Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's Vintage Thrifty Thursday!

I'm happy to be joining everyone again for Thrifty Thursday. You can check out all the thrifty finds at Leigh's blog:

http://lbratina.blogspot.com/2009/08/thrifty-thursday-31-and-tablescape.html

I'm also joining Vintage Thingies Thursdays for the first time. You can link to that great party at:

http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/2009/08/vintage-thingies-thursday-bears-need.html

Thanks to both ladies for hosting these fun parties!

For those of you that have been following my blog, you have probably gathered from my previous posts and pictures that I love vintage items. I hit the jackpot this past couple of weeks with some vintage (yet thrifty) finds.

Typewriter: FREE
I found it at a thrift store with no price tag and the woman working said I could have it for free because "nobody wants those old typewriters anymore"! I will be using the keys and other parts for some of my projects.
My second vintage thrifty find is actually a part of the FREE typewriter (yes I had to capitalize that again!!). As I was unwinding the typewriter ribbon that was still in the typewriter, I noticed it had a great patina and thought it could be used in a project down the line. So I wrapped it around an old spool I had on hand, tied a bow around it and added a hat pin (from friends of my mother). Doesn't it look great on it's own?
I have an ever growing collection of vintage alarm clocks and today I found this one on the shelf at the local thrift store.....$3.98!!! This was a rare find for a thrift store and it totally made my day.
I love these old bottles!! I found the Vanilla bottle at a thrift store and paid $5.00 for it. The other apothecary bottle I found at an antique store. It was marked $9.00. I didn't think that was a bad price for a vintage bottle but then the owner told me everything in the store was 40% off so I ended up paying $5.40. This last little treasure cost 79 cents. I paid 50 cents for the little silver plated tray and 29 cents for the candle globe that I turned upside down for use as a small cloche. I added one of my snowman creations for this picture.That's it for this week. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. I'll be visiting all of the participants in this weeks parties to see what thrifty and vintage things you found.

32 comments:

  1. Have I told you that you inspire me? I beleive I have. Smile. Each time I come here-inspiration. I LOVE all of your projects. My friends mom had a typewriter like that. Why didnt I think to buy it from her at her estate sale. Maybe it didnt sell...crossing fingers.
    Thanks!
    What great thrifty treasures you have shared today! Thanks for linking up, my friend!
    Hugs!
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    lbratina.blogspot.com

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  2. I can't believe that they gave it to you for free! So COOL!

    Love the bottles and am jealous over that clock.

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  3. Jane,
    A free typewriter...are ya kidding me!?! I grab every typewriter I can get my little grubby hands on! I have one of my faves on display and three that are in various stages of 'now what?' projects. I like you! :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  4. Ya wanna know what I think? I think you're the luckiest gal!!! You better go buy some Powerball tickets girl...you are on a roll! And to get things for FREE? That's a bonus!!!
    Can I tell you that I'm jealous? I am. VERY! ;)))
    Enjoy all of your goodies girl, I'm sure you will put them in an awesome creation! Can't wait to see!!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!!!
    everything vintage

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  5. You got some great deals, and free is always good.

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  6. What great finds...I love the mini cloche idea!

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  7. Oh, I really like those old bottles and the clock too! You found some really great things for great prices.

    Happy VTT!

    Kristine

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  8. Jane, it's just not fair! A FREE typewriter!?!?! and you're right the ribbon looks great on that spool finished off by the hat pin. I need to shop where you shop. Oh that's right, we'd probably fight over everything. Well, thanks for sharing your wonderful finds and making me insanely jealous.

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  9. Jane, I think it's a great idea to separate the typewriter into different parts to use in your creations. I love old typewriters but there really are so many out there that you get used to seeing them. This will give a great new perspective to it.
    Dawn

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  10. Welcome to VTT - I love your great finds - I think that typewriter is identical to the one I typed many a term paper on in high school - what did we ever do without computers!
    Cheers!

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  11. I love old typewriters. Can't wait to see what you do with it. That clock would look fabulous at my house, does it have a sister? Ha ha

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  12. Thanks for the kind comments...i just love your idea of using the candle globe upside down - very clever...I'll be back!

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  13. What a great week you had! Such great treasures. This is my first time participating in VTT. Please stop by and visit -
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  14. Free! Hello darling! Hang on to that girl! I have a post coming about the one I found at the longest yard sale and a story behind it. They have some very neat things used with those keys. I cant wait to see what pretty you come up with!

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  15. What great bargains! Score on the typewriter!

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  16. A great line-up of fun things. Love what you did with the extra typewriter ribbon. Very creative.

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  17. I am in drooly lust over everything you have this week!

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  18. What amazing finds, and I have been really inspired by some of your ideas. I have enjoyed my visit today, and am so glad you joined in today. Have a great VTT!

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  19. Love your bottles the best--what a find. Love your typewriter too, but please heed my warning: BE CAREFUL HOW YOU PICK IT UP! Those things are HEAVY!! I had one I was selling (at www.roomwithapast.com). I picked it up to move it in my booth, and ended up with sciatica for 6 months!!!!!!

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  20. WOW what FAB finds!!..i love that old typewriter and the way you've wound the old ribbon on a wooden spool..verry clever!!..i also love to collect old bottles AND my fav is that SWEET little clock!!..btw welcome to VTT hope to see you again next week :)

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  21. It is amazing that you found all those great items. You really made a haul on that trip. Great VTT post. I was so pleased you left a comment. Try to come again next Tuesday, 9-1.

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  22. OHHH I love that Alarm clock. I totally would have snatched up the free typewriter and that clock. Great finds!

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  23. Oooo, I love the cloche and tray, How gorgeous it is. Happy VTT and welcome. Have a wonderful weekend..see you next Thursday.

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  24. Wow! Great find on the typewriter and clever idea with the ribbon! Happy Thursday!

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  25. Hello Jane,

    Love the Big Ben! I have been in search of one for a while and have yet to find one while thrifting! Lucky you!

    Sherrie

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  26. You are always finding the coolest stuff! I'm so glad that you share it withall of us. I love the clock.
    Hugs,
    June

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  27. You find great stuff. Love free!!!!

    Ally

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  28. I love the old typewriter. Somehow I feel a bit sad that it is going to be giving it's all for a craft project or two - - -

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  29. I tried to find the medicine or ingredient that might have been in the bigger bottle---it seems to be "radumen" or "ralumen" even Google has nothing on either word as a medicine.

    However, rallumen translated from French is "revive" or "rekindle"---so it could perhaps be a Vintage Version of Viagra? Just thinkin'.

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  30. AHHHH, Jane! I now see the P and the "dot"---I took it for a fancy RRRRRR before!!!

    And I meant to mention the typewriter---I, too, love its noble, battered lines. When I see one of those, I think of the old Black and White movies where Clark Gable has a midnight deadline, and he's typing madly to get the story out, his tie askew and a mouth-corner Camel sending a ribbon of smoke up into one squinted eye as he pounds the keys.

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  31. I think that typewriter ribbon did have a lovely patina - such a great eye you have for the details like that. I adore typewriter keys - I'm so happy you will be spreading the love :)

    Kristin - The Goat

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  32. "That's it for this week."?? That's a FABULOUS week! :-) Sorry I'm a little late to the game...I've been a bit under the weather. But I'm feeling much better after seeing your finds! And a bit jealous, but that's OK. :-) Thanks for your comment on my post...and I agree: Think of the money I'd have saved if I was this thrifty all my life!!

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Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoy reading all of your comments!