Thrifty Thursday Vol. 71: Golden Books, Pins, and a Globe or Three | Mint Green Sewing Machine: Thrifty Thursday Vol. 71: Golden Books, Pins, and a Globe or Three

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thrifty Thursday Vol. 71: Golden Books, Pins, and a Globe or Three

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

 Many of the finds I'm sharing today were actually found earlier today, in contrast with my usual habit of taking a week or more to get my finds photographed and posted. Today is actually my birthday, so Phillip and I both took today and tomorrow off so we could hang out and relax. Today we went for a drive up the coast and checked out a bunch of thrift stores and antique shops along the way. Here are some of our finds:

I was a bit hesitant when I first saw this copy of "I Can Fly," which was illustrated by Small World designer Mary Blair. The thrift shop was asking $5, but I realized this was a first-edition copy from 1950 so I decided to go for it! W also found this cute cow creamer and  little pink duck (an old Disney knock-off).

Another set of finds from today, Phillip found these vintage tiki mugs and the Polynesian girl bust in one of the Goodwill stores we stopped in.

Here's a few more finds from today: a vintage cash register toy (we think it's pre-1940s), a cool "Madrid" glass, and a flamingo glass, which I think is probably Libbey, but I couldn't find any info on.

Now, on to some finds from the previous few weeks. I actually got these two canisters and mod salt and pepper shakers for free! Phillip bought me a mid-century hutch for our 2-year anniversary, (which I hope to share soon). When I went to pick it up, the lady we bought it from told me I could have anything else in the house I wanted (all stuff left over from an estate sale). I was shocked these were still left!

I've been meaning to get a good picture of this funny sign that Phillip found a few weeks back. I think it would be perfect for a retro-style bar.

I've been on something of a pin kick lately and so I couldn't resist these cute little vintage cat and dog pins. I especially love the Basset Hound, which Phillip refers to as "Colunbo's dog" (we've been watching a lot of Columbo lately).

If you haven't noticed, I really have a thing for speckled California pottery dishes, and I can never really leave them behind at the thrifts. One day I hope all of my random plates, bowls, and mugs will end up as something resembling a set! I also loved this cute little gravy boat. There's no marking on the bottom. Has anyone seen this pattern before? I might have to keep this one for my own "Thanksgiving" dish collection.

Even though Christmas is months and months away, we still make sure to keep an eye out for fun vintage Christmas stuff so we'll be prepared come holiday time. We found this little elf, who is cool despite being extremely faded, and some vintage ornaments and a tree-topper.

For whatever reason, we've been finding globes left and right these past few weeks, which is great because their popularity seems to be going strong and we continue to sell every one that we put in the antique space (some faster than others, of course). I found the first globe on the far left at the thrift store near my work, and it's so pretty that I have to keep it! The middle globe is more modern but huge! The globe on the far right was a thrift find that was a little wonky when we got it and always tilted wrong, but Phillip managed to fix it and now it's headed to the Depot!

Well, that concludes this week's Thrifty Thursday. I'll be linking up at A Living Space, Sir Thrift A Lot, and Joyful Treasure Hunting, so head on over and check out everyone's treasures! By the way, does anyone have suggestions for some other fun thrifty link ups?


  1. I see those cows so often on blogs, my grandmother had a set, I sure wish I had them still...

  2. Happy Birthday lady! Looks like you had a good one. Love that cash register! And the globes....can never have to many globes! I sell them pretty well too, when I'm willing to let them go. :-)

  3. Oooh, that first edition I Can Fly! There's no way I'd pass that up even though I already have two different copies, hehe.

    Happy day after your birthday, I'm glad you got to take some time off to enjoy it!! :D

  4. I have one of those vintage registers. It encourages children to save their money, as when the user makes the initial deposit, a mechanism locks the swinging door in front [the part that says "Uncle Sam's Register Bank"] and won't reopen until the user has deposited $10 worth of silver coins. [Pennies don't count toward the total.] Folding money could be rolled up, slipped into the round hole in the back and eventually retrieved when the total "amount deposited" read 00.00 [$10.00].

    1. That's cool! It says something to that affect on the back. I think I need something like this for myself to make me save money!

  5. love that little book - great illustrations! and i think i've seen the same cruet set the other week and left them behind - why did i do that...? globes are on my wish list too, they seem to be hard to come across over here.

  6. Goorgeous assortment of scores, love it all and the compositions you made for the photos :)