Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Games People Play

Game pieces.  I love them.  I collect them.  I probably have too many of them. 


There is something about old game pieces that appeals to me.  Probably a bit of nostalgia because when I grew up playing a game meant gathering around a board game or getting out a deck of cards. 

I have picked up numerous game pieces at thrift stores and antique malls.  I have them displayed in glass containers or I use them as embellishements for some of my craft projects.

I have several sets of dominoes, some old.....

















Some not so old.....




Checkers have been around forever.  These wood pieces have seen alot of use....




These old chess pieces were found at a thrift store in a weathered wood box.....


Before Legos, Tinker Toys were the popular building blocks.....


Bingo has always been a favorite.....


Or how about a game of Flinch.  This particular card game has been around a long time.  This set is dated 1913.....


I'm linking tonight with two of my favorite parties....Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday and Suzanne @ Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday.  Go check out the parties and enjoy all of the thrifty and/or vintage items.

Happy Thursday,

Jane

53 comments:

  1. Jane I love your game pieces. What a wonderful collection. And what a great collection to start :-) I'll be keeping my eye out for some nifty game pieces.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  2. Ohhhh....love old game pieces. I just posted on craigslist for scrabble tiles and received an old set. I was delighted!

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  3. I collect dice and marbles. I love how they look in my cabinet together. I've also got a small collection of Scrabble tiles to craft with. They look so pretty in a jar.

    You have a LOT of game pieces. I'm impressed!

    Have a great day Jane!!

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  4. Jane, you have a wonderful collection of some awesome game pieces!

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  5. Oh now aren't those just darling! I haven't thought of collecting these little treasures, but now I see such potential. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your game pieces collection. You have quite a few. I love the dominos in the jar. Have to try that. I love wooden game pieces. They are all plastic now. Wish I would have kept some of mine from childhood. I do have my Monopoly game and Scrabble game.
    Love those red dominos too.

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  7. What a fun hobby ... oh dear, that was an unintended pun but very apt. I love the patina of all of them and they would look gorgeous displayed. I'm going to keep an eye out from now on too.

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  8. Jane,
    You have a fabulous collection...my fav is the "TINKER TOYS"...soooo many memories:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  9. Love the TInker Toys my sons played with them.
    We used to play Chinese Checkers with painted quandong pits! Quandongs are an Aussie native fruit, my Mum made jam with it.I wish I had one of those old checker sets still!

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  10. What a great collection Jane! I love them all but to have found the tinker toys... your so lucky, they are awesome! I love the patina and colors on them. I have that exact flinch set, I use the numbers from it I love the graphics on them and I'm drawn to numbers like a moth to a flame! ~ Theresa

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  11. Nice collection of game pieces. The tinkertoys sure bring back memories. I played with those for hours and would build something fantastic, then my brother would come along and crush it!LOL
    I love how you display them.

    Sissie

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  12. Great collections!! Flooded me with plenty of fun little memories, too.

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  13. Some of my favorite games!! No Scrabble pieces?? I am still a game player and my daughters and I can get very competitive at times!! My best friend from college and I still have scrabble tournaments once a year when we get together on Cape Cod or in Fla...and we keep an ongoing score from year to year (and we are still neck and neck!!)

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  14. Mmm, don't know why I didn't think of putting the pieces in jars to display. Yeah, something else I can add to my restyled shelves. Thanks for the great idea!

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  15. Jane I love these!! I used to play Flinch with my grandmother when I was growing up! She always beat my tail! lol

    Love the red domonios, heck, I love it all!!

    I need to move closer to you so we can be BFFs and you can teach me stuff!!

    Have a great day!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  16. Hi Jane,
    I love old game pieces, too. They look so smart displayed in an old jar or used in jewelry. Those were the good old days, spending the evening around a board game with the family. It seems nowadays it's hard to get the kids to stop using their portable devices and cel phones long enough for some good old fashioned family fun.

    Great post.
    Kelly
    Second Hand Chicks

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  17. What a wonderful thing to collect, they don't take up alot of space and how wonderful they look in jar's, like the tinker toys with all the color. I have to say I pick them up when I can ,but i never find a alot of them at one time it's usually a piece here and a piece there.I use mine in craft projects and scrapbooking. You do have a great collect.

    Hugs,
    Melissa

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  18. What an awesome collection!!!

    I, too, love game pieces and have my own mini collection going on.

    I plan on pulling all of them out and displaying them.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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  19. I love the dominoes in the glass container, Jane! Board games were the entertainment available when I was a kid and I feel that same nostalgia when I see certain ones.

