Past Challenge: Collectibles, Limit $20

Some people eat their cheesecake off boring old Ikea plates. Worse yet, others store their jewellery in things like actual jewellery boxes. For those of us that demand more out of life, we bring you this week’s challenge, featuring only the most fabulous forms of everyday receptacles.

Item 1: 1920s Vancouver Baby Powder Jar

  • Jackie’s Price: $15
  • Retail Price: $40 – $60 (this is a guess as I was unable to locate anything like online)
  • Source: Coquitlam Garage Sale



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Jackie’s Story:

Oh Vancouver: always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

Let’s face it, this city rarely makes it on the cultural map. Despite the fact that countless movies are filmed here, none are ever actually set in Vancouver. It was even worse when I was a kid. Aside from a few cartoons about hockey-playing trash pandas, pretty much all of the shows I watched and the games I played (where the heck is Park Place anyway, and why are hotel stays SO DAMN EXPENSIVE there?) depicted British and American landscapes.

If only I had seen this little jar.

According to the printing on the bottom, this porcelain jar was produced in the 1920s to store baby powder. With a latched lid, it is a perfect size to store my most precious earrings. But what I love most about it is that the image on the top features a perfectly Vancouver scene: swimming at English Bay.

There is something very validating in seeing one’s world reflected in art. I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel like we Vancouverites might actually matter (even if don’t have a royal family, ahem, ahem). Who knows: maybe one day one of the Bourne Identity sequels will take place on Commercial Drive?

Item 2: 1981 Royal Wedding Wedgwood Jasperware Plate

  • Denise’s Price: $10
  • Retail Price: $50 – $80
  • Source: Animal Rescue Garage Sale


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Denise’s Story:

I can’t explain why I am drawn to items from before I was even born.  In this instance, I can imagine an 18 year old girl, living in a small town (such as Sooke, BC) being enthralled with Princess Diana and her wedding.  I can picture a group of teenage girls getting up early on July 29, 1981, to watch the live broadcast and discussing every detail from the dress, to the flowers and the balcony kiss.  It seemed, so I’m told, like a real life romantic fairy tale and the girls wished to meet their own princes.  Even though Diana and Charles had an unhappy ending, she was so sweet, beautiful and probably hopeful on that day in history.

Interesting fact:  my first boyfriend’s father went to Victoria, BC, to see Princess Diana, along with thousands of others, in 1986 and SHE LOOKED RIGHT INTO HIS EYES!  I wish that could have been me but I wasn’t even born then.  I was pregnant with my first child, Jordan, when Diana died and a man came out to my car to tell me at the Maple Bay Yacht Club.  For some random reason, I coincidentally collect memorablia of Diana’s wedding. I’m getting emotional just typing this!

When I purchased this, it was a garage sale back room deal.  One of the volunteers approached me and said, “If you are interested, I have some special Wedgwood plates for collectors set aside in the house.”  I was almost lured into the house but I stayed calmed when she said there was a Royal Wedding plate and waited for her to bring it out to me.  For those of you (there are a few) who think “what doesn’t Denise collect?”, I was also shown a royal wedding wine glass but I turned that down as I already have a set…did I just prove your point?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Catherina says:

    Um mm… Jackie the recent comments you made about Denise, Denise’s’ thrifted goods, her family and her beloved cat StarQuiz sounds a bit on the bitter side? Your thrifted goods are just as wonderful as Denise’s. Remember this is supposed to be all in ‘fun’. Love the little sneakers Jackie and the brooches Denise found were amazing. I had to vote on the little adorable baby running shoes…too cute…as all baby things are, except dirty diapers. The royal wedding plate was very pretty. I loved Princess Diana, she was so sweet and kind. But I couldn’t see myself eat off an expensive plate like that, worrying that my fork might scratch one of the heads off. Keep up the good work ladies…. looking forward to seeing Brad in his new ‘snappy’ tie.


    1. jackie Amsden says:

      All I fun?! Oh no dear Catherina, when it comes to thrifting we are very serious.


    2. Denise says:

      Thank you for defending StarQuiz, Catherina! I’m going to share that I had to check with you and confirm you were joking about eating off the plate. I hate to think that I lost a vote due to confusion that it was a plate for eating!


  2. jackie Amsden says:

    My dearest apologies. As Ms. Denise was only too happy to point out, I made a spelling error in this comment. What I meant to write was “ALL IN FUN,” Not “All I fun.”


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