Recent Thrift Store Finds

Hi. Nick dropped me off at Value Village the other day and then went off to do his own thing, picking me up again an hour and a half later.

Here’s what I found …


First up is this funny large sized mug, which is either real vintage or a good fake. It is chip-free and has the extra flourish of a gilded gold drawing on the back. It was such an odd piece that for $1 I had to have it. I might put a potted plant in it for fun.



I found some things to add to my collection of Spring Blossom vintage dishes.

This bowl is Pyrex and the shape and style make it something called a Diana bowl. It is the second smallest of a nesting-bowl set which would have had 4 bowls. The smallest and the next size up would have been white with green flowers. In perfect condition it’s the first of this shape that I have. I like it because the handles are like pouring spouts, with one being more narrow than the other, great for mixing and pouring batters and sauces. Or just used as a regular mixing bowl.



I also got a couple more firsts to my collection … these cereal bowls by Corelle, (which is a related company to Pyrex so they shared some vintage patterns). I’ve been on the look out for this style of bowl so was happy to spot them, and happy to see I’d be getting them for $3 total. This pattern was discontinued in the late 80s so these bowls are at least 20 years old.

thrifted-vintage-corelle-cereal bowls

Nick and I have just gotten into drinking tea so these delicate bone china mugs were a good find. Now we’ll be able to drink our brew with elegance and easily know which cup is whose.


I grabbed this tiny stainless steel pitcher because we’re tired of using a messy soya sauce bottle at the table. And while it’s just a small thing, we really like it. There isn’t any dripping at the spout and it’s fun to pour from, although it’s so teeny that you almost have to hold up your little finger to do so.


In amongst a pile of cheap and cheerful plastic dollar store trays and outdoor dining dishes, I spotted this distinctive avocado colour and wondered, ‘Could it be?’ It was. I found a Melmac tray that would have been made no later than the early 70s, making it at least 40 years old. It was a bit grimy but easy to clean, and in like-new condition. I already have a turquoise one (seen here when I made A Beautiful Mess’ Upside-down Cakes), that I got from ebay, which I use it a lot, so this one will surely come in very handy too. I did a little happy jig in my mind when I saw it was only $2.




Over in the textiles area I found this 100% cotton tablecloth. It so nice and heavy and fresh. I already have some tablecloths so I will probably use this beautiful piece of fabric differently. I’m thinking it would make a nice throw blanket/cloth/wrap to bring along to a beach vacation, sort of like a Turkish Towel.


I am big on throw blankets and always have a folded stack in the living room where we watch tv during the fall and winter. This soft and cozy 100% cotton, perfectly worn-in single bed sheet will be a comfy cover for fall garden sitting and winter movie watching.


As for the best find of the trip, I’d go with this tote style leather purse by Roots. At 8 1/2 inches wide it’s an ideal size to carry what I need for a walk and not so large that it would get heavy. It cost $5. I’ve already had this out a couple of times and I just love it.



So that’s what I found. It was $35 for all that, which makes me a happy thrifty shopper.


I do have one regret from this trip. I had a vintage candy dish in my cart that I put back at the last minute. It was shaped like a leaf and appeared to be from the 60s. The colours, green and gold, would have gone just right with my Majolica-Style things (seen here. I decided not to get it though because I don’t really need something like that and lack the shelf/table space to put it. But darn, it was so great looking and I wish I’d picked it up.

Oh well, there is usually at least one regret after any thrifting trip, right?

Thanks for taking a look,
xo loulou