More ghost stories & my love of aged treasures

by on July 31, 2009


I’m at it again and finding myself wandering through my favorite antique/vintage malls, just because, I think, that they’re calling out for my companionship. Aged dishware, old garden pottery and vintage items whisper stories to me. Woe is me to find friendship in junk. I’m not ashamed.

I touch, smell, ask and listen.


I answer back with a gazillion questions —–Hello? Where have you traveled from? How long have you been here? Are you lonely? Do you want to be purchased? Or do you enjoy sitting there on that shelf, watching all us passer-by’s? Maybe I ask too much, think too much, but curiosity get the best of me.

Familiar items that haven’t been purchased are waiting for me again. You’re still here! That’s OK, I’m thrilled to see an old friend again.

Finding little nurseries, full of blooming life, surrounded by aged wisdom, is especially beautiful. The contradictions of time, color and contract tell more of a compelling story. I was drawn to an old Ford F-250 truck: rusted, faded, engine-less and beautiful. Keeping this old geezer company were small pots of flowers, greenery, life. They were keeping each other company, each telling stories of past lives, drivers and future gardeners. Hah. I just love that.

My previous post about all things aged shows my weakness for stories of the past and items that are living memoirs of family history. You can read about it here.

This time, I armed my self with my favorite, all around lens, the 50mm 1.4 .This lens is fast and effective in indoor, lower light conditions. It’s small, discreet, a silent buddy that doesn’t make me look like a paparazzi. And yes, both Nikon and Canon have this lens available.

With this great lens, I was able to capture all the stories that whispered out to me. Hopefully you can see why I love hearing ghost stories so much.


antique car

I love a good, old, rusted ride

vintage radio flyer

More of my aged favorites Gallery

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Miakoda July 31, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Aren’t they all irresistible though? How do you manage to tear yourself away? :)


2 White On Rice Couple July 31, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Miakoda- Yes, it’s so tough for me to leave. Everything has a story! I could spend hours in this nursery.


3 Jennifer July 31, 2009 at 8:42 pm

As soon as I saw the title for this post in my RSS feed, I quickly clicked over to see more of your vintage finds! That ole igloo is a charm, and the shop’s entrance is enchanting. I also leave wants behind for future visits. Little somethings to guarantee my return, perhaps? Some are still resting in the same spot over a year later. Are they holding out for my purchase? Are they jealous I’m buying the spiffy newer items instead? I wonder…


4 npm July 31, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Hi, I really enjoyed this post. The pictures are gorgeous! I am a fan of vintage things too. I can understand why is it so difficult to leave this place once you’ve stepped into it. If only I could get my hands on the teacups, saucers and pots…


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6 heidih August 1, 2009 at 11:20 am

Country Roads! I was there about a month ago and they really have perked up the garden area. It was horrible because I couldn’t buy anything as I am in the process of moving. Got an old Radio Flyer there last year that had a mostly rusted out bottom. Using planter moss I was able to keep the dirt in and plant it full of colorful annuals. Had to set it on the curb a few weeks ago with a “free” sign- vanished in a few hours- passing it along to the next person. The family that bought it years ago for their child could never have imagined its future.


7 Sherida (@Foodtopia) August 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Why didn’t you say something about your passion for old things when you were in town? I know just exactly where you need to go next time you come by. ( She would be right up your alley with your passion for food and antiques. (Her house is ah-maze-ing.) And I’m taking you antique shopping as well! :)


8 Tiina August 1, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Great pictures, lovely post! I just adore vintage and antique shops.



9 Bethany (Dirty Kitchen Secrets) August 2, 2009 at 1:22 am

Awesome! I’ve actually spotted a few shabby chic items I would love to have! Great photos!


10 White on Rice Couple August 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Jennifer- Yes, I just love that igloo. I had a hard time not pulling out my wallet for that one!

npm- I love teacups and saucers too, but I know my kitchen wouldn’t have any more space to hold them!

heidih – yes! I love this place! I also photograph at all the other vintage stores all along the Orange circle! I adore that whole area.

Sherida- I’ll be on a plane tomorrow!! Can’t wait…

Tiina & Bethany – thank you! We should start a vintage club!


11 Cynthia August 6, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I admire your will power to resist. I’m not sure I’d be able to control myself :)


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