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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Thrift Store Finds

Hi there, I thought I would share some thrift store finds from some recent shopping trips.  I have so much fun going to thrift stores, you get to experience the thrill of the hunt and you never know what treasure you're going to find. 

This platter was made by Johnson Brothers in England, Ironstone 103, Sunflower Hayman pattern.  It was made in the 1970's.  Although it isn't old (as I love antiques) I fell in love with the Autumn design, it's also my favourite season.  Yellow and brown are definitely two of my favourite decorating colours.  I can see myself using these for Thanksgiving dinner and maybe for Autumn dishes in general.  I paid $2.99 for the platter.  





This wooden spoon was purchased for 50 cents, I thought the flower design was a nice touch.  I have no idea if it would be considered vintage or not as I can't find any information on it.  I may use the spoon for a craft, possibly engraving something into the spoon itself.  Does anyone have any crafty ideas on what I could do with it?




This is a serving bowl which I also bought for $2.99.  The store had a few matching dinner plates but I didn't purchase these as there were too many scratches in the design.
 


This is a vintage Wm. Adams & Sons Micratex Ironstone pitcher that my hubby picked up at the thrift store for $2.00.  There is a small chip at the bottom but I'm okay with it, I'm thrilled just to add it to my very small collection.  It was a really nice surprise when he gave it to me.  After seeing my new obsession with Ironstone, he has joined in on the hunt.  He thinks it fits in perfectly with the design style I'm trying to achieve.  This one appears to be from the 1950's.



I believe these knives belonged to my Grandmother.  My Mom passed them on to me a few years ago.


I picked up this cozy blanket for $4.00, I'm not sure if it's wool or not.  It ties in perfectly with my beige/brown design.  My photo doesn't show it's true colour, it's actually a little richer than it appears.


This is a vintage aluminum silent butler by Nasco, made in Italy.  It appears to have been made in the 1940's or 1950's.  I had no idea what it was when I decided to buy it, luckily the cashier knew and was able to share the information with me.  I just thought it was cute lol!!  I purchased it for $2.00.  I haven't decided yet whether to hang it, use it for storage for something small or use it for the purpose for which it was made.

What is a silent butler?  It was used for sweeping up crumbs from a table or ashes.





This little creamer was purchased for 50 cents.  I actually purchased it for a craft but may keep it the way it is.


I believe this is a sugar bowl.  I purchased it for 50 cents without a lid.  This also was purchased for the same crafting idea.


This little creamer was also purchased for 50 cents and "ditto" (purchased for the same crafting idea).




 I purchased this set of handkerchiefs (at least I think that's what they are) for 50 cents, they have a "Made in Switzerland" label on them.  I have no idea if they're vintage or new, I haven't found any information on them yet.  I thought they were quite pretty and will probably use them in my crafts. 



Thanks for visiting, until next time...

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32 comments:

  1. Oh, what pretty and sweet treasures you found! You really hit the jackpot! :) I love the little pitchers...I have just a few of them, too, and I just love them. I don't know what it is about pitchers, but they just call to me! LOL! Thanks for sharing your new goodies with us here. God bless you, Kelly!

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  2. Lovely finds. The handkerchiefs are so pretty, I remember buying them for gifts for the older ladies in the family when I was young. They are purely decorative though :)

    Diana

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  3. Wow, you really did hit the jackpot, as Cheryl said! I love all your beautiful finds, and the pictures you took of them too are great, showing the details. What is a silent butler? I've never heard of that. I too love pitchers, although right now most all my "pretties" are packed away due to lack of space. Your husband really found a sweet treasure for you with the ironstone pitcher, awesome! So happy for you fun thrift outing, it is always an adventure!

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  4. What great finds! Anything white always looks ellegant.

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  5. Wonderful finds . I to love hunting in thrift and antique shops for things . My mum also had those knives they came from England with her when she came over here back in the early 50s . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  6. Great find with the platter & serving bowl. I have seen little soft brushes with silver handles & matching silver dust pans for sweeping up crumbs. They're great when the first course of dinner is finished and you want to clean up the crumbs before bringing out dessert. I think it would make a nice conversation piece for your dining area. Love the ironstone pitcher your husband found ... good eye! It's such a well-balanced shape with a pretty pattern. I have a set of knives just like yours with the ivory coloured handles. Mine are marked "made in Sheffield (UK)" where my dad is from. Sheffield is known for their good quality stainless steel and pewter.
    Great finds all round Kelly!
    Wendy

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  7. What lovely finds and at a good price, Love them!

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  8. I totally agree that the thrill of the hunt is part of the fun of thrifting. You scored some nice finds, Kelly! I'm intrigued by the silent butler and creamer craft ideas...Looking forward to the garage/yard sale season!

