Archive for March, 2012

Something New In Carole’s Country Store

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I’ll be traveling to Connecticut  next weekend in search of antiques for my store.

Be sure and visit my new 50% off rebate store.



Flax Braid from Historic Kaufman Farm Circa 1727

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I purchased this large flax braid with 5 pigtails from a gal I have known for many years. She is an expert in early textiles, for sale and anything to do with fabrics. This flax braid is from her private collection. She told me it’s the last one she has. I couldn’t resist buying it. I thought it was wonderful. You don’t often find them this large. I’ll be offering it on my website this evening.

What is so interesting about this flax braid is it’s history. It comes from a town called Oley, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I have heard of Oley, but didn’t know that much about it, so I did a bit of research and this is what I found.

Oley is in southeastern, PA. It’s about 10 miles east of the city of Reading, PA. It was first settled in 1712. The name Oley appeared in the land warrant issued to Isaac DeTurck. The name is attributed to the Lenni Lenape, native Americans who called the region Olink, which means a hollow or kettle. It comprises most of the Oley Valley, almost entirely surrounded by hills, with the rest of the world shut out. The township covers an area of 15,065 acres of some of the best agricultural farmland in the country. About 80% of the land is farmland. Throughout the township, defining it’s character, are buildings dating from the mid 18th, to the late 19th centuries. There are over 160 farms dating within the period of 1740-1880, and 3 VERY SPECIAL FARMS have been in the same families for over 250 years. This flax braid is from one of these old farms, THE KAUFFMAN FARM, since 1727.

What I find so interesting about this particular bunch of braids is that some of them have flattened and hardened on the back. They must have been stored in the same place for a very very long time. Who knows, maybe 200 years. If you look at this photo closely, you can see horizontal lines, most likely the imprint of whatever it was resting on while stored away. I wished I asked her if she knew more about the farm and how she came to purchase this flax. Next time I see her I am going to do that.


It’s sunny and 71 degrees here in Wilmington, Delaware


A Rare Rye Basket

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Last week I went to the antique show held in Elverson, generic Pennsylvania. I have attended this show for the past 25 years. It is still a great show with lots of wonderful things. I was excited to find this 19th century rye Easter basket, something that is very uncommon and extremely collectable.

Rye straw baskets were made almost exclusively in Pennsylvania, many brought here by the Germans that settled in Pennsylvania in the early 18th century. When I saw this basket I remembered seeing one in a book I have entitled “Willow, Oak, and Rye” by Jeanette Lazansky. This type of basket would be referred to as an openwork rye basket. Openwork rye baskets were made for special occasions, or just for their sheer beauty. The is the reason why they are so uncommon today. The one I bought is almost identical to the one pictured in a book called “Willow, Oak & Rye” by Jeanette Lasansky, published in 1979.

Certain shaped rye baskets were made for the use in making bread, as shown in this picture below, and many others were used around the house for storage, etc. As a group, rye coiled baskets were discontinued as a basket type earlier then any other basket types. Their demise was caused mostly because of the changes in methods of bread making.

Today these wonderful early utilitarian baskets are sought after by basket collectors.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these baskets today. There is a lot more to tell, and maybe soon I will tell you more about them. I love baskets of all kinds, but I have to say that my favorite is the rye basket.

Look for lots of new item on my website today.



The Ice House Antique Show

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

My friend, sick Lynne, invited me to go to a antique show in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I like going with her and help her set up for the show, and do a little shopping for my website store, Carole’s Country Store. We left early Friday morning. The antique show was held at The Charles A. Brown Ice House. It took us all day to get everything set up. It’s a lot of hard work, but for most dealers it’s a labor of love. It was nice afterwards to go out for dinner and relax, before the show on Saturday.

The show started at 9 a.m., and soon customers began to arrive.

Lots of wonderful primitives were for sale and people were doing a lot of buying, a good sign that the economy is slowing coming back.

One of the most interesting items I saw were these early tin shoes.

They were not made to be actually worn, whimsical objects like these were given as a gift for a couple’s 10th wedding anniversary. These gifts were always made of tin, since tin is normally given on the 10th wedding anniversary, and they were always whimsical. Today they are rare, and very collectable pieces of folk art. This top hat is another example of anniversary tin.

The show was successful. Most of the dealers were pleased. It was a fun weekend, and I was happy to come home with lots of wonderful antiques for my store website. This week I’ll be photographing everything, getting them ready to put on my website. Be sure to stop by and see what I have for sale.



Antiquing This Weekend

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

For the past couple of days we have had a lot of heavy rain. This morning is foggy, malady but the sun is beginning to shine through. The birds are chirping, and it’s beginning to sound like Spring. I can not wait to get outside again and feel the warm sunshine!

Tomorrow I will be going away for the weekend with my friend, Lynne. We’ll be antiquing in Western Pennsylvania. I am excited to go, and hoping to find a lot of wonderful items for my store.

I will be bringing my iPhone with me and my camera and I’ll try to take a lot of photos, and maybe a video. I am going to figure out how to embed it into my blog very soon.

I guess you are wondering what this photo has to do with my upcoming weekend. Well, really nothing, but I just had to show you this gorgeous penny rug I received yesterday from Kim Klingaman, a talented artisan in my American Artisan Store. I think it is just wonderful. The colors are amazing, but my camera is having a hard time picking up it’s true color.This bottom photo is closer to the background color, but it’s darker in person.

I have a lot to do today in anticipation of my trip. Be sure to come back on Monday, I’ll tell you all about my adventure.

Happy Day!

Think Spring