The Nifty Thrifty: Rose Bowl Round Two

Hey Thrifters!

Today Julia and I made our second trip to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA, and unlike last time, we came back with a pretty sizable haul.  Partly we got up much earlier than last time so after the hour and a half drive we were there only a little bit late for the start of general admission.  Which basically means that some things had been taken, but most things were still ripe for the picking.  Plus the cool weather made for a much more pleasant shopping experience, and our more comfortable footwear helped, too.

If you've been following us over the past few months you may have seen something familiar (here) to these two telephone stands we picked up.  One thing we tend to do as sellers is buy things that we have sold in the past--if we've made money on it, and we can pick up the same item for a good deal less than we sold the first one for... you bet we'll try to turn that one around, too.  That was exactly the case for the gold Maurice Duchin telephone stand on the right.  Strangely, not long after we purchased the doppelgänger of our old phone stand, we found the awesome orange one on the left.  We love the simple styling and the bright pop of color; items like this easily make a bland space exciting.  Both will be listed on Etsy soon!

Julia and I also picked up this beautiful whitetail deer skull with little six point antlers.  We have big plans for this, but it will remain a secret until we're ready to unveil its final transformation.

This set of vintage children's toy cookware by Wolverine is simply adorable.  It's clearly from the 1950's, but regardless of its age the set is in excellent condition.  Hopefully someone out there is looking to let their kids "cook" in style!

We came across this great metal rotary phone at one of the first few booths we passed.  It has an awesome patina, but we might be able to shine it up like new with a little elbow grease.  Here's hoping it actually works when we plug it in!

We've picked up beautiful Dansk cutting boards before, but wait, this isn't Dansk at all!  This Kalmar Designs teak board was made in Denmark and combines my personal two favorite aspects of a carving board: firstly, there is a trough built to catch the juices, and on top of that, the catch is slopped to pool the liquid on one side of the board, allowing the carver to be worry free while cutting.  This piece is in pristine condition, and has some great features on the underside you can't even see in this photo, including beveled corners and little rubber feet to hold it up.  It would also make a great serving board for cheeses, and will definitely look awesome no matter how it is used.  I'm tempted to keep it and replace one of our Dansk cutting boards, which could be listed in our Etsy shop, but we'll see what we decide.

On top of these purchases, we also wandered through the handmade and new sections of the flea market and picked up a couple Christmas presents!  So, yeah.  We think we had a pretty good week, but we're always curious about you!  Did you find anything particularly exciting this week?  What do you think of our purchases?

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. Great finds, I esp love the telephone stands. Y'all's Christmas tree is very pretty, too. Hope you're having a great Christmas season. - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your post at the We Call It Olde Link-Up - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  2. Love your finds this week, great photos. My finds were of the very useful sort and not at all decorative. Have a great week.

  3. Those telephone stands are interesting I've never seen any before.
    Thanks for letting me join the party.

  4. Your finds are always amazing!

    I find the skull fascinating, but not sure I could have it in the house, it might give me nightmares!


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