I embraced Christmas In July wholeheartedly with the purchase of this pair of red lantern blowmolds, manufactured by the Empire Plastic Co. in the 1960s and 1970s.
I already have a pair of the popular candle flame blowmolds that say "NOEL" in green on the front. These are a bit rarer, and also designed for outdoor use, though I will display them at Christmastime in my living room or home office. Each takes up to a 25-watt bulb, but I'm using 15-watt bulbs, which I think are bright enough. These were a bargain at $30 for the pair.
|Lantern close-up with flame and lattice design|
|The column features a holly leaf detail|
|Base is embossed with Empire Plastic Corp. 1969|
I also found this quintet of boxed oval glass ornaments on a $5 table. I think the box is especially fun, and I like them because ovals are less common than round shapes.
|The bottom of the box gives instructions on how to remove ornaments without breaking them,|
especially important when they were new, I imagine.
|Cool "Coby" logo on original box|
I also found a few large tri-tone ornaments ($1 each), which say "Shiny Brite, Made In USA" on the caps. These are easy to find, though this larger size, less so. I also have tri-tone ovals, bells and other shapes from previous antiques trips.
My next bargain discovery was this Swank tie clip for $5. I mainly bought it for the cool faux crocodile box, but I do like the simple design of the tie clip with a mother-of-pearl rectangle in the center.
These next items were actually on my shopping list, and I went for them because it's particularly tough to find a matching pair: mid-century glass genie bottles with stoppers. These were a bargain at $25 for the pair. I see these on online auction sites for usually about $30 and up for just ONE. In addition to the really good price, I like the amber color, and the fruit motif. Most of the ones I've seen have an all-over hobnail pattern. These have no markings, but they might be Italian or Made in USA.
|As you turn the bottle, you can see|
it has three seams instead of two,
which seems unusual – it's
tripe sided instead of double sided.
These fit perfectly on the top tiers of my built-in shelves in the living room. I like the amber color against the turquoise shelf background.
I also think these work well with my wrought iron hanging lantern.
Here's a photo of a few of my new vintage treasures gathered together. The first thing I found on this day was the pink "Texas Pride!" badge, which I plan to give to my Austin friends. It says "Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon" in the small type.
All in all, it was an awesome summer day, and I hope to discover more cool items in September.
Here are a few unique items that prove you can truly find almost anything at Brimfield...
|Major columns and fencing, anyone? Hmm, will these fit into my Honda Civic?|
|My fellow Americans, try not to believe everything you see (and hear).|
|The lamp won't slide off when you|
move the table – it's all one piece!