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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thrift Store Finds on Three Or More Tuesday!

Thrift shop finds, and a mystery thrift hint!

It is Tuesday, just barely, and I've got a "Three Or More" story, for Tam's blog party at The Gypsy's Corner. Visit here for other tales of Three Or More!

I have Mary at
Little Red House to blame for my new thrift store habit.

No one manages to present and photograph thrift shop finds as well as she. Her ability to make the humblest of items look spectacular reminds me of my Aunt Lillian, who could serve you a wilted lettuce leaf on a piece of tin foil and make you think you were dining at Lutece. Not that Mary's thrift shop finds are wilted lettuce leaves, but you get the idea.

On Sunday, Howard and I sent to the closest Goodwill Industries store. Our first time.

I came home with three things -- nothing valuable, but fun things:

A brass pineapple:

I like the look of old brass, although that might be because I really hate to polish it. It's like my theory that dust is a protective coating for antiques. This little fella will go upstairs to the yellow guest room, to keep company with the pineapple lamp on the bombe chest:

I think there's plenty of room for the brass pineapple on that chest, don't you? Now I need a few more things on there!

The brass pineapple opens up:

... but I don't know what I would put in it! Maybe safety pins in case a guest needs one. :-)

I also found a pretty pink shell dish:
It is from ...

Yup, Fitz and Floyd, from 1982.
It was marked $4, but blue tags were 1/2 off, so ... $2.00.

My sister Peggy has a Tiki Bar in her finished basement; my girls say it is "cheesetastic" and I like finding things to add to the beachy atmosphere. Howard found a light up palm tree, and I gave a funky shore bird statue from Home Goods, with the feet stuck on backward.

This dish doesn't have quite the same bizarre pizazz as our other gifts,
but it will do. I love the shell and coral stuff:

It will do nicely, holding nuts. For nuts.

And then, I found the little tin bucket:
...seen in yesterday's post. It is destined for the hall bath, where it will hold something. I would tell you what, but I don't yet know. The hall bath will get its "reveal" next Monday; I gave some hints yesterday.

The little tin bucket has a cute painted detail, on both sides:
So that is my story of Three Thrift Shop finds from Sunday.

Today, I visited a hospital thrift shop.

Oh my.
I found something, yes indeed I did.

What is one of the freshest color combinations in home dec?

Here's a hint:

I didn't buy anything at the shop today, but I'll be heading out early in the morning . . . .

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have been very lax in commenting on people's posts, and I apologize; family matters, but things are settling down. Ah, tomorrow is another day!

Thank you, Tam, for hosting! -- Cass


  1. Hooray for thrift stores!!

    Love all of your treasures - especially the Fitz & Floyd dish.

    Can't wait to see what the surprise is....


  2. Oh Cass I love all your treasures you got that pineapple would be great with mints in it for your guests...Just me thinking out loud again..Love the tin pail will it hold small guest towels by the again thinking...May you have a great day dear friend..come see me I post my entry with a few of my old antiques and I know you love antiques as I do...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  3. Yes, I love surprises too. I love all your thrift store finds. I love GW that's about the best thrift store around. and 1/2 off is always better. The pineapple is just wonderful and I love the shell dish as well as the wonderful tin. Great finds. Hugs, Marty

  4. Cass,
    What wonderful finds!!! My daughter would flip over the shell dish...she is crazy about anything sea related and pink is her favorite color!!! You are a lucky girl to come across such sweet items!!!

    I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!

  5. You found some great finds! The pineapple will go perfectly with the lamp and I just love the tin pail.

  6. All great finds. I have a similar Fitz & Floys shell dish, but in different colors.

  7. Hi Cass :)

    YOU are lax in commenting on people's posts? I think that the commenting police are going to give me a huge fine, because I've barely had time to brush my hair these days much less visit everyone LOL

    You found some really great things and you have got to take pics of your sister's tiki bar :)

    Oh and I'm not sure Rich would be too keen on Annie's green for the steps LOL


  8. Super shopping skills there.
    The pineapple should be filled with travel sized sewing kit, Advil, antacid, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes, floss etc. All the little details that people forget to pack. Then create a lovely little tag to hang around the top to explain what is in there. Something like:
    "For my Dear case you forgot"
    Also you should have a lovely carafe and water glass or two on a tray. This way if they wake up and have a headache they don't have to disturb anyone because the Advil or what ever is right there with water.

  9. I adore the F& F shell dish - I collect sea glass, spheres, shells, old glass fish floats...

    then I have eggs, nests, know how it goes! My favorite color is Robin's Egg blue but I love the tones of this dish and the setting you have of the soft peach/coral on an earlier find! Jennifer jennsthreegraces blogspot


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