Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Thrift Finds

Friday always seems to be the best day for thrifting.

My local VOA (Volunteers of America) is having a 50% off sale today and I took full advantage! The sale was supposed to be on Wednesday but that is when our northeast snowstorm hit. So happy they decided to offer a "rain check" for today. The temps here today are supposed to reach 48 degrees. But wait 5 minutes and that could change too!

I scan all the houseware shelves several times and I usually find the best things on the second or third time through. The red box is a recipe box and the little tray has strawberries and flowers on it. The nesting hen covered dish is from Japan and I can't find another one exactly like it online anywhere. The Avon mint green milk glass pitcher is from the 1970's and held bubble bath.

The basket in the background tugged at my heart when I first found it. It is very similar to my Easter basket growing up but is much larger without the handle. I am temporarily using my Easter basket in my bunny vignette until Easter. Then my husband will take it and fill it with lots of candy and goodies (hopefully some of those Cadbury mini eggs!).

I am tempted to keep this larger one for my knitting. Isn't it perfect? Those are two of the three prayer shawls I have going right now.

I thought this chalkboard sign was cute and reminiscent of what I would have had at my house for my babysitters. Mine hung on the fridge. This is a heavy metal piece with green chalk paint on the front. It struck me funny that the first line is "Our name is....."! Shouldn't you know the names of the people you are babysitting for before you get there??!! I guess I probably hired a babysitter like that once too!

Just  can't get enough of colored Pyrex baking dishes. With Spring on the mind daily, I thought these shades of yellow and lime green were perfect for cooking and baking on a dreary, still winter, day.

I also couldn't resist the yellow Tupperware coffee canister, found with coffee still in it! It needs to be cleaned up and it will be in perfect condition!

The coffee canister is sitting on a wooden lazy susan, which also brings back memories of my Uncle Sam and Aunt Jenny's cottage at the Thousand Islands. I always remember the lazy susan in the middle of the kitchen table with lots of kitchen stuff and goodies on it. Those are porcelain liquor bottle tags and one metal one. They are made in Japan.

I just loved this cobalt blue laquerware paper and pen holder. It has a ship on the front and is from the 1970's. A nice manly gift.

These are just really cool wooden knife holders. One has a folk art Scandinavian look couple on it and the other has a great rooster. They date from the 1930's - 1960's. 

I couldn't pass up the kitty with the milk bottle. So cute! And the three coasters are made from a stone like material with vintage pictures of dogs.

I regret that I don't have a picture of one of the most fabulous items I found today. My SD card decided NOT to go back in the camera no matter how I try. The picture of the tray is on my camera's memory and I have no way of transferring it to my computer...ugh! Anyways it is a huge, vintage, red metal tray with a rooster in the middle. Very 1950's/1960's looking. It hurts not to be able to post it but I decided I must go on with my post anyways so that I could link up with all the great Friday blog hop parties (and a Thursday one)!

All of these items will make it to my Etsy shop soon, or when I get my camera to work so I can take pictures of each one for the listings! 

Minus the ones I can't part with.....

AnnMarie xo

I am linking up with these great blog hop parties:


  1. Hi Ann Marie - I had a little hen dish like yours when I was a kid - long gone now - wish I still had it. Hope you're staying warm. We're freezing here in CT. Still knitting on my sweater. It will probably be too warm by the time it's finished! Trying to get the hang of this linking thing. Not sure why - I'm not selling anything :) Take care!

  2. I love the wooden knife holders.
    Great finds. :-)

  3. Nice haul!!
    My daughter has started collecting the vintage pyrex
    Have a great weekend.

  4. You found some really great things! I love the little rooster and, would you believe, I used to have that very green Avon piece and I gave it away years ago? Seeing it on your post makes me wish I had held on to it.

    I found some wonderful things on Tuesday that I posted about. It was one of those really good days for me, too!

    Have a beautiful weekend!

  5. Oh I do so love thrifty things. I have found a great place to find things. So far I have been there twice and both times I came home with a whole bunch of stuff. I originally was getting the things for garden projects but found a bunch of plates. your finds. I will be back to check out what else you find

  6. My favorites are the vintage wooden knife holders. You can show us that tray later. Many wonderful finds!

  7. Hello Ann Marie... and thanks so much for your visit and kind comment about my crafts room!... love all of your vintage finds, especially the little nesting hen... xoxo Julie Marie

  8. Fun vintage finds-especially the basket!

  9. You really did find some great items Ann Marie. I remember that Avon bubble bath and I think my sister had that yellow coffee canister. Love the babysitting chalkboard and the green Pyrex will be so fun for Spring.

  10. Such lovely finds. I have one of those chicken dishes. It was my moms. I treasure it. Have a great week.

  11. Great finds! I love the coasters with the beagles....& the pen & paper holder is really neat. Thanks for always sharing - it's such fun to read & see! xoxoxo AntiqueShopGirl

  12. Ooh yummy stuff! If I came to America I'd spend all my time in thrift stores. I'm told that some are supermarket sized! Soo exciting!

  13. Wow, you really scored, such fun vintage treasures. My favorites are the chalkboard, Pyrex, and the nesting hen dish. Hope you're able to get your camera card to cooperate soon:-)

  14. Great finds! Love the hen on a nest and the kitty is so cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  15. Cool stuff! I haven't ever seen that color of pyrex before. Thanks so much for sharing this at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

  16. I've never seen anything like those wooden knife holders before.
    I love your rug with the bunny on it in your Easter decoration - did you make that?

  17. Great finds, thanks for sharing!

  18. Lovely finds! I agree the kitty with the milk bottle is adorable.

  19. You made a good haul. Do you go to the VOA on Rte.31? I've never been in that one, though tempted to, many time. They seem to be coming out of the woodworks lately. Have one near me in Country Club plaza, one on 5 Mile Line Rd. and one across from Webster Plaza.

  20. The basket you show with your knitting supplies is just great! I could put it to good use at my house ;)!

  21. Great finds! I love the cheerful yellow of the pyrex bowls!!!
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique
    Happy Spring!!

  22. Great treasures! I have the Avon glass green pitcher minus the stopper. I found it a garage sale. I didn't know it held bubble bath and it was that old...interesting! TFS

  23. Wow! Those are some really great finds! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  24. Hi AnnMarie! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet, sympathetic comment on my lost Ebay horse auction :( I love the red hen dish! I think it's my favorite of your finds. Looking forward to seeing more of your blog, I think we might be kindred spirits :)

  25. I have several pieces of the green Pyrex too and love the colors, they are delightful. And I have the set of four of the yellow cannisters too. The recipe box is awesome!


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