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Monday, November 25, 2013

What A Weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving Week, Everyone!

This past weekend was AWESOME!!  On Friday, Brian and I headed up to Portland for the night.  Our plan was to hit up a couple of my favorite shops, do a little thrifting, and go the Plucky Maidens Holiday Junk Fest.  Then Sunday was our local flea market.  It was a vintage Christmas weekend to remember!

Before I start to show you all my finds for the weekend, I need to say a couple of things about my awesome husband (Hanna, this is where you may want to tune out or work on your gag reflex).  Not only did he agree to go up to Portland with me even though he knew it was going to be strictly a vintage holiday extravaganza, he actually found quite a few things for me that he knew I already had tons of but would love to add to my collections anyways.  He is a total enabler.  He carried things up to counters, loaded the truck, and didn't bat an eye when I purchased my 14th (not even kidding) Santa mug of the weekend.  He even found some for me!  All this without one single complaint about the quantity being purchased, money being spent, or college football being missed.  Not many guys out there like him, I'll tell you that.

Okay, enough of that.  Let's gets onto the junk!  I am going to break this weekend up into a couple of posts because there is a lot of it.  Are you ready?

Our first stop was the Monticello Antique Marketplace for their Vintage-Inspired Christmas Show.  If you ever get a chance to visit Portland, this is a must stop for any vintage lover.  Their Christmas show is the best that I have ever attended at any antique mall.  Plus, I got to see Amy & Laurie's booth.  Amazing.  Enough said.

I have never seen so many boxes of Shiny Brites in one place in my whole life.  Stacks of boxes were in just about every booth!  But, I have a really hard time paying retail when I can pretty easily find them at the estate sales and thrifts.  I did buy this box of ornaments because A) it was cheap & B) the graphics on the box are perfect for displaying.  Do you ever buy things just for the box?

I finally bought myself one of these Empire Santa cookie jars.  I can't tell you how many times I have passed on them.  The tree topper will be added to my collection.  I'm pretty excited to start hauling out all of my Christmas decor.  I'm sure I've forgotten a lot of what I have!

Here you see the first of many Santa mugs from the weekend.  Now before you think I am spending millions of dollars on Santa mugs, let me tell you my strict rule.  I will never pay over $1.50 per mug.  Ever.  Most of the time I find them for under a dollar.  I just can't stop buying them!  I love how they look all grouped together.  The card box is empty but with perfect graphics.

Lot's of Gurley candles, including a pair of Thanksgiving candles and a red elf.  With the more common Gurley's, like trees and snowmen, I also have a self imposed price rule of no more than $2.00 per candle.  This time of year, Gurley candles are EVERYWHERE so you don't have to pay a lot for them.  I will pay a little more though for uncommon ones like the candles and elf.

I bought these sweet spun head girls because they reminded me of Hanna & I.  I played the violin when I was in 4th grade and Sister still likes to break out her guitar every now and then.  Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the Thrifter Sisters....

Vintage cards are one of my weaknesses even though I have no idea what to do with them.  There are about 40 here. 

When I picked up this blow mold, Brian said to me "Don't you already have a Santa blow mold?".  I told him that I had several, but none holding a blue package!

My only non-Christmas items from Monticello were this Fire King creamer that I already have the matching sugar bowl for and the green handled cookie cutter for Maddie's collection.  I mean, come on.  Doesn't every girl need a hatchet shaped cookie cutter?

That's all for now.  After I show you all my Thanksgiving decorations later in the week, I'll post my Plucky Maidens finds.  I have a lot more to share!

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A Living Space for The Nifty Thrifty
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Have a great day!



  1. Your husband is the best! Glad you had a great weekend. I don't think you can EVER have enough Santa mugs. Seriously. I love a huge grouping of them and the more the merrier! You've got me in the mood to start hauling out some of my Christmas decor!

  2. So about a million years ago Heidi (Vacuuming in high heels and pearls Heidi) showed one of those cookie cutters that she used for President's Day (or something like that). And I decided *that* would be thrifting needle in a haystack. You know - the one thing you are always looking for and are unlikely to find? So here I am, at least a million years later, and I still haven't found one! I look through every pile of cookie cutters though. Go you!

