Friday, June 7, 2013

Vintage Finds Are My Cup of Tea

It's been a while since I've shared any of my estate and thrift finds. For the past several weeks, I've been on a mission to find teacups and saucers and teapots. My son and his fiance plan to plant succulents in them and use them in their wedding reception centerpieces. These are just a few of the beauties I've picked up for them at thrift stores and estate sales.

While on the look out for tea cups, I've come across a few goodies for myself.

This stately handmade, primitive tool caddy, found at an estate sale, is so versatile. It would look charming filled with plants in the summer. I'm thinking it will also look totally stunning all dressed up for the winter holidays. Judging by the couple of holes drilled in the bed of the box, the previous owner must have hung it on the wall. That's a wonderful option, too.

My son and his fiance have joined the pig craze. Rather, I like to think they were ahead of that trend, though, as they are both Arkansas Razorback alums who have been collecting and decorating with hogs for years. Have you ever seen the Arkansas Razorback? I can't look at that adorable mascot without smiling.

Hubby and I found this well-used cast iron bacon press from Taylor and NG at a recent junk fair. From what I could find online, it appears this heavy-duty device was made in the 1970s. Now, it's enjoying a new home in Texas, alongside our son's other interesting pig pieces.

I found this fun 1950s beverage cooler at an estate sale. Nothing like a little kiltie to liven up a picnic! I forgot to take a "before" picture. "Before" what? Before elbow grease. This sweet thing was so covered with dust and grime, that the color barely showed through and for the first instant I saw it, I thought it was a gasoline can. The layer of dirt was so thick I couldn't tell what condition it was in.

It had a pricetag of $5 and even if it were beat up a bit, I knew it would be worth it. Surprise, surprise! The outside has some slight age-related wear, but no serious scratches and no dents. When I opened the lid, I was delighted to find that the inside looked as if it had never been used.

Hubby struck pay dirt at the junk fair, too. He found this beautiful mid-century cake carrier. It's the first blue piece in his collection. And, what a lovely blue it is! The 1950s design reminds me of Pick Up Sticks.

I have a few more finds to share, but I'll save them for another day. Happy treasure hunting this weekend.

Make it a great day!


  1. Love the Kiltie jug - all that grime must have protected it from abuse! I have never seen a cake tin like that - score.

  2. Such wonderful finds! I love that tool caddy, it's going to look so great with plants in it. I almost bought a little teacup and saucer set at a yard sale this morning; the lady had a whole table full of vintage Avon housewares and gift items and this was one of them. It was really sweet, covered in red strawberries (my signature decor motif), but someone had burned a votive candle inside the cup and I was afraid that I would break it if I bought it and tried to remove the candle. It was a shame because it was really pretty.

  3. The tool caddy is wonderful, I love those kinds of finds because they can be used for so many different things!

  4. The beverage cooler is so unique! Love it!! I just recently found my first cake carrier,I wanted one forever!

  5. in love with the red beverage cooler ! : )

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  8. Great finds Ann. Thank you for linking at Shabbilicious Friday.

  9. I love the idea of planting succulents in the tea cups! They will make beautiful centerpiece and eco-friendly too. Have great weekend, Laura

  10. Oh you did have some great finds...and I love the idea for the wedding centerpieces! We are deep into wedding planning here, too!


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