If you’ve been following along then you know I’ve been having fun in the sun in San Francisco this past week. And I can tell you, I now know first-hand why Tony Bennett sang about leaving his heart in SF – yes, I have fallen in…
By now you know I love to get lost searching for treasures in tucked away places. And if you’re not into this, then I bet you’re wondering what a day of digging for gold really looks like, right?
Here’s a little run-down, a few tips before you set out:
1. Take your own bags.
Some thrift stores are starting to charge for their bags, and many rely on bags by donation. Why not save a bag – notice my friend Heather’s cloth bag slung over her shoulder?
2. Plan to pay with cash.
Some thrifting outlets will accept cash only; smaller bills and coin are best.
3. Keep handi-wipes and/or hand sanitizer with you – if you thrift you’ll know why!
4. If you see something you love, buy it.
Like this vintage fondue pot my friend Angie pulled from a pile! If you wait, chances are it’ll be gone next time you’re in.
5. When in doubt, snap a quick photo.
Text it to your trusted voice of reason for a second opinion! There are times you’ll be glad you did, LOL! Heather pranked my poor, unsuspecting hubs – had him second guessing whether or not I was really serious about this keeper of a piece. Might be rare vintage afterall! 😉
6. Know your prices.
I’m noticing a shift upward in the pricing, and that’s fair, but just beware that thifting isn’t always the bargain basement you’d think. These are vintage Baribocraft bowls I just happened to spy, and I can tell you that I’ve seen them priced all across the board!
7. Practice the one-in, one out rule. Hand over a bag of donations along the way!
8. And last thing…
Don’t forget to eat, and drink lots of water!
Treasure hunting can be so much fun… you just never know when or where you’ll find something cool and unique.
Like this vintage West Bend cake carrier, c. 1950s-60s. Pretty cool, huh?
It caught my eye when I was spending the day with my Kelowna pal, Carol (The Design Pages and mastermind behind The Bright Box). Did you enter the Bright Box giveaway yet? Better hurry, there’s only a few hours left!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise indicated.
Vintage tins and railroad tracks. What do they have in common? Well… This is a vintage MJB coffee tin commemorating ‘the’ monumental moment of 1869. The completion of the American Transcontinental Railroad. Even though I peeled the tape back I know it’s hard to read the…
Remember my Gran’s sewing basket from last week? Well, today I’m revealing the other vintage surprises I found inside.
Let’s start with these…
A partially strung necklace of pearls and a handful of loose pearl beads stored in an old Bayers Aspirin bottle! Do you remember seeing the bottle in the sewing basket?
Another partially beaded necklace, this one a double strand of pearls, tucked inside an old Pentracin Lozenges bottle.
Gran had lots of partially beaded pieces, and I often wonder if she was creating or salvaging. Having lived through the Great Depression, she was known to save all kinds of things. She would be a great role model in today’s world of the three R’s!
I really love the red beads. The little red flowery ones are painted brass, and I think they’re pretty old. Do you know how old they might be?
And I wonder about these ornate clasps… what kind of necklace did they secure?
Did you notice the rhinestones? Aren’t they pretty little clasps?
And here’s another clasp mixed in with vintage round disc mother of pearl beads.
I found similar beads on Etsy, 20 for $10! Who knew? The flakes you see are from a few of the broken beads…
I can’t figure out what this little strand of amethyst beads might be from.
But I love them anyway. My Mom’s birthstone was amethyst, so these create a little extra special meaning for me.
When I discovered this rare vintage cigarette tin c. 1930s-40s, I started to laugh.
My Gran WAS.NOT a smoker. Oh no siree. She did not drink alcohol, did not wear makeup, and definitely would not have put a cigarette to her lips. Which might explain the mint condition of this tin!
Here’s what was inside…
Vintage seed beads and strands of black sequins. And of course, a few more partially strung pieces.
Did you notice the beaded lattice in the bottom right? Here’s a closer look at it.
Two beaded lattice pieces, and a little glass bottle with matching beads. I’m thinking this was, or was going to be a choker. How about you?
Here’s a look at a few of the old glass bottles Gran stored some of these beads in.
And here’s a look at a few I’ve added to the mix.
I found these at the Dollar Store!
And just for fun, here are a few of the other things that were tucked away in the sewing basket.
Vintage fishing line…
I’m guessing this was used to bead with, but isn’t fishing line a staple for every crafter’s kit?
What do you think about this glitter glue pen? I bet today’s glitter pens are a lot easier to use!
And how about this mirror metallic glitter in a glass bottle? I love it!
I saved this last little treasure for last…
I don’t know if my grandmother embroidered these butterflies, or if she saved them from the work of another. I do know this could easily be her work, because she was incredible with her hands, and her embroidery was almost flawless.
This is the front of the piece…
And this is the back!
Isn’t it hard to tell the difference? The butterfly in the middle is the clue.
It’s so much fun to find hidden treasures inside of treasures. I don’t know what I’m going to do with everything yet, but I do know one of these days I’m going to do something. What would you do?
Oh, BTW, there was one more very cool item in the bottom of the sewing basket, but I thought I’d save it for another day. I’m hoping I can unearth a little bit of its history first! Nicole Scott, it made me think of you 😉
I’ve been featured over at Junkin Joe’s once again. Thank you so much Andrea for being such a super-duper host!
Thanks Savvy Mom for publishing this article in Savvy Stories ‘Home’!
Thank you for stopping by!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller