Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thrifty Thursday: Yard Sale and Thrift Store Finds

This week turned out to be a good week for yard sale and thrift store finds.  My husband was especially happy with his Father's Day present, although he's already talking about buying oak planks to redo it, so might get kind of expensive to get it restored (my husband has been longing for a good project to do, though, so I'm glad for him).

So, here's what we were able to find this week.

1.  We went to one of our local used stores first and the man who was running the counter that day (the used store is owned by a married couple) laughed as he heard me gasp in excitement.

I found a vintage 2 1/2 quart casserole in the Verde design (the bottom casserole seen above) for 8.00.  Not the cheapest find in the world, but it is so rare to find casseroles with their lids, especially the colored casseroles, that I had to have it.  I use my vintage Pyrex dishes constantly, so it was well worth the investment.

2.  Father's Day we went yard sale hopping to see if we could find any cool things.  I had my daughter give my husband her surprise gift early, instead of for Christmas, and he loved the custom designed mug she made for him with pictures of her and my son on it.  I got my husband a print of an old time world map.  It was smaller than I would have liked, but after I put it in a frame it came out looking pretty good.  My son had made my husband something for Father's Day at school, so I figured that Father's Day was taken care of.  Ahhh, but then we found the cabinet at a yard sale (seen above).

It is a combination TV, record player and stereo cabinet.  It is old enough that the TV has replaceable tubes in it.  The guy who was selling it had gotten it from his mother and when they ran out of space he'd put it in storage.  They were having to move due to lack of another needed bedroom, so he decided to sell the cabinet for 30.00.

The top of the cabinet needs work/needs to be replaced as the veneer that was originally on it has seen a lot of abuse, is chipping away and is out and out shot.  And the planks below the veneer aren't much better.  But the guts of the cabinet are good and the front of it is actually in decent shape other than the spot seen above in the lower left quadrant is going to need some added sealing as the finish got something spilled down it and got eaten away.  We've got to replace a tube in the TV (oddly enough, still available) and the record player needs some minor repair work done on the wiring (luckily my husband knows how to do all of that).  For 30.00, though, it was a nice find.

3.  At the same yard sale I was able to pick up two vintage casserole dishes in the cornflower blue pattern (the blue flowered dishes in the pile there).  I was able to get both with the lids, which was an awesome find.  Paid 1.00 a piece for them, which was a great find to top out the day.

In other news, I swear the way it is going I'm going to have Pyrex/Corelle/Corning Ware from every single line by the time I'm old.  I never seem to run into the same pattern twice *laugh*.  Love it all, though.

And there you are folks.  My thrifty finds for this week.  I hope you had some fun, too!


  1. I love vintage corning wear too! I like to mix the pieces up for serving. I also have a set of Old Town Blue dishes that are at least 25 years old and I use them everyday! I also have a set of the French White casserole dishes - they always look so elegant on the table.You can't beat pyrex, corelle or corning wear!
    Is it still hot up there? I live in the mountains of western NC and we are getting up to the mid 90's, so with heat and humidity it's well over 100 degrees here. This is unusual for us this time of year!
    Hope your head cold is better!

  2. I'm finally feeling better cold-wise now that the antibiotics have started toning down in my system, thank you for asking :).

    It's still hot for us up here. We're hitting about 80 right now during the later part of the day, which is over 10 degrees above normal for this time of year, so we've been using the air conditioner more than I'd like and MAN it's humid. That's the worst part because we normally have dry conditions, not humid ones up here. I didn't miss my clothing sticking to me during the day since I moved up here.

    Old Town Blue dishes! Nice! I haven't been able to find any of those as of yet. I have the snowflake blue pattern with the dishes my grandma gave us and I use those every day. Keep wishing I could find some casseroles and stuff in that pattern because it would be cool, but so far no luck. So much fun to hunt for the old dishes though!