Wednesday, April 4, 2012

What's on Your Thrift Wish List this Year?


I'm always on the hunt for the perfect kitschy vintage goods to resell, but I also have a personal wishlist to fulfill. I found some of the long-standing items on my former list like my vintage yellow kitchen cart, red-orange tool box, and full-length mirror.

Now I need to score the following:


  [Antique Scale I have my eye on a similar one right now...]

1. Vintage Scale or Postal Scale: My scale only goes up to 2 lbs; upgrade imperative!

[Peekaboo Mod Side Table Holy Hell! Must find/make something fun like this! ]


2. Sexy Side Tables: Because my bedside table is patio furniture. Yep.


3. Mod Credenza: Because they are luscious, I tells you! I want one to sit my TV on.


4. Fancy Cookery: Quality knives, pots, blenders, and barware. Hey, I can dream!





5. Mod Curio Cabinets and/or Hutches: For craft/office supplies, files, and vintage stock.

Whatever I don't find I shall set to work to make for myself as I settle into my new space. 

What's on your personal Thrift Wish List? I'd mention specific toys, comics, and records but we'd be here all day...
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30 comments:

  1. I have two sources for cheap silk scarves and neither seems to have the slightest awareness of brand/designer names and their value. I'm going to score a vintage Hermes there one day for something like 75 cents. Watch me. :)

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    1. I'm sure you will! I was trying to buy a sunny yellow kitchen cart from our local anthropologie for years (they wouldn't budge) and I finally scored a better one for a song. You just have to keep hunting.

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  2. While the vintage postal scales have a great look, they are not very accurate and I would recommend getting a digital scale for actually weighing your packages. I used a vintage one for several years and finally had to cave to modern technology. I use an old stereo cabinet for my television stand - kind of the same premise but really doesn't have the storage like a credenza. Love the yellow dutch oven!

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    1. I use a walmart bookshelf for my "TV-Stand" ;) You can kind of see that in the 7th picture down: http://www.thriftcore.com/2011/11/getting-house-together-and-organized.html

      Hey, it works!

      I use a vintage scale and am always surprised by it's complete accuracy when I get to the post office, but I know I need to stop being cheap a buy a modern digital scale- it IS tax deductible after all :) Thanks for the expert tip!

      (Oh, and I just found an antique scale a lot like the one pictured today)

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  3. You and I are dreaming of finding the same mid-century furniture...I'm dreaming of finding anything danish or anything made by Charles or Ray Eames...that I can afford...which is where the dream part comes in! Nice to see what others are looking for...thanks for sharing.

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    1. We'll find out dream pieces one day, just have to keep hunting every day. My first mod hutch was only $15 at a yard sale a couple of houses down!: http://www.thriftcore.com/2011/03/thrift-haul-lucky-modern-yard-sale.html

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  4. did you see apron thrift girls' FB post yesterday or hte day before for a mid -century modern credenza? i think it was in illinois... LOL!
    my list has a pair of fluevog shoes, in my size, for under $20. a valuable painting that will allow me to retire early.
    a replacement for my large slowcooker that just crapped out on me last week.
    a small, sturdy, elegant secretary's desk
    an eclectic end table for my living room

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    1. Oooh...don't we all want that special find that will fund out lives forever ;)

      You've got an excellent wish list, my friend. I didn't see Selena's posts, but I'm sure a mod credenza will show its pretty face around here soon!

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  5. I too have a credenza on my list. It will be repurposed into an entertainment center.
    An Eames lounge chair an ottoman are perpetually on my list, I am praying I find one as a trash pick, cause I can't afford to pay estate sale prices for this.
    A small, round table for the kitchen. Current design with a smidge of mod.

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    1. I'm always keeping my eyes peeled on the trash for cool mod bits, too. If I don't find authentic mod to turn into an entertainment center I'll build a custom one ;)

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  6. we have been on the hunt NON STOP for a bookcase but with a drawers so we can hide what isn't pretty to see everyday. it would go in between our desk and counter so it has to be a specific width, SO HARD TO FIND! it is driving me nuts! but we will find it! i know just it!
    xo,
    cb

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    1. You guys might just have to build just the right piece. Of course, as soon as you take the time to do that you'll find the vintage one from your dreams for cheap ;)

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  7. Omg. Your scale only goes up to 2lbs? How do you function?

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    1. If what I'm mailing comes in pieces I'll weight each thing separately (including box/packaging) and add it up. If it's all more than 2lbs I check at the post office when I send out the next batch of goods.

      Yes, I must get a real digital scale ASAP and stop being a thrifty bastard!

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  8. Maybe you will get lucky and find a good replacement. My old scale weighs up to 25 lbs and quite accurate. I paid less then $3 for that scale during the final hours of an estate sale. Sure got my monies worth out of that buy.

    I am on the look out for a mid-century diningroom table. So far no luck.

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    1. I luckily found a vintage 25 lb one for cheap today- I shall put it to the test! :D

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  9. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

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  10. I love these top 5 lists! 1. I want a vintage typewriter! Every other thrift lover has one, and I want one. I'm being patient as possible! 2. mid century record player console (no I don't have room for it) 3.vintage fan. 4. atomic looking tension rod lamp with the cone shade things. 5. retro barkcloth curtains.

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    1. I have a gorgeous vintage teal van if you're interested ;) Loving each of the wants on your list, great choices.

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  11. I love these top 5 lists! 1. I want a vintage typewriter! Every other thrift lover has one, and I want one. I'm being patient as possible! 2. mid century record player console (no I don't have room for it) 3.vintage fan. 4. atomic looking tension rod lamp with the cone shade things. 5. retro barkcloth curtains.

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  12. Currently I am on the hunt for a gynormous owl wall hanging... preferably with the hooked owl clinging to a real branch. Hummmmm... that isn't too challenging! lol. A constant on the list are vintage dresses, tupperware & paint by numbers.

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  13. 1.An Eames rocker 2.more Fiestaware pitchers - a million, a trillion! 3. walking ware, which I collect - I love to find it in random places because it's hard to get in the US 4.Vintage cardigans in special colors (I'm a librarian, so cardigans are the cliche that works for me) 5.Vintage children's books to pull apart

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    1. Again, all excellent picks. I have one whole overflowing bookshelves dedicated to children's books. Eek...

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  14. Also looking for a mid-century credenza to put my TV on! I am moving at the end of May and I really hope I find one just at the perfect time to move it into my new place! Also looking for a sweet mid-century desk to be my sewing desk. I found a really awesome one on craigslist, with no price listed and when I asked, $300!!!! Um, sorry no thanks it's not *that* cool.

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  15. what a great post - love mid century works. i have a chair, and i chair-ish it :)

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  16. I've been looking for an old trunk for ages now b/c I am so picky about what kind of trunk I want - size, to re-do or a certain colour. It has to have that instant feeling of "this is it". I've come close on Kijiji but even then, nothing making me want to buy a given one. I almost do want to apologize to you b/c I did find a credenza this year. But believe me, it's well appreciated. :)

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