Antique Sun Purple Pewter Shaker

The Color Purple.  Accidentally.

I’ve loved purple since I was a tot and Donny Osmond was all about purple!  Recently, my friend R rescued me and my bad back from the couch to go antiquing, and I spotted a little pile of purple pieces from clear across the room.  The owner stated that the glassware was originally clear but had been placed in sunlight and turned purple.  Of course, I did a bit of research and learned, “If  you have a clear jar that has turned purple then it was made before WWI when supplies of Manganese Dioxide, the chemical that causes old glass to turn purple in the sun, was cut off by German blockades.”  Didn’t know that, just knew I loved purple.

I think my purple shaker with a pewter lid was a steal at $6.50.  Looks great on my island sitting on top my antique French bread board with my other condiments!


Antique Loo Sign

Notice: I now charge 25 cents (inflation).

In my ongoing quest to have an über cool  laundry room (which also has a bathroom), I found this little gem at an antique store in Jamesport, Missouri.  Jamesport is an Amish town that I used to adore visiting, but it’s become one of those too-touristy, kinda running down towns.  However, there are still a couple of neat antique stores there, and I do so love visiting them when I’m in the area.

I’ve been looking for an antique bathroom sign, preferably metal from an old gas/filling station, and while this one, being stock paper with an old frame, didn’t quite fit my vision, I found it very charming and for $15.00 my large man-hands grabbed it and ran to the register!  It appears to have been made in what I would take to be 1909.

It’s got interesting information on the back of the frame which, now that I think about it, makes sense.  It’s not like 100 years ago one could run to Michael’s and pick up a frame!

What, no zip code for NY necessary?

The Picture Moulding and Picture Frame Code Authority?
Imagine making that crazy group mad!  Ooh, scary!

I might have to increase my toilet fees to pay for more antique and thrift finds!

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