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About midcenturythriftygal

Just passing on my experiences in restoring our Mid-Century home on a shoe-sting budget.

Summer Lovin’

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Well not really. Those who know me well know summer is NOT my favorite season. Especially here where it is hot and humid much of the time. I spend a small fortune on annual flowers for my patio and then by July they are frazzled and begging for shade.

I have to admit that my garden loves the weather this year. We are giving away tomatoes and peppers because we have so many.  This poor guy is a misfit. He kind of looks like Mr. Magoo.

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I still thrift when I can and add to my stash of kitschy finds.

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I am still buying bed linens, too. I know I need a 12 step program.

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I have found a new love this summer: cold brew coffee! It is great for a hot day when you need a pick-me-up but you don’t want a hot drink. Insert a tropical stirrer and you are in business.

101_6263My Pyrex collection continues to grow; these are some of my fall pieces. I use them for everything from salads to casseroles to scrambling eggs. They also look great with fresh fruit or veggies on the counter.

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I have been frantically getting my Christmas hoard listed in my Etsy shop for the upcoming holiday season. Remember all this?

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101_5242Well head on over to my Etsy shop. Much of it is listed there!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thethriftygal?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count&section_id=13176699

Check back soon to see the vintage jukebox speaker we have hooked up in the basement!

Heck before we know it we will be putting up the Christmas decorations.

 

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Shut the (Mid-Century) Front Door

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Here it is! After 6 years of this project getting pushed aside for more pressing matters (roof, landscaping, gutters, water heater, kitchen and bathroom remodels, backyard shed, etc.) we finally have a period appropriate front door on our ranch.

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It is a Builders Choice fiberglass door that we special ordered through Home Depot. They have a few other retro styles and can be ordered either primed white or finished in several colors. We chose a primed one and painted it this great minty green. The color is called Haven from Sherwin Williams.

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The Schlage brass escutcheon was NOS that I purchased on eBay.

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Since we were focusing on the outside this spring, I thought we needed some new planters to amp up the curb appeal. These match our new garage door colors: Holiday Turquoise and Haven by Sherwin Williams.

101_6212We also painted the undersides of the large overhangs on the house using the Holiday Turquoise. It is from the Suburban Modern collection.

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I have also been changing things up on the inside. This bark cloth tablecloth was scooped off of Etsy with a Mothers Day gift card. It coordinates nicely with my drapes.

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I think Judy Jetson would be proud.

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The new Goodwill store in my town has been a treasure trove lately. I am keeping the Vegas tray. Everything else will go in my Etsy shop.

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I found this plant (?) stand at Goodwill also. With a Home Depot bowl planter I think it looks good with my turquoise hoop chairs.

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This chaise was picked up last summer and sports a new coat of paint and colorful cushion. I also spray painted those little plant stands in new colors.

101_6197 I picked up a new umbrella for the patio table. We are still searching for a different patio dining table.

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Check back soon to see the newly painted cupola and weather vane on top of the garage!

Springtime, Thrifting and a New Goodwill Store

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You have probably heard me mention before (more times than you can count) that thrifting is not very good in my area. We had to travel a few hours to find a good-sized thrift store, Re-Store or Goodwill. This all changed several weeks ago when a Goodwill popped up in my town!

I have made many stops there on my errand days and found plenty of things I probably did not need. But this I did need:

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After remodeling our mid-century kitchen I purchased an aqua blue stand mixer. In doing so, I had to get rid of my old one, which included a blender and salad attachment. That left me without a blender. This one will work just fine! Shiny chrome with aqua accents.

I also can’t pass up vintage bedding and atomic drink glasses.

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or Tiki items

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I recently won this lamp on a local online auction page. For $30! It looks great in our living room.

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I got these atomic fish glasses from the same auction.

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I am blessed to have a friend who also “vintage” shops for me. She found me all of this at a church rummage sale:

101_5773I am keeping the “Flintstone” glasses (I have the matching pitcher) and the atomic pilsner glasses. The rest are for sale in my Etsy shop.

You all know I am addicted to cook books. This lot was from a big indoor garage sale I attended earlier this spring. I kept a few to round out my collection and the rest are up for sale.

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I also acquired more vintage and retro bedding. Cause I can never have enough. The duvet cover and shams are IKEA. I think they look great mixed in with my older pieces.

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After an epic FAIL baking a bunny shaped cake with a mold this Easter, I got smart and decided I would go back to making the bunny with 2 round cake pans like my mother taught me. Blue Heaven is one of my favorite patterns. I got these on Etsy.

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Here is a little springtime display. The pastel baskets belonged to my mother. I remember her using them for showers and Bunco games. They always held pastel mints and mixed nuts.

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This cool pie plate was an online purchase. It just happens to fit the old hairpin leg stand I had lying around. I love it displayed with the old winter themed tray in my kitchen.

101_5386This Lane Basket Weave sideboard was a bargain I could not pass up. It now sits in my Tiki inspired bedroom waiting for me to fill it up. I have early 60’s Lane Acclaim bedroom furniture and I think it looks great with those pieces.

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Check back soon to see the new mid mod front door we have installed.

As soon as it is painted I will be posting photos. Still deciding on color: aqua or mint green?