Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Found Treasures for Vintage Thingie Thursday

Good Morning all. Today is Vintage Thingie Thursday, once again brought to you by our fabulous hostess, Suzanne@The Colorado Lady. (click here to visit). Before we even start the party, you have to see the photos Suzanne posted today of her Vintage Theme Bridal Shower. They are fabulous, and I am shamelessly going to copy all her ideas.

Today I have a few Goodwill and church sale finds that made me rather happy this week. After all, it is about the hunt and the found treasure is a bonus.

The two cups in the back came from a recent church rummage sale for a $.10 apiece. The one in the front is from Goodwill for $.99. I love that the design is also inside the cup. The design is the same on all three cups; however, the execution of the cups is different.

All three are stamped made in Japan. The two from the church sale are thicker than the other piece, with different handles. I have no proper place to display my blue & white collection; but I can't say no to Blue Willow or the Flying Turkey Design.

PYREX, apparently I can't say no to that either. This divided casserole dish followed me home Sunday from the new Goodwill store ($2.99). The photo does not do the colors justice, the flowers are gold leaf on a cream background. Although it is missing it's lid, the gold leaf is in pristine shape. The pattern is called Dandelion Duet (also known as Thistle) and was part of the Promotional Cinderella Divided Dish Series 963 in Spring 1959.

There were 4 other Pyrex pieces at the store. Two of which were 50% off being the color of the week. The 2 not on sale dishes were marked $3.99 and $2.99. At first I had them in my cart until closer inspection showed unacceptable cracks and major chips along the handles. This brings me to a small complaint about Goodwill. Their employees are given certain names to look for in both housewares and in clothing. For dishes, Pyrex is one of those names to watch for in pricing. I can appreciate that; however, I don't care if it is Pyrex, if it is broken, you get $.50 only. Last night I was at the store again and found another casserole dish, that the entire design had been rubbed off, for $3.99! Yes it still served a function, you could cook in it, but otherwise would have to be hidden in the cupboard. I want both form and function with my purchases, please.

I actually passed on the 2 sale pieces. They were in great shape but had been priced really, really high to begin with. Knowing that I would be reselling them, it just didn't leave me room for a mark up.

I saw this little chicken in a basket at Goodwill. It was $1.99. The two pieces had been taped together, around and around and around .... so I could not easily unwrap it to see what was inside. I decided to take the chance and purchase it. I suspected it was Made in Japan but there were no markings on the outside.

This is what I discovered when I got home. Egg salt n' pepper set with the Japan label. You have to admit, what vintage table couldn't use a chicken-in-a-basket with salt n' pepper eggs?

I have shown several of my turquoise dishes. I have always loved that color, especially paired with yellow. In fact, I was reading that turquoise has replaced the pink/brown combo of last year's must have colors. In this photo you will see 2 glass trays. The large circle was purchased at a Goodwill several years ago, the rectangular matching tray, last week at Goodwill for $1.99! I almost danced in the aisle when I found it, buried underneath a stack of newer plates.

These are my Vintage Treasures for today. Please be sure to stop by and visit Suzanne and see what everyone else is bringing to the party.

Have a lovely day.


Linda said...

Sherrie you have some wonderful finds this week. I know what you mean about the Pyrex prices no matter what the condition. There is one mixing bowl at a thrift I go to weekly, it is marked $3.99 and even at half price it is too much for the condition. AWFUl...that said I love your pretty trays! You did good girlfriend! Oh and I am in love with the chicken and the eggs!

salmagundi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I loved your comment about dolls losing their underwear. I have more than one doll without underwear. Do you suppose I had potty training issues at the time? Great finds this week for you. The chicken and eggs are wonderful. I'm with you as it seems my Goodwill prices somethings so high without consideration of condition. Have a great weekend. Sally

Postcardy said...

I was talking to someone this week who said she wouldn't give anything to Goodwill because they throw all the donations in a big pile where they are likely to get broken.

P. said...

So many cool things to see here! Of course, I love the Pyrex. The turquoise and yellow combo plates are great, but my favorite is the chicken in a basket with the surprise inside. Great finds!

Diann said...

What a fun haul! Love the Pyrex and those turquoise dishes are just awesome! And of course you can't go wrong with the blue and white cups!!

Coloradolady said...

What fun finds this week! I love the chicken and s&p shaker, so so cute!!! Have a great VTT!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

SCORE! Great finds!! Love the glass trays with the turquoise. Lovely pyrex too

CC said...

Great did well. I find at one Goodwill store,the prices for Pyrex are lots higher than the antique shops..and lots of times have some of the design rubbed off.
I found 1 large bowl for $12.99 and a week later marked down a bit..but still,way too much. I do love the hunt though..

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

ALL great finds! I am partial to that little chicken with the eggs though :)



Gee! I'm crazy for Blue Willow, or just about any transferware...these cups are amazing, and the prices WOW! Thanks for sharing your wonderful finds! ~ Angela

GardenofDaisies said...

I really like your floral glass trays! Those are so pretty!!


Hi Sherry, Wow, so many wonderful things. I love your turquoise and yellow plates and the cute chicken. I can picture you doing a happy dance in the store when you found your plate!
Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comment on my Vintage Thingies Thursday...Rose Centerpiece!

bj said...

There's just not anything a whole lot better than coming home from a day of thrifting and lunching with a friend and bringing in LOTS of found treasures. This is MY KIND OF DAY!!
I am your newest follower...and thanks for coming by to see me..

Ann said...

Love all the blue cups. The little chicken is so cute. I love finding good buys. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good weekend.

~~Carol~~ said...

What a great surprise that chicken in a basket was! You've got a real treasure there. And those glass plates are just beautiful. I don't know how you do it, but you always find great things at Goodwill!
Happy VTT!

Teresa~ Gardening with Soule said...

I absolutely love those last two plates. Just gorgeous and what a deal. Don't you love it when you come across something that matches what you already have. It's like lightening striking twice at the same place. Fun stuff.

Ann said...

Sherrie~It has been a wild and crazy week for me and I'm a little behind with checking all my favorite blogs...sorry. BUT, I'm here now and letting you know that I am in love with that chicken salt and pepper set!!! How a great deal and how adorable. Yes, any table would look good with that sitting in the middle of it.
Also, I like your new mosaic picture title. Very nice, very nice indeed!
Have a wonderful weekend,
The Tattered Tassel

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Sherrie, You had found some great goodies. Thanks for stopping by...Julian

rose said...

My favorite thing to do is to go to antique shops abd thrift stores. You do come across some great pieces. Have a good day.

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Nishant said...

You did good girlfriend! Oh and I am in love with the chicken and the eggs!
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