Yesterday I got to spend the day with a good friend at one of the largest antique shows in the nation, which just happens to take place a few miles from my home. How lucky are we? Over 1,300 vendor booths--it takes an entire day just to see everything. Here are the items that managed to come home with me:
Love, love, LOVE this antique metal baby buggy. Sticker underneath says "made in Germany". And check out the adorable, German, vintage plastic baby doll riding inside--she has layers of beautiful, handmade clothing.
Doll sized clothespins. How cute are they?
A pile of vintage hankies, trim, and linens, perfect for doll clothes:
Antique baby shoes in a delicious shade of robin's egg blue. Long ago, someone marked "1901" and a child's name (illegible) on the sole of one of the shoes. I think these shoes will be perfect for my Rollinson cloth baby I bought recently.
Check out this miniature, metal baby buggy--isn't it just the cutest? At some point, I plan on making myself a dollhouse for all the miniatures I've collected/hoarded over the years, and this will go in the children's nursery.
And can you tell what this is? At first I thought it was just a little, stuffed dog. I thought it would be a good prop for my smaller dolls. Then, on closer inspection, I realized it was a tape measure! The tape comes of the tail area.
Why don't they still make cute things like this?!
And last, but not least, the item that made my heart skip a beat when I spied it:
This antique, ELECTRIC, child's stove! It has a cord and can be plugged in! There are actual heating elements in the stove. Can you imagine? I suppose this is the older version of today's "Easy Bake Ovens". I haven't tested it to see if it still works...I'm kind of wary of plugging in that ancient cord! So I put the cord away for now. I've really been wanting American Girl Kit's stove which was retired long ago...but it commands quite high prices on Ebay. When I found this one, I thought it was just about perfect!
The door to the oven opens and closes.
This stove is heavy. It is completely made of metal--no cheap plastic here. The label on the front says it's a "Quality Brand". I'm trying to pinpoint a date, but I haven't found anything like it yet on the internet. I'm guessing it might be from the 30's-40's? Anybody have any ideas? Anyway, I love it. Here is Ruthie, standing next to it for scale:
Please excuse her pajamas. I woke her up early to be my model and she hadn't had a chance to get dressed yet!
There...that's better! Ruthie was really embarrassed about modeling in her pj's, so I changed her into her Play Outfit.
A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a bag of doll clothes at Goodwill, and decided to take a peak inside to see if there was anything in it that would make it worth it to purchase the entire bag. Well, it just happened to contain Ruthie's Pajamas and Play Outfit with the shoes! It also had a whole bunch of Our Generation & Madame Alexander clothing...score! Not bad for $7.
So, I had a wonderful day at the antique show with my friend. I came home, thinking things couldn't get much better, and what did I find waiting for me? This huge box:
My purchase last week from A Girl For All Time! I was so excited! However, we were having company arriving shortly, so I didn't get to open the package right then. I had to carry it up to my bedroom and leave it there while I prepared for our guests. Talk about torture! I will show you later what's inside, so stay tuned!