Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thrift Store fun

I'm way behind in showing you my treasures from the thrift store. I haven't gone as often as usual, but I've got some fun stuff to show from past trips.
Let's start with these funny "hands" - they were 99 cents and still had the tags attached, telling me that they are made of bamboo. They are super for spaghetti or for salad - or for little boys to play drums with, whichever is the most urgent at the time.

Salt and pepper shakers - silver under all that tarnish. I can barely resist every piece of silver in thrift stores. I love to polish it - and I love how pretty it is when it is all fresh and shiny. There is some serious polishing needed for this pair.

This is a tablecloth - in my favorite kind of woven fabric. I still haven't decided if I will keep it as a tablecloth for the holidays - or cut it up and make napkins - decisions decisions!!! What do you think I should do with it?

Some very pretty old silver - I told you I can barely resist it - and sometimes I cave in completely . . .

This lovely silver spoon - oh my resistance is low - has "Mother's Day 1973" inscribed on the handle. Our kids were 5, 3 and 1 that year. What could be cuter than that?

Well, perhaps this cute little hors d'Ĺ“uvre forks - in their little lettuce holder - and with tiny lettuces on the handles. And to think, someone actually got rid of these - well I'm glad they did!!!

Or Ben playing with the little lettuce forks, making lunch for Grammy at his "restaurant" - yup, that is THE cutest thing.

And three peas in a pod. I just couldn't resist this darling little condiement set (I can barely resist anything in a thrift store, as you can so plainly see). Ketchup, mustard, relish - or strawberry, blackberry and raspberry jam - or sweet pickles, dill pickles, and bread and butter pickles - or green olives, ripe olives and olives with pimentos in the middle - or Russian dressing, French dressing and bleu cheese dressing - oh the possibilities are endless - these are going to get a lot of use at our house.

And I ask you - who can resist a bed sheet with construction vehicles on it for the guest/toy room? It goes perfectly with Ben's new book - "Building a Road".

It was a great trip to the thrift store - it always is! Hope you enjoyed it. What have you found lately that is wonderful??


Sunny said...

I don't get to thrift stores too often anymore, but I am always looking for clear glass dishes. Something about the simplicity of them that I like. Now ny youngest daughter (25 yr) does her main shopping thrift stores, she is so frugal.... :)

karenfae said...

I have a set of those "wooden hands" also - I picked them up on a trip to Alaska and they called them "bear claws" and you use them for serving salad and pasta.

blushing rose said...

Yup! Salad forks, great, too! I have polished the LAST piece of silver ever ... when I unload what I have in the shop that is it for me! Love it, hate it, chuckle!The sheet is adorable, Ben should be thrilled.

I, too, used to do the thrift market place ... it was a lot of fun & bargains can be found.
TTFN ~Marydon

Belvie said...

Seems you have been having fun at the thrift store. I went the other day and found some vintage Pyrex pieces. I'm slowly collection those and getting rid of the plastic in my kitchen.

ooglebloops said...

Great finds - especially the silverware - my weakness also!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

oooo, I want to go with you to the thrift stores :-) Keep the tablecloth. You can always add plain napkins. I love to change the cloths with the seasons. Great finds.

Nancy Jo said...

Thankyou for your nice comments over at my site. Yes I see you like thrift stores too. Those and Garage sales, look out. I got some cute things this week at Garage sales and a church rummage sale.
Are there many garage sales in your area?
Nancy Jo

Linda B said...

Red and white checks are so perfect for summer picnics. Who cares if it has snowflakes on it?
My son and I went to the thrift stores yesterday. Found an oriental carpet and great chest type coffee table. Lots of fun. I think I like the lettuce picks best, but I'd take Ben anyday.

Crispy said...

Oh the red tablecloth is just like the one mom used when we went on Sunday drives and had picnics, how fun!! I love silver too but hate polishing it so I don't have much. The hands just cracked me up LOL.


JoyceAnn said...

Those helping hands are neat , they'll come in handy.

JoyceAnn said...

Oops , just saw the comment about the bear claws , how special.

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