Monday, August 10, 2009

Vintage Monday-Thrifting

I thought I would show you what I found this week while I was out "thrifting". It always gives me a thrill when I find a treasure at a thrift shop for very little money.
Remember last week when I showed you the cooler I bought?...well that was the first time that I had been out treasure hunting for quite a while and since then, I've been itching to get out and see what I can find in the thrift shops.
Sterling likes to go with me so we went this week to several places...here are my finds.
The above photo is a vintage embroidered round tablecloth. It's embroidered all the way around...lovely. It will go nicely in my livingroom.

This sweet tablecloth is square an I'm sure it was made to fit a card table. The design is stitched in all 4 corners and is really well done on nice thick fabric.

This platter might not look like much to you but it's really cute and very large...about 20" round. I love the color of green and to make it even better, there were 2 of them so I got them both. They will work for serving up lots of good things on a buffet table don't you think?


I found a pair of vintage "bling" clip earrings...I'm ready for my close-up...LOL



Wow...these are a really long and a really pointy pair of scissors...they kind of look like a weapon that would have been used in a case on Perry Mason...or maybe CLUE....well, I love them and will not use them for a weapon but will frame them with some other vintage sewing things.

I found some large vintage feedsacks that I will happily add to my stash...

I found 2 of the same print and I took a picture of both because one has blue flowers and one has turquoise and I didn't know if they were different dye lots or one had faded....although I can see now that you can't really tell by the photo but there is a big difference.

I really fell in love with this one...it's my favorite.

I have a thing for hand mirrors...I love the way they look on my dressing table. I found this one to add to my collection. It meets all of the requirements for loveliness for me - pink, floral, graceful lines, vintage and some bling....thats what I love!

Speaking of mirrors...on one of our trips this week,
Sterling said "Mom, you gotta come see something, I know you're gonna want it."
I kept putting him off because I was busy going through a pile of vintage linens but he kept saying, "you better come, someone else will get it".... but he wouldn't tell me what it was.
I wasn't too worried about going to see whatever it was because there is ALOT of junk at a thrift store and I didn't think Sterling really understood the kind of things I was looking for...
...well I should have known better because he is an artist and has a really good eye.
Anyhoo, long story not so short, he led me to this very large, very heavy, very beautiful carved vintage mirror.
Uh yeah...he was right, I sure did want it and will never doubt him again.
He knows I really like old mirrors too and I have a wall full of them above my fireplace mantel in my livingroom. The center one is the same size as this one, about 3 feet x 5 feet. It also has a wide carved frame although the design is different.
I wanted to show you some of the carving...sorry the pic turned out blurry....just take my word for it, it's a real treasure....at a thrifty price too!
I seem to have found alot of vintage silver this trip...this will also look darling in my livingroom...

I need to go find the perfect candles for it...won't it be a great centerpiece for a cozy candlight dinner?

More silver spoons and serving ware to use in my kitchen. I love eating off of silver...we use it every day in my kitchen. They are all mismatched which is what I like. Just like a scrappy quilt, each piece adds it's own character.

Click on the pic for a close up of the details...every one is just gorgeous.

Another large vintage serving spoon with a red bakelite handle...I love to use these also and pick them up whenever I see them. They are getting harder to find.
By the way, if you are wondering why you see the same cute little pink floral fabric in the background of alot of my photos, it's because I take the pictures in my studio and that's the fabric that covers my large rectangle ironong board that Mr. Honey made for me.


I found a linen dresser scarve already stamped and ready to stitch...it still has the original vintage tag on it. The pattern is on each end. I bought it for Kassidy to embroider, she loves kittens.


Cute huh?.....

I also got 8 really big red coat buttons...they aren't too vintage but they look like it don't they? Sterling saw these on the floor in a sandwich baggy and picked them up and put them in my cart...I'm going to have to take him with me more often.
He likes to look at music things and old books and whatever else catches his eye.

Okay now...don't laugh, just hear me out. When we were looking at the old records I came across this old set of square dance records. They are 78's and a set of 3 are in there.
The music plays and you can hear the caller giving instructions....
Has anybody out there ever square danced? I think it's fun and I grew up square dancing so I thought since we have a record player in our family room (of course we do) that we could give it a whirl...pun intended LOL!
Now don't judge me too harshly and I hope you will still visit my blog after learning this about me....and besides, remember it's all about the dancing for me NOT the traditional square dancing clothes like the huge gathered skirts with tutu's under them...no thanks, I'm fine with jeans and a t-shirt (boots too)...that's more up my alley....after all, remember I'm a small town girl who loves small town traditions....don't knock it till you've tried it!


