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This Week’s Thrifting Finds – Thrifted Fabric & Linens

Vintage Tablecloth Close-upNot much to report this week on the thrifting front!  I have been hunkered down in my house for most of the week, working on my novel and posting for you lovely readers, so I haven’t had much time to scrounge.  However, I did have time to take a quick peek into the thrift stores on Monday, and I found the following:

Vintage FabricI found a few yards of this great vintage cotton fabric. It is interesting because has a lot of different vertical patterns that alternate. This is just a sample of a few of them. This is another great candidate for pillows.

Vintage TableclothI also found a great rectangular tablecloth. I love the daisy pattern, and it is going to look great on the three season porch in the summer.

And I got both for under $2!

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Thrifted Fabric

70's Fabric

Here is some of the great vintage fabric that I got from Goodwill last week.  This is upholstery fabric, and it is a little scratchy, so it is out for pillows.  I wonder what I can do with it?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I picked up some great blue linen fabric, which is incredibly soft and a wonderful robin’s egg blue.  It was a super deal at $.49!  I just couldn’t pass it up.  I am going to start a quilt soon made of vintage bedsheets, and I thought that would be a great extra fabric to throw in.

Robin's Egg Blue Linen

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More Thrift Finds – Shabby Chic Heaven

Shabby Chic Candy DishesSo, there are a lot of dishes at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  A lot.  I didn’t even know that they dealt with those since it is primarily a place just for home improvement material, but according to the volunteer I talked to today, they get all kinds of housewares brought in.  I suppose it is good for them because every little bit helps, and it is good for ME because they price all the housewares far, far less than the local Goodwill or Salvation Army.

But anyway, ReStore had these beautiful white candy dishes/candle holders.  They are in two sizes and have a great look to them.  They need to be cleaned up, but when they are I am taking them directly to the guest room and putting some buttons in them for cute dresser decor.Nut Dish

The second thing I got was this amazing gravy boat or nut dish (or whatever) that is a metallic finish over glass. This thing is so gorgeous.  I can’t even think of what made someone give this away.  Unless it was lack of space because they collect too many fun pieces, because I could see that. 

I am going to have to do some research and figure out who is the maker for the dish.  It has a few spots on the bottom of the dish where the metallic paint is coming off, but the dish and the plate are otherwise in great shape. 

Anyone out there know the maker of the bowl and plate?  If you do, let me know. You could save me a lot of research….

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The Unlucky Glasses – New Thrifted Finds

I should know better than to try and take pictures of things on Friday the 13th.  Not that I am supersitious, but still.

Vintage Bar Glasses

The caption of this photo should be: In Memorium. These glasses no longer exsist. Right after I finished taking this picture, one of my cats lunged at another lounging cat from behind my white backdrop and propelled one glass into the other at an enormous rate of speed. Both glasses literally exploded,  and a shower of glass rained all over my backdrop, my carpet, me and a very startled cat. I had to get the vaccum and everyone else had a time out in the basement. I also had to throw away the white background cloth. Better safe than sorry. Sigh.

 

Take TwoOk, photography session: take two.  The vintage tablecloth underneath is a recent find too, so I suppose it isn’t a bad thing that I was forced to use it.

The pink container is a planter, I believe, but I think I am going to put it in my pink bathroom and have it hold make-up brushes.  It was 25 cents.  The mini-muffin pan was 89 cents and is going to join the other mini-pans I have been slowly accumulating.  The vintage fake pearls are a great extra long strand that I found for $1.99. I love them because they have that great bone color, rather than being the glowing white of some of my other pearl strands.

And here is a little fun with the close-up button!Pearls In PanI hope you survived Friday the 13th with no mishaps and no exploding glasses!

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Glorious Thrift – Part II

Here is the second round of thrifted items from my recent thrifting trip.  I am really excited about these, but the upcoming posts are going to be great too! Hubs and I drove to Tawas City in MI yesterday and saw some great stuff. Of course, I took lots of pictures!

