Monday, January 31, 2011

Back at the Blog for Thrift Share Monday!

I know, I know, it's been a while since I've posted, but that doesn't mean I haven't been thrifting!  And what better way to make my triumphant return to cataloging all my thrift finds than to post on Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday (a cool blog I've been following for a few months now).  This week my husband (Marc, aka Mr. Fix-it, who can usually find some tool in his collection to repair just about anything) and I hit some sales on the Peninsula (south of San Francisco) and in Fremont, CA (south of us, east of SF Bay).  So here's our haul:

We don't usually hit the Peninsula, but it yielded some cool finds for us, including:

this awesome vintage Bocce ball set, with avocado green and yellow balls, plus some VERY retro graphics.
The day we went was actually the second day of a PACKED estate sale in Burlingame, so I was kind of surprised the Bocce ball set lasted so long.  Marc and I have been wanting a Bocce ball set for a while, so this was a great score.  The next sale was in San Mateo, and I found a bunch of canning jars with hinged lids, a great find for 50 cents a piece (the seller threw in the beans for free- seeing as I have no clue how old they were, they were promptly composted).  I bought them to help us deal with the plethora of lemons our friends so graciously gave to us.  I'm thinking Moroccan preserved lemons in these.  We also found some empty Patron Tequila bottles, which I'll use for limoncello.

But who wants to hear about Bocce balls and too many lemons.  I know you're really wondering about the CHIHUAHUA PORTRAIT in the center of the first photograph.  Well, the East Bay did not let us down and the last sale we visited was the home of a dog lover (who, by the way, had great taste in furniture- mostly danish modern!).  This painting was done of one of her beloved pooches, and would you believe that it was still there on the second day of the sale?  

Marc and I were able to get some great deals, not just on the puppy portrait (I think we'll be selling that one). We bought a complete dining set, complete with a table with three (!) leaves and four chairs, plus a custom-made protective cover (shown folded up on one of the chairs below):

  But our biggest score of the day (sorry chihuahua) was this great mid century chair we found at the same sale. The upholstery is in perfect condition (it was definitely recently recovered), and so even though I'm sure it would look great with some more funky fabric, I'm holding off on the demo for a while.  I'll wait for the "perfect" fabric to come along.  

 So that was my Saturday.  Sunday was the Oakland Museum's White Elephant Sale and boy, was it a doozy, but let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet....

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