Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fish Scales and Other Cool Stuff


Today I convinced Mr. Tide to go to one of my favorite thrift stores.  It's a favorite because the proceeds go to benefit local animal shelters so I never mind spending money when it's for such a worthwhile cause.  Like all thrift stores, at least the ones I have visited, you need to hunt and peck a bit to find a few treasures so I made a few laps around the store while Mr. Tide mumbled "we don't need anymore crap" under his breath the whole time.

Now, it's not like I don't listen, and I know he's 100% right, I barely have room for the "stuff" we already own, but he just doesn't get the thrill of the chase, the exhilaration of the score, and the happy dance you get to do when you find something you like and it's really, really cheap!

So I thought I would share a few of my latest thrifty finds, and also a few things I got for free recently while cleaning out my parent's attic!  We are finally moving forward with trying to sell their house now that they are both gone, and let's just say that 60 years worth of saving stuff in an attic amounts to about 2 days worth of trips to the dump and donation places!  My brother, sister "M," and our helpful families went through every last thing in that attic, and instead of finding items that we could all retire on, we found lots of broken stuff and silverfish...ewww!!!  There were a few worthless treasures that are priceless to us of course, but most of it was destined for a dumpster!



  I love this little floral tin bowl I found in the attic!  The colors are still beautiful after all of these years!



This pretty pink compote is carnival glass and most likely was won at the local county fair years ago.  Remember when they had the goldfish toss and if you threw the ring around the goldfish bowl you could win a piece of carnival glass or a goldfish?!
This enamel flower bucket isn't old or valuable, but it was free so I love it all the more!  And it will be pretty this summer filled with giant sunflowers!



This cute glass figurine looks like a fish out of water next to one of my tulips!  I found "Nemo" at the thrift store today, and I think he's happy now that he's so close to the water once again!



I plan to make something fun with this old soap sack, just not sure what yet...maybe a pillow!  What do you all think?



The only kind of scales I like, are old kitchen scales!  I love how this vintage scale has pictures of food and measuring utensils on it!



I've been looking for a sweet little creamer for a while now, and the price on this one was too good to pass up today!  I love the floral motif etched on the side!

What wonderful thrifty treasures have you found lately?

26 comments:

  1. I love your thrifty finds and I also love the thrill of the hunt! I am always in search of cute little creamers and yours is sweet! I am hoping to find a good flea market or thrift store nearby...
    ~Nancy

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  2. I love how you displayed and photographed your thrifty finds. I would have snatched up every one of them too! Cool laundry sack...is that an abbreviation I see on there for Maine? ~Lili

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  3. You found some great stuff. Love the colors on that bowl and the creamer is sweet!

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  4. Oh I love all of your thrifty treasures Kat! My favourite is of course the gorgeous floral tin bowl you found in your parents'attic. I hope you found lots of wonderful memories up in the attic too. Wishing you a wonderful day my dear friend ~ Tina x

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  5. Such lovely finds- I love the footed compote with the flowers and the soap sack is wonderful!

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  6. Great finds! the red metal dish, the creamer, the compote - amazing stuff.

    - The Tablescaper

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  7. These are great, and I very much get the thrill of the hunt concept! I think I love the compote the best of all, but the reds and other vibrant colors in that tin bowl are beautiful too.

    I love to snoop old attics, especially when they include things of sentimental value.

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  8. Great finds! I totally understand how much work it is, we are in the process of sorting through our late Mom's things while making things still home-y and tidy for Dad.
    My favourite piece would have to be the vintage scale. I have been searching high and low for one in white, cream or any shade of blue with no luck so far.

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  9. The floral tin bowl is pretty but especially precious because it belonged to your parents. I love the little creamer and yes you could make a pillow out of the sack. I have one question? Why do husbands think it's crap when we girls just know better?? Ah well, viva la difference!! Enjoy for fab finds!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  10. Wait a minute Kat, I meant to say enjoy YOUR fab finds. You see I got so excited about your thrift shop adventure that I am completely tongue tied! Also, I am a lousy typist!

    Love again,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  11. I think those are just marvelous! Although I had to laugh when your mentioned Mr. Tide's murmurings (seems like I've heard that around my own place!). Always best to keep treasures one finds especially from our own loved ones. Thanks for sharing your finds. Mine? What have I found lately? Well hop over to my blog and find out!!!! :)
    Doni

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  12. I love all your finds! That scale is really special and I love the compote. The soap sack would be greqt as a pillow, or you could frame it in black and hang it in a bathroom! We have a thrift shop here called "Pick of the Litter!" How cute is that! All proceeds go the the animals too. You can fine great "crap" there! I'd say you did good!

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  13. Our thrift store is ran by a church in the city..at one time they had fabulous finds for great prices...they still have some fabulous things, but someone has gone thru and put very high prices on everything! They have a carnival glass compote similar to yours for $30.00...sigh...if I could only figure out what to do with their .50 shot glasses:) Love all of your wonderful finds!

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  14. I realy love the soap sack. I think it would be a perfect hammock pillow!

    I am always in a thrift shop. I bought a gorgeous block printed elephant print 2 weeks aago at the Salvation Army for $5.00. I've had it framed for my elephant loving daughter for her birthday. Can't show it yet as she reads my blog! Yesterday I found a red leather vintage stool with Jetson legs.

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  15. I love the compote dish - such a gorgeous pink. Leigh

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  16. Thrift shops are the best way to get the coolest pieces of other people's stuff. You got good stuff. I would have jumped the soap sack too ... without a definite plan to use it, of course.

    My last thrift shop trip filled the Jeep with treasures: an oval beveled mirror for the basement bathroom, 3 green horse-tack hooks, an antique doll trunk, and 2 cast iron porch brackets with roses on them. It was a good day.

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  17. Fabulous treasures, every one! Don't you just love putting money in the hands of a worthy local charity instead of a foreign corporation. Your photo of the fish and tulip is amazing and I can't wait to see what you do with the charming soap sack. ~jermaine~

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  18. Loving your blog and your home is fantastic! Following and can't wait to see more! xo Erica

    http://moth-design.blogspot.com/

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  19. I like the nemo and the creamer container the best:) Sadly I have found no treasures lately...havent really been looking tho

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  20. You got yourself some good finds there. I haven't had time to go even to the thrift stores recently. It's such fun finding some pretties.

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  21. where do you live?? i live in MD and am looking for some good thrifting stores!!

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  22. Thank you everyone! Tiffany, I tried finding an email address for you but couldn't. The thrift stores I visit are in southern Maryland, if you email me at kgwhouse@gmail.com I can send you a list of the places I frequent and also some others that I know of just north of Washington, D.C.

    Kat :)

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  23. Kat- that soap sack would make and AWESOME pillow cover, you have to do it! And blog about it of course! Get on it, girl, I'm waiting... :) (As if you don't have enough to do!)

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  24. What great finds! I love the pink compote and the glass fish!

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  25. I am about to go thrifting to try and find a compote just like that! Hubby just broke the beautiful one we had which used to be his grandmother's.

    I hope we find one as beautiful as yours!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  26. I love the soap sack! A pillow would look great. Love the scale, too!

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