Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Successful Day!

Yesterday I got to go back to the town I went to college in and go to some thrift shops / flea markets.  My favorite find of the day was this cookie jar.  It's my favorite for two reasons.  First, I don't have a cookie jar, so I'm excited about having one, secondly and the reason I chose this jar, is because this is identical to my grandma's cookie jar!  My grandfather bought her the complete set of canisters, measuring cups with rack, spice rack, cream and sugar, teapot, and who knows what else back in the 1950s when they lived in a little town about 30 minutes or so outside of Kansas City.  Grandma is still using all of those pieces to this day.  The jar that I found is in excellent shape, no cracks or chips, and only a few places where the glaze has crazed just a small amount.  It has a sticker on the bottom that reads "Heritage by" and then the sticker is unreadable to tell who made it, and then it says "Japan."  Another bonus was that it was 50% off, so I got it for $4.25!

I found this really cool, large vase at the same flea market.  It sits on three feet, and has a gray matte finish with a textured white and gold finish over the gray.  I must have gone back and looked at this thing three times before I finally decided to buy it.  It looks much better in person than it does in this picture.  It was on sale also, so I got it for $4.50.

This flea market was a real gold mine.  I had a hard time restraining myself from cleaning them out of mid-century things.  I will definitely have to go back.  This mid century planter is marked "Stanford Sebring, O" on the bottom.  There is not a single flaw that I can find on this piece.  I think that the white glaze with the gold speckling would really go well with those pink and gold lamps that I found and shared recently.  This had been marked down as well, and I got it for $3.

I found a few Christmas items as well.  This West Germany glass tree topper is in very nice shape and was marked $1.

I also got three sets of vintage Christmas lights, one set, the top one, has the classic plastic flowers that surround the lights, the two bottom sets have plastic surrounds that look more like stars.  After Christmas clearance: 99 cents per set!

I also made it to the Salvation Army Thrift Store.  It has really changed since I was in college - there was no furniture in that store, only a total of maybe three shelves of household items, and the rest was clothes.  I don't know what happened, but it was a huge let down.  I was always stopping in there when I was in college because it was on the route between my house and school, so I was always stopping in after class.  This planter was hard to get a picture of, but it is yellow on the outside with a rope design, and has a gray inset on the front.  It was the only thing that was vintage in the store, and it was 99 cents as well.

Have a great New Year's Eve, have a fun evening, be safe, and I'll be back again tomorrow with another post!  Happy New Year!  Here's hoping that 2010 is better than 2009.


  1. I especially like your Christmas finds! I saw tons at a Goodwill in Kansas City, but instead opted for an Eva Zeisel lidded bowl and serving tray for $5! Can you believe it? I left it under the bed at my folks' house and drat if I didn't take a picture.

    I was curious about the town you shopped because I went to MU (back when dinosaurs walked the earth!), and there were tons of good thrift shops in the Columbia area.

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. Nice haul! Happy new year, Michael, and keep up the great work!


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