Monday, March 5, 2012

Thrift Haul: Colorful Groovy Finds from the Flea Markets


With a focus on cleaning and getting things done last week, I "took it easy" and only hit the flea market once this week. Yep, this haul is "small" for a reseller. Even when life is out-of-whack, you can never stop bringing in more merch if you want to keep making sales!


A vintage planter and a little haul of vintage post cards to add small ticket merch to my booths, most are from Puerto Rico.


More McCoy pottery planters! My collection is getting huge, I find these at flea markets all the time.


An Eagle on velvet. I like the dark mood and pose of this one, but the Eagle makes it too patriotic for my tastes. I hope someone who appreciates it will scoop it up soon.


Vintage books to scan and craft with and a book on advertising design. I have so many books to scan!


A couple more vintage toolboxes, haunted by a specter of Yuko! They're covered in cobwebs, gotta clean them up!


The Peanuts lunch box is in pretty bad shape but I took the risk and decided to attempt to clean it up anyway. I love that it has a Secret of NIMH thermos inside! I've never seen Secret of NIMH merch.


Other than the super loud and groovy vintage suitcases pictured first, this haul of patches is a favorite find. I'm going to package them and put them in the shop as smalls and list some online, between $3 and $5 each. I've already got fun ideas dreamed up to stage and package them.


Now I have to clean and tag all of the finds! Then clean...take care of those damn taxes...so much to get caught up on!

What did you find this weekend?

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33 comments:

  1. Wow! What a stash! Love that your cat is so interested in all your thrifted finds just as we are. Love the vintage suitcases and the car planter!

    x Aliya
    www.papermoonsandmacarons.blogspot.com

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    1. She likes to explore each new find I bring into the house :)

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  2. I was at Fans and Stoves this weekend and I saw a basket of military patches for sale. I'm sure you can make a bundle on them but if you're going to sell them as is they'd probably go for 1-2 dollars a piece. They don't cost much more from army surplus stores.

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I'm going to sell the pretty vintage soccer club and other big colorful ones in the $3 to $5 range and see what happens. hmm...

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    2. I might steal one of those soccer club ones to put on my purse :)

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  3. Will you be selling the black velvet eagle in your on-line store? If so, I might be interested in purchasing it. I have a thing for eagles! Great finds!

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    1. Yep, everything in my thrift haul pictures is always for sale! E-mail me at info@thriftcore.com if you're interested :)

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  4. How do you find such wonderful tool boxes? Every one up north here sells them for $20 minimum, even if they're rusted through. I've got plenty of ideas for repurposing them, just not that kind of start-up capital!

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    1. Even at the flea markets? I got these for one buck each. What are your re-purposing ideas?

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    2. And give away my secrets? NEVER!

      Basically, a bit of Art Deco whimsy. Ray Gun Cleaning Kit, Atomic Jetliner Repair Toolkit, Martian Field Supplies, etc. Spray them silver, maybe add some jet age knobs and lights, and label them as appropriate.

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  5. That car planter is super awesome! I'm becoming obsessed with nursery planters - they are everywhere!

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    1. I'm going to fill it with some donkey ears me thinks...I need to load my shop with the planters.

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  6. holy SMOKES those suitcases in the first pic are SA-WEET! I too found a handful of boyscout patches and gear a while back...have been going back and forth on what the best way to sell them is.

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    1. I love 'em too, I hope they turn around quick at the antique store!

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  7. love the suitcases and the tool boxes. sounds like you put in a pretty good haul given that you only hit the flea market. i love your cat too. :-)

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    1. Yep, not too bad for one trip :)

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  8. I love the tool boxes, too. I just saw a picture online of someone using one for a little herb garden. So cute!

    I have been thrifting for years and years and blogging forever but just stumbled on all of these wonderful thrifting blogs. how did I miss this??? :) Great finds!

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    1. AH HA! Using one as an herb garden is such a good idea. Might have to try that one ASAP...

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  9. Oh My Gawd - I need to thrift with you. I just picked up a vintage clutch at savers for 2.99...love a thrifting

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    1. The picking is good down here in Florida!

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  10. I love the suitcases but best I love your kitty. I lost my kitty of 20 years two wednesday's ago. She had good years but her time had come .

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    1. Wow, 20 years! Hopefully I can keep silly Yuko that long.

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  11. I think you need to start a blog just for Yuko or maybe start selling your images with her in them...she is such a great model and really helps set off the nice patina of the tool boxes! We found some fun tropical stuff up here in snowy Maine...now back to finishing the post so everyone can see them.

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    1. Hm...maybe a series of post cards with Yuko forced into silly hats! Haha! I've been calling her my "little lamb" lately because she follows me everywhere.

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    1. Agreed, they're super groovy. Bet they'll go quick :D

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  13. Ack!!! I HAD that Secret of Nimh lunchbox and thermos as a kid!!

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    1. Lucky lucky! My mom bought me a Barbie one but I envied my brother's Batman one...

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  14. I LOVE the McCoy planter!!! Haven't seen that one before....

    Yuko is sooo adorable. I love how she gets her moment of fame in your pictures. :-)

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    1. My collection is crazy, I think I'll take pictures of them today before I price 'em and stick 'em in the shop.

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