Friday, December 30, 2011

Holiday Haul!

Hi all!  Well, I am finally home (only to leave again tomorrow, so my shop is still in vacation mode) so I had a little time today to take some pictures!  I decided I would take a group shot rather than a bunch of single shots, because I am not listing these items for a while, until I make my own photo box like Rachael did recently!  I can't wait to make my pictures look more professional, they need it!

So I will start from the left and list all of what is in this picture:
-Set of 7 vintage brass drawer pulls
-2.5 Quart Spring Blossom Green Casserole w/Lid
-1 Pint Butterprint Serve and Store Casserole w/Lid
-Family of 3 Silver Plated Glass Llamas, Made in Peru
-Brass Bird Cage
-Brass Dolphin Door Knocker
-Snack Set
-1.5 Cup Spring Blossom Refrigerator Dish w/Lid
-Vintage Postal Scale
-Westclox Babyben, not working, but still cool looking!
-Anchor Glass Serva Snack set in box
-1.5 Quart Orange Refrigerator Dish w/Lid

These are things I have picked up over the holiday break, I have been so lucky!  I was so excited when I first found the Spring Blossom fridgie for $1.99 at a Goodwill, only to go to the next aisle to find the orange one for $3.99!

The little family of silver plated llamas (hanging out on top of the spring blossom casserole) I found at a Savers and they are actually quite valuable.  Two are very ornate, where one of the is very simple.  The ornate ones have stickers on them that say made in Peru, Silver Plated 925, etc., which is way cool!  I found them in the "bag" section at Savers where they have an entire wall of small bagged knick knacks! I love finding treasures in that section!  That is also where I found the vintage drawer pulls, I love vintage hardware!

Actually, come to think of it, the dolphin door knocker was in that section too.  I was looking at it for about 5 minutes racking my brain on what it could be, "Some kind of desk thing?" I was thinking to myself, when my boyfriend came over and was like, "Oh what's that?  A dolphin door knocker, that's cool, people love dolphin stuff."  Haha he is getting way better than me at all of this!

So today is when I picked up the Butterprint Serve and Store, it is my first find of Butterprint and I got it at a garage sale!  I know, I NEVER go to garage sales because I am disappointed by the loads of kids clothes, toys and plastic junk I see at 90% of yard/garage sales I go to.  This one looked cool, the ad stated that it was a boyfriend and girlfriend selling goods from each of their grandmothers, it was in a historic, nice neighborhood so I knew it was worth a shot!  I lucked out here!  In addition to the butterprint, I picked up a couple other pieces of Pyrex which are now soaking in the sink, I will post pictures soon, one of them will be staying in my personal collection!

Here is a set of four pink Pyrex dishes, 3 cake dishes and 1 square casserole baking dish.  They are all various shades, which I thought was cool!  They are currently listed on ebay as a set, hopefully I will get some attention here!  They are all in pretty nice condition, besides some scuffing from use!

The 2.5 quart Spring Blossom Pyrex casserole is also on ebay, here is a closeup, this is the one my boyfriend picked up for me all by himself!  He of course reaps the benefits from sales!

Last but not least, a pictures of my flower mold crafting products, ta da!  They were a big hit at Christmas!

Hope you enjoyed!  I will try to take some more pictures of a few other things tonight so I have some material for you all while I am on vacation!  Hope everyone has a HAPPY NEW YEAR! :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Hi there everyone!  So yes, I promised a post a while back and didn't deliver, and unfortunately, I again have only a little to share today!  I have been busy crafting all my Christmas presents (pictures below) and shopping for those who need other presents!  My boyfriend even when thrifting for me when he was back home for a few days without my and he picked up some wonderful things for me!  Take a looksy at these pictures that are not mine, but are appropriately credited!

This is such a cute little snack set that is available in Rachael's Etsy shop Vintage Dreams.  The one he picked up for me is a little different but it stacks like this and is just precious.  Oh, and go take a look at Rachael's shop (link above), she has recently done a complete makeover on her shop and it looks awesome!

This is a 1.5 Quart Pyrex Spring Blossom Green casserole dish.  I love its size and beautiful lid!  This picture is courtesy of an ebay listing.

