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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thrifty Thursday Vol. 62: That's One Big Santa!

Hi everyone and welcome to this week's edition of Thrifty Thursday, where I share my weekly thrift store/swap meet/estate sale finds.

The finds for this week are actually all from the week before last or earlier, as I spent most of my free time over the last week or so absorbed in craft fair duties. We didn't go to any estate sales at all last weekend, which is the first time we've skipped them in quite awhile. Hopefully we can make up for it this Saturday!

This Santa was one of our best finds! I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture, but he is seriously HUGE! He's covering the knob of the door behind him, for reference. The funny thing about him is that we actually had seen his twin in a different thrift store a couple of weeks before, but it was priced at $40. That's just too much! We agreed that he was seriously awesome, but we would only pay about $20 for him, max. Lo and behold, this guy popped up in another thrift store- for $20! We snatched him up right then. I think he might have to live with us permanently. The only thing is, he's pretty dirty (especially the beard) and I need to try to clean him. Any tips for cleaning huge vintage plush toys? I'm also going to make him a new belt buckle out of felt.

This next one is actually an antique store find (sorry if that's cheating!). Phillip bought it for me in a local shop. How cute are the graphics? On the side are suggestions of what to put in the box: discharge papers, mortgages, wills, marriage certificates, and dog licenses. I'm not really sure what I'll put in it. Maybe my passport?

This guy was from the same thrift store as the other Santa and I'm also keeping him! I've never seen a Santa on the moon before, have you? He's already hanging on our light fixture.

I found these white daisy earrings a couple of weeks ago for 50 cents at a thrift store. They're screw-back, which always seem to fall off of my ears, so I'm going to try to convert them to posts on of these days.

These dresses were bought at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago, but I forgot to snap a picture of them then. The left and middle one are in good shape, but unfortunately the beautiful green and coral one has a rip on the back of one sleeve that I didn't see until I got home! (I should have inspected it more carefully before I bought it, but I got caught up in the crazy estates sale atmosphere). I'm debating between trying to sell it anyway and maybe get back the $10 I paid for it, or hanging it on the wall in my sewing room as a piece of art. What do you think?

I found three of these shadowtone salad plates at the same time as the moon Santa. I think the design is really pretty and I might try to see if there are more to be found on Ebay. Or maybe I'll just keep one to hang up on the wall...

This last find is Phillip's, as you can probably tell. It's an R2-D2 cake pan- never used for some reason. I think he's going to list it on Ebay.

Well, that concludes my finds for this week, thanks for checking out this week's Thrifty Thursday! As usual, I'll be linking up at Apron Thrift Girl, A Living Space, Sir Thrift A Lot, and Joyful Treasure Hunting, so head on over and check out what everyone scored this week!

16 comments:

  1. Ooo, I love the giant Santa! If you figure out a good way to clean him up, I'd love to see a post on it. I see treasures like this all the time and end up passing on them because I'm not sure how to clean them.

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    1. Will do! I still have yet to try anything, but I did see some things online that involved baking soda, a vacuum, and laundry soap. I'll be sure to post how it all turns out!

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  2. I like your Santa! I bought a couple of smaller ones last year, they weren't dirty, but I spun them around in the dryer, just to kill off anything lurking on the fur!

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    1. Good idea! I wish he was even remotely small enough to fit in a dryer!

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  3. oh how cute is Santa? he is fab! he looks big, if I can't wash on a delicate in the washing machine I would have a go at hand washing, but I am a bit rubbish at these things! the dresses are just gorgeous, maybe replace the sleeves with lace (it is a divine dress, it would be difficult to part with it!) x x x

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    1. Yeah, I think that's what I'm going to have to do...I'll try to take some before-and-after pics to share. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with the dress. If it was my size I might go through the trouble of replacing the sleeves, but I actually bought it to sell so I'm not sure if it's worth the effort!

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  4. That giant Santa is awesome!!! I have no idea how to clean him though... I'm interested to see what suggestions you get.
    Too bad about the green dress. I'd try to recoup the $10, but you're so dang crafty, maybe reuse the fabric for something fun.

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I'll be sure to share any info I get on cleaning Santa. I'm still debating about the dress... I suppose I could list it on Ebay and just see if any vintage lover is interested in trying to repair it!

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  5. My cousin had that giant Santa back in the 1960s. He was a favorite toy of all the cousins.

    I like the Valuables tin. I am sure you will find just what to save in it.

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    1. I was thinking that kids would probably LOVE a huge Santa like that. I know I would have!

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  6. Ooh, I love that black and white plate! I've never heard of Shadowstone...interesting! We actually have a similar Santa in my family - he's a bit smaller but very heavy (feels like he's filled with sand or something) and has a distinctly evil face - otherwise looks just like yours! Evil Santa gets passed around from person to person over the years - it's quite the tradition. ;)

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    1. Thanks Heather! It just refers to that sort of air-brushed design. I've gotten a few other designs here and there and I think they're really pretty! Your evil Santa sounds hilarious! We have a similar thing going in our family with a slightly creepy doll-it gets secretly passed to someone else every year!

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  7. Aw, love each score you found, all gorgeous. Especially that R2D2 pan ;)

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    1. Thanks Van! Yes, the R2D2 seems like something you would have found!

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  8. Love those daisy earrings. I have a hard time passing up sweet vintage earrings even if the screw on backs don't stay on my ears. I have converted a few pair to posts so that I can actually wear them without the fear of losing one!

    ~Erica

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    1. Yes! I love vintage earrings, and for fifty cents I couldn't pass them up! How do you convert yours? Do you do it yourself or take it somewhere? I've just been prying the screwback off with pliers and then gluing a post on. They seem to fall off after a while, so I'm sure there's a better way...

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