Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday Thrift Share-5/31

The sales this weekend seemed to be few and far between due to it being a holiday weekend and that it was downright rainy. I didn't let the gloomy weather detour me.
I usually try to get to rummage sales early enough to stand in line but I arrived a few minutes late at the first one on my list and it was well under way. I normally start in the clothes section but people seemed to be swarming in that section amongst huge piles of clothes on tables. I wasn't in the mood to fight for elbow space, so I started in linens and housewares and without regrets. The book scanner folks were quite in their element with tables filled with books. I quickly and carefully worked my way around them, looking for books that were too old to have bar codes. I glanced over at the clothing section across the room and noticed the crowd had dwindled in size. It took three turns around the clothing tables to go through everything. I found a lot of clothes for my kiddos and nothing was over 75 cents. Since I arrived late, I had to park a way's out and tromp out to my car with two overloaded bags with the rain coming down at a steady pace, hoping not to slip in the mud.

I stopped in at a garage sale that was actually in a garage and under canopies. Nothing of interest was there so I continued on my way.

I made a pit stop into a thrift store and found a few things there before heading to the last rummage sale on my list. The weather apparently got in the way of the people holding the sales plans as several tables were set up outside with tarps over them. I found a book on my wish list, America's Cheapest Family: Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams. Being the die-hard thrifter I am, I went outside and knelt in the grass, keeping dry under the tarps as I tried peering at what was on the tables and in boxes and trash bags under the tables. One of the women that had been in the church kitchen must have been watching from inside because she came out and offered to carry in some stuff so I could look at it out of the rain. Although I'm was born and raised in one of the rainiest cities in the U.S., I must have resembled a drowned rat since she took pity on me. I grabbed a box and a large trash bag as we headed back into the church. I found a couple of things and I felt my treasure hunter resolve slipping as I really didn't want to go back in the rain to find more bounty. The folks mentioned they would be having the sale the next day and hoped to have everything pulled out and arranged for easier shopping. After finding the book I bought there, waterlogged in the bottom of my bag when I was shopping out in the rain, being soaked through in my jacket and nearing lunch time, I decided I was done for the whole weekend. Normally, these factors wouldn't do me in after only a few hours, but I've been thrifting pretty hard for about 6 weeks straight, especially the last couple of weeks. I need to refuel my jets before this coming weekend where I hope to get some thrifting in amongst other things that are planned. I will be blogging about this soon. :)

Here's my loot.


Not one, but three aprons. I can't recall the last time I found aprons.





An embroidered pillowcase and three handkerchiefs. As I was taking pictures, I noticed one of them was a Tammis Keefe.



Vintage pillowcase and sheet.



Vintage Vanity Fair nightgown and a navy blue vintage full slip.


From the thrift store, a vintage clutch evening purse and pedestal bowl.



Mikasa salt and pepper shakers and 20th Century Typewriting course book with a 1942 copyright.


50th anniversary edition Little Golden Book, The Little Red Hen (keeping this one) and a vintage cloves container.



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Monday, May 24, 2010

Thrift Share Monday-5/24

Unlike last week, I did have plans to hit a couple of sales this weekend. On Friday morning, I was doing some research, completely unrelated to thrifting or vintage and came across a mention of a nearby town's book sale that evening. I took my oldest kiddo, which was a treat because usually she doesn't like to go thrifting. I went to this town's book sale last year and had good results. This year was no different.
I spotted these books as soon as I walked into the building.

A complete set of Time Life The Art of Sewing books including the index.

I asked a gentleman helping out with the sale if he could put them aside for me while I finished my shopping. He obliged. A few minutes later, he shouts from across the room, whose books were these again? The steady stream of chatter from the other shoppers came to a halt and I sheepishly raised my hand. The crowd size was much better this year and it was easy to cruise the bookshelves and tables for titles.

Here are the rest of my finds.

1960s Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks


Mad Men era sewing books and a Sunkist recipes booklet with a copyright of 1935


I bought this one for the groovy cover.

