Monday, August 26, 2013

Thrifting Finds #21--Eames Edition!

I think we covered all of our usual spots but one this weekend.  I kept stumbling across things that were almost something I wanted but not quite--a lamp I would have bought if it had a mate, a coffee table that was the right size but the wrong style,  nice Pyrex in patterns I don't collect--that sort of thing.  I'm sure that happens to youall too, right?

I almost started having "Empty Hand Syndrome", when I spied this.  It was in a bin of stuff ready to be shelved, and a bunch of people passed it by.  It's like it was waiting for me.

1.  Eames coat rack!!  When I first spied this, I thought "Huh.  That looks like one of those Eames coat racks."  So I sauntered on over and discovered I was right!  It's the genuine article, made by Herman Miller and still has the mounting screws and the instructions/certificate of authenticity attached!  There are scratches on a couple of the balls from being manhandled by Goodwill staff, but nothing major.
Unfortunately, cool as this is, and as much as I love it, I have no use for this and don't even have a good place to put it.
Well.  I couldn't let it languish in the Goodwill, could I?  Or worse, let it get purchased by someone who has no idea what it is.  So I up and bought it.  It's headed for ebay, hopefully to someone who will appreciate it.  They seem to go for 100 bucks or more, which would be great.
Wanna know how much I paid for it?  Are you sitting down?
Six dollars.
I know!
I'll have to get off my butt and take some pictures and come up with a description, but with any luck, this'll be posted this week.  Keep your fingers crossed that it sells for millions of dollars, won't you?

Linking up with the goodness at Sir Thrift A Lot.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekend Thrifting Finds #20!

Well kids, the vacation is finally over and it's back to the Salt Mines for your old Uncle Veg.  Naturally, hubs and I spent the last day of our time off scoping out the local thrifts looking for cool stuff.

We found a little.

But first, here's the scorecard for the stores we hit during our time off:

10 Goodwills
2 Salvation Army
1 Savers
1 Rescue Mission Thrift
1 Hospital Thrift
1 St. Vincent's Thrift
1 Name-I-Can't-Remember Thrift
1 Habitat Re-Store

Looking back, I had NO idea there were that many thrift stores around.  Of course, a bunch of them were in Pennsylvania, and a couple were about an hour away, but still.

And you'd think that with that many thrift stores around, we'd have ended up with a lot more than we actually did!  Not that I'm complaining, really.  We did get some good stuff, and with my hoarding tendencies, it's probably best that we keep the purchases to a minimum.

Moving along to what I got:

1.  Tupperware!  This looks familiar,but it's actually a slightly larger size than the one I got here.  Hubs said he couldn't fit his hand in the piece I was using to hold sugar (piece in the back), so I picked up this one.  Goodwill, $3.00
And here's a little mini-rant.  What is up with the Goodwill's prices?  One of them had a nice big Tupperware salad bowl, but it was priced at $6.00.  In retrospect, I guess that's really not outrageous, but it was definitely more than I wanted to pay for a used piece of plastic.  Especially when you consider that I got that beautiful, unused cake carrier for $2.00.

2.  Lamps!  Aren't these awesome?  Well, you'd think so if A) the picture were better and B) the price stickers were off.  A couple of our Goodwills use these price labels that absolutely refuse to come off.  I was soaking these with some Goo Gone when I took the (crappy cellphone) picture.
But back to their awesomeness!  I saw one of these on a high shelf at the Goodwill on Saturday and immediately thought "Ooh, I like that.  Too bad there aren't two of them."  You can imagine my surprise and pleasure when I discovered the mate to the one I saw lurking behind it on the shelf!  Wellsir, it was a matter of a nanosecond before those two beauties were in my hot little hands.  They cleaned up really well with just a bit of soapy water, and the stickers are now gone.  I'm going to live with the colors at the bottom, but I'm toying with the idea of repainting them in shades of blue.  Or maybe keeping some of the brown and adding some orange.  Neither will likely happen because I'm basically lazy.
Ready for the price?  Sit down:  $14.00 for the pair!  I know!  Just like these.
Of course, I still need to find shades, which I think I will probably have to purchase new;  I'm pretty sure we used up our lampshade-finding-mojo when we got these.
Since these lamps are quite narrow, they're slated for our nightstands.  I can't wait!

Oh, and just as an aside, at one of the Salvation Army stores we went to, I spotted the biggest, most beautiful Broyhill Brasilia china cabinet for 200-and-some bucks.  Boy, howdy, if I had a place to keep it, I'd have snapped that sucker up in a heartbeat!  Didn't take a picture, though :(

Linking up with all the fabulousness at Sir Thrift A Lot.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Thrifting Finds #19, Part Deux!

Well, so we've been off all week and yesterday, while waiting for the Girl Child so we could go out for my Birthday Lunch, hubs and I hit a few more thrifts.

Nothing at the two Goodwills or the hospital thrift, but I did pick up something at the Habitat Re Store:

1. New range hood!  I'm glad to have this one because the last one couldn't be wired in (don't ask.)  It's ductless, therefore worthless, but now I have a light over the stove again!  It was remarkably clean, too.  And only $12.00!

We had a late lunch at an old-timey diner kind of place that has been there for a zillion years.   The food was good, but take a look at the light fixtures:
Aren't they cool?  I'd have unscrewed them from the ceiling and made off with them if I thought I could get away with it!

That's all for today, but the week's not over yet, so stay tuned--anything could happen!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Weekend Thrifting Finds #19!

I'm back!

Yes, it's been a couple of weeks, but your ol' Uncle Veg--despite being  a whole year older!--is back with some more thrifted goodies!  Not a lot, mind you, but what I got is cool.

Plus, I discovered a Goodwill that I had never seen before!  How exciting is that?  

Enough of the preliminaries! On with the show!

1.  Tupperware!  These still are not the Midgets that I've been searching for, but they'll do for the time being.  I just need a little something to take my Ranch Dressing to work in!  I think the round-side bowls (which hold maybe a quarter-cup?) are old or oldish;  On the lid it says "Tupper Seal" with a little line drawing of a seal!  I had never seen that before.  Flat side ones were .75 each, the others .50 each,

2,  Corningware Counter Saver!  Yeah, baby!  I've been wanting one of these for quite some time now.  I think it might be the last piece of Corningware that I don't have.  I have two of the small six-inch ones, but this is the Big Kahuna.  I didn't actually measure it, but it's about 11X14 maybe?  Big, anyway.  And clean, and chip-free.  I will not use this as a cutting board--do you know what a knife on this would sound like?--but I will definitely set hot pans on it.  Goodwill, $4.00.

3.  Not-For-Me Tupperware!  My friend Robin, who is not a thrift store shopper, nevertheless asked me to keep my beady eyes peeled for a cake carrier.  I found this at the above-mentioned "new" Goodwill.  Really it looks like it was never used; not a mark on it.  Best thing?  The price:  $2.00,  I know!  A new one would be $35.00 (!!)

Keep checking back this week, kids--Uncle Veg is on vacation and he plans on hitting as many thrift stores as he can!  Today we went to PA to check out a  couple.  One of the ones--new to us--that we stopped in at was St. Vincent's Thrift Store.  Not St. Vincent De Paul, just a church named St. Vincent's.  The didn't have a thing I wanted, but it was such a  charming little shop, run by little volunteer ladies whose average age was probably 84.

Linking up with all the deliciousness at Sir Thrift A LotThe Nifty Thrifty, and The Remnant