Monday, February 28, 2011

Thrift Share Monday: Long Island

Hey Nerds, I haven't been lurking around the blogosphere for the past weekend. I took some much needed time off, took the Subaru in for a fix, and then headed down to NYC to spend some quality time with the Vinyl Whores. This meant taking Garth and Dan to the grocery store to buy heavy things since they don't have a car. It also meant thrifting!

Our first stop was an out of control Estate Sale in Port Washington, NY at the former home of Judy N. Judy had kept everything from childhood onwards. Not in a hoarder kind of way, either. Look at the photos from the link, it's pretty tidy and clean, though the the selling company did some organizing. I tell you by the time we got there at 1pm the place was trashed. Many elbows in the ribs and grabby hands* later, I came away with these: three books, a dusty decanter that was chilling in the laundry room, a hankie that I found in the middle of the living room floor, and a stuffed toy I will explain later in the week.

*By grabby hands I mean those people who try to pull items out of your hand while you are holding them. Then when you call them on it, they mumble something about mistaking you for a table and sidle away.

We then headed on to Glen Head, NY to something described on Craigslist as a "Warehouse Tag Sale." We had no idea what we were in for. I scored big time with this mid-century mosaic amoeba coffee table for $40!!! Now I need to rearrange the living room.


I've been looking for a green glass juicer forever, this one was only $5. It needs a clean but that's nothing a Mr. Clean Eraser won't fix.

Dan found me a wonderful booklet of vintage sock patterns. I do love knitting socks.

Then we found out the owner operates the Warehouse Tag Sale once a month as a supplement to her antique shop up the road. So we jumped in Scooter Subaru and headed over to Glenwood Antiques. The place was nice with decent prices, though the Warehouse items were definitely more our style. However, this lamp had just stopped in that morning on consignment and it went home with me for a mere $25. Decent prices, indeed.

I love the shiny and matte contrast in the paint:

We made a brief, unexpected stop for the boys at the Mr. Cheapo CD & Record Exchange. They got some great deals on some Carol Burnett records and a Batman record that Garth has been searching for  forever. 

Our last stop for the night was a St.Vincent De Paul. We got there 20 minutes before it closed so there was only time for a quick trip through housewares. 

Oh look, more Georges Briard! $6? Yes, please.

Then it was back to the house for cocktails, Dan's wonderful cooking, and a Cash & Cari marathon. (I don't get HGTV so the boys were kind enough to keep them on their DVR until my visit.)

Since it's Monday, you know that means. I'm linking up to Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday. Be sure to check out her post so you can see what other fabulous finds came home over the weekend. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vintage California Pottery is a Girls Best Friend

For a costume designer, I don't wear a lot of jewelry. (In fact I'm sort of a Liz Lemon of costume design, though I will never wear Uggs or a fanny pack.) I have an assortment of earrings, a handful of rings, and a couple necklaces I dig out for special occasions. More importantly, I have cool vintage things to keep the jewelry in. I can at least admire these on my dresser, even if I can't remember to switch up my earrings.

My main receptacle is this California Pottery vintage ashtray. I paid $35 for it at the Fort Greene Brooklyn Flea. I felt it was a fair price for something I love everything about. The turquoise color! The holder! The raised gold work! The lid with the ceramic knob!

My earrings live in this vintage case. I got it for .99 at the Orange Goodwill. I generally stick to small, artsy earrings, (preferably by Jody Coyote.) so this case is perfect.

Coincidentally, so is the color. I love the abstract blue floral design of the outside...

...and the atomic star burst lining fabric on the inside.

I picked up a similar case on my last trip to Oregon. It's also blue, go figure. It was in the bottom of a bin at the Goodwill Outlet. By weight I would guess it cost me less than a dollar.

It's interior is not so exciting as the other one and it smells like old makeup. Which is not too bad, I can think of worse smells. I decided to keep my in here.

