I’m back in the land of the internet, but with a new hard drive and new programs, so it is taking me a while to get up to speed. I know I don’t really have to say this because you readers are all very smart, but just as a reminder, ALWAYS back up your files.
As always, The Liberty NC Antiques Festival is always worth a trip. I love it because many of the sellers there save their best for the twice-a-year show, and I always see new things and I always learn something. This show was a bit light on clothing and textiles, which was a shame. I think sellers are reluctant to bring them if rain is predicted as it is held outdoors.
And while there were not a lot of textiles, there were enough fashion related items to keep me happy. For some reason there were quite a few vintage and antique dressmaker’s dummies, and even in the early hours of the show, most of them were labeled “sold.”
I took this photo, not because these spools are special, but because it occurred to me that those of you living in a place where textiles were not manufactured might not find them to be quite as ordinary as we do here in North Carolina. I don’t think I’ve even been to a show in the piedmont of North Carolina where there were not piles and boxes of these old spools.
Old advertising pieces often have a lot to say about fashion. They also remind us that a pretty girl (with shapely ankles) can sell anything, including ice cream. I liked this paper fan not only because it was local, but also because I can imagine it was given out as a freebie at a 1915 baseball game in Winston-Salem.
And there is nothing like a pretty girl in her underwear to sell corn medication.
I’m wondering how they kept those Chesterfields lit, and how she kept that hat from flying away.
Look carefully at this 1930s display and you’ll notice that the bottle of ginger ale is not part of the print, but is an actual bottle. There is a little recess with a shelf and it is made to look like an icebox. So clever, and quite pricey!
I guess I should have bought this great summertime picnic in the backyard print. It was an apron.
I found this interesting scarf in a box of linens. Can you tell that the butterfly wings are applied plastic “jewels” like were used on Enid Collins bags? I was sure this was a Collins piece, but further investigation proved me wrong.
Vera Neumann, and an early piece at that!
The Lilly Purse by Tommy Traveler. These were vinyl and cheap, but how cute is that display of them!
A 1920s pearl restringing outfit.
Mermaids always insist on real mother of pearl buttons.
The Parisian Dressmakers Formula by Mrs. L.M. Livingston, copyright 1876. Note that this cost ten dollars, a lot of money in 1876. Also note that it appears that the owner got her money’s worth, as it shows signs of being used quite a bit. Anyone here ever used such a system?