Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Some Elves, an Angel, Some Shiny Brites........

I think I might be the only one in my family that is liking the elves - my 29 year old daughter isn't sure of them - that's pretty well guaranteed that she doesn't like them and my 23 year old son thinks they look evil!!  My husband doesn't seem to have an opinion one way or the other - but I like them -  I never had an elf before and now I've found five in a week.  These cute ones were $2.99 at Value Village.

The Christmas racks were full at VV yesterday - you just never know what you're going to find in those bags - there's a lot of junk but if you  look carefully there might be  something great - like these Mickey Mouse lights or some Shiny Brites -  two boxes of gold and one red box.    The lights were $1.99 and the tiny shiny brites were 99 cents for three boxes - the lights work and only one ornament is broken.    It's a miracle they are even in that good of shape, they were made in Japan so they're old and the way the bags fall off the racks at VV - it's just a shame to see the shattered ornaments on the floor.

I hope someday to have enough old vintage ornaments for a shelf - I have a way to go yet though! This angel has kind of a strange expression on her face, but she's still cute.  She has a made in Japan sticker on the cardboard base, I paid 79 cents for her at the Salvation Army.

I scooped these glasses up right away at the St. Vincent de Paul - the girl said they had just come in - lucky for me!!  The glasses came from North Pole, NY - Home of Santa's Workshop - they're frosted and just so nice - $2.  Does anybody know a website for identifying letters on glassware?  I've been on there before but can't find it now - there's a faint letter on the bottom of each glass.

I know there's going to be lots of great red Christmas posts over at Rednesday and just as many great treasures at Flea Market Finds - I'm going to check them out - you should too.....  And while  you're at it - check out Vintage Thingie Thursday.

Friday, November 25, 2011

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

I can't get this song out of my head - if it's going to be in there until Christmas, I will definitely know all the words.   I was listening to Christmas music on the satellite radio the other day and now I can't stop singing it!!  Last year it was Dominick the Donkey now it's  Gayla Peevy singing I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. Just in case you wanted to know, the song was performed in 1953 by 10 year old Gayla from Ponca City, Oklahoma.     Click on the video and give it a listen -   I bet it's going to stay in your head too!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Christmas Red and a Bit More

I went on a road trip yesterday to visit a friend - we had a great day - chatting, lunch out and shopping.  I probably should have been Christmas shopping but I didn't get one thing - but I did find a few neat Christmas items and some other things too..

I picked this up as soon as I saw it - it's just too cute - of course there was only one but I'll use it for a decoration anyway.  It was made in Japan - bought it at a real vintage price - 49 cents!!

The old Christmas lights are the best - I love the colors and the packages are always so unique too.  Price of these great old lights was $2.99

I've never seen one of these before - I bought it for the tinsel - what a great idea for a little tree.  Why don't they make things like this anymore?  Price for this was $1.75 - it was never opened.

My day was even better when I found a couple of pieces of Pyrex - this lime green cake pan - now I have three pieces of lime green

I don't see that much JAJ Pyrex - Pyrex that is made in England - and what I do see I don't care for it anyway, but this Toledo pattern is nice, I have one other piece and I use it all the time.  I paid $2.50 for each piece.

I'm linking up to Rednesday at Sue Loves Cherries and Vintage Thingie Thursday - always lots of neat posts on those great blogs - check them out!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Husband's Getting Crafty!

Ever wonder what to do with all those old wine corks that you think you have to save?   Finally, Gary did something with them and made this picture which is going in the game room - he bought the old frame for a whopping 50 cents, trimmed some of the corks to fit and now  we have something that's pretty unique!

I'm linking up with Strut Your Stuff Saturday - there are so many great blog posts there  to check out - crafts, recipes - lots of neat stuff....

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I Found a Knee Hugger

If I would have seen that heading a few weeks ago, I wouldn't have known what it was - but if you're browsing Christmas items on Flickr or Pinterest - you probably knew what they were - now I know and I want to find more!!  Yesterday I spotted one in a bag with three other ugly ornaments which are quickly going to be donated back  The bag was $1.99.  How cute is he??? 
I think if he had stayed outside any longer he might have gotten a tad cold - it feels like it might snow... I'm so happy to find a knee hugger!!!

