A few more thrifty finds

Every now and then, I mention my shopping wing man on this blog. My fiance, Marc, is an eagle eye when it comes to shopping. If I tell him I'm looking for something at a store, he'll find it. Wait. He won't just find it. He'll find 1o items that fit the description of "it."

When I told him that I've been to most of the antique and thrift stores in town looking for silver plate bowls and trophies to use as planters, he suggested we head to a few antique stores in a town just north of Charlottesville to do some looking. At the first stop, we found some large goblets that would be great for flowers and succulents. They weren't engraved and needed to be shined, but they were cheap.

We also found the "big brother" to the Virginia cup I bought last weekend. I consider the fact that the bigger cup was engraved to be a bonus.

We made three stops without making a purchase, though we spotted a few Jefferson cups at stop #3. They didn't have any engraving and they were marked $7.50 each. I was averaging about $6 per piece at that point and decided $7.50 was just too much. Never mind the fact that I've bought brand new Jefferson cups to give as gifts for $30.

The last stop was the most fun. There's a huge antique mall with some beautiful pieces. Most were out of reach, but my wing man found a stack of engraved Jefferson cups that were marked $6 and the entire stall was 20% off. Score! I picked out two that were consolation trophies from tennis tournaments in the 80s.

As I was heading to the register, Marc found one more item that I could resist. A medium sized bowl from the 60s that matched the bowls I found at the SPCA Rummage sale last weekend.

I spent a little bit more than I wanted, but I thought the engraving was interesting and decided to splurge. I think I'm going to take a break from collecting at this point. My little collection grew a bit more quickly than I anticipated!

I never thought of myself as a collector of anything before this. After finding that last stack of Jefferson cups, I understand why some people amass huge collections. We had a lot of fun hunting for these pieces this weekend.

So, now I have to ask...what do you collect? Do you hunt routinely or just once in a while?


  1. I think your new collection is quite lovely.

    I've collected postcards since I was in elementary school. I also love cobalt blue glass and and have a collection of bottles in my large kitchen window. I don't actively seek to add more pieces, but if something catches my eye, I'll get it.

    I've also been collecting silver travel-themed charms for bracelets for my girls and me for years. While I wear my charm bracelet, my girls don't know about theirs yet. Given our travel plans for spring break and this summer, I'm thinking that this will be the Christmas I give the girls their bracelets -- going forward, the three of us can have fun seeking out charms together instead of me always doing it on the sly when we travel.

  2. I've recently become obsessed with vintage doilies. I made a table runner out of them and have found other uses all over my apartment. (table runner idea... http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/12/16/diy-doily-table-runner/)

    I'm curious which antique mall you went to. I'm currently obsessed with the one in Stuarts Draft.

  3. Carrie @ brick city loveAugust 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    I collect old metal doll molds. They're slightly creepy and totally weird. LOVE.

  4. If you're going to collect something, I think silver trophies is the way to go!

    Love your blog and so glad I found it today!


  5. I've tried to find my collecting niche but haven't yet been able to settle on anything I can say I love. However, my next venture is early 1900s maps. I have a feeling that will be a good endeavor to embark on.

    I have to ask, what do you plan on planting in your new goodies? I'd like to do something similar, but am severely lacking the green thumb!

  6. bri@MeyouandawienerAugust 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    I never considered myself a collector until I saw how fast my mineral rock obsession has grown. It has definitely turned into a collection. I added a new piece today. They are not vintage but I love how they are all unique. If your collection grows too big you can always give them as gifts.

    Now you know why some of us thrift so much, for me its all about the hunt.


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