Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thrifting Through Southern California

I have been working long hours in preparation for the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association {CHA} tradeshow. Unfortunately I haven't had much time to create a lot of projects to post on my blog. I have been creating a lot of things {catalogs, packaging, booklets} but it is all top secret until CHA in January. So my few moments of fun and relaxation have been in thrifting on the weekends and this weekend was FUN.

We covered a lot of miles, across a lot of Southern California today. I saw an ad for a garage sale listing vintage Halloween and Christmas items. Oooh, how could I pass up a teaser like that? My favorite finds were these vintage plastic holiday figurines. The large snowman has an opening in back to hold candy. I adore the kitschy look of these.

I also found these Holiday Putz Houses.

There was a lot of Halloween items but I wasn't sure if they were truly vintage and some were huge scary skull faces that would have terrified my poor dog. I had to pass on those but I did find this metal hanging cone. Hmmm... not sure if this is vintage but it looked old and wouldn't scare a puppy.

On the way back from our early thrifting I received a text message from my friend saying that there was an amazing estate sale close to home. We got there rather late but found some wonderful things. The owners had a building in back that was set up to look like a vintage mercantile shop. They were avid collectors of ephemera, cigar items, old food tins and shell art. I can't even imagine how much stuff must have been in that house when they first started the estate sale in the morning.

We found two scrapbooks filled with old cards. One had mostly Christmas cards from the 1920s. The other scrapbook had some Easter and Birthday cards from the 1930s. Here are just a few pages from the books. I will scan a few images and share them later.

This is such a hectic time of the year but it is so much fun to find treasures every weekend. I hope everyone else had a lot of fun treasure hunting.

This is linked to:
Apron Thrift GirlHer Library Adventures, Hey What's For Dinner Mom? and The Thrifty Groove


  1. The houses are adorable and I bet the cards are amazing to look at up close-the detail you gewt in some of those old cards is staggering. Merry vintage christmas x

  2. Oh, how I like the snowmen and santa and ephemera is my weakness, love those cards!

  3. Oh you lucky! What great stuff you found! Love everything.

    Happy Rednesday,


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