Public Service Announcement – Collectors Beware!

Vintage Squirrel Nutcracker

This is a public service announcement.   When I was making my rounds through my local thrift shop, I spotted this furry little woodland creature made by the Godinger Silver Art Company and I went nuts! $3.50 later, his head was peeking from my purse and I was headed home with little Julio (naming nutcrackers is the first sign of … [Read more...]


$20 Estate Sale Find Worth $1,000!

S Morani Bookends

  She picked me up and two hot chicks (or two middle aged moms in a mini van) were off for a day of estate sailing.   House number 1: we circled, we saw nothing, we left.  The day was off to a bad start. House number 2: an unassuming ranch with a few odds and ends that we scooped up but ... as we went to pay, my accomplice … [Read more...]


Antique Croquet Set Reimagined – My (Not Quite) $3,346 Find


  What's not to love about a game where you can shout out words like "wicket" and "booby"? So put on your whites and join me on my lawn for a game fit for the royals. Yes, I'm officially a croquet snob (remember my first vintage croquet set find) since I found this musty, dusty old relic - an antique croquet set - in the garage of an … [Read more...]


Thrift Shop Finds Turned Unique Container Gardens


  Have you seen my dresser planter, toolbox planter & mop bucket planters? I couldn't let them have all the fun. Discarded on the thrift shop floor sat this giant candleier. What better use than a trellis for my morning glories. In an old canister used for shipping tea leaves that I rescued from my neighbor's trash … [Read more...]


Ain’t too Proud to Garbage Pick – My Latest Free Find


I know you wanna leave me, But I refuse to let you go, If I have to beg, plead for your sympathy, I don't mind 'cause you mean that much to me. Ain't too proud to beg and you know it, Please don't leave me girl, Don't you go, Ain't too proud to plead, baby, baby, Please don't leave me, girl, Don't you go. I ain't too proud to come … [Read more...]


I Scored – Vintage Steamer Trunk and the Glory Days of Travel


  Wouldn't it be fun to go back to the days when people dressed to travel. Big hats, high heels and gloves to get to your destination and the rest of your wardrobe packed away in a giant steamer trunk or two. Very Downton Abbey. Maybe a trip on the Orient Express or a transcontinental cruise aboard the Queen Mary. Every … [Read more...]


I Scored at the Thrift Store – I Need a Vintage Glassware Intervention


  I need help. I can't pass by a cool set of vintage glassware without scooping it up (case in point - these vintage glasses). They combine my love of two of my favorite things ... shiny things and cocktails. You know a Jersey girl can't pass by anything gold either. What's a collecting crazy, bling loving, cocktail sipping … [Read more...]


Free Vintage Soda Crates … and How I Rescued Them From the Ashes


  The Craigslist ad had me at FREE! 2,000 vintage wooden soda crates - take as many as you want. Piled high and filled with cardboard - this pile was ready to be set ablaze. Next to it sat all that was left of another pile, the metal edges on the crates. Don't think of me as a hero - I'm way too modest for such a title! I … [Read more...]


I Scored at the Thrift Store – Vintage Thermometer & a Coke!


  Lordy almighty, I feel my temperature rising Higher, higher, it's burning through to my soul Girl, girl, girl, you gonna set me on fire My brain is flaming, I don't know which way to go Your kisses lift me higher, like the sweet song of a choir You light my morning sky, with burning love Ooh, ooh, ooh, I feel my … [Read more...]


I Almost Scored – the Craigslist Find That Got Away


  FREE Vintage Theatre Seats! So into my car I hopped to take the 1/2 hour drive to find them cast off behind a building. The sun was shining, my sunroof was open, the tunes were blaring and I was picturing the perfect place to put those theatre seats.   Until reality struck. Flimsy metal, blonde wood, a "made in China" … [Read more...]