Monday, November 15, 2010

Thrift Share: The Vintage Autumn Haul


I took the name of the Thrift Gods in vain and they smote me; just like God smote MC Hammer with bankruptcy when he sampled Prince's incomparable When Doves Cry...

Before I penned my Master Thrift List local thrift stores were so abundantly overfilled with vintage opulence I had to hold back (Lest I become the next guest on Hoarders). I didn't find anything on my list this weekend, but the Gods of Thrift had mercy and granted me a couple of treasures.

Sushi Geta Tray
[Sushi Geta Tray $4.50]

I negotiated this tray down from $6.00. The thrift store cashier said he couldn't go any lower because he "Used to work at a sushi restaurant," and "they use these to make sushi so they're really expensive." (Lies, all lies!

[Sushi Geta Tray, Earning its Keep!]

I paid too much, but my tray earns its keep. Right now it's holding my tea cup, tea pot full of jasmine tea, and a glass of water admirably; protecting my desk from (even more) water damage.

Mesoamerican Souvenir
[Mesoamerican Souvenir, $6.00]

Again, too much for a thrift store find, but I knew this was something my friend would kill for. With eyes bright and earnest he proclaimed it his most treasured possession, mission accomplished!

Thrifted Pine Cone!
[Pine Cone, $0.00]

Nature Thrifting: I took a walk to admire alluring "trash" on my block, but instead of finding useful castoffs I discovered this beautiful pine cone. The hunt for more continues!

Vintage Postal Scale
[Vintage Postal Scale $1.00]

I barely made a profit on my last Etsy Store transaction because I underestimated the shipping cost. Never again!

Vintage Owl Lantern
 [Vintage Owl Lantern, $1.00]
I may even throw some multi-colored leaves into the mix, all haphazard like a crisp October breeze just blew through and fucked that shit up. 

The geometric shapes forming the impression of an owl is unique with this rustic medium. I can't wait to use it with a tea light! Can anyone guess what era this is from? Or who could have made it?

What did you find at the thrift store this weekend?

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15 comments:

  1. Loving your finds. Sometimes we pay a wee bit too much for something we love!

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  2. Yes indeed! I feel like banning myself from shopping after this haul of unnecessary bits. Shame!

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  3. Love the sushi tray. I love how thrifting has made us think paying $6 is overpaying :-)

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  4. Really like the little owl lantern. LOL on the sushi trays, I think the guy must have been funning around with you =)

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  5. One trick that I do for the shipping is that I make a low guess and then I add some of it to the asking price. And I make sure to remember it when I ship and the costs are a little off. I might make the shipping $3 instead of $5 and then an item might be $12 instead of $10. I also find the psychology of buyers feeling better paying more for the item rather than shipping, even if it's realistic.

    I LOVE that lamp.

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  6. No guess on the maker of your owl lamp but I know there are many owl collectors around. As for age, I don't think it is older than 1970s, if that.
    One big reason I hesitate to list things for sale is my lack of shipping cost figuring. And yet I find that people would rather pay a bit more for shipping if they think the sales price was a bargain!

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  7. I've got no clue about that owl lantern, but I love it. I'd guess the 60s or 70s though given all the metal work during that time period.

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  8. Thanks for all the guesses on the owl lamp. I guess it's mid century modern and damn awesome. That's all that counts.

    Selena: Thank you for the reselling tips! I will put those to good use!

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  9. Great finds, really love the scales! The paint I used for my cane table was "everyday fast drying enamel, interior/exterior in Heritage Green" I think I will need a few more coats though as my boys have designated it a great spot for scratching their toys and trains over and it's getting scuffed! Or maybe I should put it in our bedroom away from the rascals :-)

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  10. Hi Van! I'm a Van too! And a crazy thrifter as well *winks* I love your finds! I think the lantern is maybe 1960's 70's Mexican pierced tin? It's awfully cute! Van-na

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  11. Hi, Van. Nice finds! Funny you mention 'Hoarders.' I'm seriously addicted to that show. And I'm beginning to think that it's because I'm secretly worried of thrifting my way to hoarder-status some ten years from now.

    All the same, I wouldn't have passed up that sushi tray either!

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  12. Such great finds. I just love that vintage scale and seriously who doesn't love beautiful free nature decorations. We have several pinecones from nature walks around our home.

    :-)

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  13. Thats one of the reasons I haven't finished setting up my Etsy store. The shipping. Wish it was all easy like eBays where you enter the weight and it tell sellers the shipping by their location. Ugghh.

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  14. I always think it's worth paying a bit more for things that you really love. I only ever regret the things I've loved but HAVEN'T bought rather than those I have! :-)

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  15. I’ve been trying to exercise and drink more tea everyday. With www.geocities.jp/family_hong_kong/English/index.htm and these flowering teas, it’s been a breeze!

    Up til now, Jasmine Flower is my favorite!

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