Monday, January 7, 2013

Thrift Share Monday January 7

Whoa! Time flies when you're doing other things....and nothing at all.   Where did December go? We are already a week into 2013.  Holy Cow!

I did very little thrifting last month, I was busy running all around town...or so it seemed.  As I mentioned last month I was accepted to be a part of a 28 day art/craft show, Blue Genie Art Bazaar, where I sold my handmade goods.  That alone kept me busy sewing (or thinking I should be constantly sewing), not to mention the driving to the venue every couple of days to stock up and straighten up my space.  I also had to make regular trips to another shop, Austin Gift Company, where I now have a booth space to sell my vintage finds..  Plus there was the Austin Flea last month, where I sold vintage.

On top all that running around for shows, shops, and sewing (I made a lot of trips to Joann's), I still had to run around shopping for four birthdays AND Christmas.  It is always a tricky time of year.  All the running around and shopping for birthdays you tend to get fooled and think you're almost done with Christmas shopping, but then the birthdays pass and your left with no more gifts to give.  Yikes!

Then I ended up on the "desired" potential employee list in my job search, after 11 months of unemployment.  (It's amazing how desirable you become once you cut off a big chunk from your salary.)   I got scheduled to take two test, one for the city and another for the US Post Office. Then I got schedule for two interviews...then a drug test....then another interview at a second post office.....then offered a job at the first post office(then also by the second), then an appointment for new hire paper work, which then sends me to DPS for finger printing.   

So, at this point in time I think I have a job with the post office.  I've passed my drug screening (no surprise there), and now I'm just waiting on my criminal/background check to come back.  There should be no issue there either, it's just you never know how or when someone else with a similar name will get linked into your info and tangle up your history (I watch to much tv).

So there was my month/end of year chaos.  Crazy, crazy, month, sadly with very little thrifting.  However, this last weekend has made up for it.  So here we go.

These beauties were actually scored at a garage sale mid-December, 13 Kimberly Fire Kings mugs, and they look to be practically in mint condition.

I purchased these from what I would guess was a vintage, seller, hoarder.  She indicated she was clearing out stuff, and many of the items still had thrift store price tags on them.  As I asked for prices on some items she would quote what they would sell for online....then give me a price.  Some stuff was more than what I could/would sell them for so I passed, but these colorful mugs I couldn't resist.  She did initially put a high price on them individually so I walked away....just to come back and ask for the whole lot at a much lower price, and I scored.  Thank you Frank and Mike (American Pickers), bundling is like magic. 

Now on to my ton of finds from this weekend. 

A fantastic Pyrex find, promotion 1959-1961 Blue Bird piece. 

What is that cute blue case? Well nothing more that a super cute Beauty Salon, hair dryer with cap.

Vintage mirrored vanity tray, textured amber glasses, and Granada sugar bowl with creamer.

Some  random smalls, plastic snack trays, melamine bowls, Anholt ashtray, and some funky shaped shakers.

Cute tiny vintage bags(?).  I'm not sure what these would be used for....your un-mentionables maybe(?). Giant check books?  Maybe I can start making some of these....if only I can figure out what to use them for.  Any guesses?

Not one, but two packages of vintage paper placemats.  A weird purchase....yes, but you know what's weirder?

These placemats were bought at two different estate sales, 50 miles apart.  How weird is that? Very weird.  My nice thought for when this happens, finding same items around the same time when you normally don't see such items, is that "they" get released into the "wild" at the same time...just scattered around.  The sad way to look at this, in all reality it's more along the lines of people of a certain age are passing away at the same time. *sigh* 

Ok, no more sadness.  Let's think of this as I'm helping get the things they might have once loved to someone else who will also love these items.  Right?  Like this fantastic McCoy swan vase, and dachshund planter.

Some more Fire King mugs.

 A super fab pot belly General Electric percolator.

An awesome vintage bun warmer. 

A very worn/distressed doctors bag, and a metal suitcase.  

And a pair of really fun 4oz shot glasses.  Silly rabbit, no liquor for you.

I think my thrifting new year started out pretty damn good.  What do you think?  Did you have any luck this weekend? 

I'm linking up with The Nifty Thrifty at A Living Space.


  1. Those mugs are amazing. Really amazing.

  2. I think the cute little bags might be maxi-pad holders.

  3. You found the coolest stuff. The bun warmer is very cool. I'll try not to dwell on the fact that all the old people who liked paper placemats with roadrunners on them are dying at the same time :)

  4. Oh my goodness, what a haul! I am dying over those Kimberly mugs. I NEVER find those anymore, let alone a huge, mint condition lot like that! I am also super jealous of your McCoy vase -- one of my favorite McCoy shapes. Happy new year and good luck with the job!!!

  5. "Cute tiny vintage bags(?)"

    I have seen this style of handled fabric covers, used for holding bibles. I don't know if that helps...

    I have seen the church ladies using these style of holders for their bibles... and their plain ole reading books too. So they can carry them like a purse. Keep their hands free to greet people with, as they catch up with the gossip, before service.