These two occasions actually work pretty well together, as collections are often second hand treasures, and also are usually three or more!
Here is an example of both. Old vintage jars I picked up at an estate sale.
Three old birdhouses…
Three pitchers I’ve picked up at the antique mall, which I have on my desk and put pens and scissors and rulers in.
One of my favorites, made by my blogging friend Char at Ramblins. She took the photo of these old vintage bottles and had it in her Etsy shop, Three Parts Whimsy. Then she sent it to me and I framed it. Such a lovely photo, and I’m lucky to have it here in my garden room where I look at it all the time!
And one of my all-time favorite collections, quilts.
I think, due to the current economy and similarity to the hard times of our elders, people are wanting to both thrift more and attain things that are already on the planet, thus “green.” So many things you can buy mass marketed from China, etc., at your local department store. But none of these things, to me, has the charm and personality of what has been around for years, and thus has stayed the test of time.
These are heirlooms to some, and priceless to many. I will pass these things on to my daughters one day, hoping they love them as much as I do.