Monday, April 7, 2014

Thrift Report: Color Me Happy

Happy Monday! Despite my best intentions, blogging is once again taking a back seat to work. Still, I thought I'd throw together a quick post on my thrify finds from the last week.

I picked up a quirky and colorful little collection of things at the Goodwill half-off sale this past weekend.

My faves are the super mod 1970s green arts and crafts book, and the rainbow colored, gold-framed LOVE needlepoint. 

Something about springtime, daffodils peeking through the soil, and lots of rain greening up the lawns makes me crave color. This funky little collection made me so happy.

Wishing you all a colorful and happy week! xoxo

Linking up here:
A Living Space

Monday, March 24, 2014

Thrift Report: Back in the Groove

Hello friends! I've been on a blog hiatus recently due to a huge writing project for work, but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Last week was spring break on the campus where I work. Granted, as a staff member I don't actually get to observe the break, but at least it was quiet and peaceful in my office and I managed to get lots done!

On Friday, I rebelliously took the day off and hung out with my mom. We did some shopping and thrifting and lunching and all kinds of fun stuff, and I actually bought more inventory for the shop than I have in a long time. Here are some recent fave finds:

I happened to walk into a thrift just as a huge, mint condition collection of 1980s era Fiestaware was being unloaded. I snapped up the pieces above for the shop, as well as three turquoise dinner plates for my own personal collection. I use my mom's old 80s Fiestaware for my everyday dishes, but I've been short on dinner plates recently. Score!

I adore this cute little collection of vintage cabinet vases:

I've had two of them for a while, and just recently picked up the third. They're cute would they be as bud vases on a spring table?

And then there was this:

You guys know I have a vintage magazine rack problem. This is proof. that curlicue gold one makes me swoon.

And that's all I've had time to photograph, folks. Even though it's 20 degrees today, I can see my tulips popping up through the ground, so I know spring is on its way. And I always catch thrifting fever in spring, so that's something to look foward to!

Wishing everyone a wonderful and productive week!


Linking up with my friends at:

A Living Space
The Cottage Market
The Dedicated House

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thrift Report: Just When You Least Expect It...

Hello friends!  I've been whining for a few weeks about not being able to do much thrifting due to the seemingly non-stop ice and snow, and when I have made a feeble attempt to visit my usual haunts, they're pretty much bare. Not the best time of year for the thrifts, obviously, and it's way too cold here for estate or tag sales. What's a vintage-loving girl to do?

Keep trying. Because just when you least expect it, you might uncover a goldmine!

On Saturday, during a rare few hours when the roads had thawed, I zipped to the post office and then on to a Goodwill across town that I hadn't visited in a while. The GW was a complete bust - not even worth the gas I burned to get there. I was heading home in a very sulky mood when suddenly, I spotted it: a grand opening banner for a brand spankin' new thrift shop!  I'm pretty sure I almost caused a pileup by swerving suddenly across three lanes into the parking lot.

This store is a Salvation Army "Family Store" and while the few that we have here are completely cruddy, this one was fantastic. As in, I almost needed two carts, people!

Here's what I found:

A gorgeous Readers Digest book; several fancy lattice edge milk glass plates; a huge set of oval Pyrex restaurantware plates with Greek key borders; and a Dansk lidded pot. And do you see the elephant head peeking in the corner?
...Oh yes, it's another elephant lamp! Plus a gold trimmed Culver bowl. 
...and a mid-century copper pot, a set of Georges Briard Icicle glasses, and a HUGE DeMott sailboat sculpture (it's 21" tall!)

  And guess what?  That's not even the best part! On my last loop around the store, I spotted something really interesting in a back corner. It was covered in dust and SO MANY cobwebs, but something about it called to me.

Cool, right? I was drawn in by the glam brass capped and studded feet and the rustic leather lacing around the ends. It looked like an antique footstool for a disco cowboy. I was super intrigued.
I brought it home and researched it a little and guess what? It's a CAMEL SADDLE!  Yep - as in, the thing you sit on when you ride a camel. Who would have EVER guessed?! 

It's really sturdy and perfect as a little footstool / conversation piece. And I am dying to know how it ended up in a cobwebby corner of a thrift store in central Indiana.

