Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Finally! We found some chairs for our kitchen table. They're solid wood - we go back and forth between oak and maple; they are so heavy and sturdy!
Bonus: All four of them *somehow* fit in my little Toyota Corolla. It was a lucky day I tell you!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Wow. I had the best thrifting day ever! I was so lucky. I bought a scratch lotto ticket this morning and didn't win a thing but I think the universe had another way of rewarding me! Slowly I will reveal my lucky finds...but first, one of TWO vintage tablecloths. This one is quite stained, but I'm to the point where I just don't mind. I am glad it was used and loved and that it made its way to my collection.
Up close (will you look at the color!):
Friday, March 23, 2007
Goodwill says: Two for the price of one!
I love these Homer Laughlin cup and saucers. I love Homer Laughlin and Shenango restaurant ware, especially. This morning I joined a restaurant ware collectors forum, except I have to be honest about something: I am no good at forum navigation! I'm serious. My brain just doesn't follow threads and posts. I get confused and then I lose interest. Hopefully I will have the patience to figure out their sweet community.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Charming! It has a little a little chip that I am able to overlook(!); I was taken with the pebbled texture (I think I'm going to call this my Hans Christian Andersen creamer because it reminds of the architecture of fairytales). This was made in the USA by Syracuse.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
One thing I have noticed about myself is that I like to sublimely decorate for the holidays. And you ask, how are pastel bunny lights sublime? Well, they aren't. They're kind of out there! These were in a brand new box and I am always intrigued by patio lights; the tackier...well, the better!
...Now I'm off to eat my Cadbury Mini Eggs, which are giving me a not-so-sublime donut around my midsection. Ooof!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
- Brass - We aren't a brass people. I may have mentioned this before.
- Steve spotted it at the Goodwill.
- Made in Spain, Lauren.
- Must paint our switches! Or something. They look a touch dingy.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
This is probably the single most fabulous thing I have ever thrifted. It is so fabulous, in fact, I haven't quite decided how to use it (you probably recognize some of those things on the shelves, no? This is where I keep my mom's plates I find for her collection, and other little homeless do-dads). I am a rotator by nature - I don't like to keep things the same for too long, so anything I put in here won't be the last word. I think someday when my white pottery collection is big enough, this would be a fine place to store it. I also thought, since it is in the kitchen nook, I could put some pantry dry goods in here - cans, glass jars filled with bulk foods, etc. I like showcasing my vintage tablecloths here, so they might stay for awhile.
Bonus: The glass doors are wavy! And the paint is such a great color I am definitely not going to touch it. Ever.
I realized only after I brought this up to the counter that it wasn't 50% off like I thought it was - but I bought it anyway. It reminded me of my grandma's decor. The back is marked 1962, made in USA, by some gift company...it smells a little like roses, which is better than smelling like poo.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
I love copper! I cleaned this miniature tea kettle up with a vinegar and salt scrub. I don't really know why I bought this, other than I just couldn't leave it at the thrift shop. It sort of communicated that to me when I picked it up for initial inspection - Don't Leave Me!
Monday, March 12, 2007
Perhaps this will be the only Vuitton I ever own; I'm fine with that! Since the Louis Vuitton City Guides debuted in 1998, I have had a distant longing for them. This set, dated 2000, was "behind the counter" at the Veteran's thrift store. I was so surprised to see them in wonderful condition.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm busy planning a trip to Antwerp.
P.S. Can we talk about the fabulousness that is the color combination of orange and navy?
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Here is my downfall as a thrifter: I am quite discriminatory when it comes to dishes of any kind! I immediately flip them over and see where they've been made - I love anything USA crafted and/or made in England. I pass up a lot, even if I like it, and it doesn't come from either place. How crazy, right? I'm retraining myself to snag things I like - not for labels, but for their function and design. This little pitcher/creamer has no markings to speak of on its underside, but I thought it would make a sweet bud vase for my tiny roses.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Monday, March 5, 2007
Pricey! But when you start planting dozens and dozens of herbs, they need a future home. And it would be here, in these faux terracotta pots (Rubbermaid brand; extra sturdy). They look small in the picture, but I will get sufficient use out of them for years to come...because they have so much room!
Friday, March 2, 2007
Thursday, March 1, 2007
I like to buy new-looking paperbacks from the thrift shops. It doesn't matter if I've read them or not...if I see them in good condition and the price is reasonable, then I buy them. In this case, I was able to get Memoirs of a Geisha for ten cents. I read and passed on my copy long ago (this reminds me, I still haven't seen the movie...). Anyone want this copy? I will ship it to you if you e-mail me your address.
As far as Cold Mountain, The Dive from Clausen's Pier, and Running With Scissors...I haven't read these but they have been on my list for a long, long time. Now they are in my collection, like new!