Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Monday, December 13, 2010

$1.00 Mary Engelbreit and Pyrex Magic

Yesterday I went to the local Goodwill to look for Mary Engelbreit Christmas things and this is what I found:

Well... This is a picture I had to find online because my computer is being fixed, my mother's doesn't have an SD card reader and I cannot find the transfer cord for my camera. So pictures of most things will have to wait a bit. What I found was a cute 6x8 tin with this picture on it, for just $1.00.

We also saw THIS:

The 1983 Strawberry Shortcake Berry Happy Home Dollhouse with a bag of assorted accessories. They were asking $30 for it and I think I might go back for it. At the very least I can bring it home and see what accessories there are and then return it later. I LOVE Strawberry Shortcake. She was always my favorite and I still have a few dolls. She was a little before my time, but I got dolls because my sister had them. The local video store had a supply of children's videos they would rent for free, and I always took a Strawberry Shortcake one. NO MATTER WHAT.

I haven't blogged about my Pyrex for a long time but recently (the last couple of months) I've discovered that I'm Pyrex magical and have been reluctant to talk of it for fear of the jinx!

I've found that if I see a new Pyrex piece online and think to myself how lovely it is, it will show up at the thrift store within two weeks and for a good price and I can buy it. This happened to me with these two items yesterday:

The Golden Willow Snack Server I saw on Ebay three days ago and then here it is! It was just waiting for me at the Goodwill for $4.99

This Pyrex Juice (or Lemonade) carafe didn't have it's lid but was only $1.99. I saw it recently in someone's post over at the Pyrex Collective and wanted it immediately. It took a little more time to show up but I'm still thrilled with it.

This Pyrex Magic has happened with a few other things lately as well but I only have the pictures of these that I was able to take on my phone.

Have you had any Thrift Magic lately?

I'm joining:
Mary Engelbreit Monday
Thrift Share Monday




  1. I understand the sentimental value, and the SS house is very cute, but $30? Are they flexible at all? Can you convince them it is a toy or negotiate in any way? (yup, cheap me)
    I am so happy for your Thrift magic, pyrex mojo. May it stay all season.

  2. I used to have this pitcher and if I remember correctly, it had tiny juice glasses to match. I got it as a gift in the 70s and before I moved to Florida in 2000, I gave it to a friend who has a full-on retro kitchen.

    I found a cute sugar bowl for my bulk Sweet n Low, the other day. It was really dirty, but only 40 cents. It cleaned up so cute that I'm going to go back and get the creamer and S&P to match. What a deal!

  3. Wow Betty! $1.00 such a deal! Thanks so much for sharing with us on ME Monday. I hope you get your computer back soon. :-(

  4. I bet that tin with the ME picture is so cute and $1 wow! Love all your Pyrex magic...love how you put that!

  5. Maybe talking about it will make the Pyrex magic rub off on your readers?! ;) And that's what the house is! I knew it looked familiar as soon as I saw it.

  6. @dogsmom: I don't think it's too bad when you consider that they sell for big bucks on Ebay in even incomplete condition and this house had all it's window frames, skylight, and attic stairs. When I went back for it I wasn't able to get it. The clerk told me that a man in his twenties had come in about an hour before me and bought it. He had told them he was going to make big bucks off of it on Ebay. It's too bad it didn't go to a kid who would love it :(

    Thanks everyone for the comments!

  7. I have TWO of those tins! I'm a teacher and it's always had special meaning to me.

    I remember my grandma having a pitcher like that! Great find! My fingers are crossed for the pyrex magic to continue!

  8. Thanks for linking this post to JFF! It means a lot to me that you have joined in! Love your finds and the doll house is so cute!!

  9. Great finds! Love the pyrex!

    ~ Tracy

  10. The Strawberry Shortcake house is adorable. I don't collect Pyrex but I admire it...from afar. I collect to much stuff already. But I always see Pyrex in the thrifts stores. Didn't know there was such a big market for it out there. Merry Christmas!~Ames

  11. I love Mary Engelbreit's work, don't you? Great job on finding that sweet tin. Now you will have to fill it with cookies! Susan

  12. I hope you go back & get that Strawberry Shortcake Dollhouse, super cute! Rarely see Golden Willow Pyrex--great find.

  13. Strawberry Shortcake was after my time but I'm still intrigued and might have bought it too! HA!I love your pyrex msgic-so awesome-this is a great blog too, nice job!


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