Monday, May 23, 2011

Hazy Sunshine on Vintage Shelves...

For weeks now I've been taking photos of the shelves below our front windows - usually in the hazy sunshine of the late afternoon. The shelves themselves aren't vintage, it's the contents that qualify!

Two beautiful books...

... a hand-made wooden horse...
and a (fledgling) collection of vintage Lourdes souvenirs. I'm collecting the pictures of the church, not of Our Lady, as I'm not Catholic myself and I find the scenes more to my taste. Lourdes is not far from us - and I love those sheep!


Of course, it's rare to find our shelves without a few little additions of the adolescent boy variety...And over on the left, in fact all around the not-vintage speaker, is the pride of my current collection!

A 1920s tin with Basque dancers on it - aren't they great? They have some Breton cousins... (Elizabethd can correct me if I'm wrong)...

and some Normand ones too, if I'm right.Finally, here are some stylish dancers from a region of France I don't recognise. Are they Provençal, perhaps? I bet some clever reader can enlighten me.


I bought these tins over the winter at the all-year Flea Market. The seller wasn't a dealer - I'd never have afforded them if she'd charged their market value. But I did pay her a good price for them.

The hazy sunshine on my shelves seems to be telling me I was right to splash out for once!

7 comments:

Elizabethd said...

It's always interesting to see what you have on your shelves, Floss! I think you are right, the Basque and Breton people have a link.

Sherri B. said...

The tins are quite a find, I wonder what was in them. Maybe treats from those different areas.

Serenata said...

They are great Floss, displayed lovingly with the sun shining in.

VintageVicki said...

I understand the trail of teenage male debris - mine just abandon stuff everywhere!

Love the EB book - I remember reading that as a child.

Catherine said...

Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous tins xxx

wendz said...

I'm an avid tin collector and those are wonderful. Great finds.

A lot of my tins are in the loft in boxes - I don't have space to display them - must try and remedy that. Such a waste, otherwise.

Your shelf corner looks very cozy and inviting. I think I could curl up there with a book for a while.

Carole said...

Hi Floss - nice pictures ! And the vintage tins are lovely. The last one is from Provence, more specifically from the Arles region. It's a pity you don't have any from Alsace ! If I find something one day, I'll put it aside for you.