Monday, June 17, 2013

Antique Chairs


This weekend, my family reminded me that I had yet to share a look at a couple of little treasures my mom gave to us. This antique child-sized rocking chair was my mom's chair when she was a little girl. With apologies to Mom, if my childhood stuff is now "vintage," Mom's childhood stuff is antique.

I have an adorable photo of my mom sitting in her chair as a child, but I can't recall where I stored it at the moment. My brain is in the vintage category too.


Just to give you an idea of the size of the rocking chair, here is one of my daughter's dolls sitting in the chair.


And here is Mom's potty chair. And you thought it was hard cleaning that little plastic potty chair!

I have tucked these chairs away in a closet for now, because my kids have a remarkable ability to break things that have survived for decades. (I admit I've broken a few vintage dishes myself.)

Do you have any similar family heirlooms?


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48 comments:

  1. How lovely to have family heirlooms like that!

    I bet Ikea stuff won't survive long enough for our great-grandchildren to use it!

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  2. I guess the closest thing to a family heirloom we have is an old upright piano from the 30's that my mom inherited from a family friend. It's in fabulous shape with the exception that it needs to be re-keyed. If I had the room for it I would have probably already begged my mom to let me have it! My parents own a ridiculous amount of antiques, like 80% of their possessions are antique, but very few have been passed down from family members.

    Love that potty chair, but I am glad that the ones now are a little different :)

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    1. An antique piano would be amazing! Put a hold sticker on it. ;)

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  3. I have countless family heirlooms, but maybe not as many as you! Crazy little potty chair. Thank goodness for the little plastic ones!

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    1. Yes, there are some innovations we welcome. :)

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  4. I have way too many family heirlooms, but like you, I truly treasure them. I love your little chairs -- so sweet.

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    1. It's impossible to part with them, isn't it Heather?

      Thanks. I like the chairs too. :)

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  5. Oh yes, I have stuff ... don't get me started!! Your chairs are really cute and such a nice treasure to save (one for each of your kids!). I've seen people set a potted plant in the potty chairs (in case you want to display it without the kids using it too roughly). I love how your mom keeps unearthing these things for you ... and thanks to your family for reminding you to share them here ;) Wendy

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    1. The potted plant is a cute idea. Yes, it's funny that the family thinks about what should go on the blog now. ;) Jo

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  6. I have actually seen one of those potty chairs before!! My Grandma had one in her house :)

    PS My blog has moved from Blogger to WordPress. Hope you can still find me!
    www.howtosurvivelifeinthesuburb.com

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    1. I noticed that you were moving your blog. I thought about the same, but I'm slow to progress. Baby steps. ;)

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  7. Oh they're lovely! Love the potty chair, I went to a cafe last week were the toilet seat was tres vintage, with a hole cut out in the wood :)

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    1. Not sure about the vintage toilet! I have an aversion to public toilets. I guess most people probably do. ;)

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  8. Those are adorable! The rocking chair looks like its in great shape! :)

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    1. Thanks Holly! The arm is loose, but otherwise it's pretty good.

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  9. Your Mom's rocking chair is in such good shape. She obviously took very good care of it. It is also a testament to how well furniture was made back in the day.

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    1. Yes, that's true. I think everything was crafted to endure then, unlike now! :)

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  10. Ooooh, how cool!! Smart idea storing them away lol

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    1. I believe they were stored away when I was a kid too, under the steps, behind a false wall!

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  11. Beautiful chairs! I have a few treasures, but mostly my mom still has all those goodies since our space is limited. These are lovely.

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    1. My space is NOW limited, thanks to all of these things! ;)

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  12. These are so sweet!! Between stuff I've brought here and the other house full - I have plenty!!!

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    1. I can imagine Jill! I think we are alike in that regard. ;)

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  13. Those are so sweet! It's really great that they have survived for so long. My Grandma gave me a rocking chair for my son that was used by my Aunts, Uncle and Mom. She bought it from a prison furniture shop in Maine in the 50's.

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    1. Thanks Melissa. How nice that you also have a rocking chair with so much family history. :)

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  14. lets just say that we bought a table so that we could put my grandmothers drop leaf table away

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  15. The chairs are so special. How wonderful to have them from your Mom. I have my Mom's highchair. Both my girls sat in it and I'll have my grands sit in it also. Thanks for joining TTF.

    Linda

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