Now as I said, I have been crafting my Christmas presents, I will show some pictures of finished products, but I decided to make jewelry for all the women in my family, and so far, I think it is a hit!  I made all the flowers below with a mold from an Etsy shop, but they seem to have shut down their shop... However, if you are interested in making these, there are lots of Etsy shops that carry a variety of flower molds, I got one mold that had 13 different flowers, and it came with two single flower molds as a special gift!  Here's the product:
Sorry it is a little blurry, the picture came from my phone!  The little silver dish is a thrifted gem that I absolutely love as well!  I will post some pictures of finished jewelry soon, and maybe do a giveaway with the extra stuff that I have!

Well here is something silly I found at the Goodwill but did not buy.  If you are not familiar with the movie The Fifth Element, then I suggest watching it.
Have any of you found any weird stuff at the thrift stores lately?  Tell me about it!

So, as a little teaser, I did go thrifting today and picked up some great stuff (hint, fridgies!), I hope to take some cell phone pictures and update you all soon!  


Linking up again, finally!  Oh how I have missed my linky parties!  I will add as I find time!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Living in the Land of the Lost!

Hey all!  Sorry it has been a while since my last post, but it has been a very busy past couple of weeks.  I finished up my first semester of graduate school and got right into surgery with getting my wisdom teeth out!  Now that was just yesterday morning and I am already feeling so much better, it seems like it will be a quick recovery! (Knock on wood!)  Anyways, I have had some great finds recently, but since I have been out of town, I have had NO opportunities to take pictures!  I have some pictures today, even though they are not mine (eek!), but here they are:

Okay now all are Pyrex, so here goes nothing:

This is a Golden Honeysuckle 1.5 Qt.  I love finding the goldleaf Pyrex, they are just so beautiful!

I really didn't realize until I was looking up this next Pyrex piece that the patterns are almost exactly the same, but the next pattern is green on white:

Last up are a set of Spring Blossom mugs that I found at the Goodwill, a set of 4 or 5 I think.  They were just too cute too pass up and I knew when I picked them up and felt how sturdy they were that it was definitely Pyrex and not Corelle.  Now don't get me wrong, Corelle is nice, but it all seems so fragile!  I love the heft of Pyrex!

Oh and another quick update, my Etsy showcase was on Sunday and I seem to have rocked it!  5 items sold in one day, which is a personal best I believe!  As soon as I get back from this long vacation I need to RESTOCK, and sign up for another spot!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Catching Up On Life

Hi all!
As the semester is winding down, my workload is again increasing!  After my last little break you guys came back to support me and I appreciate that and hope you will do it again!  After about next Wednesday I will be freed up and ready to put my love back into blogging!  In the mean time, I have one (yeah, sad I know) picture to share with you of some PINK Pyrex I picked up today!  This picture is from the estate sale shop's website, there were actually three of the pink pie plates and the square baking dish as well.  I got into the shop and could NOT find these dishes anywhere!  I went right to the kitchen ware area and passed by them 3x before I found them tucked away behind some Fire King dishes!  I grabbed all four, $4 a piece!  I also saw a charcoal casserole with the lid, but I didn't get it because the snowflakes were really faded... I might go back and look to see if it is still there in a couple days!

I did actually pick up a charcoal snowflake divided casserole over Thanksgiving weekend, and I have made a little decision to myself.  I have decided to *slowly* develop my own Pyrex collection of black and white Pyrex.  I decided this after finding the Black Tulip Promotional Casserole and the charcoal snowflake.  I couldn't bring myself to put the promotional Black Tulip on ebay, it was just too beautiful!

I have also recently purchased some beautiful flower molds from a shop on Etsy (will post the link soon, lots of beautiful molds and great customer service all the way from Ukraine!).  I have made two batches of flowers so far and they are so beautiful!  I will be making them as Christmas presents for family, and possibly we will have some blogger appreciation here close to the holidays and I will send out some earrings, pendants, necklaces, etc.!  So stay tuned!  I will be posting pictures soon, don't forget about me, I will still be lurking!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Now with Better Pictures!

