Thrift Finds: June 26th thru July 14th

We’ve been having some great luck at the thrift shops and antique malls lately. Maybe it’s because we go more often? Or on better days?

 

So first off we found an awesome globe with all the current countries in the correct places for $5! CT loves it. I found some glasbake soup bowls, one says “souper bowl” and the says “soup’s on”. Their a great weight and really big! I also found a teeny tiny plate for my plate wall!!

We stumbled upon a load of books at our local Goodwill, all new and in perfect condition!! Most were around $1 some or the larger ones like the Martha Stewart cooking book and Weird US were around $2.50. The pile shown is mine, my husband had a pile all his own but he put them all on the shelf as soon as we got home! No pictures! I also found a few vintage Raggedy Ann (and Andy) books with beautiful illustrations inside, plus a  Raggedy Ann paper doll kit, also in great condition. I LOVE Raggedy Ann, and Andy, since I was little. I had a few dolls and books, plus 3 foot tall stuffed versions!! (they went great with my 3 foot tall smurf that I STILL own). I now wonder how I wasn’t scared of them as a small child??

Last weekend we took a day trip up to a few spots in PA and thats where I found the awesome vintage Pyrex pictured above! I finally have a square casserole AND a snowflake piece. Plus I picked up a Mickey Mouse Club glass and an Avon bottle in the shape of the Capital!! (I love travel related stuff, plus I’ve lived close to DC my entire life). CT found a bunch of Pez she didnt have, and has already incorporated them into her collection (shes up to about 116 pieces now!!)

The bright red mickey shown wasn’t from a thrifting trip, I found him on Ebay, I just really wanted to share him! He looks like he came out of one of the Mold-A-Rama machines back in the day. I’ve loved those machines ever since seeing one in the show Wonderfalls. Ive only ever seen one in person, and it was at the Field Museum in Chicago, I got a green dinosaur! Does anyone reading this live near one of these awesome machines?? Or does anyone live near Rotofugi in Chicago? (they have a machine now with a TIM BISKUP design in it!!!!) Let me know, I’d love to trade some jewelry or such for a molded wax figure!!

Ah, and again last on my life of finds was from my mom! I saw these at a thrift shop near here house a few weeks back, but it was all bundled up and I really only wanted to shakers. So I passed on them. I regret it about 30 minutes into our drive home so I called her to see if she could pick them up. She went back the next day and bought them, and they were even cheaper!! She just dropped them off last week and I am so excited to have them!!! :) Though I’m only keeping two, I’m giving the other set to a friend who has a way bigger Pyrex collection than I could dream of!

Due to the Fab sale, I probably wont be doing much thrifting for a bit. When I do start again I’ll of course share it all here!

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Thrift Finds: May 9th thru June 25th

I’ve been saying I can’t buy anything else until I find a place for all the things I already own. Well, I slipped! I took a few trips to thrift stores, looking for frames for things I already owned, and it all snow balled from there…

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I found a bunch of Pyrex, like I needed more!

More travel plates, a new salt and pepper shaker set (for my dining room), some Pez for the family collection and an old toy from Back to the Future!!

In the next photo set you can see more travel plates, a vase in the shape on ice skates and a new Amish hex.

I also found a good sized chalk board, a travel typewriter in great condition and a leather carry on bag made in Japan. CT loved the typewriter and insisted on showing me how to use it.

In the last photo you can see all the pieces my mom and grandmother found!!! I know have a complete Pyrex butter bowl set, butter dish set and gravy bought with plate. Plus my grandmother found a second gravy bowl plate for my unfinished set!

Every single piece pictured has already found a home in our home and is settling down nicely. which means I get to go to thrift stores all the time again!!!!

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I Recovered My Dollar Chair!

A little while back I shared one of my favorite thrift store finds, the $1.00 chair! I loved the faux wood veneer, that was in perfect condition, but hated the gross velvety cushion.

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That’s the chair above. I wasn’t 100% about what fabric I wanted to use to recover it. So I just placed it in the corner until I decided. I didn’t want to rush into anything! A few days later I received some new fabric from spoonflower that was meant to be a new runner, but I realized it was better suited for the chair!! I was so excited I started recovering it right away!!

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I just unscrewed the cushion from the chair and ripped off all the piping and fabric. My plan was to add some new, custom made, black piping back on. I trashed that plan halfway through, after making the piping! Stretching the fabric on was super easy and it actually ended up looking better without the piping!
All together the whole project took me about an hour, and I’m super happy with the finished piece.

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It now resides in a cozy corner of my newly decorated dining room! (which I’ll share more of later this week!!!)

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Thrift Finds: May 2nd thru May 8th

We made our mini vacation as fun for us as it was for CT. We decided ahead of time to drive the long way to Lancaster, PA. We took a 2.5 hour trip and made it a 5 hour trip there and a 6 hour trip home. We stopped at a bunch of thrift stores, antique malls, kooky shops and flea markets. I even found something on Craigslist that was on the way!