And did I mention all of these jewelry boxes match my fabulous blue and gold lamp?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Live Thrift Share Monday Wrap Up

Well, I hope you all had a fabulous (virtual) time with me during my President's Day thrifting extravaganza. I had a great time.  Here are a few more photos to wrap it up. Starting the day off right, a cup of coffee in my 5 year service award travel mug:

Vintage Arby's:
(No, I didn't eat there.)

I chatted with Garth from the Vinyl Whores on the phone while at the Red, White, and Blue Thrift. So I perused their small album section for him while I had him on the line. I only came away with this:

Naked. Judy. Colins.

Here is a slightly better shot of the 49'er Jacket.

These signs were at the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store.
These are my kind of people.

They had this amazing Brasilla bedroom set for $225.00. Which I think is a great price, but I have no room for it.  (I have a mahogany Rway set I'm not ready to part with.)

And then there is the Humidifier. I turned around and this box was sitting at eye level on a pile of furniture. I only really saw the kaz Inhalant ad on the other side of the box and I thought "Ooo, I like kaz Inhalant." (Don't judge, I have allergies) "Is that a case of Inhalant? Do I want a case of old Inhalant? I might...lemme just see...OMG IT'S HUMIDIFIER!!!" (It was a capslock(e) moment.) 

It has all its parts and it's instructions. When I get a chance I will scan the instructions and post them. That way those of us with vintage humidifiers will be able to care and feed for them properly. BTW the inhalant was not still in the box, but I'm sure I have a bottle of it somewhere.

The Savers in Meriden had this interesting setup a set of dishes would be packaged in a basket with a dish towel and you get the whole kit and caboodle for one price. Cute. I found this Stetson set lurking on the back of the bottom shelf for $4. The pattern is close enough to the Star Glow that I'll take it. There is some crazing, one cracked plate and no lid to the sugar bowl.

Here is a close up of the pattern. I know I've seen it. I know it's Stetson, but the name escapes me and I don't feel like digging through the Replacement's Ltd. site right now.

I'm ending the night with a G & T in one of my new low ball globe glasses. Cheers! And thanks to all who participated on Blogger and Facebook. Let's do it again next year!

I'm linking up with Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday.
You all better check out her blog, because she is a-mazing!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Check it! Lane mid-century end table with brass legs and details. Needs refinished, nothing some sandpaper and a coat of varnish won't fix. The price of $2.50 is what President's Day is all about. I'm done thrifting for today, I will post a wrap up when I get home.

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The light is gone and all the smalls from Meriden Savers are safely wrapped in paper. So I give you a photo of Square Flowers casseroles I picked up at the RWB earlier. They've got their lids and are in perfect cond., $9 for both!

St.Vincents was a junky looking pile of amazing treasure. I got a lampshade for the yellow artichoke lamp, a cute round suitcase in mint cond, and another humidifier. Because like Liz Lemon, you can't have too many. Total? $7.42!!!

At the St Vincent De Paul in Waterbury. It's just piles of stuff! If I don't make it out alive, you know where to find my body.

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Waterbury Savers did not let me down. Vintage Pendleton 49er jacket IN MY COLORS! $4.50 at half off, I would have paid full price. It fits perfect. Also got black pants for work and more wool clothes to recycle.

Hmmm....Waterbury Goodwill is kind of a bust. Janky stuff and no Pres. Day sale! WTF? However, they have really great customer svc. and the most organized linens I've ever seen in a CT thrift.
Mod brass hanging candle holder for $4. I think it's a keeper! (Sorry about the photo orientation, folks. My phone is not so smart.)

Another valet! $7 made in Italy. Probably going to sell it. After a cleanup it's going to be in great condition. It even rolls!

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RWB is all I could hope for. So organized! It's important to seperate your bobbleheads from your cameras.

There will be a slight snow delay. As you can see, I need to clean off the car.

Thrift Share Monday: Special Live Blogging Event for President's Day!

I've gassed up Scooter Subaru, put the seats down in the hatchback, and taken a prophylactic Imodium to keep the Crohn's at bay. I've got my tip money in my pocket, and I am hitting the road early for the  President's Day sales at the thrift stores! I will not even be deterred by the snow! Savers is having their  Boot Kickin' Sale with 50% off clothes, shoes, accessories, and bed and bath items. Goodwill is having a 50% off everything in the store sale. I will be Live Blogging the entire day!

