Monday, April 30, 2012

“Grate” Expectations!

I rarely grate cheese these days. It’s just too easy to buy the bagged shredded cheese readily available at the grocery store. Should I choose to shred, I usually use this newer fold-flat-when-not-in-use grater because it’s usually not-in-use!

But there once was a time when already-shredded cheeses were not so available, or not so affordable, so numerous cheese-grating utensils were invented. Any new homemaker could expect to receive a cheese grater as a bridal shower gift or house-warming gift.

Here are a few vintage graters I’ve found at estate sales....

There is the ever popular box grater….

An All-in-One grater…..

Even a Tupperware grater…..

But I have never seen or used one quite like this…….

It’s marked Gadget Master No. 8, Made in USA.

Do you still use a grater?

I’m linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time
Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Getting the "Nod"!

Earlier this month I introduced you to a tiny set of Yogi Bear cartoon characters that I had found in an old train case; but there was one other tiny character in that old piece of luggage and it’s time to give him a nod!

Donald Duck was hiding there, too, and he’s nodding “YES” to say that it’s time for him to get a little attention.

Just like Yogi and his friends, the Donald Duck nodder is about 2” tall. He is made of  plastic and is painted with primary colors. His markings include “Walt Disney Production” in a small circle on his side…..the other side says “Made in Hong Kong.”

Donald Duck is much like the bobblehead figures of today with his head bobbing/nodding up and down. Instead of being a toy or collectible figure, I think Donald was probably marketed as a birthday cake topper along with his buddies Mickey Mouse and Goofy.

As you can see, I photographed Donald with a couple of my Big Little Books in which he was featured. You can read more about Big Little Books in this post, if you’re interested.

I want to end this post by saying a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite junkin’ partner, my Mom. She is celebrating her 86th birthday this week. I think Donald Duck would be the perfect topper for her cake……giving her the “nod” for showing us how to stay active and happy every day.

I’m linking to the following parties:

Share the Love Wednesday at Very Merry Vintage Style
Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bright with White!

We went from feast to famine with yard and estate sales this past weekend; however, there are a few things from the last few months that I haven’t shown you. Most of the items sport bright and cheery primary colors combined with white and one is pure white.

These two little enamelware cups spoke loudly to me. They are made by TrEs of Monterrey, Mexico and are only 2” tall. I’ve not been able to discover any information about them, except that the company made similar wares in both kid and adult sizes.

I’ve sold several of these enamelware butter warmers; at least I think that’s what they are. This cobalt blue warmer is a little larger than most of the ones I find. They can also be used to warm sauces or gravies and come in other bright colors like red, yellow and lime green and always with white interiors.

Also in the brightly-colored category is this oval Daisy Pyrex lid. I’m sure that I’ll find the casserole for it one day…..hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.

And now for the pure white, I found this 6-1/2” tall stoneware pitcher. It’s marked USA and I think it’s probably McCoy, but my book only shows it with advertising on it.

I just had to add a “pop” of bright red!

I hope you found some treasures this weekend!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cluck, Cluck!

A few weeks ago, I received an invitation from a friend to go through some things left from her mother’s estate. I was honored to help her dispose of a few things. Her mother had several hobbies and collections and it was amazing to see the items she had cherished.

I found an Indiana Glass “Harvest” vase in olive green, a milk glass hobnail shoe by Fenton and a Townhouse Canister by Avon.

Sewing was one of her hobbies and I brought home several wooden embroidery hoops and sewing/crafts books.

The 1949 Simplicity Sewing book was especially interesting. There were instructions for buttonholes, pattern alterations and those ruffles that are so popular on runners and pillows now.

She had an extensive hen-on-a-nest collection. Here are just a couple of the several that I purchased, most of them Indiana Glass. She had collected them in several colors; the two pictured here are in amber and a soft pink. The wicker hen was sold by Avon, one of a menagerie of animals they issued.

Pam of the House of Hawthornes recently told us about her hen-on-a-nest collection.

Do you have a hen-on-a-nest?

I’m linking to the following parties:

Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

Monday, April 16, 2012

Together At Last!

If you’ve been following my blog for the last couple of weeks, you know that my blog friend, Linda of A La Carte, and I had some fun matching up a salt and pepper set. You can read about it here if you want the backstory.

Well, Linda visited with me last weekend. She stopped here in Mississippi on her way to Texas to spend some time with her Mom. Of course, she brought her orphan pepper shaker. Here it is finally matched up with my orphan salt shaker….Together At Last!!!

Never missing a chance to look for vintage goodies, Linda joined Mom and me for some weekend treasure-hunting. On Friday morning, we attended 2 estate sales…..

I found a brightly-colored thermos, a utensil holder and several vintage utensils, an aluminum juicer/reamer and a pair of wooden salad servers.

Items with a “poultry” theme began to take shape as I found several pieces of Reveille china, a collapsible wire egg basket and a chicken figurine.

Saturday morning we struck out to a couple of yard sales before Linda had to continue her journey to Texas. Even though I found a few other small things, Linda pointed me to these awesome Moderntone Platonite sherbets by Hazel-Atlas.