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Lets start with the small stuff…
Of course, as usual I found some pyrex for my collection, no trip is complete without a pyrex find these days. Ha. I’ve almost run out of room!
We also found a vintage Mickey vinyl figurine and a vinyl Donald Duck piggy bank. (CT has taken the bank as her own). I also found myself a vintage Avon perfume bottle from the Small World collection without realizing it, I just thought she was cute! I didn’t even know I was getting something else for my Disney collection. More Disney pieces. More travel plates. More mugs.
I also found loads of Corelle to go with pieces I already owned, plus one new design ( the yellow and green flower ones). I found two new recipe boxes too, one is super large and still has the original large index cards in it and dividers, perfect for huge recipes.
Oh and of course we had to pick up a few hex’s! We were in Amish country!

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We have a Honda Element, and we took out one of the seats in the back just in case we found some larger items… And as you can see, we did! The chair on the right was $1.00! its in great condition and is covered in a faux wood veneer, my favorite type of finish. Ha. I plan on recovering it soon, I’ve already ordered the fabric.
The chair on the left is either a real or repro Eames era fiberglass bucket chair! The one and only thing I have always been on the search for!!!! My one thrifting constant. It was the piece I found on Craigslist on the way up. I’m not educated enough to know if it’s real, I don’t care really. I just love the style. It even has the fiberglass stringy look. Perfect!! The only downside, it’s not a rocker. I was going to be purchasing a real Eames rocker next month, I may not now, I don’t know. I’m still on the fence.

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This time around CT also got in on the thrifting awesomeness! Se found herself a bunch of old Fraggle Rock toys, some polly pocket pieces and the 80′s Fisher Price McDonalds pictured above. She says it’s where they make ketchup.

Thrift Finds: April 27th thru May 1st

This past week was pretty nice for thrifting!
We didn’t get in as much as usual because we stopped by my little sisters new house and helped out a teeny bit. She moved in about a mile away, and we could actually walk from the path near our house right to hers. Crazy.
Anyway…

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We found a bunch at goodwill for once. Everything from the first photo was found for under $10. The little girl prints are going in CT’s room. The wooden shelves are going to get painted white and will house some of my vinyl toys. The hershey park plate will go with all the rest. The Dr. Suess books are for CT and everything else hasn’t found a home yet.
The second and third pictures are things found at flea markets. More Pyrex, of course!
Plus one of the ladies at a place we frequent found me that huge ceramic christmas tree!!! My grandmother had one when I was growing up, and she put it out every year for the holidays on her built in hall tree. I always played with the huge light bulbs. I’ve been searching for one for awhile now and I mentioned it while checking out last week. They said each vendor had at least one, so they could find the exact one I needed, and they did. It took them less than 12 hours to locate that thing. I went to pick it up this past weekend and while I was there I found that little matching tree. Hopefully this doesn’t make me want to collect more. Two is usually the start of a collection for me… Ha.

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check these out! My other grandmother has been on the lookout for things I collect too. She found me a piece of Pyrex and a Seattle plate to match the rest of my travel plates!! Both a $1. How cool is that?

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Oh and remember last week when I talked about the huge sideboard I found? Well we finally picked it up this past weekend and it fit PERFECTLY in our dinning room. Its super long and wide. Now I have a place for my Pyrex and all my quilting supplies (I prefer to quilt outside of my sewing room, more space). All it needs is a pair of lamps and a runner. I think I already know what kinds.

So, We’re headed to Lancaster, PA soon for a very short trip, maybe I’ll have more to share afterwards!

Thrift Finds: April 19th thru April 25th

The weather this past weekend wasn’t really the best… Rain rain and more rain! not even the weather could stop us from shopping!

We weren’t able to do any outdoor shopping, but since we brought along my father in law, we were able to spend more time at all the indoor shops. CT really likes to touch fragile things, so having three adults watching her made it a little easier.

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This week my vintage Pyrex collection grew even more!! It’s starting to get a little out of control, so I may be slowing down soon. Or not. I found a bunch of pieces I’ve really wanted! Like some of the little fridges with lids and a gravy boat!!

We also found two more vintage amusement park plates to match the Disney plate from last week. They look to be from the same era, but I don’t know for sure since there’s no dates on the back. Does anyone know? One is from Hershey Park and the other is from the Enchanted Forest in Maryland (which has been closed for many years). Both my husband and I have been to all of these parks, so they are an awesome addition to our house! Now I need to find a place to hang them…

We also found a huge sideboard at one of the indoor flea markets. With all four of us in the car, there wasn’t room to take it home right away, so we’re going back on Saturday to pick it up. I’ve been looking for one for awhile to go in our dinning room. It felt empty in there with just the table, plus I needed some Pyrex storage. Ha.
I’ll post pictures once it’s cleaned up and in place!

Anyone who reads this live in western/central MD? Where do you like to shop?