So there you have it. The moral of this week's story is that just when you're ready to give up, the thrifting gods will throw you a bone. And that you should keep your eyes open, even when you're tooling around parts of town that you've driven through a million times, because you never know what you'll spot. Oh, and that you really shouldn't swerve across three lanes of traffic on icy roads, Salvation Army store grand opening or not. :)

Wishing you all a successful week of thrifting!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 10th

Life is odd sometimes.

February 10th, 2012 was a very sad day for my family, as my sweet grandmother left this world.

Yesterday - two years to the day later - we joyously welcomed a new soul to the planet (and I became an aunt!).

I feel like I should say something profound here about the circle of life...but all I can come up with is that I don't believe the timing is a coincidence. I think it means that this little baby will grow up to be extra generous, kind, and full of love. And he'll probably be an amazing cook, just like his daddy and great-grandmother.

Welcome to the family, little man. You are loved.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Thrift Report: Groundhogs Suck

Greetings friends!  I haven't done much vintage-hunting lately, what with the non-stop arctic blast, and the groundhog tells us it's not warming up any time soon. I've spent much more time on things like testing out ergonomic snow shovels, hauling giant bags of ice-melt, and comparison shopping for emergency heaters in case of power outages. I'm a regular pioneer these days. Also? When spring arrives, I've giving it a big, fat kiss. Just saying.

Anyway....I have picked up just a few interesting things lately. I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but there's a pretty great Goodwill right next to my post office, so I rarely go an entire week without at least popping in, even when it's snowing and -10 degrees outside.

This 70s era metalwork wall hanging is one of those things that is so easy to overlook in a thrift store. This particular piece was all tangled up with a stack of old cookie sheets and a roasting rack. Yet on the wall, it's absolutely stunning! 

Some books just speak to me. I loved the 70s look and bright, kelly green of this cover. Plus I have always loved this story. Win-win!

I also picked up this vintage kitchen scale. It's has the absolute PERFECT amount of chippiness and wear, yet it's still in great (and working!) condition. It looks awesome in my white, 1940s kitchen, but I'm going to try to force myself to list it.  {The bowl in the photo is an early Nelson McCoy that my parents gave me for Christmas about 5 years ago.}

And that's about it from here. I can barely express how I long for warm weather and plentiful tag sales and flea markets, but this will have to do for now.  Wishing you all lots of successful thrifting this week!  

PS: Groundhogs don't really suck. I used to have one living under my deck, and he was the absolute cutest animal I've ever seen. If only they weren't always the bearers of bad-weather news!


Linking up here:

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tatter & Fray on Hunters Alley

Hello friends!  Have you checked out Hunters Alley yet? It's a new project by the folks over at One Kings Lane, and it features a highly curated selection of vintage and contemporary pre-owned housewares. So far, the inventory is absolutely swoonworthy

I'm super excited to announce that you can now find select Tatter & Fray merchandise on Hunters Alley. In fact, when I logged in this morning, I spotted my brass giraffe figurine from last week on the front page!

Be sure to check out all of our listings on Hunters Alley here! I'm adding more all the time.

Now I'm off to browse...wish me luck resisting that vintage 70s disco ball!  (You know how I love sparkle!)


Monday, January 27, 2014

Thrift Report

Greetings, friends!  I hope you're all staying warm and toasty as the Polar Vortex terrorizes the country once again. I'm still not doing much vintage hunting, as that would require me to voluntarily remove myself from the warm, cozy sofa and venture outside, but I do have a few things to share.

This 60's era resin tray was made in Italy. Such pretty glam...and virtually indestructable.

More fun gold trimmed barware!

It's been a while since I've come across a nice, chunky brass animal in the wild, so I was psyched to pick up this guy at Goodwill recently. I already have the matching brass baby giraffe that goes with it...somewhere.   #toomuchinventory

There is nothing I love more than a pretty vintage book, except maybe a stack of them! These would absolutely pop in a nursery or kid's room, wouldn't they? Maybe with a nice brass giraffe bookend? ;)

And that does it for today!  I'm off to put on an extra pair of socks and go scrape ice off of something. You know--the usual.

