Wow, it sure has been a while since I last posted any Thrill of the Hunt finds. I guess I was just so wrapped up in the whole kitchen cabinet painting extravaganza that everything else went by the wayside for a while. But I'm back! I have a few finds to share with you today, so grab a cup of coffee (tea, wine, hot chocolate) and stick around.
First up are these vintage colored glass bulb Christmas lights. The kind I grew up with. Every Christmas we would have these lights on our Christmas trees, both inside and out. I got them at Goodwill for $1.50. Luckily they worked, but they got REALLY hot, too hot for my liking. Which really bummed me out since I was looking forward to draping them over my DIY Farmhouse Sign From Roadside Rescue this holiday season.
I've always been a white lights person, but my husband likes colored lights. Even so, each year he has religiously placed white lights on our tree, for me. I thought maybe this year we could compromise and at least put SOME colored lights around to brighten things up. After I got the hot bulbs that thought went by the wayside until I stumbled across these vintage babies.
When I saw that these said "COOL" Bright Indoor Light Set I figured, what have I got to lose? It says "COOL," right? And for 99 cents a box they were a steal. Only they weren't. Neither cool nor a steal. Well, they're cooler than the first ones I bought, but still much hotter than any lights we would normally use. Also, in one box there were so many bulbs that wouldn't light up I ended up consolidating bulbs and ended up with only one full working strand. We'll have to see if I find any other vintage colored Christmas lights between now and December. I'm on a mission.
I couldn't help myself when I saw this vintage bar glass. Without even looking it up I knew it was worth something. I paid all of 50 cents for it. I've seen it selling on eBay for as much as $8.00.
I also knew it would go nicely with my other vintage barware.
On one side it reads "Early Times Florida Jigger" and at the bottom " Early Times, Kentucky's Favorite Straight Bourbon 86 PROOF, Early Times Distillery, Louisville Kentucky. " The back side reads "Every Ounce a Man's Whiskey.” I can't figure out the actual age of the glass, but I did find out a bit about the distillery. It began sometime around the 1920's. Fun Fact: In 1987 they contracted with Churchill Downs to market Early Times mint juleps as the "official drink" of the Kentucky Derby. Over 100,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are sold during Derby Week each year. Who knew?
Here's another ironstone creamer that I could not pass up for 99 cents. It will come in handy on display with the other pieces in my ironstone collection.
It also makes a lovely vase, don't you think?
The maker's mark is from Cloud Nine Franciscan Whitestone Ware. My research shows that it's from the 1960's, made in Japan.
When I saw this Sunrise travel alarm clock I just had to buy it. It reminded me so much of growing up. When I was a kid my father traveled all around the world for business, and he would not be caught dead without his Sunrise travel alarm clock. It was quite a blast from the past for me.
I paid 99 cents. And even though the box is worn on the outside the clock does not appear to have ever been used, and it came with the original instruction sheet. I've seen it selling on eBay in the U.S. for $9.99, and in the U.K for the equivalent of $16.00 U.S dollars.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my latest thrill of the hunt finds. I know it was quite the eclectic mix of items this week. Thanks for hanging in there and making it to the end. I hope to have a few more goodies for you by next week so stay tuned.