Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lucky Day

This week the husbie & I flew the coop and headed out of state to some of our favorite once-in-a-while antique stores - a treat we usually save for birthdays and anniversaries - but we had some steam to blow off, so we headed out of town.

Hate to say it, but it was pretty much a complete letdown. I bought a few piece of Butterfly Gold Corelle at a thrift stop along the way, but I've posted my random BFG Corelle finds so many times before on this blog it feels like that's all I ever post about. And bad thing is, in my area, the thrifts are so bad, that's really as exciting as it gets.

Here's my two antique store finds:

First up, this Pyrex dinnerware cream and sugar are the first I've had the chance to buy that A) had the lid and B) weren't the gold leaf that I don't collect.

The shop owner I bought these from gave me a case of the warm fuzzies by telling me that these belonged to his in-laws who, according to him, bought these in the 50's. But then he had to unwrap them to find the price sticker he didn't remove first and proceeded to tell me how he gets "their junk pawned off onto him to sell" and that if he didn't save the tag they'd accuse him of giving them less money than they thought they'd priced the item at.

People are funny creatures, tell you what.

Next up, I paid a small fortune for these, but they go with my set. The booth I bought these in had more turquoise ripple and some pink, but each piece was between $12 - 20. I'm one placesetting short of service for 8. If they hadn't been so high, I'd have finished out my set. But for now I'm going to say 7 is my lucky number and leave it at that :-)

But speaking of luck, today I meant to stay home and clean house. But it hit high noon and I decided I really, really wanted to go to the flea market. My husband must have been in the same mood, because he didn't question it at all. In fact, when we stopped to get gas, he spontaneously bought two scratch off lottery tickets - one for me and one for him - and they both won!

I won two whole dollars and he won 5, but hey, winning is still winning, right?! :-)

So we go to one of my favorite antique stores along the way and I find the missing solid blue bowl from my Horizon Blue bowl set and a spare of the smallest size.

So my set that my husband bought me for Christmas is now complete, plus a couple of spares. I really love this pattern, it's definitely a fave.
I also picked up this bowl, a 403. I believe that it is the right bowl for the Reverse Primary set that replaced the ubiquitous original Primary set sometime in 1969. If so, all I need now to complete that set is the purpley-blue colored smallest 401 bowl.
And finally, at the flea market I picked these up. This largest 444 is part of the all turquoise-on-white version of Butterprint. As far as standard Butterprint pieces go, I think all I need now is the special 442 that matches this to make this set. I still don't have any pink Butterprint and my orange bowl set isn't finished, but at least I'm really close at finishing up the standard turquoise version.

So I ended up spending every penny today that I didn't spend the other day when I didn't find much. Funny how that works out. I am still surprised when I ever find pieces I don't have and still want. Sometimes it's seems like it's months in between that happening, then all at once I have a day like today and find several all at once.

Hope you're finding great stuff!

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A few finds

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th!

I haven't been out much since my last post. I've gone to the thrift store exactly once, and of course what do I find but more Corelle?
This time it's the coordinating Colonial Mist pattern, which I'd never seen before. These 5 plates were taped together for 2 dollars and I just couldn't pass them up. And a couple of Butterfly Gold teacups were there as well.

Yesterday we got to go to a few of my favorite antique stores. My husband said he could hear the quick intake of air when I saw these from several feet away:
And actually, it wasn't even the whole casserole together. It was just the lid, but I had the casserole at home with no decorated lid. So I was very happy to be able to reunite them.

The Friendship baker is the first time I've ever seen this piece in the wild. It was more than I cared to pay for it, but less than ebay, so I was coming home with it, without a doubt. The dealer who rang me up was the one who brought it in, and she kinda hugged it to her before wrapping it up. My husband said that he didn't think she'd wanted to give it up just yet. She told me she'd just put it out an hour before. Lucky timing!

That's all my finds for now.

Hope you're finding fantastic treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My first new in the box Pyrex & a mystery

This is my very Pyrex in the original box!

