Saturday, January 4, 2014

thrift store spoils, ch. 15: Dansk, polyester, and Pyrex

About a week before Christmas, I saw an oval tray by Dansk at one of my regular stops. It was in rough shape, but I knew that it only needed some replenishing oil. It was marked five bucks, though (more than I wanted to pay), and it looked like it had originally come with a couple of serving bowls of some sort, which were missing. Three more times before Christmas (yep, I stop in too often), I picked the thing up again, pondering it, but all three times I left it there.

Then over Christmas and while visiting my parents in North Carolina, I had thrifter's remorse (sound familiar?).

So the morning after driving home, I was back in the store. I beelined for the shelf where I'd last seen it, and (Yay!) there it was. When I brought the poor thing home, it looked like this:

But I got after it with my handy-dandy IKEA replenishing product, and looky here:

Pretty nice, huh? I figure I have enough thrift store bowls sitting around (or stored, Lord knows) to take the place of whatever serving bowls originally sat on both ends. Loving my first Dansk tray!
Back to North Carolinain an Asheville GW, I found a groovy-but-nasty enamel cast iron skillet with a teak handle, made by Copco. There were a couple of places where some of the enamel had chipped off, but the thing was orange, so I was compelled to buy it. At home, I applied lots of BKF and more of the IKEA replenishing stuff. Check it out. 

It makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich, by the way.

Also in North Carolina, I found these cute juice glasses.

They're by Arcoroc (France), and they're sweet. I do think it's weird that they're decorated with onions and mushrooms, though. (Can you juice a mushroom?)

And I found this tablecloth (handmade) for a steal. Mama thinks the fabric was originally used by Henredon Furniture on one of their pieces. Henredon used to build furniture in Mitchell County, North Carolina, until they had to close up shop there about 10 years ago. You still see their high-quality fabric and ornate and gargantuan pieces here and there in the area, though, because they used to have a great, largely unadvertised outlet store on the premises. I still have fabric around my house, bought back in the day. 

Anyhow, the tablecloth was orange, so I scooped it up.

Speaking of fabric, I bought this several weeks ago. It's blue; it's houndstoothy; and it's vintage polyester. Simply beautiful. (Can't you imagine sewing the best woman's pantsuit ever out of this?) My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I will make throw pillow covers for our bedroom with this fine vintage fabric.

Back home, I bought these bread and butter plates in sage. They're Harkerware by Russel Wright, like the charcoal ones I found a couple of weeks ago. They're already listed in my Etsy shop.

I also picked up this perfect Pyrex Butterprint 503 fridgie. Always love that torquoise!

I have a thing for vintage iced tea glasses. Libbey made the turquoise polka-dot one, Anchor Hocking made the black and red carriage one, and I have no idea who made the green and white early-American one. (But I do already have several others in that set, God help me.)

I bought more coffee mugs. (Duh.) The New York mug is a Jay Joshua design (not so old), and the beetle mug is by Tyrrell Katz (vintage, like, 2013?). You can't see it clearly in this photo, by the way, but John Lennon is included as a "beetle."

And that Wife/Hug mug, made in Japan, is kitschy-cute, indeed. I've already listed it on Etsy.

I haven't eaten meat in years, and I rarely serve it. But I had to have these utensils. They look like the ones Alice would have placed on the table for that blended Brady family.

And last, here are some goofy odds and ends. More Tupperware. Yay! And I'm always up for fun and inexpensive planters. Come this spring, all three of these will be filled with sweet, tiny Hens and Chicks.

Oops. I almost forgot an update: I wrote about some overpriced mugs/cups that I've seen for two years now at my favorite thrift store in Mama's town. Well, they were still there this Christmas. Proof.

Sending much appreciation out to Sir-Thrift-a-Lot and a living space for the opportunity to link up!

That is all for now. Happy, happy thrifting, y'all.


  1. Any time that you can go out thrifting and find Pyrex and vintage drinking glasses is the perfect thrifting day to me!

    Have a great day~


  2. Nice finds! I'm going to have to check out this IKEA product!

    1. It's called SKYDD. It was relatively inexpensive, and so far it's going a long way. When I got it, I even poured half of the bottle into another container to share with my mom.
      Good luck!

  3. Love the dansk and all the cups! Especially the veggie ones, seen the jars when that pattern (mom had them) but not the cups. Great gift for a vegan.

    1. Jars? Goodness, I think I'd like them even more.