I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Out and About ~ Thrift Shop Moved Again...

...Far far away!

Hi guys! Late summer thrifting and other shopping adventures to share today. About a month ago I finally dragged my friend Elle to the thrift shop with her daughter's discarded clothes, and what did we find!? Emptiness, nothing there except a few dusty shelves. This tiny Easter basket of chickies was the last thing there, on the afternoon of the final day. I hope someone bought them, I am sad that I didn't bother. Lookit those little eyes and smiles!

Signs said Moving to???. I figured we would never ever go there. It was far when it moved a few years ago. Now even further, way further. L and I sadly drove home, with a makes-up-for-it stop on the way [more later.] However it seems my friend B is an intrepid thrifter and when she visited a few weeks later she was perfectly happy to pilot her little Toyota, via iPhone Maps, to the new location.

I thought it looked like it once was a car dealer. Huge. Jam packed with nothing I'd ever want. Cement floors that made me so tired. Musty and cold.

When we finished B asked my opinion and I said, "A one or 2 out of ten." (I really was exhausted.) She always finds good clothes so she gave it an 8 and said it was well worth the drive.

Hmmm. Now that I am showing the photos of my finds I think I was overly critical, I got great stuff.

Beautiful autumn scarf that I guess I bought only because it goes so well with the yellowware bowl. How silly is that.

Not sure how I'll use it, I don't wear camel...maybe with grey or rose? Good colors for me, even if rarely worn by me. 4.oo

The yellowware bowl. You all know I have never not bought a found 2 dollar bowl, lol. It's in perfect condition, medium smallish.

Not entirely sure it is vintage, the bottom looks very new and pristine. [thoughts?]

Sweet little crescent dish for my etsy shop's sewing section. I add a magnet to the base. It's very small for a bone dish, perhaps is meant for tea bags? But it is big enough to hold your thimble, needle, and embroidery scissors.

I was surprised that it is English, I thought German or Austrian, c. 1900: its name is Dorothy, so sweet.

A deck of cards from France. Never opened or used. I mostly bought it for the flower paintings, though I recently realized all the card decks in my hurricane toy chest are missing cards.

The names of the face cards are of course in French and a smidge distracting, but the suits seem fine. V for jacks, villains?; R or Roi for the King, D for the Queen, Dame?

Aren't they pretty! $1.oo

A very useful Depression glass green lemon twister or juicer.

Not the top of a measuring cup but meant to be used as is and with the narrow reamer point for lemons. I use lemons a lot when a recipe calls for wine and I am out or serving to children, so I'll use it a lot. 1.oo [repro?].

And though I am not buying too many Mason jars just now, I did fall for this interesting foreign jar.

I don't know if it is old, it has the circle blobs on the neck to hold a bail or wire closure, but it's very crisp and shiny.

 I thought for some reason the words were Polish but no, Spanish, of sorts. I loved the rising Sun at the bottom ...but it kinda gives me the creeps, like maybe it held a Santeria candle at one time? The words seem  mean Crystalware or glassware; "Praise the Dawn''; and ''Erde'', or Earth [Goddess of] so the motif is the rising Earth, not the sun, I suppose. There is  no trace of old wax, so it's a mystery. 1.00.


Meanwhile, back to the previous thrifting trip. Hobby Lobby has opened a new closer shop near the defunct thrift shop, so L and I consoled ourselves by stopping in.

I make no judgments about HL corporate policies and my blog is not a political or moral soapbox---I was just being a tourist, right or wrong. I do admire their wares and yarns and enjoyed the bright new store. I love their Farmhouse line of metal ware! It was hard to choose one piece.


Then there were the final days of the summer church flea. Note the huge ceramic white elephant, at the white elephant sale! I hope the ladies keep him!

I really liked this ribbon and thread display cabinet. It was marked c.1900, store display.  But also $55.oo! And big.

If you look closely you can see the slots for ribbons and spindles for threads, glassed center section is slotted for thread, under lock and key. I think the key was still there.

Worth the $55.oo if one had a place for it.
You'll recall the hand painted Rice canister. That day we also sorted through the electronics and found 3! cords for my Postal Scale. We had tried Staples and were told the type of USB cord is no longer made, the stoner kid said, ''Uh,yuh, like maybe a 1990 Samsung phone charger cord."  Yeesh.

So thrifting can be very good and helpful besides being fun with the thrill of the hint.

The church ladies end the year with a big under the tent flea, but I missed that. It is held during their San Gennaro Festival and there is nowhere to park because the tent is in the parking lot! And the rec hall is filled with folks happily gobbling eggplant parm and zeppoli. And then too---pouring rain!
Maybe next year...
Of course good finds are not just at the thrift and flea. From Ace Hardware, very cool, well, coolers. I love the melon pink one!

