Monday, September 26, 2016

Happy Monday to all!

Hope you found some treasure this weekend.

This sweet little angel wins my Find of the Weekend award. I shopped with my mother on Friday, and we checked out a shop in the Lakeside area, an old retail hub that we love.

This neighborhood is where Mom hauled  my brother and I to the grocery store when we were kids. It has been recreated into a vintage shopping area.

It's a great place to take Mom, who is 84 and doesn't have the shopping stamina that she once had.

This precious girl was in the 25 cent bin at McAdoo's Thrift.

She is in perfect shape with no breaks. Her name is Margaret, written at the bottom of her skirt. She carries a tiny black poodle and of course she has gold wings. She is stamped Made in Japan.

She will be coming soon to OneCoolCentury on etsy.

If you are close to RVA, check out Lakeside Avenue. Best best are McAdoo's, Vintage Pottery and Glass, RVA Antiques, and Pass It On. And , if you are hungry, have an empanada at Los Gauchos or a bbq at Virginia BBQ.

Wishing you an angel kind of day!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

If you read this morning's post, you know that today was a thrifting day for me and my friend Julie. We hit our favorite spots, CHKD Thrift and two GoodWills.

Didn't find as much today as last time, but I did score a glass baby bottle, an Inarco Santa mug with its foil sticker on the bottom, and a miniature blue mixing bowl.

I thought the mixing bowl, priced at $2.25 in the GoodWill, might be a repro, but for that price, I
was willing to take a chance.

I brought it home and set it next to my large blue bowl that I paid $55  for in an antique shop in Florida. They are virtually identical except for size. My new tiny bowl is the real deal!

I love a rainy day! Especially after a dry spell when the thirsty flowers and grass just seem to drink it in. It's that kind of morning in RVA, and it's a good day because I'm going thrifting!

First I have to share a photo of another treasure that I found in my house. This antique fan came from Asia long ago and it belongs to my neighbor.

I thought I couldn't list it for her online because I believed it to be an ivory fan.

Did some research and learned that these fans were carved from bone, from water buffalo or oxen.

So this beauty is going in my etsy shop Pastel Vintage in just a few minutes, as soon as I pour my second cup of coffee.

Have a good day everyone, and happy treasure hunting!

Friday, September 16, 2016

As promised, here is a report on yesterday's thrifting. It was fabulous, as it always is when I take my friend Ruth Ann. As you can see, she is a very serious thrifter.

We visited the local Salvation Army and one of our favorite GoodWills and found lots of treasure. Highlights included smocked baby dresses for Pastel Vintage and this great old Italian nativity set in pristine condition, which is coming soon to Oddballs Antiques.

And the weekend is just beginning. Happy treasure hunting, everyone!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Another garage find!

I was digging through an unlabeled plastic tote and found a leftover container filled with costume jewelry, wrapped in paper towels. Pretty scientific filing system, don't you think?

The beauty of my total disorganization is that I find surprises every day!

So today's surprise is this amber paste rhinestone brooch. It's a large piece, measuring over 2" across.

Yummy fall colors!

It will be listed by tomorrow morning, in Pastel Vintage on etsy.

Now I'm off to pick up Ruth Ann, one of my best shopping buddies and hit the Salvation Army and the Goodwill.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Garage shopping today in my own garage. I was looking for my shabby and adorable "Pastel Vintage" sign which I cannot find anywhere. But look what I did find! 

A wooden peg doll , all original; 2 boxes of West German aqua ornaments; a vintage Christmas towel; a Christmas tray, an amber swung vase; and a 60's milk glass coffee jar! The item on the right with tulips on top is one of those baskets that people used to make out of greeting cards. Not sure how old it is, but I will enjoy studying the illustrations on the cards to figure it out.

This was WAY more fun that scrubbing the kitchen floor! 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Happy Friday! An approaching weekend means yard sales, estate sales, and more treasure possibilities.

I kicked off the weekend with a quick stop in a local thrift store here in Henrico County, Aggie's Attic. This is a delightful tiny hole in the wall that is sponsored by a group of local churches. They support the food pantry where I volunteer, so I do try to stop in occasionally.

Today they had treasure with my name on it. Red polka dots and old baby shoes... these are a few of my favorite things! Isn't this apron the cutest ever?

Can't wait to clean these up! Happy weekend, all!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Seems that I write about the weather a lot. Does the weather influence shopping habits? I'm not really sure.

I certainly would not have expected to find a sale on the day that a tropical storm, recently known as Hurricane Hermine, hurried through RVA. No serious effects, but the day has been gray and rainy, with 2 brief power outages ( so far!).

So I was surprised when, returning home from the dry cleaners, I saw a fresh and only barely wet Garage Sale sign. I turned my car to follow the sign's arrow without even giving it a thought.

At the end of the arrow, I found a rain soaked front yard with some mediocre furniture and 3 tired looking people sitting in it. Can I go inside? I asked. Yes, please, they replied. Inside, I found a small and tumbledown house that looked as if it had been looted. Things were kind of tossed everywhere and none of them had prices. This could either be very bad, or very good.

I went quickly through the downstairs rooms and found nothing exciting. Even the kitchen was picked clean. Is there anything in the attic? I asked. The tired looking woman in charge said that she   really didn't know, but that I was welcome to go up there. An unfamiliar attic on a rainy day? Fabulous!

I enjoyed combing the attic, but didn't find anything that really needed to go home with me. I rechecked the kitchen and headed outside. Not one shed, but three! Seemed like more shed space than house space. Sniffing for McCoy flower pots, I headed into the first shed. Pretty empty. The second one was the same. In the third shed, I found an interesting box. Full, not of flower pots, but of old kitchen items. At some point in the past, the homeowner had apparently updated her kitchen, bought new stuff from Target, and banished her MidCentury treasures to the third shed.

I returned to the house with a few things. I told the woman that there was a great box of depression glass in the smallest shed, and that  it might fetch some good prices if she wanted to bring it inside. She looked at me as if I needed medication. Not worth it, she said and then elaborated. Her mother had moved with her to Florida; they had all they wanted out of the house; she was not going to have another sale; the rest of the stuff was  going " onto the swale".

So, for a dollar, I bought a few delightful old kitchen pieces. My favorite is the small red Pyrex leftover container with a lid. It is a piece that I have longed for over the past few years.

Since I returned home, we have had more rain and another power outage, now over. I may go back over after dark and see if I can find "the swale". it may have some good stuff on it.