Thrift Store Finds: Sunshine on a Sick Day

I stopped at the local thrift stores (we have three, all tiny, but full of surprises) last Thursday at my lunch break. I couldn’t take the day off work, even if I did feel like I was dying, so I thought I’d cheer myself up by losing myself for an hour in other people’s stuff.

I’m so glad I did! Wait until you see what I found.

First up, these funky 70s T-shirt sewing kits. They each have a yard and a quarter of soft, thin t-shirt material and some ribbed trim. That’s it. No instructions or anything. Just says you can use it to make shirts or shorts or a drawstring bag. (Except for the paper wrapper with Mr. Mustache on it. The wrapping on some vintage stuff is as cool as the stuff itself, don’t you think?)

Here’s a close up of Mr. Mustache.

Nice, huh? I’m not sure if I’m going to keep these or put them in my store. Maybe keep one and sell the others? Dunno.

I think the best thing I found is this pair of handmade afghans. The striped one is crocheted, the color blocked one is knit. That one, the knit one, has some holes in it, but is so beautifully done I couldn’t resist.

I love, love, love these goblets:

I got a full set of six of them! Nice, huh? I’ll be putting them into my store tonight, only because if I keep everything I love I’ll live in a thrift store.

This little set is already in my store:

I actually clapped my hands when I found these:

My mom used to serve us lunch on this exact set! These are mine…all mine. Ruby has a touch of her Dad’s OCD and loves segmented plates. (She doesn’t mind her food touching, she just like’s to have a place for everything.) She actually hugged these when she saw them.

These cups were just too sweet to leave behind:

Yellow roses were my mom’s favorite. Aren’t these pretty? These are another might or might not for the store.

And finally, I found this little embroidered table cloth and a vintage flat sheet. I have this idea to cut pieces of clean vintage sheet to use instead of tissue in mailing orders out, and including a little folded zine with ideas for what do to with your square of very cool fabric. What do you think? Would you appreciate that, or would you rather have tissue?

So wouldn’t you agree? A good day at the thrifts, even if I did feel like I’d been hit by a truck!


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8 responses to “Thrift Store Finds: Sunshine on a Sick Day

  1. Great finds! It always surprises me what will spark a memory of my Mama.

    About the tissue issue….I don’t think it’s necessary. The fabric idea intrigues me!

    Glad to have you back!

  2. Ruby

    You and I have such similar taste! Those little yellow rose mugs are TOO MUCH, I love them, I woulda hugged them!
    I, too, love segmented food service wear, dunno why but I do!

    • I showed those trays to Kevin, and he’s all…you aren’t going to sell those are you? He does have a little something with his food touching (my OCD man, I swear.) The mugs are even prettier than in the picture. They’re thick milk glass. How cool is that?

  3. woah! you cleaned up girl!

    those t-shirt kits are amazing, i can’t believe they don’t come with instructions! haha!

    what will you make from them?

    • They were totally manufactured during a time when manufacturers assumed people had patterns and skills at home. I’m worried about ruining them with my minimal skills. I’m iffy about sewing on stretchy fabric.

  4. Penny Saver

    Awesome finds! The segmented plates are too fun, and I like Ruby’s response. 🙂

  5. omg, I have 1 pink and 1 red rose cup!!! love those!
    xo m

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