Category Archives: Thrifting

Goodwill Score

I think I may have hit my biggest Goodwill jackpot yesterday.  I haven’t been in a few weeks and thought I would pop in yesterday, and only buy something if I came across an incredible item.  And I did indeed find an incredible deal!  I have wanted a Le Creuset Dutch oven for a while now, but it just sits on my ‘Just for Fun’ wishlist, because really, who is going to get me a $300 pot?

I spotted what looked like an enameled cast iron dutch oven on an end cap, but thought, “I’m sure it is one of those thin metal pots painted to look like a Le Creuset.”  I picked it up, and almost dropped it because it was so heavy.  My next thought was, “Oh, I bet it is one of the lower end knock-offs of Le Creuset.”  I turned it over and what is imprinted on the lid?  Le Creuset!  The price? $8.98!  I held onto it for dear life and rushed to the register.  I am now the proud owner of a $300  7.25Qt. dutch oven, and my wallet is only $9 lighter!


Vintage Pyrex

Recently, I pinned a picture of a collection of vintage turquoise Pyrex dishes.  I loved the color, the feel, the aspect of collecting.  Why am I on a vintage kick?

While I was at Goodwill yesterday, I happened upon a set of two vintage orange and white Butterprint mixing bowls.  I wasn’t sure if I would keep them if I bought them, but I figured I could at least get my money back out of them if I decided not to.  I researched the pattern/color after I brought them home and found that it is evidently much more rare than the turquoise color.

An auction site gave some helpful information on the set:

  • Pattern:  Butterprint
  • Identifiers / Alternate Names:  Country “Amish” Farming scene featuring farmer and wife holding a bushel of crops. Surrounding them are crops in the field, wheat sheaves tied together, roosters and corn plants.
  • Turquoise on White and the reverse color scheme is the most common, with other possibilities being and orange-yellow on white and a pink on white color scheme.
  • Also known as: Amish, Farmer & Wife, Buttercup, Rooster & Corn 
  • Years Manufactured:  1957 – ?
  • Orange Butterprint patterns appear only on Cinderella Mixing Bowls.
  • Unlike the Turquoise Cinderella ones, the color scheme does not alternate normal and reversed among the bowls.
  • There are 4 Cinderella Mixing bowl sizes and all of them are orange on white in color. (Some people may call it yellow or yellow-gold instead of orange.)

Update:  I decided to list the set for $60 plus shipping on Etsy.  My thought was that I would be willing to let them go for that price and if they didn’t sell, I would just keep them.  Two hours (!) after listing them, they had sold to a woman in Denver.  I happily packaged them up and shipped them out with a nice little profit to pocket!

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Goodwill Finds

Anyone who frequents thrift shops and Goodwills knows that they can be hit or miss.  I like to visit them during my lunch hour and usually only leave with something in hand 20 percent of the time.  I thought I would share a couple of my better finds that I haven’t mentioned yet, since I just scored big again today!

After just blogging about my trio of blue Bell jars, guess what I found at one of my favorite Goodwills?  Five (yes five!) blue Ball Jars, all but one with lids!  And they were only $0.99 each!  Theses jars aren’t exorbitant at the antique shops, but from what I’ve seen will usually go anywhere from $9 up to $20.  I was so excited that I scooped them up and went straight to the register.  You can guess what will be incorporated in the next baby shower I plan:


Another great find was a super-heavy crystal cake stand with dome.  I mentioned it in the post about staging the dining room bookcases.  At 18″ tall, I can only fit the stand on the shelf.  After a little research, I learned that it is the Shannon by Godinger “Olympia” Domed Cake Plate.  Evidently, it’s regular retail price at Dillard’s in 2009 was $139, but I scored it for a measly $16.


A while back, I blogged about using old cameras to decorate Bradley’s office.  I showed my inspirations here.  It is still very sparse, but here is what I have so far in the expedit shelf that used to be in the guest bedroom.  All of the cameras except one of the 8mm (which was a gift from Brian and Bethany last Christmas) came from Goodwill.  Unlike the Ball jars, GW always prices old cameras more competitively.  They specially price them and put them in the glass jewelry cases.  I think I got these cameras for anywhere from $8 to $30 each.  But compared to buying them from antique shops, that is still a phenomenal deal!  Obviously, we could stand to do a little cord management:

Bradley also decided to display his first generation iPod and iPhone.  They are already becoming vintage:)  Also, we have rearranged his office again.  With the closet sticking out from one wall and a notch coming out from the corner next to the window, it makes it hard to arrange his furniture and still be able to move around and open doors.

Blue Bell Jars

Back in the spring I began keeping my eyes open for a trio of blue Ball Mason jars.  I was enamored with them after researching ideas for two baby showers I was helping to host.  I didn’t want to just buy the first ones I saw come through on ebay, I wanted to find them in person, organically you might say.  I also saw tons of tutorials on making your own blue jars, but I’m not trying to save a lot of money on bulk decorating for a wedding or anything, I just wanted a set of three.  And I wanted them to be authentic.

Just north of work, I have stumbled upon a wonderful antique market in an old house.  It doesn’t look big from the outside, but once you step inside it is huge and filled with fun old treasures to pour over.  This is where I found my blue Bell jars.  It took two trips to find all three, but now they are sitting pretty on the bookcase in our dining room.

Baby Shower Gift

I am like a grandmother – I don’t know what a new mom will want, so I usually buy a gift card, but I want them to have something to open, so I buy a little something and wrap it up.  I have a problem:)

I had asked my cousin if she was using a theme in the nursery and she said Winnie the Pooh.  Well, I didn’t want to go crazy with that because lord knows every little thing that could ever be made into Winnie the Pooh has been made.  But I did happen upon one of these little beauties at Goodwill: 

It is a polished pewter bank with gold bees and honey on it.  I loved it!  And I loved that it wasn’t branded Pooh, but would be a cute nod to the theme.  I did some research online using the stamp on the bottom of the piece: Salisbury Pewter.  What I found blew me away.  It is hand-crafted in Maryland.  It is made of hand-buffed pewter and the bees and honey around the coin slot are gold plated.  And it retails for over ten times more than what I paid for it!

I made a little notecard with all the details and cleaning recommendations since it was obviously missing the original packaging.  I hope she and the new little one enjoy it!