Sunday, September 11, 2011

My Vintage Suburban Life: Junk In The Trunk

Suburban Antique Pickers Rejoice

I opened up the trunk of my car to unload my grocery bags from the wagon and found a few of the items that I bought at my last "pick". Nothing as exciting as what The American Pickers come up, no, my picks are sweet and sentimental.

What's In The Trunk Of My Car

Currently in my trunk is a 1950's cake saver, a small pile of lace doilies, an old tablecloth, a lovely framed portrait of a Victorian Era lady, some vintage tins and an old postcard or two.

My Vintage Life

So back to unpacking my groceries. I push my collectibles to the back of the trunk to make room for my groceries and I'm warmly reflecting on the combination of collectibles and groceries. This is "my vintage life". It is so natural for me to have milk, eggs, bread and old stuff mingling together on any given day. Keeping company in the back of my Subaru, you might find some used books (crammed into the side pockets of the trunk) along with some plastic doggie poop bags and spare dog food. Life in suburbia!

Fancy Cars Are Not For Antique Pickers

This is "My Vintage Life" and I wouldn't trade it in for another life style. Last weekend a guest arrived in a tiny fancy convertible car. For fun, I asked if I could climb into the driver's side to see what it might be like to sit behind the wheel of a little tiny weenie convertible.
"No, problem, go ahead and try it", my friend said. O.k., I got my middle aged, pear shaped bod into the front seat and looked around.

Room For Kitsch n Stuff
I looked behind me and noticed a few overstuffed small shopping bags stuffed into the narrow space behind the two front seats. No way could I live my vintage life in this sample size car. There would be no room for my junk. Case closed.

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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists

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