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reflecting on thrifty finds

March 9

Oh how life gets busy, such that it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted. That, and I seem to have once again been struck by that nasty cold that has made its way around Toronto this winter. Barely three months since having a cold for the entire month of November, it’s come back for round two, sending me flat on my back for a full-fledged sick day Friday.

So in the meantime, I thought I should at least follow-up to my last post about the St. Demetrius rummage sale and share my thrifty finds.

St Ds 1

Ceramic Lamp – A fellow thrifting friend at the sale had to convince me to buy this lamp. Despite blue and green being my colours, and despite the $7 price tag, and quite a cute little figure for the finial. She threatened to buy it if I didn’t. That’s all the convincing I needed. The original shade is damaged so a replacement is now on the shopping list.

Vintage Oak Mirror – An interestingly proportioned mirror with the silver mirror backing worn off in all the right places, it will be nice complement to my spring fireplace mantle display. I tried to offer $5 for it, but the sweet elderly lady working the cash thought that was far too much for a mirror that is in such poor condition. But that’s why I love it! We split the difference at $3.

1960s Landscaping Book by Sunset – Yes, I live in a condo and my landscaping consists of a planter and a small water feature on my balcony, but I enjoying pouring over true MCM reference materials of any sort.

St Ds 2

Silver-Plate Teapot – I love tea, and have a perfectly good teapot (for which I made a quite effective tea cozy from a thrift store wool sweater) but at $5 this 1930s Regis Plate teapot was too good to pass up. A silver teapot takes serving tea to guests upmarket. And I was quite familiar with this design as my mother has the same one, just slightly smaller. St Demetrius is my family church, and my mom worked the sale the days of and in the week of preparation before. When I showed her my ‘new’ teapot she informed me she had taken it home earlier in the week to polish it as it was severely tarnished. Thanks for polishing my new teapot, Mom!

Depression Glass Pitcher – Another good buy difficult to pass up was this $5 Iris Herringbone pattern depression glass pitcher, that dates from the 1930s and can retail for around $40 . Again my mother has the same pitcher (it was my dad’s parents’ – I’m guessing they may have bought it new) for which my parents  purchased the matching tumblers, for serving water at dinner parties. A pretty glass pitcher is always perfect to have on hand for water, lemonade, or iced tea.

Lane Cedar Hope Chest Miniature – This particular salesman’s sample, was made by Knechtel’s of Hanover, ON, and distributed by Snyders Furnishings of Toronto. Purchased for $2, these mini chests can retail for around $20 to $25. It will make a nice, novelty, trinket box. (I plan to embellish a standard light fixture with the chunky chandelier crystals shown in the chest in the top photo.)

Fairy & Tree Stump Whimsy – This sweet, little sprite that I picked up for couple of dollars is also a nice addition to my spring decor. A 1950s Treasure Crafts of California bud vase, it would retail for around $25.

So a pretty good morning of thrifting overall. I love church rummage sales not only for the thrill of the hunt and fabulous thrifty finds that can be had, but also for the support it provides the congregation for all the good that they do.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    March 9 7:14 am

    Love the blog entry, great haul… so glad you bought the lamp, I love it! Can’t wait until next year. By the way, not many people would take a teapot home and clean it… what a special lady!

    • March 9 7:55 am

      Why thank you, my fellow thrifting friend! Yes, like these finds she is a treasure. Going above and beyond for the sale.

  2. Michael permalink
    March 9 11:08 am

    Love depression glass! What a great find. Fun to research it and find additional pieces.

    Feel better!

    • March 9 1:59 pm

      A fellow depression glass lover, eh? I love all the different patterns and colours available. Easily collectible.

  3. March 9 12:11 pm

    Nice finds Susan. I’m particularly smitten with the teapot and pitcher. Have a great weekend and hope you are feeling better soon.

  4. March 9 10:18 pm

    Want that teapot. Score!

  5. March 11 12:02 pm

    all of these things are too cool! i know absolutely nothing about thrifting anything besides clothing. How do you usually find out how much things are worth after you buy them? also, I love that mirror

  6. March 18 8:49 am

    Great finds Susan! Sorry I missed the sale. How about next time let me know if you come across an upcoming sale and I will join you. We could also do the big Antique Shows in the spring. (Flamborough??)

    • March 18 12:28 pm

      Oh the spring shows (yes, Flamborough, Aberfoyle, Christie) aren’t far off now are they! Although this cold wind today makes it seem not so. 😦

  7. March 18 3:23 pm

    Great finds! I’m new to your blog and wanted to say hi.


  8. Anonymous permalink
    March 21 10:45 pm

    Hi my friend, thought you were going to start downsizing your collections!! You do have a great eye for stuff!!

    • March 22 9:16 am

      I’m trying to follow the routine of ‘one item in, one item out’ but it’s not always that easy! 🙂

  9. Anonymous permalink
    January 10 11:42 am

    I have the same Lane cedar chest. When I graduated in 1969 a local company gave all of the graduating students one. I still cherish this little keepsake from my younger days. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I have enjoyed mine through out the years. Oh I just stumbled across your blog and have to say I have been enjoying myself browsing around it. Suz

  10. Anonymous permalink
    April 14 5:07 pm

    I grew up with that same pitcher and have been looking for one that didn’t cost me the farm!!!!!

    • April 14 6:23 pm

      I hear you! Thrift stores, estate sales and church rummage sales are the way to go. Keep an eye out and you never know what you’ll find.

  11. July 9 8:37 pm

    My wife would love that teapot She fell in love with thrift shopping when living in the uk and would drag me around thrift shops (or charity shops as they are called in Britain)when we first met . I became fascinated by some of the items you could find and would spend hours trawling them on the weekend together but some of our best finds came from the auction houses we would attend where whole houses were cleared for next to nothing. Can’t believe the prices you paid for everything, its so cheap !

    • July 10 10:50 am

      There’s nothing quite like the rush of a thrifty find – at a deal!

      Ah yes, the charity shops on the UK high streets are a treat. I used to visit the UK fairly often, I’m overdue for a visit. Did you every hit any car boot sales? Those are quite fun too.


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