Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #4

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #4. I am so happy you’re here and can’t wait to share with you my latest thrifty and auction finds!

Quick recap: Since one of my favorite pastimes is vintage and thrift hunting, I’ve decided to start a regular feature here on the blog about the fun and interesting things I find whether I am scouring thrift stores, garage or tag sales, antique markets or estate auctions.

Since my last post, I’ve been to two lucrative auctions and managed an entire day of garage sales.  I won’t be able to show all my fabulous treasures in this post but I’ve picked out a few of my favourites.

Everything goes in trends and lately old rotary phones are very popular and since the last post I have bought and sold three more vintage rotary dial phones.  Two of them are desktop phones and one is a wall mount.(Only showing the brown and black wall mount)

 

Next is a nice old rusty saw blade. This thing is huge – I thought one of my female customers would snap this up for a decoration or to paint but turns out I have a few male followers who were quite interested in this blade.  Win-Win!

Everything I buy, in my mind, has a story or I can relate a story to the item. These adorable baby sized Wooden shoes from Holland reminded me of a pair that my father owned when I was a young girl. I fondly remember trying to walk in his over sized shoes, something I could never fill. (Available)

Wooden crates (fruit in this case) are always big sellers, I think it is due to the vast array of things you can use a crate for.  This one is from Japan and held mandarin oranges.  It still has the paper label mostly in tact and the crate itself is in good condition. (SOLD) Continue reading Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #4

Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #3

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #3. I am so happy you’re here and can’t wait to share with you my latest thrifty and auction finds!

Quick recap: Since one of my favorite pastimes is vintage and thrift hunting, I’ve decided to start a regular feature here on the blog about the fun and interesting things I find whether I am scouring thrift stores, garage or tag sales, antique markets or estate auctions.

Even though there is still snow on the ground Auction season has begun and for me so did the fun. Since my last post I’ve been to two auctions and I have to say I found some awesome items.

The item below looks like a salt or pepper shaker but actually it is Avon Vintage milk glass that looks like a salt shaker with a yellow plastic screw on lid. As you can see it is decorated with yellow flowers and orange and yellow butterflies. These were originally sold by Avon filled with perfumed cream (and there is still a little left inside) Available $6.00

Next is a vintage “The Piqua” metal and wood 13 inch butcher paper cutter.  It is spring loaded where the paper sits, with a nice overall age and patina. Metal parts have rust and corrosion consistent with age and I think it adds to the rustic look of it. (SOLD)

Who remembers these?  I grew up in a household with the one that was mounted to the wall and had a party-line. This is a wonderful collectible, black vintage rotary phone. It still works 🙂 I bet a lot of young folks wouldn’t even know what to do with it, ha ha ha! (SOLD).

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Result from the Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

I recently posted a challenge to do some Easter Decorating for under $8.00 CDN- I referred to the Youtube challenge I followed that was started by Hillary from My So Called Home.

You can see that post here.

My vignette coast me $1.50 as I only purchased the three Vintage bunny banks at $0.50 a piece.  I scoured the house for items that I already  had and came up with a few varieties but this first one is my favorite.Here is proof on my price … I remember these fuzzy bunny banks from when I was young.

AND a closer look at what is in the picture.

Here are the other vignette’s I tried that weren’t quite right…lol Continue reading Result from the Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

Eight Dollar Easter Decorating Challenge

I’ve recently enjoyed viewing the $5.00 Goodwill Challenge Spring Decorating 2017 that was started by Hillary from My So Called Home. Here is the playlist to all the YouTubers that took her challenge- check them out, you might get inspired. The playlist from Hillary – My so called home http://bit.ly/2miYBsi

Well that $5.00 US is equal to about $6.69 CDN dollars 😦 and lets face it thrift finds are more plentiful and cheaper in the USA.  However, having said that – I am definitely up for the challenge and I’ll be keeping my budget under $10.00 – let’s say at a healthy $8.00

I am putting out the challenge on this blog, my Facebook page and my instagram page hashtag #EasterDecoratingChallenge.

Here is a cute idea from bellalimento

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Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #2

Welcome to Vintage and Thrift Hunting – this is Post #2

Quick recap :Since one of my favorite pastimes is vintage and thrift hunting, I’ve decided to start a regular feature here on the blog about the fun and interesting things I find whether I am scouring thrift stores, garage or tag sales, antique markets or estate auctions.

I do sell some of the items I buy, sometimes I repurpose them, mostly I don’t because I like them just the way they are. If the item is for sale, I will mark it available and if it’s not for sale you will see these initials NFS. I will put a link below to my selling site if you are interested.

The weather was so nice on the weekend a road trip was in order. These cheese crocks were sold as a set in a very unorganized thrift store (I never judge a book by its cover, the best deals are the ones you dig for). I decided to sell the two smaller ones and keep the larger one for my collection. They were in excellent condition.

My next find were these nine puzzle blocks that turned into four different puzzles. Very economical as well at just $1.00. I’m displaying the bunny side  for Easter. (NFS)

When I saw these arch shaped frames (there are two), there was just something about them and when I flipped them over there was a write up about the artist, Michael Kulicke. Turns out these frames are collectible. I haven’t decided whether or not to sell them. If I find the perfect spot for them, I will keep them but I guess I can’t keep everything…lol

 

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Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #1

Since one of my favorite pastimes is vintage and thrift hunting, I’ve decided to start a regular feature here on the blog about the fun and interesting things I find whether I am scouring thrift stores, garage or tag sales, antique markets or estate auctions.

I do sell some of the items I buy, sometimes I repurpose them, mostly I don’t because I like them just the way they are. If the item is for sale, I will mark it available and if it’s not for sale you will see these initials NFS. I will put a link below to my selling site if you are interested.

All of my latest finds came from thrift stores. This Vintage Avon Rooster milk glass perfume bottle (empty) is in great condition and this was my first time to see one in a thrift store so naturally it followed me home. I’m a sucker for milk glass. (available)

It was my day for finding Vintage Avon and I just could not resist this blue and white Delft Milk glass pitcher and bowl, it was a bit on the pricey side but I knew it would sell quickly.

(Sold)

When I saw this 1940s Keele Street hand painted pottery jug, I envisioned some pretty Spring flowers just in time for Easter. It is available but only until I find the perfect flowers to put in it. It has many more uses than a flower vase but that was the first one that popped into my head so I’ll stick with that idea.

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Day 6: DIY Table Decoration

DIY Table Decoration

How to decorate without breaking the bank (using thrift store finds, of course). Sometimes you can make the most elegant and easy Christmas centerpiece with things you already have and thrift store or auction items.

I was using this white milk glass footed dish (I paid $4.99 at a thrift store)to hold keys and trinkets by my back door, but with Christmas fast approaching I decided to use it in a different way.

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I already had battery operated lights and vintage multi-color ornaments. I tossed them all together and wrapped some artificial garland around the bottom. This could be used on a dinner table, a coffee table, end table or a mantle. You are only limited by your imagination.

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If you are out thrifting and you spot something similar, you might think twice before passing it up.

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Day 6 – DIY Table Decoration – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

Link and Recap:

Day 1 – Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Day 2 – Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Day 3 – Cork Reindeer

Day 4 – Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bon

Day 5 –  O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

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