Monday, August 24, 2020

Thrift finds and a Pyrex set completed

Hello friends! It's been a minute. In fact, it's actually been 10 years since I started this blog. Unbelievable!

Social media platforms have changed tremendously over that time, and blogs have been out of fashion for probably longer than I've had mine. But once upon a time this was my favorite place to share thrifty treats and treasures and I'm glad I've kept it even when I haven't actually kept up with it.

My Pyrex journey has been long and winding, with lots of bumps here and there and plenty of rest stops. A lot of my collection has been put up for a few years now and I feel like I've managed to completely forget what I own. I've passed up some good deals at antique stores in the last year thinking I had something already that I didn't. I still have tons of sets missing bowls or lids, cradles or brackets. So I've decided to dig my treasures back out and decide in earnest to complete them if an opportunity presents itself.

This Homestead pattern has never been a personal favorite, but when I spotted the last two small dishes for cheap at an antique store I decided it was time. So here she is, a fridgie set complete. That's good stuff!

Here's the rest of my finds that day - a Woodland refrigerator dish and an oval casserole lid, a thrift find.

This cute little totally misogynist swanky swig set was 99 cents each at a Goodwill. You can't really see the fella in the middle, but he's flanked by one lady seeming to bring him a kettle (presumably for tea) and another lady bringing him slippers. What a life, huh? Who knew sexism could be so charming? Lol.


And finally, a Pyrex butter dish for $1.99 and some Anchor Hocking Gooseberry style underplates in the white colorway I recently found a whole set of pink in. These also seemed to be made in a jadeite-y green that I've never seen in real life. I still cannot find any other shape pieces other than theses small underplates, one size of bowl and two sizes of juice glasses. 

I was also lucky enough to spend a single day on the 127 yardsale route. I spent less than 30 bucks but I love everything I bought and I hope to post that very soon.

Hope you are hanging in there, staying safe and still finding ways to find joy in the little things.

Happy (and Safe!) Thrifting.

Saturday, May 9, 2020


*Just a small disclaimer. This is a new thrift haul. I was excited to get out and find goodies at the thrift, but I realize given the situation the world is facing right now the excitement I'm experiencing may come off badly. I apologize if that's the case. I live in a state where everything is opening back up or will be soon. My husband and I are classified as Essential Workers (of the non-medical variety) and have been unable to quarantine. Had we been able to, our perspectives about getting back to ordinary daily joys - such as thrifting- might be quite different. I hope that's understandable :-)*


I found this black popcorn bowl set, made by Wheaton Glass, several months ago, but never got around to blogging about it.

Yesterday I found its twin at Goodwill.

I don't know much about them. They seem to be 70's or 80's. Sets with the original box seem to indicate they were sold with a glass popcorn canister as well, which I've never seen in person. These were sold by Wheaton Glass, which I am completely unfamiliar with. The shape reminds me so much of similar sets by Anchor Hocking and Blendo.

This particular popcorn set seemed to have been made in at least 3 colorways. I can find pictures of what seems to be an orange set. The brown color I have is such a warm bright colored brown I think it can photograph red or orange, so I'm not sure.

It also seems that Wheaton Glass sold these bowl configurations with lots of other words and fonts on them. In brief searches, I've seen popcorn spelled out in 3 different fonts, and sets labeled Salad, Muchies, Chips, etc. If you get a chance, google Wheaton bowl set to see just how different configurations and fonts they sold these in. It's impressive. :-)

I also found the first pieces of Federal Glass "Petal" that I've bought in absolutely ages. I believe this is the smoke colorway, more solid grey on one side and very iridescent on the other. My first post about the pieces from my grandmother that started my collection was almost 9 years ago!


Fakeite alert! This jadeite reproduction was Made in Taiwan, complete with sticker on the bottom. But it was $1.99 and came home with me anyway. Lol ;-)

And finally, the books I bought. A fiesta collectors book I wasn't sure if I had ( I do, ooops!). And a goofus John Travolta workout book that I bought to add to my goofus retro workout collection.

And I say goofus, but honestly I love Richard Simmons workout tapes, and Easy Going by Jane Fonda, circa 1980's, has one of the best stretch warmups that works better on my neck than anything else I've ever tried. Retro workouts for the win!

Anyways, that's my haul.

I hope this finds you all safe and well. Encouragement to us all and hopes for brighter things to come.

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

pink gooseberry set complete?

I found this set in a thrift store several months ago, but I've fallen completely out of the rhythm of blogging, as well as I had just never gotten around giving them all a bath. So, shamefully, these pretties have languished in a back room until today when the notion struck me to finally make a post.

