Score of the Week! (#16)

Ohmigod you guys, I realize that when it comes to this Score Of the Week stuff, I am TERRIBLE.  It’s another one of those posts that is more like Score Of the Month, except I didn’t even post any in July or August.  TERRIBLE.

Truthin’, yo– (Yes, “Truthin'” is a word!  Nancy Sinatra uses it in “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’.”  That makes it legit!)  I haven’t really been out to many thrift stores in the last few months, and the times I did go, I only got one or two things and didn’t follow up and talk about it in a timely manner like I should have.   The real deal is that all of the spending money I have comes from either me working on selling stuff I make/ find while thriftin’, or from my allowance from my husband.  My online shops have been closed since before the move, so about a year.  No money coming in that way.  And there are times– when one has medical misfortunes that bring on ER visits (poor little guy, a broken arm is a Summer-bummer), and whole-family bouts with Bronchitis (dudes, it SUCKS, this is no little ordinary cold) have sucked our budget pretty dern dry these last few months.  And in situations like that, it seems kinda harsh to expect my little portion of it to go to frivolous craft supplies and treasure hunts, ’cause you know, there’s wholesome food and medicine to buy.  So my stuff– Ben Moore paint and trips to the stores– any stores– have been really kept to a minimum the last few.

Finally, we feel back on track again, and last week I had the good fortune to go out looking for the sweet second-hand scores.  Two  Sundays ago my guys took me to the AmVets where I usually find such great stuff, I don’t know if I’m just off my game from the lapse in practice, but overall I felt disappointed.  I didn’t find my usual tons.  And none of it was thrilling.  Still…

Old Fashioned Candy Jars

Old Fashioned Candy Jars

I ventured into an arena of purchases that I prolly shouldn’t be– I will get hooked– I picked up these two cute clear glass candy jars.  They were $2.95 each.  The one on the right has an etched ‘crystal’ lid which cleaned up nicely, and I was pretty sure looking at it in the store that I could get all of the decal madness off of the front with some soaking and maybe magic eraser.  (I did.)  The other has a very nice plastic stopper in the lid, which will allow me to store and display sweets that can get stale like marshmallows and toffees.  (I discovered while washing it that it that the stopper also can come completely off, if I’d like to not see that plastic part.)  I’m debating digging through my stuff and maybe adding a ‘base’ of a crystal candlestick to one of them, we’ll see, just to make one pedastaled.  They’re pretty cute as they are.

Smug Mugs-- the FK I Had on L, the new Fire King on R

Smug Mugs– The Fire King Mug I Already Had On L, The New-To-Me Fire King On R

I also got on that same trip to AmVets a Fire-King milk glass mug, very simple and clean-lined, and a real score at only a dollar.  These are just getting harder and harder to run across, especially for cheap.  I pretty much always pick them up when I see them.  I thought that it was identical to another that I already had, but there is one tiiiiiny difference.  The shape of the handle is a little different, with a little groove in the area where your thumb goes.  Cool!  No one will ever notice it, but I love having that mix of stuff that *almost* matches.

Speaking of a mix that almost matches, I got another vintage printed glass as well.  It’s an unusual one with a wheat design, and some intact gold.  Very nice glass for just a buck fifty, for sure.  I have a handful of (different) printed glassware with wheat designs, but the heavy bottom and unusual shape of this one is unusual for my collection.

Ya Better Drink Yer Wheaties

Ya Better Drink Yer Wheaties

Then my mother-in-law and I resumed our old “Thursday Routine,” last week.  She comes and picks me up, and we retrieve Fox from school and usually do a little shopping.  On the way to pick him up, we were far too early to go and park at the academy, but we didn’t really have enough time to head to a thrift shop.  I decided to wind my way over to him via back roads, and on the way I discovered a little mom & pop quilting and fabric shop called “Mammaw’s Thimble.”   (Yay for being early and meandering!)  They carry a HUGE selection: from the thirties repro frabrics in soft pastels that make me want to sew up a bazillion little floaty housedresses; to kitschy kiddo novelty prints involving characters old and new; to a whole nook of reproduction civil war fabrics for you historical re-enactors and the like.  I am sooo going back when I have more money!  As it is, I spent twenty bucks on the sweetest possible fabrics for makin’ my best bud Amber’s birthday present, as well as a little something fun for a Dr Seuss themed baby shower gift.  I really loved their selection.  (I’ll be posting pics of some of the fabrics I loved to my flickr soon, if you’re interested.  The owner was very kind and let me snap pics of ‘swatches’ I’m interested in.)