I found these cute Charlie Brown ornaments in another bag for $1.99 - the same pattern is on both sides, even with using a magnifying glass the year is not that clear on them, it looks like 1962.

Another item that I've seen mentioned more than once on blogs is the Vera scarf - never saw one, never even heard of one before - but, it seemed like something to look for - yesterday I found this one at the Salvation Army for $1.99 - I looked through thirty five pages of items on Etsy - didn't see  not one like this listed.  I can't believe the range in price for these scarves - from $10 to $80!!!!

I'm linking up to Vintage Thingie Thursday - check it out and see what some other thrifters have found this week.  I have a speck of red here so linking up with Rednesday at Sue Loves Cherries - if you like red, that's the blog to check out!  There's also a very nice thrifting party at Thrifty Things Friday  - even more stories of great thrift finds over there.. check it out....

And, last but not least I'm linking up to Flea Market Finds - lots of thrifty goodness on that blog!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Friday Finds

I don't drink coffee but that doesn't matter when something looks so retro as this neat old coffee pot and the price of it is only $1.99 - it's just so cute!!  I've been trying to find out who the maker is but had no success yet - thre is a "G" inside of a wreath on the bottom, along with Japan.  Anybody know anything about it??

It's great now all the Christmas decorations are coming out at the thrifts  - hopefully the assortment gets better because it's not very good right now - a lot of it looks like it came from the buck store - don't get me wrong, I buy at the buck store but that's just not what I'm looking for in the line of Christmas .  I was going through a bin of Christmas stuff, it was all just thrown together and I spotted three of these Peanuts Hallmark ornaments, from 1993,  $1 each - I took all three.   I found this pack of Christmas bells for 50 cents, ribbon for $1.99 and another bag of buttons for $3.99

As I've said before, used books are one of the greatest deals - paying less than $10 for three books is such a great price!

I know that anyone out there that loved Nancy Drew will notice the book on the top of the pile, Nancy Drew books were just the best!!  This is a journal that I found in a pile of discount books at Zellers, price only $2.98.  I just love the cover of it!!!!

I got a great deal on some Pyrex too - I said I wouldn't be buying any Old Orchard but look what I bought but it came about in an odd way...

This is what  I spotted first - a Snowflake 443 with an Old Orchard lid taped to it - for $2.00 - of course, I wanted the bowl but didn't really care about the lid - I looked on another shelf and there was the bottom of the 475 casserole for $1 - so I took it - it doesn't look so bad!!!

These canisters are so handy for storage - I have two which I use for cocoa and brown sugar,and this one is in way better shape than those two - paid $1.99.

Today I'm linking up to Flea Market Finds and for the first time The Penny Worthy Project - check them out for lots of interesting finds....

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I Made a Button Wreath

I've had a bunch of buttons for awhile from home and lately I've been on the lookout for them at the thrift stores - a bag of vintage buttons for around $3.99 is a pretty reasonable price - you never know what's going to be in there - some are so neat, others are just plain old buttons..  I needed to find something to do with the buttons....

I've been browsing lots of boards over at Pinterest - it's SO addicting -  there is no end to the neat things that are there!  So, I decided on this button wreath for my first attempt at a button craft   - easy but it does take time - I used a wreath form but cut it in half to make it flatter, I also wrapped a wide ribbon all around the wreath and then started gluing - as many buttons as I could get on.  I used a ribbon for hanging but no ribbon would work just as well.

I'm linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff - check out all the recipes, craft ideas and just plain fun posts - I just discovered it this week - I'm a follower now!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Great Weekend for Thriftin' and Pickin'

Back home after a great weekend away visiting with our daughter and her beau - we had the greatest time - thriftin' and pickin' - from early morning 'til into the evening.  I don't think I've ever seen so much glassware and everything vintage - it was such fun!!  Pyrex was purchased by both Carla and I - she has already blogged about her purchases here - pop on over and see what goodies she found!

