The trip to Tawas City Hubs and I took last Friday was a great little road trip. We found great new places to shop and a cute little lakeside town to visit that was less than an hour away from our house. One of the great things about living in Michigan (and yes, there are many great things!) is the abundance of old-fashioned “lakeside resort” type towns, complete with cabin rentals, seasonal gift shops and the required three ice cream parlors.
But the greatest thing about Tawas City was the three resale shops we found outside of town. CC’s Closet Resale, Fabulous Finds of Tawas, and Mr. Thrifty were all very nice resale shops owned by the same couple. I know, because we met the wife in Fabulous Finds, and she was very nice. CC’s Closet and Fabulous Finds had great stock in them, I am assured it is ever-changing, and priced to move. While not dirt cheap, the prices were reasonable for good merchandise. They had some vintage Fiesta and Pyrex at well below the prices normally asked at antique stores and some well-priced furniture as well. But the greatest was Mr. Thrifty, which had an additional 25% off resale prices. Mr. Thrifty is basically an estate liquidation center, and it was H-E-A-V-E-N. Loved it! I got a Harlequin serving bowl for $3.00. Pretty sweet!
Here are some of the great things at these three thrift stores:
Great vintage lamp at Fabulous Finds. Not sure if I have ever seen anything like it before! I got really excited when I saw it, and then Hubs pointed out that it kind of looked like Beetlejuice. He is right, but I just thought the striped body was such a neat concept. It was $35, which I consider pretty reasonable.
Here is another great find – a Youngstown Cabinet at CC’s Closet, complete with sink and faucet! I love the boomerang handles.
A very cool red ceramic topped table at Fabulous Finds with an interesting design on the top. Very good condition!
A vintage stove at Mr. Thrifty. Didn’t have a price on it yet, but I thought it was very cool.
And last, but not least, a vintage pink sink Mr. Thrifty had in the public restroom. Hubs came out of the restroom all excited and asked for the camera…I was a little scared of what the picture might be of, and was very relieved to see the vintage sink… 🙂
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.
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 up!
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!
I know everyone uses Ebay for their Mid-Century Needs, but what about Etsy? As the owner of an Etsy store, I am always first to point out all of the great stuff on Etsy. But besides the handmade stuff, there is also large vintage section. And for something to be vintage on Etsy, it has to be pre-1970s, which makes me feel a little better when buying.
Let the fun begin!
The first item is from myohmymaggie. This totally awesome atomic wall clock. I love this, and the best part is – it has been fitted with a battery!
The next item comes from Peacock Envy, one of my favorite places to be a Looky-Loo on Etsy. Check out this totally fantastic lamp:Isn’t this the most beautiful lamp? I started shrieking when I saw it. It is totally amazing, and that shade is fantastic. I love the speckled mint green body. If I wasn’t on this crazy quest to find a lamp in a vintage store on my own I totally would have bought it.
On a sad note, I believe this lamp has been reserved for someone. Oh. A little part of me just died. My hat is off to you, Izzy. You are going to make a great purchase.
For more great vintage, check out Peacock Envy’s blog.