Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saving Vintage Memories

I went to an Estate sale on Casey Key, FL a couple of weeks ago.  It was in a mid century ranch over looking the Gulf of Mexico.  There are not many of these old homes left.  They have been bulldozed to make way for a plethora of mega mansions. In the home I found some treasures.  When I look through another's belongings it is often with a feeling of awe as I know I am looking at a lifetime of memories and history.
I found these tiny antique baby shoes.
Antique Baby Shoes from WeeLambieVintage

They had been saved and treasured by the owner of this home for decades.  I found them on the dresser.  So sweet they make me want to weep. I have photographed them here with a keepsake of my own.  The little plaster angel was my Mother's.  She hung it over her dresser next to her mirror for decades and now I keep it in my room.
Of course we can't save everything, but history is saving, remembering and sharing what we can.

How cherished these delicate celluloid baby rattles were to have been saved unbroken.
Antique Baby Rattles from WhimzyThyme
They would make a wonderful memento and decor for a new baby's nursery.  Sitting in a shadow box with some personnel photos a charming display piece could be created.

I was happy to learn that the little ranch house over looking the Gulf of Mexico would not be knocked down by the wrecking ball, but instead will be refurbished and kept as a guest cottage for the home behind it.  I walked away from that little sanctuary holding those darling white leather baby booties smiling to know the little cottage would remain.

Saving and collecting vintage and antiques is rewarding on many levels.
What will you save?
WeeLambie/ Anne


Whimzy Thyme said...

What a great story. Thank you so very much for including my antique baby rattles in your wonderful blog.

Chip Arnold said...

Nice to see the little angel again :-)

Debra TheInspiredTrader said...

Lovely post:) My favorite treasure from when I was a child is a travel charm bracelet. It's filled with charms from the different places I lived and road trips we took across the US. Love the little angel and those rattles are precious.

Araignee said...

Wouldn't you love to know the story behind those little shoesies. So many babies didn't survive in those days that you have to wonder why they were such a treasured memento.
I have my great,great grandmother's very vintage glasses in a case on my coffee table. I know this sounds strange but whenever I am having a migraine, they are the only glasses I can see out of. Spooky, yes?

Pat said...

Love the baby shoes and the rattles, but most of all, I enjoyed what you wrote about the estate home, your Mother and remembering.
Well done, Anne.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Oh, I will save everything! And I usually do! I keep telling myself that the items I am buying for my shop are really mine till they sell. This helps me when they are gone, that I was able to have them for a little while.

LarkRoad Rhymes said...

It makes you wonder what little toes were protected by them. :)

Anonymous said...

You have preserved the history of that sweet, little child! Somewhere he or she is smiling on you. I love wondering what the stories are behind these lost objects....part of what makes our jobs so fun! Lovely sharing, Anne!