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On thrifting and finding the junky grail by accident. |

On thrifting and finding the junky grail by accident.

Since having Paul, I’ve all but given up trifting. (gasp, I know, the horror)

My November and December was consumed with Ugly Christmas Sweater shopping and selling, then Paul came around January 13th. I just lost all desire to go thrifting. Finding and selling over 200 ugly sweaters in the midst of having a baby will do that to a gal.

But this weekend, I found myself with exactly one glorious hour while the kids were napping, before I had to start dinner. I quickly jumped into the car and headed to the closest thrift store to my house. I don’t particularly love this shop for many reasons, one being it hasn’t produced much stuff I’ve deemed worth bringing home with me.

But on Saturday afternoon, around 4:30 pm, everything changed. Are you ready for this?

I walked in and immediately saw this guy.

He's begging me to take him home.

And no, he would not be coming home with me. Cool, but not cool enough.

When I shop this particular store, I have a “route” around the shop. First I hit up the kids clothes. I found this most amazing little dress for Piper. I didn’t know if she would be game to wearing it, but decided to take the gamble. Luckily, she loved it!


It’s an adorable red, white, and blue number with brass buttons on the chest, and a sash tie at the waist. I love the little men in old-schooly bikes that adorn the top.


Price Tag: $1.83

Next up, I move to the women’s clothes and accessories. I found a few things:

From L-R:
Mustard colored JCrew tunic top ($2.83), Plastic by Gly jeans ($6.83, valued at $90), JCrew cardigan ($4.83)

I also found this really cool vintage woven clutch in absolute perfect condition. Michael said it made him hungry because it looks like a taco, but whatever, he’s a dude and everything makes him hungry.

The photo doesn’t do it justice, it’s really SO! MUCH! BETTER! in person.



Price Tag: $2.83 (I know, their pricing is so wonky)

And then I unassumingly stumbled onto the grail of the haul.

This tray:


Price Tag: $1.01

I almost didn’t buy it, because I could see myself bringing it home and Michael rolling his eyes at yet another serving tray to clutter up the kitchen. But for only a dollar, I decided to get it anyway. It had a fun design on it, and thought it was a prefect tray to serve burgers on in the summer.

When I got home, I did what I always do with my vintage finds, got on google and did some label and brand searching. The stamp on the back of the try is “boltabest”. My search immediately turned up good news. This particular mid century try is from the 1950’s, and was designed by the famous architect Bernard Rudofsky. The name of the design is “wheels” and it’s stamped no. 297.

At auction, it could easily fetch $300.

Friends, this is exactly why I thrift. For the thrill of spending a dollar, and coming home with a rare piece of mid century history.

My friend Katy asked me yesterday if I’m really going to serve burgers on it, now that I know it’s value. Answer: heck yeah I am! And no, I’m not going to sell it.

Thirfting hauls like this are not typical, although not unheard of either. I’ve found some really amazing finds over the years, but I’ve also walked away nothing in hand.

Have you found any treasures lately? Even tiny small ones? I would love to hear!

Linking up with Simple Design. Because that’s where the junky fun is happening today.






  1. I LOVE that tray! You got some smokin’ deals lady!!


  2. that tray is awesome. i don’t thrift nearly enough…or really at all, but hauls like that make me wish i did. occasionally i do troll garage sales, and my favorite find was a midcentury lounge chair with ottoman. it wasn’t cheap–i offered $250 expecting to get shot down, but ended up taking it home. found out its designer later and saw similar chairs going for upwards of $900-$1000 on ebay. i totally kept it, and have no plans of selling 🙂
    sarah recently posted..25 Weeks: I’m not Faking…Promise


  3. great deals!! love piper’s dress. i like thrifting and yard sale-ing. haven’t been in quite a while, though.


  4. What awesome finds! Love the tray – even if it wasn’t all fancy schmancy – it’s too cool!


  5. Way fun!!


  6. Okay, it does look like a taco! 😉 But it’s still awesome.

    And WOW on that tray – what a find!


  7. Oh, I LOVE stories like this. I would love to go thrifting with you.



  8. I want Piper’s dress…for myself.

    Also, my mom the thrifter/eBay seller died a little inside when I told her you weren’t selling the tray. hee hee hee.
    heather… recently posted..Speak Softly And Yadda Yadda Yadda


  9. Yah, you rock. Great finds!! My best find was the Schwinn I scored for $10! 🙂
    Shannon recently posted..she didn’t want to leave!


  10. AND…I love Piper’s outfit!!
    Shannon recently posted..she didn’t want to leave!


  11. Meygann says:

    What a great list of finds here! Actually, they are all awesome, especially the dress of Piper.. I hope I can find great things like these too..
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  12. You’re my thrifting hero. All such amazing finds! Super peeked for you about that tray and the dress is adorable. Glad Piper liked it!


  13. Sarah G says:

    Oh geez. I thought I got a deal when I got Rue at dress & pant combo for $7 at Target. I gotta know where you are thrifting.


  14. FUN! I love the tray AND the taco purse! Nice finds!
    bessie.viola recently posted..real


  15. One trip to our local thrift store and $25 later I walked out with one king size top sheet and everything else we needed to make a little girls tea party. Cups & saucers, pretty flowered dishes, even a tiny teapot that they can actually lift when full. I love the mismatch of it all and the girls LOVE playing tea party!
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  16. love the tray.

    a friend once had a tea party for her daughter’s bday party. went thrifting and found great sets for each of the girls to use at the party – then each got to take hers home as a party gift. It was super cheap and a great thing for the girls to bring home.

    i really haven’t found crap lately – a few cute pieces of summer clothes for me, which were very much needed, but no profound deals yet.
    Katie recently posted..It’s how we roll.


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