Thursday, December 18, 2014

Butterfly Blue

My husband and I headed out yesterday to an antiques district we generally only go to a few times a year.

When we both began the prowl for vintage we used to find tons of treasures - more than we could  afford! But these days, there's more stores/booths than ever, but just not what we are looking for, and hardly anything actually vintage! So much decor, TJ Maxx-style home furnishings, and repainted furniture. I am no longer a fan of chalk paint/milk paint or any other distressed-look style. I've just seen far too much of it in the last couple of years.

So hubs and I left almost empty handed. In fact, we spent more on lunch at Cracker Barrel than we did shopping, and that's counting both of us combined.

I love the things I did get though!
This is a small stack of scratch-and-dent Homer Laughlin pieces. The rippled edges are Riviera and the small round plate is Carnival. They were a dollar a piece, and I just couldn't pass them up at that price, despite small chips and glaze skips. Riviera and Carnival are my two favorite lines in Homer Laughlin to collect. It's much more rare for me to pick up a new piece of either than it is to find a tempting piece of Fiesta, so I basically collect it all. My dream is to buy either a geniune vintage medical cabinet stand to display my pieces in or to get the one they currently sell at Ikea in jadeite green.
And here's some Butterfly Gold I know for a fact that my mom doesn't have. And I'm not giving these to her because they are just too weird and cool.

According to pyrexlove and corellecorner, these were a gift item in 1977, commemorating Corning's first patent. Corelle corner references original packaging, but sadly, I can't find any pictures of what that might look like.

My husband thought they were the Blue Cornflower Corningware pattern when I showed these to him. I wouldn't have known what they were if I hadn't seen them several years ago via the flickr group. These are definitely my favorite Butterfly Gold items!

Hope you are having great luck and finding most excellent treasures!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thrift Scores

Seems to be a running theme here that I've been absent for a couple of weeks. This time it's been because of an awful flu my husband caught first, then of course I caught it. Still not over it after a week & a half, we both just wanted to get out of the house for a little while yesterday.

So we went thrifting & popped into a couple of our favorite nearby antique stores. Here's my loot:

I cannot even say how much I love these ornaments. They were an antique store splurge, but I had to have them. This was the first time I've found a box of Shiny Brites for less than 25 dollars a box, and half of them are my favorite - indents! So I went for it.

I also picked up a copy of a Southern-based antiques magazine called the Busy Bee Trader, which also happened to have this fantastic article on the history of Shiny Brites. Found out something I never knew - that Corning produced these ornaments. Yet another Corning product I collect and never knew it!
These Friendship casseroles were together like they were a pair, and no sign of the other pieces that actually did come with originally. I had one already, with the opal version of the lid, so now I've got one of each and a spare. I just can't pass up Friendship if it's at all reasonably priced. Last time I saw a piece of Friendship in the wild, it was a 403 mixing bowl for 30 dollars. Ouch!

And here's my two thrift finds:
Couldn't get a good picture of this baby pink Rubbermaid silverware tray. I have the exact same one in turquoise already, but it was probably made a bit more recently than this one. The pink has an older, cursive script on the Rubbermaid logo, but my turquoise one has the current logo, a block script inside an oval shape.

And finally, this piece of Markley descoware has been put through the ringer, but I had to buy it anyway. I love the pattern! My husband spotted it for me. I think his hunting instincts come out when we go thrifting and antiquing. It's both sweet and maddening at the same time, because he's always racing ahead to try to find the good stuff, but he's calling me over while I'm still looking somewhere he's already moved on from. I lag behind because I'm looking for possibly buried treasure!

Hope this has been a good week for you!

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fire King Stripes set complete!

Picked up the largest pink bowl today at a local antique store for $14.99 and it completed my set!

It's a shade lighter than the grease jar and shakers, so if I get the chance to, I really wouldn't mind picking up another darker one and relegating this lighter pink to an everyday user bowl. Typically in my area Fire King bowls are more expensive than Pyrex, and seem to be more fragile, so they're mostly display-only pieces in my collection - though I do use some jadeite and turquoise blue pieces from time to time.

There is also a batter bowl that I'd like to have. The band is red, so it doesn't exactly fit this pink/blue/yellow color scheme, I still think it would be a nice compliment to them.

And I also found a really cool vintage item that even though I was with my husband when we bought it I asked him to wrap it up and give it to me for Christmas. I'm excited to share it after Christmas!

How's everyone coming on the Christmas decorating? We put up our tree last night. I'm still mussing and fussing with ornaments and decorations. I'll get it together at some point, lol!

Hope you found nice surprises this weekend!

Happy Thrifting!

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!