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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thrifty Thursday Vol. 28: Swap Meet Finds

Wow, I had a truly great streak of finds this weekend! First, I went to an estate sale on Saturday morning with Phillip's mom, where I found this great set of wood and metal trays:

After that, we went to a few yard sales, where I picked up these old buttons:

This child's toy iron from the 1940s or 50s:

And this toy stove from the 1930s. It still works!

The next day, on Sunday, Phillip and I had a rare day off together, so we decided to head over to the Nipomo Swap meet, which is an interesting mix of vintage items, used tools and electronics, and an array of Mexican items from food to clothing to music. Right as we walked in the entrance we found these shot glasses for 50 cents each, which match a set I already have.

The next booth we went to is one we have gotten great stuff at before, and it didn't disappoint this time either! We got another one of these black cat planters for $2:

This time we found a matching teapot too! Isn't it cute? Both of these are now in our antique space.

I also snagged this nice set of Pyrex bowls for just $15! I already have a set, so these went straight into the booth (but otherwise I definitely would have kept them!)

I also bought a few scoops of vintage buttons. It was $2 for all of it! You can see here that they filled up the red Pyrex bowl. I think I'm going to pick out some of my favorites and then sell the rest in the space by the jar.

This vintage drinking glass was the last thing I picked up in that booth. It was 50 cents. It's going to look great in the space with our other Asian-themed items.

As an extra bonus, the lady couldn't find any paper to wrap with, so she used this vintage Christmas tablecloth! 

The next thing I found was this cool mid-century serving platter. I love everything about it! I'm definitely keeping this one.

We moved on to another booth and I found this pretty shell bird beaded necklace for $3:

And this weird little snowman baby pin for $1. I'll put it out in the booth at Christmas time.

In the next booth we found this cute 1950s poodle statue and plastic gorilla. We paid $3 for both of them.

As we were walking by a dusty cart, I spotted this vintage restaurant tray, which Phillip loved. We got it for $1 and Phillip wants to keep it. He's a sucker for advertising characters.

As we moved on, we found this old baby doll in a box of toys. We bought it for $5 and it's now in the antique space.

In the same booth, I snagged this bag of vintage Christmas ornaments for $1. Yes, I'm a sucker for Christmas stuff.

The last booth we hit at the swap meet had a ton of great stuff. We probably would have spent more there if we hadn't already been shopping all morning. We picked up this beautiful elephant-topped box, which reminds me a lot of the one Phillip gave me for Christmas (shown in this post) and is obviously by the same company. I reluctantly decided to put it in the booth (but I may have inflated the price a little in hopes that it might stick around!) There is no brand or makers mark and I tried researching them online with no success. Does anyone know anything about them?

 We also found this great little puppet doll from the 50s or 60s which were given out to babies born at a local hospital by the auxiliary. It's in amazingly perfect shape for how old it is and still in it's original box too! We put her in the antique space later that day.

And lastly, I couldn't resist this tiny ceramic hippo with a giant bow for $1! It's going straight to my shelf.

Thanks for looking! I will be linking up at Apron Thrift Girl, Young Heart, and A Living Space, so make sure to stop over to check out everyone else's finds. Have a great rest of your week!


  1. Wow, great treasures! I wonder why they made the baby doll with such a sad expression?

  2. I think that gorilla is wax, not plastic.You should be able to turn it over and see the holes where they poured the wax(it's hollow).I have two gorillas and an elephant that look exactly like that except for the name of the zoo at the bottom(mine say "Overton Park Zoo").When I was a kid, there was this machine at the zoo and you could put your 50 cents in and watch it pour wax into a mold, and then you waited for it to dry and pop out of the machine.They came in different colors and a few different molds-gorilla, elephant,seal.When they first came out of the machine,they were not fully hardened and smelled like warm crayons so they didn't always make it home intact.The company that made the wax mold machines went out of business many years ago.

    1. Wow, thanks for letting me know, that's really interesting. This one is from the LA Zoo, I'll have to look it up.

  3. Amazing finds! I love those pinback buttons - I always pick up the funny ones. The hot and ready is my favorite. Now following!

  4. Holy Moly! You really took home a good haul!

  5. I'm green with envy! I love it all, but I'm super jealous of the platter and the prices you paid! And $2 for vintage buttons! Shut the front door. Good for you guys!

  6. Those buttons are great! You found some seriously cool stuff!!! Thank you for linking up. :)