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May 7, 2012

Treasure Hunting Report: Vintage Treasures

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.
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  1. I LOVE that Wedgewood dish!

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    1. Thanks! It is so gleamy in real life, not sure I captured the lustre on camera. It's so fun to find little treasures like this.

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  2. I love the Value Village finds :)

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  3. Great finds! I love the Royal Norfolk piece especially.

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    1. I will have to tell my Mom, because that is a favorite find of hers too (aside from the Susie C dish). You two really have to meet!

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    1. Maybe lightning will strike twice and I'll find another one!?! If I do, maybe I can host a giveaway with it? Who am I kidding, I am so not that lucky!

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  5. Amazing finds! I especially love the Susie Cooper piece and iron taper holder. You should open an Etsy shop! You have such a great eye for these treasures, I know you'd be a success.

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    1. Thanks! You think? I'm seriously thinking about it but am seriously nervous.

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    2. A shop is free to set up, and listings aren't expensive - it's a minimal initial investment, and if it takes off, it takes off! If not, you're only out a few bucks, but gain an awesome vintage collection ;) I say go for it! Nothing to lose! Have you read through the seller's handbook on there? It's crazy comprehensive (I haven't made it all the way through yet - as evidenced by my amazing product photos, gah!)

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    3. Crazy comprehensive, indeed! I read through some of it. I'm worried it will be a total time-suck. Thanks for the vote of confidence, I appreciate it ;)

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  6. The wedgwood tray is amazing! Great finds.

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