Sunday, November 18, 2012

At Long Last

After a long wait, I've finally found some amazing treasures to show you. Enjoy! P.S. Thanks for all the nice comments. 
 My good luck started at the Value Village near the school that I work at. I scooped up this beautiful buttery Pyrex bowl for $6.99. It was in pretty good condition. 
 I also scored these Termocrisa bowls for $1.49 each. I already have three of the green bowls, so that's virtually a set!
 Alright, in a moment of thrifting weakness, my husband and I decided that we were overdue a trip to the gigantic Southwarks Antiques in Cambridge. It was there that I found this Pyrex Ponderosa mug. I have so many happy childhood memories of going to the Ponderosa steakhouse that I told myself that if I ever find it, I will plunk down the money. Gulp, it cost $9.00, but I do love it. 
 My most extravagant piece was this $22.00 Horizon Blue casserole dish. I love it. 

 Above and below: a Daisy casserole dish that cost $12.00. So much happiness and sunshine in one dish!

 This Friendship casserole dish will go nicely with my other Friendship pieces. It has some tiny scuffs, but generally worth the weird price of $13.50. 

 More childhood nostalgia: We had a wooden snack dish that was very similar to this, hanging on our kitchen wall when I was a kid. I still have it and I've collected a few more of these over the year. Sorry about the harsh sunlight. Old man winter is just around the corner. 
 I quite like the Shenandoan Pyrex pattern. When you're shopping at Southwarks, the staff keep walking by and take your collectables to the front desk. I ended up finding the larger size dish for less than the small dish that a different vendor was selling. The woman at the cash pointed this out, so I split up the vendor's set and got a deal. Hey, business is business. The small dish cost $10.50 and the large one cost $10.00. 
Lastly, I couldn't resist this Red Rose coffee tin for $9.00. Red Rose is a Canadian tea company. I had no idea that they once sold coffee too. 

I will try to get the Pyrex pics on the Pyrex Collective soon. 

Bye for now,

Saturday, November 3, 2012

That's Life

I'm a lumberjack... Duncan poses for a Halloween picture after a night of soggy trick or treating. This costume cost $1.99 for the axe. My sister donated the beard and the rest came from stuff we already had. 

A couple of posts ago, I introduced our new cat Lily. Sadly, Lily became very sick a couple of weeks ago and had to be put down. She was only two years old, but she was a tiny cat and they think she died of a feline virus FIP. Our older cat Kiko thankfully seems healthy, but we're going to wait until we get another cat. You are supposed to wait at least a month in order for your other cat(s) to excrete any remnants of a virus they have fought off. It's all rather strange how it happened, but we don't know Lily's history. We never have let our cats outdoors and up until Spook became sick in the summer, we've never had any health problems. It was hard saying goodbye to a cat we'd only had for such a short period of time, but at least she's not suffering. We gave her a good home for her final days and we'll look to help out another cat in need as soon as we know it won't be at risk of contracting a virus. 

I've been trying to look for cool things in the thrift stores and unfortunately, I've only come across scuffed Pyrex and nothing else of interest. I'm hoping to start going to antique dealers soon. Speaking of dealers, has anyone seen Salvage Hunters on Discovery? It's like American/Canadian Pickers, but set in England. The treasures are generally older, the scenery is gorgeous and the production values are more understated. 

Here is a not-so great quality clip. We watch it on Friday nights at 9 p.m. 

Here's the great Stan Ridgway singing Mission in Life. I love the lyrics. 

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I'm a slightly off-beat Toronto-area teacher who enjoys writing and photography. I come from a family of collectors and now I'm dragging my own family around to yard sales. It's just a bit of fun. Enjoy the scenes.