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I'd Rather Be Thrifting

Sunday, February 24, 2013


image by Elsa Lang
I had great plans to get things done today. I was going to wake up, throw on a dress, wash some dishes, go grocery shopping and all manner of practical responsible things. And then this funk settled over me and I was in an awful mood. I tried Pinterest, painting my toes...I even moved the couch to the center of the living room so I could lay in a sunny spot like a lazy cat but nothing worked.

 Then Pj said "You need to get out of the house." and I agreed. I thought let's pop into goodwill and maybe I'll find a pretty vintage dish for a buck or two. That'll perk me up.

 Boy, was I right! I found two pretty dishes- one Cinderella bowl in the Early American pattern- my first pyrex bowl ever, believe it or not!  Also a really pretty blue-green melamac bowl by Lenox Ware.








 *On a side note- what exactly is a Cinderella bowl? I often thought it was in reference to the pattern. When we got home, Pj did some Googling and found this excellent post from Javelin Warrior's Cookin' With Love, which explains that:
 "like Cinderella’s glass slipper, these bowls were the perfect size and shape for the American kitchen"
Now if that isn't brilliant 1950's advertising, I don't know what is! Read more on Cinderella bowls on Corelle Corner.com *


 Spotted from the other side of the Goowill was this adorable vintage Swing-a-Way ice crusher, which matches my kitchen counters and tile. I don't do a lot of ice crushing but now that I have a sweet front porch with tin awnings, I think I need an ice crusher in my life for those summer days of sipping iced tea.





 The score of the day was this fabulous mid century book shelf for $7. I  have a perfectly empty space in the living room and we have a few boxes of books still in the basement from moving in so I'm really happy to be able to get my hands on all of my books again!






Nothing like a little thrift therapy to brighten a girl's day.

18 Responses to “I'd Rather Be Thrifting”

  1. That bookshelf is amazing for only $7! Great finds

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  2. Ahhhh shopping is always good medicine hehe xox

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  3. Great fun! I love the bookshelf and the sewing book :) Let us know how the ice crusher works!

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  4. I hope your thrift finds brightened your day a little Brittany - I got some real bargains last week and they definitely perked me up!

    Much Love

    Katy
    xox
    http://vintagewife.co.uk

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  5. Miracles do happen: a furniture masterpiece like that for $7! Lucky lady :)

    nancywilde.blogspot.com

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  6. Amazing! Love the patterns on the 'cinderella bowl'!
    www.AhkaVintage.com

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  7. I always try to make time once a week for a trip to the thrift store... you never know what you'll find! Shopping really does feel like therapy.

    Shop Vintage $10 and Under

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  8. I have the same Swing a Way ice crusher. It was my Mother- in laws. I wish our Goodwill had more vintagey stuff. thanx for sharing

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  9. the iron in the backround, we had that exact same iron growing up in New York in the 70s and 80s. It traveled all the way to California with us and my mom gave it to me when I got my first apt in 87. It finally died at some point in the early 90s. I get a little giddy when I see old items that I used to own. Is that your iron, or was the photo taken at goodwill?

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    1. Oh how neat!! Yes, it's my iron, I love that thing! I really wanted a vintage iron to match my board but I use steam very frequently so I was excited to find one with steam. It gets hotter than the sun too!!

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  10. Three very big cheers for therapeutic thrift shopping! There are few things that can lift my mood faster, too. Wonderful finds - I just adore your ice crusher (cute, practical and perfect for the summer months ahead).

    Wishing you a lovely, happy Monday, sweet gal,
    ♥ Jessica

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  11. So true about thrifting...it can brighten up even the suckiest of days. You had some great finds, especially your bowl ware. xx Shauna

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  12. Funny how you have all the best intentions and ... Blah. Thrifting is the best therapi, especially when you hit jackpot. :)

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  13. It was that very ice crusher in pink that started my vintage kitchen (let's be serious, and every other room) collecting. A friends mom gave it to me and said it looked like something I would appreciate. I was in high school then and kept it till I was out on my own. My color scheme doesn't call for pink, but I can't ever part with it and have it stored with hopes of my daughter using it in her (hopefully) vintage kitchen one day!

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    1. So sweet!! Now, pink- oh *swoon* It's funny, I saw this one literally clear across the store. I couldn't tell what it was, just that it was some vintage thing. There was a guy standing right next to the shelf that it was sitting on so I dashed right over to see what it was before someone else carried it off. I'll be making a lot of fruity frosty drinks this summer

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  14. Awesome finds! Watch out or you'll be bit by the pyrex bug :)

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  15. Oh no once you buy pyrex you can't stop!! I adore thrifting it's so exhilarating!

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