Thrifter Share

A post to share your thrifted finds, whether you plan to keep them, sell them or give them, share them here first.

Well Labor Day snuck right up on me, and before I knew it I’d missed posting thrifter share, whoops. I guess the end of summer is just so busy around here it didn’t really occur to me that I needed to post on Sunday night even if the kids are going to be home the next day. Sure, summer was like that just 3 short weeks ago but how quickly I picked up the rhythm of the school year.

I found the coolest game that I think we’re going to keep, 221 B Baker Street.

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An old Sherlock Holmes game with different mysteries you have to solve. thriftermakerfixerfarm.comIt actually came with 2 extra ‘sets’ of mysteries and you can buy more on ebay, if you’re inclined to that is. I think we’ll play it and see if we like it before we decide to keep it, and definitely we’ll have to like it before we buy more mysteries.


I also grabbed up these old fashioned 3D glasses. thriftermakerfixerfarm.comThe ones you get nowadays in theaters are not like these, they’re more like sunglasses not red and blue lenses. I figured these would sell well on etsy or ebay. Someone, somewhere will need them for a prop, I’ll be putting them in the easy shop this week.

If you have kids heading back to school you might want to check out the post I wrote over at Hey What’s for Dinner Mom? about the refillable yogurt tubes we’ve been using in lunches for a few weeks now. We love them!

So what did you spend your pennies on? Show and tell time!

Thrifter Share

A post to share your thrifted finds, whether you plan to keep them, sell them or give them, share them here first.

Well you all are NO help whatsoever, I was seriously hoping for a positive ID on the candy dish/covered compote that may or may not be a Dorothy Thorpe. HA! It’s ok, I know someday someone will read that post and say “hey that dish IS a Dorothy Thorpe!” and then I’ll know. I guess it probably doesn’t matter right now, because I’m keeping it, for now anyway.

I’m getting into my ‘kids are in school’ groove, I drop them off, clean the house, work online for a bit, work on projects, work outside, exercise and go pick them up. I hit up the local thrift stores once or twice a week. I only plan on listing a few things on ebay and etsy because I have some bigger projects I’m working on, I’ll share when I’m a little farther along on them.

I found this fetching little creamer thrifter share thriftermakerfixerfarm.comthrifter share
at one of the local stores. I love the simple  orange poppy on it, poppies feel slightly art nouveau-ish to me. Not this one in particular but usually they do and I kind of love them. This piece is NOT for me however, I’m going to donate it to our school for our monthly coffee get together. I always forget to bring a cream pitcher and usually end up using a mason jar, it will be nice to have a dedicated pitcher already at school.

My son found this Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest Chess Set, in absolutely perfect condition.

thrifter share thriftermakerfixerfarm.comIt had never been played with or even take out of the box. I like it because each piece is labeled and I don’t have to remember who is who. thrifter share thriftermakerfixerfarm.comI finally have the moves each piece makes but when they change shape with a new theme, I struggle. And when I struggle with who is who, I lose. Oh who am I kidding my eight year beats me, my ten year old can’t bear to play with me, the twenty one year old and my husband just roll their eyes when I say “I’ll play chess with you”, so yeah I’m pretty lame no matter what.

And I spent an unfortunate, inordinate amount of time trying to get one good profile head shot for one of the I-can’t-tell-you-about-it-yet projects I’m working on. 75% of the problem was me, feeling under the microscope, 20% was operator failure on the camera end and the other 5% was the dog, who kept approaching offering to get me dirty and slimy. Mastiffs are a damn needy breed. I think we finally got a decent shot (out of 300!!) and both the shirt AND the sweater were bought at the second hand store.

thrifter share thriftermakerfixerfarm.comMy hair is totally out of control in the unusual humidity, but it finally rained tonight, so maybe that sweaty bit of life is over?

Link it up people, show me what you’ve got! And make sure to follow the board on pinterest. And visit all the the thrifting geniuses who are smart enough to link up.

Thrifter Share Mid Mod Mystery

A post to share your thrifted finds, whether you plan to keep them, sell them or give them share them here first.

{Our router died last week, with school starting I decided to NOT run right out and buy one but to wait for the kids to get in school and take care of the problem after I made sure their transition was smooth. It was great for them but mine was a bit rough, I have a hard time changing gears. I’m better now and I consoled myself with thrifting, so consider yourself warned.}

I’ve got a bit of a mystery to solve today and I need your help. What is this?

