Decorating with Vintage Collectables

Are you a collector? I sure am! From my vintage drinking glasses with fun prints (daisies of course), to groupings of petite glass bottles (inherited from my husband’s grandmother) to mid-century dinnerware (and so-on), my collections reflect my love for the hunt! I enjoy shopping (aka treasure hunting) for vintage treasures and have fun with displaying them.  Displays of vintage collections can give your home charm and interest.

Let’s face it, most of us love to collect vintage pieces because of their history and unique style, but there is something extraordinarily satisfying about the moment you “find” the perfect piece…and that is what hooks us in!

Many pieces can be purchased at bargain prices, and yet sometimes it is worth paying a little more for rare pieces that will be the star of your grouping.

When you step into my shop (Upsy-Daisy) you will find a treasure trove of items that may be the beginnings of a collection, or perhaps the piece you need to finish the collection you’ve been working on.

Today, I thought I’d share some of the hot items to collect, as well as some tips for decorating with vintage finds in an appealing way so that your house doesn’t feel cluttered.

Vintage pottery: There are many vintage pottery brands which are sought out by collectors. (McCoy, Abingdon, Hull, etc.) Collectors may choose to collect by style, by brand, or by color. If you have bright or various colors of pottery, consider putting the display against a neutral pallet to make the colors pop.


Grouping of McCoy pottery. Photo via Pinterest.

Grouping of McCoy pottery. Photo via Pinterest.


Vintage suitcases/picnic baskets/hatboxes: These are fun collections because they work double duty, acting as storage and display. A large stack of suitcases provides a dramatic statement. This would work great in a living or bedroom, or in the case below a craft room. 

Photo via The Heartfelt Home

Photo via The Heartfelt Home


 Depression glass: Depression glass was available for little to no money during the Great Depression (how it got its name). Current day prices are representative of just how collectible these pieces now are. They come in an array of colors – popular ones include pink, green, clear, and pale blue – and a range of patterns (swirly and feminine to straight and angled lines).  How you display, will depend on your collection. If you are collecting one color, consider displaying in an opposing color so that the color pops and the glass shines.

Anchor Hocking Depression Glass

Anchor Hocking Depression Glass

Globes: It’s undeniably fun to collect these geographic pieces and display them in a group. How fun to examine a vintage globe to see the world as it once was! Seas of blues and creams display beautifully against a neutral/pale wall color.



Photo via Country Living

Photo via Country Living

Pyrex: (one of my personal favorites!) A collection of pyrex is both pretty and practical. They are fun to hunt for – and finding unique patterns and colors is what the thrill is all about. Vintage Fire-King is a prime example of antique glass that is affordable, durable and usable – and many designs have an opaque white background which is a nice compliment to contemporary dinnerware patterns. 

Photo via dan le townhome

Photo via dan le townhome


Photo via Couple Jones

Photo via Couple Jones

Milk glass: For me, there is something so delicious about milk glass. The crisp whites are so refreshing. Milk glass makes an impressive statement when displayed in groups. They come in various patterns, such as hobnail or lacy edges. I personally love a collection of white milk glass in varying heights when displayed in a blue, gray or aqua cabinet.

Photo via confettistyle

Photo via confettistyle

Vintage drinking glasses: Vintage drinking glasses typically come in a compact or petite form. The patterned pieces are eye-catching. They’re not always easy to find in a set of four or more, nor are they cheap compared to buying glasses at your big retailer – but – the charm is worth the money spent. AND – they make your orange juice (or cocktails) taste so much better!



Silver Serving Ware: Vintage silver (plated) tableware has to be one of the more gorgeous items you can collect. Each pattern compliments the next so well, that collectors need not worry about only collecting one pattern. Silver ware is beautiful when used as part of everyday décor – it can add a touch of glamour to any room in your home. If you don’t have a large collection, then try to find everyday uses for the ones you have. For example, antique teapots and trophies make eye-catching flower vases whereas antique sugar and creamers are great for organizing toiletries (cotton balls/swabs/make up brushes). Oh – and see below – no need to keep them clean and shiny – display with a patina to add depth and interest your pieces!



Cream and sugar sets: One of our favorite things to collect for the shop are old sugar bowl and creamer sets. Having your morning coffee, can be such an ordinary routine. Why not give it an update that will brighten your morning?



I hope you enjoy treasure hunting for fun collectibles as much as I do.

Don’t forget Upsy-Daisy is a great place to get started!



EVENT: Creative Kids for Better Communities – June 7, 2014

Upsy-Daisy will be hosting the Creative Kids for Better Communities fundraising event on June 7, 2014 at 11:00 am.  This is a public event – everyone is invited! Participating children are offering their handcrafted items in exchange for monetary donations which will support a charity that is near and dear to their hearts. (Each child will be representing a different organization.)

This event was created as a way for young people to become engaged with their communities, while raising money for needs they are passionate about. Upsy-Daisy is proud to provide an event that will inspire the creative abilities of children, while helping to build self-esteem.

Come out and support these children by recognizing their talents and contributing to wonderful organizations.  These kids need your help!

Some of the organizations your donations will support are:

  • North American Council of Adoptable Children (
  • Animal Humane Society (
  • The Nature Conservancy – Plant a Billion Trees  (

 Event Details:  Saturday, June 7, 2014 / 11:00 am—3:00 pm / At:  Upsy-Daisy, 2176 3rd Street, White Bear Lake

 For additional information or to participate:

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Milk Painted Dresser – Before & After

I have been using chalk paint for years now, and decided to spread my wings and try Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. (Finally!!) I decided on this gorgeous dresser and wanted to highlight the lovely detail that is completely lost with the original finish (hard/thick poly). 

Milk paint is unpredictable in how it will distress. It can grip the piece really well and just comes off in a fine powder or the paint could cracks and flakes away, creating a wonderful chippy look. You never know.

