19th Century Spice Box with Original Blue Paint

Don’t you just love the primitive painted pieces? I antiqued in Lancaster County, cialis Pennsylvania the other day and I stopped at several yard sales along the way. There was an elderly lady and her daughter selling items on their front lawn. The house looked very old and interesting, so I stopped to take a look, hoping to find something wonderful.

I got to talking to the 2 woman that were giving the yard sale. They told me they were mother and daughter. The mother was 93 years old. What a spitfire she was! They were delightful to talk to and I could have spent all day with them, but I had some antiquing to do, so I couldn’t stay too long. I told them I had a shop and was looking for antiques, and asked if they had any they might want to sell.


The daughter said, “mom, what about the spice chest? You haven’t used it for 70 years!” The daughter went inside and brought it out. Can you imagine how excited I was when I saw it! Oh, my gosh, how I loved it. Isn’t it wonderful!! That blue paint is fabulous. The elderly woman told me it once belonged to her mother, and that her father made it. She has had it for almost 70 years but has had it tucked away all that time, and never used it. She was reluctant to sell it and I didn’t want her to do something she might regret, but her daughter said, “oh, mom, you haven’t had that out for 70 years, sell it.” She agreed, and I paid her a fair price. We were both happy. I wished them well and went on my way.

One of the drawers has this wonderful colorful label on the back, and another has a burn in the corner. I would have loved to have known how that happened but neither ladies knew  how it got there. The spice box is tall to, measuring almost 24 inches high and over 8 inches wide, and will for sale in my store very soon.

It’s almost 10 o’clock already. Time for me to get moving. I have lots to do today, one being a visit to see my mother. Tomorrow I’ll be moving her to another facility. Some of you have emailed me, asking about my mother. I appreciate that so much. In a few days, I’ll tell you more about how she is doing, so until then-



4 Responses to “19th Century Spice Box with Original Blue Paint”

  1. tj Says:

    …Oh my goodness what a find! When you make a purchase from a wonderful person doesn’t it just make it all the better? That is beautiful!

    …I’ll be watching your store girl! :o )


  2. Jenn Tavoletti Says:

    Carole I just love stories like that. Just like they say it’s the journey… Thanks for sharing, I truly enjoyed it. Hope everything is alright with your mom.

    Hugs ~ Jenn

  3. carole holt Says:

    Hi tj, Everything about finding this spice box was so much fun!

  4. carole holt Says:

    Jenn, you’re right, it is the journey. The anticipation of finding something wonderful is so exciting. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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