The last couple of weeks I have been swamped with work, which included preparing for a conference and then traveling to the good ‘ole US of A to present my paper. It was well received (yay) and had the added bonus of a road trip with Hubs! On our way there, part of the highway was shut down so we had to take a secondary road which, despite slowing us down, had a real silver lining: a great roadside antique shop! The tiny shop was packed with jadeite, Pyrex and vintage glassware. Prices were good: higher than thrift stores, but below typical antique store prices. I didn’t buy a lot because I didn’t have much time to make selections, and we still had days of driving ahead of us so I didn’t want to pack the car with breakables. In hindsight, I wish I bought more but I took home a few gems and am definitely returning for a Pyrex fix soon.
The snowflake casserole is my fourth one (I have two with white snowflakes on turquoise and two in this pattern). The pink casserole is for my Mom. I have finally collected a full set of the Butterprint Cinderella bowls and and am now halfway to a second set. The small Cinderella (white with yellow flowers, a pattern from the 1970s), completes my thrifted set. The round turquoise casserole is the prettiest shade and a totally new design for me!
My turquoise collection is growing and now takes over a whole cupboard, displacing my browns and yellows (which look so good with this DIY tablecloth) into the glassware cupboard. See the last photo taken of the cupboard here. There is still room and I plan to pack this with turquoise Pyrex. I might just have to steal this bowl back out of the shop . . .
I also bought a Capri glass creamer to match a sugar bowl Mom thrifted for me. I found some shot glasses at a local VV and now my turquoise glassware collection is also blossoming, adding some colour to the teak cabinet and complementing the DIY agate art above.
Once home from the trip, Hubs and I set to work on the basement again and I did a lot of decluttering, donating about six boxes and a chair to Value Village. While Hubby made the donation, I scurried inside and found a few items for the shop (including two really cool Pyrex pitchers, like this), plus I bought this fun lamp. After an hour of cleaning its grimy edges, it gleams and all I need now is a nice drum shade!
Have you done any treasure hunting of late? This weekend I’ll hit my first yard sales of the season! I’m trying to decide if the Glebe sale next weekend is worth it. In my 15+ years of yard saling, in three cities, I find people with expensive homes often (but not always) have disappointing yard sales and charge an arm and a leg, while the gems and deals are waiting at the homes you might think are the least treasure-filled.