Saturday, June 25, 2011

I saw Woody Allen's new film, Midnight in Paris, last night. It's about a man living in present time, who is in love with the idea of 1920s Paris. He just thinks it was a better time to be alive. It's a great movie with lots of surprises and I highly recommend it.

It got me thinking about my love of vintage items. In general - if given a choice - I will always pick the clothing/book/movie/Pyrex bowl :) that's not 'of this time.' Why is that? Am I a hopeless romantic who thinks it was better in another era? I'm in my early 30s, but most of my kitchenware is circa 1950-70. My furniture is repro 1950s and 60s, or used 70s and 80s castoffs from my parents' friends and family. And I'm perfectly happy with that and not looking to upgrade to "new" pieces.

In university, I got my clothing almost exclusively at thrift shops and gravitated to stuff made in the 70s when I was barely born. And although I buy my clothes at the mall nowadays, I still prefer pieces with a vintage feel to them.

I don't even know if wanting to surround yourself with pieces that have history to them is a bad thing. It makes me feel like I'm part of something greater and on some kind of continuum, rather than just someone plopped down in a suburb of a big city with a new-ish house to furnish.

Anyways, those are some thoughts on my mind this morning after seeing Midnight in Paris. Check it out if you can, I think it's in wide release as of now.

And speaking of my slight obsession with all things vintage, I found these recently
A 2.5 qt Pyrex Hostess casserole, and 3 identical Hazel Atlas Ivy bowls. All in great shape.

The Pyrex was $8 at SA which I found a bit steep but it's got very few scratches and had the lid, so...  I think this bowl will be great for serving chips at parties.

The HA bowls were a buck each at VV. I can just see myself using them over Christmas as candy dishes, or maybe for garnishes. I know Ivy has nothing to do with Christmas but that's all I think about when I see them.

Thanks for listening friends, and I'll see you again soon :)


  1. I saw the yellow hostess bowl today with no lid - it was half price at $10 - I wanted it but that was kind of high - sadly, I left it behind! I don't think you paid too much!

  2. That yellow hostess is great! And the price is good too :)

  3. love the pyrex! The husband & I totally agree that we belong in a different era. And since that can't be done, we might as well surround ourselves with all things awesome!