Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Visit to My Fairy Thrift Mother

I decided to change it up this week, so instead of going to an estate sale, I hit up my favorite thrift shop and a neighborhood church rummage sale.

This thrift shop is run by this sweet old lady who prices everything incredibly fair (aka cheap). She is my Fairy Thrift Mother. I go to this shop maybe once a month and magically things seem to be waiting for me. This is what I scored...


Just like magic, my Fairy Thrift Mother granted me a way to complete an instant vignette of black, white and blue. First I found two blue roses made in Italy by Capodimonte. The petals are porcelain and the stems are metal. The two long necked swans are ceramic in a matte black, they are unmarked but totally awesome. I think they look mid century. Lastly, the Chicago Tribune insert was a previous estate sale find about the Chicago Blizzard of 1967. Being a Chicagoan I just had to have that piece of history and at 10 cents it was begging to be framed.


I also was granted an instant collection of vintage playing cards $1 each set, how could I go wrong? What will I do with all these cards?- I have absolutely no idea, but they were all too pretty to leave behind.  I'm expecting a cool project will come up in my head and I'll turn them into something beautiful. I'll let you when that revelation happens. Till then they will probably end up in my shop waiting for their buyer.

Before leaving my Fairy Thrift Mother's shop, I rummaged through a stack of books and picked up an instant collection of vintage 1950's Good Housekeeping Cook Books. Maybe she was hinting to me that I should not forget to work on my biggest domestic challenge...



FYI, I can actually say I hate cooking. However, the pictures within these books are sooo cute, maybe I'll be inspired?- NOT -, but let me show you some of the charming pics anyway...




Next stop...church rummage sale. I didn't know it but my Fairy Thrift Mother must've blew her magic dust on me before I left because I went to that rummage sale and ended up with these super duper hard to find shakers.


These are Van Tellingen peek-a-boo salt and pepper shakers. I didn't know anything about them but I just had an inkling they might be worth something. After doing my quick on-line research these are designed by Ruth Van Tellingen Belden for the Regal China Company in the 1950's - 1960's. They are supposedly chipmunks or bunnies. These are the larger sized version 5.25" tall and apparently more difficult to find than the 3.75" version. These will be up in the shop ASAP :)

And the grand finale from this rummage sale... was the Fairy Thrift Mother herself blowing her final good wishes my way...



A bunch of Napco and Lefton figurines, and an American Family Scale Yay!


That's my quick show and tell for this week... until next time my Fairy Thrift Mother!

Linking this post to Flea Market Finds and Thrift Share Monday.


MessyMerci :)


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14 comments:

  1. I love the playing cards, especially the artsy ones on the right.

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    1. Thanks for reading:) I think I now have a new collection obsession (just what I need)- playing cards.

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  2. How gorgeous are those playing cards?! I love the salt & pepper shakers too.

    Catherine, XO.

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    1. I'm thinking I should frame some of the cards or maybe med podge them to something- oh the options! I finally listed the van tellingen shakers in my shop and one on Ebay for auction (my first auction item) we'll see how that goes. happy thrifting!

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  3. Hi, I'm a fellow Chicago thrifter so I was happy to come across your blog. I'm surprised you found a church rummage sale, it didn't think it was the season for them yet! I'm a fan of collecting local history too so I love the 'snow' picture you found.

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    1. I too was surprised to find a Rummage sale now. It happened by chance after I had coffee at Norwood Park Restaurant and stumbled upon a flyer for the church. Pure chance but now I have major spring Rummage sale fever! Thanks for stoppin by :)

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  4. Oh I love those Van Tellingens!

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    1. Thanks for reading :) I actually have one listed in my shop now if you are interested. I also have one listed on ebay for auction under "van tellingen peek a boo" have a great week.

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  5. Such a fun post to read and to feast my eyes on your thrift finds. Church rummage sales are one of my favorite places to find great items with fair prices. ❤

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    1. Yup... I now have spring fever and am ready for all the rummage sales to come.

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  6. The black swans are gorgeous! Great find!

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  7. Love all the things that you are find.
    P.S. Capodimonte is near my house :)

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    1. Wow- that's pretty neat. I actually never heard of capodimonte until I bought these roses.

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