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Ok, so I haven’t been blogging for a year. But I’m still playing along with Sophie’s Flea Market Find of the Year! I’ve had a hard time deciding, so I’ve narrowed it down to a few that are my latest favorites.

This past weekend I picked up these two gorgeous ladderback chairs at a church’s yard sale. They were leftover from an estate sale, and I was given the gift of a story by the man who sold them to me.

The chairs were his mother-in-law’s and the seats are needlepoint stitched by her and her sister. He also shared that her father was a local landowner and owned quite a bit of the area and that her grandfather was appointed to a gov’t post by Woodrow Wilson.

Antique Ladderback Chairs

This chest of drawers is a mystery to me, but it’s completely wood and was only $5 at one of our local DAV stores. Although the veneer is peeling up in a spot, it looks fixable and if I’m very gentle sanding it, I think I can restain it. Otherwise it’ll get a paint job. Can you see the way the top of the profile meets in the middle and almost looks only decorative? That’s actually side by side drawers!

Chest of Drawers

My last pick would have to be our new (original) Atari. For only $1 it was a real steal, because they can run upwards of $50 depending on where you find them. Now we play Pacman, Frogger, Space Invaders and more. Fun!

Atari and Games

If you haven’t had time to check out the other entries in the Flea Market Find of the Year, you can check it out at:

Her Library Adventures




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This past weekend was fun and busy. I saw the inside of several thrift stores and a church yard sale.

I’m coming down with a cold, so no lallygagging this morning. Here are the lovelies!


Stack 'o Books


A bunch of wonderful books. All but one of these are from the same sale, a small thrift shop booth set up at a local art show.




Two Hymnals. The one on the left is not from the booth. It’s St. Basil’s Hymnal published in 1935.  On the right is Spiritual Songs for Social Worship, published in 1881. Interestingly enough there are two hymns, handwritten and hand noted, affixed in the front.


Bobbsey Twins and AEsop's Fables


I was thrilled to find several children’s books at the booth. This Bobbsey Twins book was printed in 1918, a first printing I’m fairly sure given the Post-text ads in the back.

The other book is 1939 printing of Aesop’s Fables.


AEsop's Fables Cover


The forward is by GK Chesterton and the plates and cover by Arthur Rackham. As you can see, the pictures are amazing!


My Book House


The My Book House series is one of my favorites. The whole set was on my bookshelf when I was a child, courtesy of my dad’s childhood. I lucked out finding two of the 1920 editions of books two and three.


W&M Colonial Echo 1930 Yearbook


This 1930 yearbook, William & Mary’s Colonial Echo, is in fantastic shape also.




Just look at the portraits and pages!


Ads in the 1930 Colonial Echo


And check out the ads in the back of the yearbook.

If you’ve ever been to a church yard sale, you probably know that going late in the day can be an interesting experience. Most yard sales are fairly picked over by 10 a.m., but church sales have so many items that even late in the day there are sometimes great finds to be made.


Pyrex and glassware


Like this Pyrex bowl and Semco glass jar.


Margot Flower Prints


Or these flower prints signed Margot. The only lead I can find on these so far is that perhaps they are Mid-Century from Gold Bond Stamps redemption.


Atari and Games


Or an Atari with 9 games included. For only $1! My husband and daughter are in heaven. And yes, it works. We were playing Frogger and Pac-Man last night.

I’ll share some of my clothing finds soon, too. For now, I’m linking up to:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl


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Thrifting is weird. Although I know it logically isn’t so, it seems to be either feast or famine. Some visits to local thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets yield only a sunburned nose, tired toes, and a handful or steel crochet hooks or some vintage toy note paper. But other times there are so many treasure that you feel like a Clever Penguin indeed! This was one of those weeks, so here are just a few of the things that have made their way home with me.



Ironstone plates

Two lovely ironstone plates from Independence Ironstone (back). The saucer in the front is a Meakin in the Fair Winds pattern. The Fair Winds transferware pattern is based on original copper engravings depicting historical scenes of Chinese export to America. This particular saucer has a picture of New York Harbor during 1830. It’s in excellent condition without any crazing. Now if I can just find the matching teacup!


vase, platter and lampe berger

Vase, King Quality Platter, and Lampe Berger

I also found this lovely little aqua colored vase. It’s perfect to store my vintage knitting needles. Next to it is a pretty platter by King Quality (a Japanese company). Although it’s a little warped in the center and has some crazing and a bit of staining, I love it. It should look just fine once it’s had a peroxide bath!

The glass pyramid in the front was an interesting find. When I saw it, I though it might be a perfume bottle, but then I turned it over and the glass reads Lampe Berger. Now I knew that was familiar, but I still wasn’t positive that it was what I thought. At only 58¢, I thought I could take a chance. On arriving home I headed for my computer to see if I was right about what my mysterious glass pyramid was. For those who are wondering, a Lampe Berger is considered one of the best ways to remove odors and fragrance the air. Mine is missing its silver top and catalytic stone/wick, however those can be purchased online. I’m pretty excited by this find, because we’ve looked at these on and off for years, and they are super pricey.


