Category Archives: Thrifty finds

Retro Holidays 2016

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Not much changed this year in my Christmas decor. I only found a few new things that “made the cut”. Trying to keep it simple (the struggle is real) has made me much more selective.

Of course there were a few exceptions!

This pretty Christmas card box is a new addition in the peach bathroom.

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So are these sweet angel girls. They are actually candle holders.

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This great new Hallmark ornament is modeled after a split level mid-century home. I think it looks swell in my knotty pine mudroom.

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Our cozy basement family room was decked out for the season.

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My rolled gift wrap is corralled in an old shopping cart on wheels.

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This table is where I do my wrapping and writing cards. It doubles as an extra dining space when we are entertaining. After Christmas it is perfect for puzzles on a cold winter day. The tablecloth was a recent estate sale find as were some of the Santa and snowman mugs in the buffet.

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Some new albums were added to our collection this year.

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Here are some of my winter Pyrex in action. I think I was whipping up a hot meal for our oldest who was flying in from Canada for the holidays.

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These atomic dishes were a Christmas gift from my youngest. I just love this pattern; it looks great against my counter tops.

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I got these great books from my Toronto boy. The Mid-Century Ads is a gem and chock full of colorful advertising on every single page.

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Until next time, I hope you are enjoying these slower paced winter days.

We have a few projects planned for the next few months;  be sure to check back.

End of the Year Kitschmas Deals

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I hope everyone is having a Happy New Year and recovering from all the planning, shopping, baking, hosting, eating, crafting, wrapping, shipping, decorating and travelling. Just typing all that makes me tired.

While my life was a whirlwind of activity those last few months of 2016, I did manage to sneak into the thrift stores a few times. Since I am trying to simplify my life/ home and keep less, only a few things will stay and the rest will either be used for crafting or listed in my Etsy shop.

With shipping costs always increasing and everyone’s budgets getting tighter, bargains are getting hard to come by. I try to hit shops when they are having a clearance or on “special deal” days.

My local Salvation Army Thrift Store marks items down frequently. I was able to get in there the week before Christmas and all of the holiday items were 50% off.

I got this great set of 22 Houze Happy Holiday glasses.

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And this little set of ornaments made from toothpicks and vintage Christmas cards. They were hidden in a decorative soap box. It pays to dig!

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This poor Santa card holder was laying among the heaps of messy piles

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I also found ornaments.

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And more ornaments.

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Knitted stockings, tile trivets and more Kitschy goodness

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The day after Christmas yielded another haul.  A small shop in a town nearby advertised that they were having 75% off vintage Christmas. I bought so much that I had to make 2 trips to get it all home. A good problem to have, no?

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Blow molds, light up wall hangings and 22 boxes of glass ornaments. Yeah, I know.

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Those huge pink ornaments are the biggest I have ever seen. They are as big as grapefruits.

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This large cardboard Santa Claus toy chest is just so cool. I am not sure of it’s intended use? Possibly a box to hold “give away toys” that sat next to Santa at a department store or other venue? What ever it is I know I can find a use for it.

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I also purchased this box of unused vintage cards online to send out next year. I just love the sweet graphics and the huge box!

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Now I have to find the energy to take down all of my own decor and go though all of this stuff, organize it, pack some away and work on getting what remains listed to sell. Hopefully I will be done in time for next years Christmas shopping season!

I hope you were able to find some deals this season as well.

I will post a few photos of my Christmas decor soon; I did get a few new things.

Happy New Year!

Enid Collins Purse Love

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One of my recent loves are Enid Collins handbags of the 60’s and 70’s. I discovered them accidentally a few years back while looking online at other mid-century stuff.

I have always loved old purses but hers are just so cool! I have managed to get a few for my collection. They do not sit on a shelf for display; I use them all. I get complimented frequently about them, even from those who aren’t into vintage. They can be a bit pricey; I have also found some knock-offs that fit the bill for 1/2 the price.

This was my first purchase, found online. It is called “Cable Car” and has a wood bottom.

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Then this “Flower Cart”

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“Flower Basket”

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Another with a wood bottom, this one is titled “Gift Wrapped” and is super rare. I have never seen another anywhere. I purchased this at an antique mall. It was new old stock and in perfect condition.

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This wanna be handbag was just too cool to pass up ! The Paris theme “Charetutte de Fleurs” is just amazing. Translated it means “Cart (or chariot) of Flowers”. The maker of this gem is a mystery. The little Moulin Rouge wallet was a gift from my son, who has lived in France.

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This is my most recent online purchase. For some reason the “sea” themed ones are super popular and tend to go pretty high. This is the wood bottomed “Sea Garden”
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While on an out-of-town day trip with my hubby and another retro loving couple, we stumbled upon a couple of great mid-century shops that had many Enids in their inventory.

From the first shop, I purchased this knockoff kit purse. It was unfinished and  I put it together:

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The second shop had more Enid Collins that I have ever seen in one place! It was like an Enid overdose.

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I recently saw these knock offs at a flea market. Super pretty but I just did not need them 🙂 I love the flamenco dancer.
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Well, there you have it. A little Enid love for your week.

Does anyone find them locally? They are pretty rare in my neck of the woods.