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Friday, June 19, 2009


So what is it? It's a whatchamacallit!

If you love vintage and antiques, sooner or later you're going to run across an oddity. What is it, you ask? What was it used for? Chances are, no one within the sound of your voice will know either! It's part of the fun and challenge of hunting for treasure of the vintage kind. The internet has really made researching a little easier but there is certainly great value in tracking down Great-Grandpa or the old-timer down the road to get their opinion - their stories will be priceless, whether or not they really know what the treasure is that you've found.

Pictured at the top of this blog from left to right are a pig scaper, sock darner and double-cherry pitter, none of which have much use today except as interesting collectibles of times past. It would, however, be fun to host a wedding shower of vintage gifts and challenge the guests to bring items that are out of the ordinary and then spend some time trying to guess their original intent. The winner with the most correct guesses would win the coveted prize - a chalkware dog...which was originally given during the 1930's as a carnival prize.