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.
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