3.05.2012

The Nifty Thrifty

To start this off, I just have to reminisce about the awesomeness that was last Thursday. Not only did we sell our mid century bedroom set from last week's Nifty Thrifty for a couple hundred in profit (and basically a free dresser for us thrown into the deal, since we kept one piece and still made money back),  but one of our treasury lists was featured on the front page of Etsy! Around noon I noticed that a very abnormal amount of people were adding us to their circles and favoriting our stuff, and on a hunch I navigated to the front page only to find my florals (it was a treasury based on my florals collection post a few weeks back), and needless to say, I then started freaking out with excitement. It just feels good that out of all the zillions (ok, I have no idea how many, but I think it's a lot) of treasuries on Etsy, someone chose mine to be on the front page from 12noon-1:00pm that day. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. It was also really cool to see how may things sold from the shops I featured. Some of the handmade stuff sold multiples of the items I included! You can check out the treasury on Etsy here.

On to our thrifting...
This was the first week in awhile that we didn't buy any furniture--for ourselves or to sell--but we did find lots of other fun little things. Yard and estate sales were a total bust, but it was cold and rainy so it was understandable. Savers and Salvation Army (both locally and in Nashua, NH) saved us with some cool stuff.

We didn't buy much for ourselves this week, but we did find a few things to add to our growing collections in the kitchen:


This Fire King casserole matches our collection of Stetson Marcrest Swiss Chalet (Swiss Alpine) dishes (read about our latest huge purchase of these dishes in this post). Chris bought it for me for $5 at Savers the other day. Then, at the Salvation Army on Saturday, I picked up one more matching dinner plate, which was great because we have surprisingly few dinner plates in this pattern, considering how many saucers, dessert plates, and salad plates we have.

We didn't take a picture of them, but we also found few more utensils that perfectly match our set of mid century flatware we bought for ourselves last week, so now we have a six forks (as opposed to only two before), and a few more spoons.

Some things we bought to sell, but now we can't decide if we should keep them or let them go:


Chris found these awesome striped glasses at Savers. We love the colors together, and the multi-tonal diagonal design is just cool. We keep going back and forth... keep or sell, keep or sell?


Chris saw this vintage Fisher-Price light up globe at Savers in Nashua last week, but we didn't buy it until we checked it out together on Saturday and realized that not only did the light still work, but that if you look through the sliding blue lens (on the left) over one of the white dots on the globe, you see a little slide of a scene from that area of the world. Too cool!


Here it is all lit up. Is it too awesome to give up, or should we let someone else enjoy it and make a few bucks?

At the same Savers, Chris and I also each found some fantastic barely used (if at all) shoes. Yes, sometimes we thrift things that are actually practical for everyday life...

We've been taking it a bit easy this weekend--meaning we didn't spend every waking hour (just most of them...) either shopping for the shop, taking pictures, or listing items on Etsy--so we haven't quite gotten to that last step yet. All these items will be listed in our Etsy shop at some point this week! We have decided it might be a better tactic to spread out our listings throughout the week, instead of doing them all on Sundays. As we list things, we'll add links in the caption for each photo.

on Etsy here

These sweet glasses have little white picket fences around the base and pretty flowers floating in the air above. It looks like they used to have some pink detailing in the flowers (which can still be seen on the front center glass), but they're mostly just white graphic on clear glass. Subtle and cute. Chris bought these glasses a couple weeks ago at a local thrift store, and we finally got around to photographing them this week.

on Etsy here

Chris bought these Ball jar salt and pepper shakers at Savers this week. He's been getting into glass jars recently, and these are just adorable. They would be great in a rustic or farmhouse style home.


I think this brass figurine looks like a more attractive and svelte Oscar. She's leaning back like she's about to do a backwards dive or something. Chris bought it at Savers the other day.

on Etsy here
One of my favorite finds this week, this beautiful mid century wood ice bucket has great curved handles and a fantastic color. It has a thin metal lining and insulation on the inside to keep your ice cold.  Chris picked this one up at the Salvation Army. It's in great condition, too!


On Saturday, Chris and I went on quite the thrifting adventure all the way out to Nashua, NH. While at the Salvation Army in Nashua, we found more of Chris's favorite "uh huh you got the right one baby" glasses. We bought five more, and we're keeping one, so now we have a set of nine glasses, and we're going to sell these four for someone else to enjoy.

At the same store, we also found two more things:


This little Corelle (I think...) piece is actually super tiny, only about 4 inches tall. The little plastic top pops out easily and has funny ridged edges. We have no idea what this thing is for, but we think it's pretty awesome. Any ideas?


