Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Recent finds

Finally it seems Spring has sprung, and the world of vintage goodness is opening back up again. I added two expensive pieces to my collection lately, both of which I'd never seen for sale before, so I splurged on them.

The Verde baker was a hard one to pay $ for, but I think I'm secretly wishing to be able to have the complete stack of these bakers. Still missing even after 6 years of hunting in the wild is Butterfly Gold and the Rust colored one. And they'll probably be a billion dollars each when I do find them, lol.

And this Spirograph base is such a pretty color - much prettier than how it looks in this picture. Killed me to pay 38 dollars for it, knowing that the chances I'll ever find the lid are slim, but no way could I have left without it. It turned out to be my only purchase of the day I spent in numerous antique stores and large flea market, so it didn't really hurt that I'd spent most of my fun money on a single piece.

And yay for all thrift store finds! My husband found this Daisy oval casserole for me at GW for $3.99. Happy Happy! The unmarked yellow canister is a duplicate, but I couldn't resist it for 99 cents. Each of the Hazel Atlas pieces were also 99 cents. I'd never seen this yellow and pink colorway before. I have a stray pink and black plate from this same line, so I suppose I'm very slowly collecting the different colors.

Technically, this is my husband's find, but he never blogs. Plus, I was the one who insisted he couldn't leave without it, I'll take the blame. This was a GW find for $14.99, which I thought was an ok price, but my husband thinks is gold and diamonds money, so I had to pull the trigger for him. He's collected Fisher Price stuff for a few years now, along with vinyl records, and coupled with my Pyrex addiction, we've done nothing but watch the things we collect and love go up and up in price. I suspect many of you feel my pain there.

The only new addition here is the Glasbake Have a nice Day mug. It's in rough shape, but was too cute for 99 cents, same day I bought the little Hazel Atlas teacup & saucers. It looks just fine with my other dishwashy tulip mugs.

I bought these for my mom. Both are Jeannette glass but different patterns. The large bowl is Iris & Herringbone, the small bowls Floragold. She collects carnival glass and I thought this would dovetail into her collection quite nicely. It was 5.99 for the 6 pieces, which I thought was a good price.

An antique store find and a little oddity. I was super happy to grab up this pink 503 refrigerator dish for 15 dollars in an antique store. Wasn't so long ago that 15 dollars for this piece without a lid would have seemed kinda expensive to me. Now I'm like OMG THAT'S SO CHEAP.

And these little mugs are Butterfly Gold, but marked Termo Rey made in Brazil. Oh I miss Corelle Corner! I know absolutely nothing about how these knock-offs came about. The glass itself is much more similar to Fire King than Pyrex. Another odd Butterfly Gold that I'm keeping for myself. (Sorry, mom! Lol!)

And finally, my one score from a Friday spent yardsaleing all day. I spotted this from a moving vehicle in the bed of someones trailer. It was filthy black and behind a tub, to boot, so how I saw the thing at all beats me. Best part is the guy sold it to me for a buck! Cheapest Pyrex I've ever yardsaled!
And it cleaned up great.

Well, there's my finds for now. I'm hoping to yardsale again Friday. Fingers crossed for some awesome loot!

Hope you're finding great goodies where you are!

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Last month's finds

I'm lousy at keeping up with this blog these days. Most weeks it seems like I'm lucky to find even a single thing, and that's just not enough to blog about. Most of my post would go something like this "Well, I went to four thrift stores and two antique stores today and all I have to show for it is a growing sense of how much crack is being smoked in my local shopping area."

I paid a small fortune for this bowl here at an antique store we hadn't ventured out to in upwards of 3 years. It was down inside another bowl in a booth dangerously stuffed with glassware, so I still think I got it by virtue of it being not promininently displayed. I've seen very few polka dots along the way, so this was a special piece I wasn't going to leave without. Wish I were more optimistic about finding the others in the set. This bowl has the scalloped rim, there are sets with this pattern that have the smooth style. Seems like many Hazel Atlas sets are this way. I suspect (but do not know for sure) that some of the shape differences stem from Hazel Atlas molds and factories themselves being purchased by Continental Can Company.

 The rest of my finds are a mix of thrift and antique store from the last six weeks or so.

I only picked up one heart bowl this year, the one with the pink lid. I'm starting to feel like these new Pyrex dishes are becoming a collection unto themselves! The Snowflake Blue mixer completes my duplicate set, so that was a double I was happy to add to my collection.

