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!
xoxo

44 comments:

  1. A camel saddle? Really? You find the most amazing stuff! Great conversation piece for sure. And what a great haul! All of it in one place? Goodness!

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    1. I know, Bea...this one was a big strange, even for me! :) And yes, all in one place. That hardly ever happens, as you know.

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  2. Heather I'm jealous that blue Dansk pot is something I would love to find and those icicle glasses and Pyrex plates great finds.
    Denise

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    1. Thanks Denise! I was excited for sure. I hardly ever find Dansk around here.

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  3. Heather, you are too funny! The thrift gods were not good to you, but great to you! What amazing finds! That store will never be as stocked with so much good stuff at the same time....yahoo for hitting the grand opening!

    OMG, a camel saddle? Very cool looking. Love the gorgeous dansk pot, the Briard glasses, and the restaurant Pyrex. Really, just love all of it. Yay for you. :)

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    1. Pam, I think you're right about new thrift stores being super stocked. That has typically been my experience. And I was happy to take some of that stock off their hands! :)

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  4. I've seen a camel saddle here before and wanted it so bad, but the booth it was in had an obnoxious price on it. I should have bought it dangit! A camel saddle...how freakin' cool is that?! Great find!

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    1. It definitely goes on my list of all time weirdest finds! I'm impressed that you've seen another one out there!

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  5. Fabulous finds heather! in love with the lattice edge milk glass! I scored a yellow Dansk pot once and I love it! Crate and Barrel sells them for close to $100. And that camel seat? definitely unique !

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    1. Thanks, Vel. Oooh, I've never come across a yellow Dansk in the wild. If I did, I think I'd have to keep it for myself!

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  6. So very cool!!! I love everything that you got. And seriously, a camel saddle?!?!?! Crazy cool.

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    1. Myssie, I can't help but laugh a little bit each time I look at it. It is indeed cool, though!

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    2. Okay, funny. I just saw a camel saddle in my local thrift store!! I mean seriously, we live in the Midwest!!! Unfortunately, they knew it was a camel saddle and had it priced accordingly...but it was in rough shape...like the camel rider must have fallen off a few times or something! What are the chances!!??

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  7. OOo which SA did you hit? I love the one on 86th & Ditch... they always have something!

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    1. Yes, that's the one! How long has it been open? They had all these "NOW OPEN!" banners out front. If you tell me it's been there a year or something, I'll cry that I missed out for so long.

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  8. Score! I have not been thrifting myself lately due to the crappy weather and school being out for over a week!
    Looks like you bought up all the good stuff!!

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    1. I definitely understand the crappy weather hindrance, Kimberly!

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  9. That camel saddle has to be one of the most interesting things to ever cross the threshold of a thrift shop, surely! I'm struggling in the thrift department at the moment, but fingers crossed my luck breaks soon! xx

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    1. Sunae, the store clerks gave me some weird looks when I was purchasing it. Pretty sure they had no clue what it was. Hang in there...your luck will shift!

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    1. Thank you! It's one find I won't ever forget. :)

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  11. A camel stool?! I've seen a similar looking stool around here and always thought it was a "western" thing. Now I hope to find one again to get a better look at it! Such lovely finds all around. So very nice of those Thrifting Gods to be so generous at one thrift! :)

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  12. You are amazing...it looks like you have traveled to the ends of the earth to find these amazing treasures! I am just sitting here with my jaw on the computer! And a camel saddle...what in the world...that is flipping outstanding! How spectacular would that be in a creative area for kids or displayed on a wall..so very cool! You rocked it...now I am bracing myself for this next storm they say is coming through tonight! All the best this week friend! Nicole xoxo I am so thrifting this weekend!

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  13. That is AWESOME! How unusual! Quite the haul there! I love those Reader's Digests with the pretty covers!

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  14. That foot stool is gorgeous! Incredible finds all around.

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  16. I love unexpected thrift scores, especially when it seems like you'll never find another thing worth buying. That has totally happened to me! It almost seems like it's cyclical. Anyway, great finds! I love the dansk pot and the stripey glasses. Oh, and the camel saddle bench is cool! We have one in our house too. I guess they were popular in the 20s and 30s.

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  17. You are so funny! I'm pretty sure I'd probably cross three lanes of traffic too. ;) You found AMAZING treasures, as usual. I adore the lattice edges on your milk glass plates. :)

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