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  9. You found some really nice treasures Kelly... The creamers and sugar bowl are especially cute! I am eager to see how you will use them :)

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  10. Such fun finds and so neat that your hubby is on the look for your pieces your collecting :) The only thing I can come up with the spoon is to add some dried leaves or something like that tied to it with jute string, would keep the country feel to it that it has. Look forward to what craft ideas you have for the pieces you bought!

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  11. Morning, wow!!!! You hit the jackpot I would say!!!! Great finds at the thrift store, I use to find neat treasures but not so much anymore. Blessings Francine.

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  12. Lots of pretty goods. We never have much luck at our local thrift shops but flea markets are packed full of treasure our way.Warm Blessings!~Amy

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  13. Hi Kelly,

    I love all the wonderful old treasures you found - amazing to see these gorgeous precious goods.
    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  14. Kelly, those handkerchiefs are lovely! And the browns in the platter are so rich and pretty. I've heard of a silent butler before but have not seen one. My husband dined at a fancy restaurant once with people from his work and they had a waiter/butler that did brush the crumbs off the table between courses. So odd! :-)

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  15. Great finds. I never have good luck at the thrift stores in our area. Janice

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  16. Good morning Kelly,

    Wow, you found some really great treasures. I have not been to the thrift store in a long time. I always look for items like yours, but there are seldom any wonderful things, and even if there are, they want more than I am willing to pay.

    :)Hope

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  17. I love your finds, Kelly! All the little pitchers are so sweet and I can just picture them full of wildflowers and grasses from your beautiful homestead. The platter, bowl and spoon are wonderful for fall. I love wooden spoons and that one is really special. I just love it 'as is' and it looks especially pretty with the sunflower dishes. I love that your hubby is also 'on the hunt' and helping you out - so sweet :) The little hankies are darling. You really found some great things. I'm going to a local flea market with my daughter the beginning of May and I can't wait! xo Karen

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  18. Hi Kelly! Your finds are fabulous!!! I am much like you where I am drawn to harvest colors. Really like the plate, and that spoon!!! OH MY it's so adorable! Now about the silent butler, my Nona and Aunts had those and they would sweep the crumbs off the table cloth in it. Typical Italian meals are often served with a crusty bread that makes a mess so they sweep the crumb off after dinner before serving the fruit. This way the table remained cleaned without taking off and shaking the tablecloth. Yours is BEAUTIFUL!!! Now you have inspired me to look for one myself! Yea. Everything looks great! Super finds. I will be sending you an email shortly...I got the BEST package in the mail. ;0)

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  19. My, my, my, what beautiful finds! We hardly ever find treasures like this in our thrift stores. I think I need to come visit you {{smiles}}

    Enjoy! Hugs and love to you!

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  20. What a great thrifter, you are, Bravo! I love your finds and your hubby has a great eye, too. I think it is wonderful that he looks out for things that you would like. How sweet :)
    Have a lovely week,
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

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  21. Wow, those are all great finds at great prices! It's been a long time since I've found anything to be extremely excited about, but it's almost Spring, and that means garage sales! I can hardly wait to go treasure hunting!

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  23. Cute finds. The handkerchiefs are so pretty, I remember using them when I was young. ;-)

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  24. Great finds! Sunflowers are my favorite flower so the platter and spoon just speak to me! It is so retro 70's....love it. I keep finding cute little pitchers/creamers and end up keeping them. They are so great for decorating. You had a great picking time!

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  25. You found incredible stuff for killer deals. I'm jealous.

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  26. You found incredible stuff for killer deals. I'm jealous.

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  27. Wow! Look at you, those are some wonderful finds, especially that plate and bowl. Those are certainly your colors, Kelly. I think they will be lovely to use for your holidays.
    Nice to visit with you~~
    Much love, debbie

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  28. kelly you really have found some wonderful things for great prices. the pitcher your hubby found was a real deal for 2.00 i have one just like however it has a brown transfer pattern above the ribs.oh a warning iron stone can be a strong habit i know[lol] nancy in norther wi

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    1. Hi Nancy, thanks for stopping in. I'm thrilled to have you! My hubby and I are both becoming ironstone addicts lol!! I found two pieces since this jug and he's bringing some home today, all at very good prices. I'll have to do a post about those one day. Enjoy your day, Kelly.

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  29. What great finds and such "steals"! I love the little pitchers.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  30. Kelly, it looks like you found some pretty amazing treasures, and at fabulous prices too!! Happy hunting!!! Have a great weekend!!

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  31. You found a lot of great things Kelly! I love the aluminum silent butler, and those little pitchers are lovely. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

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