Flower Tins

Confession: when I go with my uncle to take consignments for the auction I have to leave my wallet at home.  I have an addiction. I’m a junk junky. o

Sometimes, even without my wallet I frequently come home to my bursting apartment (I’m not quite being scouted for the tv show “Hoarders” but it gets close sometimes).  Occasionally I use the Wimpy (the Popeye cartoon character) approach “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”.  If it’s a really special item – and I’ll share a hilarious story in an upcoming post – my darling uncle buys it for me.

In this case, our friend John, who buys and sells out of a commercial storage locker, as well as an antique mall booth and a portion of a new antique store, gave me a handful of leftover tins. I wouldn’t have bought them all – there are some American tins and I only collect Canadian and Irish-theme tins.

This blog is as much about landfill reduction as demonstrating value (historic or commercial) in items that some people would throw away, so John’s gift was a challenge.

This random collection of antique and vintage tins contains a couple of Canadian tins that will join my collection and the rest I’m going to use for gift-giving.

Mid-summer gardens are flower-filled and blogland is full of posts of unconventional items to use as vases.  Second nature to this junkaholic.

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A “welcome to the neighbourhood” gift for a new neighbor who has a potted garden, a few thank yous for dinners and drinks and garden plants, and in no time I’ve checked off a number of names on that perpetual gift list I keep in my head.

I’ll be honest. A couple I’m going to de-plant and send off to friends and contacts who might enjoy additions to their own collections.  Thoughtfulness, ingenuity or collect-it-forward sooo  outrank a price tag when it comes to gift-giving.

 

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Smoking Hot Collectibles

James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, the Marlborough Man – even the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Each one of the hottest icons of the 1950s and an icon for cigarette smoking.

Small wonder that smoking prevalence in the 1950s approached 60% of  US  adult males (Center for Disease Control) and nearly 80% of the UK adult population.

Sixty years of public health education and anti-smoking laws governing restaurants and workplaces have seen smoking population rates plummet from to less than 20% by 2010 (CDC).

We may have given up the bad breath, stinky clothes and chronic coughs, but a robust trade in smoking memorabilia  in the antique industry indicates that we have not surrendered our fond memories of the time when cigarettes were not just socially acceptable, they were downright cool and sexy.

In my Graniteware Garden post I repurposed a combination ashtray/fireplace tool smoke stand as a birdfeeder stand.

Recently a prominent local antique dealer bought this mint 1950s smoke stand we consigned to my uncle’s auction.

It is in truly mint condition and offers  covered ashtrays, cup or glass holder,  pipe holder (the orange and green marble part), as well as the clock. The ornate metalwork perfectly chromed offset by the warm marble sections. The only thing missing is the lighter which would have sat in the indented base of the handle.

Whatever your opinion on tobacco smoking, you gotta admire the elegant, sophisticated design of this piece.

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