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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I haven't posted in a while because Mom had another surgery and I have been helping her with her recovery.  She is completely recovered now, and I have a new job that is keeping me very busy, but I didn't want to miss wishing you all a Merry Christmas.

I haven't been able to get to any sales recently, but I have picked up a few Christmas items throughout the year that I would like to share with you.

I found these Victorian Christmas nesting boxes at an estate sale.  I thought I was buying three boxes, but there turned out to be seven.  I paid $2.50.


The fancy glass ornaments came from the same sale for 50c each, but I rescued the Gurley Christmas Angel from the bins at the Goodwill Outlet.


She's a little worse for wear, but she's my only Gurley, and she's probably over 50 years old, so I think she's lovely.  She cost all of 10c.

They had quite a few very nice sisal animal ornaments at the estate sale, but they were marked $2.00 each, so I only chose one, the giraffe.  When I went to pay for him, it turned out they had marked all the ornaments down to 50c, but it had been a long day at this particular sale and I was ready to go home.

I found the elf at a small thrift shop marked down to 50c because she has a small chip on her left hand where her thumb would be.  She is still the most glamorous elf I have ever seen.  She is a gift for Mom.

Speaking of gifts, Mom found the plastic church at the Goodwill Outlet for 43c and gave it to me.  I have plans to make a Putz house village and it should fit in nicely.  The very tip of the steeple is broken off, and it used to be glued to a base, but all the cellophane windows are intact!  I'm thrilled to have it.


The pink ornament is a Shiny Brite and I think it's the largest I've ever found - 3.5 inches in diameter.  I have been hoping to find an affordable ceramic light up Christmas tree, so when Mom found one at the bins, she was very excited.  It turned out to be broken beyond repair, but she rescued the lights for 20c.  If I ever find that tree, I'll have plenty of replacement bulbs, lol. 

 Christmas isn't the only holiday I've thrifted things for.  I found the pumpkin picks at the bins for 14c.

The jack-o-lanterns are very cute.

This is one of Mom's favorite Goodwill Outlet rescues of all time.

A Halloween owl blow mold lantern.
It is missing it's cord, but that should be an easy fix.  They sold on Ebay this year for around $30.  Mom paid 69c.  After he's fixed. we'll hang him in our craft room.

I hope you have all enjoyed my blog this year.  Thank you to all who have taken the time to visit and a special thank you to those who are kind enough to leave a comment.

May you all have a truly blessed Christmas and much joy in the coming new year!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for visiting my blog and the nice comments on my suitcase re-do.

    xo Dianne


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