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Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012. . .Excess Baggage!

No New Year Resolutions here On Crooked Creek;
however there seems to be quite a bit of excess baggage that certainly needs to be dealt with!

2012 . . . Excess Baggage!

The excess baggage in this post refers to my vintage luggage or suitcase collection.

The baggage shown above is a Samsonite Train Case and Overnight Bag similar to the ones my maternal grandmother, Susie used when she traveled from Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri to Garden Grove, California to visit her youngest daughter, Norma Jean. Grandma Ford called her baggage her "grip"!

A vintage brown, hard shell suitcase with leather edges and a paper interior called an Overnight or Satchel.

Another vintage brown, Samsonite overnight suitcase complete with keys!

From t o o many Christmases past, was the gift of a three ~ piece red Samsonite Suitcase set. Each suitcase closed and then fit nicely inside the other. The largest, called the weekender; the medium size, called traveler; and finally the smallest, called the overnighter. The only remaining piece of my luggage is the overnighter and being in terrible array...I decoupaged it to conceal its battle scars.

. . . and sometimes excess baggage is put on display.

From On Crooked Creek. . .
no resolutions. . .
just excess baggage in the form of vintage luggage  collections!
                                                       Happy New Year!

Until next time. . .
On Crooked Creek is joining our dear hostess, Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday! I do hope you'll drop in and see all the lovely vignettes  from other bloggers for inspiration in your own home decor.


Leslie's Garden said...

That's a nice collection you have. I love the last picture with the little mittens and ornaments. So cute.

Babs said...

Now that's the kind of excess baggage to have. Love how you use them for your vignettes. It's great that you have the cream color/beige Samsonite..I had that orangey brown color...high school graduation present. Thanks for sharing your vintage luggage collection.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what a wonderful collection.

podso said...

Wow that luggage looks way too familiar to be "vintage." We have some of those pieces in our attic! Funny how suitcase styles come and go just like clothes or anything else!

Happy New Year Pat!

labbie1 said...

Oh my! You called it her grip! Haven't heard that term in a long time! :)

I love the way you decoupaged the red case. So cute!

And you have suitcases WITH KEYS???? Wow!!!!

Nice excess baggage!


I have a couple of Samsonite suitcases from me from the 60's that my daughter Alexandra took to her apartment years ago and I'm glad, otherwise I would've dropped it in the trash! I love your last pic with the ornies and the mittens, so cute and vintage. You cracked me up with your comment about my curtain-tablecloth, you gave me a good laugh! Happy New Year sweet lady, the best for you!

Kathleen said...

I have no luggage! I got rid of it when we moved. We don't travel, so I just have a LeSortsac duffle for the occasional overnight.
So in that respect, no excess baggage. But let's not talk about excess dishes, etc!
Happy 2012!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

My sister had a three piece set of the white Samsonite. I borrowed a case to use as my "goin' to the hospital birthin' bag" in 1964.:-) I wonder what ever happened to that luggage.

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, I love seeing your excess baggage! Love your sweet vignette you've set up!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

What a fun collection! I think it is awesome, and I remember those suitcases. Great job showcasing them.

Carey's Farmhouse Kitchen said...


Thanks for leaving a comment over on my blog. I do try and visit other blogs even if I can't comment on all of them. I love your vintage suitcases. I really like your wonderland tablescape. I love blue, white and silver snowflakes. You'll have to visit me again soon, I have a new mantel to reveal soon. :)


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I absolutely love old suitcases so I was glued to this post!! So gorgeous!! They just have a feeling of nostalgia and romance somehow. LOVELY!!

Happy New Year hugs to you,


bj said...

I had a set, too...graduation present. I wish I still had it but it went into a garage sale many years ago. booo hoooo
Love all your pieces.
xo bj

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

the pieces you choose are terrific as are the displays in them. I need to start looking for a few luggage pieces for my room.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Lovely, Pat! I like the way you have used them in your Christmas decor! I hope your 1012 is off to a great start! Happy Saturday...hugs...Debbie

Chubby N Chieque said...

I smiled when I saw your post.

I have a visitor from Singapore that jus arrived today and she related what she encountered while checking in, "Baggage, EXCESS"...

An absolutely, awesome treasures to have.

Happy TTT,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your vignettes are just soooooo fun and so pretty. I love the way you use the old luggage. Great displays. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty