Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thrift Haul: Collectibles, Pop Culture, and Mod 50s Goodness

Does your area have 50% off Labor Day thrift store sales? We get them here in Jacksonville, but I didn't go store hopping. It was nice to take a little break and walk around a natural park instead. Besides, 50% off high thrift store prices is still too much for my thrifty soul. I spent way too much at the thrift stores last week. This is what I found:


I took a big risk on these gorgeous pop culture cups. There are Star Wars, Muppet, Smurfs, and more from the 1980s. I hope they'll do well on eBay. Anyone have information to share on these cups? The lovely green bank lamp was from Goodwill.


I found this lovely 1950s kitchen (?) table at a small local thrift store. I'm always on the prowl for new furniture to sell or make-over.


There's a leaf underneath that you can push out and the top can be removed effortlessly. It's very lightweight and fun to wheel around. I'm selling it for $25.00.


And the table top's finish is a very mod turquoise with golden specks. I found the brass unicorn and vintage decanter set (with super sturdy case, actually dropped it and the glasses inside remained intact!) at a different local thrift store. I'm selling the decanter set for $25.00 and the unicorn for $9.50.


The writing on the decanter stickers is gorgeous! But when I really look at this, you're an insane lush if you need three huge bottles of bourbon, scotch, and gin on-the-go! Definitely a better piece to look nice on your retro home bar.


And I found one of my favorite "thrifter's" books, Collector's Style. With fun photos of how to display our vintage collections.


Of course, I drool over the robot photos! I already own a copy of this book. If no one bought it for $7.00 this weekend I may host a giveaway.


The mod serving tray was one of my first finds at the start of the year and it's still lingering around. I found the wire table and thought I might have better luck selling the tray as a mini table. I'll let you know how it goes!

I can't possibly keep it all! Everything in my thrift haul posts is FOR SALE. E-mail me if you're interested in anything you see! I also host daily deals this blog (the haul post prices are lower than normal) and on Facebook and Twitter.


What did you find this weekend?

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32 comments:

  1. I have that same bank lamp.I didn't like the brass though, so I spray painted it oil rubbed bronze.Much better now.
    Pretty liquor bottles and I love the novelty glasses.Are the little bitty ones shot glasses?

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    1. The small ones up front are more like small tumblers. They feature antique imagery in different colors. Definitely will follow-up with a close-up of all the glasses.

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    1. I need to take more close-ups on the glasses, they're gorgeous.

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  3. Great finds Van!! I love the little table....anything with wheels definitely gets my attention! I will also be taking a little looksie at the book if it's still in your booth today. I haven't seen that one so I would love to check it out! I went to a few sales Friday and nabbed some neat finds and I also went out for an hour or two Saturday morning. My finds include a first edition Julia Child book, an awesome humidity reader and thermometer set which have already been tagged and put in the booth, a humongous vintage paper cutter (I'm a sucker for anything office-y), and a big vintage wicker rocker that I'm delivering today. I went to the sale Friday and passed it by, went back Saturday, my truck was empty and it was half price...had to have it this time.

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    1. Yep, the book should still be in the booth today. Sounds like you came home with some amazing finds! I need to check out more yard/estate sales...

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  4. Those smaller glasses in front look like swanky swigs. Hard to tell in the picture. I would have bought them all! Great find! I once sold a set of smurf glasses on ebay for over $100! If I remember right, I think there were 12 different kinds. It was a few years ago. I go weak in the knees over glasses and just bought a vintage 50s cabinet that is perfect to display all our glasses. We use them, too, and with 4 kids, they break now and then, so I'm always buying them whenever I see them.

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    1. Good to know, I hope mine will fetch some good money on eBay as well. I'll try to list them today. Glasses are always at a premium at this house two, it's just my clumsy self and my roommate, but they will steadily break...we should use sippy cups ;)

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  5. I can't tell which Star Wars glasses you have for sure from the photos but I've sold some for decent money on ebay.. if you let me know what they are I can see if they're what I sold and give you more information? Leave me a comment on my blog!

