Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Beachy Vintage

Once again, I have some of my favorite things to share for Coloradolady's Vintage Thingie Thursdays.  We have two bathrooms on our main floor and we call them the fish bathroom and the bird bathroom.  Neither of them get a lot of use, so I can decorate with all my little collections and they aren't in any one's way.  The fish bathroom is painted a pale turquoise, and stenciled with white squares topped by dark turquoise seashell stamps.  The sink area, back of the toilet, top of the medicine cabinet and the wall shelves have ocean related items.  I like to collect things that are a bit campy, just short of tacky (at least to my eyes). 

These two small shelves came from Target.  I liked them because of their size and I thought matching white shelves would allow you to see the treasures and not notice the shelves. 
You can see I have a variety of ages and values on my little shelves.  The top shelf contains a beaded starfish that I carefully unsewed from a purse my sister was throwing away, driftwood with barnacles that I picked up on a beach, a couple of McDonald's Happy Meal toys, a shell man with a paper guitar, a sand dollar wedding favor, and a shell.  The bottom shelf has a starfish, a little shell black girl with a slice of watermelon, a painted face shell, some vintage sunglasses, and another piece of driftwood.  The little black girl is one of my favorites, and I'm glad I was able to bring her home and keep her safe. 
Here's the little girl close up.  I bought her from a man who had purchased a box lot at an auction.  There were several expensive items in the boxes, and I think he wondered why I wanted her.  But he sold her to me for 75 cents, and I was happy.

The top shelf on this unit features a very large sand dollar, another star fish, a seahorse carved into a shell, a Van Briggle flower frog and Flounder, also from McDonald's.  On the lower shelf, there is a china young lady, who is visiting the beach (she is carrying a suitcase), two pelicans on their driftwood perch, a shell turtle, a set of shell violet earrings and pin, and a little souvenir bottle that my son bought me in Florida. 

Hope you have enjoyed a partial tour of my fish bathroom.  Don't forget to visit Vintage Thingie Thursday and see all the other fabulous finds that people share. 



  1. Cindi, I remember those little shell girls, they are so sweet. And I certainly remember those happy meal toys, I am sure somewhere, we still have lots of those!! Your shelves and displays are really pretty. Happy VTT!!

  2. I love everything beachy! I need to find a mermaid to put among my shells! Hugs! ♥

  3. Your beachy shelves are so cute! Your daffodils on your header are so pretty and cheerful. Happy VTT!

    Susan and Bentley

  4. This is very cute. You have them arranged so well!

  5. I love all your treasures, such fun! xxx

  6. They are so cute. I love campy items too. ~~Sherry~~

  7. I like the girl with the blue bonnet!

  8. Your vignettes are so much fun, I love the little shell girl and that you have Happy Meal toys in there.

  9. Love the beachy theme. Such a fun vignette.