I'm in love with the tiniest details, like the original paper separators (not pictured) that look like coffee filters. And of course, this brochure is just the bomb.

This lists Butterprint as Turquoise - I'm guessing the solid turquoise had been discontinued by that point - and also lists Verde, Daisy, Early American and clear rangeware.

Now here's the mystery:
I picked up this 471 some time ago at a local antique store and have always considered it a mystery, since everything I've ever read online has the 471 as solid blue - just like this set I just bought.

So now I have a choice. But since the 471 seems unusual, and my brand new set is completely unused, I think I'll just enjoy these as display.

Hope you're finding fantastic treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A few finds

Got a chance yesterday to hit up one of the small church thrifts we don't get to often, and it paid off with these cute (and cheap!) finds.
The diamond mug is Federal and was just 10 cents! Altogether, the pink syrup, mug and glass cost less than 2 bucks. My kind of prices, for sure!
This cameo pattern Glasbake was a touch more expensive at $1.49. I fail to grasp the logic of thrift store pricing sometimes, especially for similar items. But still, I thought this pattern was a little unusual - I usually just see these in solid colors - so I wanted to pick it up.

 I guess this is my Butterfly Gold Corelle. My mom told me she's had enough. LOL. I reckon these will join the Woodland/Old Town/Spring Blossom party I've got going on in my spare room.

I've definitely been on a roll finding Heartland items I don't have and have never seen before. This is one of the metal bowls from the mixing set. There's also a ceramic set I'd like to have. This one was from the same thrift and was just .79 cents.

And finally, remember the vintage ads I found the other day? Well here they are all framed up. The turquoise frame was a Hobby Lobby splurge, along with the matting on both, but the Fire King frame was a Goodwill purchase.

Sorry for the funky angles, I can't find a place to hang them that doesn't make them glare horribly (in addition to my already less than stellar photography skillz, lol)

Hope you're finding great stuff!

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sleepy Saturday

Hubs and I didn't stir our sleepy bones early enough to hit any yard sales Saturday, so instead we settled for a trip to the flea market and local antique stores.

I have this set of Crazy Daisy Spring Blossom Green already, but this set taunted me with its 25 dollar price tag, and it's shiny nice condition with all the matching lids, too. I got a ten percent discount, which at least paid the tax, and I was a happy girl. Now to figure out where in the cabinet I'm going to put them!

I bought these original ads at the same time. I thought they were nicely priced at 3.50 apiece, but I'm probably going to spend 10 times that framing them. I'm chomping at the bit to go to Hobby Lobby tomorrow and see if they still have the brightly colored frames I had eyeballed before but didn't buy because I didn't have any particular thing in mind for them.

Now I do! Hopefully I'll get them all framed up and post about it soon!

Hope this weekend yielded nice treasures for you!

Happy Thrifting!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Odds and Ends

Well, I did actually find some Pyrex at the thrift - though not at Goodwill. Both of these pieces were found at Habitat for Humanity ReStores, but one different days. The Autumn Harvest Cinderella bowl was a reasonable 3 bucks, but the Butterfly Gold II was a more flinch-inducing 5 bucks.

And I'm still picking up Butterfly Gold place setting pieces, despite my mom's protest that she's had enough. I think she told me she's up to almost 40 dinner plates now. (And I'm the one that bought every single one of them).

This Strawberry Shortcake glass was 99 cents. Couldn't pass it up, despite the fact that I've pretty much decided that character glasses are the devil. I've just bought too many and a pairing down is in order, despite the fact I'm totally lousy at pairing down anything.

And how sweet are these tiny little guys? The kitten is actually half a shaker set. The kitten/puppy pair are thimbles. These sweet trinkets set me back 49 cents apiece at GW.

I have these owls already, but Hoooo could resist them at 50 cents apiece?

And finally, these two pieces are part of my Grandmother's china set. They were a bit pricey for Goodwill, but I wasn't going to pass them up. I'll be giving these to my mom, who owns the set now.

As a little girl, I used to admire these dishes so much. I was allowed to play tea party with them from time to time. (No doubt this is the origin of my obsession with dishes).