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    1. Sure, I'll take a better pic for ya and leave a comment. Thanks for your help!

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  6. This blog rules. Really. I like your thrifting travel stories 'n' the interviews with international thrifters 'n' best jobs for thrifters. I live about nine miles south of the ruined metropolis of Springfield, Ohio. Once an industrial mecca, it is now a wasteland of gray. In other words: it's a picker's paradise! This weekend, my main scores were another Fantasia Products atmosphere light (a Regency 4000 tragically missing the spray!!), a wire-and-wood record player table, a vintage Arabian license plate (already sold), a Maddux white swan TV lamp, a bunch of Melamine cups/trays/plates (including a serving set in bitchin' 1950's pale turquoise), an early '70s record player/8-track/AM-FM stereo (fully functional), a pair of ceramic mushroom plaques, a butter cream rotary telephone, some vintage flowers 'n' butterflies shelf paper, humorous owls salt 'n' pepper shakers, 1950 Trains magazine set in binder, and a set of pristine Mohawk floral bed sheets (already sold)...

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! :) And those finds, amazing! I'd love to see the picker's paradise you inhabit.

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  7. I love all the pop culture glasses (of course!).

    The smaller cups in the front, I can't see them that great, but I saw similar ones at an antique market on the weekend & they had been priced at $8 each. I thought they were cute & had to take a peek at the price.

    As far as the Smurfs glasses go, I'm not sure if you have the full set of 8? I believe full sets go from the $20-$30 range for the most part on eBay. Maybe they'll fair better in one of your shops? I see antique malls here charging $6-$10 for these glasses.

    Good luck with your sales!

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    1. I always have trouble selling glasses at antique malls here. I've asked around and it could be that people associate them with thrift stores instead of antique malls. I may try it out though, who knows? Worth a try, I've never tried to sell pop culture glasses in the shops.

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    2. Good luck!

      And would love a thrift link up on your blog! Much more readers than mine..

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  8. I love the tiny juice glasses. I have two similar ones that were my grandmothers from the 40's or 50's. My mom thinks they used to sell them with pimento cheese spread in them.

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    1. Thanks for the lead on those! I love the antique designs on them.

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  9. I think your "kitchen table" is actually something they called a Baby Butler from the 1950s and early 60s. My mom had one for us kids growing up. It had different surfaces that slid out, including one that was a chalkboard on one side with the alphabet around it (as I recall...I was pretty young). Do you have a piece with a u-shaped cutout? That was a space for the seat that was attached. You'd put the baby in the seat and feed him/her, or they could use it as a play table. When the baby grew up, you could put one of the solid pieces in place and use it as a portable table. I think they're kind of rare now. Lucky you!

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    1. Ah ha! That's exactly what it had underneath, good to know what it was. Definitely had some pieces missing. I already sold it for $25 at the antique store. Thanks for the positive ID on the old piece.

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  10. i had that decanter set. sold it $35 on ebay. great Christmas gift! Ebay can get you a full living. I went from my own closet sales to a 1500 item store. thanks for all the antique mall tips. just opened my booth so lets see how that goes!

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    1. I'm definitely feeling better and better about opening up an eBay store as soon as possible!

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  11. Great finds! That mod little serving tray is so cool! It's really cool how you can gather so much info on items from so many different people. I would have never guessed that table had so many uses... Man, the interwebs is a wonderful thing!

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  12. Fab finds!!! I have a new thrifty linky on a sunday each week would love you to link up....http://family-budgeting.co.uk/2012/09/02/car-boot-booty-a-crafty-collection/

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  13. Do you still have that little table? I'm interested in something that will hold a laptop and a few things and slide into a corner where currently I have a secretary with the flip down writing surface and one thousand tiny drawers. I need a clutter solution, and the rolling table looks like it would work.

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    1. Sorry, it sold! It was a beautiful piece!

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  14. love your ideas on the grab bags, i did something similar for brooches in my store, with little pink lace cellophane bags. SOOO cute! you have great ideas. =)

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    1. Glad it helps! I can't wait to make more Grab bags for the holidays!

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