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    Creative Collections | Fall 2012 Out Here Magazine

    Don't keep your collectibles boxed up; display them for all to see

    dining room with collections displayed on the walls
    Judy Bradford showcases her flower-shaped pottery vases on glass shelves on either side of a picture window in her breakfast room.
    Out Here

    By Jodi Helmer

    Photography by Meg McKinney

    Judy Bradford has always had an eye for pretty things.

    Growing up, Judy admired colorful pottery vases on display at a friend's home. When she received two of the flower-shaped vases as a gift from her friend, Judy began her first collection.

    More than two decades later, Judy has collected upwards of 60 McCoy petal vases, which are shaped like tulips, hyacinths, chrysanthemums, and other spring flowers, and were hand painted, giving each one its own unique color combinations.

    "They are so bright and cheerful and I just love looking at them," Judy says. "When I started collecting them, I displayed them in the windowsills all over the house."

    As her collection grew, she devised other ways to creatively display the vintage pieces in her Elkmont, Ala., home.

    Besides hanging shelving on either side of a window to display her pottery, she grouped a collection of more than 30 McCoy and other antique wall pockets on her wall for visual impact.

    Judy also displays her antique pottery flowerpots together behind glass-front cabinets in the breakfast room loosely grouped according to color.

    "When you collect things, it's important to have a place to put them out for show," she says. "Keeping the collection together makes more of a statement than scattering bits and pieces all over the house."

    Indeed, even the wall color she painted throughout the living spaces in her house was specifically chosen to complement all of their collections.

    As Judy scoured antiques stores for McCoy vases to add to her collection, she found other interesting pieces that captured her attention, including wall pockets, antique compacts, needlepoint, antique furniture and transferwear. She also collects beaded handbags made by Whiting Davis.

    Collectibles shouldn't be just for show, Judy says. She carries the purses on special occasions and wears the small makeup compacts as vintage necklaces, showing off their decorative enamelwork with her other antique jewelry.

    The delicate purses are difficult to showcase, so she purchased hat racks and hanging shelves with hooks to hang the purses; when she needed even more space to display her handbag collection, she installed latticework in the living room and hung purses on the wall. She also uses her collection of porcelain hands to "hold" the purses.

    "Each little handbag is such a pretty piece and I can hang them just about anywhere," she explains.

    Collectibles shouldn't be just for show, Judy says. She carries the purses on special occasions and wears the small makeup compacts as vintage necklaces, showing off their decorative enamelwork with her other antique jewelry.

    As her passion for collecting grew, Judy even managed to get her husband, Jerry, involved. In the 1980s, she started a collection of die cast cars made by Franklin Mint and Danbury Mint for her husband.

    "He's so hard to shop for," she explains. "When I found something he liked, I just kept buying them."

    Judy started giving the collectible cars to Jerry for Christmas and his birthdays more than 25 years ago. Today, his collection tops 100 cars, which are on display in the family room on an illuminated antique bookshelf.

    The couple also collects antique advertising signs from automotive and gas companies, which speak to Jerry's passion for cars. The signs hang in a shop on their property where Jerry restores antique cars.

    Judy loves scouring antiques stores, not only for vintage items, but for classic pieces she and Jerry refinish, reupholster, or re-do as gifts for their family. And if she happens to find something that fits her home, well, she knows how to display it.

    Jodi Helmer is a North Carolina writer.

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