This Gemco go-along is one of the two patterns I actually want to collect. (The other being the Snowflake Blue Corelle go-along. I was happy to find it for the thrift store price of two dollars.

Another mix of thrift and antique store finds. This poor turquoise refrigerator dish is partially dishwashed, but I'm obsessed. Can't leave one behind that's cheap and has good color left, even if it isn't all shiny anymore. The little melmac plates weren't in the best shape either, but I've picked up the tiniest little dishes in this pattern before, so I had to add them in as well. It almost looks now like it's a child's set.

A super thrifty price at an antique store. This LuRay bowl (which photographed badly, but is actually in really nice condition) was just two dollars at an antique store.

 Similarly, I got this odd lot of new and old Fiesta at an antique store for cheap because some pieces are chipped and cracked, and the others are very utensil marked. But I've got an arsenal of cleaners, amassed from trying to clean up abused Pyrex, so I think I'll find something that helps the ones that can be helped. The cracked pieces can go in a mosiac pile.

And finally - YAY! My favorite drinking jars, they decided this year to make them in blue!

I have almost a superstition about drinking with these. Pints for soft drinks and tea, quarts for water only. If I start off my day with a big quart jar of water in the green or purple quart jars - previously the only colors available- I'd end up drinking two or more by days end. I'm super happy these are finally available in blue. They also have widemouth pints, which I'm sure is great for you canners out there, as well as blue jelly jars. If my garden does well enough to try out canning this year, I know what I'm buying, lol!

So that's my finds for this winter-turned-Spring. My husband and I yardsaled all day yesterday and I found a couple of things for the next post! Hope the weather is getting nice where you are and the juicy finds start flowing your way!

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Dish and vinyl roundup

Wouldn'tcha know it, I finally have some finds to post about and my camera batteries decide to die after two pictures? (I still haven't updated to this millennium with all the cellular phones and pixel cameras and whatnots.)


 Other than the bargain ivory Fiesta teacup, the Pyrex pieces were both splurges and duplicates, but having used the Butterprint butterdish for a while, I've got to say, having butterfingers is no joke. I've come close to dropping it enough times that I'd switched it out for the Snowflake blue one I had two of in case I really did break it. Now I can switch it back to Butterprint with impunity.

I also picked up a large round red edged enamelware bowl with just enough wear and damage that I can use it in the garden without feeling like I'm messing it up. I like enamelware, and I've seen many nice pieces of it pop up recently, but with prices that seem like a collector trying to cash out of a long-held collection.

Frankly, I'm too broke for that. Right now what I will buy is cute, cheap and useful. I hope this year I get to go yardsaleing and find some cheap and cheerful pieces!

And not dishes, or even thrift store finds, the local used bookstore yielded more surprisingly good records for decent prices. (And free, really, because we were still using a Christmas giftcard, so all the better!)

Cure vinyl! Squeee. These are the original issues from 1980-81. Makes me wonder if someone bought the 180 gram reissues and decided to trade in their originals.

And in the total opposite end, my husband found a Jane Fonda workout record for me for 50 cents in the local antique store. My favorite workout, too - Prime Time (also known as Easy Going). Lots of times I just use it for the 20 minutes of stretching before it goes into the aerobics. I still get my heart rate up just doing the stretching. I haven't listened to the record yet, but it it's like the video, I can probably do all the stretches by heart now.

I also loaded up with collectors books I didn't get a picture of. An early Huxford's Fiesta book, kitchen bakelite, Depression glass and kitchen glass collectibles. All for less than ten bucks trade credit, so I was a happy girl. One thing I've noticed about the collectors books is that it really can pay off to have each edition made, even if its up to edition 10 because the authors add and remove information in each edition. I've especially noticed that earlier editions tend to have more original advertising and dealer catalogs, whereas newer editions tend to add more and more patterns with less details about them.

Anyways, that's my finds for now. Hope you're finding neat stuff!

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Thrift and antique store roundup

It's hard to keep up a thrifting blog when you just aren't finding anything. Thrift stores have been devoid of treasure. And this time of year it seems like more dealers are moving out of antique stores than moving in, so the finds have been few and far between. But yesterday, hubs and I finally found a few treasures.

I added this vintage glass to my collection for 40 cents from a thrift store that used to be a sweet spot for thrift goodness. But it was the only thing I went home with other than some Shirley Temple videos for my mom. This thrift now puts everything I collect in its collectibles section, and asks a few dollars more than I'd expect to see at an antique store.