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I first saw this a week or two ago shoved in the back of the glassware shelves of a local thrift store. I thought hmm pretty and moved on, I’m so used to absolutely everything worth a hoot being separated out, eBay priced and sent to the specials shelves, I hardly bothered to look closely. When it was still there a week later I slowed down and looked closely.

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It just felt lovely and definitely mid century modern so I did a quick search for silver rimmed candy dish. About a gazillion hits for Dorothy Thorpe silver rimmed compote came up, had I actually found something great? I already had it in my basket and decided I get it and do more research from home, I HATE being THAT person googling in the thrift store.

Once I got home I dug a little deeper and found out that Dorothy Thorpe made a name for herself by buying plain glassware and etching it or painting it with sliver bands of sterling sliver or platinum. She’s known to have signed most of her work with a DT, mine is not signed, although I also read that she signed her etchings and not necessarily her silver band pieces. What I do know is that her pieces all had a fairly clear line of definition, no fading or ombre on her pieces, those were most likely Queens Lusterware, I think, um maybe.

So what do I have? I don’t really know. It is silver though, I do know that because I polished it up a bit.Mid Mod Mystery thrifter/maker/fixer/

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Some of the producers of silver band pieces didn’t use silver, Dorothy Thorpe seems to have used the real deal. So maybe yes Dorothy Thorpe? Replacements LTD seems to think it’s a yay. And if I went by eBay sellers I’d definitely be calling this a DT but you can’t trust eBay search results because many sellers see one person call it a famous name and then everyone does it too. Hello confusion!

Anybody have any personal experience? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic. Opinions are also accepted!


Thrifter Share Pillow Talk Edition

A post to share your thrifted finds whether you plan to sell them, keep them or give them, share them here first.

Pillows. Yes I buy them. And when they look like thisWindows Phone_20140803_21_46_22_Pro__highres I push little old ladies down, snatch the pillows up and cackle gleefully. Ok, I lie, I never push little old ladies down but I do snatch adorable hand embroidered pillows right out from in front of them, especially when they weren’t even aware said pillows existed. I swear she wasn’t even looking at them, she was looking at something hanging above them and deciding if the wind chime was worth her time and I happened to be right next here and help myself to something in front of her. I felt only a little bad but she didn’t even seem to notice me, she was seriously intent on some awesome seagull wind chimes.

These gorgeous old pillows came home with me because hello kitsch!, hello vintage Alaska! and hello handmade! I had to have them. First I put them in the freezer though because ew what if they had bugs? So I popped them in the freezer for 2 or 3 days to kill of anything that might be living in them, there was no way I was going to wash them and risk running colors of doom and destruction. I pulled them out, let them thaw and put them to use. I wasn’t too worried about them having any bugs though because they were in a large cardboard barrel wrapped in plastic bags, as if packed away lovingly by the owner 20-30 years ago when they no longer fit her style. I’m glad I found them, I think they are lovely. thrifter share

thrifter share thriftermakerfixerfarm.comthrifter share This map Alaska has been used a LOT, seriously I’ve never seen felt get so worn and almost pilled. I love the details on it too. The Willow Ptarmigan(state bird), oil fields of the North Slope, Forget-Me-Nots, Walrus, The Yukon it’s all here and plus a funky yellow dog which I think must be a fox?thrifter share thriftermakerfixerfarm.comthrifter share thriftermakerfixerfarm.comWindows Phone_20140803_21_44_30_Prothrifter share Anyway they now live happily on my chairs except my kids have the audacity to use them, that’s like using the nice guest hand towel in the bathroom before guests arrive, but apparently they din’t get that memo because these pillows get loved and used daily. I almost want to be grumpy about it but they were meant to be used so I kind of like that fact that they use them, I guess I’m torn.

What awesomeness did you find this week?? Share away and go visit the other thrifting linkers!

Thrifter Share

A post to share your thrifted finds, whether you plan to keep them, give them or sell them, share them here first.

A busy week after our fishing trip found me only able to get out to the thrift store once this week, so I made the best of it before the kids rebelled.

