Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Questions for the Experts!

I find some ‘neat’ things at the Thrift store!

I still love this and I’ve had guesses for it already...


and think it may be for condiment bottles.


And it looks cute on a shelf....


in this corner of my ‘mud room’!

(the chicken candle holder is marked Japan!)

And don’t you LOVE these old cookbooks


and the pie birds on the shelf above?


But what do you think this is?


It’s plated metal and the whole top snaps off.


I love this pretty Portugal linen...


and after I washed it, I noticed tiny snaps.


What is it for?


I’m joining some parties this week!

I hope you will, too!

Click on the links below to join the FUN!

visit Vintage Thingy Thursday

and Time Travel Thursday

and Thrifty Thursday

and Thrifty Things Friday !

So I need some expert ‘vintage’ advice!

Do you ever buy something just because

it’s unusual or ‘cheap’... or beautiful?

And do you have any answers? Thanks! sun 



Debbiedoos said...

I am stumped...really I am, and I see a lot of antique stuff. I will pop back later to see the other guesses. They look great though!

Vicki said...

I'm stumped too! The metal server - could it be for maple syrup? looks like for something sticky that you would want to come out slow!

karisma said...

No, I don't buy things "just because..", I generally buy things that I can use. Otherwise I would find myself buried in useless junk. :-)

I was thinking that the fabric thing would make a fantastic little organiser for the sewing room bits, but my daughter took one look and said, thats for cookies. LOL, she thinks it would go nicely in a cookie tin to sort out the cookies.


The fabric thing is for biscuits I think..not sure about the small metal pot...
Your bird pies are very cool! I just love finding treasures at the thrift stores. I need to "cut" back for awhile...too many totes..STILL!

Anonymous said...

I don't have a clue about any of them. But that's half the fun - finding out what previous generations thought was common knowledge! I love your old cookbooks and cutters.

GardenOfDaisies said...

I love your little pie birds! Did you find those at the thrift store too? I collect those.
Your red ric-rac rooster linen in a roll warmer, made in Portugal. (They had them in Brazil too, and I used to live there when I was a girl.) The little rooster is a symbol of good luck in Portugal. If you want to read why, go here to read the rooster story:,_Portugal

Pam Kessler said...

OK, I am totally stumped, but I'll check back later to see if anyone else knows. Love the cookbooks!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The fabric thing is for biscuits for sure! hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

the pretty white and red linen thingy,, is that for buns? my mumhad one and she used it for buns but I'm not sure if that was a proper use,, we did tend to improvise,, thats an amazing haul from the thrift store,, lucky you,, I'll be checking back for answers to the items proper use,,

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking the cloth "thing" could be to hold napkins? But then, holding cookies made sense as well.

Anonymous said...

The linen is to hold rolls. It is sometimes placed in a basket. I used to live in Portugal and they make some tasty dinner breads there!

Vee said...

Oh you've got some good answers I'm thinking. Gotta run...I'm no expert. Loved seeing the things that are stumping you. If you find out, I hope that you'll let us in on it.

Kathleen said...

The metal thing is used to hold fuel for a chafing dish.
Love the roll holder!

Stacey said...

The cloth is for bread, isn't it? The rest is a mystery to me. :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I am a girl of the 70's and that metal thing is for holding sterno under a fondue pot. I don't know what the cloth thing is??


Unknown said...

That metal thing is for holding sterno for sure, Carol is right! :) We have one in a coffee shop beside us! The stuff here is too cute! I love the roosters, it looks like for holding cookies.


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

I love all the vintage goodies you brought home with you.
The roll holder is lovely and will be so useful.

Happy Thursday

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Lots of goodies, Diane, and I think you've gotten most of your questions answered. I just have one observation. Could your Made-in-Japan chicken candleholder be an egg cup? Just wondering!!!

Diane Writes said...

Hello Diane! I was super amazed over your Portugal linen. I was a like a kid who saw a magician for the first time. hahaha!

no spring chicken said...

You definitely got everyone excited with answers. Don't you just love thrifting? Me too!

Blessings, Debbie

nancy huggins said...

I do buy things soetimes just because I don't know what they are but are interesting..That is a sterno holder but not sure about the little napkin thing...I love the roosters and have my kitchen theme is Roosters:) Can't wait to read the answer about the other stuff :)

Jill D said...

The Portuguese linen thing is a bread basket liner and you can put rolls in the "pockets". I have one of these too so I recognised it right away !
Jill x

Simple Daisy said...

I have no clue!! I love to find vintage things and repurpose them!!!
Thanks so much for your kind words on my last post:)
and ps....I'm having a little give-away on my blog! Stop on over if you have a minute:)

Karen said...

You know, I haven't come up with anything regarding these items.. the first one I would guess is maybe for condiments, as you said?

