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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Vintage Fascination No. 118

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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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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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Vintage Fascination No. 116

Welcome to the 116th edition of Vintage Fascination.

My best friend and I got in a couple of hours of thrifting and antiquing on Saturday afternoon and I have a few things to share with you.

No way I was passing up this large white enamel basin edged with red around the rim.  It has quite a few bumps and bruises but it is perfect for my purposes.   It is 24 inches in diameter.

My Mom had these type baking pan when I was a mid-century kid.  The cake pans measure 9 inches across.  Made by Bake King bakeware they have metal slides to get under the cake for easy removal.  These pans bring back fond memories of cakes baked by my Mom.

A Fire King creamer and sugar bowl in the Anchor Hocking Fire-King Swirl-Golden Shell pattern will match some other pieces I bought about a year ago.  This creamer and sugar bowl included a cup but I didn’t picture it here.  The whole set is in excellent condition and I have a saucer to match the cut.   Anchor Hocking Fire-King made this pattern from the period 1965 – 1976.

This re-web kit for lawn chairs brings back memories.  Not so much of re-webbing chairs but of the chairs themselves.  My parents had chairs like the ones on the package where they sat in the evening after dinner and watch the neighborhood kids play until dark.  My sister and I were among those playing kids.  It was such an innocent time in our lives.  I digress.  I have a little project in mind for this webbing but I’m not sure it will work.  I’ll share it with you if it works out.
 I picked up three Little Golden Books.  Old Mother Hubbard, The Fuzzy Ducking, and The Jolly Barnyard.  They are so sweet and unless valuable they are great for crafting.   My friend Diana at Adirondack Girl @ Heart recently wrote about collecting Little Golden Books.  She gives you the skinny on how to see if you have a first edition or valuable LGB.

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Vintage Fascination No. 114

Welcome to the 114th edition of Vintage Fascination.  When you read this post I will be in South Florida visiting my younger daughter.

 I didn’t do a lot of thrifting last week since I was getting ready for my venture south; however, I have a few things to share.

This wooden bowl marked “Made in Occupied Japan” was a surprise find last week.  It is from the late 1940’s.  It has a small crack on the side but it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

 The items designated as “made in occupied Japan” were exports.

All packaged together was a sweet little tea set with a pine cone motif.  It was a bit of a mystery purchase because I couldn’t tell what pieces were in the package until I got it home and opened it.  Several pieces of the pretty little tea set are missing but it was just too pretty to pass up.


The remaining pieces of the tea set include teapot, creamer, sugar bowl with cover, four teacups, and three saucers. There is a larger plate has a repair.  Manufactured by Grantcrest of Japan this is a charming mid-20th-century toy tea set.

I walked away from this pretty hand embroidered dresser scarf (table runner) with crocheted blue edging because it had a hole near the middle.  Then I went back and grabbed it since a cute centerpiece or bowl would cover the little hole.  It has flower pots embroidered on it giving it a kind of outdoor vibe.  So I am going to use it on the table on my deck.

An adorable double handled baby cup was sitting right next to the Grantcrest toy tea set.  It was less than a dollar so you can see that I couldn’t pass it up.  Besides a new collection is beginning to take shape.

 It is Kirk Stieff pewter with a cow jumping over the moon on the bottom and clouds and stars on the side.  So sweet!

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Wordless Wednesday 131~Ready for Vaca

No. 131 ~ Ready for Vaca



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Vintage Fascination No. 113

Welcome back to another edition of Vintage Fascination.

My daughter and I did a bit of thrifting last week and I want to show you what we found.

This wicker briefcase is from the 1960’s.  It has a leather handle and a leather strip across the bottom with little brass feet.  It has brass locks, but unfortunately, there isn’t a key.

 It is a very charming vintage piece.  The label reads Formez.

Yes, I found this thermos twice before.  One I sold and the other is in my collection but I bought this one anyway.  For now, there are two in my collection since they make such cute twins.

A Oneida Georgian Scroll silver-plate water pitcher was just sitting there on the shelf.  I picked it up and put it back, I picked it up I put it back.  Ok, you get the picture I was a little undecided.  Finally, I put it in my cart.  Then I decided to put it back on the shelf went around the corner changed my mind again and bought it.  Now I’m, glad I did.

I can’t believe that I found another Florida souvenir plate. This one is in vibrant colors with flowers and fruits on the border with little scenes from Florida.  The scenes are Cypress Gardens (now closed due to flood damage near Winter Haven), Silver Springs (State Park near Ocala), Singing Tower (Bok Tower Gardens – National Historic Site near Lake Whales), Marine Studios (Marineland near St. Augustine), Sunshine Skyway (Tampa Bay Bridge)and Miami Beach.  A couple of these I’ve never heard of so I did a bit of research and noted where they are in Florida.

Jewelry boxes that I find at the thrift store normally aren’t as nice as this one  The inside is pristine but the finish is dark and chipped.

 So a paint makeover is definitely in order.  It is large with lots of storage even little side doors for necklaces.  Now I just have to keep my daughter from claiming it.

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My Favorite Vintage Finds in 2016

These are my favorite finds from last year.


Vintage Children’s Books


Vintage Valentines


Vintage Shawnee Planter


Vintage McKee Tom and Jerry Mugs


Vintage Metal Picnic Basket


Vintage Paint By Number Canvas


Vintage Coleman Enamelware Dish and Flatware Set


Vintage Tool Box and Folding Ruler


Vintage Perpetual Calendar


Vintage Cosmo Magazine


Vintage Christmas Tablecloth


Vintage German Cherub

Thank you for following along on my vintage adventures.  I enjoy researching my vintage finds but most of all I enjoy unearthing them and sharing them with you.   



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Vintage Fascination No. 110

Welcome back to a Friday edition of Vintage Fascination.  My friend Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction asked a question.  Do other folks go thrifting the week between Christmas and New Year?  Well, my answers is a resounding YES.

Here is what I found on my quick shopping adventure to two thrift stores.

Store Number One

The colors on this vintage first aid kit caught my eye before I even realized what it was.  It is an Industrial 25 Curity kit with hooks for hanging on the wall. It was made by the Kendall Company, Bauer & Black Division, Chicago, Illinois, Made in USA.

 Inside the top is a list of the contents.  The contents are no longer in the kit with the exception of two wood splints.

When I saw this faded pink tin on the shelf there was no resisting it.  It is a Louis Sherry Canco tin candy box, which would have been a lavender color, but faded to a pale pink over time.  It is oh so shabby chic.  Louis Sherry was a well-known restaurateur, caterer, confectioner, and hotelier. During prohibition, Sherry closed his restaurant and concentrated his efforts on candies and pastries, until his death in 1927.  The candy company is still in business today and their candy is still sold in lovely tins.

This is a chopping block plaque kit by Demis Manufacturing Company in Stone Mountain, Georgia.  They have been in the craft product business since 1975 and have since moved their operation to nearby Lithonia.  Based on the condition of the kit it is from the late 70’s or early 80’s.  I don’t intend to complete the kit as the instructions state but go with another idea I have.

Store Number Two

I see these crocheted tablecloths from time to time but they usually have stains that I’m afraid will not come out.   This one is in perfect condition.  It is round and approximately 60 inches in diameter.

Another find I just couldn’t resist is this pair of Laura Ashley pillow shams.   This lovely pair of pillow shams works well in a shabby chic or french country bedroom setting.   The tag reads the Laura Ashley Collection, A Revman Product, made in the U.S.A.  Laura Ashley is only one iconic brand that has been with Revman since the company’s founding in 1988.

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