To learn more about this unusual pattern visit Pyrex Love
This past week I went online and ordered a few pieces to complete items that Irene and I had thrifted over the past few months. We sell vintage items on the internet but we also shop there too.
This really cool retro Patio Snack Set was missing just one plate. Some people would pass by this, but it was such a good price, and we knew we could find a replacement plate. With eBay, Etsy and so many other websites, there's a really good chance to find your missing item. With the snack set I found several for sale on eBay. One was a plate and cup set. Another was just the plate. I settled on three plates with a "Make Offer" choice and free shipping. I offered the same as the lowest cost I found to replace just the one plate, and they accepted it. You do need to shop around for the best bargain if you plan to resell the set. I think I did pretty well. I have a complete set with two extra plates now.
This Pyrex bowl was another find that is missing the lid. I could sell it without the lid, but this pattern was so unusual that I went to Pyrex Love a great website to figure-out what pattern you have. This pattern was called Terra, and I discovered that the lid was well worth looking for.
I was able to locate a Terra Pyrex lid for sale on eBay. It feels good to put a vintage set back together again, and you also have a bit of fun if you like searching and comparing deals.
This find caught my eye right away. I discovered the lid first. A few months ago while thrifting in North Carolina. My girlfriend and I stopped in what I would call a Junk store. Items were piled everywhere and it was in a bit of a sketchy neighborhood. We were committed to look around after parking and entering the old house. I noticed a neat design half buried in a box, I started digging until I uncovered this lid. I just thought it was so cool! I could see that it was Pyrex, and I had hope I could find the base. After looking on the internet, I figured-out that the base was a pale yellow. I was able to find the matching casserole dish on eBay the first time I looked for it. Now that's about the only kind of thrifting adventure this sister is up for!
To learn more about this unusual pattern visit Pyrex Love
This Memorial Day I'd like to thank my oldest son Andrew for his service as a U.S. Marine. We are so proud of him, and everyone that serves this great country of ours!
I would also like to share our father's Civil War treasure story.
The night Dad brought home the Civil War pack and buckles; his ultimate thrifting find, is a very special memory. The story, as Dad told it started at the dump.
When we were growing up we went to the dump each week. Not just to take our trash but to look around for cool stuff. I guess it was a family event, because I found this photo of my uncle Tom and his son at the dump with us. Can you imagine using a water view property today for a dump! Well anyway, the story goes like this......
It was raining that night but that didn't stop dad from swinging by the dump on his way home from work. He was joined by just one other older gentlemen. The two made their way around, sharing small talk and poking through the piles. They both paused and reached for a leather strap at the same time. Each of them stood up holding half of a Civil War pack, shoulder strap and buckles. How it ever ended up at the dump is still a mystery to this day.
Dad mentioned it was a shame to separate the articles........then he noticing the man was getting soaked. He quickly offered to trade him his rain coat for the other half, and surprisingly the man agreed. Dad was really proud of his negotiating skills and his find, and so were we. My sister and I both took the Civil War articles for show-and-tell several times in elementary school. Dad proudly wore the US buckle on his belt for many years.
Do you have a family heirloom that you would never sell? Irene and I agree we would never sell this special family treasure!
The Tiger and Cheetah are the two newest pillows in our collection of Vintage Recycled Pillows. Whether you call it recycling, upcycling or re-purposing, it's really all about saving something that has value. I've always appreciated how much work it is to finish a needlepoint, crewelwork or embroidery piece. I did some embroidery in my teens mostly on my jean jacket, and then tried counted cross stitch after I was married. It takes many hours to complete a project. A few years ago I started buying needlework at the thrift stores. Some pieces had stains, but most just looked outdated in their old frames.
The tiger crewelwork is exceptional but with a water stain right next to the tiger's face who would hang this on their wall. I knew I could save this piece by removing the background fabric and sewing it to a new piece of fabric, like applique.
When I start a new project I take the artwork pieces to the fabric store. I walk around looking for fabrics that compliment the design and colors. Sometimes I use one fabric for the front and back; like I did in the cheetah pillow, other times I use multiple fabrics. Then I select the trim. I'm limited to what's in stock so it forces me to be creative.
Once I have the fabric and trim I select a zipper and thread. I sketch out my design then place everything together in one bag.
I decided the darker brown fabric would make the tiger design pop. The stripe fabric has a safari vibe and the colors coordinate well with the trim. I'm really happy with the way this pillow turned out.
The cheetah needlepoint was a little too small to cover the front of a pillow, so I trimmed the needlepoint picture in a wide rick rack trim and added the new cheetah print fabric around it and on the back of the pillow too.
I wish I could take credit for the professional quality of our custom recycled projects. We are so fortunate to have my girlfriend Carol do all of the sewing for us....she does such an exceptional job!
Mom was not successful in her attempts to teach me how to sew. I remember making one sundress. After the hours of arguing and the screaming match on how short my dress could be, mom said "I should divorce your father just to give him full custody of you two brats!". We knew she didn't mean it, she loved dad way too much to leave him alone with the two of us.......lol.......Jolene
Sometimes when thrifting we end up with a lot of the same items. It's not that we start out with a plan for what we want, like going to the mall with a list. You never know what you'll find at the thrift store. This week Irene came across a bunch of scarves and purses. She stopped at five thrift stores near us that she visits weekly, and at every store she scored great hand rolled scarves. At a couple of the stores she found the purses. It's cool to find a 50 year old bag with the original tag! The brown lizard skin purse is so nice I'm considering keeping that one.
I love this scarf, it has a cool texture and a groovy design. The green Dooney & Bourke purse isn't really that old, and not something we would normally place at the antique mall.....but we have a customer that specifically asked us to look for this brand.
