Monday, August 26, 2013

Thrift Report: The Glam Factor

My vintage finds this week were all about retro glam!

I mean really, how could anyone resist these fabulous disco-era beanbag ashtrays?!  I don't buy many ashtrays, but these were too good to resist.

I was excited to find these four mint-condition Dorothy Thorpe seafood cocktail servers, complete with original glass liners. Very rare, a whole set, and not a chip in sight! 

And then...I tried to remove the super sticky packing tape that the thrift shop had used to attach the liners to the glasses. Along with the tape came a significant portion of the silver band -- even after soaking and every other trick I could think of.

Sad, right? I didn't actually cry over this, but I came close! The silver banding on real Thorpe pieces is, in my experience, SO fragile.

This next find made me feel a smidge better:

A huge, heavy weight brass planter with the coolest ring handles. It's got some really nice patina and I love the design etched into each side -- kind of reminiscent of a Celtic knot?

I do well with bar tools in the shop, and this set really caught my eye. They're lacquered brass and all the original pieces are intact. Cocktail, anyone?

These pottery busts of King Tut and Nefertiti are pretty cool, and quite large. I bought these at a new secondhand shop my mom and I visited last weekend.

And finally, I love this old cigarette case. It's in really good shape. Back in my smoking days, a looooong time ago, I would have given my eye teeth for this piece!

All in all, it was a pretty good haul. And I'm seriously inspired to throw a swanky cocktail party sometime soon!

Have you had any cool vintage finds lately, glamorous or otherwise?

I'm linking up here:

Make It Pretty Monday
The Thrifty Groove
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings


Monday, August 19, 2013

Thrift Report: Back to School Edition

I realize that most of you probably assume I've dropped off the face of the earth!  Summer is the absolute busiest time of year in my line of work - I direct a program that helps new freshmen transition to college - and the last few weeks have been absolutely crazy. I didn't even get to the supermarket, let alone the thrift stores! 

Now that regular fall classes have begun on my campus, though, my life will actually calm down a bit. Fall, for me, is like summer for most people -- my "down time" at work. I can't wait. I'm way overdue!

To get back into the swing of things, I thought I'd show you a couple of finds that I picked up back in late July but never had a chance to show you. I'm really excited about them!

I've always wanted a set of these Pyrex diner-style cups and saucers. I'd never seen them in gray before spotting this set in a local Goodwill store!  They're absolutely pristine -- appear to never have been used. Aren't they so modern?

And then, a little farther down the same aisle, I came across these!

Another set in flamingo pink! This bunch included four dinner plates, four luncheon plates, four saucers, three cups, and serving bowl, and a cream and sugar set. Again -- pristine condition. I was so excited!

I just love the simple, modern, 50s vibe of these pieces. I had to photograph them and hide them away immediately, lest I decide to keep them for myself. The gray set looks really pretty with my jadeite collection!

Finally, here's a set of 1960s serving pieces that I found in another thrift a while ago:

There are eight steak knives plus a ladle, pie server, serving fork and spreader, all in the "Textura" pattern by Oneidacraft. I love the swoopy handles. 

I'd love to set a table with this flatware and Pyrex dinnerware!

Have you had any thrifting luck lately?  Now that my life is calming down, I can't wait to catch up on everyone else's blog posts and vintage finds!


Linking up here:

Sir Thrift a lot
Make it Pretty Monday
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
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