Thrill of the Hunt #32

July 8, 2016

Welcome back for another round of Thrill of the Hunt! Sit back, relax, and read along as I share with you some of my more recent thrifting finds. Despite having gone away on vacation, I still managed to come up with a few things I've yet to share with you all.

World map thrifted map by Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

First up, one never-opened, large United States Wall Map, the kind you'd find in a school classroom. It was still in its original packaging with a marked price of  $16.95.

World map thrifted map

World map thrifted map

I paid $2.99. I did the happy dance when I found it at Goodwill, since I have a thing for globes and maps. I'm thinking that I might pick up a thrifted frame for it and use it to decorate one wall in the kids' room in the basement. Never mind that the room is currently filled with Sterlite storage bins and a treadmill. My plans are to transform it into a teen hangout of sorts. Ok, add that project to the list.

 Silver art deco vintage cocktail pitcher

Moving on, I also found what I believe to be a silver plate cocktail pitcher from the Salvation Army for $2.86 (I know, they really have weird prices, right?) It has a strainer ice lip, for drinks with crushed ice.

 Silver art deco vintage cocktail pitcher

Crescent Silverware Manufacturing Company Maker's Mark

The maker's mark says "Crescent" on the bottom. After much research all I can determine is that Crescent Silverware Manufacturing Company was founded in 1922 in Port Jervis, New York. In 1977 it was bought by Samuel Kirk & Son. I don't believe the latter company would have used the Crescent mark so I can only surmise that the pitcher was made sometime between 1922 and 1977. My guess is that it's a vintage art deco cocktail pitcher from the 1960's or maybe the 1970's.
 Silver art deco vintage cocktail pitcher

Obviously it's not been polished so I'm not sure how it will look after a good cleaning. Usually I prefer a bit of a patina on my sterling silver finds, but since this is silver plate it does not wear the "patina" nearly as well.      

flower aquarium bowl o beauty round jar

My next find is rather odd at first glance. Perhaps you can help me determine what it is exactly. All I can say is that it's a round globe jar. As in, completely round.

flower aquarium bowl o beauty round jar

At first I thought it was some sort of light fixture. But my research turned up three similar jars that sold on Etsy. One possible origin of the jar is a "flower aquarium."  Apparently, they used to be popular at some point for displaying flowers, possibly the 1960's. In some cases, flower frogs were attached to the cap, then a flower was inserted and water was added. 

There was also a similar display piece available in stores in the 1980's called the "Bowl O Beauty," which used a chemical to preserve the flowers. 

flower aquarium bowl o beauty round jar

I found globes like mine (without the Bowl O Beauty moniker) still selling new on Amazon, and even Wal-Mart, for $31.00! for My cost: 98 cents.

If I were to use it as a flower aquarium I would definitely paint the lid, possibly gold. What do you think? You can probably guess what I have in mind for it. Can you say snow globe? It's never too early to start planning those DIY Christmas decor projects!

vintage thrifted Scrabble game

Last but not least you might have already seen my recent 99 cent Scrabble game find. I bought it with my DIY iPad Stand in mind, but I'm sure I'll be using it for other projects as well. Perhaps I can use some of the tiles in my repurposed vintage jewelry designs.

Well, now that our vacation is just a memory I guess it's back to reality. At least it's still summer!

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Unknown said...

Really cool finds! The silver cocktail pitcher and the Bowl o matic are my favs. Interesting to see what you are going to do with those!

My thrift store addiction said...

That pitcher is just fabulous Kathleen! I could have guessed another snow globe is in your crafting future ;)

Vanessa said...

That is awesome fines. I love the map since I have a thing for them too.

Kathy said...

I believe the Bowlamatic is for a large flower like a rose. The flower(S) were stuck on the frog, the jar filled with water, lid screwed on, then flipped to display the flower. I agree with you, though, it is screaming to become a snow globe! People look at me funny when I say I am "Christmas shopping" any time other than Nov. or Dec. I keep my eyes (and mind) open for Christmas projects ALL year long. Today it was 8 .50 brand new placemats at Salvation Army that will become beautiful throw pillows to sell and for the church bazaar. The women in the Ladies Aid group think I loopy for making Christmas decorations now, but, hey, at Christmas, I've got other stuff to do!

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