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.
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:
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.
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!
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