The Nifty Thrifty: Pyrex, Hellenic, and Blocks

Hey Thrifters!

In a strange turn of events this week, Julia did most of the buying without me.  We usually go picking together, but I was unusually busy this week, and I didn't have much time to go out.  I did, however, make it to Savers with Julia today, and I bought an amazing yellow vintage Schwinn Continental bike (like this one).  So I don't have to keep repeating myself, everything we bought came from Savers this week.

Also, in case you missed it, we posted about our latest art projects the other day (check it out here), several of which are related to some of our favorite vintage styling items, air plants and Edison bulbs.

This awesome "Royal" serving divided Pyrex with gold patterned lid was a good find for Julia.  This bright blue promotional piece was only made in 1961.  We regularly find divided Pyrex, but they usually lack their lids, and few have exciting patterns on them like this one.

These little glass bowls were also a nice find for Julia. They are 1950's Jeanette Glass Green Hellenic Jasperware, which feature a funny greek pattern on olive green with a gold rim.

Mysterious Vase

This strange little vase is my favorite of Julia's finds for the week.  It is handmade and only bears the name of Smith on the bottom. The natural earthenware color is great, and the three separate openings are just awesome and vaguely reminiscent of a heart or some other organ.

Julia found a fourth Thermos brand insulated jar this week to go with the three we picked up at the rummage sale last week.

Cool Color Set

My big purchase for the week was several bags of colorful vintage wood blocks.  Julia and I had lots of fun dividing up the 350 or so blocks into sets to be sold on Etsy.

Christmas Set

This is the festive Christmas set we put together.  I can totally see someone setting these up on a mantel for a creative holiday display.

Warm Set

This is our fiery set of warm colors.  Perhaps this is the palace of the heat miser.

Yo Burger!

These lovely worn letter blocks peppered the bags of blocks.  I can definitely see these selling on Etsy.  We easily had the most fun arranging these into the selections we have here.  Each block has a different letter or set of letters on the back, so the possibilities are practically endless.

Not much this week, but what do you think of what we did pick up? Did you find anything interesting? Share with us again in the Nifty Thrifty Link-Up Volume 5!

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too: Apron Thrift GirlMe and my Shadow, and Sir Thrift-A-Lot

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  1. I really ADORE the green glass bowls and Ive not seen anything like them before! Thank you for hosting x

  2. I have never seen a Pyrex lid like that! FUN!

  3. Good finds. The blocks are sure to be a big hit. Thanks for hosting.

  4. The blocks are my favorite find this week! So colorful! Thanks for hosting.

  5. The blocks are my favorite find this week! So colorful! Thanks for hosting.

  6. I love all the wooden blocks and want them all!!! If only you lived in the UK :-(
    Aqeela xx

  7. Love how you divided up the blocks. Great color combos!

  8. You are pretty lucky to find that amazing lid to go with the Pyrex divided dish. That never seems to happen. Bet you had fun with the blocks. They look great!


  9. Great finds. The blocks are fantastic. Love hoe you have them separated into color groups. I haven't gotten around to taking photos of my thrift finds this week, but I'll come back next week and link up.

  10. I love the blocks! The colors are amazing...but even more, I'm impressed with your block-building creations. You guys must have had fun! :)

  11. Love those blocks, love the way you arranged them. Thanks for hosting.

  12. Well, I got my photos together, so I linked up. Thank you for hosting the party!

  13. The blocks are so bright and vibrant. Any little kid is going to love to have them! Cool find!

  14. I LOVE the blocks, too. The make amazing photography subjects! Staging the photos must have taken some time. I love the 1950's Jeanette Glass Green Hellenic Jasperware, too. Great scores, as always.

  15. Love the Pyrex dish! I haven't seen that pattern before. The blocks are really cool, love the colors.

  16. That bag of blocks looks like the best find EVER!

  17. Thanks for the mention! Sorry for the late visit - busy week.

    Your wooden blocks are totally amazing and I agree, that pottery vase does look oddly arterial!


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