Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thrift and antique store roundup

Got out thrifting yesterday. Hit up an antique store and several thrifts. Didn't find a lot, but I did add a few Christmas items and this sweet, beat-up vintage ivory Fiesta mixing bowl to my collection of once abused-but-now-loved by me mixers.

Hard to see in the pic, but it's got lots of silver metal marks inside and out (which I'll remove later with Bar Keeper's Friend), and a large chip on the side. It's a #5 with the rings on the inside bottom, which means it was produced before the design was changed (and the rings removed) sometime in 1938. It was 2.99 at GW, and I guarantee the only reason it was out on the shelf is because the word "Fiesta" and the size number were almost entirely illegible.

But I love these bowls no matter what shape they are in. I've got an equally beat-up yellow #5 I paid a pittance for and an almost perfect red #5 I paid a fortune for, and I still can say I love them just the same.

Despite being decorated to the nines in Christmas, the antique store I walked though really didn't have many ornaments for sale at all. And they were all solid colors. No beautiful indents or Shiny Brites in sight - at any price!

I picked up this box of ornaments mostly for the sweet ones with hearts on them and bought another small bag just for the two pink West German ornaments. The angel hair beside them is a totally new one on me. These packages haven't been opened, but they'd split open over time and had been overwrapped.

The angel hair is blue (hard to tell in the pic) and it's actually spun glass. From what I was reading, I believe it's Fiberglass. Pretty as it is, it's also an irritant. The package itself warns that if "mild itching occurs to wash hands in cold water". Oh boy!

(BTW, if you are hunting Angel Hair (of the non-irritating variety) for your decor, they still sell it at Hobby Lobby, I discovered when I was researching last night. They also carry replacement bulbs for ceramic Christmas trees - but in my local store they are in with the Doll House supplies - which I think is an odd location for them. Just wanted to pass this info along! :-)

And finally - More Bubble Lites! These were just two dollars a box. There were five, plus two boxes of replacements. Groovy! I'm totally set for Bubble Lites this year, for sure. The packages themselves were not dated, but the replacements were - 1989. I'm semi-surprised these are as relatively recent as that.

I don't know how to date my other boxes of Bubble Lights (notice the spelling change on the box?) that I also guesstimate to be dated sometime in the 1970-80's.

And they are obviously much smaller than the new ones. Are these smaller ones the same size as the actual originals? I've never really seen original Bubble Lites to compare them to.

I still haven't gotten out my Christmas decorations yet, but I know it's going to happen quite soon. Can't wait to see what these Bubble Lites look like on my new/old white Christmas tree!

Hope you're out finding thrifty treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oops I did it again?

I went out just once this week to the thrift and a nearby antique store and what did I find but two more irresistibly pink Pyrex refrigerator dishes? How crazy is that, that I find pink refrigerator dishes on back-to-back trips at a time when I'm barely leaving the house to go antique shop or thrift, when I'd been on the hunt for at least a couple of years before I finally just broke down and bought my very first pink fridgies online (One of the rare times I've bought Pyrex online at all!)

I'm not complaining though. That's for sure. I love pink Pyrex :-)

Other than that, not much to report. I bought a two dollar bag of newer Christmas ornaments just for the sake of rescuing the two old ones that were mixed in. I'm getting the fever to decorate for Christmas already and I'm not sure I can hold out much longer.

I bought several strands of the newer repro bubble lights in a yard sale over the summer (that I never got around to blogging) and I'm dying to see whether I want to use them on the tree versus the 3 boxes of the smaller, original style bubble lights I lucked into at GW last year or so. I've never had bubble lights before - never even seen them on a tree, really. So I'm eager as a kid to find out!

Hope you're finding nifty treats and thrifty treasures!

Happy Thrifting!  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Surprise finds

I really haven't been out since my last post. Drs appointments and obligations have kept me (mostly) out of the thrift and antique stores for a few weeks now. I've hit the Goodwill when running errands put me in sight of one, but I've left empty handed (except the hubs who scored a few vinyl records).

