Posted on | March 19, 2012 | 4 Comments
I’m not a “thrifter.” I’m really terrible at digging through piles of things to get to the good things, and I always leave thrift stores in a huff and exclaiming that I have no idea why anyone would want to waste their time. I think I may have even called people who brag about their thrifty finds, “liars” at some point.
Sorry about that.
But this weekend, I turned a new leaf. Taylor and I planned on going to some yard sales on Saturday, but when both the boys were still asleep at 7:30AM, we figured we missed all the good stuff (as true yard sale junkies get there extra early to get the good stuff), and we knew by the time we were out the door it would be at least 9:00. So, we decided to hit a few thrift stores in the area. I went thrifting with just the boys last week and all I got was a lousy coffee mug and a boycotted nap, so I was feeling a bit disenchanted. But if you live in the Richmond area, you’re probably aware of the plethora of thrift stores. We decided to hit the local Goodwill and a place called Family Thrift down on Midlothian Boulevard.
At the Goodwill, I immediately found a set of vintage strawberry ceramic canisters.
I was particularly excited about these because I ordered a set last week, and my mail lady (or someone along the line) smashed them. Tragic. So to find a mint set for $15 (which admittedly, was a bit pricey but still way cheaper than anything I’ve found online) was exciting. I plan to put them on our counter and fill them with flour, sugar, and maybe salt? Sitting next to them was this hilarious cookie jar.
It’s not just a “cookie jar.” It’s “Cookie’s jar” which I find charming and adorable. It’s probably a mistake because it was made in Japan, so I’d imagine it was a gramatical error that wasn’t caught until it hit the states. It’s a bit much for our counter, but I think I’ll keep it in our pantry and fill it with cookies for the boys treats after dinner. Taylor liked it, so I thought anything the man picks up something he likes, I should probably jump on it.
After Goodwill, we got in the car to head Family Thrift. If you’ve ever been there, you will know, this place is a mad house. It looked like Black Friday at Target. It was unreal how many people were there, and after a few minutes hunting around, I realized why. lt was packed with awesomeness. Tons of furniture in great condition. Racks upon racks of clothes. A full wall of books. And a HUGE kitchwares section. I made a bee-line to the kitchenwares in search of some of my beloved Pyrex.
When I saw the stacks of Pyrex sitting shoved behind old dishes, I almost fainted. I made eye contact with Taylor and looked down at my measly hand basket. He laughed and said, “I guess I need to get a cart?”
You got it, babe.
I stood over the treasure, staring down any old ladies who came into my vacinity, and waited impatiently for my cart. When it arrived, I immediately scooped up all the Pyrex and rushed it to the counter. When I arrived at the counter, I decided to discard a couple of casserole dishes that were missing lids. I kicked myself when we got home, but I felt like I may be going overboard otherwise. Here are the lovelies I snatched up before anyone else could grab them:
Two Cinderella bowls from the “Early American” pattern. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the bronze on them is almost perfect.
The larger of two bowls is actually Glasbake. It’s really nice, but not what I am collecting. Rookie mistake. I got too excited, but I’m still happy to have it. The smaller of the two is a lovely, primary color Pyrex mixing bowl. It’s a matte instead of shiny finish which is kind of odd. I’m not sure when it was made.
I found this sweet, little Butterfly Gold dish. For under $2.00, I didn’t really care that it didn’t have the matching creamer with it, but I will be on the look out for it!
Isn’t this yellow Daisy bowl just lovely and happy?
These bowls are particularly special to me. I clearly remember my dad giving me popcorn in a bowl in this pattern during every movie night of my youth. It’s the “Shenandoah” pattern, and I think that it’s darling. For just $10.00 for a set of three Cinderella bowls, I couldn’t pass them up. That’s the cool thing about Pyrex…it brings back memories of mama’s and grandmama’s cooking, childhood get-togethers, and holidays. I love it.
My pride and joy…I almost passed up this red casserole dish. But then, because it had a lid, I thought, “Well, it’s probably going to look cute around the holidays. Why not?” I grabbed it for $4.00. Since I didn’t recognize the pattern, I Googled it when I got home. Turns out? It’s a promotional holiday piece made very briefly in the ’60s and is one of the most rare patterns of Pyrex. Who knew? Some of them are going for $50.00 a piece on Ebay. Hot damn, y’all. The little Snowflake pattern casserole dish was just too cute to pass.
Finally, I found some Shenandoah nesting bowls behind the counter of the “Unique Boutique” in thrift store. Apparently they keep “Fine China” there. They wanted $24.00 for them, which was hilarious to me. I asked if he would take $10.00. He said sure, and they were mine, all mine.
I made it safely home with all of my pretties, gave them a nice, long bath in a hot tub of Dawn, and they shined up like almost new. I have found a brand new love of thrifting. For less than $40.00, I have a great, little starter collection of Pyrex that would have cost me well over $150.00 if I found them online. I doubt I’ll have this kind of luck all the time, but it was fun to sort, find, and get an adrenaline rush without a huge financial cost.
Do any of you thrift/yardsale/estate sale hunt? Any suggestions or tips for a newbie like me?