Thrifting for Easter Decor

It’s been a long cold winter, and gathering all of these bright spring-time decor items sure warms the heart. The photo above shows just a couple of my favourite finds from the past few weeks.  The little Dutch girl egg cup was 99ȼ, and the bunny salt&pepper was $1.  It’s still possible to find terrific vintage items at very desirable prices.  I hope you’ll enjoy the video of my Easter thrift haul.

Pinterest: Nailed or Failed? Thrifted Succulent Planter

I’ve had this image from pinned on my Pinterest Craft Inspiration board for a bit, and finally found the perfect teapot while I was out thrifting at the end of February.

Watch this little YouTube video of me (who has never had a green thumb!) try my darndest to recreate this project.

The verdict?  Well – part nail….part fail.

Here’s what went wrong.  I either should have used a bigger teapot, or stuck with one plant.  I should have used less soil in any case, so that it was well below the spout, because when you water the plants, the soil goes up the spout, and stays there – – this is not attractive at all!

So…I think I’ll dismantle this project, and try again, with just one plant, and move the other two to some other planters that have room to spare.

Thrift Haul and a bit about my recent Savannah vacation

I just got back from my recent vacation to the south-east U.S.  It was WONDERFUL!  We really enjoyed the break from the winter temperatures, ice, and snow. We were initially planning on Charleston, SC, but a colleague strongly encouraged me to consider the two hour drive to Savannah for at least a day or two, and I’m so glad we took her advice.  I can’t wait to go back!

I did visit quite a few thrift stores while I was there – and you can check out what I was able to find in this YouTube video:

One of my finds was this metal mold pictured at the bottom (with the cherries).  I had been looking for a third heart shaped mold to display in my kitchen.  The other two are alike in shape, but they are different shades and I really like that the darker one retains part of the original label in the centre.  I hung them up next to my kitchen window tonight.  I’m looking for a lacy valance for this window, and I’m sure to find something second hand soon!

I love Command hooks for temporary wall decor, especially because I am a renter.  I don’t want to put holes in the walls that don’t belong to me!  I was able to pick up a few packages at Big Lots when I was in Tennessee on Friday for $3 a piece – which I thought was pretty reasonable.

I will be taking down the string of stuffed fabric hearts at the end of the month (when I switch over to St. Patrick’s Day decor).  I got these in a bag of stuff at the Value Village a few weeks ago – I think they are someone’s craft project made up of scraps – I love them!!!


Thrift Haul Episode 12

Ahhh…this week was a giant week of thrifting – so big, that I had to break this week’s video into four parts.  The first part covers general thrifting stuff – take a look!

I mentioned in the video that I had plans to ‘age’ the new clothes pegs to make vintage looking clothes pegs.

I also mentioned that I picked up mugs with monograms on them to make gifts for my students when they start their practicum placements.

Vintage Ironstone

I started collecting Vintage Ironstone in the last few months, slowly growing a beautiful ensemble in my hutch. I was inspired by all of the beautiful collections seen pictured in decorating magazines, blogs, and videos of farmhouse decor. It’s not easy to find – I come across a piece or two every week, but early in February, the thrifting gods must have been smiling on me, and I brought home a ton of beautiful examples for a song.

I don’t know much about it, to be frank.  But a little research revealed that  Martha Stewart is credited for the recent rise in popularity of white ironstone when she featured it on her show and in her magazine. Here is a link to a Martha Stewart video that is well worth the watch – it will help you to identify features to look for, and give you some ideas about potential values.

Another website identified that some of the most collectible pieces were “sugar jars” – something I had never heard of before.  Older examples are generally “chunkier” in style and have a bluish cast to the glaze and are also much larger than their modern counterparts.   That was good news for me, because a large bluish sugar jar was among my purchases.

Vintage Glass: Identified

I’m pretty good a recognizing a quality piece of vintage glass, but I’m not very good at identifying it.  I just can’t even begin to figure out what search terms to use.  I mean…it’s glass, right?  And it’s …umm….. yeah, I don’t know.

