10. Clara’s Kitsch

July 12 is the first anniversary of when we buried Clara and cancelled the auction of Apple Hill Cottage. So Clara, this one’s for you…)

Hello Readers,

Today we are trying something new. Reader interaction! Most of Clara’s Treasures that she sold in the Gazebo Tree House (you should read the first post–Apple Hill Cottage : the Story here) were taken away by the auctioneer when the house was being cleaned out and readied for auction. But not all! I’m undecided about what to keep and what to toss, so you get to vote! Below are pictures of some of her Kitschy Treasures. (I am decidedly NOT a seventies fan, so this is especially difficult for me.) So with your help, we can figure this out. Look at the items, read the captions, then get busy and vote. You can leave comments, too!

Clara was from Colton, a small town in California outside of San Bernardino. She met Joe, a soldier from Pine Bank, and when they married, he brought her to Greene County. Talk about culture shock! This is on the wall outside by the door.

Clara had all sorts of plaques, signs, and wooden shelves. This one was hanging above the pantry door, where else?

I think I saw something very similar to this switch plate at Anthropologie… Well, not quite…

The color don't go with our day-core… We saw a red one for sale in a shoppe for $60.

The color don’t go with our day-core… We saw a red one for sale in a shoppe for $60.

There are two of these wooden butterflies on the chicken coop–one on each corner. I don’t know, could they be painted up?

This is on the outside of the house by the front door.

This is also on the outside by the front door. I took down the high one above the door–I was afraid it might fall on someone’s head. That would really be bad luck!

This is a cast iron shelf with a metal towel bar underneath, about 15″ long. The colors are bad in this photo, but it’s orange, of course. Her favorite color. Paint it? Ditch it?

Okay, ladies and gentlemen, Go to it! The Poll is below. You may vote for as many as you like, and the poll stays open until Sept. 30, 2012. Have fun!

13 thoughts on “10. Clara’s Kitsch

  1. I’m torn about both the orange phone and the pantry sign. I personally love the phone and think you should keep it, and the pantry sign seems a little boring. But, I think the pantry sign probably goes with the rest of your decor more than the phone. It would also be more unobtrusive than a bright orange out of date phone.


    • Since I took their pictures and posted about them, they are all growing on me too! Love your store! Been there twice now for eggs and blueberries. This is the first year in 20 years that I haven’t planted flowers. Next year…


  2. I voted – but they will all remind you of Clara and Joe and bring fond memories. Put them in unexpected places as “art” and they will bring smiles to all who are clever enough to enjoy the humor :) Especially love the phone – could it live in the bathroom? by the wc?


  3. A phone in the bathroom! I like that idea, Diane. It would make me feel like I was in a hotel room. And I still say you should keep a section of the kitchen wallpaper and frame it. Put it near the phone to complete the 70s/orange theme.


  4. i voted for the owl switch plate! so cute- i think that exact one sells at anthropologie (could be fun in the garage too…) i also really love the shelf that sits under it. maybe more useful by the front door?


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