The Nifty Thrifty: Horses and Flowers

Hi everyone!

I meant to do this post last night, but then we started watching the new season of Orange is the New Black, and post-writing totally slipped my mind until we finally went to bed five episodes later... at 1:30am!  Oops!  We picked up just a few vintage bits these past few weeks, and I think they're all pretty fun finds:

There is just something about this odd little horse pattern that I could not resist on this set of three small dishes from one of the thrift stores on Main St in Ventura.  They seem to be child-sized, and yet they are lovely porcelain and in almost mint condition.  The brand is Winterthur Interpretation, and each piece also has a sticker that reads "Andrea by Sakek, Made in Japan." I have never heard of this company before, and almost everything that comes up in an Etsy search for it is pretty unattractive stuff (in my opinion at least).  I found one other listing for this horse set on Ebay, but they didn't have more details about when it was made or anything else.  Any ideas?

I picked up this set of three Vera napkins at the same thrift as the horse dishes.  I was a little bummed that it's a small odd-numbered set, but I just love the pattern, and they were very well cared for in excellent condition.  So happy and summery, and the first Vera anything I have ever found!

Chris and I found this ceramic vase at a thrift store up in Felton, CA (we were up there for a very exciting elopement, which we will post about in a few weeks once the photos are edited and we are back from our next vacation... more on that in a moment) last Thursday.  It has some words etched into the base, but we can't quite make them out.  We know very little about pottery, but we just liked the look of this guy with its interesting shape and the dark clay with matte grey glaze.  It's filled with a little bouquet of wildflowers we picked on our way home on Friday (here I am on Instagram working on it with an epic Big Sur view in the background... luckily we keep a pair of scissors in our car).  I think we're going to keep this guy, as we don't really have any nice vases, and there's just something about this one we like.

I'm not sure what the next couple weeks will bring, as we will be far far away in Indonesia.  That's right, we're leaving Wednesday for two weeks on the opposite side of the world!  I don't know if I've mentioned this trip before, but it's our official honeymoon, since we only had a couple days after our wedding last August.  Not that we've been posting very often lately anyway... but yeah, we'll see y'all at the end of June!

What do you think of our recent finds?  Know anything about them to help us out?  What did you guys pick up this week?  Anyone else been to Indonesia and have any tips for us?

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, 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.

P.S. I'm extending the link-up entry time by a week (so now you can link up for two weeks!) since I'm clearly posting a Nifty Thrifty no more than every other week at this point...

Thanks for joining in!


  1. Have a wonderful honeymoon in Indonesia. Love your photos of your finds. Thank you for Nifty Thifty.

  2. That horse set is beautiful. It would make an amazing christening gift.

    Enjoy your honeymoon!!

  3. Love anything Vera - your napkins are sweet!

  4. Thanks for hosting. Have a great honeymoon!

  5. According to replacements.com, the pattern of the Winterthur dishes is called "spotted horse". It does not have a date of manufacture but they made a Christmas ornament in 1983 of the spotted horse. Here is the link to one that was listed on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/158242317/vintage-spotted-carved-horse-winterthur

    Have a wonderful honeymoon!

  6. Those napkins are beautiful! Enjoy Indonesia!

  7. great finds again - that childs set is really beautiful. it's odd that the makers' other stuff is not like this at all, i guess it happens. have a nice time away on your honeymoon!

  8. I love the napkins, a real taste of Summer. Popping over from #MagpieMonday


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