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A friend of mine acquired a home in the Akron, Ohio area with these items in the basement and they are needing a new home.

This GE ND-8-08 refrigerator is in great working condition and comes with the owner’s manual.

GE refrigerator outside   GE refrigerator inside

This 1952 Deepfreeze C-13 home freezer is also in good working condition.

Deepfreeze freezer outside Deepfreeze freezer inside

If you are interested drop me a note at endlesscollectabilities@gmail.com.

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Just wanted to share a few of my Valentine decorations with you …

long heart chain from sheet music

This chain of hearts was inspired by Jill Ruth & Co. but instead of sewing it, I punched a couple slits in the top and bottom of each heart and strung some ribbon through.  I embellished it with a couple vintage paper flowers and hung it with an old vintage brooch.

heart chain held by vintage broochheart chain from sheet music







At the beginning of the year, I had created some framed new years resolutions … ‘Choose Joy’, ‘Scatter Kindness”, and “Simplify” that were inspirations from my daughter.  Since the background was red, just adding a couple stuffed linen hearts by them transforms them into great Valentine decorations.

simplify wall hanging out of buttons embroidered scatter kindness wall hanging embroidered choose joy wall hanging with buttons

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Before I share more updates from my bathroom makeover project, I wanted to share some ways that vintage suitcases are being upcycled. 

Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Cabinet with Lights from BenclifDesigns

  

Upcycled Pet Bed from Fbstudiovt

Industrial Storage Chest Table from MrsRekamepip

Vintage Suitcase Jewelry Display Box from Lovenostalgicwhimsy

Vintage Suitcase Shelves from Red Hen Home

These are beautifully crafted  and so creative!

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I recently started following the Raising Jane Journal by MaryJane.  In a post titled It’s All Good, she points out her list of Silver Linings …

  • back-breaking work because it means I have working legs that still move, arms that lift, and a back still capable of lifting.
  • the taxes I pay because it means I have a job. (This little lesson came from my tax accountant when I was complaining about the new bracket I found myself in. “It could be worse,” he said. Thinking he was going to tell me about a higher bracket, he said, “You could owe nothing but then you wouldn’t be working. That’s a bracket far worse.” Right. To celebrate, I’m going to have Pay Day candy bars ready for us to eat when I write my [GULP] check to the IRS.)
  • tears of heartache that free up room in the well of my soul for joy—a lesson in contrast.
  • the feeling of a snug waistband that reminds me I have plenty to eat.
  •  the parking spot I can’t find in the food co-op parking lot because it means I don’t yet qualify for an ADA decal on the window of my car and I can WALK.
  • the chore of cleaning the chicken coop because it means I have chickens that feed me; shoveling manure because it means I own a cow (or two:).
  • the humongous heating bill I pay because it means my employees and I have the privilege of staying warm easily in the winter.
  • unexpected traffic delays because it means someone other than me is standing outside in the cold clearing a road for me to drive on.
  • the “exorbitant” property taxes I pay as a commercial business owner because it means I am a woman who owns property. Worldwide, women own something like only 5% of all properties. I’m adding a tiny increase to that growing percentage.
  • different (make that “polar opposite”) points of view among the “friends” I know online because it means I get to experience new perspectives, bringing me that much closer to my own.
  • messes left (coffee grounds everywhere but in the compost bucket, dish towels used to shine black boots apparently, tools not put away, ETCETERA!!!!) that remind me I have been visited by friends and family.
  • endless complaining—government this and government that—because it means we have the right to an opinion.
  • the privilege of being a good CUSTOMER for those who provide me with services rather than a mere CONSUMER.
  • frustration at the end of a day’s work because I didn’t get everything done, meaning I’ve been given a second chance.

WOW … I needed this list today!  I have been moping around, complaining about things that are miniscule and feeling sorry for my self because things aren’t going my way.  I too should be thankful for most of the items on MaryJane’s list.   

Thanks so much MaryJane for the reminder to count my blessings everyday!  I’m off to make my list.

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Joy of Cooking was self-published in 1931 by Irma Rombauer, a homemaker and native from St. Louis, who was struggling to make ends meet after the death of her husband.  There were 3,000 copies published for $3,000 with A. C. Clayton, a company that had printed labels for companies but never a book.  The book was illustrated by Marion Rombauer Becker, Irma’s daughter, who also tested the recipes.  She depicted St. Martha of Bethany, the patron saint of cooking, slaying a dragon on the cover. 

Published during the Great Depression, Joy of Cooking offered tips on making the most of leftovers as well as instructions on canning and pickling.  Irma’s joyful tone and practical advice appealed to the depression-era women who could no longer afford to keep their professional cooks. 

Joy of Cooking is one of the United States’ most published cookbooks.  In 1996 it was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important Books of the Century.  For more history, check out the online home of Joy of Cooking.

Looking to bring some joy into your kitchen?  Here are just a few of the Joy of Cooking books on etsy …

Joy of Cooking 1946 from kris67 on etsy

A Cookbook for Girls and Boys from Hillside House on etsy

Joy of Cooking 1953 from AuntGrace on etsy

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I recently bought a box of old games and a box of old craft kits at an auction and I began reminiscing about what I used to play with as a child. Strolling down memory lane lead me to etsy and … yes you can still find nice vintage games and crafting kits.

 

‘Childhood Christmas Memories’ by EndlessC

Strolling down memory lane … won’t you join me?


Refrigerator Magnets Le…

$16.00

DIY retro owl string ar…

$10.00

Vintage Lisbeth Whiting…

$14.95

Vintage Twister game

$16.00

SHIPS FREE: Vintage 197…

$47.50

1973 Unused Holly Hobbi…

$20.00

Vintage 1974 Hasbro Lit…

$29.00

Vintage GAME Old Maid f…

$4.50

Autumn Harvest latch ho…

$22.00

Old School Metal Wheele…

$15.00

Vintage Pick-up Sticks …

$8.00

Partridge Family Paper …

$20.00

Vintage Yahtzee Board G…

$14.50

Walt Disney Classic SNO…

$12.95

1949 Cootie Game

$10.00

Vintage 70’s Owls S…

$12.99

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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Thanks for joining me in my new and hopefully improved space.  I’m hoping to become more focussed on sharing customer stories, great finds, hints of history, and repurposing projects.

Hope you enjoy this new path I’m on … and just for joining me, enjoy 10% off (through Sunday) at Endless Collectabilities by simply entering PAYITFORWARD when asked to redeem a coupon code during your check out.

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