Treasures I Never Pass Up at the Thrift Store

Remember when you were a kid playing pirate treasure hunt?  It was always such fun to find our treasures even if it was the treasure we buried.  Thrifting is my grown-up treasure hunt even though I don’t normally hide it myself; however, I occasionally run across a treasure that I donated.

I always have a plan when I enter a thrift store.  If it is a new to me store the first thing I do is to get the lay of the land.  My focus is usually on items found in the housewares section.  In my regular thrift stores, I know exactly where to go to start the hunt.

Pyrex is one of the first things I look for at the thrift store.   I never pass up vintage Pyrex.  If it is in good condition and the price is reasonable it always goes home with me.  This was a nice set I found together

but I am not shy about buying a single bowl.

Yellow anyone.  All of the above Pyrex sold in my booth.  I don’t collect Pyrex as such but I have a few single bowls that I like and use seasonally.

Metals are always on my radar too.  Copper is a favorite of mine.  I rarely pass up copper molds.  Now that I no longer have a booth I’m going to collect a few copper molds to display in my kitchen.

Silver is another favorite of mine and tarnish doesn’t bother me a bit.  I love silver pieces with a nice patina.

Most of my silver is in use in my house.

I love to find decorative metal pieces at the thrift store at a fraction of the price you would pay at regular retail.

Ironstone is becoming harder and harder to find at a thrift store but you get lucky every once in a while.

I took me a while but I collected enough white ironstone creamers to fill up my World Market glass drying rack.

Of course, I don’t restrict myself to white ironstone.

Vintage Blue Willow (as you might guess) is always on my list.  I do usually pass on newer Blue Willow pieces.

Kitchen tools like star colanders make fun farmhouse decor.

Pastry cutters are a popular collectible.  I have a few myself.

This vintage ice cream scoop was still in its original box.

It was love at first sight when I spotted this fruit strainer.

Vintage tools and tool boxes are irresistible to me

and folding rulers too.

This little rusty green box is one of my favorite finds.

Thermos and Picnic Jugs are exciting finds to me.

I was so happy to add this Standard jug to my Thermos collection.

Later I found this Coleman jug with a spout.

My Picnic Basket collection grew from my thrifting addiction.

This picnic basket even came with the original plastic plates, cups, and flatware.

I found this vintage metal picnic basket pushed down under the bottom shelf of one of my favorite thrift stores.

These are some of the things I always look for when thrifting but I am always open to other items.  Breadboards or cutting boards and wooden bowls are scarce in my area but I still keep an eye out for them.   I always look at baskets, linens, and furniture but buy it sparingly.  Since I no longer have an antique mall booth and I don’t plan to get another one at this time my buying patterns must change.

 My friend Kathleen from Our Hopeful Home has a series she calls Thrill of the Hunt and thrifting really is a thrill for us vintage loving folks.

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Sharon’s Pick

Melissa’s Antiques is one of my favorite blogs to follow.  Melissa finds the best deals on vintage wares and she buys a lot.  She has antique mall booths and online stores to keep stocked.   Most recently she went to a box lot auction where she won 17 boxes of goodies and 4 “good old quilts” for a mere $20.  She hit the jackpot because those boxes held lots of vintage treasures.  Check out her latest haul at March So Far.  Wowzer!!

Kathleen’s Pick

Carol from The Red Painted Cottage chases the winter blues away with a unique decorating idea, one that I just love. As a self-professed “antlers lover” I am always fascinated by new and different ways to display antlers. And Carol certainly wins the blue ribbon for her delicately flowered makeover of an old set of antlers that really needed a spring refresh. I’m now on the hunt for another set of antlers that I can gussy up as well! See Carol’s Decorating An Antler For Spring With Tutorial to get the lowdown on how to create your own!  

Cecilia’s Pick

Rita at Panoply shared the absolutely darling–or should I say dah-ling–Breakfast at Tiffany’s Themed Bridal Shower she co-hosted for her niece. As you might imagine from Rita’s previous posts, every detail was covered from framed Audrey Hepburn photos and quotes to adorable Holly Golightly inspired sleep masks for the wedding party. Fortunately, her post included this photo collage because I was having a time choosing just one to share! Drop by and be prepared to be delighted!