Here they are!

This is a set of 16 dishes I paid 6 dollars for. As best as I can tell, this is every shape and style they were made it. Please let me know if you have ever found any others, I'd love to know!

They also appear to have been made in two additional colorways, a mint jadeite green and solid white.

They are fairly hard to research, owing to their attribution. Most ebay listings have these as Gooseberry Pyrex, but I can't find any evidence they were actually made by Corning. They appear to me to be go-alongs with a very similar, but not identical, pattern made by a competing company.

These seem like a breakfast set. A cereal bowl, toast plate, a milk glass and a juice glass. They are just so diminutive by today's standards.

The larger glass holds 1 cup. The tiny glass a half cup!

I couldn't resist taking a picture with some other Pink Gooseberry. They are lovely together. Just wish I knew more about who made them and how they were sold. Sometimes pieces like this were giveaways in packages of oats and even powder laundry detergent.

Hope everyone is well. Wishing you and yours safety first and maybe in a turn of good fortune we'll all be back going to thrift stores, antique stores, yard sales and estate sales in the near future!

Happy Thrifting!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Hello friends! Long time no see!

It's been ages since I've had any thrifting success. I've been looking here and there but I just don't go to thrift or antique stores nearly like I used to.

I did find a couple of items though on my last two trips in, one of which completed a bowl set for me, so I thought I'd post an update.

First up, this Shenandoah Cinderella 442 bowl was found at a Goodwill I hadn't seen opal Pyrex at in many years. I still liked to go there from time to time because my husband would occasionally find books or records he was interested in. This time he came home with a Rush concert tshirt for two bucks, and for another $1.99 I found this little treasure.

On another day, another Goodwill I found the small one cup bowl from this teardrop Pyrex bowl set, which was the last one I needed to complete this set.

None of the bowls outside the one cup measure are in what I'd call minty shape, but I'm very pleased to have accidentally thrifted each piece. I remember picking up the largest bowl when I first started thrifting 8 or 9 years ago, so it's been slow and just completely random that I ended up with this set.

I was trying to look up more information about them online and wasn't finding what I was looking for, so I dug out my Pyrex by Corning book by Rogove and Steinhauer and found this original ad from 1962.

So that's my small haul for now.

Hope you're finding cool junk and enjoying the ends of summer. Around here there's usually a small resurgence of fall yard sales, so I'm looking forward to more excuses to get out and junk.

Happy Thrifting!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Cathrineholm find and long time no see

 Hello! It's been ages since I've posted last or even been out thrifting. But I did get out this past weekend and pick up a few things I thought I'd share.

First up, this Cathrineholm bakeware pan is only my second piece of the much beloved Lotus pattern, and only the 3 piece of Cathrineholm I've ever purchased. I was walking around an antique store, not finding much, then suddenly appears the booth of my dreams with everything I happen to collect.

You ever experience that? Everything was priced to average ebay asking prices, but I was feeling spendy, and was truly enjoying debating which of the many fantastic things I saw that was going to come home with me. And being than anything Cathrineholm is a few and far between spot for me, I picked this dish as my prize.

Another booth was having a half off sale and I scooped up with Horizon Blue 503 refrigerator dish with glee for 10.50. I adore this pattern.

And finally, these are all Good will finds for less than $3 total, so I'm pleased. This recipe holder was 99 cents and quite possibly my favorite recipe box ever!

And a couple of odd dishes. The turquoise dish is some kind of undertray for something Pioneer Woman I've yet to research what all it came with. Cream and sugar I'm assuming, and probably the red/turquoise mix and match floral patterns than seem to be the main decorations in her line. I've narrowly avoided falling into the endless sea of cute Pioneer Woman home stuff. I did cave and buy what I think is all the jadeite cake stands that have been a part of her line. (Old post here if you care to check it out.

The sweet little pink saucer is a LuRay pastel, date stamped 1/42, which I believe means it was actually manufactured in January of 1942 (someone correct me if I'm wrong).

I bought an whole box of LuRay pastels at a community yardsale years ago (which I also blogged here) and haven't really picked up a new piece since. I have a shelf full of LuRay, Cronin Tulip, and Anchor Hocking pastel Vitrock that I've doved-tailed into being all one collection since it coordinates.

So there's my finds for now. I feel like I've got the bug back and I'm ready for some new thrifting, antiquing and yard sale adventures this year.

Hope you are yours are well and that you're still finding nifty thrifty treats and treasures.

Happy Thrifting!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hazel Atlas white Ripple

Another patch of months I've gone without a post. I just don't hit the thrift stores nearly as much any more despite the fact I've picked up an item or two most of the times I do.

