Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A few thrift store scores

I find something I want at the thrift so rarely lately that every time I do, I get this thrifter's high. Like I've won a contest. Like I bested Goodwill by actually pulling something out of there that I might actually want, when they seem so bent on not having a single thing worth buying in the store except maybe clothes.

Are other people's Goodwill's the same way, like they are trying to be 90% clothing and 10% broken stuff that came from the Dollar Tree they want twice the original price for?

I have this pitcher already, but I buy duplicates when I can, because the last two vintage pitchers I've been really fond of have each cracked right at the place where the top of the handle connects to the body. I took this pretty home for 3.99 and am glad to put it to use.

When I saw this gold metal cradle, I thought I knew what it was. I was hoping, hoping, hoping I was right. Then I came across a couple of Pyrex lids, which gave me even more hope I was right. And I also picked up this little Glasbake bowl along the way as well.

So when I got home, I tried this:

Yep! I think it's a match.

I've never been that excited by Pyrex cradles. But this was an odd one to find. And Pyrex in general has become much more competitive over the years than it used to seem to me to be, so every time I find something I don't have, I'm super excited.

And finally, a few more thrift scores.

Homer Laughlin Riviera for 99 cents each!

Riviera is by far my favorite Homer Laughlin line, but over the years I've come across much more Fiesta to fall in love with, so my Fiesta collection far outpaces my tiny Riviera one.

The teacup is perfect, but the saucers have varying degrees of fleabites to significant chips, but they are all on the underside and not very noticeable.

The plates underneath are actually another HLC line, Harlequin. I don't collect Harlequin at all, but I couldn't help picking these up when I found them all as a stack. They also have chips, so for now, they are going into a project box. They may get repurposed if I ever get crafty enough.

That's all for now.

Hope you're finding fantastic treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Glasbake primary bowl set

First up, my antique store finds.

unmarked Glasbake primary bowl and Federal Glass bowl

I might well have mistook this yellow primary bowl for a Pyrex bowl if it weren't sitting right inside one in the antique store. This unmarked Glasbake bowl is closer in size to the next size down (the green one). It nested well inside the yellow Pyrex bowl, but stood up above the edge, so when I spotted it, I was pretty sure I knew that it was the bowl I was missing and needed to complete the Glasbake primary set I just bought a few weeks ago!

Unmarked Glasbake primary bowl set

Wow, I am really surprised to have completed this bowl set so quickly! And locally too! Though my purchases were not from the same store or even the same town.

 My next two purchases are both sugar creamer sets. A pretty impractical purchase, since I don't really use either. But they each go with something else I collect.

I officially have more pink Hazel Atlas Ripple than I do turquoise now. I can't believe it. Though there's always room for more, lol!

And these guys here are Sunbeam, which came with certain models of Sunbeam Vacuum Coffee Makers. That's something I've collected for a while, but haven't made a new purchase in ages. And sadly, I haven't enjoyed a vac pot of coffee in a long time as well.

And my final antique store purchases. A cheap jadeite mug, which I got super cheap because of a chip I plan to sand down with some very fine grit sandpaper. I thought it'd make a good addition to the everyday user cabinet.

And this piece of Country Festival Corning ware is an odd shape I couldn't pass up. If I ever bake start baking bread this size seems like it'd make a generous half-loaf. I've decided this pattern is going to be the one I keep and use. Too many patterns I like and not enough house to put them all in. So Pyrex is my out-of-control collection, Corning ware is going to be down to one pattern - though I am allowing myself to keep whatever patterns I want in petite pans that don't take up much space.

So those are my antique store finds as of late. I've found a few neat things at the thrift for another post.

Hope you're finding nifty treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, August 20, 2016


I haven't been out much. Did manage to sneak in a hop to the local antique stores in between appointments and found this incomplete Pyrex Butterprint Cinderella bowl set for 35 dollars, which far enough below retail for stores around here that I was not going to leave without it. I only really needed the middle blue 442 bowl to complete my duplicate set - which I have seen for sale by itself for 30 + bucks before, just by itself.

So I suppose I'll think of the smallest bowl as the beginning of a duplicate set for my still incomplete all turquoise-on-white set. I think Butterprint continues to be my favorite standard Pyrex pattern.

And here's my only real successful thrift trip (my only other find at all was a chippy medium refrigerator dish lid at GW):

Another slightly chippy Franciscan Starburst dinner plate, which I believe was 60 cents. Miller Studios chalkware birds, also slightly chippy, but absolutely adorable, which were also very cheap. Surprisingly enough to me, these are dated 1970, when I would think just by looking at them that they were more 1950's era!

