Sunday, August 4, 2013

Thrifting Haul - Overpriced Estate Sales and Thrift Store Steals

This week was just so-so in the thrifting department. I didn't really give it my all, though. I opened my booth at an antique mall Friday, and spent most of the week preparing for that, so thrifting took the back burner.



I found this sifter from the 1940s at one of my favorite thrift stores. I love the little ducks (geese?) and the colors. It's still in good shape for being so old and the handle is easier to operate than my old sifter with a crank in my kitchen.


My mom found two of these adorable rooster gratin dishes at a Salvation Army I almost never have luck at. Apparently she's my lucky charm. Now I just have to hope I can pry them out of my mom's hands to put them in my booth!


This painting isn't the type of thing I normally get, but after leaving the store, I kept thinking of it and eventually returned to buy it. It's a pretty old oil painting on wood of "Ledy and His Excelenc Georg Washington." Yes, spelled like that. I've tried researching it and have finally discovered it's a copy of the Fraktur style paintings done in the late 18th Century. But now I'm stuck. I'm pretty sure it was done before the 1930s-1940s, but I'm just guessing based on the certificate of authenticity on the back. If anyone has any information about this painting, I would greatly appreciate it!

After finding a few great deals at the thrift stores, I was pretty disappointed in every estate sale I visited. Everything was really over-priced. I managed to find a few things, but ended up paying a little more than I would have liked.


This yellow nut/candy dish was one the only good deals I found. It was covered with an ugly, dirty paper doily, so it was priced pretty low. I snatched it up after peeking under the doily, and with a little cleaning, it looks great again! By the way, what are these things actually called? I have no idea if I'm referring to it correctly.


Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I'm pretty much a sucker for any vintage Christmas decoration I come across, including this ornament set. It has 12 hand-painted ornaments depicting the 12 Days of Christmas. They're all in their original boxes and are so cute and retro!


The Four Calling Birds one is my favorite. 


I found this ornament tree at a church garage sale and purchased it to display ornaments on in my booth closer to Christmas. But I really don't know if I'll be able to part with these ornaments. They're just too cute!


My last find was this Hummel music box. It's not my style, but it was in great shape. Plus it plays "Edelweiss" and I love the Sound of Music!

Did you find any great things this week? Be sure to share and link up with the sites below!

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  1. Thanks for visiting me. I love all your great finds. The graphics on that sifter are terrific. Good luck with your booth, I hope it goes great for you! Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

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    1. Thank you! I love the sifter too - almost don't want to let it go!

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  2. Thanks for visiting me. I love all your great finds. The graphics on that sifter are terrific. Good luck with your booth, I hope it goes great for you! Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

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  3. I love the candy plate, if that is what it's called. The colour is lovely, great find. Popping over from Magpie Monday.

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    1. I like calling it a candy dish, so I'll stick with that. I love the color too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. There's a book called 'Decorative Painting of the world' which has the template for painting this picture. It might not be as old as you think. If you look at the 'custom painting' page on my blog, you will see I used the same template on a chest. (It's the first piece I'd ever done so it's not great!)

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    1. That chest is adorable! I think you did a great job on it!
      The only reason I'm dating it back so far is due to the gallery's certificate on the back from a gallery back then. Either way I think it's cute! And I wish I had your painting skills!

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  5. Congrats on your new booth. I LOVE that chicken dish!

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    1. Thanks, Van! I have to admit I haven't put the chicken dishes into the booth yet. I have to enjoy them at home a little more before I part with them!

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  6. Congrats on your new booth! That sifter has such a neat design. It's cool that you found it in such good shape since those things were usually used to death.

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    1. Thank you! I was amazed at the shape it was in too. It has a few surface scratches in the white, but other than that, it's great! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. The sifter and painting are so neat! That painting was a good buy. It's so unique.


    Those ornaments look really good on your ornament tree. I think they're keepers for sure!

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    1. I think I'm going to end up keeping the ornaments - they're just too cute! And even though the painting might not be old, I agree with you on its uniqueness!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Love the sifter, I saw a similar one on the weekend, now I'm wishing I had bought it, after seeing the one you found....buyers remorse is not good!

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    1. Nothing worse than buyers remorse (or not buyers in this case!) I frequently pass things over and then regret it, so I'm really trying to trust my instinct now!
      Thanks for stopping by Jill!

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