Monday, April 30, 2012

This old thang?

My MIL loved antiques. I have fond memories of going to the Bloomington Antique Mall with her whenever she and my FIL visited us. I'd not been in a while, but my friend Y suggested a trip there, and I had tons of fun with her.

Saw a cabbage shredder - for sauerkraut - that looked nearly identical to the one hubby has, handed down from his great-grandfather.
This little phalic thingy is a...hog scraper! Could you have guessed?
But the thing that caught my eye the most was the kidney-shaped desk.
I really wanted this, but, alas, have no actual need for it.

We also have some nifty old stuff in our house, besides me and hubby. They have sentimental value as they come from hubby's ancestors. This is a washboard that hubby's paternal grandmother actually used:
Other well-used items are from, if I'm not mistaken, hubby's maternal grandmother. Her tennis racquet:
and her rug beater:
Let's just say I'm glad to have a washing machine and a vacuum, as well as a tennis racquet that is not made of wood.

Do you like to collect antiques...or at least like to watch the Antiques Roadshow?

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams


Michelle said...

I LOVE antiques. I have an old butter churn :D I've been on the hunt for years for something specific (wish I knew what it was called). I just know how to describe it and the antique dealers seem to know what it is.

I have to ask. What exactly on a hog does that scrape??

TeresaR said...

Ooooh, I want a butter churn, too, M! But I actually want a working one. ;) And then I want a milk cow to go with it. It never ends!

The hog scraper scrapes the hairs off a pig. Some people burn the hairs off instead.

Sara said...

A hog scraper?! And to think all these years I've been using tweezers!!

Under the Willow said...

Yes to all the answers! LOVE antiques-love finding anything about one I'm going to purchase, etc... I actually have that desk- I picked it up at a yard sale for 2 dollars (not a typo) :))

Fun post!

TeresaR said...

Sara, you are hilarious! ;D

Carrie, oh my gosh, you have that desk???!!! I am SO envious! They were asking over $200 for it at the mall. $2 - wow!

Name: Holly Bowne said...

I was never interested in antiques until this past summer when my daughter (who LOVES them) started dragging me into antique shops. There really is some pretty cool stuff in there! I love your rug beater!

Sherrie said...

Fun, fun! I like the rug beater especially. :) The garlic oil worked! P jumped out of bed excited to get dressed and go to school. Says his ear doesn't hurt at all. THANK YOU for the tip! (And I see that you've disappeared from FB and I can't send you a DM on Twitter, so I'm glad to see that you're still over here!)

Maureen Sklaroff said...

I've just gotten into thrift shopping and upcycling and so forth. I don't actually go for antiques per se, but I LOVE that desk. I wish we had an antique mall near us. I like "phallic thing" better than "Hog scraper". I assume that is scraping hogs after they are dead????

TeresaR said...

Holly, have you ever watched Antiques Roadshow? It's a pretty neat show even if you're not into antiques.

Sherrie, I am so thrilled to hear about P's recovery! I've DMed you. :)

Maureen, LOL!! "Phallic Thing" could also be a good name for a band. ;D Yup, the hog scraper is used to take off the bristly hairs before butchering the pig.

SoapSudsations said...

I can't believe I never asked you what that doohickey thing is (your rug beater). I always thought it was just a celtic design decoration.

R is more into antiques than I am, probably cuz he's becoming one himself. :D But we've now got that beautiful old chinese lantern as one of the focal points of our living room.

MyKidsEatSquid said...

Growing up my mom kept her grandmother's rug beater on the wall for decoration. I do love kitchen antiques.