The Nifty Thrifty: Gold!

Hey Thrifters!

Hope you all had a good week of thrifted finds.  We're still in a holiday vacation-y haze and thus had a quiet week; Julia didn't do much hunting, but I did manage to make it out to the local thrift stores in Ojai to see what I could scrounge up.  All-in-all, there are about four thrift stores that are worth going to in our little town, so I popped into each to see what I could find...

I had actually seen this brass umbrella stand out in front of the most expensive of the thrift stores in Ojai on a few occasions, but it being the expensive store, we don't tend to go in that often.  However, this time I did venture inside, and to my delight, this lovely umbrella catch was half off!  This made the price much more reasonable for us to pick up, and since we've had good luck selling brass items in our Etsy shop, I'm sure we'll do well with this quirky piece, too.

As I was about to pay for the umbrella stand, my eye spotted this mid century snake choker in the glass case at the register.  I was curious and the price seemed ok, but the fact that I was at the "expensive thrift store" made me a bit hesitant to follow my gut since I had no idea what it was actually worth.  So I went home and quickly looked it up on Etsy, and I was excited to find out that it isn't just cool; it's designer, too!  Sure enough, when we went back together to check it out, we found that the necklace is marked Whiting & Davis on the underside of the snake's head, so we snapped it up.  According to their website, this necklace was part of the Cleopatra Collection from 1963, which was meant to promote the film Cleopatra.  We don't usually pick up jewelry at all, but this piece was too cool to pass up and seems like it will be worth it; there is only one necklace and a few of the bracelets being sold on Etsy at the moment, and they are all listed in the $100-$200 range!  We won't say how much we got ours for, but let's just say we're pretty pleased.

What do you think of our purchases?  Find anything good this week in your part of the world?  Any good stories of something you didn't know anything about catching your eye and then being totally worth it (or not)?

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. Wow, those have to be two of my all time favorite finds on your blog! I've coveted a snake necklace or bracelet for years...and I've seen photos of those umbrella stands, but never found one in the wild. GREAT finds!!!

  2. The bracelet goes for so much and thats the first time I've seen the necklace. Amazing!

  3. AH HA! I managed to link before it closed--I absolutely adore that necklace. Thanks for hosting AND linking

  4. Sounds like you scored some great bargains! That choker is very striking, I'm sure it will sell well.

  5. Great finds. The choker is stunning. Thank you for hosting.

  6. That necklace! Oh.My.Holy.Crap!!! It's lovely.

  7. You have some good shiny finds.
    Thanks for letting me join the party.

  8. Great finds and you got them at a good price is even better! Thanks for the party. Have a great week finding many vintage treasures.

  9. Both pieces are really lovely! Good luck with them. I'm having no luck with my new Etsy store. Maybe just beginners bad luck, lol. I just had a friend give me a bunch of cool stuff to sell for her, so I'll hopefully do a post on those that I can link you YOUR party soon! Thanks so much for sharing this at my History & Home Link Party. Hope to see you again on Tuesday. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com


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