Dresser BEFORE:

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You do not need to prep before using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint (especially with raw woods). However, I had a few things to take care of before I began – this piece is special and needs a little extra love.

This is what I did before painting:

  • Washed the dresser
  • Gave it a nice sanding – Knowing that milk paint is unpredictable in how it distresses and that I didn’t want a crackled or chippy look, I sanded the piece down to give more texture for the milk paint to stick too.
  • Completely stripped the poly from the top surface – decided the natural wood needed to be shown off.

It is really easy to mix milk paint. Equal parts milk paint powder to equal parts water. I also added Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent to my paint to be extra sure there wouldn’t be a crackled look.

I applied two coats of “Ironstone” and used “Grain Sack” to accent the piece in the center of the drawers. There is not a huge contrast between these two colors, but this is the look I was going for. (There is a contrast, but camera didn’t pick it up very well.)

The milk paint dries really fast. First coat less than 30 minutes and the second coat within an hour.

After painting 2 coats with the bondng agent, there was no chipping or flaking. The bonding agent works very well! I lightly distressed the edges with a sanding block. To protect the paint I gave the dresser a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s wax and buffed it out.Lastly, I stained the top and used hemp oil to protect the finish.

Dresser – AFTER:

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I went with a more classic look, but Milk Paint can do so much more. It can be layered and wiped with a damp cloth to give a dimensional look. Without the bonding agent, the paint will crackle and chip away (all on its own) leaving an aged look. Overally – I really liked using Miss Mustard’s Milk Paint!


This gorgeous piece will be in the shop soon!




Grand Opening Event – November 7, 2013

Thank you to everyone who made it to our grand opening event. What a fun night. Downtown White Bear Lake was so festive, the wine was ready and excitement filled the air! Here are a few pics from the night:

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Upsy-Daisy  will soon be in a brick/mortar shop! *** Grand Opening: November 7, 2013 5-9 pm *** Location:  2176 3rd Street, White Bear Lake *** Please join us as we celebrate and watch our Facebook page for additional sale dates and to watch progress as work on pulling the shop together!

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More on JUNK BONANZA’s Art of Junk – Sept. 26, 2013

Check out this segment on Fox9News this morning. They are in the Art of Junk area, where Upsy-Daisy’s “Clara Bow” necklace is on display with the other finalists.

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JUNK BONANZA OR BUST! Sept. 26-28, 2013

Junkers unite at Ki Nassauer’s Junk Bonanza!! “The twice-a-year Bonanza provides a gathering spot for purveyors and shoppers of vintage finds, beautiful antiques, and one-of-a-kind and artisan-repurposed pieces. The three-day, indoor events each offer best-of shopping experiences and a day of hourly cash coupon giveaways, drawings and special appearances. We saw so many familiar faces, vendors, friends, customers and made new friends too! If you weren’t able to make it – save the dates for the Spring Event: April 10-12, 2014.

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Junk Bonanza The ART OF JUNK – FINALIST!! Sept. 26, 2013

I am absolutely elated that the Upsy-Daisy piece I entered into Junk Bonanza’s The Art of Junk was chosen as one of the contests 14 finalists! “Clara Bow” is a multi-layered piece of mixed metals, vintage brass filigree/stampings, wire-wrapped crystals and a vintage rhinestone finding as the focal. The Art of Junk Contest at Junk Bonanza Mama’s Artisan Market (September 12-14th) Mama’s Happy in Independence, MN June 24, 2013 Winner Announcement: Upsy-Daisy Jewelry Giveaway We are excited to announce the winner of the Upsy-Daisy Jewelry Giveway is: Mara Larson! Thank you for all who particiapted. We are a word-of-mouth business; therefore we appreciate every comment or shared picture that you post on your facebook page! It helps us tremendously! 2013-09-08 2013-09-08 001 005 2013-09-08 2013-09-08 001 001

Upsy-Daisy Jewelry Giveaway

We are giving away a beautiful piece to show your patriotic spirit – just in time for the 4th of July!! The focal is a WWII era button!

—–How to Enter—–  Simply *LIKE* the Upsy-Daisy facebook page *AND SHARE* the jewelry giveaway photo (seen above) on your wall, leaving a comment about Upsy-Daisy Jewelry. (facebook search for Upsy-Daisy = “UpsyDaisy.Treasures”)

—–Winner Will Be Announced—– Monday, June 24 at 11:00am CST.



Treasure Hunting – Gold Rush Days in Oronoco, MN

Dilemma: I didn’t want to miss the opportunity for new treasure gathering; however my husband had a golf tournament same weekend as Gold Rush Days which meant he could not watch the kids while I went on my excursion.

Solution:  Bring kids with. Am I crazy? We’re talking about over 3 hours in the car (round trip) with a 7 1/2 year old boy with lots of energy to burn and a 4 1/2 year old girl who once we get there will want to touch everything (breakables!).

Added Bonus:  Bring my mother too! I’ll have adult company in the car and an extra set of eyes…this way I can focus on the treasures and not lose my babies.

So, how’d I do? 

Car ride was a success (minor detours from road construction and I may have missed an exit, oops)…but we were happy to get there.

The treasure hunting went well. The kids got money to spend. My son choose a darling Navy jumper for only $4! Grandma will take in the sleeves. He also bought a necklace for one of the neighbor girls (awwww!) and my daughter was thrilled with her chocolate ice cream cone – but did ask constantly “where are all of the toys?” She settled for a little heart pendant she picked out for $1!

I, on the other hand, fared pretty well with some brooches, brass hardware, chandelier crystals, tin findings, etc.










Oh – and I couldn’t resist these darling DAISY juice glasses! Precious.






Great flea market with TONS of vendors from all over the country.