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November 13, 2015

VINTAGE TURKEY TROT


Some collections just seem to evolve over time.
Every season, you tend to purchase a new holiday collectible that you fall in love with.
I looked at all my "Turkey's" that I have saved over the years,
and it came to me to display them all together
so that we can enjoy them for this short period of time! 


There is something so majestic
about ole' Tom Turkey!


I thought about the many years I have had these
and all the moves they have survived.
Some bring back memories of all our Thanksgiving days
with our parents and when the children were small.


I love their vibrant colors.
These must be about thirty years old now.


A few were inexpensive and others were rather valuable.


I wish I could go back and
see what my grandmother's had.


This is one of those collections
that the grandchildren will enjoy 
looking at and one day
remember their own Thanksgiving
with their grandparents.


There is something about turkeys and
Indian Corn that go hand in hand.


Did you ever watch 
The Martha Stewart
Thanksgiving special
where she showed her display of
tin turkey molds?
Marvelous!!!!


What collectibles do you own
that are representative of
Thanksgiving?

Here is one of Martha's
inspiring specials
to get you in the
spirit of Thanksgiving!


19 comments:

  1. Oh but that Martha Stewart Thanksgiving Show, is not her first one!!!!!!! Her first one is so old, that it was on old vhs tapes.

    She had long hair, and was still married to her husband. She toured Turkey Hill. And her kitchen was her real kitchen, at Turkey Hill!!!!!!! And did the whole Thanksgiving thing! The dinner itself, was held in the lovely barn. Oh I so loved that tape. :-)

    That was way-back-when, when I was enamoured with MS. ,-) Loved Turkey Hill 'to bits'! Never tried to do her 'stuff'. So I saved myself upset, over not being able to pull off how her things came out.

    Anyway, thank you for this little trip down memory lane. Sometime, you might do a Search, for her original Thanksgiving program. :-) I'm sure you would love it.

    Tessa

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    1. Oh...dearest Tessa...I am old...I DO remember the first "Martha Thanksgiving Special!" I used to dream about actually visiting Turkey Hill. Her holiday specials were magical....I remember her kitchen and all of her jadite! Those were great to watch weren't they? If only she were kinder......Now we both have something to "you tube!" Hugs!

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  2. What a GREAT collection. I love those old Martha Stewart shows...back when she was more "real" than we see her today. I have a wonderful huge old turkey platter that belonged to hubby's grandmother. Lovely post- xo Diana

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    1. Oh Diana....would you please share a photo of your turkey platter...that is such a treasure to have! Marvelous! Enjoy your weekend love!

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  3. I love your turkey collection! So colorful and fun! I too enjoyed the old Marthas!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. They were indeed wonderful Shelia....I am now going to watch more of them! Thank you for visiting me today and I wish you a lovely weekend!

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  4. That brought back happy memories and reminded me where I got a few of my decorating quirks...I always burn the wick. And I loved her haircut...guess I'm stuck in the 90s somewhere. ☺

    Your turkey trot looks wonderful! I have only one turkey, though I do love him.

    BTW, your recipe for Peach Cream Pie was a hit here. I am going to make one for the Thanksgiving library sale.

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    1. Oh this is music to my heart Vee. So happy you tried the recipe and it was enjoyed by your family! Please share a picture of your turkey...I love seeing what everyone collects! She was always so pretty wasn't she...Miss Martha...if only she was sweet, right? However, she certainly inspired us to create a beautiful life at home!

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  5. I collect turkeys that are on display all the time. As well as cats, and other items ;) My turkeys are up on top of the doorjamb, all over flat surfaces (haha), sitting on my lawyer bookcases behind glass doors (some of them are German and quite old), on TOP of the lawyer bookcases, in the bathroom on the shelves, in the kitchen hanging as pictures of old ads featuring turkeys, etc. etc. I also have quite a bit of dishware (casseroles, bowls, serving items) that are turkeys but kept in the attic since I do not have room for a hutch or display case. I have several large turkey platters, one from my 92 y.o. mother-in-law before she died, and a few others I've picked up here and there. I absolutely love them! When I drive, I keep a pair of binoculars in my car, along with my camera, and have been known to pull over on the turnpike (!!) to take pictures of the wild turkeys we see here in Kansas. It's nice to see a fine display like yours beautifully arranged and put together - it's lovely, Betsy! Of course, your home is absolutely beautiful (all the time) and love to see how you tastefully decorate for the holidays. It inspires me! If you are ever in Winfield, KS, I would welcome you to stop by and give me some decorating tips - I have lots of hodge-podge that I like, but it needs a little arranging :)

