Hi everyone! My sweet husband and I shopped a Salvation Army and a Goodwill this past Saturday and made some fantastic vintage finds. Every now and again I hit the thrift stores at just the right time. You know what I mean, right? Of course you do because you are all thrifting, garage saling, flea marketing queens, right?!! Some days are phenomenal, others, well, not so much. In any event, we had some vintage shopping fun and here are the results…
I fall more in love with this romantic landscape every time I look at it. Is it just me? The muted greens and blues are riveting (cost: $5.99, value: $75-100.00) Signed by the artist: Marguerite Rigalosi.
Henry William Putnam, of nearby Bennington, VT, invented the “Lightning” canning jar, with a glass lid and wire bale, in 1882. It solved the problem of canned foods tasting like metal due to its contact with the metal lids found on Mason jars. On the bottom of this example you find “Putnam 38” embossed, a reference, of course to the maker. Some have speculated that “white lightening” (bootlegged whiskey) derived its name from these jars, in which perhaps the bootleggers stored their precious drink (cost: $1.00, value: $15-20.00).
I found another butter pat, after just a couple of weeks ago finding a pretty set of three (available here). This one, made by Royal Copenhagen of Denmark has a lovely basket weave edge (cost: $1.00, value: $4-6.00).
Here you see the mark with all the numbers, presumably referencing dates and artists.
On the shelf next to it, I found this matching cup (cost: $1.00, value: $3-5.00).
I snatched up this white mugs for a craft I have in mind (cost: 99¢ each).
Ditto this plate with the convenient hole for hanging (99¢).
I made several Christmas dioramas last year and sold them at the Shaker Christmas craft fair. I’ve seen a number of bloggers create darling dioramas “under glass.” I especially liked this one because it’s small and the glass is rounder than others I’ve seen (cost: $1.99).
Another piece of art, from Salvation Army, like the previous landscape. This one a well-executed water color by a former art teacher, Doris Wilbur, who lives near the Finger Lakes (NY). It’s quite large and would be a great farmhouse accent piece (cost: $5.99, value: $45-55.00). I’m planning to paint the frame–black? red?
I have one small boxwood wreath that I picked up on sale at Target a little over a year ago–$20.00 for a 10″ size. On Saturday, up on the top shelf at Goodwill, I discovered this 24″ boxwood, priced at $22.99. I asked my husband if I could buy it for my birthday (It’s right around the corner!). He said yes, of course. When I reached the checkout, I noticed a bald spot and asked the cashier could he do anything for me. Sure, he said, how about $11.99?
Damn straight. Yes sir, I replied–ring it up! It’s SO large, I’m struggling to find the right spot for it. Don’t you think it’s too big for this mirror? Or is it just me because the wreath I had hanging here before was so small?
Another Goodwill find, these plump little birds remind me of English robins, which unlike American robins, are small and chubby, rather more like chickadees than ours which are much larger (cost: $2.99 for both, value: $10-12.00 for the pair). I’ll be decorating with these for at least a little while.
Interesting metal discs (cost: 50¢), possibly for a future project.
Three pieces I recently gave my rust treatment that came from a $7.00 box 0’crud I picked up last summer: (1) wrought iron soldering something-or-other (value: $12-15.00?), (2) embossed cast iron hook (value: $8-10.00), (3) cast iron stove plate lifter (value: $5-8.00).
A toy hammer (cost: 50¢, value: $5-6.00) and an adult hammer (cost: 50¢, value: $5-6.00). I’ll give the handles a dry wood treatment.
Final Find: An paper-y, metal-y bin with a great industrial vibe (cost: $1.00, value: $10.00). I’m thinking about stenciling some numbers or maybe our surname on the other side. What do you think?
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