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?

Thrifter Share

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

Last week’s thrifter share kind of blew me out of the water, what an amazing find we hauled in, a ShopSmith right here, right now in our garage! Kind of amazing to think we now have the capability to make just about anything we want to, um except what do we want to make??? That’s the biggest question. I guess it’s best answered by HOW THE HELL do we run this thing and make it do all the cool stuff we want it to. It’s pretty nifty though because it comes with a step by step manual and walks you through several projects all the while teaching you each and every tool, and how to use them all.

My finds, not as exciting or as excellent, are more my speed and I don’t have to figure out how to use them. Well one, maybe I might need to figure it out, I’ll let you guess which one it is.

Adorable hand made doorknob decorations, 4

1 oddball. thriftermakerfixerfarm.comProbably for sale, we’ll see, they’re not my style but they’re vintage, handmade and kitschy which are all my style.

Little pair of wooden perfect, PERFECT for leaving St. Nicholas a little something something on December 5th. Definitely for sale we have our own pair already.

And this awesome and slightly freaky Hansel and Gretel Cake Pan, the Hexenhaus. thriftermakerfixerfarm.comA stand up baking pan that clamps together, I’ll need to translate the recipe and directions to figure this thing out. Pretty cool though. 

What are you spending your pennies on?

The Love List

I was mucking out the pig pen today, NOT on the love list, when I got this crazy idea to write up a list of things I LOVE. It was probably to offset the fact that I was scooping manure from animals who were actively trying to eat my rubber boots, NOT MY WELLINGTONS!, and I needed to be in a happy place. I started thinking about what I was loving right now about life and voila in 5 more minutes I was done and I wondered where the spent working went. To happier thoughts my friends, to happier thoughts.

Do I need to say that pretty much each and every one of these is pretty dang thrifty or delivers a really big bang for your buck? Ok well consider yourself warned and also you’ve been warned that there is an affiliate link in here too!

  1. hiking with my kids-almost free, so thrifty which rules, AND the exercise beats the 3.5 miles I’m running a couple times a week these days-I mean to say I am sore in places I didn’t know I could be sore–and the time spent on good and happy things like being with my kids offsets any muscle aches or fears of plummeting to our deathhiking with kids and the views aren’t half bad eitherhiking with kids
  2. this Contech Motion Activated sprinkler to keep the cats out of my gardenmotion detector sprinklerMOTION ACTIVATED AND HEAT SENSOR means it can differentiate between a cat and broccoli plants waving in the wind–I bought this baby for myself, this is an affiliate link to Amazon where I bought mine, IT WORKS [if you happen to click through and purchase an item I have linked to we earn a small amount of money]
  3. this concealer/highlighter in Ivory from Maybelline dream-lumi-concealer_pack-shot-cropjust a few touches and dash of mascara and I look 10x more awake and refreshed, which leads to feeling beautiful
  4. learned about it from maskcara–I love her blog, no two ways about it-not only is she beautiful in and out, but her tutorials are spot on, she’s funny and she reviews everything
  5. Our local Hair Academy Shear Fire Design has a amazing new deal going onShear Fire–I WANT THEM ALL-can you imagine all the waxing you need every month? my eyebrows would never be feral again!
  6. this skirt I thrifted a few months backthrifted skirt–I love it I wear it every morning and every night switching to jeans most days for heavy duty work–it’s so light it practically floats around me
  7. I’m pretty much going to join the dollar shave club, seriously never running out of razors during the summer would be the best, and no tossing the WHOLE thing, which is so wasteful, with these just the blades go–and I love their shaving lotion, it’s non-aresol! And the plans start at a BUCK A MONTH–the heck you say???
  8. Tree Things–yup a fruit truck that delivers fresh fruit to Alaska every three weeks, no more fruit from the store just stock up and chow down-enough said

8 seems like a good stopping point for all the happy lovely thrifty things I was thinking of while the pigs tried to eat me. Ok, fine, just my boots but still. Enjoy the Love List.