And finally, a Fire King Azurite chili bowl that was in the collectibles section for 3 dollars.

I also learned while looking up the Fire King bowl that the chili bowl was also made in Turquoise Blue, which came as a surprise to me. I'd never seen either before, only the Jadeite chili bowl. Here's a post I made a few years ago about the differences in shade between Azurite and Turquoise Blue.

My one jadeite chili bowl was also a thrift find, so long ago now I don't remember where I got it or what I paid for it - which for me is unusual. I tend to remember prices I paid and where I bought something without trying, but generally have no idea how long it's been since I bought it. Which is exactly what this blog is good for. I can just read my own posts and go "Oh yeah! THAT'S when I got that!" Lol!

Now my husband and I each have our choice of Fire King chili bowl to use, though if I'm being honest, these bowls are so small by today's standards, that I'd be more likely to use them for dips or a small desert, like pudding.

So that's my finds as of late.

Hope you're finding thrifty treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

127 yard sale

For the last 3 years my husband and I have been making the trip to visit the 127 World's longest yard sale. Most of our trip is just getting to it! But we've found enough on our (too) short treks up and down the way, that we've braved the heat and rain to find some of our favorite things. And this year was no different.

First up, this awesome Lustro ware paper dispenser is something that dreams are made of. Lol! I've admired it for years online, but never seen it in person before. That is, until I bought it for 10 dollars! Yippee!

I hadn't realized how much red Lustro ware I'd accumulated until I set it on a shelf with the small salt and pepper set I'd managed to forget I owned. I also have the four piece canister set and a rolltop bread box. Red would probably not have been my first choice, but everything I've found so far has been yardsale prices or cheaply from antique stores, so I'm certainly not going to complain.

Jadeite! None of these were screamin' deals, but they were far enough below retail I felt pretty happy to purchase. The St. Denis mugs have been one of my jadeite grails for a long while. I don't know why I picked out that style, I just like the shape, but I'd never seen any for sale in person. The breakfast set, lotus pieces, and probably Charm have all been the jadeite styles I've admired most, but never seen. Glad to add these to my small collection!

Pretty in pink! The pink Daisy open baker brings me one step closer to having all the regular pink Daisy pieces. Just need the largest Space Saver casserole. And the pink Hazel Atlas Ripple was a sweet deal from a kindly older couple who sold these me these 9 piece for 15 dollars, which I thought was a great deal.

Two more pieces of Pyrex I didn't own. The Garden Medley has been on my wish list for ages. And the hearts casserole is a piece I've seen a few times before, but never for less than 20 bucks, so I'd passed on it. These two pieces were from the same dealer, 10 dollar each, so I finally decided to buy.

The red Friendship bowl is not the greatest shape, but I have a somewhat rough decorated Friendship lid to put on it, so it's getting reunited. This was bundled with my Lustro ware paper dispenser. The other pieces, the yellow shaker was thrown in free from a bundle deal my husband made, and the possibly bakelite utensils were a dollar for the 5 pieces.

I know absolutely nothing about bakelite. It's a collector favorite where I live, so it's always a blue fortune when it turns up, so there just usually isn't a deal to be found. I picked up a bakelite book cheap a while back, so I have some research to do.

I'm also curious if this bracelet is bakelite. Each of these pieces were sold seperately, 50 cents each. One of the santas is in rough shape, but I had to get him. Vintage Christmas is another expensive area I've managed to stay mostly away from, except for Shiny Brites, but I feel a Santa mug collection starting up. Lol!

My husband said that his favorite memory of me this yardsale is that I spotted these glasses before we even got pulled into the place, and in his words, I just said "BOOMERANGS"  and my seat belt undone and was out of the car before he even got parked.

50 cents each. When I got a closer look, they had that dull 'sick glass' look to them inside. When I washed them up, most of that came off with soap and water, but they could use a vinegar soak inside to clean up the rest. The pink is getting added to my pink Ripple collection, and the green is an X factor. I'd seen pics online of these in green, yellow, and white, and I wasn't sure what I'd do if the other colors turned up for me. I thought they'd make good go-alongs for the small collection of Lu Ray pastels I have. For now, the lone green is in with my lonely two turquoise. I also discovered these two are slighly smaller than my others, so I there are at least 3 sizes of these. Only my pink/white combo ones are actually marked Hazel Atlas, otherwise I'd still be unsure who made this pattern.

