Sunday, April 15, 2012

Thrifty Finds

I'm not gonna lie to you.  I was tempted to skip the Monday thrifting post again this week.  But the "again" part got to me.  I know myself well enough to know that I can't let patterns of complacency establish themselves.  So here I am.  I am linking up with Magpie Monday at Me and My Shadow, Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl, and Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures.

It's been a hard week.  I can't put my finger on it, but something's had me moving slowly and accomplishing little.  My kids have had a lot going on, with three shooting practices, Boy Scouts, and some extra homeschool projects.  One night an ear ache kept me up, so I was cranky the next day.  At one point I couldn't find some of the items I had thrifted.  They were right were I put them, but because of my lack of focus, I couldn't remember where that was.  The national weather service issued some very dire sounding tornado watches and warnings for my area.  Thank God the worst we got was a leak in from an interior doorway that freaked me out for a bit.  I thought my beloved camera was broken, and it's income tax time!  All of this made it hard to focus on the blog, or thrifting, or posting about thrifting.  Ok, that's a lie.  I thrifted just fine, thank you very much.  And here is my proof.

Those gorgeous snack trays are from the Philippines.  In the interest of full disclosure I'll say that I thrifted them several weeks ago.  I recently thrifted some that are similar in shape, but made of metal and wood.  However, I can't remember where I put them!!!  Seriously, this is bad.  The books on the left are all fun 70's finds from a small thrift store (Leif Garrett, The Partridge Family, and a cute book about adapting to high school), and the vintage Girl Scout book is from Goodwill.  All of these gems, and the things I can't find right now (grrrrr!) will go in my Etsy shop very soon.  I really need to get busy on that.

Here's a cute find from a yardsale.

A finch feeder shaped like an acorn.  It is glass and metal.  This is one of those things that I loved at first sight, but have since realized that I might need to pass along.  We'll see.

Finally, I've looked at these gems at one of my favorite thrifts several times, and this time I decided they needed to be put back into circulation, so here they are, waiting for me to get busy and list them in my Etsy shop.

These are cute little glass coasters.  Off to the side are what I have seen referred to as "spoon rests", but what I prefer to think of as "cigarette rests".  I think they are much more glamorous that way.  No, smoking is not glamorous, but the way in which it was incorporated into life and decorating and entertaining in decades past continues to amuse and amaze me.  I own several of these clear glass snack sets, which I've seen referred to as "Sip and Smoke" sets.

Do you see the little cigarette rest in the near corner?  Fascinating.  Collecting vintage items means not only enjoying their beauty, but also appreciating their weird side.

Finally, a lovely little .99 find that will not be moving on to Etsy, but will live with me for now.

A lovely Temporama dinner plate to go with a few other pieces I have of this pattern.  (the table top underneath, you ask?  ahhh, that is an 1850's find for another day.  it's one of my weirdest thrifting stories, and i plan to get to it soon.)

Well, that's it.  I feel a bit like I've missed the mark.  I've felt that way all week.  I must confess, my spiritual life has been just as lackluster.  I suspect that therein lies the key.  I hope that next week I will have a more energetic and exciting post to share with all of you.

ETA:  Well, this is a perfect example of how unfocused I am.  The wooden trays with the cork in the picture are the new ones.  I don't know why I thought they had metal.  The ones from the Philippines are sold wood, no cork.  All are deliciously gorgeous, though.


  1. As one of a dying breed (!) of smokers I think those 'sip and smoke' coaster are amazing! Although you'd have to stand outside in the freezing cold to use them nowadays!

  2. Gosh that dinner plate is gorgeous!

    Sorry to hear you've been feeling lacklustre - hope you're back to your old self soon x

  3. I linked up to Magpie Mondays too... I love the acorn bird feeder, i would love to find one of those around here, ive never seen one before.
    Aqeela xx

  4. Even though my husband and I are not smokers, we're both always intrigued by the vintage smoking paraphernalia we find. It's really interesting!