Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thrifted Collections: Vintage McCoy Pottery and Other Fun Planters


I mentioned Planters in my Top 5 Things I Can Never Resist at the Thrift Store post. You can tell from these pictures and thrift haul posts that I'm mildly obsessed with them: with so many sizes, shapes, and bright colors, who can stop at one?


I've continued to encounter them nearly every visit to the flea market; my collection has really stacked up! As much as I love admiring them at the house, I'm finally ready to let them go as a group. I rarely build up a big collection before placing them in my antique mall booth, so I'm curious to see how these will do in the shop.


I've filled four quirky ones with beautiful shade-friendly tropicals and left the rest empty. The picture above shows three of my planters sitting patiently on a bamboo table in Treasure House, waiting to go home with a fellow plant lover. I have a feeling these would do better online than in the stores, but it doesn't hurt to try it and see what happens?

What's your biggest vintage collection? Any Favorites? Mine may seem like planters but the biggest collection is probably books. Delicious, buttery books. I think I'll dive into one now...
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34 comments:

  1. Planters? I have a few, too. Books? Too many -- and yet I always head to the book section of thrift stores and find more. Vintage tins? Yes -- especially in shades of blue. And brown. And black. Sign.

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    1. Haha, I can never resist books either. I loove vintage cook books and children's books especially, but I love all books...

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  2. I find a lot of planters, too. Lately it's been Haeger and Hull. I have a piece of McCoy that I absolutely love, it's bright orange with attached drip plate. Thanks for sharing =)

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    1. Oh, that bright orange one sounds delicious! Orange is my favorite color.

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  3. I collect Haegar planters almost exclusively and most in white and yellow/gold colors. I also have way too many books that I am going to try to sell soon. I collect Kodak cameras and the letter "R" signs. I also collect Missouri and Montana vintage souvenirs - mostly plates but other things as well. And I have started collecting things with eagles. And globes and maps. Wow, I think I need to narrow my focus - no wonder my house is so full!

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    1. I need to get to work selling my literal bookcase full to the brim of vintage books too. Actually, two bookcases...just for the vintage ones.

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  4. For some odd reason I started a collection of Carousel Bubble Gum dispensers. I did not mean to but I found two table top ones at yard sales one day (different houses) and shortly after another one on a stand. You know three of anything starts a collection...
    Now I have a hard time passing them up if they are glass and have the Carousel name on them. I don't even know how many I have but at least 10! (And we do NOT chew gum!)

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    1. I love the collections that just happen organically while you hunt!

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  5. Books have always been my obsession. I'm training myself not to even look when thrifting since I had to give so many up when we moved.

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    1. That's a good way to work sometimes, one time I skipped the books and my friend found a valuable one on the bookshelves which she kindly relinquished to me. It's hard to balance the need for valuable things to sell and the need to resist filling your house with books sometimes!

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  6. Love the orange telephone planter! My biggest vintage collection would be Pyrex.

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  7. I have the telephone planter in pink! Do you know who made those? Planters have become a weakness of mine lately too, but my only real ongoing long-term personal collection is yellow elephants of any kind. Because it's fun to say 'yellow elephant'.

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    1. I think the phone planters may be a bold of some kind? Mine had a signature at the bottom. I'd never thought there would be one out there in pink!

      I love the idea of a yellow elephant collection!

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    2. We think Cameron Clay Products of Cameron, Wv made the phones, check out our Facebook page of the same name
      Jane Smith

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  8. i love the garfield planter! i usually go for plates. i love 1970s collector plates.

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  9. I also love the orange telephone planter; too bad I'm too far north (VT) to pop over!; love your site though

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  10. Stop teasing me with all your pretty pottery... lol. My biggest collections are milk glass, vintage glasses, pottery, linens and a small but growing collection of bar stuff (on blog today). You have to count all your mccoy planters for me add shipping and tell me what I owe you. ;-)

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    1. Let me know if you see any that catch your eyes for real, I definitely need to downsize! You can e-mail me at info@thriftcore.com

      I love barware, too! I don't have a real bar so I sell my finds in the store as I find them.

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  11. Very cool! I have been picking up too many planters lately, and I always love old books on subjects I enjoy!

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    1. Same here, books get me every time!

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  12. Garfield planter, oh my!
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  13. I think planters are a great collectible. Most are small enough where you can create a wonderful display or enjoy your collection throughout your home.

    I am into lighting and pyrex. Due to space I try to be selective on my pyrex picks and as for the lighting, I have a few favorites that I hold onto, but most I enjoy for a while then place up for sale.

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    1. I love lighting too, but lack of space really keeps me from bringing anything but the best lamps home.

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  14. Mine would be books, too followed closely by clothes. I love your planter collection!

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    1. Ah, books, it's an eternal struggle to resist 'em...

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  15. I listed my addictions last time you asked and the list was too long then. Love that little dog planter, those eyes are too cute. I just like too many things. Bird wall pockets was the beginning of my first collection and I am overjoyed when I find one, but they are rare, at least around here. What would be fun would be to have thrift exchange, where you come to my home and shop at my stores and I go to your home, and shop in a new place. What would excite us, in different places? I see so much funky California things sometimes, I am turning green, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

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    1. I can send it to you if you need it ;) E-mail me at info@thriftcore.com.

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  17. PS....I hoard vintage clip one, vintage dresses and vintage suitcases....

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  18. I collect handmade crazy patch work quilts, and handmade knitted blankets.

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