Shopping with the Vintage Traveler – Winter 2020

I’m here to break to monotony of home exile with a bit of virtual shopping for the cabin fevered.  I went on my last shopping expedition for a while last week, and I’m hoping the Liberty Antiques Festival will go on as usual at the end of April. Otherwise, I might have a meltdown. Joking aside, be smart people.

All these photos were taken over a period of several months, in Western North Carolina, East Tennessee, and North Georgia.

I love souvenir items from my region. I’m only about thirty miles from the Eastern Band of Cherokee “reservation”, which is not in Tennessee at all, and is not a true reservation.  Still, this pillow accurately shows what tourists were apt to see in the 1940s or 50s when visiting Cherokee, NC.

If this had pictured a woman golfer, I would have bought it.

Scariest Santa ever.  I love old masks, and have collected a few Halloween ones. They are always creepy.

If I return to this antique mall and this is still there, I’ll probably buy it. As it was, the piece was over-priced and over-ruffled. Still, I love that sailor so much.

I love how sometimes you can tell where an antique store is located just by thinking about the products for sale. In North Georgia I saw a lot of chenille bedspreads. That’s where they were made.

Some time ago I wrote about the Iowa button industry. I had no idea they were also made in Chattanooga, from mussel shells from the Tennessee River.

I liked this Squaw Valley souvenir ski thermometer.

As the Boomers start dying off, will anyone care about Howdy Doody? (I met Buffalo Bob at an Asheville Tourists baseball game some years ago. Such a nice man!)

Sex sells anything, even Mosco Corn Remover.

And here’s more chenille, this time in East Tennessee. This one is a more modern synthetic, but what about that peacock!?

I’ve seen a lot of Enid Collins bags recently, including quite a few I’d never seen before. I loved this poodle. I was once lucky enough to talk with Collin’s son, and asked him if they ever produced a Scottie dog bag. He told me he did not know, and there were many that had limited production, so it was possible one might show up one day. I can hope.

This beach jacket is for a small child. I want a big one, please.

There are some sellers on Instagram who could sell this holey sweater for $$$.

I found the semi-local label interesting.

How pretty is that lavender dress? It came with the hat and the dressform and was priced accordingly.

Simply gorgeous!

I’ve always tended to think of Victorian and Edwardian collars as white, so seeing these striped ones was an education.

Slickers, with the original box!

This is the only way to effectively sell hair nets.

At first I was distracted by the stand-up ad for the World’s Lightest Outboard, and then I noticed the Christian Dior gloves display piece. What a treasure!

And may your day be filled with treasures as well!


Filed under Curiosities, Shopping

21 responses to “Shopping with the Vintage Traveler – Winter 2020

  1. Penny McVey

    I adore your blog! You teach me something new every time. I hope you don’t mind that I often post to my Facebook page PenroseVintage. Thanks, Penny


  2. The Dior glove display piece looks to me like hands holding a disembodied head….. yikes!

    Thanks for the armchair tour. I always enjoy your posts. Stay safe and stay well.


  3. Oh what fun! I love virtual shopping. Thanks for the tour.


  4. Crary G.

    perfect break from our reality now. Thanks


  5. Thanks for the effortless-on-my-part shopping, Lizzie! Always a pleasure getting out & about with you. May we all soon be about more regular jaunts. Stay safe! xx

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  6. jacq staubs

    I have always been puzzled by the collar box. Forgot to ask my Granny about them, She left me one or two. Were they sold that way? Or – was the box to keep them clean? I have the collar buttons (that secure the neckbandone for a ladies as well as man’s.The ladies is decorated with a stone.Have any info for me?


  7. That poodle purse is so cute!


  8. Christine Seid

    I had no idea that chenille could be so intricate and artistic- or where it originated. Always a fun and educational trip with you, Lizzie. Thanks for all the good photos. It was fascinating.


  9. Fun to see it all through your eyes–always an education!


  10. Pam in Virginia

    Hi, Lizzie!

    What a lovely diversion for us. Thanks!



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