This set was actually made by Enoch Wedgwood, which if my understanding is correct, was actually a relative of the famous Wedgwood China makers. And apparently that was something of a common problem for the original Wedgwood family - relatives going into the china trade to cash in on the family name and reputation.

Wedgwood at some point bought out Enoch Wedgwood and seemingly put them out of business. But in a roundabout way, legitimized presenting these dishes as actual Wedgwood china.

I still think they are just as lovely as I did when I was a little girl. These will always be "the good china".

Hope you are finding thrifty treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Thrift roundup

Pickin's have been slim for the last couple of weeks. I've been out hitting up yard sales, flea markets and thrifts only to come home pretty much empty handed.

Here are a few things I did buy:
This is the figural canister set from the Heartland by International China set I collect. It actually paid off that I've spend hours perusing the page after page of photos of various Heartland items on the site, because these canisters are not marked at all other than a Made in Japan sticker.
Had to show it with a piece of the set so you can the surprising amount of attention to detail they actually paid - where the doors are, what color they are, etc. I think they had to fudge it a bit to include that little tea canister, but it's kinda hard to do a traditional 4-piece canister set out of a dish motif that is specifically 3 little houses.  I didn't realize it at the time, but there's also a utensil crock and cookie jar that look just like two of these houses but instead of flour & sugar they say Hardware and Bakery. Too cute. I'd love to find those as well.

I bought these because they were very cheap. They seem sweet and well-made. I've never bought or even used Pfaltzgraff before. What I've seen of it in thrift stores has almost always been the pattern Folk Art, usually for sale as a large set and at a premium price.

I don't know what's more tragic, the fact that this poor refrigerator dish is so dishwashed or the fact that I bought it. Part of me felt like it was some sort of synchronicity owing to the fact that I had just been talking to my husband the day before about one of the first times I ever stepped foot in a thrift store just to look for vintage dishes/Pyrex.

I saw this same fridgie, only in much better shape, marked 2.99, which at the time was outrageous. ( I was buying most Pyrex pieces for a dollar or two, Pyrex mugs were usually 29 cents. I feel like I'm talking about the 1800's or something, but this was just 3-4 years ago!)

I remember I held it in my hand and showed it to my husband and said "It's so cute, but just too small to be practical. What would you put in it?" (Oh the days before I became such a shameless hoarder of the Pyrex)

Had it been even a dollar less, I probably would have bought it anyway. Worse still was the fact that back then, when things were overpriced, they just sat there. People would leave things til Half Off Day.

So I'd just been thinking about that when I found this poor, sad dishwashed little red. Bought it anyway, for the same price a good one wouldn't sell for in the same store just a few years ago. At least the lid is perfect.
The blue glass is my only yard sale find yesterday. It matches two red ones I found at a GW a while back. I've seen these glasses online in a green colorway also that goes from light to dark. Maybe I'll have a set of these some day. I'm trying in vain to keep my vintage glass collection to only polka dots and stripes. There are just too many pretty glasses!

The blue Ball jar is only my second. It was a pricey GW find at 3.99, but that's probably less than half what they're all marked in antique stores around here.  The Brim coffee cup (sorry, hard to read) is something I had to buy because I have a small accidental collection of other Brim coffee items. My husband's grandparents must have drunk Brim decaffeinated coffee by the case full, because we have tons of nails, knobs and miscellaneous household items in Brim coffee tins. So it just brings a smile to my face to find an oddball Brim item to add to the collection.

And finally, antique store Pyrex.
Neither came with lids, but I had some at home. The Verde fridgie was a 5 dollar purchase and technically it finished my fridgie set. I also have the square flowers version of the largest 503, so I'd considered this complete done a long time ago, but it's nice to have both.
This completed my Daisy 470 set, despite the fact that one is the clear patterned lid. Daisy hasn't always been one of my favorite patterns, but it's just so undeniably cheery. I'm liking it more and more lately since I've found more of the pieces with decorated lids.

Hope your yard sales and estate sales are yielding lots of treasures!

Happy Thrifting!