Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thrifting - The Other Side

This past weekend, our neighborhood hosted a community-wide yard sale.  Dan and I decided this was the perfect opportunity to clean out the basement and get rid of some of the furniture we replaced when we redecorated the first floor.  I thought it would be fun...it really wasn't much fun...at all.  I much prefer the thrill of the hunt over being the hunting grounds - LOL.  And we thought it would be cool to price things the same as the Goodwill outlet...but people still wanted to negotiate prices...and a few actually harassed me over pricing.  One lady got her panties in a twist over a doorknob set we were selling for a quarter - twenty-five cents!  It had all the pieces and in perfect condition and the lady wanted it for a DIME.  She TOLD me she WAS buying it for dime (umm, yeah, she didn't) but the whole experience was pretty much like that.  There were a few lovely people throughout the day that kept me going but I'm going to stick to thrifting and donate my stuff instead of selling it :)  Now, even though we spent a large part of the weekend with the yard sale, Dan and I managed to sneak in a mini-thrift ;)  Here is what I found:

A set of 4 Siesta Ware satin pastel glass tapered mugs (1950s).  I love the colors!  And they are in very good condition.  The handles could use a little something --stain?  polyurethane? --they are dry and faded but the glass is perfect.  These next finds were pretty exciting for me -

9" Brody textured milk glass vase and (unmarked) 9" plain milk glass vase with crown.  I really like the rumply-bumply look of the Brody vase; I think it will look great in a winter vignette because it reminds me of snow.  The plain milk glass vase with the crown is the first I've seen like this and it's simple but elegant.

Look at this cheeky little fella!  A clear glass teapot - I love it.  I need to start drinking tea ASAP ;)  And the neatest trivet (?) EVA.  I will apologize in advance for this next pic but I couldn't NOT take it -

I know - totally gratuitous Lily pic but a Cat Tao glass marked "bad cat" made it impossible to resist.  She didn't enjoy my irony either -- her tail is all swishy and that look...I plied her with snackies but when they were gone, she was too.  I'm disappointed to report that these glasses have been discontinued.  There was a set of four and all of them awesome.  I will certainly be keeping an eye out for the rest.  Moving on...a few more Christmas finds this week -

The little ceramic owl is just stamped "Japan."  He's just adorable with his little Santa hat and sprig of holly!  The glass ornaments have such a pretty design and I loved the bell (there was only one that wasn't broken) so I fished them out of the bin.  And finally, the last few (CHRISTMAS) finds of the day:

and here's how I'll display them...ok, maybe not the handmade potholder but it's so pretty with these two:

I had the tiny lamp and was happy to find the shade fit!  The lamp usually sits on the credenza in the foyer --a place I like to decorate for the seasons/holidays.  The candle holder is by Department 56 - so cool to find this in a bin in its original box.

I'm linking up with:

Her Library Adventures, Flea Market Finds
Coastal Charm, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday #113
Hey What's for Dinner Mom, Penny Worthy Project #27
From My Front Porch to Yours, Treasure Hunt Thursday #55
Boogieboard Cottage, Masterpiece Monday #71!
Kathe With an E, You're Gonna Love It Tuesday #3
Cap Creations, Thrifty Love (Link Party #27)

So that's all for my treasures this week!  What have you found?


  1. We have given up on having garage sales too for the same reasons. Just not worth the irritation! I love every single one of your treasured finds! My hands are just itching to sneak over and grabbed those siesta ware glasses away from you๐Ÿ˜‰ Be still my heart! They are just so pretty in the perfect vintage colors! Your Christmas lamp shade is so pretty too! Thanks so much for linking up at my party! I hope to see you next week too ๐Ÿ’œ

  2. My hubby hates garage sales for the same reason... so I understand!
    Great thrifting items!
    dee dee

  3. I can definitely see where you are coming regarding garage sales...much more fun to go to than to have...lol...With what you come up with at the end of the day divided by the hours put in pricing, setting up and then putting away what you didn't sell - it just isn't worth it...never mind the aggravation. I've had people offer a dollar for things priced ten...and when I say no way hand over the ten dollar bill...it's crazy...

  4. The cat glass and photo totally cracked me up! :) I really love the Siesta Ware pieces, and in such good condition. Great find!

  5. Hi there thanks for joining us at Cap Creations. I LOVE the mugs. Wanted to let you know that I featured you today! Have a great weekend!