Then I have a moment in an antique store where I buy something I don't really need, because it's cheap (or at least cheap for around here, that is). This Spring Blossom bowl was in good shape and for $5.75, it came home with me.

The only new addition from this picture here is the burgundy/maroon pie plate (the lime happened to be in the dish drainer, so I thought I'd include it for something of a color reference). I think this burgundy color is uncommon. It's not the in the greatest shape, and it wasn't exactly cheap, but I thought I'd regret it if I passed it up. It was 12 dollars.

More Gemco go-alongs for my Snowflake Blue collection. From a half-off booth, 6 dollars for the set.

And finally, a few flea market treasure from a few weeks ago.

I'm always excited to add Riviera pieces to my very slow-growing collection. Even more excited when they were in great shape and just a few dollars for the set.

I paid a bit more for the green handled utensils and whatnots, the beginning of a new collection of green that I probably shouldn't have started. I think I was under the influence of having fallen in love with a green handled utensil/enamelware/jadeite display I'd seen in an antique store before, but all the pieces were priced higher than I could ever see myself paying. So when I saw these guys at the flea market for quite a bit less I went a bit overboard, lol!

Other than some lids, that's all I've bought so far this year. I'm sad that it isn't as fun or fruitful to go thrift/junk/antique shopping these days, but on the other hand, I've been clearing things out and parting with piled-up stuff I probably shouldn't have bought in the first place, and it's nice to be making some space.

That, or I'm just making room for this years junk - which is probably closer to the truth, lol!

Hope you're finding thrifty treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Year End Wrap up

Another holiday season has come and gone and I've managed to go the month of December without a new post. I've gotten out a few times, but either the pickin's have been too slim or the prices were too steep, so I've counted it lucky when I've walked out with a single thing.

This pretty pink Pyrex was also pricey, but Christmas is a time for presents, after all. The pink Butterprint is my first piece of elusive pink version. It was cheaper than ebay prices by a goodly chunk but still not what I'd call cheap either.

I got comments from the dealers working the register like I was frivolous, weird or crazy for paying that amount for a small pink Pyrex dish. I wanted to defend my purchase and say something like, "Check how much these are selling for on ebay before you scoff at what I'm paying right now", but I just kept my mouth shut. I'm not saying a word that is going to help them. I can't understand dealers who would treat customers like their purchases were foolish. It makes me not even want to shop in that store any more, even though I know the dealers there are just booth renters working off their monthly rent and not the owners themselves. I could mention it to the owners, but cynically I'm afraid anything I say will just continue to give the message that Pyrex is worth big bucks now so every dealer needs to double check ebay prices before they put it out on the shelves. I just wish that when I was finding cool things I just had a positive association with it and not a negative one, you know?

I also have the hardest time making myself letting myself use pieces I think would be hard to replace. I did actually eat cereal out of it a few times before it made its way into my display, but I definely wouldn't use it in the oven or microwave. Only casual use or refrigerator storage for the pieces I feel like babying! Lol.

The same trip I basically paid 5 dollars for a Shiny Brites box. It had some ornaments in it, but no actual Shiny Brites. I was going to use the ornaments for a wreath, and put some actual Shiny Brites in this box.

This 'Uncle Sam' box is my favorite style. (Uncle Sam shaking hands with Santa Claus on the cover). I have one other just like this, but the tree is is a cellophane covered cut-out. I suspect (but don't know for sure) that since this box specific says Gold ornaments on the bottom side panel that this style was for single color ornaments, and that the cutout version was for more decorated stripes, patterns a/o indents.

Either way, I sure do love Shiny Brites. They are becoming my Christmas obsession. My husband and I visited an out of the way haunt we go to only once in a while and they had positively tons of Shiny Brite ornaments. But each one was priced seperately, usually between 4 to 6 dollars a piece. They had lots of original boxes I ooohed and ahhhhed over, but none were being sold as a boxed set. I mentioned this to my husband who I believe astutely deduced that the boxes were basically just being used as props to sell the ornaments out of. He thought that if you asked about the boxes, they'd either say they weren't for sale or that you'd have to buy the entire contents of the box to go with it  - which would have made a box of ornaments somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 dollars!

And finally, this beautiful tree topper came out of a half-off booth, making it what I think was the best 10 dollars I've spent all year.

