I don't know if the hot weather is the cause, but summertime has also brought a LOT of great stuff out into the thrift stores lately. When I had been getting out on occasion there wasn't much that I saw to pick up, but perhaps the thrift gods are welcoming me to my new career - since I've been going out more there has been piles of good, cheap stuff to buy! So keep checking back for more updates - with all these goodies to photograph, I won't be neglecting the blog again. :-)
Jason and I went out thrifting last Friday and we scored some great stuff. We had to work hard for these pretties. I think we rummaged for at least a good 30 minutes in the kitchen utensil file cabinet drawers at the Rogers Salvation Army. I feel pretty confident that I found all that there was of this great set. I've wanted a set of starburst flatware for a while now. These are marked 'Stainless Steel Japan' and are marked with the brand 'Sapphire'. I wasn't able to find any info on this particular brand of starburst silverware when I did some research on the internet. At 25 cents apiece I'm happy to keep these and hope I find some more!
I picked this Kmart Spice of Life coordinate 'Sim R Pot' up at the Rogers Salvation Army also. Appliances were half off, so I actually only ended up paying $2.50 for this, and it was tested and in working condition! Sweet. It has a nice milk glass bowl for the inside. It was pretty stained from chili or beans or some such, but bleach water took it all right off. The Corning lid that came with it is a little chippy around the rim, but I don't know that it is original anyway, it seems a hair too large. This is going with the rest of the Spice of Life items that I have at The Rose Too.
This old Sears and Roebuck vaporizer was marked $3 at the Salvation Army, but thanks to that half-off appliances sale I paid just $1.50. Very cool to actually find this with the white plastic cradle. Unfortunately we got it home and I started having a weird allergic reaction to something - I was sneezing, eyes watering, throat itching, the works. Jason cleaned out the vaporizer - there was a some kind of white powder and some yucky grease inside, he told me - and that seemed to solve my problem. The perils of thrifting!
Two Saturdays ago Jason and I stopped for a church sale - great decision! There was a large round table FULL of blue cornflower dishes. The lady was super nice and marked everything down for me. I also got two roasters, a 4 qt. dutch oven with lid, and lipped saucepan with spout that aren't pictured here. Oh, and some vintage cookbooks for a dollar apiece. The 8" square pans were $5 each (I got 3 total) and the pie plates were $4 each (also 3 total). When we were chatting I mentioned having a collection of vintage Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks, which of course she then tells me they had piles of earlier that morning. Ah! It always kills me to hear on what I just missed out on! She very nicely offered to keep my name and number because she had many more items from her mother that she had yet to dig out. I hope I hear from her again!
Our trip to Springdale's Council of the Blind was pretty fruitful as well. These cute Disney melmac dishes were $2 for the set, and Pyrex Drink-Up is a nice addition to my mug collection at 50 cents.
I love finding these Couroc of Monterey pieces at thrift stores so far away from California. These were the third and fourth pieces that I've seen, and at $2 for the cypress plate and $2.50 for the large round roadrunner plate, I wasn't going to leave them at the Council of the Blind!
I was excited to find the Couroc, then I rounded the corner and saw this Corning Ware electromatic skillet base! It was marked '$4.50 works'. It went in my cart immediately. There was some stuck-on food debris, but with the super-smooth surface and a little Bar Keeper's Friend it wasn't too hard to get off.
I hit the motherlode of books at Helping Hands. While Jason loaded up on several nice cheap speaker sets that he is going to resell on Craigslist, I loaded up on Better Home and Gardens cookbooks for $1 each. Most of these I already have, so they are going to be at my booth at Home Town. The Playboy Bar book ($1.50) is also out at Home Town and has a ton of delicious-sounding drink recipes. I bought the Singer sewing book for myself for $2... which I suppose I'll never forget as they decided to just go ahead and write on the cover of that one with black marker. :-/ I really hate it when the thrift store ruins items.
I've always wanted an old cell phone like this, so I picked this one up at the Bentonville Goodwill for $3. The Tupperware (50 cents) was found by Jason who loves these containers for sleeves of crackers.
Finally, of course I had to go around and shop the other booths after I moved into Home Town last week. Two booths over, I found the Corning 'Season's Greetings 1963' 2.5 qt. casserole for $6. I had never heard of Corning making anything like this, but the design doesn't appear to me to have been added afterwards. The pattern is actually in a pretty shiny silver.
Jason found the four Couroc bird bowls, and I was a little iffy about buying them because they have been treated pretty roughly and lost all of their original lustre. Some of them even have a couple of chips. Jason talked me into it, as he hopes he can possibly restore them. I decided to go for it at $1.50 a bowl.
I haven't found a nice piece of Pyrex that I wanted to add to my collection for a while. This is a cute promotional 'Spices' that I don't have, and still has nice shiny paint and no damage. It was only $5, so I scooped it up.