Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thrift Shop Treasures

Some of you know that I live two doors from the local thrift shop.  This can be a good thing, and a bad thing!  There are several thrift shops in the area, but Impact Thrift is my favorite, especially the location near me (there are a few others).  I like the smallness of the store, the friendliness of the staff, and yes, its proximity.  While I can always find books that must join my collection, often times I cannot find those other treasures that speak to me.   I love English ironstone, especially that by Johnson Brothers, Meakin and let us not forget Wedgwood Queen's Ware.  I missed two lovely Meakin plates on Monday as I went just to look (no wallet), and they were gone on Wednesday when I went back.  However, there was other treasure waiting, from Johnson Brothers.  The first photo shows two dessert plates and a bowl in the English Chippendale pattern.  (The bowl looks stained but that is a shadow, not a mark on the bowl).   The second photo is also a Johnson Brothers pattern, Old Bradbury and I found two dinner plates in this pattern.   The blue ones may not stay here but were too pretty, and too reasonable,  to pass up. 

I found a lot of books that interested me, fiction, decorating, children's, etc.  However, these three were the real finds this week.  Left to right they are:
The Age of Fable (Thomas Bulfinch, 1942); Never Cry Wolf (Farley Mowat, 1963) and Lad of Sunnybank (Albert Payson Terhune, 1929). 

I have an inexpensive HP digital camera which I use mostly for posting photos on my blog or elsewhere on the web.  I am saving for a DSLR, but that is still a way off.  My HP does an okay job but it does not have a true macro setting.  I found this at Impact this week, looking like it had never been taken out of the box, complete with photo card, remote control, all the books and brochures, a warranty that had never been sent in and a long-expired coupon entitling the original recipient to 10 free prints at Larmon Photo (our local true camera store).   While the MP count is not great at 4.0, it does have 10x optical zoom, two macro settings (one of 1/2 inch away!), and a level for wide angle or telephoto with a range equivalent of 38-380 on an SLR.  There is also the ability to save custom settings.  Not bad for $12.00 with my coupon!  As a bonus, it also feels nice in my hand, not too light, like the HP, and not too heavy.  There is a hand grip on the right.

Now, for the real treasure of the week.  This gorgeous coverlet has a silk face with a cotton lining.  There is not one flaw on it.  It was $4.75 with my coupon!

I should add that the pink wing chair recliner, on which I placed the items to be photographed, also came from Impact, and is half of a pair.  There is a little wear on the arms but the mechanism work perfectly.  They came from a local high-end furniture store which recently closed (Oskar Huber).  I love the subtle flame stitch on them, and the muted shade of rose, like Meggie's "Ashes of Roses" dress in The Thorn Birds.

I bought this beautiful piece of cotton damask last week - 7 yards, 54 inches wide, $5.00, but again, I had a coupon so it was $3.75.  It is the prettiest shade of pale butter yellow.  I have no idea what it will become but it is gorgeous.   It originally came from the Holy Redeemer Thrift shop (which does a better job of marking their fabrics than Impact does) but I guess it was not needed and was donated to Impact.   In case you are not from this area, Impact profits aid local charities.   There have been times I have passed up beautiful fabrics at Impact solely because the yardage and width were not marked, and the fabric was rolled and taped securely so you could not measure it.   There is a pretty length of floral bark cloth there now, 4 yards I believe for $10.00, and a pretty Jacobean floral on a roll, but I don't know how many yards.  If either of these interests you, I could go over and take photos for you and try to get an idea of yardage.  Just let me know. 


Southern Lady's Vintage said...

What great finds!! OH MY!! Give me a good thrift store and COUPONS to boot and I'm a happy lady!! Thanks for joining in on Vintage Love Saturday!! I hope you will come back every Saturday and if you want you can also join me every Monday at where handmade and vintage are both welcome to join in!! I enjoyed your post and your finds!

Sharon said...

Hi Nancy~ it is very nice to meet you. Thank you for your commenst on the loss of our sweet Toby. I know you understand how they become parts of our lives.
I would love to have you pick up the maroon needlepoint at the thrift store~ $5.00 is a great price. I think I will pass on the purse however~ I have used a few but they are so difficult to take apart.Thank you for thinking of me.~Sharon

Jackie said...

Those are some lovely finds, Nancy. I love Impact, as you know. Though lately it seems I'm having better luck at the Montgomeryville store. I actually might stop by there one day this week. I just wish The Impacts were a tad closer. Happy thrifting!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I love the books. If you ever happen to come across 1st editions of the Little House books you can send them to me. :)

Ok, onto your questions.

Yes, I am related to LIW. Her father Charles and my G.G grandfather Lansford were brothers.

I live in the Phoenix area. My husband lived in the U.K. and I have had extensive visits with his family there.

But I have loved the Royal family since Lady Diana's marriage.

Pattyskypants said...

WHOA! Wish we had something like that here! Only Salvation Army & Goodwill with an emphasis on clothing. I LOVE pink tableware!

Hope your birthday was FUN!!! xxoo Patty & Bhu

victorian parlor II said...

You're blog is beautiful and I loved seeing your thrifting treasures! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving me a kind comment:). I do have an email address and would love to correspond:).



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Sorry about the multiple posts! I am using my mom's computer and for some reason it posted the same thing several times!



SmilingSally said...

Hi Nancy!

Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment.

Fergie, the corgi, does live in PA.

That's not my living room; it's Jane's.

Come back any time.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Nancy! What beautiful finds...and at such great prices! My favorites are the plates...of course! lol The plate you asked about on my blog is by Spode from their Blue Room Collection Regency series and is called "May." Thanks so much for your visit! Happy week!...hugs..Debbie

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Hello Nancy, It is nice to meet you! Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind comment. I'm your newest follower.
Blessings ~*~Wendy*~

heidi said...

Hi Nancy,
i recieved your email about adopting patience & tried to email you back but it was returned as you said it could be so i emailed you on the other address you supplied. I hope that you have recieved it okay? Thanks, heidi.

Melissa Cash said...

Nancy, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment about my card. I always like to pop over to the blogs of people who comment and try to learn a bit about them. I love, love that you love a good thrift shop find. Oh, how I would love to have a great thrift shop nearby. My Mom collects blue/white plates of all sorts, if you are ever inclined to sell the one in this post, let me know. Again, thanks for visiting my blog!

Jan said...

Treasures, indeed! I love thrift shops :)