But back to the stuff at hand.  Here is the second half of my thrift:

Vintage FindsA pretty good hall, if I do say so myself.  The wrinkled piece of gingham under my treasures is actually a treasure itself – a little half apron with white ric-rac trim.  So cute!  My mom is having an apron pattern giveaway on her blog, and I am seriously thinking about entering this. She hasn’t had many entries, so maybe I would win. 🙂  That is probably against the rules somewhere, but who cares?Melamine Bowl

The red bowl is a super cute melamine bowl, and it has black speckles in it.  I originally bought it to resell, but I am totally keeping it.  It has the most enchanting mark on the bottom, and it was made in Freedonia, WI.  Since I am originally from Wisconsin, that pretty much sealed the deal for me.

Bowl BottomIsn’t that the best? I wonder if it is a Christmas bowl, or if Holiday was just the name of the line.  Well, time to do some research!

Glass BowlsI also picked up these four adorable glass bowls.  They seemed to have some gold leaves on them in addition to the persimmon and aqua flowers, but most of the gold is worn off.  I still thought they were charming, so  I bought them.  Unfortunatly, I noticed three flea-bite chips in one of them when I took a better look at home. Drat!  Ah well, such is thrifting.Embriodered Tablecloth

The last item is this rectangular blue tablecloth with white flowers embroidered in it.  I think it is great, but also the most expensive item I bought at $3.50.  But it was so nice, and different from the other embroidered tableclothes I own, just for the fact it is blue and not white.

So, there is the total haul, and I spent less than $12 for all of it; today’s and yesterday’s. Pretty good!  And come back tomorrow for more vintage 1950’s Michigan!

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Vintage Finds – A Great Week

Holey Moley, last week was a fantastic week to go thrifting!  I found a ton of wonderful things at my local thrift stores, and not all of them vintage.  I scored a kitchenaid coffee grinder, worth $200 new, for $3.95 and a brand new box of assorted cuisinart blades, worth $60, and an attachement for my kitchenaid, worth $60, both for $10! Crazy!  In addition to that madness, I bought two MCM side tables (which Hubby isn’t fond of, so to the basement they go) and these great items:

Oven Mitt

A great vintage oven mitt, from Quebec, which looks like it has rarely been used. The inside is a completely different mitt, and is removable for cleaning of the outer mitt. The inside mitt is also lined with a great soft floral material, which I love.Oven Mitt Inside

I also found about 2 yards of some great vintage upholstry fabric, which I grabbed up as soon as I saw it!  Upholstry Fabric

Pretty sweet, huh?  I can’t wait to make some pillows out of this, or just hoard it for that perfect day when I find a chair that can give it a good home….

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Mid-Century Lamp – New Thrifting Find

There are a lot of things I really appreciate about my life.  The first one, and the one that makes the rest of my life possible, is my husband. I could write novels about what a great guy he is, but for today I will just limit it to this one thing:

He loves Mid-Century Modern.

Of course, we do disagree a little about exactly the type we are into. He loves the atomic age with the hard lines and angles.  I am more into the organic shapes and metallic colors, but we both appreciate each others’ tastes and styles.

So, when I saw this great desk lamp yesterday at my local ReStore, I thought he would think it was cool. Finally, a lamp we could both agree on.

MCM Desk Lamp

I love this lamp!  I immediately thought of insect antennae when I saw it. Both lamps move back and forth independently and the lamp heads themselves can move whichever way you want them to.

Lamp Head UpLamp head up!Lamp Head Down

Lamp head down!

They work great. One even has a really, really old lightbulb in it. The cashier at the ReStore was very excited about it, because honestly, it is a really cool lamp. 

But hubby wasn’t as excited as I thought he would be.  He looked at it skeptically, and then said, “Are you going to repaint it?”

Sigh. Ah well. It is kind of a putty tan color that really doesn’t go with our bright house, so I guess he is right.  What do you think, readers?  Should I paint this thrifted find, or just leave it?  It is scratched up, but I am also unwilling to mess up a vintage lamp, even if it only was $5.

*Update: This post was linked up to SongBirdTiff’s Good Stuff Thursdays post on her blog!

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