Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It Was a Blue Day... (in more than one way)

I'll just cut to the chase--I was blue today.  It started with a little melancholy in the morning and then turned to feeling blue by afternoon.  It's that time of year again where I start yearning for the sunshine and longer days.  The gray cold rain that lasts from morning to night just starts getting to me.  It didn't help that hubby and I went out thrifting in the morning and barely scrapped together a couple of finds.  We went to our neighboring town, so it eats up some time and gas.  We came home for lunch, did some domestic stuff, played with the pup and then decided to see if anything was happening in our end of town.  First stop, nothing.  I was lolling about--there were carts coming out of the warehouse, but no kitchen wares came and we gave up and left.  Second stop--things starting rolling including some Pyrex.  Third stop nothing, fourth stop was to pick up something we knew was there...but no new finds. Fifth stop--a bust.  And last stop, bingo!  I don't want to post my Pyrex here since I post on Monday's on Pyrex Collective, so I'll share the other goodies here!

Oh my!  All kinds of neato stuff!  The vintage glasses we got yesterday, they are Siesta Ware.  They are frosted and one still has a sticker on it that says the wrapping is made of walnut.  They just remind me of the 60s.  Hubby liked them too, no surprise, the island boy in him is attracted to Tiki stuff!

Maureen, are you reading this?  Do you believe your eyes?  Yes!  Franciscan Starburst!  I found a cup and bread plate.  Now I was just talking to Maureen in the comments/reply yesterday about never having seen Franciscan Starburst at the thrifts!  I usually go and look to see if there are cups for my Pyrex plates and so today I looked down and saw the cup.  I picked it up and went to look at the dishes, see if there was more.  Hubby came into the aisle and I held up the cup and raised my eyebrows.  His eyes got as big as dinner plates.  I started looking at the dishes and a lady came over to me and said "are you looking for pieces like that" and I said "yes" and she said "I got cups and plates yesterday".  She said "there was some plates left" and she starts looking behind the front row.  Well, there was one plate, the one she musta left with the chip on it. But that was okay, hey, a flea bite for 89 cents is fine with me.  I was there yesterday, I don't think I missed it, I think it was gone before I got there, or went out after I left.  So it goes.  As it is, I have more cups than anything, but the plate comes in handy.  I'm just glad she didn't say "there were bowls" or "there was a pitcher, coffee, teapot, COVERED CASSEROLE"... that would have bummed me out.  It was just bread plates, cups and saucers.  It was kinda funny, she asked me "aren't they called something like atomic?" Here I am practically choking on finding Starburst and she's like, what is the stuff?

I also picked up this Rosenthal Netter pottery owl made in Italy.  The glaze is plain delicious!! I wish it would photograph better, the color is stunning.  The casserole is JAJ (aka English Pyrex).  There is an (American) Pyrex bowl  that is virtually the same (Pyrex 023) but smaller and the design is turquoise blue (the English is royal blue though it looks turquoise on my monitor) in the reverse direction.  And I should add the the shape of the bowl is also slightly different between the English and American versions.


Yep, the piece de resistance...two vintage Valentine's Pixies (as described through our research) stamped Japan.  These two guys are about 6" tall, pretty big! They appear to have gold hearts on their collars.  I couldn't believe my luck!  Hubby looked these up, there apparently is also one that sits with his legs apart. These afternoon finds wiped away any blues I had.  All of these colorful cheerful pieces of this and that really brightened up the rest of my day and evening!


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  1. This must have helped pull you of your blue mood. I'm picturing a festive drink in those frosted glasses and those pixies are perfect for Valentines.

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    1. Gosh, it sure did Kim! It's not that I need things to make me happy, it was just a good distraction from an unexplained low. I'm much better today, the little sun that came did me good and it was warm enough I could open curtains and blinds! Sometimes home sweet home and feel like a dungeon.
      Evie

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  2. I picked up an oval serving platter for $2 in Franciscan Starburst just because I liked the MCM look of it ... then I researched it and totally fell in love with it. I love your cup and saucer! I haven't found any since, but maybe that's a good thing because I don't have the room for another collection!

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    1. Wow! What a great find in that Franciscan platter for $2! I know what you mean about room for it all. I don't really need the Duet and it's getting stuffed in the cabinets.
      Evie

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  3. Just love your pixies - what a find!!

    My regular thrifts have been pitiful, I stopped in at three today - bought nothing!

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  4. Glad your treasures brightened up your day. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  5. That's what brightens my day, too! LOVE the pixies! Hope you have a cheery day today, too! HUGS!

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    1. Thanks Diane! Today the sun is shining and it is just beautiful! Perfect cure for the blues!
      Evie

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  6. AAHHHHHH! As soon as I saw the picture up top, I almost fell off my chair. Starburst at a thrift-I can't believe it! I'm so glad she didn't say she had a ton of other things, because I would have to go in mourning on your behalf :) This gives me hope that someday I might find some...

    Eileen-what a great deal on a platter-that is amazing!

    I also adore the Siesta Ware glasses, my love of Tiki is right up there with Franciscan pottery and Pyrex. We have a little outdoor area we call our "Tiki room", so I am always trying to find fun things for it. I can't help feeling I am living in the wrong state for vintage thrifting!! Congrats on your great finds!

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    1. That's bad isn't it, when you are so happy someone didn't say they found something you would have wanted? I think if I didn't hit the thrifts so regularly, I couldn't expect to find it, but when I'm there practically everyday when it showed up--that would have been tough.

      Tiki room sounds fun! I can imagine not as much gets carted or shipped up to where you are at. But something always shows up one way or another doesn't it?
      Evie

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