Monday, December 31, 2007


This pattern is so ugly! Emphasis on ugly. There's no other word to use. However, it's Pyrex. In excellent shape. What more could a Pyrex-obsessed girl like me want? I think one piece in this pattern is quite enough, thank you!


A piece I spotted at a Goodwill in Portland.

christmas surprise from little sister
Best present ever! (All thrifted.)

Sunday, December 30, 2007


...We were running some errands this morning and stopped into a Goodwill for kicks. So busy! I found this piece. Hoorah! Hoorah! My second piece with pink!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

A favorite pattern, a favorite piece. Saw a lot of this pattern in Portland at fancy little shoppes but just couldn't splurge. When I was back in West Palm Beach following my Portland holiday, I ventured to my favorite thrift store and sure enough: it paid off to hold off!

Friday, December 28, 2007


Not every picture works out to my liking (flash!)...but this one was just too adorable to delete. I'm not the only Pyrex lover in the house, apparently...

Hope you all had lovely holidays and you weren't too stressed! I did some thrifting in Portland, OR in early December. I've got some pieces to share. And, my younger sister surprised my stocking with some great finds! Will post soon. I have some time off!

Sunday, November 25, 2007


I hope all of you had pleasant Thanksgivings with your loved ones! In keeping with tradition, I have managed to stay out of the shops this past weekend! I threw a Frisbee, watched the first season of Jericho on DVD, did enough laundry to get me through a few weeks!, had a lovely Thanksgiving spread with my "in-laws", prepared my crafting was great.

I picked up this Pyrex a couple of weeks is sharp! How lucky I am that I find pieces that have little or no use! Speaking of mint conditions, I was in an antique mall last weekend and stumbled upon some Pyrex at outrageous prices! Here, in South Florida! I couldn't believe it. If those prices were true, my collection would put my first born through four years of HARVARD with change to spare!

Now, on to the really unbelievable: I've been keeping Solid Cherry for over a year! To those that faithfully comment and those that just pass through: thank you for going through my things! I love your comments and I love this blog. Of course, Solid Cherry depends on 1) my spare change and 2) luck. Here's to lots of both in the next coming year!

Friday, November 16, 2007


I have a tiny creamer in this pattern that I swore I featured here! But I'm not finding it? Well, let me take its picture then:
There. I guess the patterns are somewhat different, but close enough. Same maker: Syracuse. I paid .99 for the creamer; it's so adorable. I realize it's not exactly in focus. My camera was, erm, focusing on the wine it seems! :) All in all, the cupless saucers were a charming find...I love stacks and stacks of dishes in varying diameters. These will go well with my little medium (fine!) GROWING plate collection!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Just another little piece...


Thursday, October 25, 2007


I'm not sketched out that easily, but I do try avoid a particular Goodwill because it isn't in the best location. However, it always turns up Pyrex. And smaller pieces at that. This little piece was tucked away so that I almost didn't notice it...but maybe that's the nature of this pattern. Mystical, magical...mysterious...MINE!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


LUCKY ME! Is that gloating? :) I love this bowl! I love a wheat motif in general; to find this was all I could do to contain myself...

elbow grease

I thought I'd mix things up for once and post something a little different than what I usually do.

Read on:

If you've been following the photographs in my blog, I'm sure you've noticed this table at one time or another and you probably thought to yourself, ewww! Disgusting! You actually eat on that thing? Back story: This table is my baby. I bought it when I got my first apartment here in Florida. It was around $12 and painted gold until I could scrape all remnants of that away. I know now that it is nothing special in terms of quality, but for some reason I have it on a pedestal in terms of thrift finds; I loved it then and I still do. Of course, it was in much better condition when I first found it -- over the last five years, it has really suffered from coasterless-beverage disease as evidenced here:
I thought I'd do something about that this weekend, so I did some very involved Google research (*laugh*) and found two down-home remedies worth trying. First, I tried ironing out these spots. Nothing! Happened! Then I did what I already knew of but was avoiding because, well, mayonnaise is messy and stinky! However, I covered the table in a thin layer of mayo and sealed it in with plastic wrap to keep it moist (also, my dog and cats were ready to eat the table):
This worked great -- yes, there are still some spots and I'm sure if I were more patient I could have kept the table sealed much longer than 30 minutes:
Steve and I are in the process of making a table from a salvaged cypress door that will eventually replace this one...but I think I might save this one for my desk? Or sewing table? A circle shape isn't the most efficient form for a table, but did I mention this thing is on pedestal?

