Whenever I drop by my favorite thrift shops, I always make a beeline for the housewares section.
What am I searching for? Pretty and dainty teacup saucers. The ones I pick up are usually orphans (i.e. no matching teacup). I love delicate florals. Soft and muted or sometimes bold and saturated, the colors have to speak to me. I also pay close attention to the saucers’ edges — sometimes gilded, sometimes scalloped, sometimes smooth and round. What seals the deal is when I turn over the saucer and read the information on the back.”Bone China” “Made in England” “Made in France” From 50 cents to $1.99, these are affordable indulgences to add to my collection.
The muted colors often inspire my hoop art designs or felt flowers colorways. Yes, vintage-inspired is totally my style.
I love to use the teacup saucers as mini trays to display my hoop art and flowers, which is perfect because the colors complement each other.
When I’m not using them as photo props, they make a great catchall for small objects like paper clips, pins or tags.
What do you like to collect at thrift stores? Is there one thing that you always look for?
Here’s the thing. I love thrifting. I’m always down for a quick trip to a thrift store. Of course, a quick trip usually turns into a leisurely stroll down the aisles in search of hidden treasures (that is, if I’m without kids. With kids, things are more rushed and I usually end up spending most of time in the toy aisle trying to convince my youngest daughter that we don’t need another stuffed animal/toy kitchen/etc.)
The next best thing to browsing my favorite thrift store in person is browsing the vintage shops on Etsy! I am especially drawn to those shops who create a visual story with their vintage pieces. Shops like becaruns and msjeannieology impress with their clever styling and eye-pleasing photos.
Today, I wanted to share a piece that I picked up from Etsy more than a year ago. It was a post-Christmas present to myself. I remember browsing Etsy from my iPhone while my family and I were driving back from our Christmas trip to Ashland, Oregon. The candy red bird caught my eye and I had to have it. I literally ordered it while on the road. Not only is this wooden bird adorable, it has function! A place to store scissors and bobbins and needles too. Add the history of the piece and what little hands may have learned how to sew or cut or craft with this little red bird as their companion and I was sold.
Vintage Folk Art Sewing Caddy from fallaloft
Photo by fallaloft
To read more about my past thrifty finds, go here.