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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Some Out of Town Finds

So as I mentioned in my last post, I did a little bit of thrifting both on the way to Astoria and on the way home.  I always like to hit up the out of town stores, especially this time of year when all the Christmas stuff is starting to come out.  You just never know what it is you will find!

My first two stops yielded lots of ornaments for wreath making.

As well as some Shiny Brites.

At one point, I had the full set of the Oregon souvenir glasses but Alex fell into the box they were in while changing our air cleaner filters and broke a few.  I was happy to find one that I needed at the Albany Goodwill store where I almost always find vintage glassware.  I can't wait to find some time to check out all the awesome pictures in the Farmhouse book.  49 cents!  And for whatever reason, I have begun to seriously hoard vintage sheets.  They just look so pretty folded up and stacked together.

I bought a huge two dollar bag full of miscellaneous Christmas crafty stuff just to get these trees.

As well as all of these Japan marked plastic nativity figurines and random deer.  I think this is a complete set minus the actual manger.

I also found this nativity scene in it's original box.  The box still has it's original price tag from the Meier & Frank department store for a whopping $2.47!  I need to find an angel.


I was intrigued by this box that I found at a Goodwill in Portland.  A quick peek inside showed me that it was an artificial green tree.  For $1.99, I decided to take the risk and buy it without actually taking it out of the box and checking it out.  If you look at the box, it says it's a complete set containing the tree with stand, assorted colored glass ornaments, a glass tree top, and 9' of garland.

No garland, glass balls, or tree topper but at least the tree is cute!  I think I will let Maddie decorate it and put it in her room.

Since her room has a rustic cowgirl theme going, it would look really cute in this old metal bucket I found at St. Vinny's, don't you think?

That's all for now.  I have been out at thrifts again the past couple of days and have another box of stuff to unpack and photograph so stay tuned!  Tomorrow, Brian & I are headed to Portland for Plucky Maidens.  Unfortunately, Hanna won't be able to meet me in time to go so I am going to just have to drag Brian with me.  Oh dang, he may have to buy me something for all his troubles.  HA!

Linking up with:

Coloradolady for Vintage Thingie Thursday
The Cottage Market for Junkin' Joe
The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Jann Olson for SYC Thursday

Have a great day!



  1. You scored girl, great vintage Christmas decorations.

  2. Wonderful Christmas decorations. Vintage sheets have such a nice feel ... don't blame you for buying them. The old blue bucket is my favorite and will look great in your daughter's cowgirl theme room. Found you on The Thrifty Groove link party.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. Lovin' those vintage ornaments. I decorate my keeping room off my kitchen with nothing but vintage, right down to the silver tree! I, too, have made wreaths using vintage balls...gorgeous, but very fragile! Words of wisdom...Thanx for sharing your thrifty finds. I am a new follower...hope you will visit my "royal blog" sometimes as well, Tiff

  4. I am going away on an overnight tomorrow,hope I find something great because there was nothing worth buying when I checked out the thrifts this week. Have fun and buy lots!

  5. I thought for a minute you were gong to pull a silver aluminum tree out of the Christmas tree box!: Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

  6. OOOoooo I love that bucket! As always, awesome finds!

  7. They just don't make 'em like they used to! The vintage ornaments are my favorite finds during the holidays. Isn't it funny/slightly annoying when you have to buy a BAG full of junk just to get one or two things inside? Oh well, it's smart on the thrift store's side, because they sell things they otherwise wouldn't be able to. And at least the bagged stuff is usually really cheap. Great post!

    Heather @ Lark & Lola

  8. Great haul! I love the little tree and it would look so cute in the rustic bucket.

  9. The tree will look great in the bucket. Love your nativity pieces. I've seen where people make every day napkins out of vintage sheets. Very earth friendly and thrifty. Take care!

  10. Erica you found some great Christmas items for sure. Love the little tree and in the bucket for a western theme will be adorable! Love the nativity scene also. Thanks for linking to TTF!

  11. I just can't get enough of Shiny Brites. Very cute finds...happy Christmas thrifting

  12. Amazing finds! I just found your blog, I'm your newest follower!

  13. I love the Nativity! I need to find some figurines to go in mine, and MY GOODNESS the shiny brights!!!! You crazy sister's will just have to wait until the New Year to see all the Blow Molds (as I wont be able to pick them up from Missouri Michael until Christmas break!) So hang in there!

  14. fantastic finds!! Love the nativity!!

  15. Love the bucket and the Christmas goodies are great! Love the smalls. I had a tree with all of those things in a box years ago. I think I gave it to a thrift. Ha, ha, now I would probably buy it back! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. Yes! So many glorious ornaments! That sucks about the tree. I wonder what it would have looked like...oh well, Maddie will make it awesome!

  17. So many ornaments! Glorious!!!

    I am searching high & low for turquoise or pink ones for my two foot aluminum... bought off eBay specifically for the bedroom.

    BTW, now that you told me about the plastic surgery knee hugger lookalike - need her in a posable!! ASAP? My BF was like OMG WTF is that.knee hugger when he saw it