Thursday, August 16, 2012

Just Four

It happens sometimes... walking out of the thrift stores empty-handed.

Am I getting more selective in what I purchase? Do I already have most of what is on the shelves? Or is it a case of less to choose from because more shoppers have discovered these treasure-troves?

Probably a combination of all those reasons.

Last week after visiting my three of my usual shops without anything to show for it, I finally hit paydirt at Value Village where I found four treasures to add to my studio decor: two really nice doilies and two beautiful green pieces of English transferware ironstone.

Once you become used to shopping at thrift stores, you realize you have to look and look again. Then for good measure look a third time... up and down, in behind other stock and well, everywhere really. It is hunting in the truest sense as you never know just what you'll find in the weirdest places. I guess it's because people pick up items then put them down again anywhere they please.

Case in point: this plate was found in the "Collectibles" section with a price tag of $3.99. Cool; I added it to the two perfect crocheted doilies already in my cart.

Then a few aisles down, I came across this bowl for $2.99... in amongst the kitchen pots and pans! Cool again! I continued to hunt in case there was a rogue cup, saucer or other piece somewhere astray... but no more ironstone was found.

Even though they look like matching pieces, the two undersides are dissimilar (from different series by the same maker):

Which is why thrift store shopping is so fun - you never know just what the heck you'll find (or where!).

Linking up with:

Mod Vintage Life

The Thrifty Groove


  1. Nice!!! I wish we had a Value Village here. They were a chain in Washington State and I loved them. I don't like giving my money to Salvation Army b/c of their conservative/homophobic stance.

  2. We don't have a Value Village, but I have shopped there in other towns. I would have walked out with those as well...I LOVE transferware!

  3. Transferware is beautiful in ANY color--love your treasures. A few years ago I found a complete set for 8 of Brown Transferware at a garage sale for $35.00-I almost fainted! I'm still looking for the pitcher that goes with it. Maybe I'll have some luck one of these days.

  4. Oh Maureen, More great finds yet again! I love the green, they are SO fab! :)


  5. I's getting harder and harder to find things in our local area too. Your green dishes are great though! and doilies are always an awesome find! So glad you shared these with us for Pearls and Lace Thursday!!

  6. Your transferware is beautiful! I never seem to find it at bargain prices. :(

    Thank you for sharing your lovely finds at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  7. LOVE the green transferware!!
    I hit pay dirt at Salvation Army 2 weeks ago and snagged over 25 pieces of blue and white transferware for $36.00!! I shared it in a post ( 2 posts ago, Thrift Store Scores)I thought I would have a heart attack when i saw it!


  8. Maureen,
    Those plates are a great find. The remind of ones we had when I was a kid. I look often and find blue ones but nary a green one. Congratulations!
    Sylvia in Edmonton

  9. Beautiful treasures! Some times I have a car full of treasures, and some days I come home with nothing. Maybe its the economy? and people are not donating as much? or maybe everyone is becoming hoarders. lol... they do have a lot of them on t.v. lately lol

  10. Your transfer wear is beautiful! I am wanting to start collecting brown. Thanx for partying at my place!

  11. Wonderful finds! Transferware is such a favorite of mine that I love to find the different pieces at great prices as well! Thank you for sharing this with us at TTF. Have a fun day!


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