Score of the Week! (#17)

So you guys– yay!  I’m back again with another “Score of the Week!” post slightly a week after the last one (okay,fine it’s really almost two), and it feels kinda amazing. Truthfully, it will probably be a few weeks before I have another of these for you– as I have a busy few weeks ahead and who knows if I’ll get the chance to even hit the shops– so let’s live this one up like it’s my intended all-the-time thing, okay?

These finds are a good example of why I love thrifting– I expanded a couple of collections, found fun things with creative potential, got something that will have great impact in my home, AND I did it all for less than twenty bucks!

New Greeny Pottery

New Greeny Pottery

Tiny Pagodas

Tiny Pagodas

The Friday shopping trip kicked off at my favorite little hole-in-the-wall charity shop, where I somehow managed to get a bunch of pottery.  First I found the small round dish, which I would have assumed it was a planter or random bowl, had it not had an old decal on the bottom indicating that it was part of a (very nice!) Max Factor cosmetic bath powder set.  The color is a bright olive green that I tend to think compliments fantastically with my chartreuse collection, and as an added bonus the detail circling the side looks vaguely Asian.  (It was priced at a dollar.)  Mere moments later I found the larger, more mid-century modern bowl by Haeger.  Its coloration is very similar, if slightly more sagey and flecked with darker bits, and it doesn’t have the bright gloss that the smaller dish has.  It was priced– and still a steal– at three bucks.  As if I needed visual assurance that these would look really beautiful with something more limey, I immediately found this oddball (contemporary) little vase for fifty cents.  (The smaller end is the opening.)  I might have normally passed on it, but fifty cents?  Nah.  We’ll take it and try it out with the rest.  If it sticks out like a sore thumb, it can go.  But It might make a cool base to display/elevate a larger piece, even.

Also in the vaguely Asian and made of pottery family are these two little pagodas that I believe are vintage aquarium decor.  I could be completely wrong on that though, this is just me hunchin’.  If you have any *real* info on these, I’d love to hear it.  I am going to be doing our living room in an oriental kitsch thing eventually, involving a lot of teal, grey, red and chartreuse.  I got them because I think they would be really fun little touches hidden amongst my displayed pottery collection.  And of course, they were pretty cheap– I *think* I paid two dollars for the pair.  (Condition on all pottery purchases is perfect, by the dubs.  No chips or anything!)

Unusual Halloween Stuff

Unusual Halloween Stuff

This little charity shop is one of those places that keeps their holiday goodies warehoused, and then they pull it out a little before the occasion, so they have Halloween and some Thanksgiving stuff out right now.  I had picked over that table pretty well last week, so I didn’t expect much by way of new over in the selection, but I’m glad I checked anyway.  I got a short stack of (vintage? the design kinda indicates that to me) little paper treat bags for five cents.  Five cents!  Who cares if they’re not, right, no risk involved with that purchase!  They also had this incredibly bizarre squeak toy with the open mouth and teeth– I can’t decide if he’s laughing, shocked or getting ready to bite…  either way, he’s one strange punkin.  I have a pumpkin problem, and this one added to my collection for only a dime.  I also got the tiny plastic trick or treat bucket for a dime, it’s vintage, I’m pretty sure.  It may only be from the 80’s, but that’s old enough for me.  I have a duo of tiny trick-or-treat bags displayed in my foyer right now, and just the day before I had been wishing for an interesting third.  The other two are ceramic, but this looks great with them, it’s just the right size.  I also got the tiny treat bucket with the green lid, the jack-o-lantern part is n0t anything really new or interesting for my collection, but the fact that he had a fitted lid, that is.  And again in the land of holy-mackerel-that’s-cheap-craperel, I was totally willing to pay the nickel for it.

Vintage (?) Halloween Treat Bag

Vintage (?) Halloween Treat Bag

I also got my fave score of the day at this thrift store, when I saw it I thought it was too good to be true.  It’s this awesome little old industrial table!  Love.  At.  First.  Sight.  I have been totally pinning such things for months out of longing.  I see them on pinterest, worn and shabby or newly blasted with gorgeous color, and either way, I wants.  I was standing there dumbstruck, staring at it, when my mother-in-law bopped up and asked how much it was.  I said, “I’m almost afraid to look.”  She begins popping the drop leaves up and down– they work beautifully– and says, “Ooh, it’s right here, five bucks!”  “WHAT?  ONLY FIVE?!”  I immediately plunked my pottery and Halloweenies down on top of the table and started pushing it toward the register.  She pealed with laughter behind me, “I guess you’re getting it?!”  Heck yes, I’m getting it!  After I paid, Fox ran ahead to hold open the door, and as awkwardly I maneuvered it and my bag of fragile pottery through the breezeway, I passed a man in his fifties, pimped out in purple, that said, “Didyou juss get tha’ table?  I need somethin’ like that for m’ sewin’ musheen!”  You and me both, buddy, you and me both.  Is it wrong to say that I felt a little bit victorious that I’d gotten there ten minutes before him?  I totally did…  that’s gratitude, right?  Creepy gratitude, but anyway– I’m trying!

