Our Aunt Christine has been one of the biggest supporters of At the Picket Fence from the very beginning. We’re fairly certain she was one of the first (if not THE first) person to pre-order a copy of our book Life in Season. All bloggers know that it’s never a guarantee that your closest friends and family will actually read your blog, so when they do, it truly means so much.
My parents split their time between Oregon and Florida and as they were driving across the country to spend the summer here in the Pacific Northwest, they made a stop to visit Aunt Christine and Uncle Bob in Arizona.
Now, our family loves vintage pieces. But, not just any vintage pieces. We cherish family heirlooms. There have been many
debates conversations over the years about who gets what. I’m pretty sure there has been a temptation to write names on post-it notes and stick them to the back of furniture or inside an old book to lay claim to them after the original owner leaves this earth. 😉
But, before my parents left my Aunt and Uncle’s home, Aunt Christine very thoughtfully gave her something to give to me that she knew I would be so thrilled to add to my collection of family heirlooms.
A vintage wood typeset tray which had originally belonged to my grandmother.
And it’s one thing to find a cool vintage piece in a store, but it’s another thing entirely to be given one that has been handed down through the years from one generation to the next.
This particular typeset tray is from the American Type Founders Company which was created in 1892 and as you can see it’s a “10 Point John Hancock”.
I could hardly contain my excitement when my mom handed it to me and immediately set out to find the perfect spot for it in the house. It found it’s way to almost every room before settling here on the side table in our breakfast room and I just love how it adds so much charm and character to this little space.
Thank you Aunt Christine, not only for your thoughtfulness in sending me this gift, but for keeping the legacy of a love for family treasures alive and well. Someday, this will be passed on to one of my children as well.
I’ll be curious to see which one puts a post-it note on the back first! 😉
Now, if you want to see more thrifty treasures and ideas, check out the latest from our Thrifty Style Team!
As always, thank you so much for meeting me at the fence today,