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Monday, May 5, 2014

Thrifty Finds

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Despite visiting a couple of thrift stores and an antique market in the last week or so, I haven't purchased any thrifty finds lately. I'm trying to be super picky about what I add to the chaos of this home. It is spring and all that. I should be purging rather than buying. Or purging and THEN buying!

I did add to my Pyrex collection though, via a gift from my mother. That brings my Pyrex pieces up to three. Ha. There's nobody like a mom. I told my mom that Pyrex has become hard to get, so she stopped by the thrift store in her town to check for it. This Homestead pattern covered casserole had a sticker on it that appeared to say $8. Mom wasn't about to pay that. But it was half price day. And, it turns out the sticker was meant to say $3, so she got this dish, complete with lid, for $1.50. Nice work Mom! Now here's a little peek at the stuff I didn't buy these last couple of weeks.



The kids and I went to the Prudhommes Antique Market two weekends ago. I love the lakeside location and all the little cabins.


My daughter admired this lovely blue bicycle, complete with basket. But it was rusty and priced at over $100. I think we are going to go with a brand new bike, given that she and her brother and her dad like to hit the trails often in summer.


I snapped a picture of this vintage cast iron kettle, evocative of another era.


My husband and I stopped at a thrift store in Barrie, Ontario last week. A few days earlier, I had been talking about wanting a vintage typewriter, mostly as a photo prop. But I really don't know anything about them, so when I spotted this Underwood model for $45 I had no idea if it was a good deal.


The store was also selling these vintage canning jars, for $5 each. Seems pricey to me. Luckily my mom gave me a whole bunch of these. I do love the way they look in the pantry cupboard - so much nicer than the new jars.

Did you pass up any potential thrifty finds recently?


Linking up with:

a living space
Sir Thrift A Lot
Thrifter/Maker/Fixer/Farm
The Thrifty Groove

18 comments:

  1. Love all this gorgeous Pieces :) ,especially the blue bicycle looks really cute <3

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks. I would like a bike like that myself! :)

      Jo

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  2. Oooooh love the finds :) I have 3 pyrex mixing bowls that are my absolute favorites - they are superior in quality, that is for sure!

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    1. It's great that you have some beloved kitchen items like that. Makes baking/cooking more fun, doesn't it? :)

      Jo

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  3. I love Pyrex, and actually use it all the time for leftovers, etc. But I never see it in the thrift stores anymore. At least not for any reasonable price!

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    1. So your area seems to be the same as ours in terms of Pyrex. Maybe it's urban areas that are picked over?

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  4. I find photographing finds a nice substitute for buying-- our house is so tiny I have to be careful about, as you said, what gets added to the chaos! Nice treasure hunting finds!!

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    1. Yes, the photographs bring me some satisfaction. I'd rather buy, but there it is. ;)

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  5. Thanks for sharing your thrifty adventures. I'm trying to limit my purchases as our apartment is getting kind of full so it's fun to read about what you saw.

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    1. Ah yes, when we had an apartment it was super full too! Now we have filled a whole house!

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  6. They say that if you have three pieces of something, you have a collection - looks like you're on your way! Hah!!!

    I must tell you - in the past couple of weeks, I've seen the coffee pot that goes with the flower power mugs!!!! Have you ever seen it??

    I used to see the old jars at the thrifts all the time, that's where I bought what I have, now, there's nothing!!!!

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    1. I'm sure I won't be able to resist new pieces now Jill. ;)

      No I haven't seen the coffee pot, but I don't go to many sales - only thrift shops.

      Yes, the old jars are harder to come by too. :( I think my mom got the whole box of 'em at an auction or something.

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  7. Nice Pyrex Dish your mom found! I just found a refrigerator dish that goes with your other blue one there, the Butterprint pattern. But I don't collect that particular pattern so gave it to a friend, who was absolutely delighted to have her first piece of a vintage Pyrex collection. I actually have good luck with Pyrex at the thrift store I go to ... so much so that the dedicated cupboard for it is jam packed and I have to begin being really careful about what I add to it!

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    1. Good for you! The Butterprint is so pretty! And kind of you to give it to a friend. :)

      I'll have to visit your thrift store! :)

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  8. Ha! Good stuff that you didn't buy! And what a good mama getting you some Pyrex. There is Pyrex coming out my ears around the thrifts here- you should come visit!!

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    1. I definitely should!! Travel in search of Pyrex... ;)

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  9. Moms are the best at finding deals ;) I don't know much about typewriters either, but $45 doesn't sound tooooo bad? I agree with you on the bike & the jars though. I have a ton of canning jars from my mom too, and I like the way the bottoms have the dates on them. Wendy x

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    1. I looked a bit online and it seems a fair price. I was a bit hesitant about how much room it would take up too though. Yes, the old jars are great! Jo

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