Monday, November 12, 2012

Thrifting at mom's house again


Last week, I talked about thrifting with my sister while visiting my parents in their small town. Besides the goodies I got at local thrift shops, I also came away with more vintage stuff from my mom.

But, first I want to show you some of the cool things my parents own that I haven't taken home...yet. 

My mom isn't going to be too happy to see the cobwebs in the photo, above, but the collection is up by the (high) ceiling and I didn't feel like dusting all these objects. My parents live by the lake, which means lots of spiders! This is just a part of my dad's collection of beer steins, etc. My favourite item is that little guy who pours shots. He actually moves. I loved it when I was a kid.


My mom will not part with this owl paperweight, made in Italy of alabaster. If she did, she would have a problem, because my sister wants it too! What is it about owls that makes them so fascinating?



Something else I loved when I was a kid is this pencil sharpener. It was mounted on the wall in our rec room.  My dad has it mounted on the wall in their basement now. When my dad was in the hospital, I bought him a bunch of pencils, because he likes to do crossword puzzles. I knew my daughter would get a kick out of this pencil sharpener like I used to, so I asked her to sharpen all of grampy's pencils. Some of them were sharpened down to about half the size, but she had a good time!



I did come home with this set of Jürgel-Pulsnitz plates. I had never seen them before. My mom offered them to me, and I think the little guys are perfect for our sushi soy sauce.

I also took home a few more vintage glass serving dishes:






Doesn't that last one have a lovely shape?



On a trip to my parents' basement, I found a couple of pieces of this vintage fabric.



I thought I might make some dresses for my little chick's Maplelea (Canadian Girl) dolls. Let's be clear, I don't sew. But, I figure if I'm going to learn at all, it's better to start with a doll's dress than a human's dress. I found this free dress pattern, with a video that clearly explains how to do it. This will make a wonderful Christmas gift if I can get my butt in gear. Stay tuned. My daughter has been asking for doll clothes, but I think they are too expensive to buy!

I'll be back tomorrow with some pictures from my parents' house on the lake.


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25 comments:

  1. That pencil sharpener looks just like what we had in school.

    And, I hate to say it, but I had a tin bar guy too, my grandfather won it on a punch board and gave it to me, I just liked to watch him. Not really an appropriate toy for a young girl!! My parents kept just about everything but not that.... Too bad...

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    1. That's so funny you had the bar guy! We seem to have had a lot of the same stuff! :)

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  2. Love this Post :)
    The Pencil Sharpener and the Set of Jürgel-Pulsnitz Plates are my Favorites!

    kisses

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  3. Love the drinking buddy, and the owl, hell, everything :) And the pencil sharpener really brings back nostalgia of going to the front of a quiet class to use that loud think for my pencil. Ah, them's were the days...

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    1. Owls are awesome, aren't they? Oh yes, the pencil sharpener at the front of the class. I forgot about that! So funny!

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  4. Your parents should open a thrift store! :)

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    1. They would never do that, but my mom does want me to sell some of her vintage clothes. Add it to the to-do list...

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  5. Great things! I love the owl. You got some great things. Love the little plates. We have a collection of tiny plates (butter pat plates) that we use all the time for so many things! Sewing doll dresses sounds like a great way to start sewing. You can do it!

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I hope I can do it. ;)

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  6. Wow, it's an endless treasure trove over at your mom's. The owl is awesome- I'd fight for that one :)

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    1. It seems that way, doesn't it? But I think I have just about picked them dry!

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  7. Love the finds, as always!! Can't wait to see the dolly dress!!

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    1. Oh, I do hope I actually do it, and can show it to you. :)

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  8. I would love for you to share this (or any of your other great ideas) at the link party going on through tomorrow night at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

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  9. My parents have a similar pencil sharpener, too! I love the snowflake set :) Good luck with the sewing!

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    1. Thanks Ruthie. I tell people about the sewing so that I am forced to do it. ;)

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  10. I LOOOOVE those old pencil sharpeners, too! My old office was in an old university building that had several of these mounted in the hallways. I was always tempted to unscrew one from the wall and take it home (no one had used them in YEARS), but I figured people would think I was crazy! :) That owl is fabulous, too....

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    1. I would have been tempted to take one too Heather. But, yes, other people would think you were crazy. Those sharpeners just keep on working though, not like the crap you get at the dollar store!

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  11. Love all of this fun stuff :)

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  12. So fun! I wish my parents had neat vintagey stuff in their basement, but I think it's mostly packed with beat-up kids' toys from the 80's, ha. What's the history behind those plates?

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    1. I'm not really sure about the plates. I guess they were made in Germany. My mom picked them up at a garage sale I believe. She must have kept them boxed up because I don't remember seeing them. :)

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  13. I would also be in the fight for the owl too- what a cool piece :) it is always so fun to find these old items in our parents homes, isnt it? found you through two yellow birds decor blog hop!

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