Generally, when thrifting, garage saling, or otherwise junking if I see "MADE IN CHINA" I set it back down like it's a hot potato.
Now mind you, I have absolutely nothing against the Chinese people or anything, it's nothing personal. But if I wanted to stock up on Chinese ware I could shop the vast abyss that is my local Walmart. (I avoid Walmart like the plague) I do love me some things made in Germany, West Germany, England, Poland, Czechoslovakia , Japan and of course the great ol' U S of A.
I recently attended a decent yard sale in a very dark storage unit of some sort. It was cold, wet and had something for everyone. I had a few boxes of stuff already stacked and ready to be paid for. When suddenly, in spite of my preconceived notions and general aversion, I spotted her...
She was so pretty and proud sitting atop of box of vinyl binders.
I moved in and almost knocked a few people down to get to her. The man perusing the binders seemed a little quizzical when I picked her up and asked how much? $1.00 was the reply and the yard sale lady seemed ready for a haggle. SOLD.
I was willing to get past the sordid tattoo on her rump. It might say "MADE IN CHINA" but it says it with style. Isn't that a pretty mark? Frankly, I've never seen a mark like it and she is obviously not new. She has been aged perfectly for me :) What about you, ever seen that mark before?
I just lurve her.
The Salvation Army has been very kind to me lately. You ever see something you know is meant to come home with you? You like it, but don't buy it for whatever reason.
This cast iron ladle, wall pocket whatnot had been moved all over the store. Every time I stopped in, there she was looking all chippy pretty in some new dusty corner of the store. Mind you, I generally go every other day. I usually only have a few dollars and that thrift store only takes cash, so there always seemed to be something I wanted more than the giant ladle. Then came the day that I found nothing at all. The store was picked clean, but there she was sitting on top of shoes this time. I paid the whopping $1.99 and now she is at home waiting for a pretty place to hang. I have no idea what I'm gonna do with the ol' gal, but I think she's glad she was rescued.
I'll end it with a few white pretties I found too. There is this small candle holder. It holds those lil 1/2" candles. The candle holder was 50 cents and the small pack of candles I found the next day was $2.00. Ironic.
The lil bud vase lives in my daughter's room. It's heavy cut glass and sparkles far more than the pictures tell. For $1.00 she made my daughter very happy. It will look lovely once we have some Spring flowers to put in :)
Today, I am once again joining up with Suzanne aka Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursdays and Leigh aka Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday. Their parties are diving, please go have a look at the posts. So much eye candy!
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