Our last find at the Nashua Salvation Army was this Polaroid Job Pro 2, which Chris was very pleased with. I guess our theme at that store was yellow?


These funny little collectible glasses were picked up by Chris at Savers mid week. He bought them for the green brontosaurus and Jerry (the mouse) on a skateboard, but the other two came as part of the set.


These cute little peas in a pod salt and pepper shakers are just adorable. No better word for 'em.

On Etsy here

Every week we seem to find a little smattering of Pyrex to add to the shop. Some have sold, and others await a good home. Until then, we are developing quite the collection of colorful vintage Pyrex! This bright turquoise (aqua? teal? so many names for one color...) divided casserole is in great shape and the color is just awesome. Chris picked it up at Savers mid week.


This vintage Pyrex coffee carafe has a great sunburst pattern, and an interesting flat gold top like I've never seen before. Great condition, too. I bought it at the Salvation Army in Saugus on Saturday, along with these last few things:


Another neat Pyrex carafe. This one has an awesome star flower pattern and a lovely shape. I love the little white plastic top that just sits in there, and the line of gold measurement numbers going up the side (you can kindof see them on the right in the picture)

On Etsy here
Last, but not least, is another lovely pink Pyrex casserole to add to our assortment of brightly colored Pyrex on Etsy. Our Etsy stats tell us that "pink pyrex" is a common search term for people coming into our shop, so we're always on the lookout for more. This one has a subtle speckled pink color, making it part of the Desert Dawn collection from the late 50's-60's. It just has a few small scratches, which is pretty amazing considering how old it is.

By the way, we're selling a beautiful little vintage school desk (Chris picked it up awhile ago at a local thrift store, but we really don't have room for it anymore) on craigslist right now if anyone is interested:

on craigslist here

What did you find this week? What's your favorite thing we found?

Linked to Her Library Adventures and Apron Thrift Girl

16 comments:

  1. The little corelle gold piece is a salt shaker.

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    1. Ah, that makes sense. I've never seen such a salt shaker before!
      Thanks for the tip, Kate!

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  2. I had that globe when I was little, it was so cool! The dinosaur glasses too. :) The ice bucket and carafe are both my favorites, good finds!

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  3. My mom has that Corelle Butterfly Gold salt/pepper shakers sitting on her kitchen table.I love the globe-I would definitely keep it for awhile.

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  4. You found some amazing things this week! I especially love the striped glasses, the brass sculpture, and the wooden ice bucket. I found a set of those "Uh-huh" glassees a while back and reluctantly passed them up...now I'm kicking myself! Thanks again for the inclusion in your FP treasury...my glasses haven't sold yet, but my shop got over 1,500 views that day. Yay!

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    1. Wow 1,500 views! That's crazy! It was really exciting to see things selling and know that I instigated so much activity. I always like finding items from my favorite shops to feature in treasury lists :)

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  5. those striped glasses are da BOMB. so totally awesome. i don't think i could bring myself to sell them if i had them.

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    1. couldn't have said it better myself :)

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  6. that globe is the coolest thing i've EVER seen. wow! i would totally keep that and am going to keep an eye out for something like that. i didn't realize that fisher price made stuff like that. i also love the pea-pod s&p shakers. Love your blog, i love your photos, expecially how you use a map as a backdrop. well done.

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    1. Thanks so much! I had no idea fisher price made anything that cool either. On the shelf at Savers it didn't look that cool until we plugged it in, and then we found the awesome slide things and we were sold immediately. Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  7. I thrifted a light up globe years ago (not Fisher Price) and it's one of my favorites. Put it in your living room or bedroom and turn it on at night...so pretty. :) Loved your finds, thanks for sharing.

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  8. I think I like everything!!!

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  9. You found a lot of Pyrex this week, I've reached capacity with Pyrex but still pick up aqua or pink pieces when I find it (sadly not too often). Neat figurine, it does look a little like an Oscar, and I'm a fan of the ice bucket as well!

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  10. You've found a lot of awesome things! I love the light-up Fisher Price globe! Actually, I love them all. Haha! I've seen collectible glasses with the same look (Disney- and Batman-designed, I think) but I left them at the thrift store. Maybe I should've taken them home. Hmm.

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  11. What a lot of amazing finds!! That globe is pretty freakin' cool! And I like those little tumblers, too.

    That's always the problem, isn't it? What to keep and what to sell?

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  12. I thoroughly enjoyed scrolling through your post of thrift store finds. Everything looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing:))

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