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, 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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  1. I don't know when I'll stop laughing about the meat, roasted raccoon and muskrat stew. I have a few of those strange cook booklets myself. :) Amazing wafflemaker.

  2. Great finds! My favourite is the crab mold which I think is fantastic.

  3. I love your story about Mink Betty! Thanks so much for sharing your finds... those Pyrex lids are pretty sought after, good eye!

  4. Nice finds! Can never have too many pyrex lids!

  5. Fantastic finds there, that cutting mat was a great deal, you can't even get a small one for that price. I bought my big one through JoAnns when they had 50% off any one item coupon, yes I try to only buy deals also ;)

    1. The big mat is often 40% off at JoAnns, but I still don't have the money saved. I'm hoping they will take it off sale and I can then use a 50% off coupon. I love the JoAnns coupons.

  6. Hi Betty,
    Love those pyrex lids, I picked up a few as well, hoping one day I would find the casserole pan. Dont you love that, the search is never ending :)
    Thanks for stopping by at my blog.

  7. Good 'take you back' memories in your finds. I love your blog title and the story that goes with it.

  8. I have seen a lot of people post molds lately. I have never had one, but I think I need to start looking.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

  9. Great finds Betty! I love the Foley rolling pin, and all those molds are fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.


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