Bag o' Buttons

Bag o' Buttons

This past weekend also yielded a large ziploc bag full of buttons. As you can see it doesn’t quite fit into my huge jar. There are some great buttons in it, as well as a 45 converter (on the left) along with a few hatpins.


Pretty tray

A pretty black tray with flowers. There’s still a sales sticker on the back. Apparently the owner purchased it from McCrory‘s for 39¢. McCrory’s was an old Five and Dime, and for much of my childhood there was still one in the town I grew up in. I can remember all of the elderly men, who looked absolutely ancient to me at the time, sitting around the lunch counter and drinking coffee.


Glasbake and Pyrex Butter Dishes

I also found two pyrex butter dishes and a Glasbake loaf pan. Glasbake is similar to Pyrex, and I’m happy to have another loaf pan for our homemade bread.


Glass Plates with Flowers

These pretty glass plates from the Fifties were a huge hit with my daughter. They’re really sweet, and the scalloped edges with the pearlized gold and silver paint is lovely.


Vintage Fabric

One of my very favorite finds, although picking a favorite is somewhat like picking a favorite child, is this fabric. It looks vintage and is really beautiful. It’s in perfect condition. Both the blue and the pink have about 4 yds there, enough to do a real sewing project with.


Closeup of Fabric

Closeup of Fabric

I’m not sure how well it shows up, but although the main background is solid, the print is sheer. Both pieces are just gorgeous!

All in all, an excellent showing for this week’s thrifting!

I’m linking up today to:

Thrift Share Monday on Apron Thrift Girl

Flea Market Finds on Her Library Adventures



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Most of my thrifty finds lately have been small. But that doesn’t mean a thing when it’s something you’re passionate about, does it? And coming across some small treasure tucked away that someone else hasn’t seen is such a wonderful feeling. Big or small, that item is just the thing you were looking for. Even if you didn’t know it when you walked into the store or up to the table at the yard sale.

Today I have just a few wee treasures to share. Each is unique and two of them are such a mystery to me! I’d love it if anyone has any knowledge to share.

Milk Glass Bowl

Milk Glass Bowl with Three Feet

My first find is this lovely milk glass bowl. It’s about 5 inches high and about 4-5 inches in diameter. The bowl’s actually a very solid white, but what’s most unusual is the fact that it has three feet. I’m no expert on milk glass and can only go by what experience I’ve had, but I’ve never seen this particular type of piece before. No matter though, either way I love it!

Note Paper

Vintage Toy Note Paper

When I came across this note paper by Hallmark, it was in a bag stuffed full of other cards and things. All of the other things were fairly generic, but this made me grin!  The paper itself isn’t vintage, but I couldn’t resist the design. And amazingly, it hasn’t been used at all!

Delicate Teapot

Delicate Teapot

This delicate teapot is a mystery to me. It’s a miniature, standing about 4 inches tall and it’s obviously handpainted. There’s no maker’s mark on the bottom, and although it’s extremely delicate (you can see your fingers through it – bone china?), my best guess is that it’s from a little girls’ tea set.

Delicate Teapot Base

Delicate Teapot Base

Interestingly enough, there is a bit of writing on the bottom. It’s of the type I’d usually guess means the piece is of limited production. Anyway, all that said, I have no clue anything else about it. If anyone reading this has suggestions or thoughts about this lovely girl, I’d be thrilled to hear them.

Matryoshka Family

Matryoshka Family

My last find is this sweet little Matryoshka (nesting dolls) family. It too, is a mystery to me. Now, for all I know this could be from IKEA or somewhere else that has somewhat weird and wonderful things at times. But there’s nothing written anywhere on the dolls, unless I’ve missed something. Aren’t they so cute with the Papa, Mama, Boy, Girl and Baby?

I’m sure you’re wondering what’s happened with the ironing boards. Well, they’ll be up for a post soon. I’m also busy working on a Ballard-inspired project that I can’t wait to share!

I’m linking up to:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures

Thrift Share Monday on Apron Thrift Girl


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Thrifty Wins!

While I’d love to say that I’ve been diligently at work finding some fabric for my two sad ironing boards, the truth is that I’ve been hovering over an equally sad daughter who just had all four wisdom teeth removed. However!

That doesn’t stop me from posting the lovely thrifty finds she and I made last week just before said surgery.

White Pyrex Bowl

White Pyrex Bowl

First up this white Pyrex bowl. It holds 1.5 pints and is in perfect condition. Most of the Pyrex bowls that I’ve seen and which are shaped like this, have a print on the side. This one doesn’t.

