Dishes, Dishes, Dishes

Did I mention we have dishes? Here are a few pictures of what we have.

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Don’t be Late, Save the Date!

Mad Hat Making Class

Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm


Saturday, February 17, 2018  @ 11:00 am



Become a Mad Hatter by making your own crazy hat.

 Contact: Aunt Elsie’s, Phone: 801-561-5557


Tea Leaf Reading only

Saturday, February 18, 2017 @ Noon -2


Contact: Aunt Elsie’s, Phone: 801-561-5557

Gift Idea for the Tea Enthusiasts

Is it Junque or Junk?

Written by Dennis Barker January, 2018

Junque. I guess it’s a term that supposedly endows an object with an appealing quality or “je ne sais quoi” (a quality that cannot be described or named easily.) However more often than not, it’s seems to be a descriptor used to slap a little lipstick on a pig.  Junque or junk….. I’ve found the words are often synonymous having been junking ( a term my wife Lyn finds pejorative, and sometimes turns out to be true. For almost 30 years, and I’ve at least picked up enough of the stuff to know it when I see it. Although I do it myself, I don’t know why we buy these things. My usual excuse, “It was cheap”, admits the truth of its value. But we find ourselves at an estate sale looking at the rusty $1.00 spice tin in our hand. Junk is insidious. It accumulates like expired groceries in our cupboards. It breeds like rabbits, populating our homes with layer atop of layer of clutter, turning us into a helpless hoarder and mocking our resolve to sweep it away. We’ve become a culture of junkaholics.

Junk is of course, easy to recognize, if we admit to our ailment. We have to get over the notion, that the quality of being old, in itself, imbues an object with value. The world teems with old worthless stuff. If you can gather up a boxful of anything at Saturday morning yard sales, you can be pretty sure it is junk. If it’s only a buck or two at the flea market, but you think you can triple your money, walk away, it’s junk. If it is marked 75% off at an antiques shop, RUN AWAY, even the dealers mother knows it is junk. If it has made its way into a box lot at an auction, it is probably not a sleeper, just a piece of junk sharing a bed with its brothers. Moreover, if it is newly made in an antique style, offered as “collectible” it is the worst kind of junk.

Old, doesn’t necessarily mean collectible, Commonplace is commonplace, regardless of an objects age. Antiques and collectible objects are accumulated not only because of age, but to fulfill an intellectual curiosity, aesthetic bent, financial goal. Or in some way satisfy an emotional need to reconnect with our past. How could a rusty spice tin or set of Corelle dinnerware ever meet any of these criteria’s?

Look what has arrive as of 1-24-2018

Chairs 1680-1890

While the designs of early American chairs resemble closely their contemporary European counterparts, small details quickly established themselves as the marks of certain localities. It is thus often possible to ascribe accurate provenances to early pieces, and confirm them from the detailed records of their possessions that many families were in the habit of keeping.

      Govenor BradfordChair 1640              William and Mary armchair 1720

Spring has sprung come in to see

St. Valentines day Decorations are at Aunt Elsie’s

Cabinets 1865-1900

Traditional Cabinet styles continued to be made right through the 19th century. Most of the fine American cabinets were in various revived styles, notably Italian Renaissance. With the assistance of machines, craftsmen were able to turn out substantial quantities of superbly, inlaid and mounted pieces, following the overall patterns of originals but not in slavish imitations.


A Renaissance Revival parlor cabinet 1865