Before I even got to Carla's - we stopped at a Value Village - some one must have been getting rid of their Pyrex - there were more pieces to be had there too but I left them for someone else...

The orange and Autumn Harvest 402's were both $3.99  and the set of Homestead bowls added up to $8.97.

I also got this cute retro snack set - I thought that the set was missing three lids but I found the same set online and now I don't think so - they just stack - paid $2.99

This Corning Spring Blossom pitcher was bought at another Value Village for $2.99

Things were looking pretty bleak at this one warehouse and then we spotted a huge display - all the Pyrex was on the floor and it was cheap - compared to every other booth!!

I found some Butterprint, the 403 was $6.95 and the little 403 casserole was $4.95.  I traded with my Pyrex buddy Sharon and got the Ivy 441 little bowl - part of the chip and dip set - she said she could never find the larger bowl to go with it - my weekend trip yielded this bowl at the cheap booth - $8.95 - I saw it again later for twice that much - guess I'll be ordering the bracket soon from Carpenter Don.

I have never seen the Heinz Promotional dish before and didn't figure I'd see it anytime soon, so I bought it for $11.  I read online that Heinz and Pyrex had a promotion going that you would send in Heinz labels and get this cute little pan - it's such a different shade from any other piece.

My last Pyrex purchase of the weekend was also my favorite and it might be nearly my all time favorite piece right now - I can't believe I found this Golden Leaf bowl for $14.00 and with a lid!!!!    Isn't it pretty??

I found a few other treasures as well.....

A BoneyM Christmas album for 50 cents, a vintage set of Christmas lights  - bought more for the box than the lights and this Ontario license plate from 1958  - my husband was born in Ontario in 1958 - I'm putting this away for Christmas - it's a bit rusty but beggars can't be choosers when you're looking for a certain year!!

The weekend was great - can't wait to do it again but not for a little while!!!

Sophie from Flea Market Finds is hosting a Pyrex Party - since I have my new favorite Pyrex piece right here in this post, I'm linking up.

Also linking up with Suzanne at Vintage Thingie Thursday again this week - always lots of treasures to check out there as well.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fruits, Veggies and More at St. Jacobs

We took a weekend trip to visit our daughter and her beau - our first stop on Saturday was the Farmer's Market at St. Jacobs - our arms were laden down with goodies - there's just so much and everything looks soooo  good!!

How's this for cabbage? 

Purple broccoli. zucchini, candy cane beets which I've never tried before, garlic - what a treat to get fresh garlic - it's sad that you can only find garlic from China in the stores right now - why????    The onions are bigger than the turnip.  Fresh yellow string beans and the carrots - everything looks so tasty!!

Honey Crisp Apples and Bosc Pears - yummm!!

Carla gets Maria's Noodles every time we go - I'm trying them for the first time and I'm sure they won't disappoint!.  I also got a bag of yellow eye beans for homemade beans - our favorite kind!!

Once you've had a Montreal style bagel, you wouldn't want a store bought one - so, this is definitely a treat - there is just no comparison!

No trip to St. Jacobs would be complete without a bag of kettle corn!!

Favorite Flea Market Find of the Year

Sophie from Her Library Adventures is hosting Favorite Flea Market Find of the Year - I just read all the entries so far - everyone is proud of something different... my favorite flea market find of the year is this great retro juke box radio - bought for the small sum of $15 - a great find, I think!!    Click on Sophie`s link and see what our fellow bloggers are excited about and vote for your favorite.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ornaments with Hair

The little girl on the phone was always on the shelf in my bedroom, I think my grandmother gave it to me - I dug it out and brought it home with me a few years ago - that was it, had to start collecting more - the frenzy of that collection wore off but I still bring out a few at Christmas .  Most of them are Napco ornaments, made in Japan, they were a big hit in the 50's and 60's.  When I opened the box today, a couple of the girls had breakage and had to be glued - guess I better do a better packing job when I pack them back up!

They're cute, aren't they?

I'm linking up to Rednesday because I have lots of red items in my blog today -and there's lots more over there - check it out!

I'm also linking up to Vintage Thingie Thursday again this week.