Friday, December 05, 2008

Thrifting Thwarted Beading

Curses! Foiled Again!!

About 5 minutes after I wrote that blog post yesterday, my phone rang. It was my Mom. She heard from one of my Aunts that there was an estate sale across town with some cool stuff and dirt cheap prices.

Did I wanna take a ride out to it with her?

Well OF COURSE I did!!!

I haven't been to an estate sale in weeks. I love the little treasures you can find there. So, I turned off the ramping kiln, threw on some sneakers, and headed out the door. Turns out is was SO worth the 20minute drive.

Check out my latest thrifted goodies...

First up, my absolute favorite find! A full set of Corelle Lightware Snowflake dishes with service for 8. Last Christmas, my Mom gave me a huge casserole dish by Pyrex in this pattern. Who knew that Pyrex and Corelle were working together to make such fabulous things?!? This set has everything... dinner plates, lunch size plates, dessert dishes, cereal and soup bowls, coffee cups and saucers, butter dish, salt and pepper shakers, little chicken egg cups, and a small casserole too!! You are not going to believe how much I paid for it... go ahead guess... nope, you're wrong. I paid $12. YES, TWELVE. Oh.My.Stars. I know you are jealous.

You wouldn't believe the grin using these dishes put on my face at dinner last night. I remember my Grandma Kester had Corelle dishes and I loved having Thanksgiving dinner at her house on those dishes. They were so light and airy, but so pretty. *sigh* I love 'em. And I will kill my kids if they break any of them. LOL.

This blanket/comforter has me totally kicking myself. Any of you familiar with "Martha Washington" blankets, aka Bates blankets? I didn't know they were called that, but I was educated by the woman running the sale. This actually fits a twin size bed. My sister and I had matching ones of these when we shared a room living in Texas when we were 6 & 4 years old. They are a kind of cotton chenille. And HEAVY, so heavy. I bought it to put on Lauren's bed, but Ron got a load of how warm it was, and what good shape it is in, and said "keep it in the living room for keeping warm". Okay, sounds good. Why am I kicking myself though? THERE WERE TWO OF THEM!! Matching!! But I was being practical and only bought the one. I so should have gotten the other one too. How much you say? Again, $12. A steal, if you ask me.

I don't know what it is about old book. I love them. (I feel like I am saying "I love" way too much in this post.) I have this horrible feeling that the day after these estate sales are closed, someone goes into a house and throws everything that hasn't sold into trash bags. I can't bare the thought of books being in a garage bag. These are late 1800s-early 1900s book. The oldest is copyright 1869, and titles "Evelyn's Mistake". I love the old art work on the covers and the last language/way of speaking in the pages. I had to save some of them. Cost on these? 50cents each. The bubbly blue vase is from the sale too. I found it in a box in the basement. And it was only $1. It'll go quite nicely on my window sill that is collecting glass bottles. I love when the light comes through all those colors in the window!! Everyone should have a window sill with glass bottles. Everyone.

Last up, a simple chair. You might remember the vintage enamel table that I spruced up earlier this summer. Well, it doesn't have any chairs. I have been on the look out for plain wooden chairs to go with it. Mix match style. This is officially the first chair for the table. Simple, solid, kids-can't-break-it, someday-I'll-paint-it, kind of kitchen chair. It even has a handle at the top for grabbing it and dragging it to another room! It works. And I shelled out $8 for it.

Other goodies, not shown, is an old Bernz-O-Matic torch tin case. It is like a mini tool box, and just the right size for jewelry tools. I'll have to get a picture of it myself for you. For all my googling, I can't seem to find one. I think the case is great because 1)it is a lovely shade of vintage blue and 2) it was only 50cents. I also bought an old Pyrex 4 cup glass measuring cup. And a glass refrigerator loaf jar thingy. So pretty. And on my way out, found a vintage suitcase in fantastic shape just thrown in the garbage!! So, I brought that home too. All in all I spent about $45 and have tons of cool finds. A lovely way to spend an afternoon if you ask me.

Today's bead making plans are being foiled again, but I can't say I mind. Lindsey is coming by for some yoga, lunch, and Christmas pajama pants sewing for the kids. :) FUN!


lori g said...

I love Corelle plates. People think I'm crazy. But they bring back really fond memories of mashed potatoes, gravy and pork roast on a cold Sunday afternoon. They're so nice and lightweight too...makes clean up more bearable.

I pledge to get off my butt this weekend and find some estate sales!

Once again, you motivate me Kerry!

Anonymous said...

Kerry, I am turning oh so green! Great finds, congratulations to you. Enjoy your treasures.

Lori Anderson Designs said...

One of my very talented friends made an oh-so-cute swing coat out of a blanket just like that one (other than it was aqua, tres chic).

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

You can NEVER say 'I love' too much when you find such a great sale! Actually, I love that little duck egg cup in the first picture.

Ellen said...

What wonderful finds you have. I can see your smile from here!

Christine said...

Lucky finds! I love estate sales, too.

Lori said...

I love the pyrex. I have bought several pieces from ebay and use them everyday. to find plates that match is great. love all your finds

Anonymous said...

You should have gotten both bedspreads. When we were kids, we had those on our twin beds. They were passed down to us and I believe my sister and I were the last ones to have them as they were on their last leg. I remember how soft and warm they were.

Tammy M