Time to do some thrift reporting.
Rummage & estate sale season is upon us.
I missed my favorite area wide sales, but I did find this tablecloth for 50¢ at a random drive by stop.
The tags read ST. REGIS TABLECLOTH A SPRINGMAID PRODUCT
THE SPRINGS COTTON MILLS LANCASTER, S.C.
This South Carolina company has been around since the late 1800's.
The tablecloth checks out to be made in the 40s. I love the colors.
I picked up this shallow bowl (8" across, made by Fire King) for about $3 the morning we spent in Owego, NY. (I loved that town!)
My weakness for milk glass got me. (That and the polka dot bumps)
A few weeks ago I saw a stack of four of these at a local thrift shop.. I resisted them.
I picked up this small goodie jar at a local church rummage sale, love the aluminum lid. I also found a Foley aluminum juicer. We needed a juicer, and this one happens to be made in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
I thrifted the Pyrex pie plate & spouted pourer (creamer?) to go with all of my other useful, simple Pyrex & Fire King finds.
I've made two cheese cakes in the pie plate already.
My custard cup and handled bowl stash have been growing a few cents at a time.
We eat ice cream out of them regularly.
This week I picked up this pretty, fluted rim dish / vase for 99¢.
I generally try to fend off vases, (why store them when I have a hundred and ten canning jars in waiting.)
But this one is multi-purpose, since it's low like a dish. And it's really pretty.
Perfect for Lilly's peonies that are blooming.
Lastly today, I stopped at an estate sale recently and saw this trunk sitting there with $10 written on a piece of tape.
I have a weakness for trunks, but I thought for sure if I waited and walked through the rest of the sale, it would be gone before I made my way back. Well, I took my time looking through tools and taxidermy & what-not. I found a couple of new broom heads (needed for our boot scrubber), and finally went to pay. The trunk was still there. So I bought it.
The man -in his 40's-50's- who helped me load it into my vehicle asked, "Do you mind me asking what you're going to do with it?"
I said that I wasn't sure - it might be nice on our front porch, or at the end of a bed.
He said, with a hint of wistfulness, "I was just wondering because it was my grandfather's tool chest."
I wish he'd have kept it!! I can't imagine parting with any of my grandparents things (particularly of that bygone era of less things.) I will take good care of it.
Best $10 I've spent in a while.
All in all, I'm trying to be more and more careful with what I bring home. I am not a retail shopper, and my thrifting is usually useful - I find all of the kids' clothes this way, and my own. Books to read. Good, quality things. But I'm practicing self control and being very discriminatory & selective with extra stuff.
There are just some things I can't walk away from, though!