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  20. Just read your comment...and I am sending you a "domino necklace" I made! Email me your addy: stampinpatti@aol.com

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  21. Hi Jane,
    What a great collection of vintage games, I used to love to play dominoes with my Nana but never played checkers or chess. Thanks for popping over to Normandy again, your visits always brighten my day.
    ~Maggie~

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  22. You are always so creative and have the best ideas!

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  23. My grandfather's domino set was exactly like the black-with-white-spots one you have there! Thank you, you transported me right back to when I was knee high to a Brussels Sprout!

    Nearly thirty years later, I can still remember what they felt like in my hands!

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  24. A great collection that can be used and enjoyed today...I love the tinker toys they were fun to build with. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment about my craft room.

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  25. Hi Jane,
    We were a game loving family too when I was growing up. Your collection of game pieces is awesome. Of course bingo was always my favorite game to play, but I was always up for any one. Oh yeah...I was always a sore loser too.lol
    hugs

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  26. Wow! Nice collection. I haven't seen tinker toys for a while. Spent hours playing with them when I was a kid...

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  27. I used to have a Flinch game and some other card games. I wish I had saved them.

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  28. What great game pieces...I love that they used to be crafted not just plastic like they are now. Great displays!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  29. What a collection you have! I see games pieces totally different now that I have seen your display of them. I'll be on the lookout for sure now.

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  30. Hi Jane,
    What a fun collection you have. I well remember the tinker toys my sons had growing up,they were well played with. I love hoy you display them. Happy VTT,have a wonderful weekend.

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  31. Hi Jane! Well, I had never heard of Flinch until I started blogging! I love the look of the cards, and I've got my eyes pealed now for a game of my own. Those game pieces look so amazing the way you have some in a jar, or in a box. And of course we all know that the crafting possibilities are endless! Great pictures of your game pieces!
    Happy VTT!
    Carol

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  32. Hi Jane,

    What a nice collection of game pieces you have.
    they look really cool out on display. Thanks for sharing them.

    Debbie

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  33. Cute idea-displaying old game pieces! Love the red dominoes-that's a first for me! :)

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  34. Hi sweet Jane!


    What a beautiful , whimsical collection. One that conjures up many found memories or days past, simple times,fun days. I LOVE how you have displayed your pieces! Great work!


    Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

    Leigh

    Tales from Bloggertiaville

    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  35. Fun collection, so fun to decorate with! Oh, the possibilities...

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  36. Those red dominoes are my favorite. In fact, I'm wearing red and black today - - - maybe I could just string those into a necklace - - - -

    ;-)

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  37. I love the red & black dominoes--I've never seen any in those colors before. I love game pieces too!

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  38. You know, I would never have thought to collect things like this. You are so clever!!! I am always so excited to see what you have going on here. Thanks for giving me something else to look out for!
    (Hug)
    Mary Lou

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  39. A great collection of vintage games. I remember most of them. I enjoyed seeing some of them again and woke up memories.

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  40. I never see beautiful game pieces when I am out thrifting. What a grand collection.

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  41. Oh Jane,
    I love you old games! The tinker toys brought memories back of playing at my Grandparents homes! Thank you... Dee Dee

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  42. I love the tinker toys in the big jar. Really fun post!

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  43. What a wonderful collection of game pieces. Where do you display those little gems?

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  44. Fun post!

    We have some old games too.

    thanks for coming by

    blessings

    barbara jean
    PS you can do the valentine envelopes out of any shaped doily. Give it a try.

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  45. wonderful collection of game pieces. sorry I am so late, I want to throw my computer in the street.....Happy VTT!

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  46. I love this game post Jane. My family loves to play games, and I love the look of vintage game pieces too. Thanks for sharing all these great photos.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  47. I remember many of those game pieces from when I was a child. What memories. They make a great collection! Thank you for sharing. Thank you too, for visiting junkblossoms. We hope you will come back soon.

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  48. Jane, you will have to let me know when your Mother's church has their bazaar.

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  49. How interesting to see the old pieces as they compare to the newer ones. Fun!

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  50. That is quite a collection! I loved playing with Tinker Toys, and Lincoln Logs when I was a kid. Fun post!

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  51. Hi Jane, you have the most wonderful collections. My kids have a wooden chess/checkers set that is shoved in their cupboard. Its not old but now I am thinking I might just grab all those wooden pieces and put them in a jar on display in my tv room that's decorated with a lot of red and black. :) HOpe all is well with you and your family. Thanks for your visits. Blessings, Tammy

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  52. Lovin' the tinkertoys and the red dominoes, Jane! I also love collecting the old game pieces!
    Your buffet looks just gorgeous!
    ox
    Christina

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  53. Oh I am drooling - I need all of these for our playroom - Love them all...simply gorgeous {to me vintage anything can be gorgeous - even game pieces} Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy reading all of your comments!