Thursday, April 26, 2012

Weekend Finds!

What a great weekend!  Mick and Pat and their friend Jenny came up from Texas on Saturday.  We spent the afternoon thrifting and going to flea markets in Joplin.  Before they arrived on Saturday afternoon, I hit up a few places that I knew we wouldn't make it to after they arrived.  I managed to snag 5 pieces of Pyrex for a grand total of $20, and a brown and yellow card table tablecloth for $3.50.

My first purchase was at the yuppie thrift store - the divided golden acorn piece complete with lid for $5!  The Forest Fancies casserole came from another thrift store for $2.  It is in amazing shape.  This is my first Forest Fancies piece, and probably my last.  I'm not a huge fan of the pattern, but it was in such good shape I couldn't pass it up.  Plus, I try to have at least one piece from each pattern in my collection.  I picked up the two Butterprint fridgies at a grungy outdoor flea market that is always hit and miss.  But, I was there at the end of the day and got a deal on the pair!  The larger one was priced at $3, but the small one didn't have a price.  When I inquired about it to the lady running the booth, she told me she didn't want to have to pack them up and take them home, so I could have both of them for $3 - sold!  (She could have asked $3 for the little one as well and I would have taken it, but she didn't need to know that...).  My most expensive piece was the yellow New Dots bowl.  This is my first New Dots piece and hopefully I will eventually run across all of the pieces without resorting to buying online.  The postage increase from USPS has curbed my online buying quite a bit.  I can't justify the price as much now so I don't buy unless it is something really special.  Anyway, the yellow New Dots was $10.

I also picked up this amazing vintage outdoor metal rocker in the basket weave design that I have been seeking for a long time.  I finally found one for a decent price - $24.50 at an antique store.  Very soon it will be red with a white basket weave, which is the original paint scheme on it.

We stopped and ate at a little hole-in-the-wall truck stop on the way to my house from Joplin, enjoying chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes and gravy.  This was followed by a quick visit to the Cul-De-Sac Shack and we then headed to the drive-in theater to watch Hunger Games.

We slept in Sunday morning and then Mick got a chance to dig through my storage unit for any goodies that he would like.  After unloading some junk sharing some treasures with Mick, Pat, and Jenny to take back to Texas, we went into Kansas and had lunch at Chicken Annies.  This restaurant, in the middle of an old mining camp, is out in the middle of nowhere, and was featured on the show Food Wars, along with it's rival, Chicken Mary's, which is 350 feet away.  My family has been going to Chicken Annies since before I was born, and it is a family tradition to eat there.  After an amazing lunch, Mick, Pat, and Jenny worked on packing everything up in their Subaru (an entertaining story that I am sure that Mick will share) and then they headed home.

All in all, it was a great weekend!


  1. Great find Michael! That rocker is going to look sharp once you get it painted. I have been looking for a set of metal lawn chairs myself. Look forward to seeing a picture once you have refurbished it.

  2. Can't wait to see the chair redone, and I'm looking forward to Mick and Patricia's tale of the weekend. :)


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