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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Thrift Redux on a Summer Sunday

Lazy!  That's me.  I'm repeating a post from August 2009; if you've read it already, go play pinochle or sip a summery beverage while you read a trashy novel.

But if you are in New Jersey, do so indoors
as it's raining cats and dogs today.

(August 18, 2009)
On Friday, I put a bag over my husband's head
and stuffed him into the trunk of my car -- 
I had found out that a thrift shop that's usually excellent hunting grounds
(and which is closed for the summer) was going to be openFor. One. Day. 

We were going.

As it turned out, Howard had a blast. He found a brand new Gevalia coffeemaker -- the kind the coffee company gives away with its coffee -- with a thermal carafe, and it's perfect for Anne's new apartment. Way to go, Howard. Not worthy of pictures, but ... a good find.

I found more picture-worthy things.

I love white platters.

This one, at $5.00, called my name:

I used it on Sunday for some nibbles for our dinner guests.

They liked it!

On Sunday I also used these wine glasses:

There were 5 of them, $2 each. I bought them for Anne.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. But -- luckily, she doesn't like them,
so I think they will stay right here at That Old House.

I love the bubbly glass, the funky shape, the swirly stems, and the colors.

Some are aqua, some more a sea glass blue.

But wait! There's more!

Earlier this summer I brought home some double old-fashioned glasses from the beach house, that my parents used in the 50s and 60s. The glasses have white and gold leaves on them -- very Mad Men -- and every time I look at them, I get the ghostly scent of Scotch.

They are spike heels, shirtwaist dresses with big bouffant skirts, cocktail rings, and Chanel No. 5.
And I found their near-twins at the thrift.

Slightly larger, slightly less gold, but worthy of anyone's mid-century style bar setup.

8 of them. A buck apiece.
And these Annie does like, so off they'll go to her new apartment.

And that's it!

(Except for Howard's favorite story, at the bottom of the post!)

No ironstone, no milk glass, no painted plates, and I resisted an adorable chubby silverplate tea -- maybe coffee -- pot, with "Gimbel Brothers" stamped on the bottom. I wonder if it was used in the restaurant at Gimbel's, or if it was used in the executive dining room?

Bonus Round!

This is Howard's favorite part of our thrifting adventure.
As we were checking out, the petite, elderly church lady volunteer remarked on the aqua blue wineglasses.

"Oh, so summery!" She wrapped the first one.
"Have you tried that new cocktail?" she asked, still wrapping.  "I can't remember the name, but it's got --- " and she paused in her wrapping to rattle off a quite long list of major alcoholic liquids that, combined in a cocktail, would knock an elephant right onto his big floppy ear.

"It's quite delicious," She smiled sweetly, "and it would look just lovely in these glasses!"

Yes, Howard wants to come with me again. This time I won't have to stuff him in the trunk.  -- Cass

P.S.  An update from 2011 -- despite Howard's enjoyment of our thrifting trip and his amusement at the hard-drinking church lady, it's so far the one and only time he's come to a thrift shop with me.  Goodwill doesn't count; he can find guy stuff there!

Link Parties!

Chari at Happy To Design hosts Sunday Favorites, which gives us the excuse to recycle a story.  Click here!
And The Tablescaper is our host for Seasonal Sundays.  Click here!

Seasonal Sunday Teapot copyHappy To Design


  1. I find that it only takes one small (and often boring) guy-item to keep them coming back to the thrift shops with us. With The Great Dane it's a flag or a book on knots or a bag of bolts - good stuff.

  2. Oh my goodness I just want to pull a couple of grapes, some cheese and a cracker right off that white platter on my computer screen and EAT THEM.

    Well - - - I want to eat the grapes, cheese, and cracker, not the computer screen.

    I hope you shared a few juicy morsels with the hungry ghosts in the basement.

    Now - - - I haven't mentioned them in simply ages, so I was due.

  3. Those crackers look yummy. I have seen them on a few US blogs but we don't have them here in Australia. What are they if you don't mind me asking?

    Hope you have had a lovely weekend.

    Best wishes,

  4. You describe those mid century glasses so well. My husband loves thrift shops ... should I be thankful?

  5. You always go to Thrift shops when I am at work. I will gladly go thrifting with you.

  6. Jim loves Thrift Shops as well -- in fact, he's more the shopper than I!!!! Don't you just love finding things? Our shops don't have as many goodies as yours does -- for I NEVER find the good stuff in Thrift Shops! Now Estate Sales, Flea Markets . . . I'm still looking for a tea table! Sigh!

  7. I am loving all this rain!! Finally! We just spent a week at the beach with gorgeous sunny weather and drove back last night. Falling asleep to the sound of pouring rain was the perfect end to a wonderful week!
    I love your glasses too (and that grape and cheese plate looks delicious!) Thanks for the idea to join the Sunday links party - I am sure I could find a good post to recycle! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  8. Oh I love the story of the church lady telling Howard about the drink! and yes they do look very summery!

  9. Natahsa, the crackers are "Triscuits" by Nabisco. Very substantial crackers that hold up well to dips & spreads.
    We used to send my DH's son all kinds of USA items that he missed when he moved to AU. Like Bisquick & Heintz ketchup. Cost us a fortune! LOL

    Cass, I'm glad you brought this post back up because I didn't see it the first time around. There is NO WAY I could convince my DH to come treasure hunting with me, so "Bravo" to Howard. You found some very nice items!


    p.s. I betting the church lady was describing a "Long Island Ice Tea".....tons of different alcohols & yet, it tastes just like Ice Tea. The last time I had some, I ended up in a hot tub, winning a wet t-shirt contest! *blush*

  10. Nice finds. Your thrift stores have better things than the ones around here.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  11. That platter is wonderful. I love anything white. The church lady story is a hoot.

  12. What wonderful treasures, Cass. Lucky you. I always envy the finds you gals come upon.

    Would you be so kind to (& tell your friends) comment on my BLOG ONLY (emails don't count), for the Miracle Makeover fund drive. Charlie, 8 yr. old, & his story are fabulous. Every comment brings us a $1 for the next person that will be sponsored.

    Have a beautiful weekend.
    TTFN ~

  13. LOL! Great post and fun finds! There should be more church ladies like her! Have a great week!

  14. Cass~ I love a good repeat now and then. ;) That platter is to die for. I can count on one hand how many times my husband has gone to any thrift stores with me. He doesn't enjoy them but the few times we have been on a mini vacation he has gone with me. He enjoys spending time with me so he does have fun walking around with me even if he cant find guy stuff. ;)

  15. Awesome wine glasses. Why doesn't Anne like them??? Thanks so much for bringing your repost to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  16. Hi Cass....

    Loved getting to see this great repost, my friend! I must have missed it the first time around. found some pretty treasures! Love, love, LOVE the large fruit emabossed's lovely and would work quite nicely at my place! wink! Hehe! I also love the sea glass blue stems...aren't you glad that Anne didn't like them? Hehe! I have seen alot of that type of glassware...the bubble glass in Mexico. Of course, I am sure that they make it in the USA as well. But I love the pretty soft shade of blue!

    Girlfriend, there isn't anything that I would rather do...than to go thrifting! It sounds like you had a great well as Howard! I'm so glad that my honey enjoys going with me. He is such a dearheart and will stay for hours in my favorite antique fleas!

    Well dear friend, here I am very late at getting by to visit all of my Sunday Favorites friends. I do apologize! Maybe things will settle down a bit come Autumn. Thanks so much for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites!

    Have a wonderful week, Darlin'!


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