First of all, shout out to Oasis Accents for featuring my computer to aquarium redo.  Unfortunately, little Nash passed away this weekend, although I can't help but think he was faking it because, well, "All drains lead to the ocean!"  No really it made me sad, but I am sure he is happy wherever he is!

I decided to try something new with my picture-taking for listing on Etsy.  I have been offered some wise advise to use natural light, problem is that my house is a box-like thing and if it isn't the perfect time of day, there's nowhere to take a picture.  I love seeing outside pictures on Etsy, so that is what I decided on.  It is amazing how wonderful your poorly up-kept wooden fence looks in the background of a photo!  And the cafe chair made a very nice stage!  I will however be on the lookout for a better stage next time, it did get a little busy with the wiring of the chair!

I will start with my absolute FAVORITE pictures and probably my second favorite item.  A gorgeous vintage hat!  I know I have been looking for a vintage horse riding helmet, but this kind of sufficed for now, it is so beautiful:

Do you like this artsy pic?  It makes me :)

Here's a really neat suitcase from the estate sale.  The sale ended up being so crowded it was almost not worth it, but I did get some nice stuff.  All the beautiful glass that I posted was Blenko Glass but it was SOOOO expensive that I really couldn't get it.  Nobody else had touched it either (I was the 110th person in line so there were lots of collectors who probably saw it), which confirms how overpriced they were.

Now THIS is cool.  A desk fan made to look like a jet engine!  Not super valuable, but there haven't ever been many on ebay and the ones that are on there sell with quite a few bids.  I was actually considering giving this to my boyfriend's dad for Christmas, but when I showed it to my boyfriend he said he wanted it!  So now we aren't really sure what to do with it!  Another item in its original box with original directions, and oh yeah IT WORKS!

Vintage Pyrex dish from the Estate Sale that is a little bland, but I was hoping someone might like the fall colors.  I haven't seen it on Pyrex Love soooo, I don't even know if it is cool or not.  I guess it is worth what some people want to pay!

Another find from the Estate Sale, this cool wood and cardboard globe on a stand.  As with the other globe I found, this one has misplaced panels.  I guess it is better for display than for geography purposes!  It has a Zodiac theme to it as well!

M.I. Hummel Golden Anniversary hardcover book with dust cover:

Look at how awesome this retro yellow lamp is, isn't it just great!  Well the bulb it came with works and so does the whole lamp!  It has two intensity settings, which I think is a very cool feature.

There was quite a few decks of cards at the Savers, I think somebody dumped a collection.  I recognized the Congress cards from the dog cards I found a while back.  They don't get a lot of attention on Etsy, but they are really neat, hopefully someone finds them that will love all their designs!

I found three beautiful silver plated dishes, they have so much detail!  The two below are the ones that are in my Etsy shop, but there is a third that I am keeping.  The third has handles and so much detail and wonderful design, I knew I couldn't part with it.

Two briefcases, I know I got a little sloppy here, but I was getting tired, and I hate taking pictures of briefcases!  People really love them in my shop so hopefully they will go quickly...

This was an Estate Sale find, two brass belt buckles, a banjo and a violin.  Seems like the previous owner used these as some sort of hangings.

Light switch plates!  Vintage hardware does pretty well in my shop.

A couple large industrial spools.  I think the pink one was painted that color later as part of some sort of craft or decoration, but the paint is chipping to show the green underneath, I think it gives it a really wonderful look.

Brass lion, he is so ferocious!

This is such a cool old tape measure with cloth tape.  It is 50 feet!  I wanted to see how long it was so I kept pulling the tape out to see where it ended.  My boyfriend walked by, asked what I was doing and I told him, he said it probably said it on there and sure enough, it read "50 FT" on the side.  This was when I was at 34 feet...  Blonde moment!

I had so many places mapped out to go to and lots of them were such a bust.  Rummage sales with lots of junk, picked through sales and thrift stores, and lots of dead ends, even a sale I couldn't find!  The neighborhood where the Estate Sale was had its annual yard sales. TIP: Avoid ANNUAL yard sales, they have been picked through multiple times and you probably won't get any really unique items.  Well, I guess unless it is a First Annual Sale!  Or a rummage sale, because lots of people contribute to those!  The tape measure above was a gem I found at a different yard sale that I thought didn't look promising and I almost drove right by it!

