Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Throw-back Thursday" Treasures

It was a nice day in Michigan yesterday, so I got in my car and drove to a couple of places I've been wanting to visit.

The first stop was Retro Thrift Store, a place my favorite antique store told me about.

As I browsed around the store I spotted a container of souvenir and demitasse spoons priced at $1 each.   I found a silver plate spoon from the 1964/65 New York World's Fair. My high school senior class trip was to the New York World's Fair in May 1965, so I immediately knew the spoon would be going home with me.

The Unisphere is at the top of the spoon, and imprinted beneath it are the dates 1964/1965 New York World's Fair.   The backstamp says Oneida silversmiths.

Below is a picture of the Unisphere from my high school photo album.  The fair's theme was "Peace Through Understanding", dedicated to "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe."  The theme was symbolized by a 12-story high, stainless-steel model of the earth called the Unisphere.

Below is my girlfriend, Sandy [L], and me [R] on a street in New York City. That was long before I was into tea, so there were no excursions to upscale hotels for Afternoon Tea. Remember when Madras Plaids and wrap-around skirts were the rage in the mid-1960's? Amazing how forty-nine years have passed so quickly!

In the container of spoons was another Oneida silver plate spoon that will be perfect for tea time, and a pewter spoon from the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.  Spending a night on the Queen Mary and having Afternoon Tea on board the ship is on my "wish list," so I bought the spoon hoping it's an omen that my wish will come true.  ;-)

The back of the thrift store is where the teapots are located. 

I spotted a Hall Aladdin shaped teapot made for the Jewel Tea Company in the Autumn Leaf pattern, complete with an infuser basket. Since I already had a teacup in the pattern [pictured below], and the price [$40] was affordable, I bought it.  The Hall "novelty" Aladdin shaped teapot in the Autumn Leaf pattern was introduced in 1938. 

A short distance down from the thrift store was a vintage, collectibles, and antique store, called Time Warp.  I went in and browsed around, but left without a purchase.  Maybe on my next visit.  For local readers, both stores are on Harper Avenue in St. Clair Shores. 


  1. Great finds! I want to visit that shop.

  2. You found some nice new treasures and I'm sure your visit to the Queen Mary will happen some day.

  3. What a cool place! Loved hearing about your class trip and seeing the photos. ;)

  4. An Aladdin teapot is on my "wish list," so lucky you! And I *love* the photo of you and Sandy in New York. You both look so chic! Great find of all those spoons too, and at a terrific price.


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