Monday, October 15, 2012

Thrift Haul: More Flea Market Excavations, Revealed

Let's look at more finds I unearthed from the bottom of boxes at the flea market this week! Always worth the effort:


First, a favorite find that brings me right back to childhood. The packaging on these three has a thin film of dust I'll carefully try to remove before selling them. I'm tempted to unwrap them and keep them. I'm definitely part of the generation who grew up with the original Ninja Turtles. I'm selling them at $5.00 each on the blog.


This adorable Nursery Rhyme plate goes against my new rules- I'm trying to resist anything with even hairline fractures, and you can see one clearly on this plate. But the illustration was too cute! Had to scoop it up. I'm selling it for $6.00.


Anchor hook! Isn't it beautiful? It's perfect to hang towels in the bathroom, hang your favorite necklace, or keys by the door. I'm selling it for $8.50.


And this tiny black unicorn was a fun find for my antique store booth where kitschy unicorn are oddly popular. Selling this little guy for $5.00.


Oh, my love for a pretty Japanese dust collector knows no bounds. In retrospect, I bet this little bowel will be hard to sell.


The inside is gold with gorgeous fan-tailed goldfish. That probably synched the impulse purchase for me, I've owned two. They're fun pets. Selling this bowl for $5.00. I love it for miso soup or making/drinking freshly whisked matcha tea.


Perhaps my favorite find in this haul is this kitschy Housewives Tarot cards. Each cards has a beautiful vintage-inspired illustration arranged with a great eye for design and mind for humor. The cuteness of it erases the creepy occult connotation that comes with the traditional deck of tarot cards. Want me to light some candles, sit with friends and my camera, and document a session with these thrifted, vintage-inspired tarot cards to celebrate the season? A post describing a session with these cards and following up on the alleged accuracy was on the editorial schedule for October!



I wish I could show off more of my finds but they're future birthday and Christmas gift and the recipients read this site. Are you getting your Christmas thrifting out of the way early, too?

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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22 comments:

  1. I know in her book Thrift Score Al Hoff has some advice on how to bleach hairline fractures so that they are not noticable. I don't remember the technique, but you might want to give it a try.

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    1. Ah, I have that one! I haven't finished reading it yet, but I'll try to find that tip and report on how it works for the plate.

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  2. I love the little nautical hook and the Japanese bowl! The plate is adorable too, hairline or no. :)

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    1. Thanks Heather :) ! I thought no one else would "Get" the bowl.

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  3. Van,
    I have to vote for The Housewives Tarot AND I think an October Tarot reading post is definitely in order! So, what's your question going to be?

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    1. Definitely gotta follow up with the results!

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  4. I found a Timber Creek Fishing Jacket w/25 pockets, a pair of reversible WearFirst Board Shorts and a Disney costume. lanasdreameBay

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  5. TMNT?? seriously!! my 19 year old would love those!! greta finds as usual! I don't see Yuko anywhere!

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    1. Yuko doesn't like to pose in front of the finds much these days. Especially since I don't take the photos as soon as I get home anymore. Bad kitty ;)

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  6. Your blog rules. Actually, I took this weekend off from my usual punishing route of SW Ohio rust-belt yard sales. Why? As per your post several weeks ago on storing one's thrift scores, I conquered my own personal garage-from-hell. Yes, I realize I'm lucky to own a garage, but it had turned into an abyss of disarray & chaos. It's also where I store my thrift treasure and where I box my sales so... anyway... Saturday, I kicked that garage's ass! That garage now answers to me and jumps when I say "jump!" It is organized with shipping table, repair table, photo studio table (!)... Yeah... (Truth is on Friday I hit up two yard sales 'n' two thrift stores on the way back from court in Xenia, Ohio (site of 1997 B-movie "Gummo") and scored pristine pair of blue 1974 American Tourister full-size suitcases; vintage wire drinking glass carrier; 1960 Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey game (to-die-for, I'm framing it); early '60's original Alabe Magic 8 ball w/ box; 1960 "Robinson Crusoe" Golden Book; vintage pole lamp (alas, without globes, so into the repair pile it goes); early '60's (?) Nevis & Smith table lamp w/ burlap shallow drum shade; miniature blue teapot lamp (maybe a TV lamp originally?); and a box of full-size 1950's working anatomically-correct robots (just teasing you on that last one).) Good luck with your new partnership.

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    1. Congratulations on the scores and kicking the garage's ass! You scored big time. Thanks for wishing us luck, we'll need it ;) Glad the posts are motivating!

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  7. can't wait to hear about the tarot card reading. sounds like it'll be hilarious!

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    1. Yes indeed, we're eager to play with them! Perhaps during the witching hour beside the glow of candlelight!

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  8. Oh Van, awesome finds. I definitely had those TMNT minis. Radical!!!
    Ya know I remember reading somewhere...or maybe it was a superstitious friend who warned me about not buying tarot cards secondhand. Dun dun dun! Cue the music.

    But since you're not worried of the whole imprinting thing, you'll be fine, lol. I have several decks, myself and was thinking of busting them for a read. This retro-style housewives deck is too cute.

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

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    1. I've been warned many times by different superstitious people about bringing home secondhand tarot cards, but it's hard to be scared of this cutesy Housewives deck. I'm sure I'd have thought twice about a creepy looking set in a dusty, black velvet bag...

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  9. Those tarot cards look fantastic, I would have been on them in a flash. I also would have scooped up the bowl; it is lovely and I can't get enough Japanese pieces. Read the comment about bleaching the hairline...I have read that bleach used with ceramics is the kiss of death to the integrity of the fired clay. I know you're not talking about trying to fool anyone, just make it look better, but what I read said that bleach will continue to eat away the clay body. Just watchin' out for you.
    Tell Yuko her fans want her there, just because she has lots of windows, she still has to make others happy.

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    1. Thanks for the tip on the hairline fracture. It would be interesting to experiment with a low-cost piece like that plate or others I have around and see what happens over time. I'll relay the message to Yuko ;) She has so much to explore in the bigger apartment she can't bother with my thrift hauls as much these days.

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  10. I actually found an Xmas gift for my eldest daughter who is very picky about thrifted items (better than my youngest who is pretty much NO to thrifted items)...a brand new still in the plastic TRUE BLOOD board game for $5. I just had to tell someone who'd care! :OD

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    1. Awesome score! And brand new makes it all the more lucky!

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