my favorite things lately

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Shopping Tips

I have found that there is an ebb and flow to the things that catch my eye.  Of course, there are constants, ironstone being the most obvious, but there are pieces that I have found a new or renewed interest in…



Baskets is one that has been the most surprising to me.  I haven’t paid much attention to baskets and was even slightly annoyed with the stacks of baskets that seem to be everywhere in secondhand shopping.  But, over the past few months, I have changed my tune.


These utilitarian gems bring so much texture to a space along with stylish storage.


What I look for in a basket…

  • The older the better.  That’s the case with a lot of things for me, but I’m looking for pieces with a nice patina and age to them.  I especially love old splint baskets.
  • Market-style or laundry-style baskets.  I also like ones that are a good size to use for plants and/or a wastebasket.
  • Sturdy handles and bottom.  I don’t mind some repairs or some missing/broken pieces, but I do want the basket to be functional.
  • Interesting design elements like wood handles and original paint.



glass jars & bottles

Antique glass canning jars were some of the first antiques I ever bought.  I bought them for our first apartment as a married couple and kept them on the counter to store dried goods.  I’ve bought a few here and there since to sell, but never really sought them out.  Well, now I have circled back and I’m finding a renewed love for glass jars.


And also bottles, which is a new one for me!  I found these green bottles with ceramic lids and I am totally hooked.


What I look for in a jar/bottle…

  • Old “wavy” glass.  I especially love glass with a green or blue tint to it.
  • Interesting lids, like those made of glass, zinc or ceramic.
  • Jelly jars and antique water bottles.



This isn’t a brand new favorite thing, but I included it in this list, anyway.  I’ve loved quilts for a long time, but I stopped collecting them for a few years.  Now, I’m on the hunt again.  I appreciate the intricate work and patterns even more than I used to.  They truly are art.


What I look for in a quilt…

  • Blue and white specifically, because those are my colors!
  • Interesting pattern and intricate hand stitching.
  • I actually look for ones with some wear, stains, holes, etc., because the cost is a lot lower, but the condition is good enough that they can still be used.




My great-grandmother, Rosa, was a machine when it came to crochet.  She could make something without looking at it, just about.  I tried crocheting a blanket once and the result was almost comical.  Okay, it was comical.  My lack of precision was on full display when it came to crocheting, so I decided that was probably best left to others.

I love the detail, but how it’s sturdier and not as frilly as lace.


I love entire spreads and tablecloths out of crochet down to trim on pillowcases.


What I look for in crochet…

  • I am partial to all white/cream crochet.
  • Again, I like the older stuff and I don’t mind if there is a little unraveling or stains.  I do look for overall good condition, though.
  • I look for pieces that can be used “today”.  I currently shy away from things like doilies and arm covers, because I just don’t know how I would use them.  I know there are all kinds of clever crafts, but I’d rather focus on pieces that can be used as is.




This is another one that was sort of surprising to me, but now that I have found a few tins I really like, I hope to find more.  The graphics and colors are so fun to use in a display and I do like that they can be practical storage as well.



What I look for in tins…

  • Color is a big one for me, so I mostly look for green and blue tins.
  • I look for sizes that could be functional and, for the most part, lids that open and interiors that are relatively clean.
  • Great graphics and pictures.



 So, what have been your favorite things lately?

my favorite things lately

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