I think I’m coming around to the Mid-century Modern way of thinking, especially after seeing the handsome MCM MOD Dresser Makeover by Karin at Art is Beauty. It’s absolute perfection–almost glamorous, and most certainly a show-piece.

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Wordless Wednesday 136 ~ Sweet Little Lamb

No. 136 ~ Sweet Little Lamb

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Vintage Fascination No. 118

Hello, I’m so glad you joined me today for Vintage Fascination!

Here is what I found last week that I just couldn’t leave behind.

A whole bag of buttons for less than $2, now who could pass that up.  Many of them are vintage but some are not.  I’m sure I can find a use for them.

This creamer and open sugar bowl are Mayer China Company made in the USA.  They are a pinkish beige color with a gray rim.  I believe this set is restaurant ware from the late 1970’s.

When I saw this small sealed apothecary jar with a Christmas scene inside I could immediately tell the Santa was vintage.  I cleaned the outside of the jar a bit so I could see what all was in the jar.  The greenery with tiny pinecones and red berries also appears vintage.  This mid-century Santa has a flocked suit and a rubber face with very pink cheeks.  He is absolutely adorable.  I wish the jar wasn’t sealed.

Do you remember the Sunbeam-Oster Osterizer blenders?  These little 8-ounce glass jars with lids were accessories for the Osterizer blender.  You could both blend and store in the mini jars.

The mini blend and store jars have yellow lids with great retro graphics.  They will make cute storage in my office/craft room.

I forgot to tell you my decision about the brush and mirror I found at Scott’s Antique Market last weekend.  The dealer originally priced the set at $50.  I walked away but the set stayed on my mind all afternoon.  When we were ready to leave I decided to go make the dealer an offer of $30.

Much to my surprise, she accepted.  She had an outside booth and was ready to pack up to go home due to heavy rain expected here on Sunday.  I photographed them in a vintage platter with complimentary colors since I don’t have a vanity tray large enough for the mirror.  So a larger vanity tray is on my list of items to look for while thrifting.

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Simple Sunday

Welcome back to another edition of Simple Sunday.

 Today I’m going to show you how I put together a quick and easy Easter centerpiece.

Here are the items I am using.  Two little green moss-covered rabbits I picked up while in Florida last month, a bunch of three carrots from Target’s Bullseye’s Playground,  three faux plants (Ikea), three clay pots, two small Daisy plants (Ikea), and a breadboard to pull it all together.

First, I situated the three clay pots on the breadboard.

Then, I added an Ikea plant to each clay pot.

To make room for a carrot in each pot it scooted the leaves around so the carrots fit into the pots.

Next, I added the little moss-covered rabbits.

Then, I added the daisies but I didn’t like the little black pots they came in.  So I added a burlap wrap and tied it with some twine.

So simple and so cute.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Happy Birthday to my youngest today!!

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Wordless Wednesday 135 ~ Leprechaun Games

For some reason this did not publish on Wednesday.  So you are getting it a bit late.

No. 135 ~ Leprechaun Games

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Sharon’s Pick

Handan at The Navage Patch, the blog she shares with her husband, took an ornate mirror and made it over in a unique way. They took a so-so mirror that was gold and silver and brought out the best in it by painting it white and highlighting the ornate parts with Rub’n Buff.  The finishing touch, adding an Irish blessing using frosted glass spray make this Ornate Mirror Makeover simply splendid.

Kathleen’s Pick

I love it when someone finds a new purpose for something and it manages to fit perfectly with the season. Laura from Not Just A Trophy Wife has done just that with her Upcycled Chipped Dishes. With spring right around the corner, she shares her way of displaying some much-needed greenery. But not in a traditional pot, mind you. Rather, she planted it inside an old (and much-loved) chipped bowl. It’s a great idea to keep in mind the next time a piece of pottery manages to accidentally hit the floor. Not that that’s ever happened to me….

Cecilia’s Pick

If you are still getting snow this week, I’ve got some sunny spring inspiration just for you! Tammy, blogger at Patina and Paint created an absolutely gorgeous Spring Floral Arrangement using a cabbage and the DIY favorite–a mason jar. Her project was inspired by Southern Living’s Facebook video but Tammy chose her own favorite flowers for her version and the results are just beautiful! She shares the tutorial and supply list so we can make our own too. Which flowers would you choose?

