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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Busy Busy!

Hi, Friends!

I can think of about a million other things that I need to be getting done while everyone is either at work or school and my house is quiet.  But I am dreading wrapping gifts and cleaning the house is no fun!  So lucky for you guys, I have stuff to share so all that other boring stuff will just have to wait.


I can't believe I haven't shown you guys this yet.  I have shared it on IG so I forgot to post it here too.  Isn't it amazing?  Brian bought it for me a few weeks ago.  I'd definitely say any guy that brings home vintage Holt Howard Santa punch bowl sets is a keeper!


On of my few vintage Christmas finds from the thrifts this year.  But even if I don't find a single other thing, this makes it all worth it!


The Santa's Village is so cute!  I can't wait for the baby to be big enough to play with it.  The Christmas list box is absolutely stuffed full of old handwritten recipes.  WHO GETS RID OF THESE THINGS?!?!  What an amazing family heirloom.


I am on a mission to collect every type of vintage Shiny Brite box for the tower I have sitting on my fireplace hearth.  I picked up the Friendship casserole even though I already had it.  It's getting to be a more difficult pattern to find around here.


Hanna brought me these the last time she came to visit.  She is really good at keeping up with my collections!


This guy is so super squeaky!  You barely have to touch him and you hear him!


I have lots of the mama deer but had no idea that there were babies too!  And the Gurley candles are much bigger than all the other deer ones I have.  I didn't know they came in a larger size.  Isn't it always fun to find things for your collections that you never knew existed?


Antique malls that have customer appreciation sales during the holidays are my favorite kind of antique malls!  When else can you expect to find a kneehugger, Josef angel, and spun head angel girl for under 10 bucks?

That's all for now.  I'm heading over to link up with Sir Thrift-A-Lot for Thriftasaurus & Distressed Donna Down Home for Make it Monday.

Off to make some cookie dough.  Who me?  Procrastinate?

Happy Holidays!

~Erica

Friday, December 12, 2014

Tis The Season for Vintage Christmas!

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Can you believe that we are a little under two weeks away from the big day?  I finally finished getting up my decorations last weekend and need to take advantage of the sunny weather to get some good pics to share with you all.  But Alex got home for his Winter break yesterday and currently it sounds like a war is going on in my living room.  Really, it's a Call of Duty marathon so I think I'll wait until it's clear.  Until then, here are some recent things I have found to add to all of my fun collections...


I love finding vintage aprons at the thrift, especially ones that are for Christmas.  The tins, snow, and tiny Santa boot were found at a local antique mall.


I just love this apron so much!


Just when I finally resorted to buying a vintage style tree skirt on Amazon, wouldn't you know that I'd find an actual vintage one.  After looking for years!!


This Pixie is GIANT.  He barely fits in the palm of my hand.


Brian, Maddie, and I went to breakfast in a neighboring town a couple of weekends ago and stumbled upon a little holiday market.  I give up on not buying Shiny Brites.  When I find them super cheap, they have to come home with me.  The Christmas card box is full of unused cards and the sweet pink deer is the first one I have ever seen with a fluffy tail!


I made a quick stop at my favorite antique mall on my way home from Plucky Maiden's a couple of weeks ago and found another squeaky Santa.  I think I have 5 now.  The Fire King mug and Swanky Swig were patterns I didn't have and the Christmas towel still has the original tags on it!


I found these cute deer at Plucky along with the Empire Blowmold Santa bank.  I had no idea that Empire made banks!

 
Another apron and a couple of sweet Noel angel girls rounded out my Plucky Christmas finds.  I blew my budget at Magpie Ethel's booth :-)

Maddie, Hanna, and I will be together tomorrow for a couple of shows in Portland, including Crafty Wonderland.  I love going to shows this time of year! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Holidays,

Erica

Thursday, December 4, 2014

I'm Back And With Some Magpie Madness!

Hi Everyone!

It's been a while since I've posted but unfortunately it's due to not having internet for the last 10 days, not because something super exciting is taking up my time.  Dang it!

The weekend before last, Maddie and I headed up to Portland to hit the Plucky Maidens Holiday Junk Fest.  Even though we literally had just gotten home from Portland the day before after seeing Justin Timberlake, there was no way I was going to miss this show.  I go every year and Magpie Ethel was making an appearance with all of her wonderful holiday craftiness and estate sale treasures.  I had to go!


Remember when Laurie found these awesome pillowcases in Estate Sale Land?  Now they are mine!

 
I just remembered that I need to hang this coloring book cover up!


A new apron and stocking for my fun collections!


Laurie had a whole army of these little Santa hat kids, all holding different things.  I had a hard tine choosing which one to get so I left it up to Maddie.  The Santa's will join my growing flock and the Christmas List box is one of my newer collections.  You didn't think I was ever going to stop collecting, did you?


And of course I couldn't leave without some one of a kind Magpie Ethel creations!


When I went to pay, I noticed that Maddie had snuck a few things into my pile.  She does that at Target too!


And can you stand all the donkey cuteness!  Made just for me by the sweetest crafter I know.  Thanks again, Laurie!

I picked up a few other things from other booths but I'll save those for another day.

Linking up with:

Jann Olson for SYC Thursday
The Cottage Market for Junkin' Joe
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Happy Holidays!

~Erica






Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Plucky Prizes and Other Vintage Christmas

Hi Everyone!  Hanna here.  Last Friday I made it to Portland for the Plucky Maidens Holiday Junk Fest.  It definitely got me even more excited for the holidays.  I have never made it to the Holiday show, and was happily greeted with more vintage Christmas than I could have ever imagined.  It was pretty sad going to Plucky without Erica, but our plans just didn't work out.

