A Haven for Vee

Monday, May 4, 2009

An Odd Assortment

I've an odd assortment for you this morning...

Shopping at the flea market is a couple of hours of "cheap entertainment" as John says. "Cheap" being the operative word. I found an old beat-up knife with a monogram (echoes of Little Red House) for a mere seventy-five cents and a beautiful doily for fifty cents. The knife is giving us a lot of fun as we've decided that it's worth a lot of money being an "authentic" Paul Revere. ;> The knife needs some burr removal, which John is undertaking today, but it cleaned up beautifully.

Then this delicate little cup decorated with maidenhair ferns and yellow flowers was such a bargain for fifty cents. It was badly stained on the interior, but after a night of soaking, it has also cleaned up well. I had thought I would use it as a scoop, but instead will display it under my make-shift cloche.

The cup is nothing special, but I always wonder about markings. Perhaps I'll be able to find out something about my knife *here* and something about what I now recognize as "Germany C.T." with a green Phoenix and a red fleur-de-lis pattern *here.* Ahhh, the thrill of the hunt even if nothing turns up and all for a fifty-cent cup. (Edited to Add: Thank you, Robin, for all your sleuthing! That proved very interesting. Readers can find what Robin discovered by reading comments.)

Now this sheet music was the thrill of my afternoon and the most expensive splurge. Five dollars, but I have looked for this 1949 song from the movie by the same name (My Foolish Heart) for years. I could have bought it online for the same amount of money, but I would've been using my own paper and ink and I would've missed out on this great picture of two of my favorites...Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward. Anyone remember seeing this movie? It was a real tear-jerker.

A happy Monday to you...


  1. Oh this is my kind of cheap fun! You found some good deals. What did you soak the cup in? :0)

  2. You do have a way of getting cheap thrills! Enjoy your treasures...and may they turn out to be priceless.

    I don't have a clue what to look for at a flea market...and if I found a Paul Revere knife, I wouldn't know it.

  3. I love a flea market! Wish you could come visit our Mount Croghan Flea Market (covers about 4 acres, loads of great Junque, lol...I love the tea cup and that's the kind of thing I look for, too. Great finds!

  4. Oh, I agree. It is the thrill of the hunt that makes it so enchanting. I love your finds, especially the old Sheet music:-)


  5. I love your treasures ..good finds Vee!

  6. Great treasures. Love the teacup and how exciting for you to find the sheet music!! I have not seen the movie, but will add it to my ever growing list.

  7. I'll have to check out this movie.

    I love the teacup...glad you could get it clean.

    It is so neat to me that you like my playlist. I'll be taking it off again for a while at the end of the week. I just want to keep it fresh. Otherwise I get tired of the repetitiveness since I have the blog up so often....playing with this or that.

  8. I love cheap fun, too! I hope you discover that the cup is an expensive collectible!

    I like that little square plate. I've run across several antique squarish plates and platters. I really like anything like that's different.

    Looks like ya'll had a fun time - and John is a jewel for going with you. Tony will let me out at a sale, and sit in the truck. Only if they have tools will he dare to get out and look... :^)

  9. Lovely finds! Isn't cheap fun just the best?!

  10. What fun to find sweet, but cheap little treasures, have fun enjoying them!

  11. I love that kind of cheap fun! It looks like you got some great items. My favorite is the sweet cup...

  12. Good afternoon Vee, Susan Hayward was one of my favorite actresses. You found yourself some great deals and finds. I have to start going hunting for treasures too. I hope you have a great day!

  13. You got some good finds there.
    No, don't remember the movie, but I always liked Susan Hayward.

  14. The tea cup is so sweet, I love the pattern. What a great find and a fun day you had.
    Have a wonderful day,

  15. What magnificent finds, I know you wil have great fun researching them, Hugs to you...m.

  16. Hi Vee
    I so enjoy finding little treasures such as you have,I especially enjoyed the tea cup. The first thing I do is look underneath to see what is written. As long as it doesn't say made in China, I am satisfied!

    Susan Haywood was one of my all time favorite actresses, and Dana Andrews I liked too, but not as much as Susan.
    I probably saw the movie but can't remember, You see it has been quite a while.

    When I was dating just about the only thing we had to entertain us was the movies, and I mean real movies, not what they are making today.
    You really do have a treasure there, thank you for sharing .

  17. New treasures and cheap entertainment! Can't beat that with a stick!

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  19. Okay...according to my Kovel's Guide...The Phoenix mark that is on your cup translates to this:the cup was originally made by C.Tielsch & Co in Altwasser, Silesia Germany. The mark was used from 1875 to 1934.

    I'm still looking for the fleur de lis mark

  20. I found the fleur de lis...it's a mark from the same company C.Tielsch & Co...it's telling you that it's a hard paste porcelain and this mark was used from 1895 to 1918.

    This mark would be the one you use to determine the age of your cup, not the phoenix mark, as well as the composition.(porcelain)

    Thanks, that was fun. :)

  21. I've found thrifting to not only be cheap fun but at times it has kept me sane when in the midst of a whirlwind of adversity.

    Coming across a sweet little teacup in a dusty and dirty garage... for me it is the smile of God.

    One of my best friends used to call her cats "cheap entertainment" and we've used the same phrase for ours.

    I loved Dana Andrews movies. So many of those old films have Romance with a capital "R".

  22. Oh, My Foolish Heart - I absolutely love that movie!! I recorded it off the tv probably 25 years ago and I still love to get it out and watch it. Makes me cry every time. "Poor Uncle Wiggley!"

    I really like Susan Hayward, but I adore Dana Andrews!! My other big favorite of his is that wonderful Oscar winner from 1946 "The Best Years of Our Lives" - about three servicemen trying to make the adjustment back to civilian life after WWII. Also stars Myrna Loy and Fredric March. One of my all-time favorite movies!

    Well, thanks for reminding me of Dana Andrews - I'm going to have to get both of these out and watch them again, soon!

  23. Loved all your finds - I keep waiting for that 50 cent item that's worth $50,000 :-) Then I don;t know if I'd sell it or just brag...heeeheee

  24. I love it! Paul Revere knife! I think I may have some of his silver tucked away somewhere :). Have a grand time shopping!

  25. I visited a second hand store in Denver called "Yankee Trader" one day and I was astounded by the expensive prices all the old treasures were being sold for! I told my son that he could make a small fortune when I died by selling all the stuff I've saved over the years there..lol.

    I'll blog about it in a few days. Nothing for 50 cents there ...I guess cities all over are expensive. :-(


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