Thrift Score Thursday!

Okay, I finally know the secret to thrifting in Southern California. Get outta town! Seriously though, going to smaller suburban locales produces many more treasures than hitting the same old picked-over nearby places. I found some really cool stuff for my Etsy shop and some other cool stuff for my permanent collection.

Milk Glass Teacup

Check out these precious mugs and saucers I scored! I don’t know how old they are but I haven’t been able to identify them anywhere. The general shape makes me think that maybe they are older than you’d think– more teacup shaped than mug shaped, and very similar to the pink teacups in my mom’s depression glass collection. The disappointing part was that someone at Salvation Army had written on the bottom of them with a sharpie, “set of 10.” Despite their best efforts three pieces had been separated and I snagged three teacups and four saucers for a discount since it was an odd number. I did get the sharpie off using goo gone, and then later, rubbing alcohol. Definitely keeping these!

Jadeite Bowl

This item I’m on the fence about keeping. I loooove the look of jadeite but this is my first piece, since it’s so rare to find any in thrift stores (gets snatched up too fast!). Should I list it so that someone with an extensive collection can add it to their goods? Or should I begin a jadeite collection of my own? What does a person need with a single cafeteria-sized cereal bowl?

Every Thursday I have had so much fun checking out various bloggers’ scores (or photos of the items that got away). One of the ring leaders is Brynne who I recently started following on twitter. Check out her #thriftscorethursday posts here— 33 weeks running!

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Vintage in the Kitchen

Working at a cooking retailer, and selling vintage kitchen items on Etsy, I seem to have kitchen wares on the brain at all times (just ask any of my family members!), so I’ve decided to share a bit on the blog. I’m pulling together some kitchen-related gift registry tips for next week, but I don’t want to overlook the specialness of bringing something vintage or antique into the kitchen for a sweet and eclectic look.

Plus, this little project gave me an excuse to get out some of my Etsy shop items and try them out staged together in harmony… To be honest I love the look of all these pieces together!

Vintage in the Kitchen

Vintage lovers, did you know you can create a gift registry on Etsy, in addition to the old standard big-box stores? I highly recommend it–using vintage items is so eco-friendly! What’s the second “R,” after all? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! While new things are always nice, like a brand new set of pots and pans, for example, you can register for some kitchen standards like a cast-iron dutch oven, which has not changed in design or manufacturing process for decades. Other things are fun, too like kitchen canisters or ice cream dishes.

Vintage in the Kitchen

The thing about iconic brands like Pyrex is that they have been around for ages for a reason–their glass is durable and high-quality! These canisters are up for sale in my Etsy shop but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t covet them for my own kitchen.

Vintage in the Kitchen

Vintage in the Kitchen

Le Creuset cast iron wares, or Pyrex and Corning casserole dishes are all-stars for a reason when it comes to pretty designs and functionality. Getting your paws on one can be as easy as raiding your mother’s kitchen (which is what I did), combing through the shelves at Goodwill, or let someone do the hunting and cleaning for you–grab it on Etsy. Remember that Etsy purchases directly affect someone’s income–a fact I know from experience! I am just a casual seller but when I get a little extra cash from one of my sales it can make my whole week! Some people spend all their time and energy on their shop and in fact make it a full-time job. What a dream! Small-business at its finest.

Vintage in the Kitchen

And just so this post doesn’t totally sound like an advertisement for my shop in particular, here are some amazing Etsy sellers I’ve been stalking for a while:

Object of Beauty – Mid-century/Danish items

Franc & Francis – Global vintage home items

YASTK – Global inspired pillows and textiles

A Little of This, A Little of That

Today is devoted to rearranging the apartment to accommodate our new couch and new dining table. Then I head off to work this afternoon! The place certainly isn’t ready for a big reveal yet… it’s still crazytown in here, so instead I rounded up a few links I thought you’d enjoy.

Married To A...

First, I was so pleased to do another guest post for Alyssa at All Things Beautiful. As part of her “Married to A…” series, I wrote about when I discovered I was married to a sports fanatic and how I adapted myself to it. In writing it, I realized how far I’ve come! Now I really embrace a variety of sports. I’m so excited for March Madness to get going!

Second… is it weird to say I’ve been waiting for a proper home tour of blogger Jordan Ferney’s apartment for AGES? Basically, when she moved back from France and into a 500 square foot apartment in San Francisco I was desperate to know HOW they made it work (for a family of four!!) and see what it looked like. My patience finally paid off! Click the link to see the tour over at A Cup of Jo.

Etsy Treasury

Third, I have really gotten into learning more and more about kitchenware, past and future. My job at SLT keeps me up to date on the newest kitchen products, and shopping thrift stores and estate sales, and browsing Etsy has proved to be a fun way to look into the past. I would love my kitchen to be filled with rustic, warm pieces, comforting mid-century pieces, and the newest technology in cookware. Building my dream kitchen is a journey I’m enjoying! Last night I curated an Etsy treasury filled with old-school kitchen equipment.

Other treasuries I’ve loved: Get Fit, Rain Rain, and Figgjo Flint Norway. I recently discovered vintage Figgjo and now I’m hooked! Dare I say I like their patterns more than Pyrex?

Lastly, I had a conversation yesterday with a couple friends about instagram, twitter, and micro-blogging. Yes, micro-blogging is a real thing! I peeking into my favorite bloggers’ everyday lives. Do you follow me? @myfriendstaci on both sites.

Have a great Wednesday, all!