Thrifting Collections Old And New

I’m so excited to share a few treasures with you today.

Truth be told I haven’t been thrifting as much as usual because I don’t really have the room to store many more treasures.

If  too much stuff comes in then some stuff has to go out. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

That said, I found a few cool things in the last month… and I didn’t have to get rid of anything to keep them. Yay!


Ingraham vintage alarm clock

This vintage Ingraham pocket alarm clock got me with its turquoise colored hands and numbers. So pretty! Not sure I’ll every actually use it for the alarm, but it’s so nice to look at, and for $2 I couldn’t resist it. It a nice small size, and could pretty much sit anywhere.

I gave a shabby chic clock makeover to an Ingraham starburst wall clock, and I have another Ingraham starburst clock that’s still in its natural state.

So I guess I have the beginnings of a collection here. I do have a thing for clocks I must admit.

From what I’ve read Ingraham made clocks in Connetcicut from the mid 18th century until 1967, when it was sold and changed into a fuse making production facility.


gold metal macrame hoops

I didn’t know what these were until I got them home. I was in a hurry and didn’t notice the tag when I was a the thrift store.

They’re a collection of different sized macrame hoops! And I got the lot for $1.

Since I don’t intend on taking up macrame, I can thing of many ways to repurpose these.


Vintage blue and white butterprint pyrex bowls

This set of vintage Pyrex mixing bows was $7, and I love the turquoise and white. The pattern is so fun! From what I’ve read it’s called Butterprint.

I’m going to be on the lookout for more of these.

It looks like they’ve been used a lot because they really need a good scrubbing.


Red shores salt and pepper set

I just couldn’t pass up this red platform shoes salt and pepper set. They’ll be added to my salt and pepper display shelf.

Even though platforms are back these take me to the 70s, a time when I’m sure I probably wore shoes very similar to these.

My high-heeled days are long gone, and I’m totally fine with that, but I still enjoy looking at these shoes.


Wm Rogers Silver plate teapot set

And I found this fabulous Wm Rogers silver plate tea set to add to the silver collection in my hot pink china cabinet at the local flea market silent auction. I bid$10 and got it.

It seems that I’m the only one in my neck of the woods who wants these tea sets. Works for me!

The volunteer at the thrift store counter told me that when she saw this set being put out for sale she really wanted to get her hands on it and polish the heck out of it. And she asked me if I was going to do that.

When I said “Oh no no no, the heck has to stay put right where it is,” she was quite surprised, but she did laugh.

What can I say,  I still can’t resist an old tarnished silver tea set and there will be no polishing done by me.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Great finds! I’ve missed this type of post from you, but do understand the need to cut back. The platform heels take the prize this week! Those are adorable. I find it really interesting that the clock company sold to a company that made fuses. Not much call for those nowadays, but we still need clocks! I’ve never seen that particular pattern on the pyrex, but it is really cute, isn’t it? Dona

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Dona! I guess fuses were a booming business in the 60s. The shoes salt & peppers are so cute. I just couldn’t resist. 🙂

  2. Laura Crumm says:

    Thanks for sharing. I love the shoe s & p shakers!!

  3. I enjoy reading your blog. It’s like I’m visiting with a friend. I like pondering over your collections. All neatly placed with just enough space in between each collection. I can see the symmetrical side of you. Know I’m more like Monkey, I’d have to mixed it up a bit. Thanks for the visit.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving ? Kelly

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Kelly. I’ll let Monkey know she’s in good company. lol. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  4. Hi! I’m a new subscriber (like today)?. I have a good size collection of Pyrex. So I wanted to give you a cleaning tip. I use a baking soda paste. It doesn’t scratch the finish. And btw red is my favorite pyrex color!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      That’s awesome Betty! Thanks for the tip. 🙂