I know I haven’t been posting as often as I should. Not only have I complicated my life by changing Domains (from o-deer.com to odeermercantile.com ), but I am still in the midst of organizing and decorating my work/craft room as well as the rest of the house. And it shows in the statistics on my dashboard here. I also want to apologize to anyone who came by on Monday while my site was down. There were technical difficulties beyond my skill level, so I had to call in the cavalry (DreamHost Support:-).
There’s not much drama in life these days (thankfully!) but just a steady barrage of things that must be attended to… We’ve been in the New House for six months now. Between hurricane and holidays I can’t say I’ve made major inroads though. The Etsy Shop takes up a great deal of my time, and it does gratify me to see that my work and energy have begun to pay off in increased business the past couple of months. We love and are so thankful for our customers, followers and fellow shopkeepers. I have met some of the most fantastic people through our little shop, the website and our social media.
Hard as it it to grasp, Spring will officially arrive in just a couple of weeks and I have been working feverishly to be ready. I hope to get a bit more caught up this month, past the spring allergies that have made my life miserable, the Time Change, and Bike Week in Daytona ( I so dread the insane traffic that accompanies it). Surely, life will calm down after that 😕
Diamonds are a Girl’s (or Anyone’s) Best Friend
This will be just a short feature this week. I have been adding listings to O Deer Mercantile whenever I have a chance. I still have a lot of merchandise to get to. As I added a few items this week, I couldn’t help but reflect on the love affair I have had with antique and vintage glass for all of my adult life. I began collecting things like old vanity jars and antique bottles as a teenager. The pull of this happy fusion of sand with soda, lime, and other ingredients, that produces this beautiful and often fragile material has never left me. In the years since, I have happily accumulated vintage mason and canning jars by the score, old dishes and drink ware, insulators and vases.
When I opened the shop, it was never my intention to offer much glassware. The intimidation factor of packing and shipping this fragile material alone, made me wary. I had my first incidence of breakage in the mail last week, and it nearly broke my heart. Not just because I had to deal with refunding and paperwork, or that the customer was disappointed not to have this dish that she desired, but because a little piece of history broke in that package. It was a vintage item, and not easily replaced. However, it seems that I am drawn to glass, and it is drawn to me, so I will continue to collect and sell it.
This week’s featured items are all glass, and all diamond patterns:
Diamond Cut Crystal Hobnail Ice Bucket with Silver Plate Rim and Handle: Mid Century Bar Bucket~ $32.00
Charming Mid Century crystal ice bucket- diamond cut to catch and reflect light beautifully. This very substantial piece is in good vintage condition. Silver rim and handle have a lovely silver-gray patina, but could be polished to a shine. No imperfections that I can see other than a slight misshapeness where the handle has bent. See photos for more information. Bucket is 5 3/4 inches tall, and 4 1/2 inches wide at the top opening. Slightly tapered shape.Diameter is right around 3 inches on the bottom.
Diamond Pattern Pressed Glass Cream or Syrup Pitcher: Vintage Glass Restaurant Style Server with Chrome Metal/Plastic Top~ $14.00
This vintage pressed glass creamer or syrup pitcher from the 1960s or 70s probably started life on a diner or restaurant table. It is a lovely diamond pattern pressed glass that catches the light nicely with a Chromed lid and handle that is a combination of metal and plastic. This small pitcher is just under 5 inches tall and about 3 inches in diameter at its widest point. It is in very good vintage condition, with very little discoloration of chrome. No noticeable chips or scratches. Glass is heavy and there are numerous seed bubbles visible in the bottom.
Mikasa Crystal Champangne, Wine Chiller, Cooler: Large Cut Crystal Ice Bucket in Diamonds Pattern~ $75.00
Beautiful large vintage crystal champagne bucket by Mikasa. This champagne/wine cooler is the Mikasa crystal pattern Diamonds, I believe. It is heavy, with silvertone ring handles. Outside diameter is 8 1/4 inches. Height in 9 inches. Beautiful condition! The only flaw I can find is a tiny chip in the edge of base (could be sanded out). Cut and clarity are gorgeous.
Three Items— different uses, varying quality and type of glass, all prettily catching light with their diamond pattern— all amazing in their own way.
That’s it for this week’s feature and ramble. Hope your’s is a good one. Till next time…