  3. Glad I got to meet the enabler in person! Looks like you had a great weekend and thanks for shopping at the booth. Love the little spuns that remind you of yourself and Hanna.

  4. I love the vintage cards...I would string them up on display!

  5. Way to go Brian! Don't you love supportive husbands? fantastic finds. That cookie cutter is so unique...and YES I have sometimes even JUST bought the emtpy box!

  6. OMG, I want that cookie jar So. Much. I've never seen one in the flesh, as it were.

  7. Ha! I love that he said "Don't you already have a Santa blow mold?" As if you were going to say "You know, you're right! I do! And then go put that one back! LOL
    I haven't broken down yet and bought that Santa cookie jar. Boy I want him!!!
    Love it all, and can't wait to see the rest!
    Erica :) PS I'm sure I've already asked you, but please let me know if Brian has a twin!

  8. I am lucky to have a man like you, too. "As long as it makes you happy", he'll say. He'll give me a sly smile & do this thing with my eyes when I pick up another fridgie or knee hugger or a grab bag of greeting cards... that smile means, "more? don't you have enough?" But he knows deep down that I don't, that's why he keeps taking me thrifting & to antique malls outside the city in our car (I can't drive).

    Love the Santa mugs, can't wait to see your display of mugs this year! Killer cookie jar, too.

    I do buy stuff for the box on occasion. I am looking for advertising items related to the devil currently...

  9. Maddie is lucky - great cookie cutter.

  10. Oh yeah, you've got yourself a good guy!!! Great finds and what a terrific week end! The vintge cards are the best, love them for crafting. :)

  11. I have a patient man like that too - he even has the antique shops we stop at on our trips programmed in the GPS - he likes looking too, though!

    Every time I see that cookie jar on Pinterest, I want it! Now I want yours!!!

    I went to three thrifts and two antique shops when I was away on the weekend, I thought I had bought nothing but I remembered I bought 6 Christmas cards, hardly worthy of a post!!! But, I do have remorse over one thing and I may be calling today and now will have to pay more to post it!! Not smart!!

  12. That's very good reasoning on the blow mold - I saw a candy cane on the weekend but it just didn't catch my eye and it was pretty beat up anyway! You brought home a good one!!!

  13. Oh goodness, what amazing finds! I buy for the box all the time! Those spun heads are adorable! I also collect green handled kitchen items... I have 2 hatchets... I am really looking for any Halloween or Thanksgiving cookies cutters with the green handle, if you ever happen to see one... think of me :)

  14. Please pack your husband carefully and have him shipped to the South! My husband is good for about an hour. Then he starts wandering off. Love all the vintage Christmas items.

  15. Your husband sounds great - mine is awesome like that, we're lucky :) I thought your cookie jar was a blow mold at first, but then saw your blow mold - love what you said about "not one with a blue package" ha ha! Thanks so much for sharing this at the We Call It Olde Link Up! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  16. LOVE all the ornaments and Christmas goodness!

  17. I love the vintage cards. Are they written on? I would suggest placing them under glass on a table top or placing multiples in a frame and displaying them at XMas time. I have an old rotating timber photo frame that has a central hole in it (maybe for a vase, though none fit). They would look good in that on the Xmas table as well. :)

  18. Way to go Hubby! Think of the brownie points he amassed during one weekend. If I could get the husband to go to a single thrift store with me without rolling his eyes I'd probably have a stroke. It's just not his thing, that's for sure. He said "boo" to Brian for making him look bad! Hahahaha!
    I love that blow mold cookie jar. And all the candles and mugs! And the little spun cotton musicians are so cute. Great finds!

  19. LOL...a blow mold Santa with a BLUE package! Fun time and fun finds.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. wait until you see how many santa mugs I have...TOO MANY and I haul them out every year! Thanks for coming by Thifter/Maker/Fixer/Farm, we're happy to have you link up.