Monday, December 28, 2015

Thrifting Finds #88: I got stuff!

Hello, Kiddies!  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas or a Happy Whatever You Celebrate!  We certainly had a lovely Christmas here at Fondue HQ.  Tonight, The Girl Child and The Boy Man are coming for dinner, so we get to have Christmas Number 2.  I love dragging the holidays out!

Sorry I haven't been here, but with one thing and another--preparing for Christmas, preparing for the Holiday Open House we hosted--it's just been busy busy busy for your ol' Uncle Veg.  Plus, I haven't found anything at the thrifts.  Until now, that is.  Wanna see?  Come on!

Christmas Tablecloth!   I need this like I need a hole in the head, but vintage Christmas linens are so rare around here that I couldn't pass it up.  This is smallish--maybe 40X40--and I think is meant for a card table, so I have nothing this will fit.  Didn't stop me from getting it, as you can see!  There were a few stains that came out with an overnight Oxy soak, and it ironed nicely.  No tag, so I don't know a thing about it.  Rescue Mission Thrift, $1.00

Chatty Cathy!  Not a thrift store find, per se; I got it at an antique mall, but I paid a thrift store price for it, so does that count?  From my research, this is the #0 or Prototype Cathy.  She would speak 11 phrases if she worked.  Her string is missing, but I can fix her and make her talk again.  Yes, I am that skilled!  Her hair needs to be combed and she needs a bath but she's in wonderful condition otherwise.  This is her original outfit, minus the shoes and socks.  I guess I'll try to find them on ebay.  I love her goofy little face.  Antique Mall, $8.00 (!!)

China Cabinet! This was a splurge, but I really wanted a bigger china cabinet and the money went to a good cause.  This sucker is massive, and it's in pristine condition.  It's solid walnut and looks really nice in the dining room.  This is another Rescue Mission find, and one thing I like about that place is that they deliver.  Of course, it cost $75.00 for delivery but again, it goes to a good cause so I don't mind too much.  Now I'm trying to sell the old one on Craigslist but not having much luck.  This might be a bad time to try to sell furniture.  Rescue Mission Thrift, $100.00

And that's it for the finds.  So do you want a peek at the first Christmas here at the new Fondue HQ?  Well, you're getting it anyway!

Our main tree.  It always looks pink in pictures, but it's white with multi-colored lights.

The Hubster's little tree with the little toys.  See the light in the Easy Bake Oven?

The Hubster's monochromatic tree in the guest room window.

My little ceramic tree in the bedroom.

The Carolers made an appearance, after several years' absence.

Cherry Blossoms!

M&M Cookies!  I actually made over 12 dozen of these.

Peanut Butter Blossoms, peanut butter fudge, and chocolate fudge.

Not shown are the dozens of Cherry Jumbles and Platinum Blondes I made, nor the Christmas Toffee, Sponge candy, and Mother Goose Popcorn.

Now do you understand what I meant up top when I said I was busy?

And that's all I got today.  Meanwhile, the Hubs and I wish all of you a Healthy and Happy New Year!

Linking up with Thriftasaurus. (EDIT:  Or maybe not, since it looks like it's closed...)


  1. Hi Uncle Veg,
    I recently discovered your blog and really enjoy it! In fact I had a grand old time this past weekend reading back through a bunch of your old posts. Such great thrifting finds! I also appreciate the creativity and frugality of thrifting. As they say reduce, re-use recycle! Anyway, I love the blog and look forward to reading upcoming entries. P.S. your recipes are great too- I originally came across your blog via the "caker cooking" website which was has also been a past favorite while still active. Keep posting and keep thrifting!
    Madame M.

    1. Well, thank you, Madame! Your kind words mean a lot! I actually have a couple more things to post that I haven't bothered with because I figured nobody was reading the ol' bloggeroo. I may have to rethink that!
      I really wish Brian were still doing Caker Cooking. Reading it was always one of this high points of the day.

  2. Well rest assured, Veg, that I am both reading & enjoying! I know!!! I wish Brian was still posting too!!! Such a fun website for those of us who don't fret overly about adhering to a sodium reduced, low fat diet!

    1. Well then, I'm going to just get my act together and post a couple more things I've found. Thank you for reading--it's nice to know someone actually is!
      No, Brian's stuff could not be considered healthy at all. But a lot of it sure was tasty!

  3. Love that hutch! Very nice.
    Love your site here.

    1. Thank you, and thank you!
      Now I just need to find the matching buffet...