Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Okay, folks! I'm so excited and couldn't wait for today to show off my prize possession that I acquired Tuesday! I was at a local thrift store that I go to frequently. Puttered around . . . got the red box that I showed yesterday; found five of those old clear Pyrex custard cups; three square-ish solid color small plates in blue, orange, and yellow (in the dishwasher so will photo some other time); and some ribbon and lace pieces.

Then - I was poking through a deep drawer of an old dresser that's stuffed with scarfs and such when all of a sudden I noticed that some of the scarfs were in a cardboard box. I pulled the drawer out further and the box cover was standing up against the back of the drawer.

I took it out to look at the top of it, and it's all I could do to keep from screaming! Look at this!!!

I couldn't believe my eyes - it almost took my breath away! I LOVE cottages, especially these pointy-roof Victorian kind! It's got a RED roof, a picket fence, and a little cottage garden, along with red birds, and bright yellow clouds! This is soooo beautiful - one of those once-in-a-lifetime finds!

It's huge! It's 15" (37.5cm) wide by 7-1/2" (19cm) tall. The cover picture is in almost perfect condition - there's a dark stain on the left side of the house. The cover side rim is torn a bit, but who cares?

When I took all my loot to the cashier she was apologetic saying that, because it's a vintage item, it would cost me $4.00. I can live with that! She was apologetic because things there are priced ridiculously low - most everything is 25 - 50 cents or a dollar.

Here it is sitting happily in its new home - right above my computer where I can feast my eyes on it all the time! And, now, I can live "happily ever after", too!
(The plant in the little bottle is a Creeping Wire Vine, in case anyone's curious!)

I found this on the web a while ago and (of course) can't remember where I downloaded it from, but I think this could be categorized as "vintage"!
Now, everyone go back to Suzanne's (ColoradoLady) to see everyone else's wondrous vintage goodies! And, thanks for stopping by!

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Maureen said...

A perfect spot for your sweet new treasure.

Dawn said...

Wow, Sue that is a great find! I'm always on the look out for cottages too. I love the bright colors on that one.

Betsy said...

Love it! It looks like something Mary Engelbreit would use for inspiration! Yes, $4 was a steal! :)

Bearly Sane said...

What a great find Sue...I love tins and have a few in my collection, but yours takes the cake! Gorgeous!!!
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Sue,

What a sweet box, and I love how you've displayed it. Great find!


LV said...

That little cottage box is a real jewel. I love it and the picture of the senior citizens.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

OH MY GOSH! YOU ARE SO LUCKY! YES I AM SCREAMING! I'M JUMPING UP AND DOWN FOR YOU TOO! THAT BOX IS JUST SO FANTASTIC! Okay, I'll calm down. I just know that box knew you would appreciate it - that's why you took a closer look. I am so thrilled for you. JUMP! JUMP! JUMP!

Bea said...

Just goes to prove the best treasures are buried. This is fabulous. And I have a twinkle in my wrinkle...

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my what a treasure! You really found a wonderful vintage and at a great price too!


Sandy said...


THAT IS AWESOME! I think I would have whooped! Right there in the store! By the way, I haven't forgotton you, just been busy! I will get it out next week!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Girl, isn't it so exciting to find a treasure like that. I can just imagine your heart skipping a know how mine does when I find a special item, unexpectedly. I like where you put it, it is just a perfect place.

CACHANILLA73 said...

Oh, super cute!!! It pays to look kind of "different" when we dig deep inside those boxes full of everyday stuff. ;-)

Mick said...

Im so Jealous! What a find what a steal! the picture reminds me far to much of the Old Dinsey Cartoon "The Little House" Watch it here!

Theres even a part in there that touches on Victorian times!

Barbara Jean said...

Great treasures!!

thanks for coming by.
The game pieces are from Upwards.


barbara jean

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, that is adorable, and I love the story of how you discovered it. It was meant for you to find it, and what a deal she gave you on it. I want to go to that store. laurie

Shelley Germann said...

That is a great find! It looks great up on your shelf!

Country Cottage Chic said...

it is fabulous - a great find!


Anonymous said...

WOW! Great find. I love little boxes. I never put anything in them but they are really cute.

Postcardy said...

that's a pretty box. I like boxes too.

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh my goodness Sue, that box is just amazing! Don't you just want to move into that cottage?! It is so YOU, and I'm so happy for you that you found it!
Happy VTT!

Vonlipi said...

You definitely have the eye for treasures! Lovely box!

Thanks for sharing ;)

Anonymous said...

You lucky girl! What a treasure you've found :)

From one "Lost" junkie to another...


Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Wow Sue! You hit paydirt! What a great find.

Julie said...

doing the happy dance with you. Woo HOO!! ooo-rah. Have a great day!

Denise Marie said...

Girl!! I can't believe that wasn't already at your house!! It was made for you. $4 for that treasure...not bad.

Nana Moon said...

What a treasure! They don't make them like that anymore. The detail and coloring is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Coloradolady said...

I am speechless over this amazing tin. This is a treasure to be had....I love was meant to be that is for sure! I can not believe the price, shame on the girl for charging you so much...Ha! Happy VTT and I will be thinking about this post for a while I am!

GardenofDaisies said...

It's perfect for you!! LOVe it!!

Tammy said...

Great find, good for you. That box looks splendid on your shelf. Just as pretty as a picture.

Meri Wiley said...

OMG I would have probably peed myself if I found something like that......LOL. You're a very lucky lady indeed.


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I remember when such boxes were common. My mother had many lovely ones...not sure what-all came in them originally...stationery, for one...what a find. Now it is loved!

Keep that creepy little vine away from your box!!! no it's a very interesting lookin' vine!!!

Roslyn said...

Sweet box & probably a bargain at $4

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fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh sue what a great find! for $4, that worth the money to buy!.. love the tin.. and it is so you.. happy belated VTT

bellaboo said...

Hello Sue,
Havn't popped in for a while ,SO glad I did today...that tin is an amazing find...I LOVE it!!My heart would have been doing skippy beats if I'd found lucky girl!

Bellaboo :)