Thursday, June 16, 2016

SHOW & TELL: Sentimental Vintage Keepsakes–Loss and Love

Vintage Keepsakes Stack of Embroidered LinensA little over a year ago my neighbor passed away at a terribly young age leaving her husband and twin toddlers. I watched her fight cancer courageously and beat it only to cruelly have to endure another round. I watched her babies release butterflies at her grave and heard them over the backyard fence struggle to find normal again.

Vintage Keepsakes White Rose Pink Embroidered LinenThe family recently had a garage sale since they’re rebuilding their home for the growing kids. They’re storing everything while the house is being torn down and made some touch decisions to clean out. Among the old toys, books and furniture was a pile of vintage linens and dishes.

  Vintage Keepsakes Linens and Plates 2I told them I’d buy the vintage items and cherish them as I know my neighbor did. Like so many of us, she probably scoured the thrift stores for these goodies. Some still had price tags on them. I piled up the linens and dishes  and they insisted I just take them.

Vintage Keepsakes TeacupThe family including the grandmother said they knew I’d cherish and enjoy them.

Vintage Keepsakes Floral Plate It feels strange to take someone’s vintage treasure under these circumstances. But the alternative was letting them be sold for a few dollars to a stranger or having them get donated back to a thrift store. I knew that they were right and I would want the same for my knick knacks.

Vintage Keepsakes Teacup Red Blue LinenYou will probably see some of these pieces in photos on this blog in the future. I love using pretty linens and plates in my photography and displaying them here and there in the house.

Vintage Keepsakes Violet Floral PlateThe linens are variety of whimsical, retro and sweet.

Vintage Keepsakes PlateAnd the dishes are equally diverse.

Vintage Keepsake Floral Plate on LinenAnd of course, I’ll always think of my sweet neighbor every time I use one of them.

Vintage Keepsakes White Rose Thank you for stopping by.


  1. What beautiful treasures! She's probably breathing a sigh of relief in heaven knowing her things will be lovingly looked after by a friend.

  2. These treasures are in the right home to be cherished and loved. Beautiful and sad.
    Nancy Carr

  3. This is kind of a happy end for that treasure. She would have probably love you to have it and no one else. God rest her soul in peace.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend and neighbor. I'm sure she'd be happy to know that you'll treasure her things. Praying for her family.

  5. Such a sweet post. And yes you will cherish them, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing, Sandi

  6. Thank you for sharing your post. I'm sure her treasures have comforted you and given your heart joy to use what she so tenderly saved. Those of us who value such creations are very fortunate if we are able to find these wonderful items...they are precious and if the stitches could talk what a story they would tell about the person who sewed them. The vintage dishes are beautiful, you are one lucky girl!


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