I was getting really worried at one point this weekend. As of 4:00 Sunday afternoon, I had purchased one item of junk. One.
I went to the flea market Saturday morning, and other than vegetables and mums and mums for my front porch, the wagon was empty. Thank goodness, I spotted this…
In the 1860’s the formulas for American glass changed and lead began to be removed from the mix, and manganese was substituted to make the glass brighter and to act as a stabilizer. People noticed that this glass made without lead but containing manganese was found to turn a very light lavender if placed in a sunny window or otherwise exposed over time to the sun. Around 1910, most glass companies ceased using manganese and substituted selenium as the clearing agent.
So, wow! Either my lamp is a total knockoff, or it is from before 1910! You can find them on eBay, using the search terms manganese and sun purple.
I just had to take my fresh baked bread out of the oven…aren’t you impressed?
I love my lamp, but come Sunday afternoon, which was my birthday, I was bummed that that was all I had for my junk report. So I hit Goodwill while my oldest son was at symphony rehearsal. At the first one, all I found was a Mozart bust for my cellist son’s collection…
I got two stacks of six each of these 1950’s dinner plates, in the pattern Blue Heaven. I have some other pieces of this pattern. They were $2.45 per stack (see, the 45 again!) so I thought $4.90 was a deal for 12.
Someone put some hideous metal chair glides on them, and I can hardly wait to take them off. They are really surprisingly sturdy. My mom thinks I should paint them, but I kind of like them battered. What do you think?