The Nifty Thrifty: Branching Out

First and foremost, we would like to announce the winner of our first giveaway here at a living space, which was for an awesome little vintage tin globe from the 1960's (check it out here if you missed it). CONGRATS to our winner, as selected by random.org, comment #6: Six Balloons! We're especially excited to send her this lovely prize, as she is a frequent reader and commenter on our blog, and she has her own fun thrifty blog, too (check it out here!). We'll be sending the globe on its merry way, and hopefully we'll be doing another giveaway soon for those of you who missed the first one. Buying and selling all the time is good and fun, but sometimes it feels right to give a little something back to our awesome readers (that you would be you!) in this big bad blogging world.

Julia and I only went out to Savers twice this week, and found nary an estate sale to shop, but we still came back with some big wins.  I personally came back with some awesome finds for myself, but they were not really blog worthy: a brand new pair of Merrell hiking boots for under $30 and a small grinding rail for ski season this year.  Julia wasn't so happy about this one, but I'm sure my little brother will be  :)

We did decide to start looking for another kind of vintage item... books!

Check out that awesome vintage flashbulb I bought at a flea market when I was in high school!

The other day Julia found another Etsy seller who specialized in vintage book collections for decor, and we fell in love with the idea.  Unsurprisingly, we found several resale opportunities at Savers including these full year sets of National Geographic from 1958, 1961, and 1962 (all three sets are already up in our shop!)

These small collections are a great way to add an easy pop of color, and the awesome vintage photographs and illustrations are just the best.

Since these are full year collections, each set ends with an awesome vintage Coca-Cola Christmas ad on the back cover of the December issue.

This is the beginning of another set from our Savers purchases, but we're going to give it some time before these get listed because we want to offer larger collections than just 3-4 books.

This awesomely colorful selection of illustrated children's books will definitely be going up on Etsy asap.  They are all "Weekly Reader" and/or "I Can Read" books from the 60's, 70's, and 80's.   We just love colorful things, and this group of hilarious vintage kid's books is no exception -- needless to say Julia was very excited about finding all of these on her first day of searching for vintage books.  Now we just have to hope that the Etsy buyers feel the same.

This is one of my favorite little Savers finds from the week.  Chances are that if you're reading our blog (and therefore interested in vintage) you know a little about records, but have you experienced 45's--the smaller form of vinyl?  This adorable little box is a 45 holder, and one of the best I've ever seen.  We did a quick search of Etsy, but we didn't find any with such 60's charm... Oh, and did I mention that the handle is lucite? Awesome.

Julia turned me onto Blendo glassware a while ago, but she's been the only one to find it until this week when I found this small pitcher with the original West Virginia Glass Company sticker on it at the Savers in Nashua, NH.  The sticker is in a very strange spot, but it's clearly authentic and most likely unused.

Pew Pew.

If I have a dirty little secret it's that I love video games... LOVE them.  Combine that with a great affinity for vintage, and you get an ever growing collection of Nintendo games and more.  So when I found two Light Guns at Savers the other day I had to snag them up fast.

Pew Pew Pew.

Unfortunately, light guns will not work on flat screen TV's, but for the true vintage video game collector this is only a minor speed bump.  Julia is a bit sad to get rid of these because she'd love to reminisce about playing Duck Hunt with her brother, but the NES player we have is not an original console, and wouldn't be able to use the guns even if we had a tube TV... Sad day.

"The most advanced camera in the world" - as the promotional pamphlet states, the Polaroid SX-70 is easily one of the coolest cameras ever produced, and I found this one with its original box, manual, and how-to guide.  The box even has its original price tag stating $134.96, and for a camera that was made over 50 years ago that would have been very pricey.  Fortunately I already have one so this lovely package will be jumping right up on Etsy for your purchasing enjoyment.

What do you think of our purchases this week? Do you like decorating with vintage books and magazines like National Geographic? What kinds of things would you like to see in our next giveaway?

Linking up with Southern HospitalityMe and My Shadow, and Sir Thrift-A-Lot


  1. Firstly, that pew pew had me laughing out loud! :)

    Secondly, I kinda cannot believe how cool the National Geographics look with the twine and Santa on the back! Can you believe a corporation like that formed the classic image of Santa for us North Americans!?

    Thirdly, thank you!! I am super excited to have won that awesome globe!!! Ok that was a lotta exclamation marks, I hope you can tell that I am excited about the globe....

  2. I think if you bundle vintage books of the same category, you will do well - looks like you have one bundle there on travel/adventure. Lots consisting of vintage childrens' books can look really nice too. By the way, I have had luck pulling nice illustrations out of beat-up old childrens books and framing them. Books with old nursery rhymes are great for this if there is no way of saving the rest of the book.

    BTW, what a great camera! Jealous!

  3. Great vintage finds. Love the jug, its gorgeous x

  4. I love the National Geographics! I see them all over the place in the shelter mags these days...such a great pop of yellow.

  5. I do so love how you style things.

  6. Wow, some great finds here! I love old vintage / antiquarian books too, i have so many that im running out of space! But i do love having them on display, they make the place so homely.
    Aqeela xx

    (i participated in the magpie monday linky too)

  7. Oh the days of Duck Hunt.... LOL That was really fun to play!

  8. I really like the way you style your stuff in the photoes. The airplants look great with the bundles of books and mags <3


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