We had a new-to-us blogger link up last week: Leigh from A Porch with a View. In DIY Chalkboard, she tells us about finding a beautiful, curvy flea market frame and turning it into a fabulous and functional chalkboard. She began blogging last fall and is doing a bang up job. Why not pop over and give her some love–leave a comment, follow her on social media, etc? Be sure to check out JUNKING on her navigation bar–

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Content: Submit up to three posts that involve vintage finds, crafts, DIYs, or other vintage experiences.   No recipes, shop link-ups, or direct advertising.

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Visitation: Please visit other blog posts—after all, that’s what a link up is all about. When pinning, please go to the source of a photo to pin it to Pinterest, so the originator of the post gets the credit.

Hostess Love: Consider following each of your party hostesses blogs and/or one or more forms of social media. We love connecting with each of you and will highlight features on all of our social media.

Spread the Word:  Please mention Vintage Charm on your social media to help spread the word and make this party a great experience for everyone.

Prizes: Keep in mind that each month we will select one of the month’s featured posts to be Featured on all four hostesses blogs. At the end of the year, we will select one of the twelve monthly features as the Grand Prize Feature of the Year. Prize TBA.

Permission: By linking up to Vintage Charm you assert that the photographs are yours (or you have permission to use them), and you give your hostesses permission to feature them on social media or a blog post, with a link back to your blog. You assert that your post content is also your own work.

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Vintage Fascination No. 117

Welcome to the 117th edition of Vintage Fascination.

Here is what I found this week.

You know that blue and white always catches my eye.  So when I spotted this little blue and white souvenir plate for a Georgia landmark, I just had to get it.  It commemorates Meadow Garden the Augusta home of George Walton (1749–1804), one of Georgia’s three signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

 He served Georgia as a Governor, Chief Justice, and as a United States Senator.  He lived at Meadow Garden from 1791 until his death in 1804.

Even though these are not truly vintage, I just couldn’t resist the two matching sets of Hallmark turkey salt and pepper shakers.  I don’t think they have ever been used and are still in the original box.

Mixed in with the flatware, I found a silver plated candle snuffer.

 The trademark is the Silver Guild – Kirk’s LTD, Toledo Works Sheffield, England.  The trademark indicates that it is from the mid 20th century.  The candle snuffer is A1 silver plate made in England.  English electroplaters used letter codes for plated wares to show the quality of plating.  A1 is the highest quality silver plating.

A miniature painting resembling a Currier and Ives lithograph came home with me.  After some research, I determined the inspiration for this little painting is an 1868 Currier & Ives lithograph named American Homestead Winter.  The little painting is very appealing and in a nice frame.  The frame may need a slight makeover.

I fell in love with this patriotic red, white and blue brooch.  It is a wonderful vintage find.  This charming enamel brooch is about three inches wide.  It is from the 1960’s.  My Mom had a similar brooch made in shades of green.

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Simple Sunday

Welcome to this week’s edition of Simple Sunday and hope you all remembered to spring forward an hour last night.

I don’t have a project to share this week but a trip my daughter and I made to Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta this weekend.  If you aren’t familiar with Scott’s they have three markets.  The markets are in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Expo Center on the second weekend of every month, Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio State Fairgrounds November through March on specific weekends, and Washington Court House, Ohio, at the Fayette County Fairgrounds specific weekends.  See their website for details.

There are two large buildings filled with fine antiques, silver, rugs, and art but my favorite shopping is outside the south building.  It is where I make most of my purchases.

Lots of great architectural items in this area.

There were bins and bins of all types of salvaged metal pieces.

I loved these lanterns but couldn’t find anyone to give me a price.

This is my heart’s desire in a window, well almost.  I’ve been looking for a window something like this one but not exactly.  These were a tad on the expensive side and like I said not exactly what I have in mind.

A plane photo bombed this picture.

I didn’t make very many photos inside but this booth of floral arrangements always catches my attention when I go to Scotts.

They have some funky art and unusual items such as a glammed up dinosaur.   (This photo was mostly for my grandson who loves dinosaurs.  He was appalled that anyone would do this to a perfectly good dinosaur.)

Love this bicycle wheel upcycle as a hair bow display/keeper.

This brush and mirror caught my eye.  The vendor was originally asking $50. So do you think I bought it?  Come back for Vintage Fascination to see if I did.

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