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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Goodwill Goodies Galore

My sweet little friend Emily (and I can say "little" even though she is a grownup married lady, because I used to be her Sunday School teacher, and I am 482 years older than she), alerted me to a most wondrous bit of news:

There's a new Goodwill store coming to the area,
into a big empty Saturn car dealership.

And the people shall rejoice!

Emily says that she is going to try and get there before I do, before I snatch up the best stuff.
I say, The game's afoot!  I know a challenge when I -- well, when I know one.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I had a pretty good time at our little local Goodwill.

Yesterday I teased you with a glimpse of what I bought, but today -- the Big Reveal.

First, a silverplated tray.

It's got these really cute little footies:

 Good shine, no wear-through, although of course it needs a detail polishing.
 I think this is a Chippendale edge on this tray.  Anyone?
There's a date engraved on the front; June 22, 1966 had special meaning for someone.

Now . . . remember what our mothers taught us?
You can never have too many pedestal cake plates!
 And so another one came home with me from Goodwill.
It's a two-piece-r.
 And . . . the pieces don't match.
 But who cares?  They are blue and white, and that's enough for me.
I love the leaping mountain goat, or whatever the heck this fella is:
 Made in China.
The plate says "Not For Food."  Well of course not!  Who would eat it anyway?  Sheesh . . . .
 Love the designs on the base:
 It's also a China import, not familiar with either of these companies.
 But it can multi-task!
It can hold cake, and it can also hold a bag full of other stuff that I got at Goodwill.  More on those later.
By the way, green tags were 50-percent off that day,
so I paid just under $5 for both blue & white pieces.
And . . . another pedestal cake plate!
 But this one looks oddly familiar.
I reach a milk glass pedestal down from the old cupboard's shelves and put them together.
 Well look at that, now, will you?
Our milk glass beauty now has a poor relation!
 Even their footies look alike.
 But while our milk-glass honey is all of a piece, no seams, no bolts --- our pretender to the throne
has its base haphazardly screwed on . . . and will need an adjustment to boot!

 There's a difference in the finish, the glaze, the design, too.
Our pretender is less crisp, more flat, and rather dull.  He also doesn't weigh as much,
but don't tell that to our Genuine Article, as she may hold the land record for heaviest cake plate evah!
 Our Genuine Article's lines are well defined and glossy, and very very white..

 But one thing our Pretender has is an appealing handpainted design.  Pretty well done, too, and kind of fun.
We forgive him for not being a genuine milk glass beauty worth loads of money.  He's cute, and now he's ours, and he'll join the rest of the cake pedestals as soon as he's had a good shower and shave.
 He, too, can multi-task.
And with the help of his step-sister, they are also holding up the mystery package of Goodwill goodies.

So what's in the bag?
 Demi-tasse cups!
Eleven sets, and all for $4.49, as the green tags were 1/2 off that day.  
As I've said before -- you get your best bargains on odd numbered sets.
People pay more for sets of 4 or 6 or 8 or 12 than they do for sets of 7 or 9 . . . or 11.
But since I'm not planning on using these for drinking teeny cups of cafe au lait -- as we
used to do when I was a kid -- I don't mind the odd number at all.
These guys are destined for greater things.

Involving one of these:

And one of these:

In the dining room at That Old House.

I'm following up on a three-year-old inspiration from another blog, but that's
blog fodder for another day, as is the project itself.

I hope you got a kick out of my new Goodwill finds!
The blue & white cake pedestal joins
my family of blue & white china:

And I am joining a few Linky Parties this pretty Tuesday!
Someday I will be organized and get my posts done the night before, and link up early.
But don't hold your breath.  -- Cass

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays ... hop on over to Coastal Charm.  Click here!
At House of Grace, it's Twice Owned Queen on this Tuesday.  Click here! 
A new link party, for this week only, at Privet & Holly blog -- show off your collections!  Click here!


  1. Goodies... Goodies....Everywhere!! Wonderful!! I sure wish we had a bonifide Goodwill near us!!
    Have a Wonderful Week!!

  2. I wrote you a private note, Cass. What a group of lovelies you found. Love the mis-matched together. The 'imposter' may well not be an imposter, but an older vintage piece. Read my note.

    Lucky you. Our GWs are worthless here.
    Have a lovely week ~
    TTFN ~

  3. BRAVO!!!! Great shopping trip! You make us all proud :-)

  4. Nice finds! The GW's around here don't have really good/nice things. I did not buy a very pretty pedestal cake plate some time ago, because it had "not for food" on the bottom. I thought cake plates were used for cakes - am I missing something? :D

  5. Cass, you found some lovlies at the Good Will! I love the blue and white pedestal thingy just because it's an odd piece. Interesting about the 2 milk glass pedestals though. You have a nice blue and white collection!

  6. Cass, darling, you are the queen of Goodwill. I love what you brought home. I will admit that I was wondering about you when I saw that you bought 11 demitasse cups and saucers (not exactly the most useful of china items, ya know), but your idea to use them as craft supplies is genius. That new Goodwill better watch out, 'cause you're coming!

  7. I am an absolute fool for silver platters with feet! Yours is fabulous of course. I just put one in our bathroom to hold all my stuff and I just polish it on every odd full moon. The cake pedestal is also a find. I recently almost had to wrestle a lady for a very fine glass one at an estate sale...but clearly it was in my box. The tree will be splendid with the wee cups♥

  8. Cute post and I love your GW finds and all that lovely blue and white.

  9. Sent you another email, Cass. Visit everyday this week to see our adventures ... really a great trip! I think in 2 days it is a really GREAT share of our travels & whom we meet up with.

    TTFN ~ Marydon

  10. I love all your finds! The cake pedestals are just lovely! I can't wait to see what you do with your dining room tree! I'll bet it will be stunning!

  11. You are a true treasure hunter! I love all of your fabulous finds. I want to go to GW with you!

  12. Great finds all -- our GW never has anything that good -- sigh -- or perhaps I just come at the wrong time!!!

    And I don't mind odd sets -- the set for 11 is really a set for 10 with a spare!!! That's the way I LOOK at it!!!

  13. I sure do wish we had a GOOD GW near us, ours never has a thing!!!! You found some great treasures!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  14. I love cake stands. Reminds me I have at least seven or eight so that would be a collection I did not think of.
    Would love to see some great finds in my neck of the woods. You did WELL!

  15. I'll be back to see what crafty thing you're going to do with that glue gun and the demi tasses! I have one or two lurking in the china cabinet and we don't drink from them...........

  16. I feel so honored! I'm in a That Old House blog post! Loving that blue and white pedestal cake plate! The goat makes it so unique.

  17. Oh . . . I need to find the closest Good will. (Just moved here.)

    I am coming over from Suzanne's at Privet and Holly.

    Glenda (link #27)

  18. You are the busiest woman I have ever met and I am eagerly awaiting your reveal of what is next with the Goodwill purchases and the hot glue gun and Christmas trees. You never fail to amaze me!

  19. Looks like you had a fun shopping trip. I will be interested in seeing what you will do with those cups.

  20. Super finds you have there. Can't wait to see this project you are working on and the rest of your score.


  21. Cass, I chuckled and
    shook my head in agreement
    the whole way through this
    post! Lucky you to have
    that big, beautiful brand-
    spanking new GW!! And I
    love everything you bought.
    The blue and white collection
    is a dream, as is your most
    amazing house. So glad that
    you stopped by for the party.
    Thank you for letting us take
    a peek through your window!
    xx Suzanne

  22. I love your finds! No Good Will around here.


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