Thrift score

It’s official. I am now a fan of Schumann china. It’s beautiful.  My mom actually noticed this one while we were thrifting.  It’s a Dresden Flowers bowl.  I looked up the marker and all I could find online was that these were made “before 1900?”

If anyone could possibly  be tell me a little more about this particular mark or the value, that would be wonderful!  

I don’t plan on selling this because it’s so pretty, but I do admit, I’m kinda chuffed I found this for… Fifty cents.



Waterfall bookshelf

I’ve been replacing ALL the particle board furniture in my house with wood items.  The last thing that needed replacing was the DVD case. I found this beautiful waterfall bookshelf that fit perfectly in the space I needed it for.

(I had been looking for the “right size” for about a couple of months now. See March 29, 2017 post)

Based on the design/color/nails used, I think this is roughly 1930s/1940s (although I could be wrong and would love it if someone could educate me) and I got it for a whopping $28 at my local Salvation Army.

(And I donate the particle board DVD case)

Thrift scores

Sometimes when thrifting, you get lucky.  I saw these and the colors, design and delicacy immediately caught my eyes. I usually don’t buy porcelain or china but I had a tough time putting these down.  There is a local Catholic charity shop, that sometimes I wonder if people have their whole estate donated, for I find some amazing things there. 

Anyway, I hmm’d and hah’d over these, mostly due to their price. The large one was $17 and the small one was $12. I googled the Schumann marker (I really know nothing about porcelain or fine china) and saw that it was a well respected company so… Yep! I bought them.

After I brought this home, I did my research and found out that this was from US occupied Germany and was made in 1945-49.  The gold is hand painted and is in excellent condition. This one is 12″ long. I couldn’t find one this same size, but a similar one (and the same style) at 10.5″ that sold for $120.

This one was much smaller at 6″. It didn’t have the lacework in it but still it was beautiful and from the same time period as the bigger one (1945-49). I saw this same one sell for $55 (in worse condition).
Now, I don’t thrift just so I can resell or anything.but I am always pleased when I get lucky and find really neat, historical pieces for a good price. Do your research in the store, sometimes you’ll find a treasure!

Brass candlesticks

I’m a major thrifter/antique shopper so I assure you, throughout this blog there will be my thrift/antique finds that I will share. 

I’m a sucker for brass. Don’t ask me why, I just love it. I set aside a DAY every year, just so I can polish all the brass decorations, items, knobs, pulls, doodads in my house. I grumble about it every year because honestly, who wants to spend an entire day polishing brass?

I have a sneaky suspicion that people in my area are either a) not donating their brass items like the used to, or b) some weirdo brass junkie like me is buying it all up before I have a chance to.  It had been MONTHS since I had really seen any brass items at all in a thrift shop.  All the stuff I was finding at antique stores were marked WAY too high. 

So imagine my surprise when I saw a nice hodgepodge of brass candlesticks in my local thrift store. They were pretty nasty. The pictures don’t show exactly how dirty gross these were (and the smell. Terrible). But with a little bit of polish and elbow grease, I think they turned out quite lovely. 

Before. Dirty grimy smelly.

After. All shined up and smelling so nice. 

The two in the middle were $2.50 each, the two on the outside were $1. My local thrift doesn’t tax so, not too shabby. Total $7.