And a couple more Pyrex pieces. The blue New Holland promo is the larger of the two. Second piece I bought this trip with Hearts in the decoration. The Daisy casserole was 4 dollars. Cheap and cheerful!

Another jadeite mug! But this time it was 50 cents. Cheapest Jadeite I've ever bought. Makes up for the one I bought this trip that was 5 dollars and had a crack in it I didn't see when I bought it.

I think the pink clock can be cleaned up a little more. It was 15 dollars, more than I wanted to spend, so my husband bought it for me. He's my sweetheart.

The turquoise Ripple plate is faded, but still sweet. It wasn't priced, so the dealer just threw it in free when I bought this Friendship casserole for 10 dollars. I had 3 decorated Friendship lids my husband bought at a yardsale many, many moons ago that had just been waiting for lidless Friendship pieces to reunite them with. So I've only got one more now. It'd be lovely if I got the decorated piece next time, so I'd have a complete duplicate set.

A Cosco stool for 10 dollars. It is marked with a sticker underneath. It is original yellow, but has been touched up at some point. I had the idea to paint it, but I may just clean it up and see if I can remove some of the hasty overspray from the previous touchup.

And finally, here's most of my husband's finds. He also bought some toys, a vending machine and some gifts that he's already stashed away that I didn't get pictures of. I think his biggest thrills this trip has been scoring the Star Trek lunch box for 5 dollars and finally seeing Little Blue books for sale.

It had stuck in his mind to hunt for Little Blue books since seeing them mentioned in a Louis L'Amour biography. I can't do the history justice, but from what I understand, these little books were sold for 5 or 10 cents and were some of the very first paperbacks available.

He picked these up from all from one dealer who, for us, had the best items and best prices of the whole sale. It's funny how just one booth can make the whole trip worthwhile!


Just some thoughts in general about the yard sale. We've just been going for the last 3 years, each year a little earlier on. Friday and Saturday seem the busiest days with the worst traffic by far, but had the least stuff worth buying, so the early bird does seem to get the worm.

Each year seems to have themes. This year I saw Mantiques everywhere. An abundance of tools, advertising, garage and mancave stuff.

Last year was all about chalk paint. Chalk paint everywhere and mostly everything painted turquoise! But this year, hardly a painted piece to be seen. Original finish wood seems to back in fashion again, which I'm not at all sorry to see.

Last year, I hardly saw a piece of Jadeite. This year it was more abundant. But last year, I saw tons of Depression glass, this year hardly a piece. I was told, repeatedly, and I mean - REPEATEDLY, by helpful dealers that the only glass they seem to be able to sell these days is Pyrex, which is just going up and up.

I just smile and nod and act dumb mostly. Since I've been collecting Pyrex for the last 6 years, it's discouraging to be told by dealers who seem to only have jumped on the Pyrex bandwagon in the last little while, how this or how that my thing I collect is. I can tell most of them are trying to be helpful, but it's helpful in that same clueless way it is when dealers tell you about stuff they sold the day before you came in.

And on the Pyrex front, there is a dealer that specializes in it at least every hour or two's worth of travel down the road. And they are all insufferable. Of all the resellers, it's the dealer/collector who is usually asking the highest prices of all.

You can't look at a single piece in their Pyrex booth/prison without hearing some speech about what it is, how high demand/popular it is, and/or how many dozens of that exact piece they have at home in their personal collections.

At some point maybe they loved Pyrex. But not anymore. Now they just lord over it. They turn it into Beanie Babies. They become a part of the problem. They help create unsustainably high prices that exclude regular collectors and cater only to the truly obsessed (who seem to be made out of money).

No thanks.

And I'm not thrilled to share the title "Pyrex Collector" with them either. Because I suspect, in ten years time, this brand of "Pyrex Collector" will have long since cashed out of their collections and moved on to some other inflated thing they can get in on the ground floor of, when I'll still be here, Lord willing, just trying to decide which pretty dish I'm going to use to bake today's dinner in.


Anyways, I had lots of fun. Got a sunburn (despite much sunscreen), and feel like a need a week's vacation to recover from a single scorching hot day. I mean, I really feel like my eyeballs got bleached, I got so much sun. Whoever picked the first week of August for this thing must have really liked 100 degree temps!

And crazy as it is, I can't wait for next year!

Hope you're having a blast so far this Summer!

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A gratitude blog

I believe I'm always complaining on this little blog here how challenging the search for vintage goodies has become.

