Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This week's thrift store finds


I have to pass the thrift store when I go grocery shopping (that's another reason why hubs is the grocery shopper in this family!) and of course couldn't help myself!

Not too many finds this time. A Pfaltzgraff milk bottle that is a soft yellow color and a Yorktowne creamer for $.50 each! No chips on either one. The creamer will probably be saved for after we paint our living room blue. Strange place for a creamer, but it will probably hold something else or just decorate a shelf. I can't find anything about the milk bottle online, but it is marked 'Pfaltzgraff Mexico' on the bottom so maybe it's not a popular thing here in the US.  Looking up the pattern name on the creamer, I fell in love with Village. I will be keeping an eye out for this pattern in the store from now on!

I also grabbed four small dessert-size wooden bowls (3 the same, 1 different) for $.90 that I can't wait to paint.

Since it was 50 cent day (on Mondays, a particular colored tag is only 50 cents), I checked out the wool sweaters as well. Two really nice men's sweater vests for - you guessed it - $.50 each. They felted/fulled up beautifully and will be the base of a few penny rugs in the near future.

I wanted to pass on this tip to anyone who felts/fulls sweaters. I ran them through the washer and dryer, and one of them didn't seem to budge. Hmph. 100% Merino Wool on the tag. I remembered something I read somewhere to cut the seams, so that's what I did. I cut up the sides on the seam and threw that sweater back in for round two. Ta-Da! It shrunk up nice!

8 comments:

Julia said...

Nice finds, I never used a wool sweater for rug hooking. How to use it in rug hooking. Do you unravel the yarn or is it cut in strips like wool fabric? Do you have a picture of It? JB

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I love the yellow milk bottle. Such a pretty color!

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

very unique piece-that milk bottle.
I recently found the sugar bowl that goes with that creamer. Hmmmmm......
★Linda★

Carmen at Primcats said...

Love Pfaltzgraff! Any kind!

I have Pfaltzgraff Village in my kitchen Pie safe. I have been thinking of selling of it.

I also collect Pfaltzgraff Folk art and I have some Yorktown too!

Carmen and the Primcats

~Madalynne~ said...

I love that milk bottle! A perfect size for some cut flowers!

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

Carmen, I love Folk Art too! It's so expensive, so I will be collecting anything I find at the thrift stores.

Julia, not sure I would use wool sweaters for rug hooking, but I know men's jackets and and ladies skirts work well. I'm going to use the sweaters for penny rugs. I have some really fluffy ones that I'm going to make into pillows as I think they are too thick to use for anything else.

Madalynne, great idea! Now we just have to be patient and wait for spring and summer. *sigh*

Wendy/TheCozyYellowHouse said...

I was thinking some dried flowers would look so adorable in the milk bottle, I love the color of it, so oerfect for spring!!:0)

tamera said...

I love bottles of any kind. I also love to hunt for new found treasures. Looks like you found some good ones.
Tamera
Country At Heart