1.25.2013

What Time Is It?


Many years ago, before kids, or even marriage, my husband and I used to 
spend hours antiquing on the weekends.


Many times we would go with my in-laws, as they were 
always up for a mystery ride.

We traveled through Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

We didn't have a big budget. 
We weren't looking for anything fancy.
We were looking for 
vintage travel clocks.

We found several from the turn of the century.
We found clocks from every era.


We found square clocks, round clocks, musical clocks.

We found clocks from all over the world.


We found clocks with little "garage doors"...
(p.s. that's my grandma in the center, my grandpa to the far left....they were christening a ship)


We found A LOT of clocks.
We bought A LOT of clocks.

We have hundreds of clocks.



Each one is unique. Each one has a story.

I often wonder about the former owners.
Did they take their clock on a voyage on the Queen Elizabeth?
Did it sit on their bedside table...jingling them awake for their early shift at work?
Were they happy?
Was it a birthday present? A wedding gift?

Do you have any collections? If you do, what started you collecting?




26 comments:

  1. I started collecting many years ago and got hooked. So hooked in fact, I turned it into a business and sold antiques at Round Top, TX. It got to be too much, as in too much work, so I stopped. I still have lots of stuff I'd never sell, like my American Indian stuff. Oh, let's face it, my house is full of collections I can't yet part with.

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    1. Hi Donna! I am so glad you stopped by! Another collector! I totally understand! I just visited yourr Etsy shop. I adore the bird print. Do you ever offer paintings of birds in your shop?

      As for my garden (saw your other comment) look back at June, July, or August posts from last summer....they are chock full of gardening! You are right, I can't wait!

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  2. Oh, I love this! I just love antiquing! It's the best! I don't really have a collection, per say, but I have bought a few old trunks. I love those. I am wanting to start collecting old pewter. I told my husband we need to start hunting around for it.

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    1. I think antiquing is in the blood! Old trunks are so beautiful. I have seen them used so creatively on Pinterest. I love the matte look of old pewter.

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  3. LOVE this post. my family is big into antiquing, but i've never found anything i like to collect (other than Lucille Ball memorabilia from when I was younger, that does NOT look as cool as household decor). i love this idea though and how great that you and your hubs were able to get them all together : )

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    1. Thanks! It was fun! Would love to find the time to do it again!

      I love LucilleBall...my kids have been brought up on all of the oldies!

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  4. What a cool collection! I love antiques and don't get much time for it anymore. I have a collection of Fire King Charm dinner ware, some cherry furniture from KY/TN area, and other odd bits and pieces of things. I usually just pick up things I love.

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    1. Fire King is great!

      Collecting local furniture is smart....something to pass on. I love local items.

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  5. Very fun to have collections I am sure but I want to know about your grandparents christening that ship, please tell us the story!
    (I think I collect stories, they are all in my head. They don't collect dust and I can enjoy them anytime I like!)

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    1. I will talk to my dad for the details Kay...I don't want to get it wrong!

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  6. What a great collection....and so many wonderful memories to go with them :o) Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to chat!
    ~Des

    PS. I am now following you too!

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    1. Thanks for the follow....added you to the blogroll too :)

      Nice to "meet" you!

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  7. GOOD MORNING!

    What a pleasure to find out that you:

    enjoy antiquing as a couple (we do, always have, always will)
    that you are from the Northeast (we lived in Beverly, Rockport, S. Hamilton, MASS.)
    AND....that you like SEAHORSES TOO!

    I thank you kindly for coming to view my art. CELEBRATE LOVE! Anita

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    1. Hi Anita! I love having things in common with my readers! We are also: both teachers, love birds, flowers, and a time gone by! We both have Etsy shops too!

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  8. Your collection is amazing! Thank you for giving us a closer look at the faded but not forgotten past that these clocks have seen. Your words took me right back to my Grandmother's bedside. I miss her so much.
    Have a beautiful Sunday and thanks for stopping by!
    Lisa.
    I'll email you my thoughts on the blog test.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! The clocks have a way of doing that!

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  9. What a fascinating collection! So much history decorating your house :)
    The only collection I have are Santa Clauses, and of course, they only come out once a year, but I'm thinking of starting up another one, I'm not sure what yet though...

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    1. yes, sometimes I think too much history! I love Santa Clauses!
      You have so many wonderful things to collect where you are living....I am envious!
      I have been reading everywhere about Brocante Tours....so if you are looking for a little side job....sign me up :)

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  10. What a lovely collection - and what a romantic thing to do with your husband on weekends. Makes me what to start a collecting someting.
    x
    Melissah

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    1. Thanks melissah! I guess I never viewed it as romantic...but now I will look at it differently! I am married to a shopper!

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  11. That is SO neat ...you have quite the collection, how lovely!! I'm sure many of those would have some good stories to tell.
    When we lived in MA, we went antiquing alot too ~ my favorite places were in VT and I sure do miss it!! Someday I am coming back up there just for that reason!!

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    1. Yes, we are in a great region for antiquing. If I had my way, I'd have a rustic little shop with vintage and modern garden and nature inspired pieces. Hope to see you around Mass soon!

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  12. These clocks remind me of my grandmother... she had what we called, "a ticky clock". You post brought back such sweet old memories. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Yvonne! I am glad my post brought back such a sweet memory! I don't think grandmothers realize the lasting impact they have on us!

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  13. What lovely clocks! I especially like the one with a map. My husband and I collect antique leather bound books which we buy in England or get as gifts from British relatives. Our rule is they have to be something we would want to read and not just pretty. As a child I collected glass/china animals. My daughter inherited that collection.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I love that you collect with a purpose....a purpose that will expand your mind....even better! I also collected little glass and china animals and passed them on to my daughter in a little pink vintage box. In fact, my son alerted me to the fact that she was playing with them the other day, and I had to let him know that this was perfectly fine!

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