    Glenda from Kansas

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    1. Hi Glenda! I am thrilled to meet you! Do you realize you are the very first person I have ever met from Kansas? How special is that! First of all, thank you for visiting me today and telling us all about your fabulouse collectibles! Another treasure from family shared.....I adore hodge-podge....that's what our home is all about too! I would simply love to see pictures of your home! Blessings and hugs to you and those you love.

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    2. No Kidding! I'm the only Kansas friend you have?! Amazing. I'll have to see what I can come up with as far as photos. The only thing about hodge-podge and having a lot of fun stuff is the dust bunnies that like to live under everything - haha!! Our home is a 1917 "Mega-bungalow" or "Foursquare" if you will. We love the huge "Outside living-room" (front porch) and are outside constantly reading, visiting with friends, talking in early morning with coffee, or late night snuggles from the outside kitties. We have 2800 sq. ft. of space and my husband swears I have every inch of it filled. I like Mission-style furniture, but also have a variety of older unique furniture - for instance, I have a rocker and a chair that both have lions heads on the arms. They are not actually a "pair" but purchased separately and look enough like they match it suited me fine. I normally put up a 7.5 - 9' Christmas tree in the front window, decorated with vintage ornaments. I collect all types of Christmas decorations and ornaments and love unique, one-of-a-kind vintage style bobbles. I enjoy Shiny Brites, Old World Christmas, all types of victorian-style, different Mid-Century designs, which were handed down by my mother, and glass bead tinsel. I could go on and on. My favorite holiday is Halloween! I love vintage decorations and die-cuts (Biestle, Luhr, etc) and try to decorate the house on the outside from how mine was as a child. Sweet memories!!

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  6. Oh, I totally forgot to mention I collect vintage Thanksgiving postcards. I have over 700 of them and showcase them on Flickr. I keep them arranged in a notebook with special archival postcard mylars with pockets to display back and front. The messages on these old cards, mostly from the early part of the century, when postcards were at their most popular, are so interesting. The folks talk about threshing, harvesting, going to Halloween events like nutting and apple bobbing, etc. So fun to read. Anyway, just had to throw that in, too! I also keep a large collection of Christmas and some New Year's and a few Halloween (they are quite pricey). Right now, postcards are reasonably priced,, for the most part, and you can pick up a lot of them (maybe in bundles of 10-20) for under $20. It's always a grab bag and fun to see what you get! OR you can choose individual cards to purchase, like I tend to do since I have so many, in order to avoid duplicates.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Glenda from Kansas

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    1. OMG....that is so fantastic...I would just spend hours reading those! I do remember postcards from the past....I have one that my grandfather sent to my mother as a child and just love that card! All things vintage have my heart! I wish you a lovely and very happy Thanksgiving day. Please come back for a visit! Hugs!

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  7. Lovely turkey collection, Betsy! It's so fun seeing your colorful birds! The whole flock looks very happy together. I have a few pieces that I made in ceramic class in '78 --a turkey with turkey napkin rings. I have a few Jim Shore Thanksgiving pieces and put them out for the holiday and then the pilgrim candles. All memory filled.... Martha Stewart specials from way back are great---I used to be such a fan of hers. I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. ♥

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    1. Hi Martha Ellen! Thank you ever so much for visiting today. I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving Day!

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  8. I love your colorful flock...:)
    Have a wonderful family time at Thanksgiving.

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    1. Hi sweet BJ! I have so enjoyed your blog recently and my dear....your Bunco party looked so festive! You have such a flair for happiness! Blessings!!!

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  9. So cool!!! Love the big ceramic one...is he Fitz & Floyd?? I so love all my collections. No turkeys but I do have others and it always warms my heart to get everything out and "remember". I worry sometimes, because I have all sons and they don't always get the sentimentality of some of our stuff. I have been making lists of things that are important to me and came from my mom's house too....so that my daughter in laws will, hopefully, one day know what to keep and what to pitch.......

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  10. You have a beautiful collection!

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