Gemma (from the sweetest digs) and I like to DIY in tandem, so is it any surprise we thrift together too? She was my good luck charm when we hit the thrift shops recently, because look at the goodies I scored! (Of course, Hubby might call her an enabler, but I think "good luck charm" has a nicer ring to it).
The brush strokes on this hand painted planter from Japan remind me of Jen's paintings, especially this one. The soft pink and brushed-on bronze/gold is so stunning. This is definitely shop-bound when we re-open. (I've kept the shop open a few more days because a couple items have just sold or are on hold for folks).
It isn't vintage, but this sweet lime green, cream and grey planter - with it's pretty little drips and "made in Germany" stamp - is sure to tickle my Mom's fancy. Neither of us are big into plants (we murder them), but this would be perfect with a big, wide candle for her patio table.
I can't believe I even hesitated! Thanks to Gemma for encouraging me to get these amber-coloured highball glasses. Yesterday they were sitting on the dining room table, waiting to be photographed, and just glowing. There were only seven (boo), but my Mom has one we thrifted earlier in the summer (yay) so now we'll have a set of 8 to list.
I love melamine trays. We have a pair that we keep in the living room, that fit perfectly onto shelves in our wall unit, to make our ottoman more coffee table-esque when we need it (without losing the squishy comfort). Now I have a spare one for bringing drinks to the patio, or when the living room ones get full of my books. And you know I love mint (how original).
My Mom has a collection of these little dessert dishes and the matching glasses as well. But someone else will get to enjoy these shop-bound gems.
I also found a super sweet red fondue pot with a pretty white design. This looks like it was never used! I'm sure someone will love this for their next party, or even just as a fun kitchen accessory. Anyone know how an alcohol burner works?
UPDATE: My blog friend from Planet Powers let me know she had one of these that worked on gel fuel that is much easier to find these days! Excellent to know!
This copper tray was a "maybe" until I saw it paired with the mint tray and then I was sold. This would look gorgeous paired with mint or pale aqua glassware.
But it doesn't look too shabby with the amber glasses, either - they have the same quilted look.
I rarely find Pyrex (and am so jealous of folks who do), so when I spotted this pretty opal ware casserole, I didn't even care that it lacked a lid. The turquoise wheat sheaf is simple and perfect.
This cute little jar (what the heck is it for? Salad oils?) came home with me because it's got a turquoise spout/lid and was made in West Germany. I'm snobby about things being made in Europe.
UPDATE: Thanks to Brigitte, of The Baker's Daughter, I now know this is a sugar dispenser common in Germany. Apparently many restaurants have them! Thanks, Brigitte!
On a jar kick, I also bought these vintage spice jars with ochre & tomato (plus one cream) coloured lids.
My Mom has a bountiful collection of these chrome and bakelite trays by Glo-Hill Canada, which produced elegant serving ware from the 1930s-1970s, and now she will have one more. Some pieces have glass inserts (like this version I found yard saling in TBay) but I'm not sure if this may have had one . . .
Just for kicks, I bought this martini shaker. It isn't vintage but I've been worried about the lead content on some vintage martini shakers with metal strainer parts. I bought a vintage one before and the metal started peeling, which gave me the heebie-jeebies. Is that highly neurotic? This one is 100% safe plus it has a sweet combo of colours. Can't wait to mix a drink with Hubby.
I'm saving the best for last. I found an amazing carving set, still in the original box (with original price tag). I'm a sucker for bakelite and was totally sold by the drool-worthy bakelite handles. They look like giant chunks of butter amber!
Seriously, did you check out the handles? Here's a closer shot:
I don't think you'll truly appreciate my weird obsession with this set until you picture me crouching down with the camera, getting a photo from every angle . . . take one last look at how pretty they are.
They don't match, but happen to look nice with a few pieces, also with bakelite handles, that I bought at a yard sale in Thunder Bay. The difference is the yard sale pieces were $1.00 each. The carving set, from Value Village, was $19.99! Ouch. But it obviously brings me too much joy to have passed on.
That wraps up my sweet finds. The only trouble with thrifting with someone who has great taste, is you might end up seeing them buy something you would have loved to have spotted first. Check out Gemma's blog today to see her finds from the same thrifting adventure and try to guess which item I am pining for.