Archive for November, 2010

We had a lot of wind and storm damage last week.  No one, people or critters, were seriously injured. But the skylight panels in the roof of the Annex were broken, and multiple trusses were seriously cracked.  Fortunately we had taken some of the items out for the Estate Sale in September, but Antique magazines were ruined by water damage; and some other items as well.

The roof on the Antique Shop held up better.  That was probably because we had the building tied together well with rough cut cross-beams.  There was still some damage there also, at the roof and windows.

For those of you who have been here, the shade area with picnic table, friends’ rose, specialty honeysuckle and another special multi-blooming rose was completely knocked down.  The heavy support columns were broken off at the ground. The plants will probably make it…with heavy pruning back.  There was more damage at the greenhouse shade area; and to the old barn, and other out-buildings.

So, we have been pulling more items out of the Annex in preparation for the construction repair team to replace the bad trusses and roof.

Some things are a loss to the weather.  Others made it through just fine.  “We” had lots of stacks of interesting old magazines and journals on various topics.  I had also started to set aside books for a ‘used book’ store.  Most of those were not damaged.  We also had a section of old bottles, and some old cookware.  Caitrin got a lesson on Dromedary Dixie lidded loaf pans while we were moving items. Plus some camping equipment and various shelves and stands were in there.

We will be having a major book sale soon.  Watch for the notice on my blog and via Facebook and ads.  Some books will be “flea market/yard sale priced”; some will be “used book prices”; and some will be “rare book” priced. 

We will be bringing MANY boxes of books, out of storage, and over to the Shop from John’s and my parents’ Estates too.  Some are very old, and rare.  It is interesting to see what titles have been popular over the decades.  Somewhere, we also have old military service magazines from the Second World War Era.  We are hoping to find those and get them offered “For Sale”.

We will be donating some things; and others will be going to auctions, or ebay.  It is good because it is making me “clean house”; clearing out items I just keep hanging on to for someday. Once the Annex is rebuilt, we will bring more items out of storage for sale, and hopefully establish a ‘used book’ section, for adults and children, as part of the Shops. 

We are also working on Gift packages for the holidays, hostess presents, and Gift Certificates.

We’ll keep you posted.

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Do you have to have everything match just so? Do you have a mixture of colors and styles of dishes? Do you use paper plates, so that you can toss everything out?
I have a set of “our” china that I use for one holiday meal. And a set of “family” china that we use for another.
Our family is very fortunate, in that we have a lot of physical memories of and from our ancestors. Many people are not that fortunate. But this is a way that they can build their own memories.
We have been married many decades now. And have bits and pieces left from different sets of dishes that we have had over the years. Our first “everyday” dishes were white stoneware with a scroll design. They were a nice plain base for whatever food that I was learning to cook during the early days of marriage.

Some of our friends joined together and bought us our first “set” of dishes…everyday and fancier dinner stoneware, a white main plate, with a shades of brown border pattern, from Mikasa. Over the years we have had some other styles of plates, including stoneware ones with small blue pineapples (the symbol of hospitality); and clear pressed glass ones with an overall floral pattern.
My Grandparents had started to buy my “hope chest” fancy china place settings, and added to them for the first main events, holidays, etc of our marriage. These were my very simple, yet elegant, Lenox place settings, a creamy white with a pair of silver bands. Forty+ years later, these are our main special occasion place settings.
A few years ago, John’s Aunt and Uncle passed away. They had a set of dishes that his grandmother had “china painted” on the embossing. We bought these at a “family discount” during their Living Estate downsizing sale. We use these for a few special meals a year, and recall family dinners over decades using that set of china.

A couple years ago, two of our grand-daughters bought us lovely stoneware dishes, for a Christmas gift. The main part of the plates are different solid colors, with all having white borders. These work very well for all sorts of meal presentations…I really do like a solid color for the main plate. It is a nice background for whatever you are serving. I do not like how an overall pattern “fights” with the food placed upon it.
Our daughters have inherited china and “everyday” dishes from both sides of the family. My paternal grandparents had a tiny floral pattern on their European china. Our oldest daughter inherited those pieces. The china has traveled to many states with her and is still doing well. Our youngest inherited their everyday “early” Melmac in muted Autumnal colors. I never cared for those dishes. But she has made a cult around them, and I must admit the soup bowls are just the right size! This same daughter has also inherited a very fancy set of Golden Wheat patterned Lenox, that became hers from a Great Great Aunt and Uncle through her father’s side of the family.

