I Brake for Antiques

Over the weekend I took a break from packing to travel south to visit with my dad and go to two antique shows, Albany’s Antiques in the Streets and the Coburg Antique Fair. Both started early and my dad and I walked up the rows of canopy draped vendors who had their vintage wares out for sale. From ancient Native American baskets to turn-of-the-century oak furnishings to rhinestones glinting in the sunlight, both shows had a lot to offer. But sadly, I walked out of Albany with only a black velvet painting. And please pardon the boxes, as we are in the midst of a move!

But Coburg proved to be a much better show for me and I came home with quite a few goodies.

As we will have a patio at our new place I have been on the look out for fun and colorful planters that I plan on filling with cacti, including a wonderful figural Madonna planter.

I picked up this vintage ashtray for Bali Hai, the renowned tiki bar in San Diego that we visited when we were there last.

I was happy to also find more star patterned vintage glass ornaments, as I decorate our trees in space themed ornaments.

I also added to Patrick’s camera collection, with this unique Color-Flex dual lens camera.

I love anything vintage Disneyland, but I especially have a soft spot for the vintage ticket books. For those who don’t know, prior to the “passport” style of ticket that Disneyland now has, where one ticket gets you in, as well as allows you onto all of the attractions, Disneyland had a ticket book system, where attractions were graded based upon their thrill level and complexity. Tickets ran A through D prior to 1959, but in 1959 the E ticket was introduced. A tickets were the slower attractions, like King Arthur’s Carousel, working its way up to more intense attractions. E tickets were the most complex and usually the best. When the E ticket was introduced in 1959, attractions like the Matterhorn and the Submarine Voyage were E ticket rides, and in the following years, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion joined their ranks. Soon the term “E ticket” became synonymous with something being awesome or really exciting. Since E tickets were what guests would exchange for the “best” attractions, finding vintage ticket books with E tickets in them is quite rare, but when I was at Coburg I found a ticket book that still had three E tickets in it! Ticket books met their end in 1982.

My mini-weekend get away was a lot of fun, and now it’s back to packing. We have about two weeks left in Portland, and lots still to pack. Once again, I’m not too sure how much blogging I’ll be getting in between now and the move. I really hope to get at least in a few posts!

9 thoughts on “I Brake for Antiques

  1. good luck for the final move!!!! less then three weeks … wow!

    talking about to move to another city: actually i thought i would be super active when we move to berlin: visiting museums, cemetaries, theaters, goin out at night, see the coolest concerts … – but i haven’t done a third of the things i wanted to … my main thing is still flea market shopping, just like i did before the move … there are several reasons why i didn’t full fille my plans … not enough time, money issues, other curious things that happened … let’s call it life.
    i hope you both have a good start in orange (my american man wants to go there too, if not portland …hahaha) and i hope you will visit all the wonderful things you have planned. i love to read your posts from travelling, cemateries, films, disney …
    so, i stay tuned!

    hugs from berlin!

  2. I really like the velvet painting you picked up!

    Good luck with the rest of your packing and move! What an exciting time! I can’t wait to see your new place and hear all about your adventure. I hope everything goes smoothly for you both. 🙂


  3. Seriously fantastic finds!!! I love the mixed bag of items here – that’s very much the way I tend to antique/vintage shop as well, gathering old school goodies that speak to my many eclectic interests.

    ♥ Jessica

  4. I remember E tickets!! I also remember walking around Disneyland, seeing the ground littered with A tickets. No one wanted those!

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