I enjoy watching Michelle Levinson of Thrifting 101 on YouTube and I’m amazed by how she can identify the manufacturer and date of origin, and even an approximate value. I’m sure it’s the result of hours of study and research, but she makes it look effortless. Luckily for me, I found a Facebook group dedicated to vintage glass identification, and I am watching–and more importantly learning–in the back ground.





Last Friday I picked up a beautiful piece of glass at the Thrift on Kent for $1, and I just knew it was a great pick! But I have knowledge of the details – maker, date, value.  So I posted a few photos of my find (and a few other recent picks) and this is what I’ve learned.  It’s 6.25″ across. Imperial Lace Edge no. 7455B Belled Nappy, Blue Opalescent, early 1930s.  Hazel Marie Weatherman , author of Colored Glassware of the Depression Era, called this pattern Sugar Cane. It came in several colours: Amber, Crystal, Ritz Blue, Green Opalescent, and Green









This ruffled bowl is 5.75″ tall, and about 6.75″ across. It has an iridescent sheen to it. There are no discernible markings. The good folks on Facebook identified it as  Hearts and Flowers pattern by Northwood in pearl iridescent glass, circa 1912.



This is marked Fenton. 7.5″ tall, and 6.25″ across. I had it filled with glittering Christmas balls as part of my holiday decor.  I paid $2 for it at a thrift store. It is a no. 9222 CG Comport. Since it has a logo, it likely would have been made in 1972 or 1973. 1973 is the last year these were produced. This pattern was a copy of the Tiffin/US Glass “Rose” line. Frank Fenton had new molds made when he discovered the pattern and fell in love with it. It was originally called “Roses” but later catalogues called it Rose. The colour is “Colonial Green” – sooooo 1970s!


No markings that I can detect. 6.5″ wide, 3″ tall. This diamond shaped compote is by Indiana Glass in “Pineapple and Floral”.  I saw a photo of the same piece in milk glass…I waaaaant one!


This is black with no markings I can detect. 3.5″ across, 3″ tall.  Hazel Atlas produced this depression glass pattern in the mid-1930s under the name of Cloverleaf. The major pattern has a band of three-leaf clovers encircling each piece. Here’s a link to the official Hazel Atlas website.  This sherbet bowl came in several colours: green, yellow, and pink.


 Overall, 5.5″ across and about 2.5″ high. A member of the identification group commented: “This looks to be Anchor Hocking Vitrock, aka Flower Rim. From the 1930s.” This helpful opinion gave me enough information to do some more research.  This creamer is Vitrock by Hocking Glass, and was made between 1934-1937, making it authentic Depression Glass.

Thrift Haul for the week ending 01-28

I had REALLY tried to be a little less spendy this past week – and focus more on selling some stuff!  I’m going on vacation in less than three weeks, so it would be nice to have a little extra “mad money”, but I’m incorrigible!

However, despite the LENGTH of the video, I did make fewer purchases – I swear!

Now, for my find of the week! I am restyling a spare bedroom in a “nautical” theme to match the octopus dresser I painted. Initially, I was horrified by the $19.99 price tag, but then I saw the original tag!



My Trip to the Goodwill Outlet – aka “The Bins”

Last Saturday I visited “The Bins” – love ’em or hate ’em, you’re going to have a memorable experience!

You definitely have to have the right frame of mind & mood to enjoy a root through the bins.  If you like a calm, relaxed, and organized atmosphere, this is not the place for you.  However, if you are a bit of an adrenaline junkie, and can spot a bargain from ten yards away, then you must get to the closest Goodwill Outlet now!

In the middle of the video, I show photos of some of the items I dragged home.  I tried to show the price tags in the photos, BUT none of the price tags applied – – the price of items is determined by the weight!  In this case, my entire thrift shop haul totaled about $16 – – which was cheaper than I would have paid for just the two house coats! The Eddie Bauer coat is like new, perfectly sized for my husband, and would have cost something in the $200 region if I had bought it in a retail store or online.

Here’s a link to find a Goodwill Outlet in the U.S. as well as some great tips and FAQs on how to make the most of your visit.  The one that I visited was in London, Ontario, Canada.  There doesn’t seem to be an easy way to locate Outlets in Canada.  Hmmm – that’s a shame!

Let me know what your best bargain has been at The Bins!