Vintage Industrial Table

Vintage Industrial Table– Can’t You Just Picture This Holding A Projector Or Something?

(By the writing of this, I’ve already cleaned it up, masked it off, and painted the top.  I’m leaving the factory grey legs, but the faux wood had seen better days, and the whole thing is vastly improved with a shot of hot color.  Yay!  What a steal!  I am so glad I found it, I have already wanted to put it about eight places, it will be so useful in this house.)

After checking out, we began meandering home, and we encountered a church rummage sale–  With the sign advertising only 12 minutes left until they closed for the day!  Eep!  I hurriedly park the car, and with Meemaw and Fox opting to stay in the vehicle and chat and enjoy the breeze, I literally dashed into that gymnasium.

Berry Baskets And Cookie Cutters

Berry Baskets And Cookie Cutters

I find these things to be kind of weird…  it’s the selection.  This church literally had one tiny milk crate of books.  All books– kid’s, novels, vintage, new… really strange.  (I’m hoping that they’d had a ton earlier in the day and just had been cleaned out…  otherwise it really says something about the culture we’re becoming.  Anyway.  I like books.)  And there were three of those long tables FILLED with silverware.  Twice that many tables of wedding china, all boxed and cataloged by how many bowls, plates, etc.  I just glanced at it, it was all so formal for my taste and expensive.  They had rows and rows of crafty stuff, which should sound promising but at least two thirds of that was silk flowers.  The bulk of the rest of it was needlepoint supplies– patterns, hoops, floss.  No interest!  I did manage to pick up a big bag of nametags and labels of different types over there.  The whole zippie was a buck fifty, and I probably got five packs in there.  They also had two stacks of these berry baskets marked at fifty cents each, so I swiped ’em.  NO IDEA what I intend to do with those, but eh, they seemed like a wise leap.  I will likely make crafty bit baskets for my etsy shop’s re-opening or something.  Also fifty cents was an entire set of alphabet cookie cutters, which was exciting to me because I’d just been looking at an eight dollar set at the craft store something like two days before.  So, yay!  That’s good stuff.

I also swept the holiday dec in high hopes, finding only a lone vintage box of bright red Christmas balls.  *They* are a fantastic find, especially since they are all intact, at just fifty cents.  (Pic is below.)  But, just when I started to think that there was nothing much else there for me to find, I hit upon what was clearly their ‘oddball stuff’ table.  I’m really an oddball stuff kinda gal!

Vintage Sears Kid's Curtains

Vintage Sears Kid’s Curtains

It is always important to ask about an item if you don’t find a price, and a great example of that is these wacky curtains.   A lot of the linens were bundled with rubber bands, and I suspect that this duo of panels had been looked at by someone and not re-bundled with the price showing,  because I looked all over them when I picked them up, but I never unfolded them.  I stuck them under my arm, thinking I’d ask, and when I checked out the two women at the table gave each other a *l99k* and one said, “Fifty cents?”  (I believe the insinuation was that I would be overpaying at that amount.)  Um, yeppers!  It wasn’t until I got them home and was readying them for the wash that I found the sticker listing them as two fifty.  I would never intentionally short-change a church two bucks, but I’m totally happy to pay fifty cents for them… I get the impression they thought my selections were pretty weird anyway.

Oh, the curtains!  Their Sears Perma-Prest, and those readheaded dollies are about ten inches tall…  HUGE!  There are pink pups, yellow lions, and those groovy daisies scattered all over in the pattern of these panels.  Since I don’t really need them as curtains, (although I *could* use them in the playroom, I suspect Fox would not love that, and it is technically his playroom) I’m tempted to so something fun with them, like make them into a skirt.  Would that be the weirdest skirt ever?  I’m not sure how my husband would feel about going out with me in such a thing– although I’m sure it wouldn’t be the strangest thing I’ve worn….  We’ll see.  (Insert evil laugh here.)

