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.

Friday, December 31, 2010

The Year in Thrifting

Here are my favorite thrift and estate sale finds of 2010 in no particular order:

Rhinestone Necklace for myself.
I finally found a good one at an estate sale rather than an antique store.

Our mid century coffee table for $1.00

\So much Pretty Pyrex!!!
This was the first year I really started to collect it and I have gotten so much I can hardly believe it.

Assorted mid-century specialty cookbooks.

Various assorted books from the '50s and '60s on "better living" through home improvement
and craft instructions.

Tons of adorable baby planters and the vintage quilt in the picture.

Vintage Shiny Brite ornaments, specifically two with flocked lettering and images on them.

Remington Quiet-Riter and a Eureka typewriter ribbon (in the cutest little tin ever).

Vintage Hotpoint refrigerator.

Old slides, a projector, slide viewers, and even a screen to view them all on.

My vintage pink Sunbeam Mixmaster ca. 1957.

It's been a wonderful year of thrifting and brought me many useful and fun things. How's your year in thrifting been? What are some of your favorite finds?

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Thrifty Thursdays@Bloggeritaville
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  1. Those are some great finds! Especially the mixer. It would look awfully good in my 1957 Midcentury Modern house!

  2. I would say you had a great year of thifting! I love the necklace, reminds me of the one's my Mom wore back in the 60's. You hit the jackpot on the Pyrex(which you know I love) and that mixer in Pink makes me so happy for you! Thanks for joining JFF!! Happy New Year and more fabulous finds!


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