Saw a lot of good stuff this past weekend, but I decided to be selective in what I bought, although now I wish I had bought a couple of things….LOL. They say you never regret what you buy, just what you don’t buy. I don’t know about all that, but I might be feeling a little regret for not buying an old drying rack that was marked $10. I just found out that a relative of mine spent $100 on a handmade one that was new. OMG! That is way more than I ever expected to pay for something like that.
Anyway, lets see what I bought this past weekend. I rarely find Pyrex at the thrift store lately, but these were hiding on a bottom shelf (the cashier did give me a tip on another location that gets a lot of Pyrex). This pattern is called Forest Fancies and was one of the last four patterns ever made and stopped production in 1986. I always thought this pattern was so sweet, but I am not a fan of all the brown. Still, I am a sucker for those cute little mushrooms.
The Cinderella bowls above are the smaller of the four; #441 (1-1/2 pint) and #442 (1-1/2 quart). I paid $3.99 and $4.99 respectively and feel they are worth $8 and $10. They are in excellent condition and don’t appear to need any real cleaning except around the bottom where the white meets the brown. I am pretty adamant about making sure all the Pyrex in my booth is as clean as I can get it before putting it out for sale.
I found this box of Christmas goodies for $2 at an estate sale on Saturday. I bought this box mainly for the felted Christmas ornaments that will be perfect to add to the ornament wreaths I want to make. There are Santas, a felted coffee pot and even Christmas turtles (I haven’t gone through the bag yet).
The cutting board was found at a thrift shop for $1.99. I am thinking of making a sign out of it.
This 3-tiered magazine rack was found at the same estate sale as the Christmas ornaments and is in good shape. I am currently painting it with Dixie Belle Mineral Chalk Paint in “Dried Sage” and will likely distress the edges to get some of the brown to show through. I paid $10 and will probably ask between $25-$30 when it is done (You can view a picture of the finished rack on our Facebook page here). It would also be great to store baking pans in the kitchen.
This table was found at one of my favorite local shops that specializes in Mid-Century furniture and accessories. It’s solid maple and was being sold for $20. I got it home and sanded it right away to get ready for painting when I noticed it had a weird odor when I brought it back inside. I don’t remember a smell when it was in the car, so maybe the sanding brought it out. I washed it down with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution and it seemed better today. I thought $20 was a good price for a retail shop, so maybe I am not the only one who noticed a smell. The smell seemed like a combination of cigarette smoke and old house…that is the only way I can describe it. I did not detect any mold or mildew smell, so that is good. Once it is painted, you shouldn’t notice any residual odor anyway, but I am confident I have removed the offensive odor with the vinegar and water solution.
I’m thinking of either staining or painting the shelves a dark color and going light with the legs. Depending on how fancy I get with it, I will probably ask around $40 for it. Update: Here is a photo of the finished table on our Facebook page.
I hope you enjoyed this edition of Tuesday’s Treasures. It seems like the garage and estate sales are starting to ramp up just a little bit and I am itching to spend more Saturday mornings rummaging through other people’s junk…LOL. Also, some of our favorite retail shops and flea markets will be re-opening in April, so we definitely have something to look forward to.
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