12.16.2012

The Nifty Thrifty: Abacus, Angels, and California Pottery

We had another big week of thrifting here at a living space.  We really only went out one day this week, and we came back with all of this, as well as one more large item that we couldn't photograph before the post.  We actually just picked it up this evening; we couldn't bring it home yesterday because it wouldn't fit in Julia's little car.  As soon as we had turned off the car we spotted a beautiful mid century credenza just sitting out front of the Savers in Nashua, NH.  It was a classic Broyhill Brasilia dresser!  We love this design of mid century furniture, which isn't surprising... it was featured in the Seattle World's Fair in 1962! We'll probably be selling this one because we already have two amazing mid century buffets, and we'll be sure to share pictures as soon as we have them.

on Etsy here, the yellow one from last week is here



























On the stranger side we found two sets of chip and dip bowls: this set with the stand, another purple pair, and another large turquoise bowl!  We only bought the full set featured above, since we thought it was the best, and we only need so much Blendo.



























These will also be going right up onto Etsy.  These three crocheted angel ornaments will add joy and cheer to any holiday celebration.



























Julia picked this silly little Christmas candle during this weeks epic Savers run. Not sure of the make since there is no sticker on the bottom, but it definitely looks vintage.  We would be a little worried to actually use it since the form doesn't seem like it would be particularly structurally sound once it melts a little.



























We actually picked these up last Saturday at the Salvation Army after we had already photographed everything for last week's Nifty Thrifty.  This is the third set of brass deer candle holders we've found this month!



























We've recently purchased a Whirly Pop from Savers, and we are really excited about making more fresh popcorn.  So you can imagine our excitement when we found this set of 70's typographic bowls (one large and three small individual size bowls), but I think we'll probably sell these to help us pay for an even better popcorn vessel.  Perhaps a large enamel Cathrineholm or Finel bowl would suit our needs.  :)

We were going to make some popcorn to photograph in the bowl, so you could actually read the "Popcorn" type (we took this picture for that purpose with the air plant inside, but it's a little confusing), but never got around to it before the good light was gone.



























Yup, you're not having déjà vu; we actually found more Merry Mushroom stuff at the Nashua Salvation Army just yesterday.  The planter we found the other week should be available for purchase soon, but it may take a few days to get these up.  It always takes us what seems like forever to list large group listings like this because of the inconvenience of measuring and describing each of the pieces, and weighing it all.



























This early Pyrex casserole is missing the lid, but it is probably the oldest Pyrex we have ever thrifted, likely from sometime around 1917, when they first started making these glass casseroles with metal stands!  Savers has been treating us very well recently with unique items like this.


























I love vintage wood toys like this Playskool abacus that I found at the Salvation Army in Nashua yesterday.  Items like these aren't worth that much, but they can make great styling tools with all of the fun colors.



























As soon as I had pointed this out to Julia at Savers the other day it was in our cart, and we were looking the shelves over for more delicious mid century finds.  On the bottom it is labeled as California pottery from 1956.  Way out here in Massachusetts we don't find much California pottery, so Julia was pretty excited to add this speckled pink casserole to our inventory.

Hope you enjoyed our finds this week!  Did you have a successful week too?  Let us know, we love hearing from you!

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

Without further ado, a few easy rules for the Nifty Thrifty Link Up:
1. We would love it if you would follow our blog on Google Friend Connect (check the right sidebar), like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and leave a friendly comment :)
2. Only link up recent blog posts that showcase your thrifty finds from the week, including items from yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, consignment stores, flea markets, and even the side of the road! Thrifty finds that you have restored or updated are fine, but please no unrelated DIY or craft projects (we like those, too, but lets keep this link-up focused on thrifty vintage!).
3. Remember to LINK BACK to this blog - a living space - so everyone can join in! 
4. Link straight to your individual post, not your whole blog.
5. No links to Etsy shops or other non-blog sites.

Thanks for joining in!


18 comments:

  1. Wow, I had no idea Pyrex existed that was so old-- very cool. I love the pink pottery piece as well!

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  2. Those popcorn makers are the best!

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    1. We have been making so much popcorn lately! It's amazing. I'm a big fan.

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  3. The blue chip and dip bowl is wonderful I've never seen one.
    Denise

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  4. You had great thrifting this week. I was amazed to find anything at this time of year, one Church Thrift Sale, that was it. Thanks for hosting. I've never seen that base for a pyrex casserole, learn something new every day.
    Joy

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  5. I just bought the Merry Mushroom spoon rest!!!!

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  6. Every find is gorgeous as usual. Love the Merry Mushroom set! I need to get my big Mushroom jars online! :)

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  7. Love the toadstool set, ive never seen anything like it before!
    Aqeela xx

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  8. Fabulous finds! I have been picking up some of the vintage Christmas candles lately, too. They are too cute to burn, anyway. Love the abacus! Happy Holidays!

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  9. Great California Pottery casserole, never seen a pink one before. Thanks for hosting ~ I love your blog!

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  10. Always love your photos.. what is it, natural light? I don't have much of that & the natural light I do have, I'm never home for.

    I recently saw a huge Merry Mushroom pot.. for stew? I was going to buy it for $3.99, but it had a chip out of it. I'd never seen the pot before.

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    1. We're all about the natural light! Chris, being the very picky photographer that he is (he is a Photography teacher), refuses to do it any other way, so now we spend every Sunday (or Saturday, whenever we're both home) midday/early afternoon taking pictures.

      A Merry Mushroom stew pot sounds awesome!

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  11. another great haul! Are those crocheted angels collectible? We have a ton of that stuff around here and I've never given it a second look.

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    1. I don't know how collectible they are, but there are definitely other people selling them on Etsy, and we like them, so we thought someone else might be interested, too!

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  12. I'm jonesing for that blendo chip & chip! I used to see blendo all the time at the thrifts back when I was only a clothing resaler and wasn't yet into vintage. Kicking myself now for not picking any of it up!

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    1. Chip & Dip! Can't have chips without dip.

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  13. Hi, I'm probably being very dense but what is savers?

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    1. No worries! Savers is a large chain thrift store (like Goodwill or Salvation Army). In our area it's called Savers, but on the West Coast (and maybe other places) it is called Value Village. I'm sure you can look it up online and see if there are any store in your area if you're interested! We have found that Savers stores are much cleaner and better organized than most thrift stores, though sometimes prices are randomly high at some stores.

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