Monday, August 16, 2010

Rushing Halloween

I cheated, I saw these at the store yesterday and thought they looked close enough to pumpkins so I bought them and put them on the potting table. They will have to hold me over until the real thing is ready. I took a deep breath this morning and realized I better slow myself down and start enjoying every little bit of the coming season because it will be here and gone before you know it. The rest of the year seems to drag by and then Fall arrives and it is January 1st before you know it. In nine more days we will be 4 months away from Christmas. I can hardly think about it.


I pulled out a few vintage Halloween items this morning. Above you can see some of my cauldron collection. I assume the sterling cauldron on the tripod is a salt cellar but it has no liner so I am not sure I am right about that. I've never figured out what the other sterling piece was used for. It has a mirror on the base.


I found these witch cake toppers at a thrift store for 25 cents.


This scarecrow is from the 50's and was a thrift shop find.


As was this jack o 'lantern. It was 25 cents too.


I get so excited when I find old magazines in good shape. This one was preserved in plastic.


October magazines are really hard to find at a good price.


This cost 25 cents in 1939!


This is very old and fragile. I bought it last year and this year I intend to frame it. Great graphics!


This is new. I bought it in Maine last year.


It's like a Christmas calendar. You count down the days until Halloween!


This was hard to photograph but is a really great piece. It is from Hallmark and probably from the 60's.


It folds open and the witch and cauldron are right in the middle.


It has amazing detail.


This is an article from a vintage magazine probably from the 40's.


It shows how to set up a place setting Halloween game.


Sorry I couldn't get better pics.


Click for a closer look.

31 comments:

Mystica said...

Since I am in Sri Lanka we dont do Halloween. Your graphics, photos and little notes were an education in itself!

Pricilla said...

You crack me up!
Do you grow you own pumpkins?

Leeanna said...

Such cool stuff! Don't you just LOVE Halloween? It's such a wonderful time of the year.

Rosemary said...

Jaz what a wonderful collection and amazing bargains you have picked up. I would like to live closer so I could find that thrift shop too.

Dirgesinger said...

Geeeeez the Halloween countdown thing is AWESOME!!! :):):)

Jennifer said...

Some neat finds! Your blog makes me want to decorate for Halloween, except we never get any trick-or-treaters out here in the country. It is probably the ONLY thing I kind of miss about living in town.

When I first moved out here there was some old newspapers and magazines in the attic of the old farm house. Some dated back to the 40's and 50's. It was interesting to look at them and see how different the price of things were back then.

Judith said...

rushing? I don't think so! this weekend I put up my fall curtins!!! I needed the rust, pumpkin, sage green colors!!!!! I want fall to start!!!

The Frog Queen said...

Wow, those are all great finds. Thanks for sharing your collection with us. And also, thanks for reminding me to slow down and enjoy this time...you are right January 1, always sneaks up so fast.

Cheers!

Lyn said...

I'm already excited for Halloween. Wish I could find such cool things here where I live. Am a little green with envy ;-)

Mother's Moon's Message said...

good to know I am not the only one who is using her squash as pumpkins...

TheBlakkDuchess said...

What wickedly wonderful finds! =D

I love all of your Halloween fun! Your countdown calendar has inspired me to make one of my own! ^-^

Woohoo for a new project! =D

The Lazy Peacock said...

you have the coolest stuff!!!
i always look for oct. magazines, and never, ever see them.
i saw these on etsy, you might like them:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/53436684/made-in-germany-8-running-black

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I will most likly always be amazed over all Halloween things You have :-) I really like the witch with the pumpkin! If it had been made for our market she would have been holding an easter egg instead :-)

That pop out picture withn all those details are something else! And how fun that they have made a count down to Halloween :-) :-)

Have a great day now!
Christer.

Guillaume said...

So many things to love there. The old magazine looks really spooky, I love the idea of a Halloween calendar, the witches are simply amazing and I so want to play that Halloween game!

Sydnii said...

I love the cauldrons!

Sugar said...

You find the best stuff!!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Hasn't it felt like autumn lately? It certainly has here... the leaves are even beginning to change a bit! It's the strangest thing!

I adore all your vintage decor... I'd be in absolute heaven at your house! ♥

Divaeva said...

I love coming each day to check out your different collections! I adore the little cauldrons!

Tractor Mom said...

Hey, we just had to pick our "volunteer" pumpkins last week, so we are ready for Halloween...NOT!! It'll be here before we know it!

Come by when you can...

www.frugaltractormom.blogspot.com

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

i am with erin..i adore all of it...i LOVE LOVE LOVE that scarecrow...it's all so wonderful

we have been taking Teddy after supper for a walk..we are watching the cresent moon get bigger and bigger....
i take out a piece of Halloween everyday...
kary and teddy

AlphaBetsy said...

So many amazing Halloween pieces. I am so incredibly envious. :) I need to start watching closer for pieces.

Teresa said...

I can't believe you're already talking about how long until Christmas! I must say you do have an impressive collection of vintage Halloween items.

Sara said...

Love all the Halloween goodies. I count the days all year to Halloween. Leaves are starting to turn up here. It's coming. xx

lilylovekin said...

My fortune cards have arrived and they are wonderful. I can't wait to try them with some girlfriends- a good excuse for a party. Thank you so much. Lorrie

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Do you know how nice it is to know I am not ALONE in pushing time? I went through some of Fall things in the garage today and was tempted to start decorating. Like you, I am trying to slow myself down and enjoy the now. Last year I had Fall up by the end of August!
If I remember right, by September 1, I had my blog background changed for Fall.
I LOVED the fold out of the witch and you can even see the cauldron pouring...it's GREAT! How lucky to find all those goodies. I cannot wait to bring out my witches!
It's coming...Fall, Halloween, the colors the FEELING and I can't wait. Ok..I can, but it's hard somethings. :)

Mona

p.s. Joyce, thank you for your comment and encouragement about Howard. It's been hard on him.

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

Oh such fabulous stuff you have there Jaz! I especially love the Witch cake toppers and the Halloween edition magazine! And you are so right about slowing down to enjoy the season as much we enjoy preparing for it. It all goes by so fast nowadays. {sigh}

LisaDay said...

A Halloween advent calendar. Can you refill it with chocolate each year?

I like the Hallmark book.

LisaDay

I Wonder Wye said...

You find the coolest stuff! I am in awe or the witch poster -- so envious...

Sharlene T. said...

I thought of you over the weekend when I was out of town, because we stopped into the Cracker Barrel for a dinner and they had all the Halloween stuff on display… Every piece made me wonder whether not you already had one or whether you only used vintage Halloween items… But you might want to run down to one and check out what will ultimately be vintage…

These were great and your photos were good enough that I could figure out what they were, so don't beat yourself too much…

SolarChief blog

Rue said...

I really love the art in the last photo. It amazes me that people knew enough to preserve these treasures for those of us who love to collect!

Can't wait to see more pics as you unpack your Halloween treasures!

Suzie said...

What wonderful finds!! I especially love Halloween ephemera. .here is something so charming about the old graphics. .they definitely set the mood.

I'm so happy that you found them!! And thank you for sharing them with us!