This next Thrifty Win belongs entirely to my 17-yr. old daughter. She’s a great fan of Opera and when she saw this, her eyes lit up! The records are in perfect condition, and there’s even a little story to this purchase.

Treasury of Great Operettas

Treasury of Great Operettas

When we saw this box of records, there was no price on it, so my girl went to ask for a price.  She was told that all records are 99¢, so this box would be sold for that, too. Well, when we arrived at the cashier, she was so sad to hear that the price was misquoted and it would actually cost 99¢ for each record it contained each ($10 for the box). She wasn’t quite prepared to spend that and left her find with the store, figuring it wasn’t too big of a risk, because it had already been at the store for a while.

As we left the store, an employee rushed after us and caught us on the sidewalk. My girl was told she could have the whole shebang for the 99¢ she was quoted to begin with! She was quite excited, of course, and rushed right back into the store to pay. What a deal and what great customer service, too.

Sewing Patterns

Sewing Patterns

Although I don’t sew nearly as much as I’d like, I can’t pass up a pattern I love. This time I was delighted to find some great dress patterns! And can I just tell you that I went to a parochial school, so for a while as an adult I wouldn’t even think of wearing a skirt? But look at the back of that Butterick dress, the one in the front. So cute and a bit of vintage styling to the front. A knee-length hemline and some great fabric, and that dress will be adorable!

1955 Happy Days Little Golden Book & 45

1955 Happy Days Little Golden Book & 45

Little Golden Books are one of my favorite childhood memories. I still have some from when I was a kid! So I was delighted to see this one, complete with the 45.

Happy Days Little Golden Book Detail

Just look at the cute illustrations!

It was just 50¢, and the book is in near perfect condition. The 45 is a bit scratched, but looks playable. I haven’t had time to haul out my 45 record player to try it out yet. I should probably do that soon, because we might need a new needle for it.

I’m linking up to:

Thrift Share Monday @ Apron Thrift Girl


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Well, I think I’ve accepted that my daughter is heading to college next year. The way I can tell? I bought her an ironing board. It’s one of those ones that stands up on little feet, so you can place it on the bed (a single gal’s most usual ironing spot). Still the cover’s not new, and let’s face it. Those stock covers are certainly not the cutest things we own.

Well, once I’d bought this ironing board at my local thrift store ($2.50), I quickly realized that if I was recovering her ironing board, I really should recover mine! Case in point:

Board Cover Old

Yes, I know that’s pretty bad. Don’t judge me! That’s just a bit of a kerfuffle with some fusible interfacing.

Really though, my ironing board has gotten a bit flat. The stuffing is bad in places. I have to be careful where I iron, or I end up with marks from the metal it’s made of.

So several weeks ago while I was at my local fabric store, I picked up some Insul-brite. It’s perfect for things like ironing boards and kitchen mitts, because it reflects heat and cold back to the source.

However, in a stunning display of cleverness, I didn’t pick up any fabric to cover these two desperate boards. Well, in all fairness, I did think I had some 100% cotton fabric at home. But it seems I don’t, so that’s why this is only Pt. 1 of the project.

Next up, finding some gorgeous cotton to make it more fun to iron. I’ll keep you posted.


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While I really wanted to go thrifting this past weekend, I spent my time on things that really just had to be done. And I’m not complaining! My daughter had a wonderful Saturday at a feis (Irish Dancing competition), and my house is no longer home to a herd of dust bunnies.

Although I didn’t find any deals over the weekend, I did manage to sneak in a trip to a local thrift store on Thursday evening. The store is under new management, which means the prices are higher than usual. However, it also means that the store is packed with new things! It’ll take some time to figure out whether the higher prices are sticking around, but even so I found a few really great deals.

Puntodue Mens Pullover

Puntodue Mens Pullover

This men’s sweater is a blend of cashmere, angora, wool and some manmade fibres. Gorgeous! It was a fantastic price and is an Italian runway design label which is super pricey when new. It’s now listed on eBay along with a bunch of other things, including a gorgeous almost new Esprit sweater that I’m dying to find a home for.

Steel Crochet Needles

Susan Bates Steel Crochet Needles, Szs. 8, 9, 14

New steel crochet hooks! These may not be antique ones, but they’re in fantastic shape and only cost 25 cents each. Susan Bates in sizes 8, 9, and get this – 14!

Tin Berry Box

Tin Box with Hinged Lid

The last item is a tin box. It has great graphics, including beautiful raspberries and gold scrollwork, and is still in fantastic shape! The paint isn’t chipped or worn, and there’s no rust. I really love that it looks a bit Scandinavian.

Tin Berry Box Int

Tin Box Interior

Inside were a few spools of thread, some of which are the old wooden ones. I’m always happy to add a few of those to my collection!

So nothing huge, but sometimes the little things are best, no?


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