Sunday, October 21, 2007


My first piece of Butterprint in marvelous condition! Turquoise should be so pretty. I found the Spring Blossom mixing bowl first (two others came with it - I'll post them later). I couldn't resist pairing them together for a picture...great combination of colors.

Seems all I hunt for is Pyrex these days, although Steve and I did find a great mid-century walnut hutch at a Goodwill last week for a sweet deal. Once it is organized to my liking, I'll share!

Saturday, October 20, 2007


Ah-ha! Spotted at a favorite charity's thrift store and a favorite pattern of mine to boot! When it all comes together like that, the snowflakes stars have definitely aligned. I can see this as a home for peppermints and candy canes come the season of red and white swirly things. Love, love, love!

Friday, October 12, 2007


The bowls on top and bottom are identical; in every picture I took they turned out red-orange (in the Crayola sense). But they're more complex than that; a touch ombré. They do blend nicely with the Butterfly Gold standard. ;)

Bonus of shame: I don't pay as close attention to price tags as I used to, so my $3 estimate could be off slightly. But I never pay an arm and a leg for anything!

Monday, October 8, 2007

A quick find this morning. I almost passed it up because I'm running out of storage! However, this bowl looks fine on displayage!

Sunday, October 7, 2007


When I realized I didn't have the cash to buy the bottom piece (all of .99), I hid it until I could get back the next day! Thankfully, no one found my secret place! Also, I love playing with Pyrex color combinations!


I think this is one of my favorite Pyrex pieces.
After collecting a lot of Pyrex (I need to catch up here!), I decided that I am partial to the littler pieces.

Saturday, October 6, 2007


Disappear. Reappear! Disappear! Reappear!

In addition to being thrifty, I am also a blog magician! ;)

I found this scarf at my favorite Palm Beach County thrift store. You might say Palm Beach? Scarf? Wherefore? It does get chilly around here. I can't wait for the day!

Bonus: it's North Face! Which reminds me of being in high school in Portland. We tiny things with these mountain-climbing type packs on our backs trekking from one classroom to the next. And another bonus: it has its original tags! Shriek!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


I love the holidays. Really. This was a huge score for my Pyrex-collecting ego. If there is such a thing?!

Friday, August 3, 2007


Just hopped into a Goodwill last week and found these little babies waiting there for me...

Saturday, July 28, 2007



Here I am! Coming to you from underneath a mountain of cardboard boxes! We have moved and started settling. Yes. I said started. I haven't been thrifting a whole lot, but here and there I manage to get out and investigate the shops. My mom mailed me this book which lead me to start seeking these kind of retro terry cloth towels and the like. I don't have many - and haven't found many lately. I don't know what I'll do with them, but they've come in handy as fun rags. I took this picture in the old backyard. We don't have a clothesline yet but they're pretty easy to throw together so that'll have to be project #4,763. Really, we don't have that many projects. Our house is in excellent shape! Today we went to an architectural salvage yard and bought a cypress door that I'm convinced will make an excellent dining room table. Steve is outside sanding it right now. I should go get my camera!

I hope all of you have had a wonderful time at the thrifts! I have missed this place, so, so much.

Friday, June 29, 2007


Is anything better than butter? Pyrex comes in a close second...

Friday, June 22, 2007


So we closed today and between going out for breakfast and Coldwell Banker, I got to run into my favorite thrift shop and found these three tiny Pyrex bowls. Yippee! I have seen the black/tan striped bowl many times but it is hard to find in a good condition. I have found many pieces lately but because of the move I just don't have the time to snap anything. My collection is growing, growing, growing. Missing it here and missing you!

Saturday, June 9, 2007


Sorry folks, since I'm packing things up as they come home I miss the occasional Kodak moment, so there'll be no picture with this post (I will take a picture once I've moved). I have the good grace of having every other weekend be three days long, and as you might guess, I spend Fridays at my favorite thrifts. I spotted eight pieces of Pyrex yesterday (actually, I spotted 11, but I took home 8) and was one happy camper. So I have 8 more Pyrex bowls to share once I get a chance to unpack them! Hope all of you are having a nice weekend. Happy thrifting!

Friday, June 8, 2007


For such a small price, I couldn't say no to this tiny Shenango creamer...the olive color is great, too. It doesn't have a handle which I really like.
And for a view of the bottom:


Oops. I broke the cardinal rule: no more dishes! I couldn't help this purchase. Also, I've been visiting a Goodwill in Boynton Beach on my lunch breaks that consistently turns up nothing! When I saw these plates I thought I would try to turn my luck around!

Sunday, June 3, 2007


I love bookends - especially alphabet bookends - but I never break down and buy them because they always seem ridiculously expensive. These are a little scuffed, dirty, well-worn and loved, but they weigh approximately 30 pounds. Each. I love them! I feel so lucky to have found them.

