TTT Week 37 Vintage Finds

After being home-bound for a couple of weeks getting out to thrift was so much fun.

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Come see what I found.

Vera Bradley Medallion

Are you a Vera Bradley fan?  My daughter and I went through a phase where we bought a lot of Vera Bradley totes, purses, wallets, etc.

Vera Bradley Scarf

 I hadn’t bought anything in a few years until I found this brand new (tags attached and in original plastic bag) Medallion scarf at one of my favorite thrift stores.  The VB Medallion pattern retired in 2008.  It’s not really my style but my oldest daughter has her eye on it.

Angel Food Pan

This is a 1970’s Mirro aluminum angel food cake pan 5395M..  I had to look it up because I have never seen a square tube cake pan before.  This cake pan is getting a TST (Thrift Store Transformation).

Dresser Dish

 A mid-century aluminum hand wrought hammered Silverlook tray by Continental was a surprise find.  I was ready to leave the store empty-handed when I spied something silver-colored in a pile of junk.  It is more beautiful than the photo depicts.

Silver Bell

Don’t you wonder when you see an engraved silver gift at the thrift store how someone donated it.  This silver bell was most likely a gift given to Nancy and David on 7/6/1974 for a wedding or 25th Silver anniversary.  A sentimentalist (and self-professed hoarder) I keep every engraved silver item I receive.  My oldest keeper is a silver letter opener from my best friend in high school.  It was a thank you for being a bridesmaid in her wedding (never mind the year).   I open my mail with it every day.  Since the little silver bell isn’t mine it is on the way to the mall.

Entrance Street Sign

I was a bit surprised to see a road sign at the thrift store but I couldn’t pass up this metal entrance sign.  Not sure if it is a keeper or not.  My grandson seems partial to it.

CopperWall  Planter

Copper is selling well at the booth.  The other day a customer bought two copper shell molds just as I was unpacking them to display.  So when I saw this copper wall planter on the thrift store shelf this week into the cart it went.  I’m taking it to the mall this week.

Pink and Green Tablecloth

While visiting Chinatown in San Francisco in the 1980’s I remember seeing tablecloths like this one for sale.  This one in the thrift store was in a plastic bag (not sure if it is original) and it still has the tag showing it’s origin (China), size (72 X 90) and pieces (9).  It originally had eight napkins and the matching tablecloth but disappointingly the napkins are not in the bag.  It would be worth much more with the matching napkins but I still don’t expect it to last long at the booth.

Yardsticks and hats

Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned my collection of yardsticks.  I collected them long before all the cool kids did.  The blue DeKalb County Federal Saving & Loan Association yardstick is at least 22 years old since First Union Bank of Georgia acquired them in early 1993.  This yardstick came from a vendor in my antique mall and cost me more than I normally pay for a yardstick but the blue color and the fact it was from a former local bank drew me to it.


Normally, I buy my yardsticks in thrift stores.  The Viking Sewing Center and Westcott yardsticks are my most recent finds and they cost me next to nothing.   I collect rulers, too, weird I know.

Rhinestone Choker and Pin

This rhinestone pin and choker were in the case next to the register at a favorite thrift store.  They caught my eye as I checked out.  The cashier saw me looking at them and said “they are 99 cents each”.   So the rhinestone pin and choker joined my other vintage jewelry.

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  1. JaneEllen says:

    I know it’s not nice to be envious but I am anyway. Love all your finds, every doggoned one of them. That rhinestone pin and choker are exquisite. Lucky you. Just don’t find things like that in Grand Junction. Love square baking pan.
    There are some antique stores south of us in Delta and Montrose so think maybe some rainy midweek day we should take ride down there to see what they might have. Hopefully better than up here. Of course I’m sure there are lots of awesome antique stores in Denver but going over those mountains then back again is not my idea of a relaxing trip. Weather is very unpredictable any time of year. People drive like maniacs over those mountains, no thanks. There are lots of good stores, etc. in Denver but not good enuf to risk our lives for. We can drive down to Delta or Montrose and back easily in one day. Maybe someday soon. Has to be after we get paid tho, been having those darned 5 weeks between paychecks again, phewy, our frig is getting pretty sad looking, lol, payday is finally next Wed. aaahhhh.
    Happy weekend Sharon

  2. JaneEllen says:

    I am drooling over that hammered aluminum tray. I collect those, started when we lived in KY. There was antique store in little town north east of Bowling Green called Smith’s Grove full of stores, oh the happy hours I spent there. Even hubs loved to browse. They had sales outdoors from Spring thru Fall, what buys I found. We used to go antiquing all the time in MT also, stores all over, what fun. Sorry for another comment

  3. Love the Entrance sign to death, Sharon; I’m with your grandson! I have my own collection of yardsticks that I’d love to do something with someday 🙂 Hope you have a terrific week-end–

  4. distresseddonna says:

    I collect yardsticks and rulers with advertising – it’s a bit of an obsession. My favorite is a 13 inch ruler from The First National Bank of Houston County (Warner Robins!) Love the hammered aluminum tray.

  5. The tablecloth is lovely!

  6. You sure found some fun treasures. I rarely find yardsticks at a good price, but when I do, I grab all I can. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  7. I have never seen a square angel food pan either ~ how interesting! Can’t wait to see your TST 😉

  8. You are so lucky to find such treasures at your thrift store. Used to have some great finds locally (MA) but more folks are “on to the challenge/fun of thrifting” plus I imagine selling so the real treasures are more difficult to find. alas, I too am a hoarder and my hubs is getting a bit exasperated. He doesn’t “get it” but I sure do LOL. As the only girl this generation, I have more than my share of family treasures too including some of the hammered aluminum serviing pieces you have shown. I think it was de rigeur for newlyweds entertaining in the 50s. Thanks for sharing your finds.


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