Monday, May 21, 2012

Lots of Vintage Thrift Firsts!

Thank you to Cap Creations for featuring my nifty Siesta Ware mugs  this week! Woo hoo!

Hello Friends!

 It is so good to know that there are others that do a little justifying when it comes to thrifting.  There is always inner dialogue going on in my head when I'm looking for my next treasure.  Do I need it or do I just want it, where will it go, how will I use it...sometimes it's about something I'm looking at that I remember from a long time ago.  The rational side argues with the sentimental side about whether or not I just enjoy the nostalgia or if bring home with me.  Then there are times when I see something that is so totally cool or different or fun, there is no argument at all.  *** How about that for a segue into my thrifty finds this week?  LOL!  ***

My first vintage purse!  A '60s or early '70s Tolin Manufacturing Co. suitcase purse ($3).

The scarf in the pic is something I bought a long time ago and when I saw this purse, I immediately remembered it and pulled it out for the photo shoot ;)  I thought it would look adorable tied to the handle:

This superb pick came from the Salvation Army store (or as it is affectionately called, the SALVO).  I love the color blocks - won't this be wonderful for Fall!?

Here is another first for me - Furniture:

I Craigslist all the time but haven't had much luck at the thrifts for furniture but this was $40 at Salvo.  It's a telephone table but I think it fits perfectly in the study!  I am going to recover the seat and try to make it a little more padded.

I love the carved flower.  This is something I liked the moment I saw it and was delighted when Dan was just as interested.  Luckily it fit in our little economy car; sometimes we drive the SUV when we go picking but we didn't have any CL stops and I didn't expect to even look at furniture, let alone find something - which is exactly why we did - LOL!

I found some glassware at Salvo also.  I'm always on the lookout for vintage glass - it's in my blood, there's no fighting it.

This is reproduction piece so it's from the 70's (and not late 20's - early 30s) but it's still Indiana Glass and it's their pineapple and floral depression glass pattern in PINK.  I don't care if its repro as long as it's not being passed off as the "real" thing and for a dollar it really wouldn't matter either way ;)

Do you watch Mad Men?   We have only recently started watching and have a couple more seasons until we've caught up with the current season but we are really into it!  So imagine my joy finding this:

A silver-rimmed ice bucket and two fade roly poly glasses!  Neither are marked so I'm not sure who they are made by but each glass was 59 cents and the ice bucket was $1.29.  The tray they are setting on came from the outlet - it's a weird, albeit mahogany, porthole mirror but I have now re-purposed it to serve up Mad Men drinks (just for two for now)  LOL!

The outlet was next.  It's always worth going to but I thought it exceptional this weekend.  There was a ton of stuff and most still had their yard sale stickers on them.  That's the coolest thing about the outlet - it's like going to 10 yard sales without having to map quest all the locations :)  Here's the haul:

The cheese grater is marked Michigan City, Indiana. This is cool because I grew up in Indiana and there's a big, ol' outlet mall in Michigan City that my sis and I have been to (for after-Christmas sales!)  The Campbell's soup shakers are not in the best shape but since they are teetering on the edge of being vintage ('93) I'm going to try to clean them up.   I <3 The vintage egg beater!  It's by Taplin Mfg. Co. (circa 1940's) The biscuit cutter isn't marked so I don't know how old it is.  The metal lids are so freakin' cool.  The centers are ceramic (there's an image on the underside which is curious to me) and they are stamped "Germany".  I wondered if they were actually coasters?  I'm using them as lids on my Mason jars.

This next little vase is kinda strange - I love quirky:

Look at those little feet!

This is marked INARCO, Cleve Ohio E-977 but I could ZERO info on it.  Whatevs, it belongs here now!

We are die hard Breaking Bad fans so it's crazy we didn't think to give Mad Men a try until now.  Have I mentioned we're HOOKED? LOL!  It's fun to see the way the '60s are portrayed and we get a bigger kick out of the props and all the egregious cigarette smoking!  Everyone smokes...and everywhere.  One episode showed Don smoking on a PLANE.  Anyway, I have no plans to take up the habit but this vinyl turquoise cigarette case can hold candy cigarettes --yes, I had to have it.  The eyeglass case is pretty interesting also - it's made of metal but covered with fabric!

My first Pyrex casserole dish and a Corning Ware trivet/holder:

It's in perfect condition and has a pretty brown lid!  The pattern is Orchard.  Another perfect thing for Fall!

The striped pitcher is super heavy and so bright and cheery!  I am not sure of the year or the maker.  The tiny little creamer is early American prescut glass (EAPC or EAPG) and was actually part of a child's play set.  I hope to own a whole set someday --these are the kinds of finds that keep me looking.

So the last stop for the day was the GW retail store.

These next two items were only $1 each.

The cup is great for taking my iced coffee on the go.  Juicy Couture.  $1.  I wear glasses.  'nuf said :)

My SECOND A-M-A-Z-I-N-G vintage purse find:

It doesn't have any tags so I couldn't track down the stats.  It's Chenille with a lovely pattern!  It's was $2.  The next items were $2 also:

Amber glass bowl, Nursery Rhymes, Tiara Exclusive by Indiana Glass (1970s).  It's part of a set --a mug, a 3-section divided plate and this.  It's another one of those sets I hope to complete someday.

1983 Home Interiors plastic shelf.  I've already painted it white and hang it in the sun room.

This is absolutely gorgeous.  It's heavy and smooth and the colors are rich and delish.  I am hoping it's Murano glass but without any markings, I have know idea how to tell.  I think it's an ashtray but it's so beautiful, it will reside here as a piece of art :)

Vintage ceramic vase.  It's marked R/B Japan.  It's simple and sweet.  I'm linking up!

Her Library Adventures, Flea Market Finds
Coastal Charm, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, No. 115
Hey What's for Dinner Mom, The Penny Worthy Project
Kathe With an E, You're Gonna Love It Tuesday #5
Cap Creations, Thrifty Love (link party #28)
Apron Thrift Girl, Thrift Share Monday

Happy Thrifting!


  1. Oh my goodness! What a haul! Jealous of the Indiana glass finds and the vintage drink set. I need to hop on a plane and shop with you!! Thanks for sharing this at You're Gonna Love It Tuesday!

  2. Great thrifty finds! Love your Pyrex, striped pitcher and Mad Men glasses! Love watching Mad Men for the decor as well as the show.

  3. Amazing haul-- I'm a HUGE Mad Men fan and I sadly still haven't come across any silver rimmed glasses in good condition at the thrift (usually the silver is really worn). I've repurposed old cigarette cases as business card holders!

    Neat telephone bench, I passed up a metal one last summer and definitely regret it now.

  4. love the telephone table. gorgeous! and you've got some other lovely finds too.

  5. Wonderful finds and you will find more Pyrex - colorful, bright Pyrex!! Old Orchard has grown on me - at first I didn't care for it at all, but I have a couple of pieces now...

    I'm your newest follower....

  6. Enjoyed looking at all your vintage finds. It is so fun thrifting and finding treasures.

  7. Those purses are so fun! Just love the vintage style! and pyrex can't go wrong with that!
    dee dee

  8. I'm popping over from Cap Creations... YOu certainly found some fabulous items. Love the striped pitcher. I am now your newest follower.


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