The Nifty Thrifty: Merry Thriftsmas!

Happy Holidays Thrifters!

I am now on Winter Break, which means I actually have a little time for thrifting again!  There were a huge amount of people out shopping, but we managed to score a couple great finds this week, although we did have to step off the beaten path to find them.  I stopped at all five of our local Ojai thrift stores during the week, but I didn't find anything.  Then this weekend we visited all five big thrift stores on Main Street in Ventura, but we didn't find anything worth picking up there, either.  Those stores were also completely packed with shoppers, which made it much less enjoyable.  We finally had some luck at a thrift store we only recently started going to, which is just a couple blocks away.  We found a few items for ourselves like a nice dog toy, Christmas lights, and other functional things, but we also ended up with two vintage items worth mentioning:

Julia found this lovely set of heavy stone bookends in the office supplies section of the store. We just sold a pair of very similar bookends the other day, so we are pretty confident these will be a good addition to our shop.  We're not quite sure what the specific stone is, but these are quite colorful and striking.  Any ideas?

This yellow Dansk fondue pot is in excellent condition, and I couldn't have been more pumped when I found it.  Kobenstyle Dansk cookware is one of my favorite things to find in the wild--enameled cookware is generally worth picking up, but Dansk is particularly attractive and valuable if it's in good condition.  Our biggest turn off for a piece of enameled cookware is if there is a chip in the enamel on the inside of the pan, because we have heard that these make pans unhealthy to use, but luckily this pan's enamel is in great shape, so it is good to go.

What do you think of our purchases this week?  Did you find time to thrift this week?  Hope you're all done with your Christmas shopping now, but if you're not we wish you the best of luck--it's a mad house out there right now!  Merry Christmas and happy hunting!

These blogs also host great link-ups that we join, so make sure you check them out, too: Me and my ShadowSir Thrift-A-Lot, a mid century one at Remnant, and new ones at We Call it Junkin and Thrifter Maker Fixer Farm!

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 - alivingspace - 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!


  1. Nice yellow Dansk fondue pot I have the same ones in yellow and blue.
    The book ends are a good find to.

  2. I'm glad you mentioned the chips in enamel being undesirable. I've passed on pieces due to imperfections like chips, mostly because my grandmother used to tell me that cooking in said pans was unhealthy. (She was an avid reader of Prevention magazine!) I haven't known whether I've been too cautious, but it's good to hear confirmation from you.

  3. The phone is vintage but the religious plaque is the find this week. Old, glazed, classic. Thanks for hosting this year. I've enjoyed reading your posts as well as participating. Merry Christmas.

  4. The Dansk pot is gorgeous. Luckily around these parts the thrifts and flea markets weren't more busy that usual and I came home with loads of vintage.

  5. Ooh nice! I think the bookends are marble, no?

  6. I love the fondue pot. It is a gorgeous color. Thank you again for hosting. Have a great break and a Merry Christmas!

  7. I love your finds! I haven't heard that about the chip inside that kind of pan, hmmm. I haven't joined your party lately because I haven't done a "finds" post but I will soon! Thanks for sharing this at the History & Home link party. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com


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