LindyLouMac said...

Not a clue, but interesting items!

Shellbelle said...

I was very excited, because I knew immediately what the metal thingy was, but I see others have already told you! Yes, it is for fondue pots or chafing dishes. The top pops off to put the can of sterno inside and then when your finished using it, it closes to put out the flame. Hikers also use these as mini camp stoves when their out in the wilderness. Easy to use and lightweight for a backpack.

I LOVE your linen from Portugal, I've never seen one and was glad to see several bloggers could identify it for you. Honey, you find the coolest, most unusual goodies in the thrift stores you go to!!!!


Barbara Pilcher said...

You found some real treasures. That's the fun of thrifting. Whenever I'm entering a thrift store I always have the feeling that treasures lie waiting for me to discover them. Funny I never get that feeling with ordinary retail shopping.

I found your pretty blog at Tales from Bloggeritaville today. Thanks for sharing.

Laura S Reading said...

I see you have your answers, rolls or biscuits and sterno or cooking fuel.
What a great display you have of lovely onjects.
I am guilty of picking things up that I have no ideaa what they are intended for, as well as finding new uses for items that the inventor never thought of.

Marlis said...

either it's for rolls or eggs. I've seen them used for both. Lovely piece though.. great collection you have on those shelves.. I could spend hours looking at your books.

Susan Freeman said...

I too am sure that the Portuguese cloth is for rolls because I have seen similar ones. I was stumped on the metal container until I read the answer that it's for sterno. Makes perfect sense now. I love your old cookbooks and the pie birds too. Great post!

Susan and Bentley

Prairie Rose said...

Sorry,I am no help:(
But, I love all your vintage-y things and I also collect old cookbooks!

Donnie said...

Looks like you found some really neat new treasures. I don't have a clue what any of those things were for.

Toyin O. said...

I buy things because they are unsually beautiful:)

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diane,
Well I have seen the linen being used for rolls or biscuits. Never saw that little pot before, but it looks interesting.
Love your pie birds and cook books. I collect vintage cook books and you have some great ones.
Yes, I do collect items just because at times. It is so much fun to repurpose and find a way to redesign things. Love the bottle rack with the spoons. I can see that with a plate in it too.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs from Texas, Celestina Marie

Unknown said...

Hi Diane, i always admire how you all have garage sales or thrift finds. It's hardly ever here, only one or two shops selling some second hand goods which arent very cheap. I never liked vintage before but love them now, especially a few items I have from my grandma. Hope you are having a great week, lots of love and big hugs always......M

Betty said...

I see that the mystery items are no longer a mystery. I love that roll holder. I have one some...where...I have too much stuff too!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Diane!
I love all your goodies you got! And I think that adorable linen piece is for biscuits! What do you think?


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Diane! I want to come shop at your thrift stores! The pretty fabric piece is for rolls. Have a nice weekend. Twyla

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

well you already got the answers on what your thingies were ... and yes I do buy things because they are so cheap I can not pass them up ! i recently got a mesh Whiting & Davis evening bag along with another sequin bag with a round expandable closure for $2.50 EACH ... now I just couldn't pass those up :))
Love your pie birds too.

Unknown said...

Yes, I sometimes buy things because it's unusual, cheap, or beautiful! The Portugal linen is a Jewish bread holder thingy, I believe. How's that for specific? There is an actual name for it but I've forgotten. It keeps the individual rolls warm. Not sure what the metal thing is. My guess is it might be something to steep your tea with? Lord knows but it's cool!

Stopping in for a hello.


Donna said...

You got some really cute treasures there!

Ruth Welter said...

Awesome finds LD, how do you do it?? Enjoy your new treasures.


Anindita Basu said...

I think you got some great stuff. I love the linen thing. I think it would be nice to serve different kind of cookies or so.

I try to stay away from buying things that do not need. I'll buy something if it is very pretty. But my hubby loves treasure hunting and some times , actually most of the time it is a problem!

Grammy Goodwill said...

So now I'm an antique vintage person. I knew what both those were used for.

Wanda said...

I see a lot of others have figured out the bun cosy thing-y for you. My grandmother had one of those, and I got one in Battenberg lace for a wedding gift. Wanda in Edmonton

Nancy said...

The little metal cup with the handle and lid, I think it holds the fuel under a chafing dish or a fondue pot. Nancy

Donna said...

I have a roll holder similiar to yours, it was gift my SIL, she brought back to me from her travels. Only I think it's too pretty to use, I was afraid the rolls would stain it with grease.

Susy said...

I´m portuguese, and I realized some people already answered. Yes, it is to put small buns. :) Never used it here at home, but sometimes we still see these in restaurants.
Nice blog. :)