On Saturday morning, my oldest kiddo, bribed with a few dollars from her dad to get a treat at the coffee stand, headed out with me to a nearby rummage sale. I found a 1970s burgundy secretary dress (not pictured) and my kiddo lucked out with a 25 cent charm bracelet. I dropped her off at home and picked up my youngest kiddo to hit a neighborhood sale. Traffic was crazy. There wasn't any room for a car to pass if there were cars parked on either side of the road. So we found a parking spot and walked through most of the neighborhood with a rolling bag. Our first stop was the best.

Vintage strawberry tin and a trio of Kaydee vintage kitchen towels.


Vintage tablecloths


A bow tie that was found inside an old pen case. A chapel cap, cobra skin wallet, and a floral embroidered table runner.

A couple was selling about 10 brand new plastic bathroom waste baskets ranging in color from blue to white. I didn't bother to ask why they had so many. A lady running a sale was talking about her cat and she asked if I had any cats. I described one of our cats as very lazy and the highlight of my cat's day was visiting her as she lounged on our bed. The lady told me I shouldn't talk down about my cat or my cat was going to get even with me. I quickly finished up looking at her stuff and as I walked away, she said, remember, be careful. Whatever, crazy cat lady. The last house we went to in the neighborhood was selling what looked to be new old stock vintage Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears lunch boxes. A lady shopping had a huge stack in her arms. I asked where she got them and she pointed to a bin in the corner of the garage. I was happy to see there were still several left. I flipped them over to check the copyright date and they were dated 2002. Repros. What a bummer. However, we forked over 50 cents for a new package of Napoleon Dynamite playing cards.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

This and That Thrifted Finds

I had absolutely no plans to go thrifting this weekend. However, Thursday evening rolled around and I found myself looking at the garage sale listings in the local paper. Two rummage sales and a handful of yard sales were happening. I wavered back and forth-to go or not to go. That was the question. After a few moments, I'd made a date with my youngest kiddo and plans to get up early.

Morning came too quickly but we trudged sleepily out to the car, armed with our large reusable shopping bags and set out with the list of sales to hit. We only had a short time because we had family coming to visit later in the morning.

Our first stop was a church rummage sale. Prices seemed to be all over the place. I had a lady following so closely behind me as I looked at clothing that I could feel her breath on my neck. I whipped around and gave her the look I reserve for my kids when they've pushed the limit. She looked surprised and quickly dashed off to another part of the sale. The rest of the sale was spent carefully navigating around round tables with bunches of other people, trying not to bump into them and who seemed on the verge of paranoia if you dared to glance in the direction of something they were interested in. We quickly checked out and continued on with our trek. I spotted a garage sale that wasn't on our list, but that I'd been to in the past with good results. Not this time. It turned out to be a man sale. I gave a 30-second glance at the stuff on the tables and didn't see anything that appealed to me. I inquired with the seller about any lanterns he might have for sale as my dad collects and restores them. My dad is pretty much the only reason I stop at man sales. It turns out had we been at the sale 20 minutes prior we would have probably left with a lantern in our hands.

With time running out, we drove back across town to finish up the rest of the sales on our list. For the time that we had, I think we did pretty good.

I found 2 pairs of capri pants for 25 cents each, candlesticks for the living room for $1.00, a new bathroom wastebasket for 25 cents, a sweater and jacket for my kids for a total of $2.00 and a brand new Coldwater Creek wool jacket in a great shade of green I'd bought to resell but gave to my sister-in-law because it looked great on her for $1.00.

My kiddo found two cool looking shells for $1.00.

Here are the finds for my shop.




A 1970s copy of The Vogue Sewing Book. I might keep this one as I've been wanting a copy for my own book collection. Two vintage stitchery kits. A vintage floral tin that I think would be great for serving drinks on in the summer. A divided Anchor Hocking plate.





I'm thinking these might be vintage 90s new old stock shortalls.


Vintage 1980s New Zealand cardigan sweater.


1980s navy blue with white polka dot dress.

This was my very last find of the day and my favorite. I believe this is a 1930s or 1940s day dress.



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