Friday, November 09, 2007

Friday Show and Tell

This week for show and tell, I would like to tell you about a 25 year quest for two vases. When my husband and I got married, we were very young and very poor! We would go to the flea market on weekends to find things to decorate with.

One of the things we began to collect is called "Black Amethyst". It is a glassware that looks like it is black but in fact it is such a dark purple that it just looks black.
Anyway, We bought a black amethyst "loving cup" for a couple of dollars. Then one day we saw two more of the loving cups, but one was in cobalt blue and one was milkglass. I wanted them so bad, but they were $25 for the pair and we just didn't have that much money to spend on something we really didn't need. So I decided I would save a couple dollars each week out of my check and go get them then. Imagine my disappointment when they were gone!


So for the next 26 years I began a search for the blue and white loving cup vases. I looked at every antique store, every flea market, everywhere from Pennsylvania to Georgia. I never ever saw them. Every day I checked Ebay, but no luck.Then as fate would have it, this past spring, my husband checked ebay, not even looking for the blue or white vase and he found the blue one! I was estatic! I placed a huge bid on it but ended up only paying $19.00 for it with shipping! Now I only needed to find the white one.
During our vacation, which we didn't go anywhere except local attractions, we were walking past an antique store downtown, not really planning to go in, then my husband says "I don't believe it". Sitting right on top of a chest in plain view was the white loving cup! Finally, after 26 years of searching, I have all three! I love the shape and color of these vases. I guess so much that I actually have 3 of the blacks ones!
Now, Iwill continue my search for a Rose O'Neil childs tea set that I saw at an auction but sold for more than I could afford. I will find one!

Head on over to http://kellishouse.blogspot.com/ for more show and tell!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
Blessings

Linda

21 comments:

ellen b. said...

What a great story of treasure hunting! Enjoy...
http://happywonderer.wordpress.com/2007/11/08/friday-show-tell-knotts-berry-farm/

Libby said...

I'm on a similar quest for a bowl that I passed on as too pricey . . . it's a fun pursuit *s*

.:mar said...

I love your vases and the story!

Susie said...

How fortunate that you were finally able to find all three of these loving cups. I especially love the black amethyst, but they're all lovely.
:)

Dawn said...

That's a great story. I don't have anything like that to hunt for. And I don't do hunting very well!

Thanks for stopping by - I added an edit to tell where you can get the books if the library doesn't have them any more. They are great.

Barbara H. said...

What a neat story! I am so glad you found them all.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Amanda said...

How lovely!

Lovella said...

This is such a great story. I just think it is fabulous to have this special search that really is about the two of you. What a great find.

Hootin'Anni said...

Stunning!!!

My show n tell is autumn decor this week, won't you join me?

Jean said...

It is fun to have something to search for! I'm glad you found them after all this time.

Mommy said...

Wow! What a great story! Persistance pays off I suppose. Congratulations on finally finding them. They are very lovely. :)

Quinne said...

Hi Linda :) I enjoyed this post! What a wonderful ending to your story. I hadn't heard of this type of cup before. Blessings! Q

Penless Thoughts said...

How special. A good lesson in patience!!
Susan

Cathy said...

What beautiful pieces! I don't think I've seen the black amythest before--gorgeous!

Cathy :)

PEA said...

How very amazing that you were able to find the blue and white ones after all those years of searching!! I've never seen anything like these loving cups, they're absolutely gorgeous and I can see why you love them so much:-) xox

Lisa said...

They are beautiful! I love milk glass! The cobalt blue is stunning.
Isn't it fun to treasure hunt? ;o)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a neat story with a happy ending! "Loving Cup" is a perfect name for them, right?

Katherine
I'm sure you'll find the tea set someday!!

Retha said...

How good to hear a story with such an ending!
This is an encouragement for me to keep looking.

Janice said...

How fun that you finally ended up with all three loving cups. They are so pretty! Isn't it fun to collect things? When my dh and I were young and first married, we also went to flea markets. We started collecting some of the green and pink depression glass pieces. It was something fun to do together.

Sharon said...

They are beautiful and what a neat story behind it! It shows that being patient pays off!

:0) Sharon

Mammy said...

Congratulations! What a story!