5.28.2012

The Nifty Thrifty: Antlers, Chairs, and Candle Holders

We always try to show a good selection of the items we've picked up over the week, but some of our particularly cool items never got photographed this week.  I picked up several attractive glass containers with cork stoppers, a sega genesis, a standing topographical "World Ocean Series" globe and a cool normal globe from the mid 80's (interestingly enough, when Julia was trying to figure out the age of this globe, which you can do by checking country names, mostly in Africa, she found that tons of people on Etsy had this same globe inaccurately labeled as 1970's or even 60's. Maybe a few of the globes were different, but on several they had pictures of Africa and it was clearly later. Tsk tsk). We seem to be starting a little globe collection in our apartment... oh no, not another collection!

Although some of our cool finds didn't get photographed, we had another good week of thrifting and some fun stuff to share!

These are presently chillin' on our coffee table.

These awesome unmounted antlers are pre-drilled and ready to go up on the wall, or perhaps I should mount them to the front of my skateboard... Whatever I do with them will be worth it; I picked these up at Savers this week for only $10! We love the organic texture and color they add to our space, so we're definitely planning to keep them for ourselves.

If I only had more!

These stackable candle holders were a great find at the thrift store in Salem this week.  Julia and I love mid century candle holders, and we've always known that we'd find some someday, but we were becoming skeptical.  I have an affinity for mid century candle holders, and these ones are particularly cool, but these look best in large groupings, and we only found two! Both pieces have their original stickers on them saying they were made in West Germany by Nagel. Strangely enough, the stickers are different so they may have been made at different times and somehow ended up together.  We'll list these on Etsy, and maybe someone can add to their collection.

I could definitely see us doing some blogging in these.

These great vintage chairs have been recently re-upholstered, and I picked them up at Savers this past week for a very reasonable price.  The fabric is not our favorite, but it's pretty cool and they're very comfortable; so, Julia and I are probably going to keep them until we can see them in our new apartment and decide if they should stay. They have a great classic mid century shape, and we love the low arm rests.

Hooray for enamel!

Althouh these enamel bowls have metal rims they are still an attractive addition to our personal set of mixing bowls.

How about them eggs?  We're getting into the idea of styling our Etsy pics a bit more.

I was leaving my favorite thrift store in Peabody the other day when one of the owners noticed I hadn't bought anything, and she gave me permission to go check out the back room.  After exploring the furniture and a few boxes, I found a full sega genesis set in the box and this Pyrex Flameware saucepan. Later in the week I actually found a Pyrex Flameware teapot, too, which I'll probably make into a terrarium.

These visually exciting ash trays will be up on Etsy just in time for Fathers day.

I picked these chrome and plastic ash trays up at the consignment store in Salem.  You can really get a good deal at some consignment stores; the one I go to has periodic price cuts by 25% - 50%.  I almost bought an awesome mitten mold for $11 (like the white glove molds, but this one had no separation between the four fingers), but decided against it.

A new selection of mcm heaven. 

We already sold our selection of Blue Heaven from the other week, but never fear, more Blue Heaven is here!  We had never seen this Fire King cereal bowl before, but we both really like the how the shapes of the Blue Heaven pattern were put together like a medallion inside. This set includes two serving plates, the cereal bowl, and another custard cup.

Primary power!

This full set of primary colored mixing bowls is one of my newest Savers finds.  I love this style of rimmed Pyrex mixing bowls; Julia and I have a dark blue set.  These will be up on Etsy shortly so your kitchen can get a bit more colorful.

Peach pile.

So, our Fire King Peach Lustre collection has been steadily growing over the past few weeks; so much that Julia and I have had to re-photograph the set over three times!  The newest addition to the set is a lovely pie pan; I had no idea that Pyrex or Fire King made pie pans until we recently went to the Brimfield Flea Market.  This, however, was the first time I had seen it for a low enough price.  Julia and I found this pan at Salvation Army, but the set has come from all over at this point.

Hooray for more projects!?

That's right! It's a Lane Acclaim side table; we found this in a garbage pile just outside of Salem State University.  Julia and I plan on sanding and refinishing this great piece.  It'd look great along with our Lane Acclaim triangle side table (once we've given it a little bit of TLC of course). We've never refinished a piece of wood furniture before, and Lane Acclaim pieces are worth quite a bit in good condition, so we were excited to find this one for free to give refinishing a go (somehow seems less stressful when we don't have any investment money involved). If you have any tips for us as we get started on this project, please let us know in the comments! And don't worry, we'll definitely keep you updated on our progress.