First I will share the few Christmas items I've managed to thrift in the last few weeks.  It's not a lot, but I'm always happy to add to my little Christmas collection.
My Santa mug collection continues to grow.  I also found a sweet little santa tucked away in one of the crazy grab bags at Goodwill.  The elf mug helped me complete a second full set.
This kitschy madness I posted on Instagram last week and I'm still smiling about it.  Who knew that little white deer lived inside a mushroom house and that Santa delivered them gifts!?!  The Gnomes were in pieces at Goodwill but a little glue gun action had them back to normal in no time.  I've been wanting them for a long time, so I was happy to finally get to bring a few home.
 I of course brought home some magical craftiness from Magpie Ethel's booth at Plucky.  This sweet little candy cane elf is one of her awesome creations.  I love that the base is a box.  I can hide a note inside about memories of this Christmas.  The two Santas came from other booths, now I just need some candles for them to climb.
I really practiced restraint at Magpie's.  Probably because I know I will be seeing her again in a few weeks at Crafty Wonderland.  I now have a big deer to add to my herd and a snowman.  When I brought him home I realized he is the only snowman I have, so I better get working on a collection!  I found the Holt Howard pitcher at another booth and was pretty excited to bring him home.  I can't resist a winking Santa face like that!

Well, I'm about to head off to my 20 week ultrasound, woohoo! I'm half way there!  I also finally get to see Erica on Friday, it has been way too long!  I hope everyone has a safe, cozy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Always a Pleasure!
Hanna

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Recent Happy Finds


Good Morning!

In the last week, I have been doing a little more thrifting than usual.  It is that time of year for vintage Christmas so I've been checking for it pretty often.  Plus, since I head up to visit Alex once a week, I can hit those out of town thrifts too! My hunting has been paying off pretty well...


A while back, I thrifted the red Hazel Atlas bowl.  Last week I found the white one at Goodwill.  I heard that there is also a blue to the set?


I love the shabby look of these Lu Ray teacups.


My first thrifted vintage Christmas item of the season!


I bought these clear refrigerator dishes for the lids and the two Flame Glo 402 bowls out of Pyrex desperation :-)


I hit the vintage sheet jackpot at St. Vinney's!


I can count on one hand the number of times I have found a vintage tablecloth at the thrift.  The funny thing is that I have found them all at the same one!


I found these Fire King mugs at the same thrift as the tablecloth.  My aunt gave me two a few years ago so now I have a set of four to go with my Thanksgiving decorations.

In all the madness surrounding my Christmas decorating, I completely forgot that Thanksgiving is next week!  Off to make my list....

Linking up with Sir Thrift-A-Lot for Thriftasaurus

Have a great week!

Erica

 
 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Flea Market Finds

Good Morning!

I am at a loss to come up with another name for this post.  It just makes sense.  Things I found.  At the flea market.  Obviously.


This turquoise fan brings me to three....an official collection!


I haven't found any old games in quite a while.  I picked these up at a 50% off table.


You will never see me pass up Shiny Brites in the original boxes for $2 apiece.  Ever.


I am super torn about this item.  I would love to use it in my bathroom but am also not wanting to remove it from it's original packaging.


I know that these aren't old but it is pretty rare to find Fiestaware glassware in my area.  I love the retro type graphic on these.


A couple new books for Maddie and a Thermo Ware cup in my favorite color for me.


How cute is this?!  I rarely find vintage Valentine's Day d├ęcor other than valentines.  And this Napco planter has a pixie on it!


I love these old tins so much, especially the stripes on the Texcel Tape one. 


I have zero business buying another blow mold.  But for a buck, he had to come home with me.


A snowman Gurley and some Santa friends for my collections.


I bought these pixies and Santa picks from the nicest seller.  She promised to bring more vintage Christmas next time.  Is that a good or bad thing for me?

Linking up with:

Sir Thrift-A-Lot for Thriftasaurus
Distressed Donna Down Home for Make it Monday
Woman in Real Life for Vintage Bliss Tuesdays
Bella Rosa Antiques for Let's Talk Vintage

Have a great day!

~Erica

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hello There!

Well, I didn't go a whole week between posts this time!  But pretty dang close.  I've been busy sorting through all my hoard of vintage Christmas in the past few days. I decided that I am not going to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate this year.  I am going to do a little bit everyday, rather than try and cram it all in to one weekend.  Hopefully, this will reduce the overwhelming stress that I get this time of year. I'd like to enjoy the holidays for once, not look at them like they are another chore.

I'm still finding some good stuff here and there.  Antiquing and thrifting are how I relax and believe me, relaxation is definitely something I've needed lately.


Some IG finds from one of my favorite sellers.  The blanket is perfect for the end of my bed.  I also picked up a couple of vintage towels too.


I got the salt shaker in a mixed grab bag of vintage and newer shakers.  Then the following week, a seller on IG had the matching pepper one.


I bought this rusty old rake minus the handle from Into Vintage's booth at Monticello Antique Mall in Portland.  It will be perfect for Maddie to hang her necklaces from.


I was beyond excited to find this chalkware Black German Shepherd dresser caddy.  Looks like my Brewski!


The tag on this tablecloth said it was found at a Ladies Auxiliary rummage sale. How neat!


I love finding Gurley candles that I don't already have.  This Santa candle is huge!


This old recipe file is the perfect shade of Jadeite green and full of awesome old recipes!


My Daisy set is complete!  I just needed the bottom space saver but the seller was selling them as a pair so I ended up with another of the larger space saver.  Dang :-)


Never one to pass up vintage glassware, especially when it's pink!  I also can't seem to stop buying these Hazel Atlas ivy bowls. 

Linking up with The Cottage Market for Junkin' Joe and How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday.

Off to do some more decorating.  Have a great weekend!

~Erica