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Thriftariffic!

Posted in photo by gwen on February 17, 2010

Hope you all had a good weekend. We spent Valentine’s Day at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa and some quality time at the thrift store yesterday. Things I acquired at the half-off Presidents’ Day sale*:

The sweetest little espresso cup there ever was. Look at that hand lettering — it just kills me! 69¢

Espresso cup with silk Pierre Cardin scarf

Two vintage silk scarves *MINT* for 99¢. TOTAL. One’s Pierre Cardin and I am not real big on navy but I love the orange/tan/cream stripes. The other says both aboriginal designs and “designed by Neil” and I am not sure who to believe. But again with the earth tones.

Silk scarf with aboriginal Australian designs, "designed by Neil"

A most excellent round-handled 70s-80s handbag. It’s got the oldschool industrial zipper so you know it’ll hold up for awhile. I totally splurged on this, it was $2.99!

I am in love with this purseMilk glass sugar bowl / vase / storage space / earring hanger

Faux milk glass-y vase/jar/sugar bowl/King Cake baby earring display, 99¢.

Espresso cup #2 with Neil's scarf

Look, it’s the other side of the demitasse and more of Neil’s aboriginal scarf.

I also bought a pale yellow threadbare knit top with vintage-y beads sewn around the neckline but cannot take a good photo of it. I will wear it when it warms up.

And I finally got around to making a thrifting set on flickr of our many finds and sights – check it out!

*** This post inspired by IS*LY’S Thrifty & Chic and someone else [I’m blanking here] who went to the Rose Bowl swap meet over the weekend.

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Chicago 1955

Posted in the time that by gwen on February 15, 2010

Holy cheese this makes my loins quiver!

Crazy mile-high jumproping, Chicago 1955

Crazy mile-high jumproping, Chicago 1955

[more! photographer unknown but it looks like something out of Life magazine.]

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Our new home: Retro Cookware

Posted in photo by gwen on January 22, 2010

New commenter Michael [check out his awesome baking blog] has a post about Retro Cookware and I thought I’d share mine.

1. Club vintage aluminum pots in turquoise
We got this at a neighbor’s yard sale a couple years ago. She made me promise I was going to use and love them and not eBay them — they belonged to her mother — then gave me the whole set for less than the cost of a cheap pan. I am not sure if they are barely used or if mom was a scrubaholic 1950s housewife, the bottoms are pristine but there are a couple discolorations inside. We use the dutch oven all the time, the other pots and pans when there’s some kind of big dinner thing going on.

Club vintage aluminum pots in turquoise

2. Juice-O-Mat juicer
My friend Donna gave me this ages ago. It belonged to her mother and she made me promise I would never, ever, ever get rid of it, if I was tired of it, I’d return it to her because they used it for fresh orange juice ever morning during her childhood in Long Beach. We use it practically every day, it is by far my favorite kitchen gadget and if you can score one [there are a few on eBay, make sure it’s one with the cup], I guarantee you will not regret it.

Juice-O-Mat juicer from Rival + lemon saltshaker

3. General Electric hand mixer
My old roommate gave me this when she upgraded to a spanglier retro mixer. She did not make me promise anything. Sometimes I wish we had one of those big stand mixers but this takes up almost no space and it’s adorable. Plus the little lever there says BEATER EJECTOR which cracks me up because I am eternally nine years old.

General Electric hand mixer