Even today, I had an obligation that kept me from attempting to yard sale, so I almost just stayed home altogether, but my husband actually told me he thought I might crack up if I didn't get out today. So of all things I chose to do, I decided to go to my hometown antique store (that almost never has anything). Figured we'd walk through it in about 5 minutes flat, then we'd splurge on some junk food lunch - another indulgence I've been denying myself quite a bit lately - then head back home.

But that didn't happen. In fact, I found one of my vintage holy grail items - a McKee dots dish!
(Red dots on custard, and I believe is it the smallest of a 3 piece round canister set)

It was the first thing I found, and I was positively over the moon about it! I've coveted McKee dots online and in collector's books for several years now, but only just this summer even saw a single piece in person. (Alas, it was a lidless red dot refrigerator dish for 65 dollars. And I just couldn't do it. Had it had a lid I might just have.)

I would have left happy with just this one find, but in another booth I found 3 pink refrigerator dishes for 15 dollars - with lids!  AND the smallest Snowflake Blue casserole dish that completes my 470 set!

A family reunited!
Had to take this picture of them all together :-)

The medium size pink fridgie has seen better days. I don't think its been dishwashed, but it looks like someone got after it with a brillo pad. It sad to see a damaged finish on a color like this that is in such a high demand these days, but it's also easy to forget how many good cleaning products we have now that just didn't exist in the prime days of pink Pyrex. The little guys probably were too small to be used as baking dishes, so they've made it though the decades with very little damage.

I've got to admit, I hoard pink Pyrex. This is makes 2 and a half fridgie sets for me, and I'll probably still keep buying them if I find more I can afford. I hope I'm not bad!

And speaking of vintage holy grails, what are yours? I think I've got so many Pyrex grails that they are a category unto themselves, but my absolute top two are more McKee dots (every color I can get!) and more pieces to go with my grandmother's Hull wheat canister. I'm ever and always looking for these - in the wild. Maybe someday I'll ebay them, but I'm a half-the-fun is the hunt kind of girl!

My grandmother's Hull wheat canister. I believe this originally belonged to her mother.

What are your vintage holy grails you keep an eye out for?

Hope you're enjoying this weekend and finding fabulous treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pink Scroll for the win

For almost the entire 4 years I've been collecting Pyrex this dish has clocked in as my single most expensive piece. I bought it very early on in collecting and haven't seen another one for sale since.

But just in the last 3 months, I gave in and spent more money than I ever had before for two different pieces - a Friendship lasagna pan and the smallest Balloons bowl (the 441) from the chip & dip set.

But apparently Pink Scroll couldn't stand to be bested - so here she is again - a duplicate and once again my most expensive piece.

And at the same time, I bought the flamingo pink creamer & sugar I was missing from my dinnerware collection. It's really beginning to narrow down what I'm still looking for. Mostly it's been lime that has eluded me.

And finally, it's half a party - a Pineapple Party, that is. I'm really pleased I got a photo that decently captures the fade effect on it. It's bad how almost exactly the same color this piece is to the smallest Daisy bowl. Comparing the two, it just makes the Pineapple bowl look like its got the beginnings of dishwasher damage or something.

But it's perfectly shiny, so I'm sure that's what I have. Wish they'd had the big bowl and bracket!

I couldn't believe I'd found 3 really cool things I needed at once like that!

Hope your weekend was filled with fun and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Yard sale & thrift finds

My favorite find in a long time!

I had no idea these canisters came in pink! Hubba Hubba! I held my breath when I saw them, worried they'd be expensive. But they were 5 bucks - same price as I paid for my turquoise set a while back. I've been lucky finding these sets so reasonably priced. Love 'em!

I bought all this from a lady who told me her cabinets were full of this pattern and she was ready to let it go. I asked her how much she wanted for all of it and she said 25 dollars. And I said "Sold!" I'll split these with my mom. I didn't mean to collect this pattern for myself at all, but I wouldn't be surprised if I had about as much as she does by now! Ooops :-) I was amazed that every single piece had a lid, and other than some dust and grime that washed away, they're all in great condition, just a single buggered up lid.

