Treasure Box Wednesday: Hull Haul

There wasn't a ton of time for thrifting this past week, but I was able to grab a happy thrifty moment prior to a hair appointment on Saturday, where logistics sent me straight into the Salvation Army Superstore out by Century III Mall in West Mifflin.

It was there, just as I was leaving, I happened to spy two pink-and-blue beauties I recognized immediately: a pair of matching Hull Pottery 8 1/2 inch Magnolia pattern vases.

Now, Hull can get incredibly expensive, and while I like many of the pieces, I simply can't justify buying them... unless they show up at a thrift store with shining beams of light on them. I had found a few unusually inexpensive Hull vases at thrift stores and antique malls-- only by sheer luck in the past. And it was sheer luck once again that found me with this lovely haul of Hull. You can see my Hull pieces here (though I think one pink piece is hiding behind the second new vase).
 Anyway, one vase is absolutely perfect, no chips, cracks or anything. The other one does have a chip at the top, but I couldn't leave it there when it's companion was going to be a guest at my house.
Amusingly, when I was at the register paying for it, the cashier commented she'd figured no one would ever want to buy those vases.

I guess they are entirely too pastel and frou-frou for many of today's modern tastes. But I personally love the soft matte finish to them, and the gentle spring colors.

Ah, there's something for everyone at the thrift store! You just have to take the time to treasure hunt.

Hope you all are finding yourselves more comfortable this week after our steamy summer so far.


GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Lovely Hull vases!!! I have a couple pieces of Hull! Good "eyes"!

Anonymous said...

I am not familiar with Hull vases but those are gorgeous! What a great purchase. ;-)

I have a you keep all the things that you thrift (and do you live in a mansion? lol) or do you sell some items? I always seem to find more things that I cannot live without and, on top of my own stuff and things I inherited from my's getting a tad crowded!

Andrea at My Feathered Nest said...

That cashier definitely didn't know too much about collectibles. They are gorgeous! Love the pastel colors. Great finds, again!

Sarah in Tacoma WA said...

Dare I ask what low, low price you paid for them?? :)

Jenn Thorson said...

Deb- Ah, with their happy pastels they were easy to spy! :) I was pretty excited before I ever made it to the case.

Andrea- I think people either love pastels or hate them.

Jenn Thorson said...

Sarah- While it would be considered on the high side for general thrift store items, for Hull it was amazingly good-- one was $29 and the other was $25. Given I've eyed up Hull vases at antique malls and seen them around $95-$125 for undamaged pieces, I felt pretty excited.

Jenn Thorson said...

Anonymous- Regarding what I do with the things I thrift-- I have been known to make gift baskets of thrifted goodies, I go through items and then donate some things back to the thrift if I know I don't have use for them, and I'm saving some goodies with the thought I'll have a shop someday. My house isn't huge. I do also have a number of display cabinets and hang prints gallery-style on the walls, so there's lots to look at everywhere. (And it saves space.)