Thursday, April 16, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday ALREADY?!?

Yep, its that time again! When you are finished reading my post today, click on the vintage lady above to be transported to Coloradolady's blog and see the rest of the participants for today's vintage showings!

This first picture is not vintage peeps - but they are peeps hatched on Easter Morning! I picked them up yesterday from a local hatchery - aren't they just adorable?? They are Isa Browns and Black Sex Links chicks. I wanted laying hens, and these are the easiest to sex for any amateur, because of the color differences between pullets and cockerels. I just had to show them off for a moment - too cute!!! Now, on to the vintage thingies!

I went browsing this week during a rainy day, and saw some unique items in one of our local shops. Could not resist bringing home a couple of the goodies I spied. If you love vintage, then you just might probably have the same vintage-itis that I get from time to time! The first vintage thing shown below is a common household item.

The size of this kitchen strainer is attractive - not too large, but big enough to drain a can of beans, for instance. I liked the wire lip feature, rather than the kitty ears attached on the tops of other strainers. This one won't allow the strainer to easily slip off the edge of a pot or a bowl, like the other strainers might.











The next item I have to show you today was new to me. I was born and raised in the city, and didn't have a clue as to what it might be at first glance, and was glad it was listed on the tag!
Tags can be most helpful, especially when a gal has a fondness for old tools, but doesn't have a clue as to their original purpose!






For those of you raised in the city like I was, this is a sheep shears! I got a brief history from the shop keeper, who visits estate sales, among other places, and finds such interesting items. As old as they are, they are still pretty sharp - especially the points - so I would not advise anyone to hang them overhead unless they are secured extremely well - you would not want your visitors skewered if a nail or drywall lets loose! HEAVEN FORBID! They have a little bit of weight to them, and the curved handle has retained its original 'spring', so with additional sharpening, I have no doubt they would still work adequately, even though today's electric shears get the job done much faster. I imagine these old shears would look great among sheep 'collectables' like needle felted lambs, lamb artwork, or anything 'sheep-ish'! How grand!



For anyone that might be interested, these two vintage items are currently offered for sale in my etsy shop - the link is on the left side bar.


Thanks for visiting today! Please leave a comment so I know you have been by to visit, and be sure to return to Coloradolady's blog for the rest of today's Vintage Thingies!

21 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Well good morning - you sure were up early. Are you feeling any better?

Gosh I had no idea what-so-ever they were sheep shears.

Coloradolady said...

Great items! I love the sheep shears...would not have guessed that. It is fun to find unusual treasures in antique shops! Thanks for posting..have a great week.

Dawn said...

We had sheep shears--used them to trim up the lambs for showing in 4-H after they were clipped with the electric clippers. Have fun with your new peeps!

mannequin said...

Wow. I love those sheep shears. And the little chicks, how sweet!

Miri said...

Thanks for sharing the sheep shears! Very interesting...I have very small thread cutters that are fashioned on the same principal and look very similiar!

Sarah said...

I can see my grandkids trying to trim each others hair with those shears!!

Susan said...

For a city girl you sure have taken to a country life. The peeps are so cute.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Love your new look!
Great vintage items, and those chicks are adorable.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I like that wire lip on that strainer, too. The kitty ears DO slip off!!! And then the beans or corn or whatever escapes into the sink...

The shearing tool looks like a jumbo version of a thread-snipper I have!

Donna said...

Cool items...love those chicks...looks like the posed for you...
blessings to all
donna

Roslyn Atwood said...

I remember these shears from my childhood, but even in Outback Australia in the 40's we had a generator to run a line of the electric sheep shears for a team of shearers-clipping thousands of sheep would otherwise have taken all year!
Nice you were able to to get the info. on these.

CC said...

I love your vintage things..specially that strainer. It's the kind we always had at home.
Your little chicks are so sweet..I wish I had an area to keep some. Happy VTT..have a great weekend.

Bea said...

Chicks are so cute! Does that strainer have a GREEN handle? I'm goofy about green handled utensils...Just ask all the junk, antique and flea market dealers around.

salmagundi said...

It looks like you are a country girl now! I was raised on a farm, but am now definitely a city girl!! Your finds are fun!! Sally

foxxy said...

Love the strainer and the shears. But I love the chics the best.

marian said...

fancy that i've got a few strainers and i've also got a pair of sheep shearing clippers [as we call them downunder] :)

Amy said...

cool items, my aunt use to use the little strainer for tea :-)

Janet, said...

I love the green handle on the strainer! and the chicks are adorable.

Ruby said...

Nice strainer! I've watched sheep shearing. It looked like work with electric much less that pair. :) Hubby has family in Troy, Eaton Rapids and Brighton. I love traveling the 'net. Ruby

Neabear said...

That is definitely an interesting strainer. I have to check mine now. I think they have the kitty ears. Thanks for your visit to my post today. Glad you came by!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

great vintagies you have here.. the strainer.. I remember my great grandma had few like your strainer.. god knows what happen to them.. hehehehe and your strainer is in good condition.. amazing.. :-) happy VTT and have a great day!