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This past weekend was perfect.  The weather could not have been more beautiful, sunny days with clear blue skies.  Another reprieve from the inevitable rainy season and for that I was thankful.  We took advantage of Saturday afternoon to drive north of Eugene to the historic town of Coburg, Oregon.  There are many antique shops in Coburg and, thankfully, they were all having a 25% off sale!  This was our second trip there.  If you’ll recall, we came home last time with some wonderful finds!

We decided that whatever we found in the way of antiques had to be an “oh, wow!” for both of us…and, of course, had to fit the budget.  Both of us fell in love with a few 1930’s floor cabinet radios that had been totally reburbished to accept ipods and play the music through the radios.  Each of the radios had an amazing sound and definitely brought back memories of a radio my family had many years ago.  The sounds of the big band era filled the antique shop and we loved it.  Unfortunately, the radios didn’t fit the budget!

I fell in love with a beautiful, oak 4 drawer J. C. Coates thread cabinet.  Perfect condition, but I refused to pay $400 for it.  Although, checking out eBay, that seems to be the going rate.  Nevertheless, I’ll keep looking and will, hopefully, find one just like it that will fit my budget.

We came home with some wonderful finds that each of us really liked.  First of all, a 1700’s (supposedly…it does look very old) antique yarn winder with the square pegs.  I commented to the macho logger tree farmer that “Oh, good!  Now I can wind my yarn”!  He looked at me and said “Honey!  Did you check the date?!  Don’t think so!”  This will look very nice situated on the ledge above in my studio/workroom…and much too inaccesible to even tempt me to use it!

Antique yarn winder, supposedly dating back to the 1700’s, but definitely the 1800’s.

 I will be using the antique glass rolling pin I happened to find!  I will fill it with ice and keep my dough chilled just like the cooks who possessed this rolling pin did many years ago.  I have no idea if the cap on the pin is original, although I doubt it.  I wasn’t able to find any information about it online.  The glass does look very old with the bubbles and imperfections you’d expect.  Wonder what stories it could tell?

antique glass rolling pin

We were both excited to find this amazing 1922 New Home treadle sewing machine in such perfect condition.  It even has all the attachments and the machine manual!  I’m tempted to see if I can sew on it.  I know Mama had one of these many years ago and sewed my sisters’ clothes on it.  Mama would have loved all of these…

1922 New Home treadle sewing machine…

5 Responses to Back to Coburg…

  • Sharon says:

    My mother had a White treadle sewing machine which had belonged to her grandmother–I learned to sew on it–I remember that if you I didn’t rock the treadle just right on starting that the thread broke.
    I have two beautiful late model sewing machine–more bells and whistles than I can figure out to use–but I doubt my work is any better than that produced on these old treadle machines.

  • Janet says:

    That sewing machine looks pretty impressive! My sewing machine is a New Home brand — but much newer, of course. What is the advantage of using a rolling pin that can hold ice? Does the dough roll out better if it is kept cold?

  • Dianne says:

    What wonderful memories, Sharon, that you learned to sew on one of these! The sewing machine I use now is newer, of course, but I’m hoping for one later with more bells and whistles on it! I’d love one that would do embroidery…especially with 5 little granddaughters! (Don’t think my 3 grandsons would care for embroidery though.)

    Janet, remember the recipes that say “chill dough before rolling out”? Especially those sugar cookies at Christmas? This will be perfect for that and especially pie dough!

  • Angela says:

    Those are some amazing finds! I love the glass rolling pin. Even if the cap isn’t original, it looks old and unique. My granny had a Singer sewing machine like that. My mom has it now. I love those old machines. It’s amazing the instructions and attachments are there! I never heard of “New Home”. I love it!

    Peace, Angela

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