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Monday, September 29, 2014

Tea, Toast, and Treasures

I found lots of wonderful treasures at the auctions Saturday....some for my booth....and some for me!    I know it's a long time til Valentines Day,  but I just have to go thru the box of vintage cards that I got the bid on before I pack them away til February.
As I look thru my box of  treasures,  I'm going to enjoy a cup of tea in this gorgeous three piece Zehendner & Co Barvarian dessert set that I got at the auction.
Most of the vintage cards are 3D pop up/fold down....some are quite large and some are small.....
Almost all of them were addressed to Eileen and are from the 1930's.
How much was a beautiful card for your special Valentine in the 30's.....
15 cents for a large one!
 I'm not sure,  but I would guess the average hourly wage in 1930 was about 15 cents.   I know the minimum wage law was enacted in 1938 and was 25 cents an hour.
I don't have a favorite card yet,  but this big honeycomb basket is in the top three....
I love the way the basket has honeycomb all the way so the card can stand alone.    It has three honeycomb hearts on each side of the basket .....but,  everything folds down flat for easy storing.    There were two of these baskets in my box.
How much was my box......$17.50.....what a deal!   6 large cards,   5 medium,    and 9 small.   
All of the cards were in good shape considering their age....if the tab to hold the honeycomb or any part of the card is missing,   I just use a small paper clip to hold it together.    I don't like to use glue or tape because  I want the card to be in as original shape as it can be.  

This card is so pretty and I love what was written on the back....
Sweet little poems are hand written on the back of the card to his Valentine!  

The third photo shows the "printed in Germany" stamp that is on some of the cards..
Even though this is a dessert set,   I am having tea and toast this morning so I am calling it a breakfast!      I love to use pretty serving pieces to serve simple food,   don't you?


  1. Hi Penny,
    Your vintage card finds are lovely! I am swooning over that teacup trio! Absolutely gorgeous! My, it was your lucky day at the auction. Happy Tea Day! Karen

  2. What adorable cards, Penny! What fun you must have at those auctions. The tea set is lovely and very attractive with the gold and green trim. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Enjoy the rest of your day.


  3. Penny all your treasures are wonderful I love the cards!!
    Also , I just wanted to let you know every time I visit your blog, I get a warning that there is a Malicious threat to my computer. I have Avast to protect my computer, but I wanted to let you know.

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know Susan. I get that warning on some of the blogs that I visit also....just have to trust my virus protection....hugs, Penny

  4. Penny, All those lovely cards are just wonderful. It would be hard to have a favorite. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  5. Penny- Those old cards are GORGEOUS..and so is your tea setup. I don't think I knew you had a booth- I must have missed that info somewhere along the line. Did you always have that? xo Diana

  6. Treasures indeed! I love Bavarian china...they are always so elegant! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  7. Love those Valentines Cards. The tea pot is stunning. Great finds. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  8. Those are very fun and I am so glad you shared them! You find the best stuff!

  9. Penny,
    LOVE the 3 piece Tea set!! Stunning!!

    And what a buy for those vintage Valentines!! They are very hard to come by around here because of many items like those being destroyed by flooding in past years. A lot of the vintage and antique pieces in older homes were destroyed.
    They are all so pretty!! You are so lucky to have found them!!


  10. How fun to get something you enjoy! Happy for you. :)

  11. Just gorgeous the vintage cards! Your tea pot is adorable

  12. My favorite is the house! I love all of your lovely cards! What a find!! They are beautiful1

  13. OMG Penny ..What a fabulous collection of 3-d vintage cards...I love them all... Your charming Bavarian set creates the perfect Victorian Tea time ambiance... It's simply beautiful !!!..Hugs

  14. Those valentines are fabulous Penny! You hit the jackpot with them!

  15. Penny, the box of Valentines was a fabulous deal! I love and collect them. Large ones can be very pricey. Needless to say, I don't have any real large ones. lol! Love the honeycomb basket! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. I absolutely love this! Beautiful.Pinned. It is so fun to party with you. Thank you. I hope to see you at our party on Monday at 7 pm.
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  17. Thanks for sharing all those vintage cards. That three piece set is gorgeous! I hope you are having a good weekend!

  18. Those cards and the dessert set are FABULOUS! Thanks so much for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday link party this week!

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