Wait, wait!!! I'm not done, I have saved the best for last!  This is my first favorite item, second to the hat, both of which were picked up at a Value Village.  Most people seem to have really AWESOME Value Village Thrift Stores, but mine is awful.  There is never Pyrex and I rarely find anything good there, except furniture, but I really don't need anymore of that in my house!
Sooo, were you wondering why that heart is offset?  I sure was, because it looked to me like all the hands were in their proper place.  I thought for a second it might be one of those things that are like snow globes and they have liquid and little confetti things that float around in it (that is so vague, but hopefully you catch my drift).  Well, that's what I thought it was and that maybe the liquid had come out.  I picked it up because I figured it might not work, but it was so sweet, it needed a home.  Patti made this awesome post about old clocks and it made me so jealous, I wanted a clock collection!  Patti talked about how special her clocks were even if they didn't work.  Well when I got home, I popped out the old battery, cleaned out some battery acid and washed my hands thoroughly (for safety reasons), and put in a new battery.  I immediately heard the ticking and was overjoyed!  When I turned the clock over I saw that offset heart moving and I couldn't believe it, it is the seconds hand!  The little black hand is for the alarm!  Genius, right!  Right now it is ticking away on my vanity, making me smile every time I look at it, as if to say "I Love You for saving me from the thrift store and bringing me back to life!"

Well, that's all, don't forget to check out all the awesome link parties I am joining, if you like my stuff, you will like all the other links too!  Follow someone new, it might make their day!

Restyled Sundays at Stylish Once Again
Sunday's Best Link Party at Oasis Accents
The Newbie Party with Debbiedoo
Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Sister Sunday Link Party with Sisters of the Wild West
The Penny Worth Project at Hey What's For Dinner Mom?
Knick of Time Tuesdays at Knick of Time Interiors
What I Love About the Thrift Store at Cap Creations

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What I've Got My Eyeballs On!

I thought I would show you all a post with pictures from my favorite estate sale company. They have sales actually at estates, and they also have a shop. The actual estate sale looks like it will be a big one. The place looks packed full of TONS of collectibles, dolls, collectors toys and games, pots and pans, more dolls, star trek things (!), and more awesome stuff! This is what I am keeping my eyes on, let's see if I can make a mental catalog so when I get there I can grab all this stuff! The sale starts at 8am, but I will probably show up at about 6:30am to get a number for my place in line! Go big or go home, right?

I love the curves on this chair, plus it looks like it would be easy to redo, I am thinking a black coat of paint and some sweet fabric.  Hopefully it isn't priced to high, and if it isn't, hopefully it will fit in my car...

Some rollers to sell on ebay?  I have done pretty well with them in the past, we'll see!

Oodles of beautiful glassware, yes PLEASE!  Only at the right price though...

I can see this globe being expensive, but it is oh so classy!

Cool clock!

I don't know what but that leather case looks interesting to me...

I spy with my little eye... a few pieces of Pyrex!  Also some other great items tucked in there, a candle holder, scale (possibly vintagey coolness), etc.

May have to pick up an Enterprise model for the man, just for nerd status purposes... (But I bet they are expensive...)

At the shop: some brassy goodness

French press, possibly Pyrex?  I guess we will see!

Thanks for stopping by, wish me luck on snapping these items up!  I will get nasty if need be!  Ah probably not, let's face it I'm not that mean!  

I also wanted to bring up really quick how nervous I am for promoting my items on Etsy for the first time.  I paid for a slot on Sunday 12/6, hopefully just in time for people to find the right holiday goodies for their loved ones!  I am not sure if it will be worth it or not, but just in case, I will be sure to have everything stocked up by then!  Wish me luck for that, too!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Gearing Up For the Weekend Already!

