I loooooove shopping secondhand. Craigslist, Ebay, Etsy, Swap Meets, Thrift Stores, Garage Sales… 75% of my furniture was purchased (or scrounged) secondhand and I find some of my favorite gifts – for other people as well as myself! – in secondhand places. I just can’t help myself – antiques, even mid-century ones, tend to be better-made (and more durable), more beautiful, and more creative than a lot of what is available in stores today. If I had hundreds of dollars, I would decorate my whole house in beautiful, old, eclectic pieces (as it is, it’s a pretty strange mix of what I could find when I needed it).
I am often drawn to certain things – I love kitchen gadgets and fun cook- and serve-ware, old cookbooks, records, and holiday goodies. I also have an eye for vintage jewelry – but not the budget! Here are some of my favorite finds!
First up, kitchen goodies:
My fun kitchen gadgets. I use the hand mixer ALL the time!
My collection of cookie cutters. I even found the set of red ones in the box (at the back)
My pyrex collection. Actually this is only about 80% of my Pyrex collection. I love Pyrex. You can almost never break these, and we use them constantly!
More fun stuff to bake in and use - a mixture of new and old
Old Tupperware - like the old Pyrex, it's almost indestructible!
Serving ware I love the Serv-a-Snack kit!
My gorgeous glasses! Old glass is really thick or really dainty - but I love the excellent quality.
A fraction of my vintage cookbook collection
A handwritten page from a recipe book I "adopted"
Interesting vintage china originally purchased to use for the centerpieces at our wedding
More vintage china - I love the art deco-esque salt and pepper shakers!
And now a few more fun finds:
Some of my favorite vintage records
Fun kids' records! Kids' records are really hard to find because they usually get scratched up... To find them in good condition and not marked up to stupid prices by a collector is a feat!
Some of my newer Christmas finds - we've also found an awesome 3-foot light up Santa (yes, I adore it's cheesiness) and a ton of other excellent Christmas swag, as well as fun bits and pieces for other holidays too!
Yes, this was merely a self-indulgent post, but it makes me smile! 🙂