Antiquing, Thrifting & Vintage Finds

Antiquing, Thrifting & Vintage Finds

I love popping into antique stores at this time of year. If the store does it right, the setting is perfect for that old fashioned Christmas feel, and yesterday was one of those days.

As soon as I walked in I was greeted with antique tables set in the finest of china from years gone by, and sparkling chandeliers twinkling above. And as I moved in closer there before me was a table-top tinsel tree… a Mid-Century Modern aluminum tree! I had my camera and didn’t even think to take a picture of it 🙁

But it looked something like this – only without the ornaments.


It was marked at $39, which I think was a good price. But I didn’t buy it. I hope I don’t regret that moment of discipline, because later that day it was gone!

As I wandered through, I did find a few little treasures to keep.

Like this ceramic bowl made in 1952. I’ve been looking for another serving dish, but didn’t want just anything.

I love the swirly shape, and that it’s not too deep. This bowl is a light speckled gray and will pair perfectly with a bowl I have that was a wedding gift to my parents. You can see that bowl and a little story about it here.

And I picked up a few more vintage glass ornaments, which you already saw here.

None of these are Shiny Brites – I checked! They’re from Poland, hand blown glass ornaments like the ones Shiny Brites were modeled after. I actually checked a lot of the ornaments in the store, but I couldn’t find any Shiny Brites.

But the neatest thing was a little side comment I overheard as I was gazing at the treasured ornaments on the tree…

Two ladies were passing by and one said, “Oh look, here’s all the old ornaments like we used to have.”

She stepped in closer and spent some time looking at them, even picking up a few, and then she said to her friend, “They cost so much now.”

In that moment I could sense a little reflection, a visit back to that time in her life. And it was then that I actually decided to buy just a few more to add to what will one day become our own moments of reflection… of this time in our life.

I found another little something to go with the surprise for Kaleigh I mentioned here. I can’t reveal it until after Christmas though 😉

And for a moment I thought I had found the bar cart we’ve been keeping at eye out for. Do you remember Ms Martini Needs A Cart?

This one isn’t exactly what we have in mind. It’s brass, but the style isn’t quite it. And that turned out to be a good thing, because it was pretty wobbly. We actually want to use the cart when we do find it, so wobbly is not good!

After this store I shifted from antiquing to thrifting, and made one quick stop. I wasn’t really looking for anything, just browsing the household goods to see what was there.

And this little dish caught my eye.

It kind of reminds me of a tiny cloche! Can’t imagine why 😉

But I think it’s a mini butter dish.

I’ve never seen one this small. How about you?

I can think of lots of ways to use this dish, and it was such a fun little find. With this purchase my antiquing and thrifting was done for the day… but just for the day!

*Update – see the comment below from my friend Carol of The Design Pages

And this is why I love to blog. I am always learning something new! Thank you, Carol 🙂

How about you? Any plans to shop vintage, antique or do a little thrifting? Are you looking for something special for your own story, a piece that might become a reflection of this moment in time, too?

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21 thoughts on “Antiquing, Thrifting & Vintage Finds”

  • I’m craving antique store shopping now! If you’re on the hunt for a bar cart, I saw the most gorgeous teak one at Heather Ross’s store on W6th a couple of weeks ago! The store is called Heather Ross [In House] in case you’re interested.

    • You just made my day! I Googled French Butter Dishes… and guess what came up? The exact little dish! So now I know it is a butter dish, it’s made in France, and I saved $10 on it by thrifting 🙂
      Thank you, thank you – you rock!

  • I am way too disciplined – I wish I wasn’t but it’s a good thing. And that comment…oh antique and consignment stores are such a great place to eavesdrop as you will hear some neat comments. There is one store in particular down the street from my work that gets all different aged customers and it’s neat to hear or see what they are all hunting. I’m going to my Mom’s tomorrow and can’t wait to see if she has any Shiny Brights!

    • Discipline is a great thing, Holly! I think it makes one appreciate the things they do opt for, and already have. I can’t wait to hear how you do at your mom’s with the Shiny Brites!

  • Hi Sheila,
    next time you’re out and about thrifting and antiquing, should you come accross a set of 6, 8 or 10 nice coasters, cork or straw, no metal or ceramic, let me know, PLEASE.

    • Hi Konrad,
      I will definitely keep my eyes open for you… and how about wood? Is that an option, or a definite no?
      It’s always so much fun when you are looking for ‘something’ – it ups the ante of the hunt 🙂
      xo Sheila

  • Love what you bought Sheila and can’t wait to see your daughter’s surprise. I went into an antique shop a few days ago as well looking for some vintage ornaments…no luck but as you know, it’s all about the fun of the hunt!

    • Wow, Linda. I’m trying to fathom no vintage ornaments. That’s making me sit up and take note, because where I picked these up, the tree was fully decorated with them. I mentioned this to my husband, and we agreed that it’s great reminder they’re going to be harder and harder to find… You are right about the fun of the hunt, so good luck with your hunt! 🙂

  • Hi Sheila,
    I’ve been following your posts and look forward to reading each one. Great ideas and stories…..keep them coming! Ps. from Charlotte City now livig in Stewart,BC

    • Hi Linda!
      Wow, thank you so much for leaving a comment. I’m really happy to know you’re enjoying the posts, and it’s neat because you can connect on the level of knowing who I am, my family, the Charlottes, all that. What a small world! How is Stewart? Have you lived there for long?
      Take care, and thank you again for following my blog. I really appreciate it 🙂
      xo Sheila

  • I love that serving dish- very pretty! I have not been browing for a while- it is past time to go! I too love the little butter bowl! I like it best because it is so small- love small little things.

    • Thank you, Kelly! You’re the first person to comment on the bowl. The photo didn’t capture its colour very well, but it really is a pretty bowl. I’m excited to pair it with the other one! I hope you can get out browsing the antique shops. They always seem to have so much in them at this time of the year, and some very cool things at that!

  • I really like this. Shabby Chic is definitely a type of
    Feng Shui, giving a relaxed, soft and feminine feel.
    A very beautiful way of decorating making people want
    to come in and relax, which is why it can also be known as the cottage feel.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! I totally agree, a little Wabi Sabi mabye, which in a way is an oxymoron to Feng Shui, but when you stop to really think about it, makes so much sense!! There’s something very welcoming and comforting about Shabby Chic, and that’s really the key to me in the end.

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