Do you remember your first apartment?
Mine was a 1 bedroom in the basement of a small 1960s bungalow in the city of Toronto. It had a low ceiling, brown shag carpeting, and was very cold in winter because all the heat came from ceiling vents.
But I loved it anyway.
Almost everything I had was second hand from thrift stores and garage sales. Today, so many years, apartments, and houses later, I live in a 2 storey, 3 bedroom century old home in the countryside of midwestern Ontario… but almost everything I have is still second hand from thrift stores and garage sales.
Some things never change. lol.
If I had this pretty china plate scene in my basement apartment I would have loved it even more.
It looks the exact opposite of lousy to me.
God definitely blessed my lousy apartment because that’s where I was living when I met my hubby John 31 years ago.
The vintage EP Brass silver tray is marked West Germany, and that’s not a trick of the camera. That’s really what the center looks like. It’s very cool. It reminds me of a very gathered taffetta dress that I had when I was little. It was so pretty, and I hated it. lol. I was a bit of a tom boy.
The small International Silver Co teapot. is marked 1941. I wonder if that’s the years it was made, or a pattern number.
What do you think?
In high school my girlfriends and I used to get together after school to drink tea and watch the soap opera The Young and the Restless. That must be why I have a thing for teapots, and I still drink tea.
The sweet little salt and pepper set in the basket will go on my mini S&P shelf.
Check out their pointed bottoms!
I’m still trying to figure out what attracts me to mini salt and peppers. It must be just because they’re so darn cute.
I can’t quite believe that I found these 2 vintage egg beaters in the 25 cent kitchen gadget bin at my local thrift store.
Apparently nobody else wants these around here. Works for me! 🙂
A few years ago I made an egg beater wind chime , but both of these will go into my egg beater collection.
Vintage kitchen gadgets like egg beaters remind me of a simpler time that I feel like I need to hang onto.
My mother used to make oatmeal for us for breakfast every winter morning so the Quaker Oats trivet was a must purchase.
I think it will look great in my aqua and red kitchen. The Church Soda one came with it as a $1 set. They’re keepers for now, but they might end up in my etsy shop at some point.
The 25 cent vintage potato masher and shredding disks will be added to my stashes for future repurposing projects.
John found this wooden letter organizer at a garage sale for 75 cents.
I have no idea how old it is but it has a bit of a mid century modern look that I really love. I’ll put it to good use for some craft studio storage after it gets a makeover.
It would have been a nice addition to that basement apartment of mine.
Unlike the very vinyl freebie brown puffy chair that sat on the floor because it’s swivel base was missing. It was oh so comfy, and oh so ugly. lol. But the original big colourful flower wall paper left over from the 60s was fabulous!
Oh skipping down memory lane can be such fun. 🙂
The older I get the more I realize how the experiences of my younger self have influenced what I enjoy collecting and also my current funky retro decorating style. What about you?
Do you have any fond, or not so fond, decor memories of your first place?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!