Garden Chick - Notes from the Garden

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Garden Thrift Store Finds

My mother and I go to the Salvation Army Thrift Stores as well as the Goodwill stores about once a week. I love finding a bargain, and look for garden related items each time.  Here are two of my latest finds. The cost $1.00 each.   

The book is the 1958 Farm, Ranch, and Home Ford Almanac.  I am always drawn to the 1950's colors of red, yellow and green, and have many garden related 1950's items in my office.  (I was born in 1956)

According to the back cover, the 1958 Edition of the Ford Almanac is "crammed with exciting news, helpful how-to-do-it hints and colorful illustrations on what's happening down on the farm, and in the garden, too.

On page 55, which offers money-making sidelines, Mrs. Carl Collins (noticed how the women were identified by their husband's names), reported that many women are still a little afraid of cooking with herbs.  They think of it as foreign, and complicated.  "Poppycock!"  states Mrs. Collins, Any woman can cook with herbs just the same as Mrs. Vanderbilts chef can.  The secret is using them just like salt-in the same amount.
Mrs. Carl Collins (by the way her name is Mary), ran the Scotch Ridge Herb Farm in Kalamazoo.

Any one out there know if this is still in existance?

The corn holder is designed to hold a "stick" of butter.  You place the corn picks in each end, and then roll the cob in the butter.  I don't know the year of this piece, but again, those colors are what first attracted me.  Won't this look great on the picnic table?

The next time you pass by the thrift store.  Stop in.  You may just find a few "treasures" of your own.

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  • 1958...indeed an old book - I also love second hand shops.

    By Blogger Rita M, At May 26, 2010 at 1:34 AM  

  • oh i adore thrift store treasures, karen! what good ones you have:) heck, women still referred to themselves with their husbands name when i was first homemaking! getting old, i guess:) we've come a long way baby! lol i can't find that herb farm in a web search. post if you ever find out it is in business still please:) i adore the corn set for a picnic table:) yum!! sweet corn!!

    By Blogger comfrey cottages, At May 26, 2010 at 5:26 AM  

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