Monday, October 6, 2014

Special Finds and Special Talent

In continuation of last weeks post regarding what thrift stores do right and what they do wrong, these are just some basic irritations. I know those of you who thrift know exactly what I'm talking about and could probably add a few:

**Thrift stores that use packing tape to tape together board games, dish sets etc.
Packing tape on vintage board games...well it destroys the box. I have seen a few thrift shops that wrap packages in clear plastic wrap and then tape it up. I know it takes a small amount of effort, but totally appreciated. I will gladly pay $1 more for the plastic wrapped item. When dishes are taped together, it usually does not ruin the items, but I have to spend a pretty long time using "Goof Off" and an old credit card trying to scrape away the residue. I have also had the packing tape rip off patterns on certain items where the pattern is painted on!

**Thrift stores that use a giant wax marker crayon to mark the prices on everything. Yes, in most cases it can be simply wiped off, BUT on anything porous, it will permanently stain. (Book covers, bottoms of unglazed ceramics, wood etc)

**Thrift stores who use a giant price sticker that has an industrial adhesive. Yes, I could buy a set of six glasses from Goodwill and have to spend the next hour letting "Goof Off" soak and once again, use my old credit card to scrape off the glue residue. Goodwill is the biggest offender with their stickers!

**Salvation Army is the ONLY shop that I can say does their pricing perfectly. They use tiny stickers that peel off easily, They also use these same stickers on glassware and dishes. They don't price the set individually, they price just a few items of the set, which makes the clean up easy...just peel off the few stickers, give the dishes a quick wash and done!

Okay, enough griping.

I had a fantastic shopping week, I am trying to bump up shopping before the holidays start, my sales have already picked up tremendously, so I know I have to kick it in high gear.

I came across some more dishes and dish sets. Dish sets usually sell well before Thanksgiving, for obvious reasons, and hopefully these will find new homes, because I hate storing them (they just take up too much space!)


This is a really large set, which is hard to find, includes serving platter, serving bowl and cream and sugar set, it was a sweet discovery!

 
It was such a large set, I had to photograph it by my pool outside and stack everything up as much as possible. There are lots of plates and bowls, such retro yum yum 70s glory. My son thinks we should keep them. I know that they would just get too banged up if they were used in my family, so they are listed and hopefully off to a new home for the holidays!

SAND AND SUN DISH SET



I couldn't resist this next group of dishes, just dessert plates and bowls, but I fell in love with the retro fun pattern. There was at least twice this amount at the shop, but half of them had major chips along the edges, really bad ones, I don't even know why they had those damaged one on the shelf, needless to say, I just left those on the shelf, inspected the ones that looked intact and then put them in my basket.


These are just so much fun, right? Yep, I was definitely not leaving these behind!

RETRO CIRCLE PLATES AND BOWLS


This next gem was one of my finds when I was in Detroit shopping the delicious garage sales, I hadn't listed it yet, because I wanted to try to spread out some of my northern finds. Its finally found its way to my shop!

 
Mid century hot pot, Great for keeping your coffee, tea, cider....nice and hot, heats up to five cups (which is my coffee serving size!)

MID CENTURY HOT POT


This next one is my very favorite find in a long time. My son Evan and I were stopping by FELICITOUS coffee house, where he has his art displayed until the end of October. We pop in there here and there to see how things are selling and if any of his prints need to be restocked. So we were on our way there and- lo and behold we pass a flea market. No big deal about the flea market, because it is a junky one that we don't even bother with. However the parking lot was full of sellers, my favorite kind of sellers: the ones that just lay blankets on the concrete and pile up the junk (just like FUN LAN does), Yea the vast majority is complete junk, however if you sift around, there are treasures to be found. Evan got this super cool old rusty gigantic bolt cutter thingy. He is the master of negotiation. It was $30, and Evan asks if he will take $5 for it (haha, Evan, that was ballsy!) The guy said he would take $10....Evan wasn't even going to stop there, he then asks if he will take $8! Well, my little champ got that thing for $9! Way to go little man! He wants to hang it on his wall. Its at least 2 feet long and heavy as shit.

Then I saw it! The coolest mid century chalk ware lamp! These are not an easy find, so I was thrilled! The funniest part was (Oh how I wish I took a picture!) that on top of this lamp, this person matched up a plastic fake stained glass shade that was 4 sizes too small. It looked like a shade that she got from Bennigans before it went bankrupt! So I asked her for the price, and she told me. Then I said, "how much for just the base, I don't want the shade?" I figured she would take off a buck or two. NO, she actually reduced the price by 75%! Like she thought that the shade was the real money maker of the pair!! Haha, she probably thought it was a Tiffany! So I happily purchased the lamp and it rolled around in my trunk with that damn giant vintage tool that Evan bought, I was terrified that those two were going to go to war....and that tool would have definitely won that battle. The tool and the lamp ended up being amiable and because of that tools gentle heart, he let my lamp live.  Thank you giant tool thing. Thank you.

Here is my happy lamp that survived the long ride home! I just love her so much! Did I mention that she is really large (no offense, lamp), she measures 28.5" tall!

MID CENTURY TABLE LAMP



I had lots more to say and items to show, but I guess that I will have to save that for next week. I just saw the time and every Monday is early release day and my kids schools, so I have to head out on my several hour commute.

Meanwhile I would love to hear about your thrift shop annoyances!





14 comments:

  1. Your gripes are my gripes - I spent about two hours today removing prices from merchandise. Love your dishes.

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    1. Haha...I think we need to sign a petition banning those stickers!

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  2. Tape on board games drives me nuts! Even when its a game I want to keep.

    Ha I eBay stuff I know would just end up destroyed in our house too :D

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    1. One of the most challenging things is not keeping everything I find. But if I ever did, you would see me on an episode of Hoarders.

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  3. Very funky vintage finds--thanks for sharing :)

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  4. ...and how about those places that place price stickers/markings on the front of wall art. arrrrgh!
    love the hot pot find.

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    1. Ugh! That's the worst! Totally can ruin the art!

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  5. Cool dishes you found! I've seen thrifts get crazy with the black pricing marker and go over a makers' paper label. Nice. When I've had garage sales, I actually make scratch paper tags, punch holes in them, and tie to items (w/ string I got at the thrift store) so no gooey stickers and no markers. Of course very few garage sale shoppers appreciate this.

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    1. once I went to a garage sale and they had everything organized in cubbys and made their garage into a "store" with departments and aisles. It was so impressive! Only people like you and I would appreciate that sort of thing!

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  6. ACK! That lamp is the best.

    I have frustrations with our thrifts too. Lately it's their delusional pricing! If they THINK something is vintage, they price it as an antique mall would! A set of worn nesting Pyrex? $35.00. NO!!!!!

    And don't get me started on the wax pencil. Thank goodness for WD40.

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    1. $35 for pyrex set? No way! Its called a "thrift store" for a reason! Otherwise call it something else "vintage treasures" "antique paradise" ...whatever, but don't call it a thrift shop. Retail pricing at thrift shops is sooo disappointing...I have had to turn away many cool items because of that!

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  7. I LOVE those circle plates! I don't bother with the thrifts any more, but I used to be so bothered by one that would staple prices to the clothing and cause holes!

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    1. Ugh, I totally forgot to mention those places! This one store puts double staples in the clothes! They are impossible to remove without damaging the item. Too bad, because they always had the cutest clothes:-(

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