Keep checking back throughout the day for updates. You may also stay connected via Facebook by "Liking" the Vintage Spinster Page because I will be updating that too. Want to subscribe by email? There's a button for that on the side bar to your right.

You never know when I might find something like this:

Yep, that's a bed pan. A used bed pan. The only people who should ever buy used bed pans are theater and film people, because said used bed pans should be used for prop purposes only. And maybe even then we should only buy new ones and just distress them ourselves with like, paint or something. Because a used bed pan, even used as a prop, is just plain gross.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

President's Day Sales!

Fun at work with the Hipstamatic and fake money.
Screw Valentine's Day. President's Day is Monday the 22nd. What does that mean? Sales! I'm talking about the ones at Goodwill and Savers. 50% off baby! I'm taking the day off from work and I'm hitting the road to check out some new (to me) stores in Waterbury and Meriden, CT. Want to join me?

Well, you can because I will be Live Blogging the entire day with updates via my mobile telephone. You can find these updates on Blogger or Facebook. Just subscribe to the blog via email or the Followers function. Or "Like" Vintage Spinster on Facebook.

I can't promise it will be as crazy fun as Hyperbole and a Half's Live Drunk Blogging Event, but I will promise to try. I will be ingesting no alcohol, but lots of caffeine.

If you want to hit your own road here are the general sales that should be happening around the country:

Savers/ Value Village: Boot Kickin' Sale  50% off clothes, shoes, accessories, and items marked bed and bath.

Goodwill: Find your local Goodwill All the ones in my area are having a sale with half-off everything in the store except new merchandise. Your local Goodwill web page should have a calendar of events with sales posted on it.

Red, White, and Blue Thrift Store: Find your Local RWB. I'm not currently seeing anything on their site or their Facebook Page. According to a convo I had with a Rep on their Facebook Page: "Every store has 50% several departments, with several tags. Some may even run all departments with several tags.
Every manager decides in the morning what can be put on sale."

 I am making that my first stop! If you go, keep in mind they are CASH ONLY. 

And in the spirit of "One Item In, Another One Out" here is my "Out box." All of this will get dropped off at one of the store's Donation Centers. I'll spend some time tomorrow going through my closet and see what else I've got to donate.

So are you headed out for the President's Day sales? Do you know of any other sales I haven't mentioned here?  Let me know it the comments!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday Tray Update

A couple weeks ago Hunting Tigress, who left the first comment on this blog, contacted me with a request for my address so she could send me this:

This is great. Not only because I didn't have Missouri, I also have so many Missouri readers who will be happy to see it in my collection. (We are, after all, connected by the Oregon Trail.) Thank you so much Robin!

You should all check out her blog Mod Lodge Vintage. Combining my two favorite decorating styles, Mid Century Modern and Hunting Lodge! Seriously,  If only I could get my living room to look like Timberline Lodge or the Ahwahnee I'd be happy. It's tough with a Pre-WWII New England apartment, but I try. 

Robin also has a sweet eBay store: Ritter's Vintage Finds. She's sells lots of State souvenir stuff. 

I had part of this blog already written about how I haven't had much luck finding any trays lately. That's because my friend and co-worker Polly Sonic got to them first.  Imagine my surprise when I came to work yesterday to find a shopping bag hanging on my office doorknob with these inside:




Vermont/ New Hampshire

White California

All were apparently at our local Goodwill. The check out girl declared that they must be part of a set. Polly said: "You have no idea." If you want to read more about the history of these trays, check out my post on the subject. I'm linking up with Apron Thrift Girl for her Collect Share today.

Maybe I'll find more trays this Holiday weekend. Monday is Presidents Day which is a far better February Holiday than Valentine's Day. Why? Because Goodwill and Savers are having 50% off sales! I will be posting a special Thrift Share Monday with real time updates via Blogger and Facebook. Stay tuned for more details.

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