Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Perfect Thrifting Day

This was one of those perfect thrifting days; great treasures, good prices, friendly people and not too crowded.

I had three favorite finds today. My most favorite find was a set of old alphabet blocks. Some stack together to create figures but the alphabet silhouettes are my favorite. Behind the blocks is a real slate chalkboard.
My second favorite find was an old Czechoslovakia, Stars & Stripes glass ornament. I've never seen these before. It is a bell shape, flocked and has a piece that dangles below. 
My third favorite find was a duck sewing box. A pair of scissors creates a beak. The wings are pin cushions. There is a little drawer to hold notions and pegs to hold thread and a thimble. This would make hand sewing such a pleasant pasttime.
There were so many other great treasures. Lots of sewing notions with boxes of buttons and cans of wooden spools. Some of the spools had carved patterns on the ends. 
We found a stack of crochet doilies. These can make such a nice colorful display.
The wooden blocks came in an old wire basket, seen here with a wire card display.

There were several vintage glass containers: a Libbey Pinecone Carafe and an old fish bowl terrarium.

I've seen antlers before but buyers usually scoop them up before I can get them. This time I was lucky.
And lastly I found an old Samsonite suitcase that matches one I had bought over 20 years ago at the Rosebowl Swapmeet. This one is a lot bigger and a lot cheaper. If I wait 20 more years maybe I will find a matching Train Case and have a complete set.
Finding these treasures was so much fun but the very best part was chatting with such nice people while waiting for the sale to start. I like days like today. It was a perfect thrifting day. I hope everyone had a nice day of thrifting. I will get some of these items in my Stuff to Treasure store as quickly as I can. 

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  1. I'm happy for you that you had a perfect thrifting day! I can't wait for Spring so I can get out to the flea markets and estates!
    Erica :)

  2. Fabulous finds - especially the alphabet blocks.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. The duck sewing box is just darling and who can resist vintage Christmas ornaments?

  4. Amazing finds all around. I adore the vintage blocks - both sets!

  5. I have the train case that matches it!! how awesome!! and just so you know I paid 3 dollars for it JUST last year they are around!!

  6. The sewing duck is so cute. Love that the scissors make his bill. Great finds!

  7. Oh I am so envious of your finds, in act I am positively jealous - but I am happy for you - enjoy your new treasures.

  8. You did have the perfect day! It's a good thing we didn't go together...we sure love all of the same things! Have fun!

  9. I love thrifting days like the one you had! I've only seen those stars & stripes ornaments in blogland, never in real life. I'd love to find some one day! And those blocks are amazing too. Especially like the one with the kids on the seesaw!
    Happy REDnesday,

  10. ah, pretty much every item is on my wishlist! you did indeed have the perfect thrifting day! :)

  11. Wow! I can't decide what I like the best. Either the ornament, because I love everything patriotic, or the blocks. So many cool things. What a great day of thrifting! Thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays!


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