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28 comments:

Stephanie said...

Sterling has a good eye! How I wish I could find feedsacks like that. Such terrific treasures. We have an oak floor model victrola--bought it in Virginia. We also have my husband's aunt's 78collection and one day we'll have my folks collection. Such fun. And I love square dancing!

Cynthia said...

What great finds, I was captivated! I need to go to my antique stores and search for some more things, we have great shops here. So what is the diffrence between a thrift store and an antique store? What a great idea to use your mismatched silver everyday! The mirror is incredible. You have darling children.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Wow! You really hit the jackpot! I love thrifting, but haven't been very lucky lately. Boo Hoo!

Leslie said...

What awesome finds! I'd have had to fight with you over all of those things!

The Nielson Family said...

I have been on the hunt for a mirror frame like that for a while now--so jealous! And square dancing? Well, I remember my Grammy's cute square dancing dresses (my mom's mom--big shocker, I'm sure :) ) and I've always thought they were cute and fun--so your secret is safe with me :)

Funoldhag said...

Great stuff! And, yes, there is someone out here who has square danced! My old sweetie and I did for years. If you would like to see a picture, go to my blog, click on the picture of the little girl with the baby buggy on the side bar and that will take you to Pieces of the Past. Not too many posts back you will see a couple dressed for dancing! It was great fun all those years. :-) Carol

Linda said...

Wow, holy cow you made quite the hawl! You found some great stuff, where did you go? Good thing I was at girls camp last week, I think it saved me a bunch of money! :>

Nedra said...

I don't know what I am more impressed with...your thrift store finds, or the fact that you got a teenage boy to go with you and he ENJOYED it!
Nanette sure had a lot of fun meeting up with you. I'm so glad the two of you finially had a chance to get together.

Irishgirlsews said...

WOW Wee, some great finds, love the vintage feedsacks, & those big red buttons.
Wendy

Karen said...

You certainly hit the jackpot with the thrifting. I rarely find such good things in thrift stores around here.

Kim said...

Those are some really great treasures you found this time around. I enjoyed seeing all of them. I mostly remember square dancing in elementary school and after that I only remember doing it at Sadie Hawkins. What a fun time we had square dancing.

Jan said...

Oh Lori! What wonderful finds ... Sterling has got quite the eye :) I especially love the feed sacks! Awesome :)

Karen said...

The scissors are wonderful! I would have them sharpened and use them.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great thrift finds.
My parents used to go square dancing every Saturday night when I was little - big skirts and all! Great memories.

Piecefulafternoon said...

Oh the lovely things you found - what treasures. I love those candlesticks - and the embroidered pieces and the pieces to embroider and the buttons - oh I just love them all - what finds!!!

Micki said...

What incredible finds you made! They will be treasured I am sure!
Micki

Texan said...

Wonderful thrift finds!!!!... but my favorite is for sure the Scissors!

Maryjane~Sweet Sassy Sadie Lee's Granddaughter said...

Wow Lori! You had way to much fun thrifting, didn't you! Wonderful treasures and I especially love the scissors! They are to die for! LOL!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Holey Moley can I go with you next time..That is quite a haul.

Pat

quiltmom said...

What a great collection of things that you found - what beautiful linens and silver pieces...
My gran would have wore those earrings- I have a bit of her bling that I recieved when she passed on- the earrings made me smile as did the linens as she was a great fan of tableclothes and linens too.
Thanks for sharing Lori,
Regards,
Anna

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow girl! You hit the jackpot :-) Great thrifty finds. And that Sterling, well you better keep him around.

Dawn said...

You sure scored on the thrift store items!! Fantastic finds!!

Sherry said...

Hi Lori. Wow, I'm impressed with all the great finds that came home with you & Sterling. How great that he enjoyed it too. Awesome goodies!

Eileen said...

I want to know the name of that thrift shop! Awesome treasures!!

And you are training him up right. He will always know just the perfect gift to get his mother. :-D

LOVE all your new things. Especially love the feedsacks.

cindy said...

Great finds! Love that fabric (feedsacks) too! And hey, I think the square dancing sounds like fun! :D

-c
yapping cat

Carrie P. said...

Wow, some fantastic finds. Those table cloths are just wonderful. I really like the green plates too.

Janice said...

Wow some really great thrifting there.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

You must have an eye. I go in and see junk and you see treasures. I love all these! And feedsacks, too. I'm super jealous. Love the silver. Love it. Well it is all good.

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