Also over the the oddballies, was a cardboard flat of Barbie-sized hay bales for fifty cents each.  I probably should have gotten a few, but I failed, I got one.  I wasn’t really convinced that I would ever need the one, but hey, I wasn’t convinced that I wouldn’t, either.

Vintage Plastic Wall Decor

Vintage Plastic Wall Decor

The last things I swiped before they closed their doors was an assortment of plastic wall swag– the circular dotted swiss mirror, two small eighties faux woodgrain hearts, and the very 70’s Hoda “Smile!”  (The rose came from the thrift shop I hit immediately after this sale.)  I’ve been collecting this stuff for about a year, just picking up the pieces I think are cute when I see them.  I’ve got a really strange– but absolutely wonderful–  collection of mostly butterflies, bows, baskets and owls.  I’ll reveal my master plan and what I’m doing with them very, very soon, but it’s a runaway collection that has totally blindsided me with delight. These that I got on Friday were fifty cents apiece, which seems about standard.  These are totally little underrated little thingamabobs the thrift store world over, and the way I’ve been using them, they’re really unexpected and awesome.  I love stuff like that– cheap bits that add up to big, amazing impact.  FUN.

The round mirror had been in an antique mall or the like at one time, it still had a descriptive price sticker saying it was eight dollars on the back, topped with the church’s little florescent fifty cent dot.  Awwww, yeahhhh…

My Holiday Treats

My Holiday Treats

Because we still had forty-five minutes until we intended to meet my husband Pan for dinner, we decided to go by one more thrift shop, the Karm on Western Avenue.  We didn’t realize that this store was remodeling, so they had moved all items to 1/2 of the store, and they were having a corresponding ‘everything is half off’ sale.  Karm tends to be a little nicer of the thrifts but also a little more expensive, so this was fortuitous.  I’m tellin’ ya’ll, it was a really lucky day.  For reference, all of the following prices I give you will be the sales price I paid, not the full ticket price.

Hartz Squeakies

Hartz Squeakies

So, obviously I got another plastic wall decor item, the rose cluster, and it was a dollar.  I already had another of these in my collection (in fact, it is likely the first of all of these similar plastic things that I’d ever bought), but it is oddly a mirror image… same size, leaf clustering and everything, just a reverse of the other.  Hmmm.  Looks great in my collection!

I also scored a few holiday items for my obsessive collecting:  A vintage kid’s book talking about why we celebrate ($.50); a porcelain bell (likely from the 70s/ 80s) in the shape of a shamrock holdin’ Irish lass that will go straight to my St Pat’s stash ($1.00); and these two exceedingly weird Halloween squeak toys made by Hartz ($.50 each).  Were these intended as pet toys?  Are they vintage?  (They *feel* vintage, but since that sounds crazy and unexplainable, I’ll not make assumptions.)  They certainly have never touched the mouth of a dog, they are really clean.  I don’t even know where to start looking for info on these!  The pumpkin in the witch’s hat with the little goblin looks ahmahzing with my other pumpkins, he adds some nice variety.  Again, if you know anything about these, please speak up, I’d appreciate it!

Vintage Fairy Castle Guide

Vintage Fairy Castle Guide

The last thing I managed to purchase for the day was an especially sweet delight~  This paperback guide to Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle.  This is doubly exciting for me.  I’m sure many of you know that I’m an avid miniaturist, and that I love, love, obsessively love tiny things.  As one of the high points in my lifetime of loving tiny things, we went and visited this castle at the Museum of Science and Industry while on our honeymoon in Chicago.  I literally spent four hours looking at this thing while my husband played in the “History Of Video Games” exhibit.  (Hey, part of being in a loving relationship is allowing your partner to indulge in the things that excite them!  We both went on to enjoy the railway setup for a few hours together before going out to decadent dinner.)  Colleen Moore was a movie star at the beginning of film history, and known to be the originator of the ‘flapper’ look with her sleek bobbed hairstyle and floppy boots.  She had so loved her dollhouse as a girl, that as an adult she designed this fantasy 1″=12″ scale home and filled it with literal treasures.  There are chandeliers made of precious gem necklaces, and golden taps that actually flow water– is is amazing.  If you ever have the chance to go see it, please do, it’s worth it, it’s magical.

When we visited the exhibit in 2005, my husband kindly purchased the full-color hardback book about the fairy castle, so I *do* already have a reference to this stunning palace, but for only fifty cents, I’m incredibly happy to find this out-of-print book that brings back such a delightful memory.  I would say that in the end, it was a truly sweet culmination of all of these things I love– cheap books, thrift shopping, miniatures, fairy tales, and my life with Pan.  Lovely!


 


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