Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thrifting for Made in China - gasp

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!
their buttons are also on my sidebar.
-brightest blessings-


  1. That "made in China" tattoo is vastly different from the little gold sticker that is on stuff today. Being vintage, it's much more interesting.

    Have a great day!

  2. Your Chinese teapot is really sweet.

  3. The teapot is delicious! I would've snapped it up myself!

  4. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.I'm sure you'll find just the right thing to do with the ladle. Peace, Stephanie

  5. It is very obvious that the teapot is made way before Wal-mart ordered a hefty junk from China. (Sorry!Am I in trouble?) I have an Uncle who is a pure Chinese and when I was young I saw his books and some items that he was able to carry on when they fled from Main China. That tattoo looks like the same.

    VTT~Old cash register

  6. The ladle and you were meant to be! It's nice!

    Sorry - can't help you with the china mark.

  7. I love all of your finds, that ladle (I think) used to be home interiors way back in the day and originally was gold.....I like it much better the way your is now...really pretty! Have a great VTT!

  8. Such a cute little teapot and pretty ladle too- the perfect shade of blue! I alway know I was meant to have something when I keep going back and it is still there, waiting for me. It was destiny. :)

  9. I have a candle holder like that. Mine has a plastic candle ring (remember those?) that fits right down in it. My godmother gave it to me many years ago.

  10. Thanks for stopping by at Sahm I Am!

    I really like that turquoise ladle. What a current, yet unusual color for a ladle, especially at a thrift store! I looked at some of your posts, and I think you're an awesome junker, and your thrift stores are full of fabulous treasures. Lucky you!

  11. Thanks for stopping by my site. Just had fun looking at your stuff. Like you I go to the thrift store at least once a week. Ok sometimes more. Then Garages sales in the summer. Its amazing what you can find, and for so much less then the retail stores, and they hold such charm from having a life.
    Nancy Jo

  12. Oh the little teapot is wonderful. So cute. I love the big blue ladle. Plus the prices were right. You have some very nice vintage treasures.

  13. I love the ladle..but oooo,the little teapot is gorgeous. I'm so glad you rescued her. Happy VTT,have a great weekend.

  14. Oh my gosh! I love that ladle! And the color!

  15. I'm loving that teapot! Sweet! And the ladle is just precious! Have a lovely weekend.

    Back Porch Blessings,

  16. Thank You for your vist today. And I like the old jazz you have on your blog. Have a good day. Julian

  17. great treasures! Love the teapot!

  18. Your teapot is charming..unusual.

    Don't you just love thrift shopping? It's my favorite past time.

    New to your blog. I came by way of my daughter Gwen's blog A Charming Home

    Stop and say Hi if you get a chance


  19. You go girl!! They are some great finds! That little tea pot is adorable and I love the color blue of the laddle!

  20. I love the cast iron ladle. Theres nothing like finding great bargains.

  21. Thanks so much for coming by and visiting my blog. I indeed looked up carved herons and I believe you are right! Thanks again for the heads up!...........Jo

  22. So, I'm thinking candles on the front porch, a mason jar full of red roses stuffed in the pretty pitcher and the ladle hanging on the wall with a little votive candle perched in the spoon. A cuppa beverage, a magazine to peruse, dogs wandering all over the yard... HURRY UP SPRING!
    Thanks for visiting Thistle Cove Farm, it led me here.

  23. Girl you got some goodies.I love all your stuff! WOW. Be blessed. Cindy

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My favorite things

  • comfy shoes
  • Looking at snowflakes up close
  • Nativity sets
  • Christmas
  • Rescuing a goodie from a landfill
  • Thrift stores
  • Crafts
  • Goodnight kisses
  • Cuddles
  • My hubby sportin a few greys in his beard
  • Chips and nicks
  • Old ceramics
  • scary Santas :)
  • Miniatures
  • Dollhouses