Secondhand Love

28 Oct
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:

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My fun kitchen gadgets. I use the hand mixer ALL the time!

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My collection of cookie cutters. I even found the set of red ones in the box (at the back)

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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!

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More fun stuff to bake in and use - a mixture of new and old

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Old Tupperware - like the old Pyrex, it's almost indestructible!

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Serving ware I love the Serv-a-Snack kit!

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My gorgeous glasses! Old glass is really thick or really dainty - but I love the excellent quality.

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A fraction of my vintage cookbook collection

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A handwritten page from a recipe book I "adopted"

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Interesting vintage china originally purchased to use for the centerpieces at our wedding

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More vintage china - I love the art deco-esque salt and pepper shakers!

 And now a few more fun finds:

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Some of my favorite vintage records

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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!

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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! 🙂

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