It's a bit bizarre, but with the increase of yard sales as we move into summer we haven't really had any great yard sale finds.  Sadly, we've returned home the past few Saturdays with nothing more than a small find or two.  I'm almost less upset by the lack of good yard sales than I am about having missed most of the college students leaving; I would have loved to pick up some text books to sell  :)

By the way, today there is a huge 50% Memorial Day Sale at Savers (I'm guessing the same for the company's other store across the country-- Value Village), so if you're feeling brave (the crowds can be nuts, but of course the deals will be great), you should go check it out:


We actually received an email from the company telling us about the sale and giving us the graphic to share if we wanted. We felt pretty good about ourselves for getting noticed by the company, but we do write about our finds from Savers all the time, so it was definitely a good call on their part! In case you were wondering, we're not being paid to share this, we just like Savers and think you should, too. Happy shopping!

What do you think of our finds this week? Are you as crazy about antlers as we are, or are you over it already? What do you think of the fabric on our newest addition to our chair collection (chair hoarders, anyone?)? Did you thrift anything awesome this week?

As always, we're linking up to Her Library Adventures, Southern Hospitality, and Apron Thrift Girl.

17 comments:

  1. Heya, great finds. The Pyrex actually has a smaller green bowl to it.... Check out this ad I've seen locally: http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rds/clt/3029606509.html

    Also Vintage Scapes posted about her Lane Acclaim refinishing project here http://vintagescapes.blogspot.ca/2011/04/diy-refinishing-lane-side-table.html

    Sorry for all the links!

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    1. Thanks for the links (definitely no need to apologize for that!)! Very helpful stuff :)

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  2. Awesome finds! Thanks to Sixballoons for referring you to my DIY. Also, about those stackable candle holders, I just wanted to make sure you reference Nagel candleholders because they look identical and they are quite desirable.

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    1. Thanks! We will definitely be referencing your tips for refinishing when we work on our side table. We forgot to mention it in the post (I'll add it now, actually), but the candleholders both have original stickers on them saying they were made in West Germany by Nagel. Strangely enough, the stickers are different so they may have been made at different times and somehow ended up together. Thanks for having our backs on that one!

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  3. oh, how funny, I was also going to refer you to Vintage Scapes' DIY. Great finds, the ashtrays look like they could be Isamu Kenmochi's design https://www.etsy.com/transaction/78157278?transaction_id=78157278

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    1. Thanks, I had also recently come across this Etsy listing, but ours don't have the same writing on the bottom... Just a small imprint of a ram and a person. There are similar ones listed on ebay. pshh... ebay.

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  4. Congrats on your finds. It's amazing that you can find that stuff at thrift stores. In Portland there are guys who hang out at thrift stores 40 hours a week and snatch up the good stuff when it comes through the door.

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    1. That sounds terrible, but I guess it's not that unlike what I do. I am becoming familiar with all of the other dealers who frequent my favorite thrift shops, but thankfully they have different markets than us. Most of the other sellers that I know are interested in vintage electronics: speakers, kitchen equipment... that kind of stuff, and that's OK by me.

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  5. Love those chairs, I found a couch at savers today that kind of looks like them. Gotta love mid century furniture!

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  6. oh those chairs look ever so comfy! u have an eye for details :) great finds!

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    1. Thanks, and they are! (comfy that is) :)

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  7. I am jealous of the antlers! :) I have wanted a set for-ev-er but I've never found them. I'm afraid to sell them...I think there are all kinds of laws about selling (and mailing) antlers and other animal parts (though that could totally be an urban myth, so don't listen to me!) but I really really want a set for my house. I'll keep searching. Congrats on your great week!

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    1. Good point! We are really happy with the set we found, so I don't think I'll be selling these... but it does make me wonder about shipping. I have found similar sets (both mounted and not) on craigslist recently, but for a bit more than I paid. Good luck in your search!

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  8. love the coffee table find! Don't have any tips to refurbish...but looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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  9. Absolutely AMAZING finds and staging, as always! :) Your bright beautiful blog continues to inspire me!

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  10. Great finds. Those antlers are really cool.

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