Friday, August 23, 2013

Thrift Blog: July 2013 Part 2

As mentioned in my previous blog I needed to break the July thrift blog into two parts as I found so much that month.  Let's dive in shall we!

I was pretty sure at the first sight of this bangle that it was Bakelite.  I purchased it for $2 and was delighted to find, after doing the semi-chrome test, that it is indeed Bakelite.  Sorry for the bad photo.  It's black and about a half inch thick.  I have worn the heck out if it already.

I was so excited to come across this modern Fiestaware set.  I bought all of the bowls and dishes for only $15.  What a steal!  It gave me the proper excuse to donate the 70's styled dishware set I have been using for the past ten years.  They also had matching mugs at the store for $2 a piece but I already have about ten mugs that will go just well with this set.

Cute pink ceramic poodle to add to my vanity.  I came across one of these recently but it was broken.  I found this one in Stockton, CA in excellent condition.

I found this U.S. nickel decorated leather belt in Turlock, CA.  It's newer and I spotted an original price tag on the back for $51.50.  I think I paid $2 for the belt.

Here is a mosh posh of things including the only tiki mug I came across (in thrift store at least) on our trip.  I now have the "See No Evil", and "Hear No Evil" mugs.  I just need the "Speak No Evil" to complete the set.  I couldn't pass on the Tom and Jerry milk glass mug and my soon to be sister in-law Debbie spotted the cute milk glass creamer to add to my ever growing collection.

This is a beautiful ice bucket and cup set that Debbie purchased for Dave and I, at a thrift store of course.

I believe that these are personal cigarette ash trays.  They are too small to be cup holders and believe that they are from the late fifties to early sixties.  Again, Debbie spotted these first.

This cute iron baby mermaid was my souvenir from Bravo Farms.  I believe it can be used to hold a door open.

I know I have way too many of these pineapple monkey pod dishes but they are too cute to pass on.

I found a set of these Cuba maracas pin sets at an antiques store in Medford, OR.  I bought one for myself and sent the other to Janey at Atomic Redhead to add to her vintage Latin collection.  She featured it in her blog here.  So happy she liked it!

Yes, I found more purses.  I think the Peruvian Bermuda handbag is my favorite out of the three. The black velvet bag is of the "After Five" label.

More books!  The book by Rosalind Russell "Life is A Banquet" is the next on my reading list after I finish reading "Million Dollar Mermaid" (autobiography by Esther Williams).  These were all very cheap good finds.

This is a lovely Norman Rockwell plate my grandma sent Dave and I.  She said it reminded her of the two of us.  Too cute.  I'm trying to figure out a way to use it at my wedding reception.  Any suggestions?

One of my childhood obsessions was an adoration I had for Princess Diana.  I had three Tom Tierney paper doll books that I looked at over and over again that featured many of her beautiful ball gowns.  I chose never to cut them because I thought the drawings were too beautiful and I was afraid I would ruin them.  I came across these three, by Tom Tierney, at a thrift store in Etna and couldn't pass them up.

I thrifted this moai tiki Kleenex box cover in Medford, OR.  It's just amazingly awesome.

Not sure what do do with this made in Japan Nashville ceramic plate but knew I wasn't leaving the store without it.  I think I picked it up in Redding, CA.

I used to collect these oil lamps when I was high school.  I think I slowly gave some of them away over the years but loved this color and thought it would be a perfect accent next to my newly upholstered chair in the living room.

And last but not least, our prized find for the trip.  A matador versus a bull, black velvet painting with florescent paint accents.  The carved frame alone was reason enough to buy it.  

Here it is at its present perch.

Till' Next Time,



  1. Great haul. I love the matador and the maracas pin. I can never come across great paintings. If I do they want ridiculous prices for them even at thrift stores.

    1. Thanks Mariela. I'm not usually very lucky with paintings either but lately I've had the luck of coming across some real treasures for sure.