Linda brought several pieces of Pyrex for my booth. This great promotional casserole was one of them. Linda didn’t have a lid for it, BUT she found one once she got here! Once again, a set is ....... Together At Last!!!

We had a great time and I’m sure Linda will blog about her adventures here in Mississippi. She’ll be home in a few days and you can read all about it at A La Carte.

I’m linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time

Monday, April 9, 2012

Farm Fresh

This weekend Mom and I drove about 20 miles out of town to a yard sale in Hot Coffee, MS. Yes, that’s the name of a little town that basically consists of a charming little store at an intersection. Even though it’s only a short drive away, I had never been there and thought it would be fun to go.

Frankoma Pottery

We found the sale and after looking at a few pieces of Frankoma pottery, I noticed the table that the pottery was sitting on…..a great old farm table. Frank and Mike would call it “Farm Fresh”….. chippy paint on the legs with old tongue and groove flooring on the top and even a few cobwebs draped here and there for good measure. I asked if it was for sale. The answer was “yes” and there was even a matching bench.

More Frankoma Pottery

My vehicle was completely full after loading up the table, bench and pottery. We were thrilled with our farm fresh finds! As we turned onto the highway about four miles from home, I looked across the median at the open lot of a flea market and there stood a wonderful old yellow kitchen pantry. I had to go have a look because it could be perfect for some of the “smalls” in my booth. We circled back. I checked it out. 

Of course, the vehicle was packed to the max, so I had to go back for it after unloading the table. The next day, my sweet hubby helped me clean and move the three pieces of furniture into my booth. The old bench fascinated him because the wide single-plank top was made of heart pine and there were old saw marks on the cross pieces.

Enough talk?……Here are the pictures……..

 Farm Fresh Fun!!!

I’m linking to the following parties:

Flea Market Finds at Her Library Adventures
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Grab Your Pic-i-nic Basket!

It’s Spring!
Time to pack a light lunch and head to the park to enjoy the warm weather!

But Beware!
There’s a sneaky, but lovable, bear out there that would love to steal your
"pic-i-nic basket"!

Yogi Bear

Ranger Smith tries his best to protect your lunch, but Yogi is
“smarter than the average bear”
and is most persistent in his lunch-stealing activities!

Ranger Smith

Yogi’s sidekick, Boo Boo Bear, tries to warn Yogi that Ranger Smith will be watching.

Yogi and Boo Boo

Cindy Bear, Yogi’s girlfriend, does not approve of Yogi’s antics and tells him so!

Cindy and Yogi

While you’re at the park, you might run into a few more of Yogi’s fellow park inhabitants.

“Heavens to Murgatroyd,” it’s Snagglepuss, the pink mountain lion.
Snap his picture quickly before he “exits stage left.”


Look, there’s Yakky Doodle. He best be very careful today because his friend, Chopper the Bulldog, isn’t around to rescue him from Fibber Fox and Alfy Gator who think he would make a nice snack!

Fibber Fox, Yakky Doodle and Alfy Gator

I found all of these delightful Marx plastic figures in an old train case last year. They are all about 2” tall. I don’t know if they were part of a Yogi Bear play set or were sold individually. Whatever the case, they were a fun find and made me “happier than the average rummager”!!!

Did you know that Yogi Bear actually got his start as a character on the Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958?

He was able to secure his own spin-off series in 1961
and starred in 33 episodes.

I’m linking to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady
Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Thrifty Things Friday at The Thrifty Groove
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence

Monday, April 2, 2012

Thrifting Fun Across the Miles

Have you ever gone thrifting with a friend?
It’s fun, isn’t it?

Have you ever gone thrifting with a friend
that lives across the country from you???

I did and I didn’t even know it was happening!

Well, let me explain.

First of all, let me introduce you to my friend, Linda! Her blog is A La Carte. Perhaps you follow her, too! If not, you should! We got to meet face-to-face about a year ago when Mr. B2V and I were travelling through the Atlanta area. Here’s a picture of our meeting.

I'm on the left; Linda is on the right
We’ve stayed in touch and find that we often thrift/treasure-hunt for the same things. A few days ago, Linda posted about a cute orphan pepper shaker that she had found at a thrift store. You can read her post here if you like.

That cute pepper shaker looked very familiar. I remembered that I had bought a set like it several months earlier. When I got the set home, I noticed that the pepper shaker was cracked and I threw it away leaving me with an orphan salt shaker.

Colonial Homestead by Royal China

When Linda posted her little pepper shaker, I found my matching salt shaker and commented on her post that either I needed to give up my salt to her or she should give up her pepper to me. I think everyone that read her post and the comments got a good laugh about our dilemma. Well, it turns out that Linda is going to give up her pepper shaker to me because she likes to find and rescue orphans and now her pepper is no longer an orphan!!!

To thank Linda for her generosity, I found an orphan shaker that I think will perfectly take the place of the one she gave up. I was thrifting only a few days later and found this precious little yellow bird shaker. I knew Linda would provide the perfect home for this little cutie because she loves birds.

So Linda, check your mail in the next few days because this little birdie is flying to Atlanta to be with you.

Look at that sweet face!!!

Now I just hope Linda doesn't already have the matching shaker!!!!

Have you ever thrifted "across the miles"??? 

I’m linking to the following parties:

Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time