Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A-Junking I Did Go

And I came home with all sorts of fun finds. Taking the slow way home can be dangerous if you like to stop at thrift shops and such places. Here's some of what I came home with recently:

Two of my favorite finds were a cotton bedspread embroidered with flower baskets and a book called The Story of the Lily of the Valley. It's a romance I think, but I just like the cover and the title. The metal switchplate is cool, and it will find a place here at the house. I liked the bird nests book and the Little Golden Books too. The crystal clock needs a battery (like the other half dozen I've bought!); the wedding cake jar needs cleaning but it has gold trim which is a little different from others I've seen. The amber bowl is 60's or 70's and the little dish inside it is apple shaped, so cute.


An older wicker basket with dried flower candle rings, a wall hanging and 3 stainless steel bowls will all go in my booth probably. Two of the bowls have hanging rings which I like. The pretty plate in the background was a Goodwill find; no indication of who made it or where but I love it.

There are 11 of these spice bottles, all very clean. I bet there were 12 originally! The small blue plate is very likely from the 1920's-30's; that shape of plate was popular then.


I buy linen kitchen towels where ever I see them and got lucky to find the green and white on hanging on the chair. I also found some ivy linen napkins and a pink linen tablecloth. The three-candle candlabra and bowl is a Teleflora item, but isn't it pretty? Behind it is a Pyrex coffee carafe, and between them is an incomplete set of what I call picnic flatware--soft blue handles with daisies on them. The round-looking aluminum thing is a mystery--it has a plunger that opens a small hole in the bottom when it is pushed. I'm guessing it's for dropping some sort of dough into hot oil--maybe hush puppies or dumplings? Anyone have a guess?

The lamp is made from a pitcher and bowl set and has a vintage plastic shade. I am sure the shade used to have the stiffened lace on it. I will paint it either white or pink, or maybe soft green. Any suggestions as to which would be the best choice? It's booth-bound.

Another linen towel and a fantastic India cotton vintage tablecloth, along with some Pyrex casseroles (I'll be looking up the pattern!). There is also a brand new set of lace-edged pillowcases and a lace tablecloth carefully packaged in a plastic zipper case with a note that says "Mom's tablecloth." That's sad, isn't it? It will become this Mom's tablecloth, and I hope that the original owner will approve of its new home.


This set is really something. Hand-decorated, from a North Carolina boutique called Glitz, Glamour, and More. How it came to a thrift store in West Virginia I don't know, but it is still in its original packaging and even includes a recipe for cheese ball.


This nice chrome cake carrier was a Goodwill find.


And last, a half-bushel basket with a nicely made cotton liner with a lace edge. I enjoy seeing work like this; someone took an everyday item and made it beautiful. Isn't that what crafting is all about?

Not shown: many things. I may post more this week. Right now I need to get this lot off the table and into wherever I need to put it. I hope your thrifting adventures were productive this week.

17 comments:

Anita said...

Nice junk. I told my mother-in-law that when the rest of the family was fighting over her glass collection, I was be able to easily clean out her linen closet! She has some really nice vintage pieces.

Michelle said...

I do like your items, especially the chrome covered cake plate.

wvsimplicity said...

My choice on the lampshade would be soft green. I always enjoy seeing what you find.

Granny Sue said...

I'm with you, Anita. The old linens are the best. They last longer and they're more enjoyable to use, at least to me, because of their patterns and the handiwork that often went into them.

Granny Sue said...

Thanks for your input, wv! The green would be so pretty, wouldn't it? Especially with the roses on the base.

Granny Sue said...

Michelle, I was happy to find that cake carrier--it's in very good condition, although someone removed something (probably a piece of plastic with the manufacturer's name on it) from under the handle. I still think it's cool.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

You are going to be very busy. Good finds.

Nance said...

oh yea, me too. The lampshade would look glorious in soft, vintage green.

I too am a linen collector. decorated table cloths, napkins, card table set, dish towels and some dresser "scarves". If it is decorated or elegant 1920s to 1960s -- it's mine! : )

Brighid said...

Love to junking. You might like to see some of the treasures on Barn House's blog.

Rowan said...

Lots of good finds, I like the flower basket bedspread.

Granny Sue said...

Nance, it looks like green is the color of choice so I'm going to see what I can find. Old linens draw me like a bee to honey :) There was a set of embroidered pillowcases I didn't photograph because they are so dingy. I am hoping I can find a way to make them bright white again without using bleach.

Ronda said...

Granny Sue, you have too much fun! You just have to trek back into Ohio's junking ground when you can. See if you can handle all the treasures you'll find here!!!

warren said...

You better get Larry working on the addition!

Granny Sue said...

Warren, he's still working on his pountin' house, but he should have it under roof soon. He's got jury duty this week. Then we'll get back to the cabin room. I hope to have it under roof by winter and we can finish the inside during the cold months.

Granny Sue said...

I would love to come your way, Ronda. A trip to Chillicothe seems to be in order. I also want to visit the Serpent Mound again. It's been years since I've seen it. Check you April schedule and let's plan a day.

Janet, said...

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, a junking you did go. What great stuff. The blue plate looks a little like Riveria by Homer Laughlin. I have a couple platters of theirs, one is marked on the back and one isn't. Since I can't see it all in the picture, I'm not sure. Check it out on the internet and see if that is what it is.

Granny Sue said...

I'll do that, Janet. Thanks! It's so difficult sometimes to identify china that is unmarked. I liked the color and shape of this plate.

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