Fresh Vintage’s Favorite Things

Mar 24, 2009 by

For three reasons, I am delighted to welcome Colleen from FreshVintage today to share some of her favorite vintage things.  1) She has fantastic taste in vintage treasures.  2) I marvel over her scores of treasures that she finds for mind-blogging low prices.   3) Most importantly, she is the Conan O’Brian of the junking and antiqing world.  How can you not appreciate a vintage lover who shares her stool samples? (We’re talking about the antique furniture kind silly!)    Without further ado, here’s Colleen on the mic!


“This aqua painted shelf has that crackly alligator patina that is impossible to reproduce. At one point in its life, someone added another piece of wood to extend the top of the shelf. This makes it the perfect depth for a pair of fans that I found at a yard sale for a few dollars.”


“I purchased this folk art red schoolhouse at a yard sale five years ago. The woman who sold it to me said that a friend of the family had made it for her when she was a little girl in the 1930’s. It is difficult to tell from the photo, but it is rather large at 18 inches high. There was probably a school bell on the roof at one time, but it has since been lost.”


“My favorite part can be found when you open the doors. There are several rows of little benches and a rustic teacher’s desk hidden inside.”


“This painted orange tin was one of my first purchases when I began to collect vintage items for my home. I have an affinity for orange, so it was the color that first caught my eye. And I love the simplicity of the hand-painted daisies and grass.”

Thank you Colleen very much for sharing your wonderful favorite things! (If the schoolhouse goes missing, it wasn’t me!)

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  1. colleen’s special vintage things are wonderful. i’m partial to the fans and how she has displayed them.

  2. lovely lovely!

  3. Becca

    I love how she gets fresh with her vintage finds…and those fans on the crackly shelf are really something else!

  4. omg i love the red schoolhouse! the details inside are so precious.

    hello..can i go yard sale hunting with you, Colleen?

  5. love the shelf with the fans; there is no way you could invent that look!

    the schoolhouse is also a favorite. so darling and obviously made with love…

  6. I love them all, but the fans on the blue shelf are amazing!

  7. So wonderful! I love her vibrant and lively style. That school house IS fab, isn’t it! I’ll fight you for it Grace!

  8. Love this series! Lovely pieces.

  9. @Markus I get your drift on where you were going there. I often think of my past and use it as a means to analyze where I am and where I want to get to. Where I struggel is balancing it all out. How do you guys balance things out?

  10. Thank you for sharing these photos. I cant decide what I love most, however, the use of color is fantastic. She has a flair for taking a neutral canvas,

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