Monday, July 29, 2013

Thrift Haul: Mid Century Modern Clocks, Lamps, and More From The Market

Flea markets are more than a smorgasbord of vintage hunting opportunity for me. There's a fascinating culture that goes with it, and each vendor's set-up is as mesmerizing as the retro and pop culture scores I excavate. With low prices, fun sellers, sunshine, fresh air, and fresh fruit to pick up along the way, I wouldn't miss thrift stores if flea markets became my only way to get merchandise. Last weekend I scored all the mod in this post for $7.00 from a favorite flea stop:


I added everything in today's post to my Southern Crossing mall booth and it might all be gone, but do e-mail me if you'd like anything you see. I was glad to get a nice hoard for less to stock up the mall since most of what I've got in stock is Etsy bound!


I tried to leave this sunny mod serving plate behind, but bought it home despite the damage. Love the geometric shapes.


My boyfriend found this groovy frog plaque in a box for a song, perfect for the bibliophile or frog obsessed among us.


And since we're on a plaque kick, this is the third plaque of this kind I've found. Always charming!


And I'm a sucker for this style of retro cartoony style kitchen plaque, love the random incongruous characters we have mixed in here and the splash of blue for color.


I managed to keep my cup lust to a minimum, bringing home this beautiful fox (is that a fox?) German-style beer stein.


I've seen many others like it but not one with an animal for a handle.


I also scored a mod table, magazine rack, and a retro sewing box. Loving all three of the glorious goodies.


The pattern on the table top is beautiful, it's quite faded so I was selling the table for $12.00 if anyone local wants to scoop it up. It may have already sold in Southern Crossing over the weekend. Selling the sewing box and magazine rack for $9.00 each.


And woah, big eye art. This one is too saccharine for my tastes but I can never resist retro art in this style. Selling her for $12.00 if anyone's interested, it's a big piece!


This adorable Hey Diddle Diddle kid's lamp is the first of its kind I've found without any of the character's arms or legs missing. Had to have it, though this type of lamp sells slow for me. Selling it for $9.00.


Here's a closer look at the atomic shaped magazine rack, if no one buys this beauty of $9.00 I may end up using it to host my hoarder's ransom of craft  magazines.


I'm on a huge lamp kick these days and the flea market delivered! I'd keep all three if I could but they've gotta go! Selling the two on the ends for $9.00 and the beautiful one in the middle (my favorite!) for $12.00.


I found another starburst Pyrex coffee pot, a beautiful small blue planter or dish (Made in Japan) sticker on the bottom and another lovely squirrel jar. The jar was intact but I broke the bottom when I got home, dammit! Selling the top for $3.00 if anyone would like it, would still make an another display? Garden decor, perhaps?


And I scored some more lovely needlepoint art work, love these things!


I love the Native American style pattern on the vase, the floral arrangement is very late 70s early 80s, I remember being fascinated by vases and arrangements that lingered around from this era when I was a young child in the late 80s.


And buttons of course! They were inside of the sewing box, I'll probably try to sell them as a lot on Etsy. You can buy them from me for $6.00 total if you need some buttons for art or crafting.


My favorite find was this glorious atomic style clock! Worse for wear, a bit faded and dirty, but those numbers! Glorious, I tell you! If you want a beautiful project piece with character (need a new clock kit installed) you can buy this beau from me for $9.00. As you can see, everything's priced to move with this haul. Gotta get 'em moving, lots to do!

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26 comments:

  1. Great haul. :) I love the "Hey Diddle Diddle" lamp! How much to mail it to Minnesota?

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    1. Hey Kristin, please send an e-mail to info@thriftcore.com with your zip code so I can calculate shipping. Thanks!

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  2. Wow, you did well this week! I love the lamps and the magazine rack the best. Oh, and the buttons! To me, the animal on the beer stein looks like a weasel. I agree that flea markets are the best! The whole atmosphere is fun and there are great deals to be had- usually better than the thrift stores.

    -Melissa

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    1. You're right, that probably is something more like a weasel. The tail isn't fluffy enough to be a fox.

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  3. That sphere lamp!!!! That magazine rack!!! Those finds make me sad I live in NC now because I would totally buy them from you! Awesome haul!

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    1. It wouldn't cost too much to get stuff to you in a flat rate box ;) Thanks for the kind words Johanna!

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  4. Great haul! That kiddie lamp might be an Irmi. Don't know how they are marked. Kind of collectible if it is. The handle on the stein could be a bear-- more German than a fox, but who knows? Cool magazine rack; could use that for lots of things.

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  5. Thanks for the ID on that. Will have to look into it!

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  6. I love the Hey Diddle Diddle Lamp! I had a similar lamp in my room as a child. I believe it was Mary and her little sheep. Great find! Especially in that great of condition. I came across a chicken dish similar to your squirrel. Did you get the bottom piece too? I was told it was to put casseroles in but I used it as a display piece on the kitchen table until I moved it into my office.

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    1. I broke the bottom piece of the squirrel jar, thought I'd try to sell the top anyway ;p That's a fancy and adorable casserole dish if that's the original use!

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  7. That clock! Ooooh it's awesome, great find! And the kitchen plaque with the little cartoons on it cracks me up. I've felt like having a disclaimer like that in my house a time or two. : )

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    1. I love the clock too, fun score! :D

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  8. You have to keep that atomic magazine rack!!! It's amazing!!

    Bummer about the squirrel jar but at least the squirrel didn't break!

    ~Erica

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  9. What an awesome haul! I'm in love with those lamps! My mom did the same needlepoint art work when I was a kid. I recognized it instantly!

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    1. My mom was more of a crocheter but the vase and the dry arrangement within bought me back to that bygone era :D

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  10. Nice Haul. There aren't a lot of flea markets here, probably because of the weather, so i'm always jealous of people live in places where there are so many. I love those white lamps, so cute.

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    1. Thanks Zorah, I'm lucky the weather here keeps them around year round, though North Florida can get surprisingly icy in the winter.

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  11. Is the white and wood lamp on the right end still available? :)

    I have one just like it and I would LOVE to have a pair.

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    1. It is, please e-mail your zip code to info@thriftcore.com so I can calculate shipping for you on it and send you an invoice. Thanks!

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  12. $7.00?? I'm insanely jealous! I can't find amazing deals like that around here. I did find some fun stuff at a recent estate sale (75% off day, wooo!) but your deals still blow them away. Although I'm in love with my mid-century trays and kitchen yarn art. I think I'm going to have a hard time letting things go to sell them, but hopefully it will get easier with time.

    My Recent Thrifting Haul

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    1. You get used to it, for me, I know I'll be hunting for years to come and will encounter my quarry again someday.

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  13. Yup, that clock is amaze... but you already know that! !

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    1. :D Indeed. It's already at home with its new owner.

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  14. Great finds. I can't get over how little you are charging for your items. That plaque about the opinions expressed by the husband is hilarious!

    Your baby lamp brought back memories for me. Once upon a time, I had a small collection of them, most of which I have since sold.

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    1. I was trying to move them quickly and a lot of them are a bit rough, do regret selling a couple things for less though. Gotta stop that, bad habit.

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