And a great inventive beach cart that turns into a table, lol. [No Mel, these wheels aren't good for my deep sand, but I still thought it'd be cool, my little sewing table! If it got balloon wheels?]

Last, who knew? A beautiful taupe scarf challis and lace, from CVS.

And coming up in October my neighborhood HOA is doing a white elephant sale and auction! Sadly I have a medical treatment the previous day and cannot attend; I'll have to find someone to go for me, after I peek in the week before.

"uh-uh, not me, mommy!''

Ya never know!

Have a good weekend.



gone to the beach....

Hint: If your dog [or cat] uses the topical drops for anti tick/ flea/ mosquitoes, and you hate the oily mess...put a child's tee shirt on the pet for a few hours. I much prefer the oral doses but Mo vomits them up. [Yes he really is supposed to have neck rolls,lol.]


  1. Some fun finds - I especially like the color of the green juicer, so fun! You should try Google Translate to see what the jar actually says - it's probably a brand name, like Kerr or Ball is in the US. Maybe even a candy brand/candy jar. I'm curious to find out, lol.

    Nice tip about the t-shirts and the topical flea treatment. I don't normally use because my cats are spoiled house-dwellers and don't get fleas, but I did use some from the vet a few times ($$ OMG!) but it worked to kill ear mites, too, and it wasn't oily.

    Thanks for sharing! I don't have the patience to go to thrift shops, but I love seeing what you find!

    1. Hi! The vet treatment is more sticky, than oily I guess. But it is toxic and gets on everything, including my hands then I rub my nose or eyes. This way the teeshirt adsorbs it. And it is a whopping 50.oo for a three month dose. But fleas are worse.

      The words on the jar: big across the top:
      Cristaleria [trans to glassware].

      Then in an arc over the sun, Praiar [or Praizar or Raier] La Aurora >Something/ praise, greet, pray to? the dawn. And within the sun shape it says Erda, which translates to Earth or Earth Goddess.

      If you find more I d love to know! It is impossible to photograph and hard to read.

  2. Dang, forgot to say I loved the thread/ribbon display cabinet! I hope whoever buys it doesn't paint it...

    Also love the taupe scarf with all the lace! Very pretty and great for fall chill.

    The cooler color made me laugh. I can't imagine a GUY buying one that color - but that might be a good point as no one would borrow it, lol.

    I've seen the cart/tables; maybe I didn't show you because I knew you wouldn't like the wheels. The balloon tires are $$$ from what I saw, though - maybe steal some fat plastic wheels off a used Little Tykes trike? Might look a bit weird but if it works...!!!

  3. You had a good haul. The grey scarf was a find.
    Those glorious French playing cards remind me of an incomplete set of Alice in Wonderland cards that we played with as children. I framed them in one large frame so that they could be enjoyed even though they weren't a complete set. Penny

  4. I love your blog! It is full of my favorite things, the beach, quilting and thrift store shopping! I think little Moe is adorable too! Have a great weekend!

  5. Beautiful finds;-))) especially that yellow bowl--Looks like stoneware ...and the depression (?) juicer is gorgeous..my thrifting friend moved to CA and so, I don't go so much anymore. Walked on our beach this morning and we are beginning to get wave action and cloud bands...looks like Tuesday we may get remnants...Long Island protects us here a lot...hugs, Julierose

  6. a few years ago I got one of those green depression ware lemon juicers for $15.! YOU got a DEAL!

  7. I love your yellow ware bowl. I know nothing about it but would look good with my Pfaltzgraff dishes that are a yellow ware. You find wonderful things when you thrift. I tend to go with purpose in mind and miss treasures.

  8. OMG! I'm so behind on commenting... Have sat down numerous times with the intention of doing it, and either get interrupted, or I see a pic of a cat on Instagram and go down the rabbit hole.

    You got some really cool stuff, though sorry the shop is far away now. Great prices, and I love coming home with fun finds that don't take up a lot of room. My mom used to have a clear glass juicer like that. The green is extra special. Really love the French playing cards, they're very interesting, as is the jar.

    Went to a couple of thrift stores in Paso Robles last week. Not too very exciting. Did buy a few holiday themed mini loaf crocs for my friend to use for succulents, hubby bought an electric knife (to use in the garage), and I bought a glass cocktail shaker? Fairly large, with recipes for cocktails like Pink Lady, Side Car, Stinger, as well as the more popular cocktails. I just thought it was fun, and only two bucks.

    Thanks for sharing your thrift store finds! Always fun.


  9. My favorite of the thrift finds are the French playing cards!!


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