After snagging the kiddo, we headed over to my favorite little thrift shop.  It’s not a chain, and it has a charity pantry attached, so you know and see that your money goes to help real people.  And their stuff is *phenomenal.*

IMG_4662 I got the above fall-themed cookie cutters in a lot for fifty cents.  I’m going to send the duplicate black cat cutter to my friend Joe that collects Halloween like crazy, ’cause I already have a box headed to him and he’ll love it.

Cheap Glassware

Cheap Glassware

The glasses on the right aren’t so super special, the jelly jar to the left isn’t old, but it has a cute row of stars around the top that I find charming.  I like to have a mix of these smaller swigs for Fox to drink out of, and if he breaks one that is only two years old, I feel *zero* loss.  (This is not quite true for an older one.  Although I never punish him when it’s an honest accident, I still feel sadness.)

The other one is an extreeemly faded Hazel Atlas, which is another one I’ll feel no loss over, since it’s pretty mucked to begin with.  Zero anxiety over throwing this one into the super-hot dishwasher, that’s fer shurez.

“Amber,” you ask, “Why did you buy glassware that isn’t actually vintage or is vintage but heavily damaged?  “Beeeeecaaaaause!”  I say.  “They were a DIME.  Twenty cents for the both of them!”  You know you would have too!

Road Trip Tic Tac Toe

Road Trip Tic Tac Toe

This sleek tin containing a Tic Tac Toe game was a must have for this little family, and it was still in its package, unused, and only a dollar.  I intend to keep this in my purse, as we frequently dig out snippets of paper and ink pens in order to play while we’re waiting for food at restaurants and the like.  Fox loves kicking some butt at TTT!

Kooky Holiday Pins

Kooky Holiday Pins

I’ve been picking up these novelty holiday pins for a couple of years here and there, it’s kind of one of those collections that has snowballed.  Originally I was only purchasing the plastic Hallmark and Russ ones, but now even ones like the wooden turkey woodsie and vintage funny bunny are working their way in with no problems.  All of these were a dollar, except the turkey which was fifty cents.  Don’t you just love that ghost on the tombstone?  He is adorable, wonky eyes and all.  It has a battery op function, but of course they were dead and sort of funky.  I’ll see if it works, but it won’t ruin the charm for me if it doesn’t.

I’m oddly fanatical about groupings of things, for some reason multiples of anything are so visually compelling when attractively displayed, I love that aspect of collecting.  These pins are no exception– one or two aren’t really interesting or unusual, but when you see, say, twenty different Halloween pumpkins together, pinned to one side of a cute jean jacket over a comfy black cotton dress, your ‘outfit’ is suddenly “stunning” or “amazing.”  (O course the orange tights and cute boots don’t hurt!)

Pillow Fun

Pillow Fun

I grabbed up these two youthful throw pillows for a buck each, I’m not sure where they’ll end up going, but we have about 27 places for tossing throw pillows in this place.  Both of these were likely pretty cheap when they were new, but that’s alright, as my kid treats the sofa throws like a gorilla testing his Samsonites.  The four stragglers we have on it right now are a *mess.*  Anyway, turquoise and lime are at the center of my house-wide color scheme, so both of these are going to be easily tucked into almost any open spot in the house.  They’ve already gone through the wash and are currently air-drying and awaiting assignment.

((Insert Homer Simpson Noise Here))

((Insert Homer Simpson Noise Here))

Last cool thing I picked up before leaving the store was this sweeeeet doughnut mug.  Isn’t it cute?  It was priced at three dollars (which is more than a third of what I spent at that shop!) but it was so adorbs that I couldn’t seem to put it down.  “Maybe for Pan’s work cup?” I asked.  “Get it!  Get it!” both Fox and his Meemaw encouraged, so I did.  When I got home and pulled it out of the bag, Pan said, “GIVE ME THAT MUG!”  I think he likes it.

