I have been hoarding my thrifty finds and not sharing any pictures (or what I've learned) with my lovely readers. So selfish! Well, here's a peek at a few thrifted treasures, but it's just the tip of the iceberg.
1. I bought this Royal Norfolk Pottery piece (from the 1950s), for the tidy sum of $2.99 at Value Village. I saw a similar one on Etsy for $15.00 or $20.00 but I'm less concerned about the value and more excited about how perfect the colours are for Mom's place.
2. I also brought home this small, silver lustre Susie Cooper for Wedgwood tray, also from Value Village, for $8.99. A bit steep for a thrift store find, yes, but Mom loves Susie Cooper and look what a trinket box with the same design is valued at. A bell with the same pattern is priced at $90! But I'm not selling it. Mom already snagged it and uses it in her sewing room for straight pins. How fancy.
3. You already caught a glimpse of my thrifty necklace, purchased at the Almonte Antique Market. For $5.00, this turquoise necklace sure does make any outfit that little bit more happy. You know I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to materials, but I actually like that this necklace is plastic. It is so light and comfortable to wear.
4. I found this pretty, mid-century modern enamel dish at a yard sale for $1. It looks like it is signed "Victoria," so I am guessing this might have been a school art project in the 1960s. . . ? For a little light reading on enamel, check out this article.
I already have an idea in mind: I think I might incorporate this into a DIY gift for my friend's upcoming birthday.
5. At a church rummage sale I found this mid-century modern cast iron taper holder. My treasure hunting partner in crime thought I was nutty for buying this, until I sent her this link for a similar (maybe identical?) candle holder. I think knowing what it actually is helped her appreciate this purchase. Now I just need some skinny tapers Or an Etsy shop!
Even though I try really hard to edit what comes into the townhouse, I am starting to amass quite a few vintage and one of a kind treasures, so I've toyed with the idea of opening an Etsy shop to sell fun, retro finds and maybe even some handmade goods and artwork. My Mom & I even came up with the perfect shop name and set about creating a shop until I found out the name was taken (but not being used). That totally knocked the wind out of my sails and I temporarily abandoned the idea. But now I'm thinking about it again . . . wait until you see the rest of my thrifted purchases! Too much for one thrifty gal, even if my Mom does ferret away some of it.