I picked up these pieces of Hazel Atlas Ripple at least a month apart and from totally different thrift stores, which I thought was pretty crazy. Especially considering that I've gone several years where the only piece of undecorated white I owned was a single bowl.

The 3 colorways Ripple was available in - as far as I know of - were the plain, undecorated white, pink, and turquoise blue. I believe there was at least one later variation that seemed to use the Ripple mold, but was amber glass. There was an unmarked set of this variation at a local antique shop for years, but it never crossed my mind to take a picture of it before the store closed up shop some time ago.

I've bought many separate pieces for my mega-set of mixed colors, but for some reason I've mostly only come across a single color at a time. I bought a set that was service for 7 on my husband's birthday several, several years ago. Then found a set of pink on my birthday. But during this time I've never spotted more than a piece or two of white. I'm pairing these with a Hazel Atlas drinking glass pattern that is boomerang and available in the same colors but was additionally made with jadeite green boomerangs as well as yellow. I have far fewer of the glasses than placesettings at this point, but I just love the combination together, so I'm content to continue hunting down glasses in person.

And now for your moment of kitch, I couldn't resist this Inarco owl taper candle holder for a dollar fifty nine, as well as this unopened set of scoops that seem to have survived several yardsales before being donated to the thrift shop. They are advertisement for a local bank, and I just liked the little piece of local history attached to them.

Hope all is well where you are, and that you are still finding nifty vintage goodies where you are! I need to hit the thrift stores much more often than I have because they are starting to put out all the holiday goodies, and I'd sure hate to miss out on vintage Christmas tree ornaments. My favorite!

Happy Thrifting!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Thrift and comic book haul

First up, a few thrift finds:

Pyrex! It's been too long, old friend!

And even though Autumn Harvest has never been one of my main patterns, I will not pass up these prices.

$2.99 and $.99! It's like it's the past!

 And speaking of the past, it's Twin Peaks, my true love. Lol!

I was a wee youngun when the original series was on tv. And I'm sure I've mentioned before how I only got to watch every other episode when it came on, because I had to share a tv with my grandmother who watched Murder, She Wrote, every other week.

My husband found the bowls and the book for me, and it was his idea to even stop at the thrift in the first place, so props to him for finding me cool loot!

Onto the comic book haul.

At Books-A-Million, comics were buy 3 get 2 free, so I added 3 recent back issues to my Saga collection, and picked up a few Spawn as well. I finally broke down and added Saga to a folder at a local comic book shop, but reading-wise I'm not up to these issues yet, so they are just going into my box until I get caught up to them.

Spawn is another book we'll likely add to the folder. We've been buying some back issues here and there, and are missing a giant gap in between. Like all good teenage nerd boys of the 1990's, my husband had around the first 18 issues, then nothing. Apparently lots of people did the same and lots of issues in the 100's-to early 200's are low print runs, and an expensive prospect to collect. I just like adding to my husbands collection when we find them in inexpensive back issues.

And these are the last of our new issues we've picked up.  I'm really liking Farmhand so far, and I've yet to read the rest. I'm hanging in on Skyward because I love the concept, and the story is solid enough, I would just love to see it pick up and surprise me.

Same with Blackwood. I am an Evan Dorkin fan, and I absolutely love the cover art by Veronica and Andy Fish. I'm hanging in there and looking forward to the new Beasts of Burden 4-part series that starts in about a month.

And finally, some back issue love:

Run the Jewels variant on this Black Panther issue. Plus it's always a treat to get Brian Stelfreeze interior art.

I picked this guy up randomly just because it was 90 cents and I loved the cover.

Another variant cover to Archie #1. Not going to lie, I bought this for the Fiona Staples interior art.

One dollar or less back issues. I'm really digging Bilquis Evely art and keeping an eye out for anything she does when I'm digging around the random back issue boxes. Also pleasant surprise that one of my favorite, favorite artists in comics Bill Sienkiewicz was the inker on this cover. So nice convergence there of artists! Definitely keeping my eyes open for the other issues.

Also didn't realize when I bought this issue that this was the first of a 3 issue Supergirl run by Kelly Sue Deconnick. Trying to check out more of her work as well. Recently heard that she is going to be writing Aquaman soon, so I think I'll be checking that out as well.

And finally, a couple of randoms I've yet to read. Both of these were out of the dollar box. I picked up a used copy of the first Chew trade and am loving it so far, so I thought this ridiculous one-shot was very charming.

So that's it for my thrift and comic books hauls.

Hope you're finding fabulous treats and treasures where you are!

Happy Hunting!