*Steve and I are packing up our belongings and getting ready to move into our first home! My posting might be sparse during the month of June, but I will continue to hit the thrift shops (I actually found some Fiestaware, miscellaneous Homer Laughlin and Syracuse pieces this morning...) even though it may seem like I'm being dormant.

Thank you always for your patronage here - this is one of my favorite places to dish.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A lunch break visit to a Goodwill turned out to be a total bust, so I stopped at another on my way home (when you have the thrifting fever, there is little you can do to stop it). I found this piece of pottery for a nice price - the color is amazing! And for the bottom:

Sunday, May 27, 2007


I said to Steve today, "I think I have a new thing to collect." He turned white and fell over. Just kidding! But I do have something new that I'm looking out for (and that I have been, actually). Retro jack-o-lanterns!

There's a story in all of this. Steve and I have the same birthday, October 29. It's close to Halloween, so, how can I not love jack-o's? Pumpkins are symbols of birthdays to me - and Fall, my favorite time of year. In fact, this very jack-o-lantern was made 10/15/1979, mere days before my birth (does that mean I'm retro?!). So it's a little kitschy, but I'm smitten for his toothy grin.

As we're in the process of moving, pardon the mess!

Saturday, May 26, 2007


This pretty-in-pink number came from a thrift shop that is so near and dear to me, I couldn't scoff at the price (I used to volunteer full-time for this particular nonprofit). The woman working the register leaned over to me after she wrapped this up and said all breathy-like, "These are collector items, you know."

Friday, May 25, 2007


This is the second time I've found smaller, square Pyrex in the "wrong" place - it was with the gift items, not the dishes. Teehee. Score for me.

Friday, May 18, 2007


*Torn* between keeping one and sending one to my mom. I should share!

Thursday, May 17, 2007


I'm pretty sure that my fence should be wooden and have pickets, but alas, it was free! And it makes a good place to show off tablecloths in the early evening (Cole could care less about the tablecloth - he is looking for the baby ducks that live in the trees!).

Monday, May 14, 2007


Didn't I say something recently about no more dishes? Oh, wait. Steve loves Pyrex. I'm safe!

All in a day's work before noon, I found these Pyrex pieces at three local thrift stores. The treasure hunter in me was delighted. Needless to say, I am...amassing Pyrex. What's so wonderful about it is that it fits inside of itself quite nicely so it doesn't take up too much room in the cupboards. Recently, from the library, I had Pyrex: The Unauthorized Collector's Guide; turns out I should have renewed it! Alas, I can just get it again. I took individual portraits of each piece but all of them together seemed a better fit. Not the greatest photo but it is something!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

$3 x 2

Funny, I bought these at different times. One of them I bought a few months ago and the other I found a couple of weekends ago...but they're identical, made by Hager USA. When the time is right, I will plant something in either of them. Because that's the thing to do!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

105 posts

Today, Steve issued an edict: NO. MORE. DISHES! I mean, what happened to the original idea of this blog wherein I'd be buying a lot of furniture and restoring it or giving it a whole new look? That idea probably went south when we bought the last piece of thrifted furniture that we needed, and I can't remember what or when that was. So this is what Solid Cherry has become: a little booth of wares!

I passed my 100th post a few posts back and thought I would celebrate by getting all of my pretties out for shits and giggles. Though I never buy things for a certain color, I see a theme in all of the madness: variations of lighter blues, white, black, and gray. I do use a lot of these dishes, especially on weekend mornings when I am lazy with time. But everything I thrift is something I use in one way or another even if I don't have an immediate purpose for it.

One more thing I have to say - though I've been blogging elsewhere for nearly two years, Solid Cherry feels like home! That's probably because it is. Thanks for stopping by -- and here's to the centennial!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

What the underside looks like:
I am going to *pretend* this quilted throw was once made in a prairie farmhouse and kept a younger version of me nice and warm during a bitter cold winter. Do you see what Florida does to a girl? It makes her daydream of the plains! And I have never lived in the plains! Eeek. I'm going to cherish this, no matter how relatively new it could's just the most precious thing I have thrifted in a long, long time.

Friday, May 4, 2007


Happiness is finding five Fiestaware plates by Homer Laughlin...for fifty cents each...and dating them to the 1950s! Take a look at the tablecloth ($3) and gray Fiesta plate up close:
You can tell from the three sagger pin marks on the back of this plate that it isn't contemporary Fiestaware (post 1986)'s the old stuff!
...They might sell for as much as $8 a piece. Oh, I love to thrift!