Recently Thrifted Finds
Thrift stores are an adventure every time I go because I never know what I’m going to find, and that’s the fun of thrifting.
My finds this week are from a couple of thrift stores that I frequent regularly in my area, and I found a real mix of treasures and some What The Heck Is It items too.
I like thrift stores to have things well organized. I don’t tend to revisit them if they’re a mess.
But I don’t mind looking through boxes, which is where I found this vintage aluminum silent butler.
It’s marked Everlast, Forged Aluminum on the bottom.
The etched rose pattern on the scalloped lid is lovely. It has a few minor scratches, but other than that it’s in great shape and the thumb press hinge works beautifully.
Silent butlers were used back in the day to collect ashes or crumbs. My research tells me that this one is probably from the 1930s era.
This unusual looking aluminum beauty is a vintage juice press. It’s marked Wearever, and is a very sturdy piece. It’s probably from the 1940s era.
You pull up the lever, put your fruit in, press down the lever and the juice comes out the side spout. There’s a removable strainer that keeps seeds etc out of the juice.
These do seem hard to come by these days. This is just the third complete one that I’ve seen in the last ten years of thrifting. I easily sold the other two, and I may sell this one as well.
I have to admit that I’m quite the pushover for anything colorful, like this $2 bag full of 17 spools of thread/yarn.
The size of these spools is not familiar to me so I’m not sure what they’re used for.
But the colors were just too fun to resist.
Do you know what these threads are used for?
I have no idea what I’ll do with this vintage Achilles office stamp carousel, but I can’t resist something like this when it’s just a dollar.
It’s probably from the 50s and is in very good condition. It holds eight stamps and used to be a pretty standard office desk item.
I have a thing for silver and silver plate goblets, and when I first saw this pair I thought that’s what they were.
But how the heck would you drink out of these?
The removable glass pieces make me think they’re dessert cups instead.
What do you think?
Whatever they are I love the carved out pattern, which makes these perfect candidates for some small wind chime projects.
In my last thrifted finds post I found a few sets of actual Russian nesting dolls.
Then I found this 3 piece set of handmade stuffed Russian dolls. The biggest one is about 10 inches tall.
Those happy faces make me happy, and I love how the little one’s head is tilted.
These were probably created using a kit of some sort.
The fabric used is so fun and colorful.
Now onto What the Heck Is It?
Or for this week…
What the Heck Are They?
I found these two items at the same thrift store, and I bought them both because they’re heart-shaped.
And I almost never met a heart I didn’t love.
I don’t know what they’re used for but they’ll be fun to display just as they are, or maybe to be repurposed in some way.
The big heart thingy is about 14 1/2″ long, and the one that opens is about 12′ long.
I’m not sure what you could put inside that one since the heart is rather small.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…