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Monday, February 28, 2011

70's Metal Lunchbox & Salt & Pepper Shakers

Today was a 70's day. I visited 3 shops & made 4 purchases, 3 being at Goodwill. Arriving at Goodwill, immediately to rack fresh from the back where the first item I ran into was the plaid metal lunchbox you see below. I wasn't sure if it was actually vintage or not, but something was telling me it was. The material, the wear & the feeling I was getting from it I had went with my gut & decided that ya, it was. Lo & behold, little Thomas had written his name inside & he had left his last bag inside, sans food, which had a copyright of 1975. A find I'm happy with. A bizarre price, which when I asked the cashier she merely told me it's Goodwill's new pricing policy - $4.04. Bizarre, especially since the item isn't taxable. Weird, huh? Onto the next items purchased from Goodwill & a weird new pricing policy. I'm a true crime reader, it's one of the only categories of books I read, the other being biographies. I purchased The Manson File by Nikolas Schreck. Interesting so far & I'm able to sell it after for around $20 if needed. Another bizarre pricing policy - books, now if they fall outside the average paperback size, they are $3.49. They've got the rectangle at the front cash for reference (dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb). Samantha Fox entered my collection via vinyl once again singing her Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me), cost a buck! Glad to see they haven't touched that pricing yet. Annoyed at their pricing, the cost, $8.53, lucky me found a Toonie on the ground at the cash. Yay!

Now onto Value Village where I picked up at set of 70s mushroom salt & pepper shakers. Aren't they beautiful? They girl in front of me in line who spent $93 complimented them saying, "those are awesome!" "Thank you," I replied. I'm so bad at conversation. 99cents each. I love 'em! Ones orange, ones red, they add to my collection, they're mushrooms & they look like the toadstools from Nintendo!

Vintage 29¢ Shot Glass

A definitely awesome shot glass not sure about the date, but from my research I found out the glass was made by Canadian company The Dominion Glass Company. If you like you can read more about their business & history here. On the outside it's got a picture of an orange & black man, you might not be able to make it out from the photos, but the eyes are painted on the inside of the glass to follow you around the room, it is quite neat. Also on the outside it says, "Drinking again eh!" One day I'll do a couple of shots out of it, but not anytime soon. I love the look on his face. Priceless. From the store Talize in Hamilton, Ontario. 29¢.

A thrift experience will hopefully take place a little later today (can't believe it's almost 5 in the morning!) & on Friday, I'm headed to Windsor, which is a great thrifting city, especially for Pyrex, so I can't wait to show off my finds!

Have a great week!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

'50s Salt & Pepper Shakers.

Saw these at a flea market over the summer priced at $20, had commented to Aggie that I could get them cheaper on eBay & until now that hasn't happened. A pair of light bulb salt and pepper shakers for $10.04 shipped, you can't go wrong. These little vintage beauties from what I understand are from the 1950's & made in Japan.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

More Stuff!

The stuff keeps rolling in, but the place isn't getting any bigger. I bought some wonderful glasses at the west end Value Village this week. I'm quite surprised that these were still there as the west end Value Village is hipster central, hence why it's usually slim pickings & the shoppers are snooty. They were 49cents each & looked like they haven't been washed in decades, they were dirty & yellowed; or maybe they were just filled with dry urine, who knows. A trip to the dishwasher (I'm tired, lazy & have laundry to do) left them sparkling clean & ready to use, perfect size for my ice & Diet Pepsi. Now I just need one of those cool vintage stirrers I see everyone buying. I passed up on a bag of those over a year ago at this same Value Village, still kicking myself. You also don't want to know what kinda stuff came up on Google when I was researching these, gross. This wonderful trip also landed me to New Kids on the Block books. I've had an unhealthy fetish with '80s/'90s New Kids nostalgia lately & have been scouring the book section after that creep beat me to that book at Goodwill.

#1 - 'New Kids on The Block' by Grace Catalano, 1989.
#2 - 'New Kids on The Block Handbook' by Anne M. Raso, 1990.

Now onto the east end yesterday. I fell in love with this journal when I saw it. I have the same one in blue, found at a yard sale in Cabbagetown for a buck!, like 5 years ago, it might be a tad smaller though - same design. This journal was in a grab bag with a bunch of crap I promptly donated back to the thrift, paid $3.99 for the sack. Buying something that you're definitely into, even though you consider it a tad over priced, I think it's worth it. The cover - "All You Need to Know About Sex After Age 50", was comical, especially because it's blank inside, but I was convinced it was added after. Just didn't fit with the style of the journal. When I got on the subway, took it out of my bag, took my nail & as you can see the T on about came off right away. 1970's Avenel Vintage Journal, blank inside ISBN: 0-517-226200. Also got this Santa tin, 49cents. Have a similar one that I found in the trash & all of you have probably seen many like it. We have yet to take down out Christmas decorations (don't judge!) & had our first tree this year & needed something to put the ornaments in. This was perfect. It was a tiny tree.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Canadian $1 Bills

I'm taking today to showcase another collection of mine - $1 Canadian Bills. I was around while this were still passing through the hands of us Canadians & I remember them fondly. I shall showcase a series of the $2 bills sometime in the near future. Some of my bills in my collection (and the silver coins) were given to my by my late grandfather, so this post is dedicated to him.

