Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thrift finds

Almost all of these are thrift finds. I really haven't been out much, but I think I've picked up more in the last couple of trips than I've previously found all winter. The nice weather must be responsible for it.

Couldn't resist the red. The little Glasbake casserole has the beginnings of dishwasher damage, but it had its fin lid. Also picked up the little Zak strainer bowl - you can't tell it in this photo but it's shaped like a strawberry - and it's the perfect size to rinse a small package of berries all at once. 

Picked up yet another damaged vintage Fiesta mixing bowl - an Ivory #3 for 3 dollars at a nearby antique store. I can't pass up vintage Fiesta mixing bowls at a good price, even when they are really damaged.

Another set of Heartland items I'd never seen before - 23 knobs and one pull. Someone must have had a whole kitchens worth of them. They were absolutely filthy when I bought them and they have no mark, so you just either have to know they are Heartland or just so happen to like the pattern. I have absolutely nowhere to put them, so they are living inside the last Heartland casserole I bought. This pattern never ends, lol!

Military medical mess hall dishes are the one style of restaurant ware I let myself pick up. Only the platter is new, I just photographed it with my two other pieces. It's huge! Kinda wish now I had another place settings worth so my husband and I could each have a set to use once in a while.

And finally, my Pyrex finds:

My husband found the Spring Blossom bowl for me at Goodwill, and it is literally the first piece of opal Pyrex I've seen there in two years. It set me back $5.99.

I also found this marriage of a Pyrex lid with an opal Fire King body at the same Goodwill, different day.

I might should have passed on the very dishwashy Heinz baker, but it was two dollars and in good shape other than being dishwashed, so I thought I might try to clean it up.

And finally, my antique store purchases. These came out of a new booth in a local antique store, 9 dollars for the space saver, 10 for the Butterprint fridgie with lid, which is now what I'd say is well below average price around here now. (Everything I see nowadays in antique stores is pretty much 25 dollars+,  sadly).

A dealer who was working that day, who knows I collect Pyrex, exclaimed exasperatedly that she had meant to buy these and just forgot about it. I'm not sure if she was genuinely trying to get me to not purchase them for myself, but I pretty much refused to give them up. I was nice about it, apologetic even, but it kinda bothered me that a dealer was more interested in getting the good deal for themselves than being helpful to frequent customer of their store.

Hope you're finding nifty treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Flea Market finds

Hit the flea market this weekend. Was excited to see quite a few new dealers. Outside buildings that are normally closed up over the winter were bustling with new folks moving in, bringing fresh new old junk. Exciting!

I bought four of these Glasbake Lipton mugs for ten dollars. And the best part is that one of the four was the pink one I was missing to complete the set I had at home. Now I'm halfway to a duplicate set!

I picked up the recipe tin to the left at the flea market for one whole dollar, and it reminded me I'd bought another one from Goodwill the other day.  These are both marked Ohio Art. Practically every recipe tin I've ever seen was made by this company, seems like. They are also makers of Etch A Sketch toys!

And finally, I added a big two-cup measure to my mom's Foley measuring set, plus two extra one cup measures. I think I ended up with a partial set when as a teenager I got my first apartment and needed kitchen stuff. Of course it took me years and years to actually appreciate them. And since I've been picking up the odd measure or so whenever they've popped up at the thrift. I'd never seen the giant two-cupper before, so it's a nice addition. And for a dollar, I cannot complain. 

I am supremely excited about the nice weather, hoppin' Flea Market, my favorite Ace Hardware is getting in all sorts of neat starters that are so much better and cheaper than the same ole Bonnie starters everywhere else has. Spring has Sprung! Whoo-hoooo!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Happy Thrifting!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Date-iversary finds

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated the 10 year anniversary of our first date. We ate at the same restaurant we did that day. The food is just as good, just 10 dollars more expensive for basically the same thing. And instead of hitting a bookstore like we originally did, we went antique store and thrift store shopping. What can I say, we are just exciting folks. Lol :-)

First off, I added to my vintage clock collection. These will someday soon be the decoration above my Pyrex cabinet. I finally bought my turquoise paint (a story for another day), and when I get it all shined up, I'll post it here.

The white Seth Thomas was very cheap and non-working, but the red GE says that it is (I haven't plugged it in yet). It is identical to my turquoise one. A quick google search leads me to see there is also a yellow version. But I really wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a pink one and at least one shade of green. Everything from clocks to syrups to canister sets seems to be available in that 1950's rainbow of pink, turquoise, red, yellow, and either primary or jadite green. And of course, I want them all! :-)

My thrift store finds for the day - a Heartland casserole, large glass, and a crazy daisy Spring Blossom green cereal bowl. The Heartland items came from two different thrifts. This pattern must have been absolutely everywhere, because I see at least one piece of it most times I go thrifting. I no longer buy any basic place setting pieces because I already have WAY too many. I only buy things I haven't seen before or passed up because of price.

I picked up the smaller pink and white boomerang glasses for two dollars apiece at an antique store. I've had the solid pink and turquoise glasses for a while, just wanted to show the height difference. And now I can conclusively say this is a Hazel Atlas pattern. Only two of the smaller glasses have the mark (all the rest of my glasses have only a mold/batch number).

I had it in mind to pair these with my pink and turquoise Ripple dishes, which seems even more appropriate now that I know the glasses are Hazel Atlas as well. There seem to be other colors in this pattern that I think would blend beautifully with the Anchor Hocking pastel vitrock pieces I collect, so I'd love to dovetail this glassware pattern in with something else I collect.