So delicate, I hardly handle it. The triple indents are dotted with bright aqua inside. The top and bottom of the ball is pink, and there are handpainted white flowers in between the indents.

I love it so! Can you even get over the price tag - .24 cents from Sears and Roebuck! I'm not sure if the 49 is the year it's from, but that's definitely the right time period.

Well, those are my last goodies of 2015. Here's hoping for great junk in 2016!

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thrift roundup

Haven't been out thrifting much lately, though I have picked up a few things most times I've stopped in.

This yellow Pyrex Desert Dawn baker is a duplicate for me but I was not going to pass it up. Bakeware seems to be in high demand these days (and pricey!), so I'll scoop up every thrift find I can.

Felt like I'd hit the motherlode the other day at GW. This is also one of the Goodwills I suspected only sold damaged stuff in store and shipped off everything else. Well, for whatever reason, I found 3 pieces at once, all between 3-5 dollars, in nice and shiny, undamaged condition.

A ReStore find and another piece of Pyrex from GW. Couldn't believe it.

Also picked these up, a White Lace bowl for my mom and a Corningware Floral Bouquet baking sheet for myself.

And finally, my one antique store purchase, the pink lidded Kromex grease jar and salt & peppers. I need a product to shine these guys up with but all the things I've tried either don't work or carry a warning about using them on aluminum. Anyone know any tricks?

That's all my treasures for now. Hopefully I'll be dragging out my Christmas stuff any day now and feeling a little more in the Holiday spirit.

Hope you're finding thrifty treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Long time no post

Long time, no update. I've bought things here and there but at the risk of sounding like a broken record, most Pyrex I'm finding is too expensive for my humble budget and I'm finding myself staying home more and more when I could have been out hunting.

These two terribly DWD bowls are my first Pyrex thrift store finds in a while. I've suspected for a while that this particular Goodwill only put out on the shelf pieces that were too damaged to send on to their online site or whatever GW heaven they send all the good stuff off to. I was okay with paying 3.99 for the dots bowl because the damage made it look pink like the poor pink mixer I didn't want to buy so much. But my husband encouraged me, thinking I'd have not-buyers regret. All in all, he was probably right. So it came home with me as well.

The solid pink is so damaged, the white looks like water damage - or whatever it is - on top of the pink, but that's not the case. It's been dishwashed down to the white underneath the paint. Not much hope for saving it. Chances are good it's going home to my mom to use as a cat bowl.

But the "pink" dot bowl, I like it the way it is. I haven't oiled it to see if it would make it look any better. I tried using a touch of Bar Keeper's Friend to a bad place with a silver utensil mark but it just made the orange start showing through. So I think I'll use it just the way it is.

And then yesterday we went to a few antique stores. I cracked a joke about us not finding anything after visiting at least 3 stores. Something like "It'd be nice if I could find a treasure to make all this walking around worth it". And very shortly after that I found this nice, shiny orange dots bowl for 9 dollars! Yay!

What a difference in the color! And this nice shiny orange dots technically completes my dots bowl set, since the one I was using was also dishwasher damaged. Good deal.

And since I'm not finding much in the way of glassware these days, I thought I might add in a few non-related things. Hope my dish friends don't mind. :-)

My husband is a record and toy guy. His finds sometimes completely trump anything I'm finding out in the world, but he's pretty much stopped blogging ever. I'd like some of that stuff (including non-vintage) to see the light of day. I enjoy looking back through my blog and seeing when I've bought things. After 5 years, I've started to completely forget where I've bought things and when, so having a record of them is pretty cool.

For now, here's my vinyl purchases over the last 6 weeks or so.

I love Lana Del Rey. I don't care what you say, lol. This album was fun to go hunt for because it came out on mine and my husband's 10 year wedding anniversary. How often do you get to buy an album called Honeymoon release on your 10 year anniversary?!

I'm not a big rap fan, generally. But Run the Jewels stomps the face off what passes for rap these days. I really, really, really hope that the limited vinyl Meow the Jewels is pre-ordered for me very, very soon. (Hint hint to all my blog readers who are my husband).

And finally, I have those things I habitually hunt for in the used section of a record store that I don't really think I'll find. The Cure is high on that list. This is the original 1987 version, not the Record Store Day version from 2013, though I must note with some dismay that the RSD version (that I don't have) is selling for 3x +  the original.

Ah, vinyl records, another collection I totally can't afford to keep up with.


Anyways, hope you're finding cool junk out in the world.

Happy Thrifting!