Flea Market Find Part 3 of 4

In my previous 2 posts, a wrote about a flea market vendor who had a couple of bins of $1 items. At that price…why not! As well as the mechanical pencil and the pin, I got a pair of salt and pepper shakers. I don’t need them but I thought they were pretty. They are silver in color (silver plated?) and smaller in size.

I have since cleaned off the tarnish and they look nicer.

Flea market find part 1 of 4

Hubby and I got to a flea market a week ago and I lucked out a found a vendor that was selling random items for a $1 or 2. One item I found was a silver mechanical pencil. It might be Victorian but for a buck, it is probably more vintage than antique. That’s ok. I will look the part on a chatelaine…if ever I can get out in costume again…

Not dead. Just idle

I didn’t die. I’ve just had nothing Victorian to write about. COVID has put a strangle hold everything. Sure I have more time to make things but without a dead line or goal I’m doing very little sewing or crafting in general. The flea markets are open again. And I bought the above umbrella. More vintage than Victorian but it is close enough to add to the asthetic of an outfit.

Lucky find!

Before all the stores shut down (again) for COVID I decided to get in a thrifting fix. I lucked out and found a pristine table cloth for $4! That is about 3 US dollars.

I think it is beautiful (even though it is quite old school!) and the amount of work makes me feel a tad guilty that I got it for only $4!

A recent Friday

A couple of weeks ago, I had a nice day. It was a quiet day at work that was topped off with taking a few of our residents out to the water fountain.

It was a nice day weather wise.

Then after work, I went to a fabric sale which was a fund raiser for the Canadian Costume Museum. I didn’t need more fabric so I was good and only bought one chunk.

I have no idea what I will do with it.

I wasn’t totally good though….

I bought…

scissor holder
Pin cushion
Thimble holder
Thread winder

All of these things will go together to make a seamstress chatelaine.

I bought a helper for my sewing table.

A sewing bird

I also bought a real antique. Any guesses what it is?

I’ll show you. You pull on the loop to pull out the insides.

The two dangly, blurry bits are crochet hooks.

Select the one you want and fold the other one back. Slide the chosen hook back into the handle and ta-da! A crochet hook.

These hooks are microscopic! Basically the thread would be sewing thread thickness. I don’t know if my old eyes will be able to manage this!

Good day, wasn’t it!

Thrift store score:vintage Siam silver

As the restrictions in Manitoba slowly lift, hubby and I decided to do some thrifting in a local flea market.  Some members of my family thought it was far to soon for us to be doing that (and I respect that) but with Manitoba having done so well in this crisis (322 cases in total, 300 recovered, 7 died, 15 active) I felt with some social distancing and hand washing it was worth the risk.  Not a necessary outing but good for the spirits none the less.

I found some jewelry that I rather liked.  It was brooch and a set of matching earrings.  Not Victorian (alas) but charmingly vintage.


Oops! I was holding that earring upside down.  That’s what happens when you do stuff like that without the reading glasses!wp-1593388007691.jpg

Dang too blurry!  You get the idea and I’m too lazy to get up and redo the photo.

A Google search revealed that they are vintage Siam silver niello jewelry. One blog (click here for the link) says:

“These stunning creations were hand made in Siam (now called Thailand), and the figures, buildings or animals created in the jewellery usually depict characters and scenes from Buddhist and Hindu tales and religious text. The country of Siam changed its name to Thailand in 1939, changing it back to Siam in 1945, and then was finally renamed Thailand in 1949…… Jewellery is usually stamped ‘Made in Siam‘ on the back, though later pieces were could be stamped either ‘Siam’ and ‘Thailand’.”

Mine says made in Siam so it is either from the late 40’s or earlier than 1939.

The earrings depict Mekkala the goddess of lightening and the brooch depicts Matcha the mermaid queen (it is because of her I wanted the brooch) and Hanuman the king of monkeys. I loved the story of these two.

“(Hanuman is) a clothed revered monkey-diety holding a sword. Sometimes shown with Matcha. This is due to a Ramakien tale of Hanuman being sent by Prince Rama to build a bridge over Queen Matcha’s Sea Kingdom, but the Monkey King falls in love with her instead.”

It is fun learning about new things.

Don’t need it but I want it!

I went thrifting today.  I found a few things I liked.  A mini oil lamp to add to my display in my sewing room.


A cute pocket watch…very modern but has some potential for costuming.


A small clutch.  I had considered it as an accessory for the dress I’m currently working on but, though the colors work, I think it is to modern and ethnic looking so I will probably use it for going to dinner while on vacation.


Tea cups

My last post was about an outing and tea.  This post is a variation on the theme.  Victorian at Hearts previous outing got cancelled because of weather so we got together and had a stitch and bitch instead.  During that stitch and bitch, I got rid of a bunch of fabric with Lottie taking some.   Shirley brought some fabric as well and I was good and didn’t take much of that.  What didn’t get taken was donated.

Also during that tea, I gave the girls a gift I had been considering giving at Christmas time.  I found 3 tea cups with pictures of Queen Victoria while doing some thrifting.

Shirley took the orange one.


I took the purple one.


Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of the blue one that Lottie got.  Anyone know anything about these cups?  Since there is a picture of the young queen and the old queen, I’m guessing it is some sort of commemorative cup of her jubilee but I don’t think they are actually that old.  There are no markings on the bottom so not likely very valuable.


More from Santa and some thrift store scores

In my last post about all the free fabric I got, I forgot to mention some other items I got-primarily books. I also got a book about fitting pants, which I can’t find right now.

There was several purse handles but I don’t make those often but I couldn’t pass these up.


I went thrifting today.  I didn’t buy fabric or wool.  Yeah me!  I’ve just had a major purge of fabric and heaven knows I DO NOT NEED ANY MORE WOOL!  I did find a few games that I think will work well with my seniors and some more books for myself.  I’m gonna have a nice little hobby library soon!

I’m really excited about this one!