It has.

But then I follow that sentiment with pictures of the goodies I adore and have found reasonably priced.

So today, I'm going to scrap my complaining and instead say that I feel fortunate and blessed that I'm still finding neat stuff I love, and have the money to spare for it. I'm going to try on an attitude of gratitude, instead of my usual just-plain-ole attitude. Lol. :-)

First up, this is what I believe to be the Glasbake answer to Pyrex primary bowls.

I found just these 3, no larger yellow bowl with them. But I'd never seen them before, only online. And I was really happy to bring these home with me for less than a 20, tax and all. Yay!

These bowls are not marked Glasbake. Just a "J" and a mold number, meaning they likely were produced during the later era of the Glasbake name, 1961- 1983 when Glasbake was owned by Jeannette.

An original sticker of this set from a flickr picture shows a label which says 'ONE OR MORE OF THESE BOWLS WILL FIT MOST OF THE POPULAR ELECTRIC MIXER TURNTABLES'.

(Edited to note that the next picture over from this same flickr member shows these labeled as McKee division of Thatcher glass - an earlier era of the confusing Glasbake history. I can't tell if those bowls in the picture have the "J" mold mark characteristic of other Jeannette-made Glasbake pieces or not. Meaning this particular set might have been in production in a transitional period when the Glasbake changed ownership. That's just speculation on my part, but I love piecing together details whenever I can.)

Another detail I love is the fired-on measurements inside the smallest green bowl. Mine are faded, as you can see, but still plenty nifty.

And more Hazel Atlas cuties! The two pink and one turquoise boomerang glasses add to my small but growing collection of this design. I decided to make these my go-along glasses for my pink, turquoise, and plain white Hazel Atlas Ripple dishes. I don't have enough glasses to really make a set yet, but it's fun to hunt these glasses when I only find one or two at a time every once in a while.

And the pink dancing pigs coctail shaker just spoke to me. Super cute. And pink! Did I mention it's pink? Lol!

Another rarity for me to ever see in the wild, Fire King Swedish Modern mixing bowls in turquoise blue. And actually, I'd never seen this color in the wild before. Just a couple of jadeite ones in a rather expensive antique booth when I first started collecting. And honestly, I paid a middling retail price for them. But still consider myself lucky to have found them considering the dealer working the register that day told me I must have beaten their regular Fire King collector customers to them. I have been told this by more than one dealer in my area that there are a number of Asian collectors that are pretty much strictly Fire King collectors that will buy up pretty much all the jadeite/azurite/turquoise blue they see, even if it's pretty high priced.

But rather than worrying about such things, I'm going to instead try to be happy I found something nifty that has never presented itself to me in the wild for a price I could see paying.

And also, I have absolutely no idea where these guys fall in the size range of the set. They seem like either the largest and next size smaller or the middle two. Either way, I'd say they have room for at least one other bowl to nest inside. If there is indeed a larger bowl, it must be pretty huge. I need to do some research! :-)

And finally, this is a clear glass fired-on red bowl I believe was made by Jeannette, but is unmarked. I believe it is also what could be considered a primary colored bowl set, though the colors are different and could actually pre-date the ubiquitous Pyrex version.

I also suspect this fired-on clear glass was made potentially several decades earlier than when the company purchased the Glasbake name in the 1960's.

It was a lucky thrift store score for 3 dollars. Yay for bargains!

Well, that's got me caught up on my finds of late.

Hope you're finding nifty, cool treats and treasures!

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Snowflakes in July

Hey there! Long time no post.

Just haven't been getting out much. I know Summer is the season to yard sale & estate sale, but my schedule doesn't permit a whole lot of that on the weekends. I've hit a few thrifts, but for the most part they are complete busts.

But despite being broke, yesterday we got out and hit up some antique stores a ways away from our normal haunts and actually managed to score not one but TWO Snowflake Pyrex Space Saver casseroles that I didn't already have!

Neither one came with lids, unfortunately, so I used one of my others for the picture. The Charcoal one was my first find of the day, and I felt victorious to find a piece I'd been looking for in the wild for so long. And it was a reasonable $17.50, which made it feel even better.

The turquoise-on-white was found at nearly the last stop of the day. No lid for it either, and it was $15.00. Completely surprised I found two space savers I didn't have in one day for reasonable prices.

Next up, a couple of thrift finds.

These sweet baby pink dish holders were $1.49 for both!


