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A Fun Collection and a Sweet Surprise in the Mail...

I have a lot of collections, many of which I have already shared here on my blog...   dog collectibles , tole trays , old books , chocolate covered cherry boxes  , silverplateold floral paintings
You can visit those posts by clicking on the links.  But today I'm going to share a collection you might not expect...vintage sporting goods!  We use them to decorate in our porch, and at the lake, which is done in more of a lodge style with lots of vintage fishing equipment! 

In a old boat half, converted to shelves, there are some old sports trophies...

Sports ephemera is always fun...

I love to pair old sports goodies with my vintage game collection... I don't pass up old tennis rackets...

or croquet mallets (the chippier the better) and badminton rackets...

I just love finding goodies like these when I'm out treasure hunting! On my next post, I'll share some of the collection at the lake!   I'm looking forward to seeing some of the other collections at the party!  Thanks for hosting, Suzanne!

Today in the mail, I received the most wonderful surprise from my sweet friend Donna of My Shabby Chateau
It was wrapped with crinkled seam binding and a charming vintage get well card!  I am finally over the flu/cold that plagued me for a couple of weeks!

Look what she made for me!  Such a charming collage!!  She made it on a book back cover with such cute elements!

I LOVE this little pug with its sparkly crown and collar...

so many cute pieces!

This piece sure made me SMILE!  Thank you SO much, Donna...I couldn't love it more, my friend!

Until next time...


  1. Another great collection of vintage finds.
    Love your mail surprise!
    Wishing you a wonderful day.
    Hugs, Sharon

  2. Another great vintage collection! They are all such nice items. Hope everyday brings you a surprise in the mail!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Gift Card Giveaway!! Hometalk has said if I get 500 entries, they will increase the Gift Card to $100.

  3. Look at all your good stuff, Linda! Those tennis rackets are pretty great. I don't really have much for collections...a few ironstone pitchers is about it. I think that an old globe collection would be nice to start though.

    xo Tricia

  4. Linda so glad you are feeling better. I love all the old sporting items and I know my Mr. Tennis would covet those old rackets. What a special get well gift - each and every aspect of it is sweet. Stay well! Ann

  5. I see stuff like this all the time, and I never look twice at it. Now that I have seen how great it looks in your house, I have a whole new opinion. I especially love the rackets and mallets ... They're so cool!

    I'm glad you linked up to Suzanne's today, because now I have found you and I can see what else is here. Woo hoo!!

  6. Your vintage sports equipment looks like the perfect thing with which to decorate a lake house!

  7. Hi Linda, I love your wonderful collection and how you have it all displayed in your porch. I use some sports memorabilia and vintage games to decorate in my family room, it's so fun to collect :) Chat soon, Laurel

  8. You have some great collections, Linda. Wish I could find some affordable trophies.

  9. I love the balls and the tennis rackets. I also like vintage game boards and think they make great graphic displays.

  10. What a sweet surprise you received, glad you're feeling better. I love the way you're displaying all your sports related treasures.

  11. Love your collections. The sports equipment and trophies are wonderful!

  12. What great collection, Linda! I especially love the trophies. And I am so happy that you love your collage! I had alot of fun making it for you:)

  13. Your vintage sporting goods collection is very cool. I love the photo of the tennis rackets on the wall. And all the baseballs.

  14. How lovely of you to leave a message on my post. What a wonderful collection you have.

  15. I'm so glad you're feeling better. What a lovely friend you have. The only sports thing I have is an old croquet set that we used when we were kids.

  16. Oh what fun! Love the sports stuff! And the bulldog!
    Hugs, Lisa

  17. Hey lady! :) I adore your vintage sports stuff, but I have to tell ya that terrarium has my heart! I LOVE it! :)
    Have a beautiful day!

  18. Dear Linda,
    Glad you are better- my nose is still running........
    I love your old balls and tennis rackets-never see such things in fleamarkets here.
    And such a sweet greeting from your friend- the little collage is so funny and cute.

  19. I love your collections!

    Your pugs in their woolies are gorgeous :)

    Glad you are feeling better.


  20. I'm glad you are finally feeling better, the little surprise in the mail is probably what did it!
    You have some great vintage sports equipment! Good for you, you are quite the collector, Minnesota must be a good place for that kind of thing.
    Hugs, Cindy

  21. Oh girl, I L O V E your collections!! Thanks for sharing!=)

  22. Ah, that first pic is what I refer to as "the unexpected." And it's a fantastic idea!

  23. Hey sweet friend!
    Love all these great
    pieces that make your
    lake place special. I also
    have an old tennis racket
    and golf clubs mixed in
    with my walking sticks.
    So fun! Thanks for joining
    in on my first blog party
    and letting us take a peek
    at this great collection, Linda!
    xx Suzanne

  24. All of your wonderful vintage sports equipment is fascinating! I love the baseballs in the table top greenhouse! What a great combination.

  25. I love your sports collections! I come running any time I even read the WORD collections! Lol! Now you've got me looking at old baseballs in a whole new light! And your gift froma friend was lovely! Glad to hear you're feeling better. Vanna

  26. I can tell you are a pro. Great collections.

  27. I love the sports collection, those old baseballs are very cool. The cute little pugs not to mention are the best!

  28. Such a lovely collection for your porch.

    I am coming over from Suzanne's at Privet and Holly.

    Glenda (link #27)

  29. You always have such special collections, it's one of the things I love most about visiting your blog! And your sports collection is wonderful! I love old baseballs, maybe because I played so much as a little kid.

    What a lovely gift from your friend, and I'm glad to hear that you are finally feeling better!

    Kat :)

  30. Lucky you! What a nice surprise. You have some great collections. Mimi

  31. TONS OF TREASURES! How's your summer? OURS IS HOT!!!! HUGS!

  32. I LOVE the old game board!! I havetwo or three of them and have been trying to figure out the best place to make a wall display. Either the family room, or up the staircase.

  33. Oh wow, I LOVE your collection and I adore that house...and oh my gosh, I love your collage from Donna and I can't believe there's a dog on it!!! Is she clever and talented or what? It put a huge smile on my face.
    Wishing you a happy weekend!!!

  34. Hi Linda,
    Old sports equipment makes for a great collection. I love how you have everything displayed...I especially love those old trophies!

  35. Love all your treasures Linda!!
    Donna's gift to you is just beautiful!!! Oh so romantic too!
    Great post!

    Pamela xo


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