One of my favorite things to dig through at the thrift are those plastic bags filled with God knows what. I always do well in the kitchen section and score things I’d like to have (like ice tongs) but don’t want to shell out too much money for. I also have lucked into several items for my vintage bar including my French Zig Zag cork puller on the left below:
I paid a few dollars for it and once in awhile see one sold on Ebay for $100 or more. I’ve thought about selling it but it’s one of my favorite finds to date and is the only thing that can get stubborn corks out of fancy old bottles of wine. (The corkscrew on the right is a vintage Italian model. I have quite the collection of neat old corkscrews!)
This weekend most of my purchases at the thrift were bags of odds of ends. I got several feet of red wooden beaded Christmas tree garland. I like to both decorate with it and use the beads for crafts. I also found some vintage Atlantic City drink coasters for the bar and the ice tongs I mentioned earlier. But my fave find of the day was a bag of miscellaneous gold pins. This particular thrift takes a handful of jewelry items that haven’t sold and bags them up for one price. You can’t really see what is in the bag but I noticed what I thought was a bee pin (always a fave) and the bag was only $2.50 (it was half price day) so I took a chance on it.
I was right about the bee and I love it. It’s large, about 2 inches. I was happy with spending $2.50 just for this pin. But I was pleasantly surprised with the rest of the pins as well:
I particularly like the bronze leaf (4 inches long) and the rhinestone apple. These are definite keepers. I like to put pins on my coat in the winter and also use them on scarves. The other pins are also nice and I will probably pass them along to friends. There was also a pair of tres’ tacky vintage cuff links that my husband just loved. So all in all, $2.50 well spent. The pins are featured on some pin keepers I made a few years ago. The pattern can be found HERE. It says to stuff it with potpourri but I made a fabric heart instead. You can read my original post from way back in 2007 HERE.
What did you find this weekend?