Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cool Cooler Coolest

From about mid-December to mid- or late January, estate sales are few and far between around here--the holidays get in the way. Imagine that. And, living in the Midwest, garage sales are virtually extinct this time of year.

So, a couple of weekends ago, I was thrilled to see a single estate sale advertised in the newspaper. I scored some wonderful ephemera for my handmade journals and this terrific vintage cooler ($4).

It has vibrant red-clad handles and a cushy gold vinyl top. A perfect complement to my thrift wicker settee and vintage glass shade lights, it will be great for cooling drinks on the deck in the summer. The nifty padded top will provide an additional spot for someone to sit a spell. For now, I'm storing the canvas deck chair slipcovers in it.

Also grabbed this nice, tall Thermos for $1 at the same sale. I already had a smaller version of this one in my collection.

I love that the gold cooler top coordinates so well with the gold in the gray Thermos and the fantastic Pelican cooler I scored at a garage sale last summer (for $1--can you believe it?).

Even with the mild winter we've had here in the Midwest, I'm looking forward to even warmer weather, the sparkle of my fairy lights and an ice-cold drink from my fun vintage cooler on the deck.

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Make it a great day!


  1. Hey! Found you off of Vintage Thingie Thursday. Love your coolers. I have a cooler similar to the Cronco, but mine has an imprint/logo of a long-gone dairy farm in Virginia Beach. Oh, and mine doesn't have your awesome lid!

    PS: That Penguin cooler is to DIE FOR. I love it, my fiancee' would so dig it.

  2. The cooler is wonderful. Great that it can do double or triple duty for you.

  3. How perfect for the summer gatherings. I can't believe the prices on those coolers. The red stipe is so neat. Here in Kansas the weather has been unreal--50 and 60 and NO SNOW. Don't know what were in for in Feb or Mar.
    Have a great thursday.

  4. You are right about the estate sales being far and few during this time of the year - oh how I miss them, and rummage sales! The cooler is a fabulous find, with a great price. Wishing you many more estate sales in your area until warmer weather and rummage sales!❤

  5. It just takes one good estate sale to attempt us. Your finds were great.

  6. Those are very fun finds! Has me itching for spring and sales!


  7. Such great finds, so much fun!

    Happy VTT!

  8. I miss the garage sales too and the trash picking it is always better in the summer. Great finds for $1.00. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

  9. Wow that brings back memories form my childhood...I remember these on our picnics to the pond..!! LOL Great finds!!!

  10. Wow, great find. I'm missing the garage sales too. Spring needs to hurry up and get here.

  11. Wow, I love your finds...I've never seen a padded top on a cooler before! The condition is really nice, too! Looks so great with the thermoses!

  12. i so love the pelican cooler -- it is AWESOME!!!! enjoyed your find very much! thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting me over at the cottage market : ) i am now your newest follower : ) hugs


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