It’s been a long time since I’ve found anything really good at thrift stores. I’ve just figured with the rise of eBay and the popularity of antiques & collectibles that I don’t stand a chance against the people who shop for a living. I’m happy to find something I like every now and then.
So imagine my face when I spied this on the top shelf at a Goodwill recently:
I’m pretty sure I did a classic double-take. Thinking the price was exorbitant (I’ve mentioned the broken $50 bedside tables I regularly find in our area stores, haven’t I?), I carefully turned it over.
And nearly dropped the plate I was holding when I saw the price- $4.99! Yeah- I know, I’m still shocked. And can I tell you how much I love this box? Sure, it’s only from the late 50′s or 60′s- not the coveted 30′s or 40′s boxes, but the lid is delightfully distressed copper, the white is creamy and only slightly marred and the “Bread” label is pristine.
I love, love, love it. And if that weren’t enough, I found a few other treasures at this small-town Goodwill that I rarely frequent (oh, but you know I will now, don’t you?):
Isn’t this a great trio? The large platter is from a California pottery, though I can’t tell which one from the faded imprints on the back. I loved the shape, though, and it was only $3.99.
I’ve seen the J&G Meaken Renaissance pattern dishes before and have always been drawn to them, so I decided to go for it with these bowls at $1.99 each. Now I’ll have some fun looking for a new thing at the stores. *smile*
Sweet vintage pots have been on my radar for a decade now, so when I spotted this creamy beauty, I picked it up right away. Know what? It was only $1.99, too. Score!
This is another one that I can’t read the markings. Does anyone know the pottery that uses this mark? I’m assuming it’s another California pottery company.
This oil painting was actually from a little thrift store we stopped at when we stayed at the coast a few weeks ago. It had a garish painted gold frame with faux-wood markings that was stained to boot. It’s taken me this long to get a coat of creamy white paint on the frame. I distressed it a bit, but decided not to antique it because that faux-wood graining reminds me of plastic, so I’m thinkin’ it wouldn’t be such a good idea to highlight it.
I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the colors are muted creams and greens and pinks.
Which looks wonderful with a couple of other paintings I’ve collected at thrift stores and antique malls that sport similar colors (remember when Brian and I showed you the paintings we like to collect?). All three of them have greens, pinks, creams and blues and are landscapes so I’m really enjoying them together.
Have you found anything good at thrift stores lately?