Treasure Box Wednesday: In the Pink with Pottery, Pyrex and Plates


Ah, the graceful lines of vintage pottery in soothing creams and pinks... what could be more timeless... more elegant... more... five dollars?

Yes, the McCoy cornicopia was a whopping five smackeroos at the L&L Fleatique in Adamsburg. The "As Is" marked there was because of a minor crack at the top of the piece, causing the vase to lose so much its resale value-- and really none of its looks, as far as I'm concerned. I intend to put it, and its pottery cousins, on my mantle as part of a post-Easter display...

The unmarked cream vase in the middle was from the Salvation Army in Greensburg, and that was $1.99. But one expects to pay more for McCoy, you know. (Hysterical laughter here.)

The deco dinner plates below were finds from the U.F.O. in Greensburg. At $1.00 a piece, I couldn't resist, and not only will their sherbety good looks work well with the pottery vases as a part of a diningroom do-up, they'll coordinate with the jadeite I already have. After doing a bit of research, it appears they're Hazel Atlas Moderntone pieces, from the Pastels collection, and were made in the 40s and 50s.


The Pyrex pink gooseberry bowl below has been on my wish-list for a long while. My mother had a set of these, which is surprising because she was not a pink girl by any means. But she was a fabulous cook and used her pink Pyrex for mixing a wondrous array of delectables-- from cookie dough to Italian meatballs...

I see this pattern and think how many amazing dinners I'd enjoyed, due to my mother's remarkable culinary skills. And those past flavors somehow seem more tangible when represented by that lovely pink Pyrex bowl. Yes, this bowl is a metaphor now, for meatbally memories. So at less than $3 at the U.F.O., I cheerfully recaptured it.

This Lefton bunny planter from the Good Samaritan thrift store is sadly out-numbered by the sheep...


That must be why he looks a little nervous, he's worried about being mugged by those roving flocks of wooly marauders! (Er, or maybe because I keep referring to it as "he" and he has a pink bow in his hair... Oops-- sorry, fellah.)

The table cloth below was also from the Good Samaritan. I already have my table set the way I'd like for this Easter, but for next year, this will be a really nice addition.

And what thrifting weekend would be complete without adding to the milkglass gift basket I want to give my family friend for Christmas? Two saucers and a goblet are a nice way to expand the collection. And at $1 each, with an additional 20% off, it's hard to go wrong.


So what's coming up next time on The Thrift Shop Romantic? Hmmmm, I think I'll unveil a couple more retro recipe books and we'll see just why using whole vegetables as candle holders for a romantic dinner might not set quite the tone one hopes for.

For those who missed Sunday's post, where Marshmallow Peeps became entwined in vintage-style carousel crafting, click here.

Otherwise, wishing you a day filled with the little joys that make life interesting, and keep you in the pink!

18 comments:

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

The family friend who is going to get the milk glass Christmas basket is going to be thrilled and one lucky lady. What a fabulous gift you are making. I came over here to give you a thank you for visiting my blog yesterday and have been here over an hour reading. Your blog is an utter delight and your thrift finds are amazing. We don't have thrift stores like that around here. Most everything in our stores is new junk. Thank you for a wonderful read. ~ Lynn P.S. I would love to add you to my "take me away" blogs to read.

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Hi Lynn, I'd be simply delighted. I'd found you through BlogCatalog yesterday, and I couldn't believe I hadn't stumbled on your blog before! The photos are truly excellent, the style just caught my attention right away.

white o'morn cottage said...

Wow! You have an eye and an instinct for thrifting! Such lovely things available to you in so many shops. I am green with envy! My sister and I went thrifting in Dublin city centre yesterday and did find some lovely things but it took us five hours to visit the twelve such shops as they are all scattered throughout the city and the prices are much higher. I will post some pics soon of the goodies. I swear I am going to organise a thrifting holiday to the USA!!

Carrie said...

Your Easter collection finds are very good thrifting. So also are the milk glass items for your friend.
Carrie

Vik said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your friendly comment!

Michelle said...

Your thrifting was very successful! I love it all :)

Michelle

Amy said...

I just love pyrex, they're a bit expensive here but the colours are gorgeous :-)

Linda said...

Hi Lynn, thank you for the visit and the sweet comments. What great finds ! I love your vases...I collect pink and cream vases too, I have a pair of cream cornicopias that I like to keep on my mantle . That is a darling table cloth... it will be a great addition to next years table.
I've gone back and enjoyed reading several of your earlier posts...I hope it is okay to add you to the blogs I enjoy. Linda

ps ~ I have not seen any vintage hanky cases, I bet they are sweet. L

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Hi, Carrie- I need to stop by and see what you've been up to this last week, I'm behind!

Vik- no problem! Thanks for stopping!

Hi, Michelle! I need to pop by your place again, as well.

Amy- yup, typically vintage Pyrex has gotten expensive here, too. I saw the big bowl of this set for $30 once (I was SO not going to pay that.) It takes a lot of looking, but eventually, some comes up at the right price. (Read: cheap.)

Linda- I absolutely enjoyed your hankie collection. I honestly wouldn't have known what the hankie bags were myself if I hadn't found one subtly labeled "Hankies." :) Then light dawned. Thanks a bunch for adding me to your blogroll! I will gladly do the same for your blog.

Jean Tuthill said...

I have been following your blog and you are my inspiration to start my own. I is so much fun and I hope to become more "developed" as time goes by. I am also a collector and love all the vintage things I find at my local thrifts. I have a vintage pyrex bowls that I use everyday. I've had them since 1963! That makes me pretty vintage, too! lol

Lidian said...

Just lovely - especially the plates and the milk glass. You have wonderful shops in your area!

Kari & Kijsa said...

We love milk glass...kari has a collection of about 35 brunch plates and cups to use for parties!

Have a blessed day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Distressing Delilah said...

Great finds!!! Have a whole set..and different colors of the pink and white bowl. They are displayed proudly in my ktchen!

White O'Morn Cottage said...

Hi, love your finds!
I have just posted a very important message on my blog that I hope you and others will copy and paste into your blog to spread the news. It is called "Random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty"
There is a fabulous giveaway with it as well. I am looking forward to your next shopping trip! love ...Pam & Angie

Jane Marie said...

I stumbled onto your blog. I love antiques and have been collecting for over 30 years. I like to collect a little of everything. Vases are one of my passions, too. Nice grouping you have there.

ThriftShopRomantic said...

Aw, Jean, I don't think you're vintage! (But you DID help by helping me date my bowl! Thanks!) I'm glad the blog has inspired you. I'd popped over to see yours and it's coming along so beautifully. It will be wonderful to see it grow and evolve.

Lidan- if you ever get to Western Pennsylvania, I think you'd have a blast!

Kari and Kijsa- thanks for the visit! You ladies are very talented... I popped by and could have spent much more time there than I currently have! :)

Delilah, a whole set! Ah... someday, some day.... :)

Pam, I'll check it out. Been playing a bit of catch-up with projects so I'm behind.

Jane Marie- thanks so much. It's funny how antiques are addictive. (And look so GOOD in a room with a piano... :) )

Michelle Gartner said...

Very cool finds- I am still browsing your blog and loving it. I think it was great they marked the McCoy down, I go to a few stops where they sell any nasty old things full price despite the fact the item in question is really quite flawed.

Sarah and Jack said...

Love, love, love those 3 pieces of pottery. I have turned into a serious pottery fanatic over the last year.