The large Fire King bowl was a find from the same thrift for $5.99. It's the largest of that style Fire King bowl I've ever come across. The Glamalite glasses were actually an antique store score from the other day, but I believe they are also Fire King. I saw an original label online that touted these as insulated to keep cold or hot beverages hot or cold for twice as long, and no need for a coaster. Neat-o!

And finally, the rest of my antique store scores for the day.

These guys are for the birds! Haha. This lidless Friendship divided dish, Country Festival Corning Ware, and duck measuring cups all seem to be bird themed. And they were all bargains, too!

Two all-white teacups from the Hazel Atlas Ripple pattern I collect. And the smaller of the two Olive Medallion oval casseroles. I have the pair of them now, just not the gold version.

Hard to believe the year is halfway over already! There are still two yearly yardsales coming up late summer and fall that I look forward to hitting multiple days of, so I'm pretty much saving my pennies and dimes for them.

Hope you're finding cool treats in this hot summer weather!

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Community Sale

It's that time of year again for a community-wide sale I look forward to all year. The hubs and I have gone for at least the last 5 years running, but only last year did we buy the preview tickets that scored me one of the most exhilarating one day hauls I've ever found.

I was worried this year's sale couldn't possibly live up to the expectations I was trying not not to have. But happily I found some super great stuff!

Friendship lasagna pan for 2 bucks! Yes please! I'm half ashamed to admit this is my 3 one of this piece. (Does it make it less bad that I paid a lot for the two I had already?) And I have to tell this story here because I think it's so cute (and frightening to me at the same time).

Two years running, my husband has gone off in a slightly different direction than me, and both years he had his hands full of Corningware when he was standing right in front of awesome Pyrex I wanted and he just completely didn't see it. Last year it was two pink gooseberry round casseroles and this year it was this lasagna pan.

I had the buggy, and when I came around the corner, I saw my husband loaded down with Corningware in his hands, and directly in front of him on the table was this dish. And right smack in between us were two adorably cute Millennial kids that looked like what I think of as the quintessential young Pyrex collectors. I literally almost shoved into them with my cart, because I am that insane person who could, in court, plead temporary insanity for Pyrex.

Out of the way Millennials!

I have officially declared my husband to be "distracted by Corningware". When I tell him this, he gives me the most sad, guilty, tried-my-best expression and I feel like I am scolding a puppy. My life, I tell you what.

Lids that are like gold! Space saver lid for two dollars, two large refrigerator dish lids and one medium for another two bucks, and 4 dollars for the Spring Blossom large oval casserole.

Toy finds. Small bundle of Fisher Price Little People for two bucks and an old tin toy house trailer for a buck. (I later found a car that may or may not be the right one for it that didn't make its way into this photo session. So yay for making a 'set'!)

My husband picked these up. No idea why. Just thought it was precious that he wanted little elephant salt and pepper shakers. Love.

Then finally on the way home I stopped in Goodwill and found the McKee sailboat measuring cup for $1.99. Just when I completely give up on GW, I find one awesome thing that just keeps me coming back for more. In truth, I probably benefit most from all the other pickers in town being somewhere else! Had to take a picture of it with my only other ships piece.

I'm very pleased with what I found. By all in all, things have definitely seemed to change. Prices are creeping up for just basic things, like lids. There was more Pyrex at this sale, but it made its way into other peoples carts before I ever saw it. There seemed to be far fewer vintage items, more new stuff. In a way, I was glad I don't collect as broad a variety of vintage stuff, because items like lunch boxes and thermoses were priced at full antique store level.

These days, I feel like everyone I see is a picker of some type. Some faces I recognize after years of seeing them around once in a while but not connecting the dots. Lots of folks seem to show up for these sales only to sell their wares in a yard sale at antique store prices. Which is why I'm not wild about yard saleing around my area.

I'm not kidding when I say that around where I live, you can often find a better deal in a nicely staged, air conditioned antique store than you can a yard sale or flea market. The store dealers (at least, SOME of them) seem to want to move items, keep their booth rent paid, when lots of the yard sale folks seem content to put a ridiculous high price tag on their items and move them around from yard sale to yard sale, never selling them. I've seen Pyrex bowl sets at the same yearly yardsale with the same taped on price tag for at least the last three years running. It beats me why people are like that.

But then again, with prices rising like they have, maybe eventually that will be what passes for a fair price. Ugh!

All in all, I'm happy with what I found. Even if it didn't quite live up to the hype of last years craziness, it sure did let me down gently. Lol!

Hope you are finding fantabulous treasures where you are!

Happy Thrifting!