... and other Goodies ...

I was offered several boxes of bottles the other day, nearly all dug up from an old Victorian dump and collected by the seller since childhood. I haven't yet had a chance to look at them closely, but generally they appear be in good condition. Here are just a few. I've had a number of the old saltglazed inkpots over the years and these continue to sell well. They're not expensive items, and consequently building up a collection needn't be a costly exercise.

These modern Kilner jars are ideal for storing buttons at Dairy House. Customers are quite happy to rummage through them to pick out the best button right at the bottom!

It's time I searched for more vintage plastic knitting needles. These are the only remaining pairs.

Embroidery next ... this beautiful work is on an amazing, but now quite damaged, chasuble. I'm not sure whether I should sell the complete item (probably for reworking), or whether to cut into it and sell the different parts individually. Answers, please, on a postcard!

Finally, the bedding section ... not arranged particularly well, but I thought one photo would be better than none and we were so busy over the weekend that I had no further customer-free time. Not that I'm complaining, of course.

The quilts above are a mixed international bag - some handstitched, some machined, from England, Wales, France ...

I have a pair of eiderdowns with matching bedcovers. No time to take pics of them all together but this photo gives you the idea of the colouring and the gorgeous pattern. The eiderdowns are beautifully puffy and have a dark plum outer panel. I'll try and remember to take more photos on Wednesday.

Plenty more photos to put into a new post on the Dairy House blog but they may have to wait until tomorrow. A trip to Bath is imminent as Mum has an appointment with the dentist. Lucky lady!!

As soon as I've taken more photos of the lace (see last post) I'll blog them.

Have a good week!


treutmade said...

Hi Sue,
I'm a victim of small vintage bottles, especially the saltglazed ones. I usually arrange some of them with small bundles of lavender or tiny flowers. I will trace those bottles and try to get some.
Oh, and the eiderdowns! I'm looking out - for years now - trying to find a special one with paisley pattern on a black background. If you will ever see/buy one ... reserve it for me.
Love, Gertie x

Sal said...

I love Kilner jars! Recently,I watched a programme about the history of them and found it very interesting.
There was a shop owner in Totnes who was giving away plastic knitting needles last year! I will go and see if she has some when I next go down!

Shabby Chick said...

I love the glass bottles, I found one once when I was a child and was so pleased, I wonder where it went! The eiderdowns and quilts look gorgeous. I'm really looking forward to coming down in April :)

Mel xxx

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Hi Sue
We had a Victorian House garden dump at the back of our house and as a child my mum spent hours in the brook digging out bottles, she sold off her collection a long time ago, but what a memory of childhood, the excitement of the chase!
Lovely embroidery

Emma said...

Hi Sue, I love everything on your blog and must try to come down to the Dairy House! I have lots of these bottles too dug up from various gardens over the years!

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Having seen most of these enticing goodies in the flesh at the weekend, I am now wondering how I managed to pass-up on them! - Especially the lovely glass bottles!
I am very pleased with the purchases that I did make though! And it was lovely to see you of course too, Sue!
Niki x

Jeanine DeNitto said...

how pretty! are you going to be selling any of the bottles?


Cally's Cottage said...

Lovely post,I am green with envy...
Warm Wishes,
Cally x