And my very first Gurley candles! These were 50 cents each at the thrift. And just in time for Halloween!

I found lots more goodies yard sale-ing, thrifting, and antique store shopping, lately - I've just been really slack in posting them. And of course I'm hoping to find more this weekend!

Hope you're finding nifty treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Anniversary goodies

The hubby and I celebrated our 9th Anniversary yesterday. We took a much-anticipated trip to an antique district a bit too far away to be in our regular rotation.

I can't even write about the Pyrex I saw without starting to type out the same sentiment again and again: Prices are going up, up, up, and I just can't afford it. In my area, it's becoming commonplace that higher-demand colors/patterns of Pyrex are more expensive than jadeite and depression glass. It's unreal.

I've wanted the tulip casserole since I began collecting, but I just wouldn't buy it online. In the end, I didn't really save any money buying it in the wild, but I did get to hold it in my hands and see its condition before I bought it. I still love it though :-)

The turquoise dinnerware platter had also eluded me until now. I have the grey and pink and just need the lime to have one of each of the platters I'm collecting. And the pink gooseberry bowl completed my second set of Cinderellas. I have one really minty set on display and another in the cabinet to use. Best of both worlds.

My Fire King and Fiesta finds. The tulips grease jar is pretty faded, but cost me less than 10 dollars, so it was definitely coming home with me. The platter underneath it is Fire King Vitrock and goes with my other pastel Vitrock pieces.

The heart bowls are Fiesta Lapis and Poppy, in the smaller size that is a small/independent retailer exclusive. I missed getting one the last trip we took, so hubby bought me two. I was touched, he went right for the color I was looking for. He really does pay attention to all my dish craziness. Poor guy! He is so sweet <3 br="">
I was looking for more vintage clocks for above my Pyrex display. These are whooped up, but perfect for what I want. And they didn't set me back much, which is always nice.

And I've apparently developed a taste for kitchy vintage refrigerator magnets. I bought a couple of bags of cute ones that have already made their way onto my fridge, but here's some of highlights.

Anthropomorphic fruit anyone?

And the dieter's magnets are just too fantastically cruel to be taken seriously.  No eating. That's always good advice.
Overall, I had a wonderful trip and a great day with my husband! Good stuff!

Hope you're out having fun this weekend!

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A few finds and some seasonal treasures

I had to pick up this years Halloween Pyrex at the local Target. They only had 4 of each when I went so I'm glad I got a chance to pick these up. If they have them at the outlet I may pick up some spares.

 All the different designs from the last 3 years.

Sadly, I missed out on the Christmas and Spring designs because they didn't come to any stores in my area. Except this Spring I went to the Corningware outlet store a few hours away and they said they'd received hundreds of them and they clearanced them out for a dollar apiece! I was so disappointed! Why couldn't they have just sold them at Target like the Halloween pieces? Ugh.

 I wasn't supposed to be antique store shopping, but the hubs and I stopped at a store we only go to once in a while. And of course we found too much stuff and spent money intended for our anniversary trip. Figures, right?

I hemmed and hawed about buying this red bowl, fearing it was another primary red that I really didn't need to buy. Decided to get it anyway and use it for my Friendship set no matter what.
Once I got home with it, I believe it really is the Friendship bowl I was missing. It matches my other red Friendship pieces perfectly. I now have a complete 3 bowl set. It would be just the cat's pajamas if I could find the orange 404 to officially complete the set. 
And finally, I had to buy these ornaments. Vintage ornaments are always so wildly overpriced in my area. So finding this whole bag for 5 dollars was a must-purchase.

The kissing Clauses are my favorites. So cute!

That's my finds for now. I've got my fingers crossed we'll have a fabulous anniversary trip with lots of cool swag here in just a few days. I'm so excited! I so look forward to these fairly rare forays outside our usual stomping grounds. :-)

Hope you're finding fantastic treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!