Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thrifting Haul - Five for Five

Kind of an unsuccessful thrifting week.

Hit up 5 thrift stores, came home with 5 finds. Not the best stats, but at least I love my finds!


From my first stop, a set of tiki-style stacking mugs. I've passed them up before, but they were half off this time, so I snatched them up. So wonderfully retro.


I found this Pyrex(?) at a usually unsuccessful Goodwill. Love, love, loving the turquoise and gray Mid Century pattern on it. Any Pyrex experts want to clue me in on what this pattern is called, please? Otherwise I'm bound to spend countless hours drooling over thousands of pictures of Pyrex online. Not that that's a bad thing!


I loved this little white mug. I'm pretty sure we had some casseroles with this pattern when I was little. Of course they're gone now, so I can't check. Searched everywhere hoping for a matching one with no luck.


I found this set of 3 little green-hued Mason jar mugs at another store. Alas, no fourth could be found. But they're super cute and hold the perfect amount. I'm really tempted to keep them!



This wall hanging was probably my favorite find. It says it was hand-printed in Moledat, Israel, but other than that little bit of info, I'm clueless about it. I've only managed to find one similar piece on Etsy, but with a different pattern and color.

                                       

I adore the blue and green birds and the detail work is beautiful.

Now, on to the freebies!


A man at my church asked me if I wanted some driftwood. Never one to pass on anything free, I said of course! He brought me this awesome piece and said he'll bring me more when he comes across it. I absolutely love it. It's so interesting and unique, but... what the heck do I do with it? My first instinct is to leave it alone and place is somewhere to enjoy looking at. But I know more driftwood will be coming my way soon, so any advice on ways to use it will be really helpful!


He also brought me this fairly large piece of an old railroad tie. It still has a rusty spike in it, and it's awesome. And heavy. Very heavy. No ideas have come to mind yet, so for now, it's just sitting on my floor, waiting for me to stub my toe on it.


This man is apparently a thrifting genius. He saw one of my bowls at church, and the next week showed up with a trunk full of monkey pod. Here are a few of the pieces he came across. The fish is perfection and I'm already working on the two kind of boat-shaped pieces with long handles. Look for them to be listed soon!


And finally, this. This wonderfully glorious chair in all its retro orange velvety goodness.

This chair was in my grandpa's house when I was a little girl. My cousin, brother, and I always fought over whose turn it was to sit in it. The springs in the seat are a little wonky, so when you sit, you practically sink down to the ground.

My dad had it in his garage and almost sold it in a garage sale. (I think my heart stopped a little when he told me that!). I can't imagine why no one wanted a dusty, dirty, orange velvet rocking chair that had come slightly apart.

For me, it's more about the memories than the chair itself. My dad brought it to me last Saturday and told me that my Great-great-grandfather had actually built it, which makes it even more cool. 


He was a carpenter and did all the work, even that amazing carving across the top. Good ole August Heinrich! (Such a German name! Loving it!)

So while this chair may never be displayed in my room, I'll never get rid of it, much to the rest of my family's chagrin! They don't love it like I do! And I think someday it could be a really awesome piece if I ever recover it. But for now, it's going to live in my closet!

Any good finds this week? Be sure to share!



Linking up with Sir Thrift a LotThe Nifty ThriftyThe Cottage MarketWe Call it Olde, and The Penny Worthy Project

24 comments :

  1. How fun to have a childhood chair!

    I LOVE that atomic Pyrex pattern but I don't know what it's called- sorry.

    I think we have a casserole dish in that gold pattern, too.

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    1. Thanks, Holly! I'm super excited to own the chair now! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Glorious finds, that fish is truly perfection. I would use that as my salad bowl every day ;D ! I love those stacking tiki mugs but have had trouble selling them these days, maybe many of those are being donated at the moment making them harder to market/sell. Also love the mod design on the pyrex dish, great scores overall.

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    1. Thanks, Van! I have a feeling I'm going to have a hard time letting go of the fish - he's awesome! I have yet to have any luck selling mugs, but I can't seem to stop buying them. Hopefully some fellow mug-lover will eventually stop by my booth. They'll be in heaven! :)

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  3. I believe the Pyrex-looking dish is by Fire King, and the pattern is Blue Heaven. I have a Blue Heaven bread baking dish that goes with your casserole.
    I also have several plates that I've researched and found are called Blue Heaven, but there's no mark on the backs. I can't imagine their being made by Fire King, though. Confusing.
    And I love, love, love your stackable mugs.

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    1. Thank you Lori, for the info. No wonder I wasn't finding them while looking for "pyrex" online. I searched on Etsy, and sure enough - a bunch of Fire King Blue Heaven dishes that match exactly! Thank you so much for letting me know what it is!

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  4. Such a cute fabric design, like it.

    Willie
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/gildan/index.htm

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    1. Thank you, Willie! It's definitely going to hang in my bedroom for awhile before I sell it!

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  5. Love your monkey pod pieces. So glad you have saved the chair!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! I'm happy I saved it as well!

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  6. Love the wall piece. It is so mod! You had quite the week!

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    1. Thank you! I'm definitely hanging on to that wall hanging for awhile - it's too good to let go!

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  7. Very fun stuff! I am absolutely drooling over that wall hanging - gorgeous. And I love the chair!!!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I love them both too!

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  8. I'm in love with the driftwood and the railroad tie.They would both be so beautiful in a fall display with leaves.I can totally see the driftwood fitted with a lamp kit and a big Edison bulb on top.

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    1. Those are both such great ideas! I love the thought of turning the driftwood into a lamp!

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  9. I have that Fire King Blue Heaven dish too! I primarily only collect Pyrex but the colors in the Fire King dish called out to me:-)

    ~Erica

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    1. The colors are the best! I'm not knowledgable on either Pyrex or Fire King; I just grab what I love!

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  10. The casserole dish and wall hanging are wonderful it looks like you had a lot of good finds.
    Denise

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    1. Thank you Denise! It was a slow week, but thankfully I loved the few things I found!

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  11. I've seen that Fire King pattern quite a few times but never purchased anything, it's really pretty!

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    1. Hi Jill! I'm a little envious that you've seen a lot of it! This was my first, and my fingers are crossed that I find more soon!

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  12. You had a very lucky week! I can't believe such an old chair is even still together.

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  13. Thanks, Anny! It had actually fallen slightly on its tracks, but with a lot of finagling (and some extra screws!) I got it back together.

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