Sue has been a collector of various vintage stuff for many years, and has put together some impressive displays.
I've always wanted to show her house off to the unsuspecting, and again she has indulged me by handing over a few pics.
I'm going to show you some of her collections and home decor, not only because it's Sues, but because she has a knack for mixing pieces that you'd never imagine could work together.
Can you tell Sue is a kitchenalia fanatic? Ha! Most all you can see here is either bakelite or enamelware and 1930s. All this stuff is on permanent display, although she has thinned it out a bit and taken some to the shop *gasp*
One of Sue's favourite things to collect is the cream and green Judge Ware enamel. She has quite a bit more than you see in these pics, including every single size of saucepan (displayed on a matching freestanding corner rack), several canister sets, and the original 1930s Judge ware catalogues. Many Judge Ware pieces are unmarked and can be difficult to identify, so the very rare catalogues have proven invaluable.
Sue is a fantastic cook and so uses items from her collection on a daily basis. Ever since she told me to use an enamel roasting dish I've never looked back, they cook a roast so much better than modern pans. The white handle thingy you see on the chain there is an antique cistern handle.
Again you can't quite see them all, but this collection contains every size and shape of enamel jug and ladle ever made. The green bakelite thermos on the far left still functions beautifully, and how rare is the green Cornish ware!
And some dead stuff on the wall too. A small croc, obviously, and an antique tortoise shell to the right. Dead stuff everywhere in this house, I'll show you more tomorrow too- consider youself warned.
In the bathroom, more enamelware, with 2 jug and bowl sets, which I'm told are very hard to find. Hanging up next to the old oar are a pair of 1930s bloomers...these are for display only...she hasn't put on that much weight since the gold jumpsuit!!!
More pics of Sues house in my next post. Hopefully I'll have enough energy for blogging tomorrow. It's been a big week for us, as you know, but I'm pleased to be able to tell you we're dead on track (and dead on our feet!) so far and are thrilled with what we've done. The setup and displays are finished, the cleaning is done, we just have to price everything this week and get ready for the opening. Which of couse begs the obvious question, WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR??!