Here are 3 series of the bills:


1967 - Centennial Bill:


Scanned by Sir Thrift-A-Lot

Oh, exciting news from the desk of Sir Thrift-A-Lot - I bought some early '90s YM magazines, 4 for $2 at Goodwill. They're gonna make for some fun collaging, scrapbooking & scanning!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

1980's "Photo Talk" Captions

Photo Talk!
(singles mingles)

Salvation Army find, ya don't find my worthy stuff there! 49cents, not bad! These 1988, sealed, photo sticker captions made by Bernard J. Putt & Assoc., Howard, Colorado, USA would look great on any '80s early '90s photo album! Maybe from your New Kids On The Block days?
"SINGLES MINGLES" reminds me of "GENDER BENDER". An ex-boyfriend of mines mother claims to have invented that term. Swears up & down she invented the tern "gender bender". I blieve her.


(because who says that? & click the photos to read them all!)

Honorable Mentions:

No tan lines mean hope!
I must be in love, I feel ill.
And... I have a very large dog!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Vintage Birthday Cards!

One of my vintage loves is stationery. I've said somewhere before that I've got more cards that I could ever send out in my life. In fact, I don't even send out my exciting vintage cards, not even the doubles. Love the graphics & sayings way to much. Here are a couple I picked up in a box the other day. I've got a box of them already back away in one of my shoe boxes of stationery in somewhere in my closet, paid $2.99 for these with a bunch of other crap. Also came with 2 cards that weren't part of the set. Check 'em out!

BTW, this has been Sir Thrift-A-Lot's most time consuming post ever. ENJOI!

Now why don't you take a peek inside...?
For Your Birthday I'm Getting You "Jewelry" From a Famous Millionare!... Woolworth. Happy Birthday!
Be Careful With This Card... It's Your Birthday Present!
Happy Birthday! If I had a penny for every time I think of you... ... I could afford to buy you a present INSTEAD OF A CARD!
Something to Help Celebrate Your Birthday... A Small Check With My Signature... ✓............ HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Happy Birthday - and don't worry if you're not in "WHO'S WHO"... Just as long as you're not in "WHAT'S THIS!?"
Havin' A Birthday? Well, that's just fine. I'm simple delighted... it's yours, NOT MINE!

'Little Laughs' cards by Regal Greetings, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1970s? 1960s?)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I Know You Are, But What Am I!?

I Know You Are, But What Am I!?

Dreams do come true. You'll soon see me sporting a vintage Pee Wee Herman tee from 1987. I blogged about it the other day on Vintage Tee A Day. I got this one for a steal, less than $18, never worn. I'm lazy right now, really tired, so I am just going to copy & past my post from vintage tee a day. BTW, MC HAMMER came in the mail the other day. Great week!

I'm fanatical over Pee Wee Herman & Pee Wee's Playhouse. I can see this original, vintage 1987 Pee Wee's Playhouse tee pressed tight against my nipples. From Herman Toys, Inc. Tag is quite cute: DO NOT REMOVE UNDER PENALTY OF LAW. Remember when tags used to saw that? WTF? I was too young to ask WTF or to care back then, but seriously, buy. me. this. shirt.

"You don't wanna get mixed up with a guy like me. I'm a loner. A rebel."
- Pee Wee Herman

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Blog: A Vintage Tee A Day.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I thought the snow day would be a good day to thrift, so I checked out 2 Value Villages within the city & a Salvation Army. Didn't find anything anywhere besides the vinyls below,

Prince - Purple Rain
C+C Music Factory - Here We Go
Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl

That's it! Thought the snow day would leave the weirdos at home & have the workers clearing out the back. Saw a couple things of Pyrex, one sad blue bowl from the primary set... so sad that there was just a sliver of colour left. Also seen old yeller - $7.99.

Tomorrow's another day. Can't believe this place charges $1.99 a record. Especially when they have about 800 that just sit there.

CSN Stores $40 Gift Code Winner!


As you know I was lucky enough to be contacted by CSN STORES to give you, my fabulous readers, a chance to win a gift code to add new additions to your already beautiful, stylish homes. The original giveaway was listed here if you need to refresh your memory. Well, I am here today to announce the winner!

I've taken a video of my actions, the soundtrack is "Shoop" by Salt & Pepa.

The winner is...
comment #168 - that's you Nancy.
you'll be getting my email shortly with that $40 code to put towards that 5-Piece Havana Dining Set in Espresso. Please reply within 72 hours.