Our middle daughter has inherited John’s mother’s Blue Willow china: The very fancy pieces and the more everyday dishes. There is so much of it that it took boxes and boxes to pack it.
Currently in the Antique Shop, we have a full set of Old Homestead green patterned china from John’s parents. We also have a few very cute pieces of a yellow dish with colonial farmstead patterns on them. We also have sent to auction a set of yellow depression ware (colored glass with pressed patterns). We still have some gorgeous pieces of green depression ware in various patterns that John’s mother collected over the years.
In storage, are some pastel plates (not a complete set) that my mother bought in a box lot at auction eons ago, and her fancy stoneware, in an Autumnal orange poppy pattern. Plus she had odds and ends of previous “sets” of dishes, which are in boxes waiting to be utilized and remembered.
There are many points to this reminiscence. First, we are so very fortunate to have things from many generations back on both sides of the family. Second, we could never possibly absorb it all, and despite having three daughters; and three grand-daughters and a grand-son, there is only so much that we can pass down. Third, we are all great believers in recycling.
Antiques are a wonderful way to reduce, re-use, recycle, and repurpose. Instead of buying cheap plastic or metal trays to give out Christmas cookies, or other food gifts, use pieces of old china or stoneware. If you do not have family hand-me-downs, you can find pieces at antique shops, auctions, flea markets, Estate sales, and charity stores, where your purchases assist others.
A wonderful restaurant that we went to in Amsterdam was just opening. They invited all their friends to come to a Grand Opening dinner. They were asked to bring a place setting and leave it as the “price” of their meal or “gift” to the restaurant. None of the place settings matched. And despite my preference for a plain center on my plates, we all enjoyed the thought and colorfulness that went into this restaurant’s décor. And it assisted the owners with an expensive part of opening their restaurant. It also lured friends and acquaintances back to see “their” dishes at work, great marketing!
We are very conscious of “sustainable” living. When we go to Slow Food events, we bring our own place settings, and utensils, bag them up at the end of the meal, and bring them back home.

Other friends of ours have picked out special place settings over the years, and each family member has “their” own dishes at the table. This works best with a solid color tablecloth, or placemats.

Older dishes at a picnic or barbeque are more solid than paper products, and hold up under sauces, cutting with utensils, etc. If something gets broken in transit back and forth from the kitchen or grill, it is not a catastrophe.
So, reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose and re-enjoy the family tableware again and again. Thanks for the Memories.

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Storm damage

We had a lot of wind and storm damage last week. 

No one, people or critters, were seriously injured. But the skylight panels in the roof of the Annex were broken, and multiple trusses were seriously cracked.  Fortunately we had taken some of the items out for the Estate Sale in September, but Antique magazines were ruined by water damage; and some other items as well.

The roof on the Antique Shop was damaged too.  Fortunately, when we built it, Tim W. had put up some heavy timbers to tie the walls together…and we left them up.  It probably kept the roof from blowing off and the walls from tumbling down.

All people, critters, and most things are ok though and that is the most important.

Elizabeth has been working on putting items up on ebay.  You can go to our ebay store directly from the Shops at Morgan Lane home page, and click on the ebay store button on the banner. Or the link is: www.stores.ebay.com/The-Shops-At-Morgan-Lane.

Elizabeth also has pictures up on the Shops At Morgan Lane Gallery on her photography website:  www.ImagesnMemories.com, click on “Galleries”, “Morgan Lane Enterprises”, “Antiques & Collectibles At Morgan Lane”, and on to each category.

or use the link: www.ImagesnMemories.com/Morgan-Lane-Enterprises/Antiques-Collectibles-At-Morgan-Lane and click on each category.  Many items have a description and price.

If you want them put on ebay, you may ask us to do so.  Or if you wish to contact us to buy an item directly, you can do that also.  We do not as yet accept credit cards.  But you may use Paypal, Money Orders, or a Check with proper ID.

Today is my birthday.  So, if you come by and say “Happy Birthday, Georgia” we will give you a plant of our choice from the greenhouse. www.TheGreenhouseATMorganLane.com There might even be some cake left!

reduce. reuse. recycle. repurpose.  Antiques = the ultimate in recycling.

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