Unfortunately, when I washed it for him, I saw how the ceramic took on the water– it’s completely crazed all over.  A test cup of coffee had really scary results I’ve never seen before, the coffee actually began to seep out of the cracks and bead up on the outside surface of the mug.  Oh noes!  So, it looks as if I’ve paid three dollars for a pencil cup, which is fine, it looks *sweet* in my kitchen.  I just hate that it was my ‘big money’ purchase of the day!

We left the charity shop and headed over to the main drag to get a sip and a snack, and on the way we spotted an ENORMOUS  yard sale.  After getting a bite we circled around for the best deals of the day.

Metal Mid-Century Magazine Rack

Metal Mid-Century Magazine Rack

This metal fifties magazine rack is my third one (fourth if you count the very-nineties mag rack that came into to my life with my husband, but I don’t, I’m just talking fifties cool here).  It could be argued that with three already in the house that I could have been pressed to pass this one up.  But nay, when I saw it, I pounced like a cougar on a frat boy.  (You thought I was going to go with the other kind of cougar reference didn’t you?  Haha, gotcha!)  They’re all different, and so useful, and it’s a big house, and hey– I don’t have to justify my buys to you!  What if I told you it was only three dollars?  Well, it was.  You would have bought it too!  I don’t even think I’m going to paint it.

Is The Plural Of Thermos Thermii?

Is The Plural Of Thermos Thermii?

Does anyone else get a little burst of nostalgia when they spot this red Alladdin hot lunch container?  Ohmigod ya’ll, as I screwed it open to check the inside, I almost expected to find piping-hot spaghetti-Os with the little rubbery meatballs…  Glad I didn’t, because– ew.  I had SO MANY school lunches in the eighties out of these babies.    We had two, and Mom used them a lot.  (Thanks for all the yum lunches, Mom!)  I get the feeling that maybe they were a little bit old when we used them, but I didn’t know it at the time.   I bet if I sent hot lunch to school with my kid it would work like a champ, too.  Oh, it’ll happen!  The diamond one is logoed as Sears on top, but reading its fine print tells me that it was also made by Alladdin Thermos Co, out of Nashville, TN.  Another reason to be proud of my home state, ya’ll.  Thermos technology!  My husband looked at me like I was a total freak when I asked him if they made him feel nostalgic….  Please someone, tell me it’s not just me!  (They were an absolute steal at a dollar each.)

Vintage Paperies

Vintage Paperies

I got two unopened packs of vintage Gibson party papers– a pack of tallies and a pack of place cards.  Pinky-cute and rose-bedecked.  Quarter!  No, I don’t play bridge.  I hear that there is a real resurgence of the game, but I doubt we’ll start.  I  COULD use the place cards, that is likely to happen with my annual Valentine’s dinner party, but really I got them because I cannot for the life of me resist vintage paper…  it’s a problem.

Once I got up on the porch to pay, I spotted and nabbed two fun circular tablecloths for– wait for it– fifty cents each!  I have no clue what I intend to to with this amazing rose one, I’m actually really tempted to turn it into a skirt for me or something.  A really glam poncho?  I don’t have any circular tables, or any places that this would ‘go’ with what I have planned in my home, but fifty cents!  I just had to.  And it’s kitschy-kitschy cool!

The other one (not shown) is from the same era, and it is interesting to me too, it’s super faded and worn, but I had to get it– it’s the exact same print as some other vintage fabric I have, except the fabric I had already has red, and bright pink, and well, it’s just the same but *brighter.*  The piece that I had already has been re-purposed temporarily as window coverings in the playroom, and now I’m so thrilled to have some ‘matching’ fabric to use for other fun stuff in the space.  I don’t know exactly what will be done with the two of them yet, but I’m glad to have the creative potential.

Cross-Stitchy Rose Print

Cross-Stitchy Rose Print

What about you?  Found any second-hand fun lately?

 


 

4 Responses to “Score of the Week! (#16)”

  1. I am not speaking to you.
    Too jealous.
    Yep.

  2. I couldn’t have passed up that magazine rack either! Definitely make a skirt from that adorbs tablecloth, please!


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