My only Pyrex for the day. And they were expensive - more so than I'd care to admit to on this blog.
But I'm only one large opal lid away from completing the 470 round casseroles in all-opal. The total Pyrex hoarder in me wants the whole run in opal to display and clear decorated to use. I feel the same way about Daisy. I just rarely find either pattern in the wild, so it's been a matter of using what I have or not at all.

We've had a small, nice run of warmer weather lately. Estate sales and yard sale seem to be trickling back into possibility. I'm already dreaming of the major yard sales coming in the next few months, and some birthday shopping to do as well. I'm ready to go junk!

Hope you're finding lots of neat goodies!

Happy Thrifting!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sunday find

My Sunday finds at one of my favorite junker/antique/treasure store. It had been a good long while since we'd had a chance to stop there, and I'm sure glad we did.

Normally I'm not the biggest fan of Verde Pyrex, but I really adore decorated opal lids, so Verde gets a pass. I flinched a little when the owner of the shop remarked "These are the next big collectible". They were still just 15 dollars for the set of 3, so I'm really amazed they weren't asking more.

Unlike the ovals, these round casserole lids are just one color. Here's a detail photo:

I got out my smaller oval casserole to show the two shades of green:

Hope you're finding thrifty treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sunshine finds

Happy March! Wonder if it's been crazy weather around your locale like it has mine? Yesterday was, in my opinion, the first pretty day of the year we've had so far, and definitely the warmest, but that's all pretty much due to a storm blowing in behind it. My garden (and garden blog) have languished for months. Yesterday's sun and warmth had me wanting to go to a garden center and pick out starters - which none of them seem to have yet. My impatience is tremendous, lol!

So I visited some antique stores instead.  :-)

I picked up a set of 6 of these glasses. I had 3 red and one blue at home already, so I have a set of 10 now. I love polka dots!

These glasses are unmarked, but I believe these are the glasses in my Hazel Atlas book. It's difficult to make out, but I think the green, blue and yellow/orange are on the top right. I sure would love that matching pitcher to go with them!

And it figures I'd pick up sunny yellow and orange Daisy Pyrex on the warmest day of the year! I love that these had their decorated lids. In what is now almost 5 years of Pyrex collecting, I've never come across these 2 pieces in the wild. I'd love to find the versions with the opal lids, to display, and keep these clear lidded ones in my everyday users cabinet.

Hope you are finding thrifty treats and treasures where you are!

Happy Thrifting!

Friday, February 20, 2015

A couple of finds

It's been freezing cold and all manner of ice, sleet and snow around these parts lately, so I haven't been out much. Didn't even hit the town for Valentine's Day, like we typically do.

I did however find this lovely blue doily casserole at the flea market. For ten bucks, I didn't even try to bargain it down. This is the smaller sized casserole, though it looks larger in the picture. I've had the lid for its larger sized version since very early on in my collecting days, but have never seen the turquoise base to complete it. I've never quite understood why they paired this color base with a dark blue lid?

And my one thrift find is this unmarked almost lavender-colored melmac mixing bowl. It has a size number on it of 111, and it's the same shape and size as a marked Texas ware bowl I have. But poking around on ebay I noticed that Brookpark made bowls with the same shapes and marking numbers. So this could be either of those or neither. The fact that it's not marked is, I'm guessing, the only reason it made it to the shelves at Goodwill. I'm pretty sure they are sending off everything even vaguely vintage to their website these days. Either way, I like it a lot and it's a welcome addition to my new and vintage melmac bowl collection.

Hope you're finding good stuff these days. The antique stores and thrifts around here are pretty bare and whatever they do have is crazy priced. It's a lean time of year around here for vintage goodies, that's for sure.

Happy Thrifting!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For the love of vintage

Do you have any newly made vintage-inspired items you've bought lately? Or do you only stick to the originals? For myself, it's really hard to justify newly made kitchen stuff no matter how cute it is simply because I've got so much vintage. But once in a while, something really strikes my fancy and I have to buy it anyway.

I've been buying the new colored Ball jars since they came out with blue. I'd just read about the purple ones when I saw them yesterday at Kmart. I believe they are also supposed to be the larger size in these too, but they didn't have any of them. I love the large quart jars for water glasses, pint size for fizzy drinks. Good portion control. I just wish they'd made the large jars in blue. I wonder why they didn't?

And as much as I really don't need any more Pyrex (especially NEW Pyrex), I still have been buying the seasonal patterns when I've seen them at Target. I've missed a few that seem to only be at stores nowhere near me. I believe they are doing this style dish in a New Dots homage pattern. I bet those will sell really well to collectors and non-collectors alike :-)

And finally, I had a ten dollar off coupon at JC Penney's, so I splurged and bought a 4 bowl Zak designs nesting bowl set. I already had the extra-large blue bowl, so the 4 bowl set nests right inside it. As much as I love the vintage Texas ware confetti bowls, the bright colors of the Zak designs bowls lured me in. I also have a few Rachael Ray garbage bowls because of the style and colors.

JC Penney, however, gets on my nerves. These bowls used to be 38 dollars when they were "fair and square" pricing. Now the same bowls that have been sitting there for years have had their prices re-stickered to 62 dollars, so they can be on 30% - 40% for $34.99.

On the other hand, their coupons and gimmicks got me to walk back into a store, so I guess they were right after all. Either way, I got my bowl set, and if I buy anymore Zak bowls it will likely be when they turn up at Tuesday Morning or TJ Maxx.

On the thrift/antique store front, I really haven't been shopping in a while. And when I have, the shelves have been very, very bare. I'm hanging a lot of hope on yard sale season and warmer weather!

Hope you've been finding thrifty treats and treasures!

Happy Valentine's Day!