Friday Finds: Vintage Edition #12

September 13, 2015

Welcome to a Friday Finds: Vintage Edition post where I share my latest thrifty and (mostly) vintage finds with you.  I also share how I use and style those finds in my home.  

My hope is that by sharing my thrifty finds I can motivate and inspire you to explore your own local thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and barn sales and make your own fabulous finds for yourself. So let's get started. 

white enamelware colander strainer

These beauties are from Goodwill. Not really old, but I just couldn't resist their white, rusty, chippy goodness.

white vintage metal colander

I see them as a centerpiece filled with lemons or even mini succulents (saw that idea on Pinterest). What would you use them for?

letter die game directions red cup

This vintage "Toss Words" spelling game came from Salvation Army.  I knew as soon as I saw the outside of the old, faded box that it was a keeper. Ironically, the game pieces themselves are as good as new.The Game Of Toss Words box

words on the Toss Words box

Okay, when was the last time you heard someone say "youngster"? Even better, how about "oldster"? The directions pamphlet has a 1948 copyright, and research shows they began making this game in St. Louis in 1945. I paid $2.50 for it and have seen it sold for $15.00.

ironstone creamer
Surprise, another ironstone pitcher. This one didn't have any markings on it, but that's ok because it only cost me $1.50. I love the fluted and scrolled detailing on it.

two silver plated Harmony House salt and pepper shakers
Now here's something I was really surprised to find at Salvation Army. A silver plate  Harmony House AA+ Maytime by Masco salt and pepper shaker set from the 1950's. I paid about $5.00 for them, thinking I got a steal. After a bit of research I've found the prices for these run the gamut from $100.00 (!) on eCrater to as low as $4.00 on eBay. 

They were sold through Sears, circa the 1950's. Here's what's written inside the box (which I unfortunately don't have):
HARMONY HOUSE Silverplate Patterns were created by a world famous designer--the winner of the last Paris World Award for Creative Silverware Design....responsible for many of America's outstanding sterling silver patterns. Harmony House is the first co-ordinated silverplate-the same delicate tracings of beauty found on the flatware now grace the matching salt and pepper set--to lend your table an air of glamor. Harmony House silverware is sold only by Sears, Roebuck, and Co.

On the top of the lid, it says that the shakers are plated with pure silver--"75 % more silver than standard A1 quality". 

Here are some vintage and newer baking tins and one tin and copper bowl that I hope to put to good use in some way in my own kitchen. No, not for cooking, but as part of a repurposing project.

Last but not least I've been picking up some pretty lace doilies in my Goodwill travels, usually around $1.00 a bunch. I use them for pillows and other textile projects. Maybe even wall art if I can get my act together.

I picked up something awesome at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago a few weeks ago that I haven't gotten around to photographing. I also picked up some fun vintage jewelry components there. They'll be on the list for my next Friday Finds.

Well, that's it for today, friends! 
I hope you've enjoyed reading about  
 Friday Finds: Vintage Edition #12
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Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

You found some great vintage things. The ironstone pitcher is my favorite and I would have grabbed it for my collection.

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