Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lunchtime Pickings

 I haven't been photographing the junk like I should lately, mostly because my work table is a mess with trying to get things photographed and listed.  This was a lunch stop at The Bins yesterday.
 The Santa's noses are all a little "sooty", undoubtedly from all those trips up and down the chimney.  I have about 45 minutes to shop when I stop over there at lunch time.  I was noticing some of the "full-timer's" shopping carts, piled high with goodies.  I was really quite amazed at what some of them had accumulated with the time to wait there for bin after bin to come out.
 I dug but couldn't find the little poker chips to go with the Bakelite holder.  It is a smaller size and I thought it would be fun to use like a piggy bank.  Quarters fit in it perfectly.  The ugly ornament is made from a tea ball.  I have a similar one that was in my Mother's Christmas stuff.  I have been saving it all these years in case my office had another Ugly Christmas Ornament contest.  Now I am double prepared.  I really hope I don't find a third one.
This wicker purse has a broken handle.  I will try to repair it, but if I can't I am happy to remove the velvet strawberries and peas.  I have never seen the peas before.
Here is a lame-junker story.  I spotted another train case, similar to the one I recently rescued.  My arms were completely full because I generally start out with just a shopping bag and not a cart, until I see if I need one.  The carts can make it really hard to navigate in the tight quarters.  Well, I headed up to the front to get a cart.  On my way back I got distracted by another bin and totally forgot to go back and grab the train case.  ARGH!  I hope someone else rescued it!!
Oh a different note, The Husband introduced a new line in his Etsy shop this week.  He has made shaving sets, razor and brushes for a while.  The razors are the modern type and there has been a recent resurgence in popularity for the old-school safety razor style so he added them to his line.  If you haven't visited his shop before, he makes a lot of great gifts for men.  There is always a link over on my sidebar.
**********************UPDATE!************************
Sue from Serendipity Vintage has educated me that my little poker chip holder is probably a thread holder.  Makes perfect sense and I see it from a whole new perspective now.  Thank you, Sue!

13 comments:

Sue at Serendipity said...

Hi! Sue from Serendipity here and I just wanted to say that the small poker chip holder may be a thread holder instead. I have several in different colors and I really like to stack the small spools of silk thread in them although larger ones work too-enjoy your posts about the treasures you find! Thank you for sharing!

Art and Sand said...

You amaze me with all the fun things you find!

Annette said...

Your husbands' razor is very cool. I am so jealous of your finding a red container. I spent last night on etsy and ebay looking for one. I found one but just couldn't justify the price. I learned they are actually made to hold thread spools. If you ever decide to sell it I am interested.

Laurie said...

I am in love with those little pea pods!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You sure know how to spend your lunch hour wisely; who needs food anyway. Love those Santa mugs and the purse. an ugly ornament exchange sounds like fun!

laurie -magpie ethel said...

The call of the bins on the lunch hour! Love the Santa mugs and those peas are awesome too!

Marrianna said...

In December, I found some Santa items at our local Bins store. I think somebody just didn't know what they were because all were in a box on the floor with a towel to keep them from knocking around and breaking. Where are they? Why they are still in the cardboard box with the towel on the floor of my sewing room closet waiting for me to get busy and checking prices and then listing them in my empty Etsy shop.

Your Bins treasures always inspire me to keep checking, when I am not totally tired from being retired. Of course, I'm housebound right now with the broken ankle but I'll be back.

The HUGE Goodwill bins store in Phoenix always have shoppers with carts filled with items. It always looks like a type of coffee klatch for shoppers when I visit. And they wait, I mean really wait, for new bins to come out on the floor. And don't get in the way. It's a freeding fenzy but it can be fun if I'm not hungry, not in a hurry, and not tired.

Thanks for sharing your treasures. I always love reading your posts and looking at the treasures you find. Good eye!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Love the cute Santa faces, and the pretty bead work on the wicker purse! The peas and strawberries are cute! A well spent 45 minutes!! xo Holly

Blessed Serendipity said...

I like this haul. The Santas are cute and love the purse too. You could probably put new handles on it if it's too hard to fix. I didn't know about the little thread holder either. How cute is that!

xo Danielle

Lynn Viehl said...

On repairing that gorgeous purse, JoAnn has a very similar pair of handles that might work -- http://www.joann.com/purse-n-alize-it-arched-bamboo-handles-6-1-2in-x-5in/7194053.html#q=purse+handle&start=11

Love the little peas -- I've never seen those, either.

Curtains in My Tree said...


Oh I love the velvet strawberries on the purse and the little peas

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love those Santa mugs and that cute old purse! You'll be so proud of me today....I got my old Smash journal out to finish it today! I make good progress and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And maybe then I can start a NEW ONE! lol Hugs!

Maureen said...

Very cool finds, love that the holder is for threads! Never have seen one of those before.