I'm linking up here!

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Just spotted a photo of my living room makeover over at One Kings Lane, as part of their feature on jewel toned artwork

It was fun to see my little homemade masterpiece on one of my favorite shopping sites. Really brightened up my day!

Happy Sunday afternoon, friends! xoxo

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Thrift Report: Cocktail Hour

Hello friends!  Did you find any bargain vintage treasures this week?  Most of my latest finds have been in the barware category, which was just fine with me!

Another pimptastic decanter, this time in blue!

A windfall of Kimiko silver crest glasses!


This decanter was an interesting find...very tall, with an organic shape.


...annnnd one more decanter, this one heavy lead crystal etched with the word "BOURBON" in a deco font.


And lastly, a set of six Georges Briard tumblers with a phenomenal frosted, gold flecked background and a gold and black hot air balloon design. They read, "The higher you go, the harder you fall." (Hmm...interesting message for a cocktail glass!)

The huge brass tray was also a lucky find this week!

So there you have my barware roundup for this week. I love when my finds fall into handy themed categories like that! :)  Clearly I need to host a cocktail party, STAT!

I'm linking up to these great blogs to share my finds and check out what everyone else unearthed this week!

A Living Space
The Cottage Market
The Dedicated House
Sir Thrift A Lot
Everyday Vintage

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blogger Style Feature: Woman in Real Life!

I'm so excited to have my mini house tour featured by Joann over at the amazing Woman in Real Life for her new "Blogger Style" series! Check it out!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Thrift Report: Snowpocalypse Edition

Greetings from the snowy, frigid Midwest! 

I just realized that I haven't blogged since December!  It's been a challenging few weeks, to say the least. Two rounds of stomach flu, Christmas, going back to work (briefly) and trying to catch up, and now a "major weather event!" 

Yesterday, we received about a foot of heavy, wet snow in one day. That was followed, last night and today, by crazy winds and wind chill temps of -45 degrees. (You read that right!)

The *first* of six times time I shoveled the porch.

I lived in Canada as a kid; I'm no stranger to a good blizzard. I remember in 1996, living in Washington D.C. and hiking three city blocks to a supermarket in waist-deep snow. I secretly don't hate blizzards...I usually find them kind of exciting.

About noon yesterday. It got MUCH worse by evening!

The problem this time was/is the potential of losing power. Over 70,000 homes in the city are currently without power, and for someone living in a "vintage" [read: poorly insulated] house with a furnace that depends on electricity, these kind of temps are no joke. I've been flinching every time I hear a tree branch groan. So far I've been lucky, but MANY of my neighbors have been without power or heat for almost 24 hours. I'm hoping luck stays in my favor as the day progresses!

All of my neighbors across the street lost power...

Thankfully the university where I work actually closed - which NEVER happens. The mayor issued a no travel order, though, so they kind of had no choice. :)  Which means I get to stay home today and catch up on crucial tasks like blogging!

With all the holiday and weather chaos, I haven't don't much thrifting lately, but I've had a few good scores since Christmas I wanted to share.

First, I couldn't have been more pleased with this set of eight near-mint Fred Press "Celestial" glasses with carrier!

This tiny little hand painted sugar and creamer set is so charming. They look a lot like Ken Edwards pieces but I can't find any attribution for them and they are only marked "Mexico," so I'm not sure. I am sure I love them, though!


A fabulous set of silver band goblets in amazing condition! They had so much tarnish that I truly  thought they were painted black around the rims at first glance.


Last but not least, I am in love with this 70s/80s era brass clock. I totally have a clock problem, I know, but I don't think I can part with this one -- plus it's not working. I may just have to display it prominently in my home until I *happen* to have time to drop it off at the clock repair shop in a neighboring town. I know - such a shame, right? ;)

And that's the latest report from Snowpocalypse 2014! I hope those of you in the path of this storm are staying warm, and those of you in milder climates are sending us warm thoughts.  Especially for this chunky monkey, who (despite the superfly winter sweater I bought him) has refused to go outside to do his "dog business" since yesterday morning! Sigh...



Linking up here:

A Living Space
The Cottage Market
The Dedicated House
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