Retro Globe and Vintage SuitcaseTable (or How Old is Your Globe?)

June 18, 2014

Today I want to share with you two of my favorite things: vintage suitcases and retro globes. They just happen to be two of my latest thrifting finds.



I picked up this vintage 1950's Cygnet suitcase at Goodwill for $3.99. Did I need it? No.  Did I love it? Yes.  I loved it because of it's creamy color.  While I have a growing collection of vintage suitcases, they're all various shades of brown. This one is, I think, special for two reasons.  One reason is the color, and the other is that it's British!  Yes, Cygnet luggage is made in the U.K.  

{Cygnet means young swan.  Who knew?}


See the picture of the swan?  I found similar ones on Etsy and eBay for between $70 and $90.  Call me crazy but I think I got the good deal.

In the past I used another suitcase as an end table on this same base (an old piano bench which I repurposed here). I switched out the brown suitcase for this one and I really, really like it!

Now for the globe.


I'm not sure when my "collection" of globes really started, but suffice it to say that it did!  I had a globe very similar to this one when I was growing up.  I picked it up at an estate sale and couldn't have been happier.  I paid all of $7.00 for it. Not too long ago I was at a very popular antique and flea market when I saw a globe I liked.  The guy was asking $25-$35.  It was not in as good condition as this one and I hesitated to buy it. Now I'm glad I waited.


It's not too, too old ~ I've dated it to 1999 so it's 15 years old.  That must be why it's in such good shape.  It's made by the premiere globe maker, Replogle Globes.  If you go to their website they have a chart entitled "How Old is Your Globe?" which can help you pinpoint the age of your globe.  I thought it would be interesting to try to figure out how old all my other globes are. But that's for another day.

Here's another one from my collection.

 
You can read about the mission end table transformation here.
 
I do think the new addition to my globe collection and the suitcase side table make a good pair, don't you?




 
 
 
It's a bit less blurry when I size it a bit smaller, below.
 
 
I'm not sure where this vintage suitcase side table will go.  Unfortunately, I've been feeling very stifled creatively since the house is STILL for sale.  I'll probably have to wait for a later date before I actually get to use it somewhere around the house.
 
It still makes me smile, though.
 
Creamy white luggage from the U.K.
 
coupled with
 
a retro Replogle globe.
 
So,
 
how old is YOUR globe?
  
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Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

I love your finds! Wow, what a great deal on the vintage luggage! I gave away my globe! I know, what was I thinking? Clearly, I wasn't! Mine was my childhood globe, so it was really old! Vintage, like me! I love your vignettes; they're so pretty! You amaze me with your finds at Goodwill! Ours use Ebay to price items!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a great transformation - I've been looking for suitcases forever - don't seem to be any in my neck of the woods!
XOX

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love globes, Kathleen! I like the smaller sized ones the best. I'd love to get a collection together for our home office. My husband uses this room the most and I think globes can be a great décor accent in masculine rooms.

Cheryl Lawson said...

Hi Kathleen, Love your suitcase & globe table...so creative. My globe is so old that the Soviet Union is still on it!
Hugs,
Cheryl

sweetvintageofmine said...

Hello Kathleen, Thanks for finding and visiting my blog through Must Love Junk! I think that U.K. suitcase is a winner~~~Love it! I only have 1 unique, old, very small globe and it was a gift for my husband, and YES, I am a junker too!! Am looking forward to your posts of great finds~~~I'm right behind ya! You have a very lovely blog and I'm your newest follower~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

White Lace and Promises said...

What a find!!! Can't believe you got it for that price! What a steal! I love the color too. I'll trade you two red ones for the white:) I just did a post on two red ones I found. You did better than me.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The globe sitting on the suitcase on the table is perfect. Great deals!!
Had a world globe from the 60's, but don't remember what happened to it in all my moves.
Hope you get good news on your house sale soon.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I love the white suitcase table! You really did get an amazing deal on the suitcase. The globe looks great with it, too :)

Jeanette

lynn said...

i would love to find white/cream suitcases!! yours looks great on the table with your newest globe:) and you lace necklace in your shop is so adorable, kathleen!

Kdbug said...

I never knew how much I love globes until I saw that old globe. My husband may not like this, but I'm gonna have to start some sort of collection. I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party at IT'S A ginger SNAP.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I think they make a perfect team. Love the suitcase, you sure got a great deal. Thanks for the tip about the dating our globes.

Creative Dream said...

Great post! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

TQ Mom said...

What luck you got them both!

TQM hopping by and following/blogging Chopped Vegetable Salad Recipe

Kelly said...

I have that EXACT same globe in my 13 yr old sons room! It was handed down to him from his older brother. So, you're about right with the date on it. I'm mad though that my youngest son drew on it years ago. I got onto him immediately! So, it's no longer perfect. But it's just in one small area. I like your new luggage find! That was a steal!

The Charm of Home said...

Fantastic finds! I love them both and I love a travel theme! Thanks for linking with Home Sweet Home!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Great finds and I love the suitcase table.
xx,
Sherry

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Great finds and I love the suitcase table.
xx,
Sherry

Creative Dream said...

Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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