Friday, February 8, 2013

Why I thrift

Come to mama!

Sure these guys are battered and bruised, but at $5.99 you'd have to be a very discriminating Fiesta collector to pass these guys up entirely.

Here they are after a bath, best sides showing. I'm in love! The vintage red & yellow add a really nice pop of color to my predominantly blue & green collection - which is not that way deliberately, but just how it's worked out so far.

The damage to the pieces is unfortunate, but it doesn't hinder me at all from thoroughly enjoying these beautiful pieces!

 And on the same day, different thrift, I found this milk glass 1 pint dry measure. It also has a chip, and it very nearly didn't come home with me. I got it for $2.50

 Worse, I actually passed it up altogether, the first time I saw it. I honestly thought it was a reproduction. The milk glass is swirly and has many straw-marks, all characteristics of something cheaply made.

And it probably was cheaply made. Only now I think it could be from the turn of the century - 1920's.

I can only find two bits of information, both auctions. One appeared to just copy and paste the same info from the first auction, so I can't be sure.

And here's where I admit that I'm a dunderhead. I would have bought this anyway. Just cause I liked it. But I probably would have looked at it for years and years without deducing what my husband did in about 8 seconds. -  National Biscuit Company = NABISCO. !!!!

According to the auction house that sold a grouping of turn of the century Nabisco items, these dry measures were given to retailers to measure product out to customers. And when it ran out, they could keep, sell, or give away the glass measuring cup.

How neat! I LOVE the story behind this piece, and it will fit right in with odd collection of depression era glass, half of which has some chip or imperfection anyway. I think I'm a sort of retirement home for half-cracked glass.

The expression 'half-cracked' is telling, isn't it? lol!

Hope you are finding thrifty treats & vintage treasures!


  1. Glad they found a well loved home with you!

  2. All u need is a new lid for the coffee n it will look great! It is in pretty good shape, the poor carafe is soo beat, but the other side is good for display. I wish I could find vintage like these in my GW's! :-)