Category Archives: vintage

Holiday Thrifting

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Holiday Thrifting

When family visits from states away and it’s cold outside, then thirfting and after Christmas sales are great way to get some steps in! Especially when you try to stretch those Christmas gift dollars. 

Check out some of my finds from this week:

A cute little pen & ink sketch covered with glass and corner clips. 

A painting on slate. This guy needs some TLC – I plan on painting the mailbox and adding a leather string to hang it.

A Pyrex storage container. A good size for packed lunches or storing tea. 

And last but not least, a purple Pyrex pie plate. I can’t wait to make Apple Pie in this beauty!!

Quick Tip: This is the best time to snag wrapping paper, ornaments and lights for great prices! So far I got (2) tissue paper and (2) long wrapping paper rolls for under $5.

Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for the New Year! 

~K

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Seashells & Containers 

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Sunday morning estate sales are the best. Some late morning casual browsing with no pressure from the early birds. Honestly I thought all the good stuff would be taken, but I got lucky and found some small items for $3. 

Can’t beat all the shells in this cute wicker container. Plus after making my hanging planters, I’ve been searching for a planter hanger bracket. The packaging is amazingly retro – I almost didn’t want to open it. 

My next project will be to fix the missing wooden veneer on the inlaid pearl box. Wish me luck!

Happy Hunting!

~K

Pyrex & Plants

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Pyrex & Plants

This summer I had a goal to start a balcony garden for as cheaply as possible. So I searched the apartment for any containers I already had lying around. Sadly I had many vintage Pyrex and other ceramics just collecting dust. So, I figure why not use them as planters or water pans. They add lots of character & are more affordable than planters from the box stores. Just be sure to add a layer of drainage to the bottom of the container (see the small gravel stone in the first picture).

Here’s a sample of what I have so far: 

  

  

Happy Gardening!

~K 

My Grandmom’s Lamp

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Hello Everyone,

Recently I went digging through my parents basement for lost treasures that my dad occasionally picks up from my grandmother’s house and found this beauty. I was told this was my grandmother’s and she used it until she bought a set of hurricane lamps. It is a bit banged up, missing a piece, should probably be rewired and has smoke stains but is still gorgeous. It looks like it is hand painted glass and may have used a standard lampshade. I am torn on what to do. Should this be rewired or kept in its original condition? And what lamp shade originally belonged to this type of lamp? I still have a lot of research to do, so in the meantime I will use this as a decorative piece. Any insight would be appreciated!

 

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A close up view of some of the stains, missing “scroll” element and frayed wire jacket.

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Happy Hunting!

~K

 

Lamp Retrofit Part 3 – Done!

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It’s finally here everyone! It took a while but here it is – my complete antique bridge floor lamp! I am so excited! I ended up using the thrifted glass clam lamp shade by finding a brass lamp shade adapter online. Thank you online sellers!
Sorry for the bad phone picture – I just had to post this when I finished it.

1. rewire
2. clean/wipe down lamp
3. find a lamp shade
4. Install

~K

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My little toaster

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Have you ever watched old movies and swooned at the kitchenware or the home decor? Well that’s me – I love objects that have lasted the test of time and style well with contemporary design. I feel like products now do not last nearly as long as they did when my grandmom was raising my mother. So when I saw this beauty I had to have it. And of course I was torn because there was another toaster at the yardsale that was equally amazing. I decide on my little toaster because with its chrome and black accents it will ultimately match in any kitchen. Before I purchased it I tested it – and no it didn’t set anything on fire – it worked perfectly. I was lucky because the original electrical cord is in good shape – no fraying or exposed wire. The only thing it needs is a new cardboard cover for the plug (if you look closely, you can see the plug’s inside connections in this picture).

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The best part is this toaster reminds me of one of my favorite childhood movies – the brave little toaster!

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Happy Thrifting!

~K

Estate Sales & Antique Love

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This past Saturday I had a chance to go to a local estate sale. We arrived early and initially I was not impressed with the house. It was a nice standard rancher with no noticeable signs of vintage glory. When I walked in this house that all changed. The house was filled with high quality vintage goods that were too rich for my thrifty tendencies. I loved everything from the large gold ornate mirror to the solid cedar chest were hundreds of dollars, so I went for the small items. Nothing in this house was built using the cheap materials used in home goods today. I don’t even recall seeing any plastic in this home. Essentially, every nook and cranny was oozing style and quality. The homeowners were definitely travelers because the whole house had European style. The wonderful Persian rugs, solid hardwood furniture, 2 “king chairs”, a small vintage convention oven above the stove with all its wonderful knobs and a classy built in bar in the living room was more than enough for me to want to move in. (I know that’s a lot but I can’t help it – that house was just amazing. I wish I took pictures). Everything in this house was unique and made to last multiple lifetimes. In all, this was definitely a case where I failed on the whole notion of “don’t judge a book by its cover”.

So with my limited budget I did get one classic item.

A Fold-A-Fone Rotary Telephone $15

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Happy Thrifting!
~K