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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Peacocks and Dragons

Today I am sharing more estate sale finds from last year. 

These are from an estate sale Mom and Dad went to last fall.  Once again I was working.  The sale was just a few streets over from our house.  When they got there, people were lined up down the block.  Apparently the lady of the house was an avid doll collector and there were hundreds of dolls.  They almost gave up and went home, but then figured that if everybody else was there for the dolls, maybe there would be less competition for the things they liked.

They waited in line for about 25 minutes and this is what they took home.  Not a lot, just mostly useful stuff: bamboo skewers, glue sticks, plate holders, frames, etc.  They found a couple of jello molds.  Because I don't have enough, right?  I actually gave the smaller mold away to my friend for her kids to use at the beach.  You can make some pretty cool sand castles using jello molds.

They found another Wil-hold sewing box, this time in gold, with it's tray,

and plenty of room for thread.

They also found my thread holder of choice.  It's a vintage Tupperware bacon keeper.
I have 4 or 5 of them.  They stack and they travel well. 

They won't open up or spill easily, and all the colors are on display and easy to find.  If you sew or know someone who does, I highly recommend buying these when you see them.  This one was 75c (empty, of course - spools added later).

The doll collection was so big that they ran another sale the following week.  Mom decided to avoid the crowd and go on the last day of the sale.  She found a few things that other people missed.

 I love this nifty little gadget.  It's a Grabbit magnetic pin well.  I'm sure most of you have seen magnetic pin wells before, as DIY versions are all over the internet, but they had escaped my notice until Mom found this one. 


 Mom knows how much I love tins AND peacocks, so she couldn't leave this tea tin behind.  Isn't it gorgeous?  My picture just doesn't do it justice. 

Mom was very happy to find this colorful Chinese Checkers game.  Chinese checkers was a favorite of hers when she was very little.  This large tin was made by the Ohio Art Co. sometime in the 1960s.  I just love the fire-breathing dragons.  On the backside is a checkers board.  The playing pieces are supposed to be stored inside the tin.  Unfortunately, the tin is extremely difficult to open, which must have been frustrating for anyone wanting to play.  Perhaps that explains why it is in such great condition.  The marbles are missing, but it will still look great hanging on the wall.

By the way, Chinese Checkers is neither Chinese nor checkers.  The game was invented in Germany as Stern-Halma.  When it was published in the United States by J. Pressman & Co, they thought that associating it with the familiar game of checkers and giving it an exotic Chinese theme would make the new game more marketable. 

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Summer Thrifting Finds

I still haven't haven't been able to get out and do any thrifting lately, but I brought home a lot of stuff last year that I never posted about, so I'll show some of it now.

I know, lousy picture, but we're going back in time, so everything's supposed to get a little fuzzy, right?
As you can see, I've acquired a few more aluminum jello molds. 
Do I need more jello molds?  
Probably not.  
But they're fun...
and useful...
and shiny!

Plus they're a heck of a lot cheaper than rhinestones.

I especially like the one with the roses.  I had been looking for one like that for a while, so was happy to see it at Goodwill for half price - $1.50.  The two copper ones were garage sale finds for 50c each, much more my speed.  Have I mentioned I'm cheap?

How could I pass up this giant crab mold?  It's both ridiculous and fantastic.  It's a whopping 14 inches across.  I had never seen one like it.  I couldn't even find a picture of one online.   And for once, the Goodwill price was a shockingly reasonable $1.99.

I'm still looking for the lobster.

The next two finds were items off my thrifting wish list and I found both of them at Goodwill on the same day.

This is a Foley rolling pin.   My mom has one, and I've wanted one of my own forever.  What's so special about them?  They have ball bearings, so they roll very smoothly, and they're built to last.  I've seen other brands at estate sales, but they were never as nice as Mom's 40 year old Foley.   Goodwill price - $3.99.

Recognize this little piece of loveliness?

It's the Exciting new Pyrex Flameware Teapot!

Some of you may remember this 1941 Life magazine ad I found last May. 

I happened to go to Goodwill the very day they put the teapot on the shelf, and I snatched it right up.  I didn't even blink at the $7.99 price tag.  Usually I think their prices are crazy.  But I guess that day I was crazy too.   Pyrex crazy.  It's a thing.

I found this cutting mat at Goodwill last summer also.  

It was in pretty rough shape, with two large splits and some staining, but it was really big (23 x 35 inches), so I figured I could salvage something from it.  A new mat of this size costs over $50, so I paid the Goodwill price of $1.99.  I thought I would cut it down into smaller mats, but I ended up putting some duct tape on the back and using it as is.  I still want a new mat, but I'll have to save my pennies.

I went to a garage sale with my folks one Saturday.

Two 50c sweaters for unraveling; 1 wool, and 1 wool/cashmere/angora.
The 25c colorful wool hat will make some really fun felt.

These Pyrex casserole lids were free.  I couldn't let them go to the landfill.

Snowflake Blue

Spring Blossom

Someday I'll find a casserole to put them on.

Mom bought this cookbook for 25c, mostly because Dad's favorite meal is meat topped by meat with a side of meat, but also because it has a recipe for Roasted Raccoon.  She says it goes with her Community Center Cookbook from North Dakota that has the recipe for Jake's Muskrat Stew.

I saved the best for last.

Westinghouse chrome double waffle maker
1940s maybe?

It works, but I don't know if I'll actually use it.  It gets awfully hot, so you have to be careful, and I wouldn't want to ruin the chrome.  I just like looking at it.  The lady who was selling it said it was a gift to her daughter from a boyfriend.  When they broke up, she didn't want it anymore.  I guess she didn't want any reminders.  I paid $7.00.

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