Saturday, June 8, 2013

Thrifting Does the Heart Good

I decided that I couldn't wait any longer. It was Friday and my husband was home and there were garage sales, barn sales and thrift stores just waiting for me to hunt and pick through their things. It has been awhile.

I am still recovering from the hip surgery I had on May 1st. I cannot drive yet because it is my right side and getting in and out of a vehicle is a little trying.

No matter. I was on a mission.

Tucked away in my little town are some of the most fabulous places for vintage finds. The barn sale on Miner Rd. is one of them. It is just outside of town and if I could only go to one sale, that would be it.

It is a huge barn and it is full of stuff. I am so excited about the things I found there. The choices are as eclectic as my taste.

After a wonderful time of thrifting there, it revived my love of the hunt so much that I had enough energy left to stop by the VOA in town for a few more fabulous finds!

I have grown to love all kinds of vintage as you will see in what I chose to take home with me.

For the kiddies, or collectors of toys, I found a 1965 Fisher Price Milk Wagon Pull Toy, a Mattel wooden truck with two drivers marked 1971, a 1965 book collection called The Wonderful Worlds of Disney, and a set of three baby Pluto wooden hangers and a set of two Donald Duck baby wooden hangers from the 1970's.

For your man and/or just in time for Father's Day I found a 1940's - 50's galvanized kerosene can, a 1940's socket set in a rusty green metal box, a red tool or utility box and a tan corduroy magnetic travel Backgammon set.

For the ladies, because it is, after all, our home to decorate....I found a wonderful floral tray with indentations for glasses, a cute pair of porcelain owl bookends, a plate for hanging in the kitchen which says "Kitchen Closed Due to Illness....I Am Sick of Cooking", a deer with a baby fawn porcelain figurine, a pretty enamel floral teapot by M.Kamenstein, and a heavy, green glass bottle.

Here is a close up of that beautiful teapot...

That's not all ladies! I got two hand carved wooden molds, a marble and solid brass stand or compote, and a trinket box and coaster set handset with vintage mini tiles.
One of the most unique items I have found in all my days of thrifting is this next item. It is a collection of Cracker Jack box prizes and gumball machine toys. I'm not sure what I will do with them but I HAD to have them!

I will be cleaning, organizing, researching and listing all of these items in my Etsy shop NaNa's Things over the next week or so. The guys things are already listed since Father's Day is next week!

It feels good to be somewhat back into the swing of things.....doing what I love and having so much fun doing by myself. It is always fun to go with my husband or a girlfriend or two also!

I have my own way of looking for things, and deciding what to buy. I also just go with my instinct sometimes and grab something that looks great. Other times I pass by something great only to go home, research it and have to go back for it, hoping it is still there!

Do you have any tips for thrifting? I am always interested in ways to perfect the hunt!

AnnMarie :)

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No Rules Weekend Blog Party
Raising Imperfection
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Marvelous Mondays
Amaze Me Monday
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday
The Scoop
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 Adorned from Above Blog Hop
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  1. Hi, Ann Marie! I found your lovely blog thanks to the kind comment you left in mine, and I´m following since now too. How many great finds you have here! I simply loved that floral teapot... Let me tell you that this post was particularly interesting for me because I used to be a complete addict to auctions, thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets while I lived in Montevideo; but three months ago my family and I moved to a small town where THERE´S NOTHING LIKE THAT AT ALL... and I´m almost dying of abstinence syndrome! LOL
    I´ll be often around, have a nice week

  2. Aren't you happy you went out? Great finds. My favorites are the red metal box and the galvanized can.

  3. I don't have any tips, but I love it too! We have a great kids boutique about 30 miles away and in our city a great antique mall! Lots of good finds & savings! Hope your hip is healing well! Ouch.

  4. Oh lucky you! What great finds :) I especially like the Backgammon set. My grandpa loves that game and taught it to me years ago. And the tea pot is absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Have a beautiful Sunday.

  5. Great picks, loving that tray, teapot and the metal box. I've been looking for a box like that for ages. But they are quite expensive. I did see a (very kitchy) tray at the local triftshop yesterday, but I didn't buy it. I regret that now!

  6. These are all wonderful. Beautiful treasures.

  7. Hi AnnMarie!! I love vintage, especially toys :) Great finds :)

    Thanks for stopping by and linking up with my party this weekend and for the follows..I'm already a GFC follower of you, but I've returned the BL follow.

    Hope your having a great weekend!


  8. Thrift stores are amazing!! You can find some amazing stuff in them!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  9. Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Mondays at Call Me PMc ~Paula

  10. Such fun to look at all of your vintage finds...makes me want to run out now and look around...and it is only Monday! :)

  11. love those little mosaic tiles. I remember crafting with them in the 50's early 60's. you got some great finds. I go with my instincts too.

  12. Im in love with the vintage milk toy!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  13. Thanks so much for following along with my vintage blog, etc. We seem to have some things in common! I will be back to visit! I have put you in my "Bella Blogs to Read" list.

  14. Hi AnnMarie! Thanks for joining the ECS Cottage Vintage Style Party! Great finds definately have 'vintagitis"
    By the by that mosaic set is from the late 40's early 50's possibly a Woolworth Grandma had a set like that.

  15. AnnMarie,
    you have found some great stuff, love the toys and the cracker jack collection! Thrifting is the best!! Thanks for visiting and following, I'm your newest follower also. Will be back.

  16. Hi AnnMarie! I'm glad you are getting around again, and finding fabulous finds!

  17. I love thrift stores too. In fact, I owned one for 10 years. Thanks for coming by and partying with us at Fluster Buster's Creative Muster.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  18. Great finds! I think I had that Fisher-Price truck when I was little, maybe...
    Drooling over that green bottle!

  19. Back on the horse, AM. Proud of you. Excellent haul, too

  20. Congratulations for getting out after your surgery. It looks as though you had a banner day! Those wooden molds are a fabulous find. I have long wanted one of those. Very nice haul here!

  21. Such fun items! Beware the woman on a mission when she goes a-thrifting... :)

  22. I just started to enjoy thrifting. My daughter asked me for 2 years and I finally agreed to go with her.Oh my its addicting.
    Great finds:)

  23. I just started thrifting myself! Great shopping therapy where it doesn't hurt the pocket! Went yesterday and found some wonderful purses :). Thanks for sharing with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party!

    The Wondering Brain

  24. I love that tea pot! Great finds!!

  25. Hi...and thanks so much for coming over and following along with me. I am now following you right back and enjoying looking at your pretty blog.
    I love all the treasures you've found...especially the tea kettle.:)

  26. Hello. I wish you get better soon after your hip operation.
    And I see some lovely finds I would love to grab for myself....:)
    I've never been to any garage sale before. I really admire that solid brass stand. Looks very unusual.
    Best wishes

  27. It looks like you found some amazing treasures-I agree it was worth all the effort!

    Thank you for linking up to Say G'Day Saturday. This weekend's party has just started so I hope you can join in again!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  28. Such fun, you found some great treasures!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...


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