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Thrifting the Summer Away Part II


I am still trying to catch up here on the blog, after my months long hiatus. As promised, here are some more vintage goodies I have found this summer.

With our garage/ yard sale season being so short, it is sometimes hard to find real bargains.

These great atomic patterned Fire King Mosaic plates and bowls were from a garage sale. The Franciscan starburst divided bowl was snagged at a local indoor flea market. I can never afford the online prices for this popular pattern. I have only been able to find the meat platter and this bowl locally.


This 50’s ballerina fabric was from the same indoor flea market as the bowl above. It sold in only a few hours after listing it in my Etsy shop. The colors are just fabulous.


I don’t remember where I picked up this huge plastic cabbage leaf snack server but know I didn’t pay much ūüôā


This “Happy Hour” Anchor Hocking turquoise/ gold chip and dip was purchased online from a vintage Facebook page.


I bought this vintage kit purse at a mid-century shop and put it together myself. I collect Enid Collins purses but this knockoff was too cute to pass up!


This little orange lamp looks good on the bar. I picked it up from a consignment shop where I sell a few things as I rotate stuff in and out of the house.


Now that I have orange in my kitchen, that color Pyrex is on my radar. It is great for the fall months. This rarer #933 was only $7 at a church thrift shop. I will use it for sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving. The Fire King set in the background is my favorite snack set pattern.


Here is most of my fall Pyrex stash culled from garage sales, thrift stores and gifts from my sweet friends and family.


It is never too early to pick up vintage Christmas kitsch. The Rudolph album and cool speckled holly leaf candy dishes were from the Salvation Army.


Also from the Salvation Army, I eyed these glass ornaments just as they were being brought in, before they were even priced. All are Shiny Brites except the box in the back. I like to use these for my aluminum trees and crafting items for my Etsy shop.


This pair of salad/ soup bowls were only 80 cents at a local thrift. I love this size for big salads, which are served here often in the summer.


Well, until I buy more things I probably don’t need this will have to do!

Our new mid-century style front door is in the garage waiting to be installed. Check back soon to see it!


Atomic / Tiki Drapes Round Out the Master Bedroom


We are finally finished in the master bedroom.

Just this morning, I finished making the drapes and got those hung. Take a look:

The walls are Caribbean Coral from the Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern Collection. That tension pole lamp was picked up from a local resale shop. It matches my Tiki theme perfectly.

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The only retro looking  fan we could afford:

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The bedding was on clearance at Target last fall.

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Another shadow box for my collection.

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Some of my Tiki themed finds:

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Here is a close up of the drapery fabric. I got it on Ebay for a great price. It is an ¬†Atomic 50’s reproduction from 2002. ¬†I wanted to coordinate with my green and yellow pottery pieces, the coral on the wall and that funky orange and green pole lamp!

It was a dream to work with. Heavy enough to drape nicely and light enough to make the sewing simple.

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What do you think folks? Have I hit the mark with this room?

Eichler? No. Mid Century? Yes.


My mid-Century brick and stone ranch is not an Eichler or a Cliff May.

To my knowledge, we do not own one single piece of designer furniture.  Sculptra?  Eames?  I only read about them.

We have no expensive art glass or paintings.

And we are also worlds away from Palm Springs.

Here in the Midwest, times are tough. Our town has been hit hard.  Homeowners here are fortunate to have steady jobs and health insurance. The local food pantries feed record numbers every month. There is little left after a paycheck for anything other than basic upkeep . My home is now worth less than when purchased it 2 years ago.

Which brings me to the point of this entry:

You CAN decorate your mid century home on the shoestring.

The Mister and I have always been bargain hunters. Early in our marriage many Sundays were spent at the local flea market, picking up vintage finds for our little 3 room tree-top apartment. Not much has changed. We are just older and not much richer.

This piece was a former mid-century bookcase / storage cabinet that had lost its glass doors. A garage sale find for $10, it is now painted black and stands in for a bar cabinet near the entry. I don’t think it looks too bad with that Ikea mirror.

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This sunburst clock was $1 at a garage sale. Herman Miller? No. Cool? Yes.

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This metal shelf was $3. I have metal stuff like this all over the house. Ashtray stands, newspaper / magazine holders, shelves of every shape and size, book cases, benches, plant stands, footed trays; you name it.

I love it above my buffet in the kitchen. I am still searching for more kitschy smalls for it.

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How about these Christmas albums? ¬†All 3 were 67 cents. Won’t they look great framed next Christmas?

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Or this cool one,  from the era when everyone wanted to vacation where it was warm? I have this hanging in the hallway:

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And this one is above the fireplace. ¬†If you look close, this room has its own collection of LP’s hung on the wall! And how about that crazy “galaxy” looking light fixture hanging in the corner?

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These funky towels still had the tags when I found them at a thrift shop for $2. You can peek at my original tile bathroom wall.


This past weekend we were out early to hit an estate sale, which was a total waste of time. Since we were out and about, we decided to cruise 2 indoor flea markets. I spent a total of $12. Here is some of my stash:

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I love these sweet angels:

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The cover art on these EP¬†Christmas 45’s is cool. I may frame them, too.

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Does anyone recognize this little ceramic fireplace or know it’s intended use? The top is removable. I love the deer head hanging above!

new stuff 377 I am not sure why, but my town does not even have a Re Store.  Two thrift stores have closed since Christmas. Another is closing soon and having a clearance sale. It is getting to be slim pickings. I hope you are having better luck in your neck of the woods!

Next time I plan to show you how NOT to update your mid-century home, courtesy of the former owners of Croydon Place. You may want to check back ūüôā