The black alligator bag is fantastic with a suede interior. I think it's real, but I'm going to have it looked at before I price it. I'm always surprised by the variety of silk scarf designs at the thrift stores.
This Bob Mackie Cock-a-Doodle-Do scarf is so much fun! The colors are incredibly vibrant. It's so large it would make a nice topper on a side table.
The black crocheted bag with it's clear Lucite handles look like it could have been a kit and is handmade.
This black patent leather purse was a real surprise. After closer inspection we realized that the outside cover was reversible.....so clever and it looks like new!
The fabric side has a gold tread design with a pink and green tulip pattern, very petty for spring.
Irene also found a nice collection of red, white and blue scarves, a few by Vera, and all of these should sell well for the Fourth of July. The white crocheted purse is perfect for summer, and the beaded evening purses are nice too.....but I really like the black fabric purse with the the round handle.
Probably the best find this week is the blue refrigerator pitcher made exclusively for Westinghouse by the Hall China Co. Irene noticed it in a thrift store glass case earlier in the week. She waited until the ticket color on the pitcher was listed as half price that day, and then she bought it. "Sister you sure are an extreme bargain hunter!".....................Jolene
Having a partner in your reselling business can be a challenge but it works for my sister and I pretty well. It helps that we have very different personalities and that we take on different tasks.
I've always loved vintage linens and the fact is my sister doesn't even own an iron, so my job is to launder and press all the tablecloths and dish towels that she buys. Working full time at a day job means that my weekends can sometimes be swallowed up by chores I've put off for the antique booth.
I had a pile of linens two feet high on top of my washer, and Irene kept saying, "Are you going to get to them anytime soon?" and "I have room at the booth for more linens"....and the dreaded, "Let me just take them down like they are!" That finally motivated me. So last week I went through them and picked out several with stains to soak. Sometimes I soak the tablecloths for a whole week, changing the water and adding more soap. Ha, and my brother-in-law thought I'd never use this tub! I'm amazed at the stains that do come out. But there are always the ones that disappoint too. I've learned from my mistakes. No matter how many "How To" guides you read on cleaning vintage fabrics you'll make mistakes. I soaked this one crocheted tablecloth and scrubbed at it so hard, (stupid ketchup stains) that some of the areas fell apart. I had to have mom crochet new yarn into the design to repair it.
I love this fun retro barbecue tablecloth! I made the mistake of placing a silk scarf in with this to soak....I swear it was only in for a few minutes and when I came back to remove the scarf there was a dye stain on one edge that just won't come out. I noticed that one side had been cut off making the tablecloth uneven, so really the whole thing needed to be trimmed anyway. That made me feel a little better about my screw-up. But because I was lazy I almost ruined it completely.
I spent all of Sunday in my pajamas washing and ironing. After washing the tablecloths I hang them up all around my laundry room to let them partially dry. It's important to press them while they're still damp....that's the best way to get that stiff crisp feeling without using any starch. I really over committed on how many I thought I could iron in one day, my arm is still killing me! In between ironing I took photos, researched pricing, did my regular laundry and posted some new items on the website. Other then making dinner I pretty much neglected my poor husband the entire day.
These linen dish towels are a great find, the original tags are attached, the colors are still vibrant and best of all they don't need laundered!
In the end, after all that hard work I had three tablecloths that went to the booth and one on the website. Two others were cutters, with just too many holes to save. And the last two went back into soak again, I may lay them out in the sun, that can also work to remove some stains.
I know some Antique Dealers don't launder anything. Having freshly laundered items in our booth was a standard I decided on from the beginning, and I believe our customers do appreciate the hard work........Jolene
How many of us look back at our photos and wonder, "What were we thinking wearing that outfit!" I was going through some old photos of Mom and realized what a truly classic style she had. When I was young I remember thinking that Mom's style was out-dated because she didn't wear bell-bottom jeans like my friend's moms. Mom made a lot of her own clothes. She wasn't shy about the fabrics or styles she selected. All that mattered to her was that she liked it....and if Dad did too that was just an added bonus.
I especially liked the silver jumpsuit she made. I guess the space-race was her inspiration for that creation! Not everyone appreciated Mom's fashion sense......My aunt Elsie was over at the house one day and said "Ladonna if I had your figure I wouldn't wear those rags!" If you knew my Aunt you'd know this was intended as a compliment. Mom in true form came right back with, "Well Elsie if I had your money I wouldn't wear these rags either!" ...................Jolene
When I was planning to get married Mom said it was time for a talk. She wanted to pass down the advice she had gotten from her mother on how to stay happily married. Being that Grand-mom had been divorced once I figured she knew the difference between a good and a bad marriage, so I was anxious to hear what Mom had to say.
"The secret to a happy marriage is to be interested in whatever your husband does, and do it with him. If he wants to wade around in shit up to his ass, you put on your boots and wade in too!" and then she added, "and.......buy yourself nice lingerie, he'll never ask you how much you spent on it."
There's a lot to be said for that advice.
My parents were the happiest couple I ever knew.
Mom hunted, fished, and gardened right along side Dad......and Dad shopped, ate-out and visited friends with Mom. I guess they both got the same great advice!..........................Jolene
Our Mom's nickname in high school was Lucky because she smoked Lucky Strike cigarettes. We think we're the lucky ones for having such a cool Mom! Here are ten words and photos that describe our Mom, Ladonna.
Happy Mother's Day Mom...we love you!
Jolene & Irene
Sisters team-up to sell and blog about all things vintage. Irene, is an extreme bargain hunter and collector. Jolene is an interior designer that loves decorating with retro items and wears vintage everyday!