I found a fall jacket thrifter share which I love. I’ve been looking for a quilted barn coat for quite a while now and this one was exactly what I wanted. The length is perfect, the sleeves are long enough for my extra long arms and it will carry me happily through the fall season. I was pretty much sold once I saw this tag though, thrifter share thriftermakerfixerfarm.comit means this coat will last more than one season.

I also grabbed this moisture wicking exercise shirt,thrifter share these are designed to keep you cool and keep the moisture off you where as cotton gets damp and stays damp. I really liked the color of this one and I think it will be a nice addition to my ratty tatty exercise clothes.

This vasethrifter share seemed almost prefect for holding big bulbous dahlias who can tip over taller or less sturdy vases with their bulk. I like the way it looks, feels slightly mid-century modern to me, looking up mcm vases it has similar lines. Is it mcm? I don’t know, I’m no expert.


Dippnetting, Trip Report and Better Next Time

One of the early concepts for this blog was that it would be a place where we could review our yearly rhythm, and make notes on how it went well, and how to do it better next time. The concept grew beyond that point, but the idea keeps coming back to me. So in honor of that here is our dipnetting report and notes on improvement.

Dipnetting is, I think, a uniquely Alaskan thing. It is just what it sounds like. You stand at the shore, hold your net in the water and hopefully catch whatever fish is coming upstream. There’s simply not enough time in the hectic rush of summer to stand around with a fishing pole day after day, and get one or two salmon. When you need a full freezer, it’s much better to stand chest deep in the ocean with a net, and limit out on 55 fish in a couple days. We came in at a much more modest 20, but that’s still a good haul.

Del caught his first salmon with a standard scoop net, which is a pretty impressive feat, as that’s not really what it’s meant for.

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We have been refining our gear list for a while and are pretty close to having it down. This year we had a large tent for sleeping, and a latrine tent, waders for each of the boys and a net and waders between Laura and I. We had ample food and good fish storage.

Things that were noticeably missing were band aids, a sled to more easily move the fish cooler. Also we need another set of waders so Laura and I can each fish, and another full sized net, some net extenders (in the dipnetting game, the longest net gets the most fish) and a better kid sized one.

Thrifter Share

A place to share your thrifted finds, whether you plan to keep them, sell them or give them, share them here first!

Ok CONFESSION time I was gone a lot of last week, I’ve barely been online at all since Tuesday and I’m exhausted. I haven’t visited anyone who linked up last week, BUT I will, now that I’m home and I SEE there are linked up thrifters I am on it. Tomorrow of course because I am banging this out at 11:30 at night and like I said I’m exhausted.

We headed out dip netting last week, trying to catch our yearly salmon in one fell swoop. We did pretty good, we got 20 red salmon, although we could have caught a total of 55 fish that’s just too much to to process and eat on one year. Believe me salmon in March makes kids cry, we want our kids to LOVE salmon so we learned early on to never get TOO many or we’ll just be wasteful or punishing kids. If you’re interested in dip netting we’re going to post about in a few days bust the basic concept is this: you stand in the ocean up to your chest, you hold a 5 foot round net on a 6-16 foot handle and try to scoop fish as they start their run up the river to spawn. It’s great fun, a little dangerous and if you’re smart and play your cards right you can get a freezer full of fish to eat all winter in just a few short days.

But enough of thrifty eating lets talk thrifting! I found utilitarian goodies this week like hiking poles!

thrifter share thriftermakerfixerfarm.comA friend said I needed a pair for hiking up in the mountains and when I looked into them they were 45 bucks for a set, wow. I knew  I needed them for a particular trail I wanted to hike but had trouble spending forty five bucks on glorified ski poles. Good thing I held off because I found a pair for 8 bucks! EIGHT BUCKS and if they are useless I’m only out eight bucks and I bet I could sell them for that much and probably more.

And my other great purchase was this nice big HUGE dehydrator. Windows Phone_20140720_22_52_17_ProWindows Phone_20140720_22_52_27_ProEight trays, variable heat, variable fan speed, eight fruit leather trays and eight trays with small openings. I am going to dehydrate everything that stands still long enough for me to get ahold of it. We’re talking fruit leather, rhubarb, peach, nectarine, cherry! Dried peaches and nectarines. All the herbs I can cram in it and hopeful another batch of celery/carrot fruit starter. I can finally try the jerky maker too.

What are you spending your pennies on?