When I was a kid, I used a Bell Telephone key chain just like as a phone for my Barbie dolls. Then at least someone in the house had their own pretty Princess telephone to use!

This powder blue plastic vintage advertising piece is on our case at Antiques On Broadway; just $9.

And here’s a photo of Ann-Margret, illustrating every young lady’s dreams of her own Princess phone in her room for private calls.

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We spotted these fantastic vintage ceramic power-line insulators – including HUGE ones. Note these vintage insulators are not the usual glass telephone varieties, the are porcelain or pottery insulators by LAPP, with a rich glaze of what I’d call a “pumpkin brown”. Looks like these are dated from 1930-1934? We didn’t buy them. But if you want us to get them for you and ship them to you, that can be arranged. The traditional sized ones are selling for $10; the large ones are selling for $30. We’ll charge a $10 finders fee no matter how many you want — plus exact shipping to your location. Act quickly, as I don’t know how long they will be around!

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We’ve been so busy this summer with selling at flea markets and increasing our booth space at Exit 55, that we’ve barely mentioned our writing here — but believe us, we’ve still been writing! We’ll try to do at least a weekly round-up of what and where we’ve been writing about antiques and collectibles. Here’s just some of what we’ve done in the past few days:

Derek wrote about the collectibles you can find in your very own pockets at flea markets and sales.

My most recent Collectors Quest column was about primitives and I received a question about one of the items in the photographs. Here is my response about the history of a small-to-medium sized antique keg or barrel.

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As Hubby mentioned, we’ll be among the over 500 dealers selling at the Elkhorn Antique Flea Market (at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Wisconsin) this weekend. Here are a few of the antiques and vintage collectibles we’re packing up to bring along — and, as always, keep an eye on our official Facebook page to see additional photos of the items we’ll be bringing along.

A charming little painted wooden drop-leaf antique farm table with four matching chairs.

Adorable framed vintage prints of children on dogs. (This photo also shows off the patterned linoleum top of the drop-leaf table.)

Lovers of mid-century modern pieces will flip over this ottoman with built-in, angled to the center, magazine racks beneath it. The cushion is original!

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One of the things we like best about selling vintage items is finding the right homes for the gems we find. We consider ourselves more like adoption assistants for objects than dealers just trying to make a living, and as such we often find ourselves smiling when we don’t make a sale but make connections with people over objects. A recent example of this occurred at Facebook.

One of the owners of Exit 55 Antique’s page posted a photo of a rather large vintage sewing sampler we have for sale in our booth there, and a gentlemen named Dick Linhart left the following comment:

Since my Bride is a whiz with threads, yarns, and needles of all shapes and sizes, we have a great many of her creations personalizing our Cottage. It was that early ’70s era when stamped cross-stitch kits, patterns for knit & crochet wearables, and quilts started the revival of handiwork which exploded in 1976–the 200th anniversary of our nation’s independence. Apparently, Sharon or her family do not appreciate her handiwork; I hope you find loving home for this charming creation.

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If you’ve been following our Facebook page, you know that we’ve expanded our antiques and vintage collectibles business by going from a case at Exit 55 Antiques to a booth. While this image makes it all look like magic, we spent nearly five hours Saturday night moving all the items in, arranging them, and vacuuming and cleaning up after ourselves. You can stop in any day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see all our goodies, but if come in this Saturday, September 22, 2012, you’ll find us working there too!

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