Hello all my wonderful readers!  I want to first off thank all of you for the wonderful and nice comments you guys leave, I absolutely LOVE reading them, and replying to those of you who have your emails attached to your usernames!  The great thing about comments is that you guys seem to spread them out nicely!  New comments are emailed to me and all my emails go to my phone, so I wake up to comments, get them during work, or in the evenings, and they always make me smile!  Thanks for making me smile!

Well now, here are some pictures of some thrifts I've found recently.  Some I just haven't gotten around to taking pictures of for a while, but they are still wonderful!

First up is a 1.5L Pyrex Pitcher in Butterfly Gold.  I have searched all over the internet (which includes searching, ebay, and Etsy) and have not found this pitcher, any ideas?  Well it has Pyrex label, capacity, etc., so I know it is Pyrex.  Hopefully someone out there has been looking for this beautiful little piece!

The great thing is that the design is in wonderful shape!

Next up are some cute mugs I found at the same shop as the pitcher, a Fire King red/white mug and a Pyrex Snowflake Blue mug.  I love the design on the Fire King, but I am REALLY loving the size of the Pyrex.  Both are in my Etsy shop at the moment, but I am thinking of just taking down the Pyrex mug and putting it in my cupboard!

Speaking of Pyrex!  Haha yes, I have kept my eagle eye very open for it lately!  Here is a Woodland Brown bowl I picked up at an estate sale:

These Goebel puppies are so adorable.  I looked around but couldn't find a good site to identify these dogs exactly, but the stamp on the bottom tells me they were made between 1972 and 1979.  There was a third dog included, but it was crushed, I mean in a million pieces.  All three were in a bag together, I don't know how the other two made it out without a crack!

Apparently I have been really into glasswares!  Here are two gilded Wawel of Poland tea cups with saucers.  They are really very beautiful!

Also, something I have been watching out for lately is vintage suitcases and briefcases.  The briefcases seem to do well in my Etsy shop, and the suitcases are just cool, and I think would have the same fate as the briefcases, but I haven't found one cool enough until now...

Check out the AMAZING interior!  The design is beautiful and it also has a few zipper pockets!
That is so cool, I can't wait to put it on Etsy, I think of some very chic fashionable girl finding it and toting it around for all her world travels!

Just a little end note on something I have been really loving lately.  You can just start calling me Milton because I love staplers now.  The first one I got kind of on accident, I was at a rummage sale and that was one of only 2 things that I found cool.  It was for a charity so I felt bad leaving empty handed so I got it for $0.10.  That was the middle one, the Tot.  Next came the red Swingline Cub for $0.99.  The red and silver one came from another rummage sale for a different charity.  They were just about to pack up and my boyfriend found something he wanted, so I thought I would pick up the stapler that I saw, just so I had something.  That one I got for $0.25.  Here they are in all their glory:
So after stapler #3 I thought, "Hey, now I have a collection, I should go search on Etsy for more!"  I did and all it got me was wanting to find more awesome staplers at rummage sales and thrift stores.  Most were more than what I would pay (and with my current theme, that seems to be under $1), so I just ogled at some of the more beautiful ones, like this one:
I love the two tone!  I also love that it is a "Scout" stapler, that's my dog's name, so it pulls at my heartstrings!  This person has an awesome Etsy shop with tons of awesome vintage items that I love, go check out SOS Vintage if you get a chance!

Well, that is it for now, but as the name of this post suggests, I have already been scoping out some sales for this weekend.  Apparently Goodwill is having a 50% off EVERYTHING sale!  The Goodwills near me never usually have sales, except for their color of the week, which is just getting rid of all the stuff that people haven't bought for the past 3 weeks...  Also the estate sale company I follow said they are having a HUGE sale this weekend (they put it in capital letters themselves!).  Their preview pictures don't come out until tomorrow, if I see anything awesome, I will share it with you guys and let you know how early I will be awake on Saturday to go get whatever I see!

Adios amigos!

Linking up:
Thrifty Thursdays at Thrifty Decorating
Vintage Thingie Thursday with The Coloradolady
Treasure Hunt Thursdays at My Front Porch to Yours
Time Travel Thursdays at The Brambleberry Cottage
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Potpourri Party at 2805
Anything Goes Linky with Mindie @ Bacon Time